Is your Apple Watch not updating the weather? Let’s fix it

Apple Watch face with current weather

One of the things I really love about my Apple Watch is just how easy it is to see what the weather is in real-time with just a glance at my Apple Watch. 

And that weather report is almost always on-spot with its temperature and current conditions report, so I know if I need a jacket or not, an umbrella, gloves, or nothing at all! 

But at times, my Apple Watch stops updating the Weather app, and the weather I see on my watch’s screen doesn’t match what’s really happening outside. 

I know this problem isn’t just my watch, so I put together this guide to walk you through the steps to get your weather updating in real-time on your Apple Watch too! 

This article outlines steps to troubleshoot the Apple Weather app; however, if you use a third-party weather app, like The Weather Channel or Carrot, follow the same steps and substitute your preferred weather app in the directions.

So let’s get to it!

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Check that your watch connects to data

Your Apple Watch must connect to the internet to update its data to update the weather. So make sure your watch has an active connection via WiFi or cellular data (via your iPhone for GPS watch models and via its own cellular data plan for GPS+Cellular models with their cellular plan.) apple watch connection to data via wifi or cellular data or iPhone via Bluetooth

To check your watch’s connection, swipe up Control Center and look for an active connection to WiFi or Cellular. Tap the WiFi or Cellular data icon once to turn it off and tap it again to turn it on and refresh its connection.

If using Cellular data, make sure you allow the Weather app access to use cellular data

  • Open your iPhone’s Settings app and choose your Weather app. Make sure you toggled on Cellular Data. iPhone Weather app allow cellular data use
  • On GPS+Cellular models, open the iPhone’s Watch app > My Watch tab > Cellular. Find the Weather app in the Cellular Data Usage section.

GPS-only Apple Watches should also verify that their Apple Watch is successfully connected to their paired iPhone. icons fro Apple Watch connection to iPhone for connected or disconnected

Open Control Center and look for the green phone icon at the top. If it’s red, place your watch and phone next to each other and check that AirPlane mode is off and WiFi and Bluetooth are on. Restart your watch and see if that icon is now green. 

Open the Weather app on your watch

If your Apple Watch face isn’t automatically updating the weather to current conditions, open the Weather app on the watch and see if the weather updates. If you use a different weather app, open that app. Apple Watch weather app

If it’s correct in the Weather app but incorrect on your watch face, see if it updated after opening it (or your preferred weather app.)

If the weather updated, you might have turned off background app refresh for the app.

Go to the Watch app > My Watch tab > General > Background App Refresh or open your watch’s Settings app > General > Background App Refresh. Verify that Background App Refresh is on. Background app refresh settings in the Watch app for Apple Watch apps

Scroll down to the Weather app (or your preferred third-party weather app) and toggle it on. Or if it’s already on, toggle it off, wait a few moments, and toggle it back on.

Check your watch face weather complication settings

Your weather app complication may be set to something other than the temperature or your chosen weather metric (chance of rain, UV Index, Air Quality, and others.) Weather app on Apple Watch set to show rain instead of temperature

So if you see some information in the area you set for your watch’s Weather app complication, it might just be set to another weather metric.

To check what you selected, edit your watch face using either the Watch app or press on the watch face you currently use on your Apple Watch to open the watch face editor. Apple watch face editor on the Apple Watch itself

Choose the Weather app complication and review what weather metric you selected. Change it to your preferred measurement. Apple watch face weather app complication options

We recommend selecting Weather to see your current outdoor temperature.

Additional tips for showing weather on your Apple Watch face

Open the Weather app on your paired iPhone iPhone Weather app

See if the Weather app on your paired phone works there.

If so, close the Weather app on your Apple Watch and then re-launch it and see if the weather updates and matches your iPhone.

To close the Weather app on your watch

  1. Press the side button on the Apple Watch once.
  2. Scroll through the listed apps and swipe on the Weather app.
  3. Tap the X icon to close it. Apple Watch close an app
  4. Then, open the Weather app again.

If the Weather app on your paired iPhone is also incorrect or closing the Weather app didn’t work, go to the next suggestion and look at your location settings.

Check your watch’s and paired iPhone’s location

Getting accurate weather data depends on your watch and iPhone having your correct location information. So, let’s check that your Watch is using your current location.

Open the Watch app and go to My Watch tab > Weather > Default City > choose Current Location. set your Apple Watch weather app default city to current location

Once done, open the Weather app on your watch or look at the Weather app complication on your watch face. See if it now shows the weather for your current location.

If not, check that you allowed your iPhone’s Weather app access to your location via Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Weather and set the location permission to Always. Toggle on Precise Location. Set your iPhone weather app to always for location services and use precise location

Then go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Apple Watch Faces. Set this to While Using and toggle on Precise Location. Location settings for

Is Background App Refresh on for your weather apps?

To continually update the weather on your Watch and iPhone, you need to allow the Weather app to refresh its data in the background, even when you aren’t actively using the app or its widget.

  1. Check that you turned on Background App Refresh in your iPhone’s Watch app > My Watch tab or via the Settings app on your watch.
  2. Go to General > Background App Refresh. Weather app background app refresh settings on Apple Watch in Settings app
  3. Scroll to the Weather app and turn it on. Or if it’s on, toggle it off and then back on.

If you use any other third-party weather apps, repeat these steps for that app.

Try a good ole restart of your watch and iPhone

Powering off and on your iPhone and watch. Start first with your iPhone, then power off/on your watch.  

  • Restart your iPhone by pressing the side button and one of the volume buttons. Slide to power off, wait a few moments and then press the side button to power it back on.
  • Restart your watch by pressing the side button and then slide to power off. Wait a few moments, then press the side button again and keep pushing it until you see the Apple logo on its screen.

Try a forced restart on both devices if a regular restart didn’t do the trick. Start with your paired iPhone and then force restart the Apple Watch.

  • To force restart your iPhone, press the volume up button once, press the volume down button once, then press and hold the side button until the Apple logo displays. iPhone force restart
  • Force restart your watch by pressing the crown and side button simultaneously until the Apple logo displays. force restart an apple watch

Finally, if nothing worked and your weather is still incorrect or not showing

  • For third-party weather apps, try uninstalling and reinstalling the weather app on your watch.
    • To remove an app from your watch, open the Watch app > My Watch tab and scroll down to the section Installed on Apple Watch. Choose your preferred weather app and toggle Show App on Apple Watch off to uninstall it. 
    • Once uninstalled, scroll further down to Available Apps and tap the weather app’s Install button to reinstall it on our watch.
  • For Apple apps, like the Weather app, uninstall and reinstall the app on your paired iPhone.
    • When you remove a built-in Apple app from your iPhone, Apple also uninstalls it from your Apple Watch.
    • To reinstall a built-in Apple app, download it from the App Store on your iPhone or Apple Watch.

If nothing works at all, we suggest your unpair and re-pair your Apple Watch to your iPhone. Try restoring from a backup first; however, if problems persist, unpair/re-pair it again, and this time set your watch up as new.

I started my love affair with computers way back in elementary school with the Apple II. Since then, I've worked with technology in my career as a media educator and videomaker. I have an MFA in media making from Temple University, where I also taught undergrads as an adjunct faculty member. So I know a thing or two about teaching others and creating how-to guides! After a cancer diagnosis, I turned to mobile technology like my Apple Watch to help me monitor my health throughout my chemotherapy treatment and later, to regain my wellness once in remission. I love sharing how to understand and use mobile tech, like smartwatches and phones, as a tool for empowerment to live our best and healthiest lives!

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