10 Ways to Use the iPhone Weather App

View precipitation maps, juggle multiple locations, and more

The iPhone's Weather app is an excellent way of keeping on top of what to expect when it comes to weather systems coming your way. While it's simple enough to see the basics, the weather app is surprisingly powerful under the surface. There are plenty of fun Weather tricks to learn, from understanding how to view where it's raining, checking the air quality, and adding new locations.

The following tips and tricks below are great ways to get the most out of the iPhone Weather app, all entirely for free.

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How Do You Read Apple Weather?

Steps to view the weather on iPhone weather app.

All you need to do to check out the basic weather report on your phone is tap the Weather app. You instantly get the weather for your local area with a heads-up on temperatures and conditions. There's plenty more info we'll get into, but that glance can likely give you enough.

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How Do I Add a Location to Apple Weather?

Steps required to add a location to the iPhone Weather app.

If you want to add a different location to Apple Weather, the process is pretty simple but a little hidden away. On the Weather app, tap the three lines in the bottom right-hand corner of the app. Type in the name of the location, and when it appears, tap Add to add it to your list of locations permanently.

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How Do I See a Map of Precipitation on Apple Weather?

Steps required to view precipitation on iPhone Weather app.

If it's raining where you are, it's possible to see precisely where the precipitation hangs around. Scroll down to precipitation and tap the map that's displayed. From there, you can check out how bad the rain is. The map automatically showcases what's likely to unfold over the next few hours, with orange and yellow being the heaviest of rain and blue and purple suggesting more moderate levels of precipitation. Remember—like all weather reports, conditions can change, but this is a good guide of what to expect.

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How Do I Check the Air Quality Locally?

Steps required to view air quality on iPhone Weather app.

Knowing the air quality around you can be helpful, particularly if you have any respiratory complaints that poor air quality can aggravate. Scroll down the location and tap on See More under Air Quality to learn everything possible. The darker purple means worse air quality, with higher numbers suggesting poor air quality. The app also indicates if this is unusual compared to previous days.

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How Do I Check the Wind Direction?

iPhone weather app with Wind Direction the focus.

You can check out the wind direction if you scroll pretty far down. Wind direction can affect the temperature, depending on where the weather system is coming from. The app also provides wind speed which can give you some insight into how quickly things are likely to change. If the wind is strong, the weather is more unpredictable, and conditions change rapidly. 

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What Do the Bars Mean on iPhone Weather App?

iPhone weather app - daily weather bars

Amongst the 10-day forecast, there are bars alongside the current temperature and the weather conditions. They might look confusing, but they're pretty helpful once you've learned how to decipher them. The bars offer visual insight into how low or high the temperature is likely to get today. Also, a blue bar suggests a frigid temperature, which changes to shades of green and orange as the temperature increases.

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What Do the Lines Mean in Weather App?

An example of how the iPhone Weather app looks

The Weather app is full of different lines. There are lines to represent air quality and lines for the UV index, which demonstrates how much sun protection you need. There are also lines for air pressure within a chart to highlight how high it is. A sunrise and sunset line also shows how long you have to wait for one or the other to happen.

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What Does the Dot Mean on iPhone Weather?

An example of the dots on the iPhone Weather app.

The dot on the line next to the day's forecast is subtle but very important. It shows you where in the temperature range you are for the day. If it's to the far left of the bar, that means it's at its coldest right now. If it's to the far right, it's reached the highest temperature it's going to achieve for the day. It's a practical visual guide to know what to expect from the rest of the day.

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How Do I Receive Notifications of Certain Weather Conditions?

Steps required to enable weather notifications on iPhone Weather app.

If you want to receive a heads up on extreme weather conditions, you can enable notifications, so your iPhone tells you of a sudden change. To do so, from the Weather app, tap the three lines in the bottom right-hand corner, then tap the three dots up top before tapping Notifications. From there, you can choose to enable notifications for all or just some of your locations currently saved.

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How Do I Change the Temperature Settings?

Steps required to change between Celsius and Fahrenheit on iPhone Weather App.

If your iPhone is set to Fahrenheit or Celsius and you wish to change it, it's simple to do (if a little hidden away). Tap the three lines in the bottom right-hand corner before tapping the three dots in the top right-hand corner. You can choose either Fahrenheit or Celsius and all displayed temperatures will change. 

FAQ
  • What is the best weather app for the iPhone?

    While the iPhone's built-in weather app has excellent features and works well, there are third-party weather apps that add more functionality. Six of the best weather apps for the iPhone include AccuWeather, Weather Underground, Storm Radar, Tides Near Me, ForeFlight, and OpenSummit.

  • How do I edit the Weather app on iPhone?

    There are several ways to customize the iPhone's built-in Weather app. To reorder your cities, tap More > Edit List > drag-and-drop cities to new spots. To change the text size (iOS 15 and up), tap Settings > Accessibility > Per-App Settings > Add App > Weather. To reduce the app's animation effects, go to Settings > Accessibility > Per-App Settings > Weather, tap Reduce Motion > select Off.

  • How do I fix the Weather app on iPhone?

    If the Weather app appears to show incorrect information, try going to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and make sure it's set to W-Fi & Cellular Data. You can also try resetting privacy and location settings: tap Settings > Privacy > Location Services and make sure it's toggled on and that the Weather app is permitted to use your location.

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