Date and time settingsAs North America prepares to "fall back" from Daylight Saving Time (and that's the correct name for it, by the way) at 2 a.m. local time Sunday morning, we need to make sure everything is ready to go -- including our Android phones.

In theory, there's nothing we need do to get our phones ready.  The OS should handle the time change on its own, but it's always best to be prepared and have a backup plan.

On your Android phone, tap the menu button, then settings, then scroll way down to the Date & time settings. Make sure Automatic (Use network-provided values) is checked.  If you need to set a different time (our readers in Indiana might have to do this) you can change back Sunday morning when you wake up -- let the network and OS make the switch automatically to keep things from fouling up.

If you rely on your phone as your alarm clock, be smart and use another method for a day, just in case.  This is especially important in the fall, as a malfunction would cause the alarm to go off an hour late.  And finally, change those smoke detector batteries!