Checking when a date has passed - Swift

2021-6-21 anglehua

Well, the title pretty much says it all. What I am trying to do is check when a date has passed. So, for example let us say that a user is using my app and then they go to bed and check my app in the morning. When my app opens up I need to check if the day has changed at all.

Also I don't really need to know this information when the app is terminated or in the background or anything. I just need to know if the date has changed when the app is running and the user is actually interacting with it.

Note: I have looked at other Stack Overflow Posts pertaining to this issue but none of them have helped me.

Implement to observe


Posted whenever the calendar day of the system changes, as determined by the system calendar, locale, and time zone. This notification does not provide an object.

If the the device is asleep when the day changes, this notification will be posted on wakeup. Only one notification will be posted on wakeup if the device has been asleep for multiple days.

There are no guarantees about the timeliness of when this notification will be received by observers. As such, you should not rely on this notification being posted or received at any precise time.

The notification is posted through [NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter].


In applicationDidFinishLaunching add

NSNotificationCenter.defaultCenter().addObserver(self, selector:"calendarDayDidChange:", name:NSCalendarDayChangedNotification, object:nil)

and implement the method

func calendarDayDidChange(notification : NSNotification)

or use the block API.

If the class including the observer is not the application delegate class you might remove the observer at some time.

Update vadian's reply to Swift 5:

NotificationCenter.default.addObserver(self, selector:#selector(self.calendarDayDidChange(_:)), name:NSNotification.Name.NSCalendarDayChanged, object:nil)

and implement the method

@objc private func calendarDayDidChange(_ notification : NSNotification) {


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