Of course, Red Dead Redemption 2 offers a full 24/7 cycle, but you may want to change the time of day if you want to sneak into a hostile location after dark or if you don't like to explore the world at night. On this tutorial page we have provided information on how to change the time of day by accelerating the passage of time.
In order to change the time of day you have to use the bed to go to rest. You can do that by going back to the gang hideout and interacting with Arthur's bed. After this activity, the game will allow you to choose the time of waking up - you can choose the morning, dusk or the middle of the day, for example. This is helpful if you want to perform subsequent actions at a specific time.
In certain situations you may not necessarily want to change the time of the day, but to "jump" a few days in the game world. This is useful e.g. when you have to wait one full day or a few days for the next part of the mission to be unlocked. The game allows you to use your bed twice in a row, but you can "by-pass" this limitation. After sleeping for the second time, save the game manually and then load it right away. The sleep counter will be reset and the character will be able to interact with the bed two more times.
Alternatively, you can also rent a room in a hotel. Hotels are found in every larger location. A good idea if you don't want to waste time on going back to the gang hideout.
Time of a day can also be changed during your exploration. You can either find a campfire set by someone or you can set your own "portable" camp. Open the drop-down menu and select a Crafting Camp from the Items list. There is also a bed in the extended camp, in addition to the campfire.
If you want to check the current time, you can press the lower direction on the pad's cross. This information will appear at the top of the screen. If there is not much time left until sunrise or sunset, it may not be worth wasting the required time to return to the gang camp or to set up a "mobile" camp.
Additional note - If you want to check the current time, you can press the lower direction on the cross of your game pad. This information will appear at the top of the screen. If there is not much time left until sunrise or sunset, it may not pay to waste time returning to the gang camp or setting up a "mobile" camp.