- Your iPhone’s Weather app or widget might be glitching due to internet woes, location confusion, outdated software, or even buried settings.
- Quick fixes include force-quitting the app, restarting your phone, or checking your internet connection
- If that doesn’t work, dive deeper: Check location services, enable background app refresh, or even re-install the app.
Have you faced this issue when you wanted to check the air quality around your location or decide whether to carry an umbrella only to find the Weather app or widget is not working on iPhone? Worry not! I will share the quick fixes in this guide to help you resolve this.
- Force quit the Weather app on iPhone
- Hard reboot your iPhone
- Check your internet connection
- Turn off VPN on your iPhone
- Check if the location services are enabled
- Check if Background App Refresh is enabled
- Check Apple’s System Status Page
- Allow the Weather app to use cellular data
- Disable Low Data and Low power mode
- Manually add your current location
- Remove and add the Weather widget again on iPhone
- Re-install the Weather app
- Reset Location and Privacy Settings on iPhone
1. Force quit the Weather app on iPhone
Sometimes, temporary software issues on your iPhone can cause apps like Weather to suddenly stop working for you. In most cases, you can quickly resolve such issues by force quitting and relaunching the Weather app.
- Open the App Switcher on your iPhone.
- Swipe up the Weather app to close it.
- Then, reopen the Weather app to see if it’s working correctly.
2. Hard reboot your iPhone
If relaunching the app couldn’t resurrect the Weather app or widget on the iPhone, you may force restart the iPhone to see if that does the trick.
On iPhones running iOS 16 or later, you may press and release the Volume Up button → Press and release the Volume Down button → Then, hold the power button until the Apple logo shows up. However, if you own an older model, refer to our guide on how to force restart any iPhone.
3. Check your internet connection
The Weather app relies on an active internet connection to fetch weather data from Apple. So, technical issues with your internet connection may cause the Weather app or widget not to work or load the latest data on your iPhone.
You may restart your wireless router if you’re connected to the internet via Wi-Fi. But, if you’re connected over a cellular network, you may turn on Airplane mode and turn it off to fix network-related issues on your iPhone.
4. Turn off VPN on your iPhone
Using a VPN to safeguard your data can sometimes interfere with the Weather app’s ability to fetch data. You may toggle off the VPN to ensure this isn’t the case with you.
- If you’ve configured the VPN manually, go to Settings → toggle off VPN.
- For a third-party service, open the VPN app → tap Disconnect.
5. Check if the location services are enabled
The Weather app constantly needs access to your iPhone’s location data to detect your region and display helpful information. However, the Weather app may fail to do so if you’ve accidentally disabled location services on your iPhone.
- Navigate to Settings → Privacy & Security → Location Services.
- Select the Weather app.
- Select Always → Toggle on Precise Location.
6. Check if Background App Refresh is enabled
The Weather app must keep running in the background to fetch the latest weather updates and work as expected. To ensure the Weather app can run in the background, follow the steps below to check if Background App Refresh is enabled on your iPhone.
7. Check Apple’s System Status Page
The servers for the Weather app on Apple’s end may be having an outage or undergoing maintenance, causing it to stop working on your iPhone. If you want to check the server status for the Weather app or any other Apple services, head over to the Apple System Status Page.
8. Allow the Weather app to use cellular data
Even if the Weather app or the widget works over Wi-Fi, they may fail to function over cellular if you restrict their access to cellular data. You may follow these steps to ensure this isn’t the case:
- Open the Settings app → Select Cellular.
- Toggle on Weather.
9. Disable Low Data and Low power mode
Low Power and Low Data Mode can help reduce your iPhone’s battery and cellular data consumption. However, using them can prevent the Weather app and widget from updating and loading accurate data. So, disable these settings to see if that helps resolve the issue.
- Open the Settings app.
- Navigate to Battery → Toggle off Low Power Mode.
- Then, navigate to Settings → Cellular → Cellular Data Options.
- Tap Data Mode → Deselect Low Data Mode.
10. Manually add your current location
If your iPhone Weather app or widget does not show your current location, maybe location settings have glitches. You can quickly resolve this issue by manually adding your current location to the app and widget so it can detect your current location automatically.
- Open the Weather app → Tap the hamburger menu.
- Tap the three-dot icon → Select Edit List.
- Search and select your current location.
Once you manually select your current location in the Weather app, follow the steps below to do the same for the Weather widget.
- Tap and hold the Weather widget on the Home Screen.
- Tap Edit Widget.
You’ll see Edit “Weather” If the widget is in a Smart stack
- Select Location → Search and choose your current location.
11. Remove and add the Weather widget again on iPhone
If the solutions mentioned above can’t resurrect the Weather widget on your iPhone, try removing and adding the Weather widget again to see if that helps resolve the issue.
- Tap and hold the Weather widget on the Home Screen.
- Tap Remove widget → Remove.
- Tap and hold any empty area on the Home Screen.
- Tap the plus icon on the top left → Search for the Weather widget.
- Select a Weather widget of your choice → Tap Add Widget.
12. Re-install the Weather app
If the problem persists even after trying out all other fixes, you may re-install the Weather app to clear out any temporary bugs and glitches.
- Tap and hold the Weather app on the Home Screen.
- Now, tap Remove App → Delete App → Delete.
- Open the App Store → Go to the Search tab → Search for Weather.
- Tap the blue cloud icon beside the Weather app’s icon to install it.
13. Reset Location and Privacy Settings on iPhone
In case you’re still unable to use the Weather app or widget after trying out all other fixes, resetting the Location and Privacy settings on your device is the last thing that might help you resolve this issue once and for all.
- Go to Settings → General → Transfer or Reset iPhone.
- Tap Reset → Reset Location and Privacy.
- Type the iPhone Passcode and follow the on-screen instructions.
Other basic fixes worth trying
- Update to the latest version of iOS: Bugs in outdated iOS may prevent the weather app or its widget from working correctly. Update your iPhone to the newest version of iOS to ensure you have all the necessary patches to prevent such annoying software issues.
- Reset all iPhone settings: Unwanted changes made to the Settings on your device can cause some valuable features to break. You may factory reset your iPhone to resolve such issues.
- Contact Apple for support: If you can’t resolve the issue by yourself, you may contact the professionals at Apple for technical assistance. They can help you troubleshoot the problem and suggest ways to fix it.
- Switch to a third-party weather app: If you frequently keep running into issues with the default Weather app, you may switch to a more reliable one. Refer to our list of the best weather apps for iPhone and iPad to find one that fits your needs.
There are several reasons why the Lock Screen weather widget might not update on your iPhone. However, you can fix this issue quickly by turning off the Depth Effect for wallpapers or removing and re-adding the weather widget.
It can be really annoying when your iPhone’s Weather app or widget fails to do its job. However, with the quick solutions mentioned in this guide, you can quickly determine the exact cause of the issue and fix it. If you have any queries or suggestions, leave them in the comments section.
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