Daily Tip: How to configure the iPhone's Weather and Stock widgets in Notification Center

Curious how to setup notifications in iOS 5? With all the various banners and popups, badges and sounds, widgets and lock screen options, it can be a little tricky for first-time users, but worry not -- we have you covered! First up, here's how the new Weather and Stock widgets work!

Stock widget

The Stock widget pulls stock information directly from the native Stocks app in iOS 5. By turning the Stock widget to 'On' you'll see a scrolling ticker displaying your favorite stocks. If you want to change the stocks that are displayed in the Stock widget, just follow these quick steps:

  1. Open the Stocks app from the iPhone home screen, or tap the Stock widget in Notification Center.
  2. Tap the 'i' information button in the lower right-hand corner.
  3. Tap the + button in the upper left-hand corner to add a new stock. You can search for stocks by stock ticker or company name.
  4. Tap Done to finish.

Now, the stock that you've just added to the Stocks app will show up in the scrolling Stock widget within Notification Center!

Weather widget

Apple also included a weather widget that displays current weather information as well as a full five-day forecast. Just swipe to the left or right to reveal the five-day forecast. The weather widget pulls information from Yahoo! Weather locations stored in the native Weather app in iOS 5. In order to add or change weather locations, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Weather app from the iPhone home screen, or tap the Weather widget in Notification Center.
  2. Tap the 'i' information button in the lower right-hand corner.
  3. From here, you have the option to either use Local Weather (pulled from location services) or add a location manually. For instructions sake, we'll add a new location. To add a new location, tap the + button in the upper left-hand corner.
  4. Search by City, State or ZIP and input your preferred location.

Now the location you've manually setup will be displayed in the Weather widget. If you have more than one location in the Weather app, the Weather widget will only display the 1st location. If you have no manual locations set and have the Local Weather feature on, you'll only see the temperature relative to your geographic location (make sure you have Location Services turned on!)

There you have it, how to configure your Notification Center widgets. We'll cover the other elements, like Mail and Messages notifications, Lock Screen info, etc. next time. Meanwhile, if you have any favorite Notification Center tips, let us know in comments!

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Andrew Wray

Andrew Wray is a Salt Lake City, Utah based writer who focuses on news, how-tos, and jailbreak. Andrew also enjoys running, spending time with his daughter, and jamming out on his guitar. He works in a management position for Unisys Technical Services, a subsidiary of Unisys Corporation.

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Roger says:

My weather widget has located me in Washington (not sure if this is DC or some other town). I'm not even close to any town called Washington.
Oops...I just realized that I am in Washington Township! That never occurred to me until I started writing this post. DUH!

Dean Lowe says:

You can't. The Yahoo weather app isn't native to the iPad.

BooYah_2001 says:

"If you have more than one location in the Weather app, the Weather widget will only display the 1st location"
Actually, this is not true. The Weather widget will show whatever city is chosen in the Weather app, not just the first location.

Radu Tanasescu says:

Any idea how I could have a wi-fi switch in the notifications center?

Jeremiah Sumner says:

If you jailbreak your phone you can install (via Cydia) SBSettings.

Jeremiah Sumner says:

Has anyone else noticed their weather app saying "weather offline" in the notification center? It's happening so much I had to remove it because it was just empty ugly wasted space.

Carl C says:

I had the same issue... It turned out to be our corporate firewall was blocking the data. It stops working when I am on the WiFi in the office, but starts working again if I disable WiFi and simply connect via 3G.

me says:

strange thing is that while the widget says 'offline' the weather app itself is still online.
So, it seems to be a bug in the widget itself (not recognizing the proxy?)

Rich says:

Australian users can install Australian BOM Weather+ (http://proxydata.rdharris.org/bomify.html) through cydia to use Australian Bureau of Meteorology weather data in the Notification Center.

connor says:

Hey, I want weather services, but I don't want battery drain. I currently have location services for weather set to OFF, but I was wondering how badly turning it on would affect battery?

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johnthegreen says:

I can't get my weather on notification center to accept anything but the location it finds. When I'm at home it picks up one of two neighboring towns and never the town I live in. To get it to show my town I have to turn location service off for the weather app and set weather app to my zip code.