The autumn mood has already started to set in and we'll soon be deep into the depths of winter.

As well as the time for plenty of celebrating, from Bonfire Night to Christmas, there is the small task of the clocks going back to sort out first.

On Sunday morning, October 27, we'll revert from British Summer Time to Greenwich Mean Time.

This means that the evenings will be drawing in a bit quicker but there will be some delight in a few brighter mornings.

So to avoid being super early, here's exactly when the clocks go back and if your mobile phone will update automatically.

What should I do?

Firstly, enjoy that extra hour in bed - or partying considering it is a weekend.

More seriously, clocks should be put back by 60 minutes at 2am on Sunday, October 27.

Wall clocks and devices such as cookers and ovens should be changed manually.

Will my phone change automatically?

The good news is, yes.

If you have an iPhone, iPad or Mac they will automatically change.

Just to be sure you're not caught out on the time front, check that you have your 'date and time' options set to 'set automatically and make sure your iOS is up to date too.

For smartphones, network operators should change the time accordingly so you shouldn't have to do anything but again, make sure you have automatic updates set to your phone.

Why do the clocks go back?

The changing of the clocks goes back centuries and the initial idea was to save energy and get people out of their homes and into the big outdoors to enjoy the daylight hours.

In 1784, it was Benjamin Franklin who first campaigned to change the clocks whilst he was in Paris.

Will My Phone Automatically Change Time When Clocks Go Forward
The clocks have officially gone back

His belief was that if people got out of bed earlier, they'd get extra daylight. And he makes a good point.

However, it wasn't until 1916 that it was properly implemented in the UK when the first Daylight Saving Bill was brought before the House of Commons.

This is because despite it being discussed for a number of years, it was opposed the first time round.

In 1907, a man named William Willett wrote a whole pamphlet about how people wasted valuable hours of light during the summer called 'The Waste of Daylight'.

As a keen golfer, he himself would become annoyed when it got too dark in the evening and he would have to stop play.

He, however, didn't get to see the change happen as he sadly died in 1915.

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