ElCondor · Nov 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Forgot to Change the Time of Your Phone Last Weekend? Some Tips for you!

It happens to all of us some time, and every year it’s the same old story:  You forget to change your clock to to summer time, or back to normal time, resulting in being late – or too early- for any appointment you might have. Luckily, many phones correct this automatically, yet every OS handles the options for this in a different way, and sometimes it’s not certain whether your phone will sync correctly or not.

With Android, you won’t have to worry about that. It should automatically change the time, and everything should work. It could be possible that your custom ROM isn’t configured that way, so to ensure it is set right, you have to go to: Settings/Date & Time and check the ‘Automatic’ box. This should sync your phone with the GSM network and collect the time data.

On Windows Mobile, things get a bit unreliable. To automatically change the time, you will have to go to the phone settings: Settings/Personal/Phone/GSM/UMTS Services/Time Synchronization. The box should be checked.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t work for everyone. Some people still have to manually change the time, so that got us thinking where the problem lies. Some members found that modifying the registry should work. On a side note: this means that we actually have to install an application to edit the registry just for one simple feature which just should work. To be honest, it was about time that Microsoft came with a new mobile OS.

Back to the registry edit. Once you are in the regedit application, navigate to HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Clock. There are two DWORD values that need to be changed from 0 to 1: HomeDST and AutoDST. If this doesn’t work for you – and strangely enough, even this doesn’t work on every phone – there’s one option left, which is syncing the time with the internet. However, for people without a data plan or access to wifi, this is not possible at all.

Now, there’s actually another option for you – one you might not really like, but it’s better than nothing. You can purchase Mobile TimeSync Expert 1.5 as an application for your Windows Mobile phone. This is the last and final option (which we didn’t test, so don’t blame us when that also doesn’t work).

We hope some of these tips might be of use for you. If you have questions, and your phone doesn’t sync correctly, you can post it in the thread in the HD2 General section for more help.

Update: In the US, the time will actually changed next weekend instead of last weekend. Thanks for the tips.


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ElCondor is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users.
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