How to use the Weather app on iPhone and iPad like a pro

How to use weather app on iPhone and iPad

The Weather app on the iPhone debuted alongside the original iPhone in 2007. While it has been here for what feels like forever, there is a chance that you might not be aware of all it has to offer. After researching for a while, I have curated a list of all the features of the Weather app. This application is a classic example of there’s always more than what meets the eye.

The Weather app is finally available on iPad

On March 7, 2012, Apple unveiled the iPad. Ever since the launch, the successors of the original iPad have advanced to a level where Apple advertises these iPads as a replacement for your personal computer. But it lacked basic features like the ability to calculate numbers or even check the temperature. The latter, however, changes with the iPadOS 16 update, and Apple has finally, after a decade, released the native Weather app for the iPad.  

How to check the weather on iPhone? 

However, at times, the application might not display the location, and in such cases, the first step is to ensure that location services for the Weather application are turned on. To do so:  

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.  
  2. Navigate to Privacy & Security.  
  3. Tap Location Services. 
  4. Select Weather.  

    Select Weather in Setting app on iPhone
  5. Now, turn on the Precise Location toggle. Under Allow Location Access, you can either select Always or While Using the App or Widgets

    Check the weather on iPhone

Once you’ve followed these steps, viewing your location’s weather is easy. Since the application will automatically detect your location, it will display the weather based on your location.  

How to add and check the weather of other locations on iPhone

The use cases of the Weather application might be subjective, but I love that you can add more locations and view the weather of those locations. You can add around 19 other locations to the Weather application. This is very helpful if you travel frequently and want to keep track of the location you are headed to.  

Let’s go through the process of adding other locations and viewing their weather through the Weather application on iPhone.  

  1. Open the Weather app on your iPhone.  
  2. Tap the list menu at the bottom right corner. (You can also swipe left to view the locations you’ve already added) 
  3. On the next page, you can view all the locations that have already been added. To add another location, tap the Search bar, input your location and select the result.  
  4. Now, tap Add at the top right corner.  

    Tap Add in Weather app on iPhone
  5. You can view the location added to the list.  

    check the weather of other locations on iPhone

Henceforth, you can either swipe left on the home page of the Weather applicant ion or tap the list menu to view all the locations.  

View Weather maps on iPhone 

The Weather application has a special feature called Weather Maps. You can view the Temperature, Precipitation, and Air Quality of your location and your surroundings, so much so that you can zoom out to view these meteorological parameters of your country altogether. With that said, here’s how to view Weather maps on iPhone.

  1. Open the Weather app on your iPhone. 
  2. Tap the map icon at the bottom left corner. On the next page, the weather map will be displayed. You can also refer to the Index in the top left corner.  
  3. To switch between Precipitation, Temperature, and Air Quality, tap the layers icon in the top right corner below the list menu.  
  4. Pinch to zoom in or out to view the map.  

    Tap layers icon to switch between Precipitation, Temperature, and Air Quality

What do the weather icons represent in the Weather app? 

I find the icons on the Weather application to be very confusing. The Sunrise, Sunset, Snow, etc., might be some of the easier ones to figure out. However, Dust, Haze, Rain, Heavy rain, Drizzle, etc., are some that are difficult to understand. If you are sailing in the same boat as me, I recommend you refer to Apple’s official guide, which will help you understand the weather icons on your iPhone.

What do the color bars represent in Weather app? 

The Weather application received a major design overhaul with the iOS 15 update. The colored bars made their first appearance here, and the main purpose of these bars is to display more information at a glance. In simple terms, the colored bars represent the temperature range over the next 10 days.  

Nonetheless, everything is in vain if we haven’t understood what these bars represent. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like you need to decipher the information to understand it, and so, here’s what these bars represent.  

What do color bars represent in weather app? 

Firstly, the length of the colored bar represents the variation in the temperature throughout the day. The length of the uncolored background bar represents the variation of temperature across 10 days. The white dot represents the current temperature based on the forecast.  

Now, the colors of these bars represent the temperature. It ranges all the way from Dark Blue to Red, representing very cold and extremely hot, respectively. Here’s a list of all the colors and their respective temperatures.  

  1. Dark Blue: Extremely cold (Below 32°F or 0°C) 
  2. Light Blue: Cold temperatures (Ranges from 32–59°F or 0–15°C) 
  3. Green: Moderate temperatures (Ranges from 59–68°F or 15–20°C) 
  4. Yellow: Slightly warm temperatures (Ranges from 68–77°F or 20–25°C) 
  5. Orange: Warm temperatures (Ranges from 77–86°F or 25–30°C) 
  6. Red: Extremely hot temperatures (above 86°F or 30°C) 

How to get severe weather alerts 

Apart from displaying the weather and forecasting the weather for the next 10 days, the Weather application can notify you of severe weather. These notifications will be sent out when the Weather application detects Rain storms, hurricanes, heat waves, etc. Also, it is only available in a select few countries. To learn how to enable severe weather alerts on iPhone and iPad, refer to our detailed guide, “How to get severe weather alerts on iPhone and iPad.” 

Add weather widgets to the lock screen on iPhone 

If you aren’t living under a rock, by now, you would already be aware of the wave of lock screen customizations Apple brought in with iOS 16. Adding widgets to the lock screen is one of the most useful additions as it displays information at a glance, which further encourages users from not unlocking their devices. If you want to be aware of the weather in your area at all times, here’s how to add the Weather widget to your iPhone Lock Screen.  

Note: The iPad does not feature lock screen widgets on iPadOS 16. We hope Apple changes this with the next update.

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.  
  2. Navigate to Wallpaper.  
  3. On the next screen, select Customize button under the lock screen preview.  
  4. Now, tap + ADD WIDGETS. You can either select widgets from the displayed widgets or scroll down, select Weather, and select any widget of your choice.

    Tap ADD WIDGETS to add weather widgets on iPhone  
  5. You can also add Weather widgets above the Time section. To do so, tap on the bar above Time and select the Weather widgets from suggestions or scroll down and select from the dedicated Weather tab.  
  6. Once you’ve made the necessary changes, tap Done at the top right corner.  

    How to add weather widgets to the lock screen on iPhone

How to set Dynamic weather lock screen wallpaper? 

Wait, adding widgets to the lock screen to check the weather wasn’t satisfying enough? If that’s the case, Apple has your back. They introduced Dynamic wallpapers with the iOS 16 update. These Dynamic wallpapers include Astronomy, Weather, and an amalgamation of Astronomy and Weather.  

Note: The iPad does not feature Dynamic wallpapers on iPadOS 16 as lock screen customization is exclusive to iPhones running on iOS 16.

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.  
  2. Navigate to Wallpaper.  
  3. Tap + Add New Wallpaper
  4. Now, there are two ways to add dynamic Weather wallpaper,  
    1. Swipe right on the icons at the top of the screen and select Weather.  
    2. Under the Featured section, select the Weather option.  
  5. On the next screen, tap Add at the top right corner.  

    How to set Dynamic weather lock screen wallpaper

The Dynamic Weather wallpaper is not applied to your lock screen. You can also make other changes like adding widgets and changing the Time font.  

That’s a wrap!

Weather on the iPhone and iPad is indeed a feature-rich application that displays essential information. If you scroll down the home page, you’ll find the UV index, estimated sunset time, wind flow and speed, humidity levels, visibility, etc. If you feel we’ve missed any features, let us know in the comments below, and we’ll try to add them to the article.  

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