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Weather app: The ultimate guide

How to check current weather and forecasts with Siri
How to check current weather and forecasts with Siri

The Weather app for iPhone can show you a list of cities, along with local times and temperatures, which makes it incredibly easy to glance at a wide range of information. In addition to the weather for your current location, you can also add additional locations based on city name, postal or zip code, or airport code. You can arrange all the cities in exactly the order you want, and you can even remove ones you no longer want.

Here's how!

How to add locations to Weather for iPhone

The Weather app for iPhone will automatically keep track of the climate and temperature in your current location, if you allow it. However, you can also add any other locations you might want to keep track of. Whether you're traveling or simply have family, friends, or colleagues around the world, you easily keep all the information you want, all available at a glance.

  1. Launch the Weather app from the Home screen of your iPhone.
  2. Tap the List button at the bottom right (or pinch to compress down to the list view).
  3. Tap the + button at the bottom right.

  1. Type in the name of the city, zip or postal code, or airport code.
  2. Tap on the desired city from the search results.

How to remove locations from Weather for iPhone

  1. Launch the Weather app from the Home screen of your iPhone.
  2. Tap the List button at the bottom right (or pinch to compress down to the list view).

  1. Swipe from right to left on top of the location you want to remove to reveal the Delete button
  2. Tap the Delete button

How to rearrange locations in the Weather app for iPhone

  1. Launch the Weather app from the Home screen of your iPhone.
  2. Tap the List button at the bottom right (or pinch to compress down to the list view).
  3. Touch and hold the weather location you'd like to move up or down in the list.

  1. Drag the weather location to the position you'd like it to be in
  2. Release your finger to reorder the weather location.

Repeat this process for each item you'd like to move up or down in the list.

How to change from Celsius to Fahrenheit in Weather for iPhone

  1. Launch the Weather app from the Home screen of your iPhone.
  2. Tap the List button at the bottom right (or pinch to compress down to the list view).

  1. Tap the °C / °F button at the bottom left.
  2. Tap the °C / °F button at the bottom left again to toggle back.

In addition to checking weather information using the app, you can also ask Siri for the most important forecast and temperature information.

Any questions about Weather?

If you have any questions about the built-in Weather app for iPhone, drop them in the comments below!

Rene Ritchie
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

24 Comments
  • Click weather walk out with umbrella. At least in the UK :p Sent from the iMore App
  • It isn't available on the iPad. At all. Sent from the iMore App
  • Surely the fact that the Weather app is not available on the iPad should not get in the way of a helpful article about using the Weather app on iPad, right? (Though I do notice that even though the article title and table-of-content links all mention iPad, the section headers themselves do not. So it's not even self-consistent.)
  • I always found this really odd, why not include it? The extra screen space could make for displaying the weather in an even nicer way with more information. At least there's other weather apps I guess
  • Is it just me or are these "Ultimate Guides" becoming a bit of a p*** take? Sent from the iMore App
  • There's two things it doesn't do. One is predict weather very well and two the provider can't be changed. I find the BBC is more accurate so would be nice to change to that service.
  • Yes, BBC weather app is all that's needed for me in the UK. Sent from the iMore App
  • It's pretty ugly though
  • I wish Apple provided their weather app for the iPad. I've always found it to be satisfactory, but I typically only need it for the current day to two or three days in advance. I've got four or five weather apps and haven't found any of them to be very accurate for the week or more. Two to three days is about it but that's enough.
  • Rumor has it Steve Jobs didn't think it looked good on the iPad, so they didn't do it originally. Now it's on a list of things to do, but they're so busy going forward they haven't stopped to go back and do it. (Engineers are busy doing what they think are more important things.)
  • Thanks, Rene!
  • The only thing you need to know about the default weather app, or any weather app, is that none of them are any good. Sent from the iMore App
  • There are some very good ones, such as BeWeather, Weather Underground, and Dark Sky.
  • I haven't tried BeWeather or Weather Underground. Dark Sky I have tried and in all honesty I don't find it very accurate. Just yesterday the forecast for my location was for sunny spells am, showers pm. It was the exact opposite, that's not uncommon. I'll give the other two you suggested a look. Sent from the iMore App
  • You'll wanna check the source of information that the app is getting the weather from, e.g. Apple's weather app gets its information from The Weather Channel. Some weather apps might get their information from the same place so if they're inaccurate on one, they'll be inaccurate on the others
  • so the same stock weather app on iphone is not available for ipad? I can not seem to find on the app store. Anyone confirm this? thanks
  • Deleted it. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • The quality of a weather app depends on the accuracy of the forecast. Not all weather apps get their data from the same source. No "review" ever takes into account that a nice interface is useless if the actual data are bad. Sent from the iMore App
  • The stock weather app on the iPhone works well enough for me. Gives me just the right information I need. The best part about it that has not been mentioned is that it syncs completely with the Mac's weather app in the Today View sidebar!
  • Why doesn't the weather app show current conditions like the clock app shows current time? Sent from the iMore App
  • The clock app face shows current time. Be nice if the app face for weather would show current conditions j/s Sent from the iMore App
  • I never understood why it doesn't do this. The calendar app also displays the current date as well, it makes sense for the Weather app to follow
  • Weather app is my "go to" .Actually Bureu of Meteorology website is.. and i'd favor that over any app.. Only problem with weather apps, i find is they keep updating wrong estimates.. More accurate on BOM website. Even I found weather app on two iphones in same location vary differently as well, despite coming from same source.. YahooWeather widget on Mac, same thing. I would probably guess Location Services plays a part in all of this.
  • Hello, I had a question. There is a table showing all the various weather symbols that can be used. Why is the tornado or the hurricane symbols never used? Whenever there is a hurricane, all it says in that effected city is "rain", it's really annoying. Basically, why aren't all of the symbols being used. The "hail" one is also never used.
    I attached a link to the page that has the table of symbols: http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/what-does-the-little-thermometer-in-... Thanks for any answers/suggestions