How to Fix: Apple Watch Weather Not Updating

Written by Tijana - Reviewed by Emilija Gadgets / Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch has many amazing features, and it’s loved by so many users for a reason.

One of the best features is the Weather widget, which allows Apple Watch wearers to know what the weather is like with a short glance at the gadget.

Apple’s Weather feature is rarely wrong, so having this feature is surely helpful, especially for people that like running, cycling, or simply going out for walks.

For some reason, multiple user reports were placed about the Weather app not updating on their Apple Watch. This surely can feel annoying, since knowing what the day will look like is extremely important.

Hence, with the help of this article, we’ll show you how to troubleshoot this bug, how to fix it and get back to using your Apple Watch with no complications of this sort.

Also read: Apple Watch 'Swipe-Up' Not Working (How to Fix It) and How to Get Apple Watch to Vibrate Only.

How do I fix the Weather not updating on my Apple Watch?

Method 1: Data Connection

In order for the information on your Apple Watch to get updated, it needs to have Internet access. Make sure the device has either Wi-Fi or Cellular Data connections.

To check the connection on your Apple Watch, swipe up the Control Center, and see whether your smartwatch has any type of Internet. If not, turn them on.

Note: Even if your Apple Watch was connected to the Internet, turn it off, and then back on again. This might help establish a stronger connection in case there was some interference.

Method 2: Opening the Weather app

In instances when the Weather widget on the Apple Watch face isn’t updating automatically, try opening the app. If the data within the app updates automatically, the change should automatically get transmitted to the Apple Watch face icon.

Also, if the data does get updated, this might mean you have turned off the ‘Background App Refresh’ feature.

To turn it on, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Watch App, and tap on the ‘My Watch’ tab.
  2. Open ‘General’, and look for the ‘Background App Refresh’ feature.
  3. Make sure to toggle the button next to it.

Note: Even if the ‘Background App Refresh’ feature was set as ‘On’, turn it off, wait for a couple of seconds, and turn it back on.

Method 3: Checking Apple Watch face Weather Complication Settings

Depending on what you have set on the Apple Watch, you might be seeing the wrong metric. The Weather feature has several different options - UV index, Air Quality, and Chance of Rain.

Hence, you might be seeing information that is set on the Apple Watch complications, and consequently seeing a different metric.

  1. Press on the Apple Watch face, and open the Watch face editor.
  2. Open the Weather app complication, and check which metric is set to be showing the default.



Method 4: Remove the complication from your Apple Watch Face

For some users, removing the complications from their Apple Watch Face helped get rid of the issue. Remove the complication, do a soft restart, and add the complication again to see if the issue resolves.

Additionally, consider restarting your iPhone after you restart the Apple Watch. This might provide a better Internet connection, which might help the Weather app to automatically update.

Method 5: Temporarily change the watch face

If there’s some bug connected to the current Watch Face and the complication, consider adding a new Watch Face, and adding the same Weather complication to the new Face.

Method 6: Check the paired iPhone

Both Apple devices draw weather information from the same place. Hence, if there are issues on your iPhone, and the information doesn’t update, the same issue will show up both on the Apple Watch and the iPhone.

However, if there are no issues showing up on the iPhone, updating the information from the smartwatch might help the Apple Watch to update its information, since both devices are connected.

Method 7: Force-close the Weather app on the Apple Watch

This might help resolve software glitches and temporary bugs.

  1. Press the Digital Crown on the Apple Watch once.
  2. Scroll through the list of apps until you see the Weather app.
  3. Tap on the ‘x’ icon to close the app.
  4. Give it a couple of seconds, and open the app once again to check whether the issue persists.

Wrapping up

The fixing solutions mentioned above are the ones that helped the most users. If that’s not the case for you, consider updating the software on your Apple Watch. This will most likely help get rid of the Weather app glitch.

If not, however, consider bringing your Apple Watch either to an Apple Store, or an authorized repair shop.

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