Weather Widget Not Working on iPhone and iPad: How to Fix It

A good many iPhone users are reporting on Apple Support that the Weather widget is not working. As per reports, the widget doesn’t update at all. So, what could be the problem behind this mess? Though I haven’t encountered this issue on the latest version of iOS, I had run into it a long way back on the previous versions of iOS. Hence, I remember the tricks that fixed the Weather widget issue on my iPhone. Given them a try!

Weather Widget Not Working on iPhone or iPad

Solution #1: Start from Scratch

Before trying out some radical solutions, let’s start from the scratch to ensure you don’t need to dig deeper.

Step #1. Swipe right from the left of the screen to go to Lock screen.

Step #2. Now, you need to scroll down all the way to the bottom and tap on Edit.

Tap on Edit in Notification Center in iOS 11Step #3. Now, make sure Weather widget is added. If you haven’t added it as yet, tap on the “+” button to the left of it.

Tap on Plus button next to Weather in iOS 11Step #4. Now, tap on Done at the top to confirm.

Tap on Done to confirm in iOS 11Note: If you have already added the Weather widget, tap on the red button to remove it and then tap on Done to confirm. Then reboot your device and re-add the widget.

Tap on Red button next to Weather then Remove, tap on Done in iOS 11Step #5. Next, force restart your device. Simply press and hold the ON/OFF button and Home button until you see Apple logo on the screen.

To hard reset your iPhone 7/7 Plus, press and hold the volume down button and ON/OFF button at once.

Reboot iPhone 7-7 Plus

To force restart iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, jump over to this quick guide.

Once your device has restarted, head over to the Lock screen to check out if the Weather widget has started working or not.

Solution #2: Allow Weather App to Always Access Your Location

When you allow the Weather app to always access your location, local weather will always be kept updated. But if you select While using the app, it is updated only when you open the app. So, make sure to select Always.

Step #1. Open Settings app → Privacy.

Tap on Settings then Privacy in iOS 11Step #2. Tap on Location Services.

Tap on Location Service in iOS 11Step #3. Tap on Weather and select Always.

Tap on Weather and select Always in iOS 11Solution #3: Enable Background App Refresh for Weather App

Let Weather app refresh its data in the background. It might help the app run smoothly. Open Settings app → General → Make sure Background App Refresh toggle is on and then turn on the switch next to Weather app. Then reboot your device. Once your iPhone has restarted, check out if the widget is not working or not.

Solution #4: Reset Location and Privacy

Still facing the problem? Try resetting location and privacy.

Step #1. Tap on SettingsGeneral

Tap on Settings then General on iPhone or iPadStep #2. Tap on Reset.

Tap on Reset on iPhoneStep #3. Now, tap on Reset Location & Privacy and confirm.

Tap on Reset Location & Privacy and confirm in iOS 11Solution #5: Reset All Settings

I’m sure the tricks as mentioned above would get the job done for you. However, I can’t discount the possibility of them not working. If that is the case, it’s time to take a hard decision, and that is to reset your device to factory default.

When you reset your iOS device to factory settings, all of your website logins and Wi-Fi passwords would be removed. But your data and media will remain safe.

Step #1. Open Settings app on your iOS device → General


Tap on Settings then General on iPhone or iPadStep #2. Tap on Reset.

Tap on Reset on iPhone

Step #3. Tap on Reset All Settings and confirm.

Reset All Settings on iPhone in iOS 11Solution 6: Delete Weather App and Reinstall It

If you are yet to overcome the issue, it’s time to delete the app and reinstall it. Simply touch and hold on the app and when it starts wiggling, tap on the “X” button. Then confirm.

Solution #7: Update iOS on your Device

Haven’t got the solution as yet? Update your device to the latest iOS version.

Many a time, I’m able to troubleshoot some miscellaneous issues just by updating the device. Hence, I’d recommend you to keep your device updated. It will not only make your device more secure but also help it to run smoothly. Open Settings app → General → Software Update and install the latest iOS version.

Update iOS on your iPhoneWrap up:

Assuming Weather widget has started to work correctly on your device. Which one of these tricks has worked in fixing the problem? It’d be great to know your feedback in the comments below.

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Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.