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Apple Watch Weather Not Updating or Showing Data? Let’s Fix It


Is your Apple Watch weather not updating in real-time? Or maybe the weather app is current but your smartwatch is not showing up to date data on the screen?

Here’s what you need to know:

Weather is not working on your Apple Watch because of a system glitch, an obsolete OS, or data connection issues. Also, it likely your location settings are off, the weather app doesn’t have the permission to access you location, background refresh is off, or the watch and iPhone aren’t in range.

I’ve personally had times when my Apple Watch Series 6’s weather app failed to show or update data in real-time.

And that meant not getting up to date information on temperature and current conditions in environments outside my house.

But I’ve also fixed the problem and gotten my smartwatch back on the right track. And in this post, I show you exactly how to fix the problem, so you can get the weather app on your Apple Watch working properly again.

Key Takeaways

Here are quick fixes if your Apple Watch is not displaying or updating weather:

  • Reboot your Apple Watch and iPhone.
  • Allow the weather app to access your location.
  • Enable background refresh.
  • Disable and re-enable weather app data usage.
  • Ensure your iPhone and Apple Watch is in range.

Why Isn’t Weather Showing or Updating on My Apple Watch?

Weather data is not showing or updating on your Apple Watch’s face because of the following reasons: 

 Probable Cause Possible Solution
1.Your iPhone or Apple Watch has a system glitch.A reboot should help to fix the problem.
2.Location is off.Turn on location. Grant weather app permission to access location.
3.Background refresh is inactive.Activate background refresh to allow weather app to update.
4.There may be a cellular error.Disable and re-enable the weather app data usage.
5.iPhone and Apple Watch not in rangeBring the two devices closer together.

5 Ways to Fix Apple Watch Weather Not Updating or Showing

Here’s how to fix the problem of weather not displaying, updating, or not working at all on your Apple Watch:

1. Restart Your Phone and Watch 

The first best fix is to restart your iPhone and reboot the Apple Watch. That’s because most of the time Apple Watch fail to load weather because of a system glitch caused by cached memory or conflicting apps.

To restart the Apple Watch:  

  • Press and hold the power button until the power slider appears.
  • Slide the power-off slider to the right to turn off the watch.
  • Wait 5 to 10 seconds.
  • Press and hold the power button until you see the Apple logo on the display.

For the iPhone:

  • Press and hold one of the volume buttons and power button until you see the power-off slider on the screen.
  • Drag the power-off slider to the right. 
  • Wait at most 30 seconds for your iPhone to turn off.
  • Now, press and hold the power (side) button until the Apple logo appears.

That’s it for rebooting the device.

The last step is to ensure the two devices are in synchronization. You can turn on Bluetooth. If not, connect (both devices) to the same Wi-Fi network to get the same effect.

2. Allow Weather App to Access Your iPhone’s Location

If you don’t know already, the Apple Watch gets its weather data from the iPhone.

So if the watch is not showing weather for the current location, or it’s not giving current readings such as temperature, rains, and current conditions, it’s likely that location is off on your iPhone. 

Turn on location on your iPhone to fix this.

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap Privacy and Security.
  • Select Location Services.
  • Next, select the Weather app.
  • Enable Always
  • Toggle Precise Location to green.

By simply making these changes, the configuration ensures that you get the latest weather information in your area.

3. Enable Background Refresh

It’s possible that the Apple Watch weather is not syncing because the background refresh is inactive.

So if you notice that the weather reading on the watch face differ from the readings in the app, it means system not syncing because background refresh is off.

Turning the option back on should help fix the problem.

On your Apple Watch:

  • Press the Digital Crown to access apps screen.
  • Choose Settings
  • Tap the General option.
  • Scroll down and tap Background App Refresh. 

Now your Apple Watch should keep loading the weather data without any problem.

Keep in mind that when enabled, the Background App Refresh feature can drain Apple Watch battery.

4. Disable and Enable Weather App Data Usage

First, check the cellular data usage.

  • Open the Watch app on the paired iPhone
  • Select the My Watch tab option
  • Then, tap the cellular option.
  • Under the cellular option, you will find the Cellular Data Usage option, tap to open it.  

If cellular usage is okay but the watch won’t load the weather restart your Watch’s data usage.

Restarting data usage or cellular connection on Apple Watch is fast and easy.

  • Wake the screen of the watch
  • Swipe the display up from the watch face to launch the control center.
  • Tap on the cellular button (the hotspot icon) to turn it off.
  • Again, tap on it to on.

5. Ensure Apple Watch and iPhone Are in Range

Another reason your Apple Watch won’t update weather details is that you are far from the paired phone. This means you need to carry your iPhone with you when tracking the weather.

Once the Apple Watch and iPhone are in range, re-sync the watch to the phone.

You cannot use the settings app on Apple Watch to reset sync data. You have to do this from the watch app installed on your paired iPhone.

  • Launch the app.
  • Go to My Watch.
  • Tap the General option.
  • Select Reset.
  • Tap Reset Sync Data.

The reset sync data will delete contact and calendar data from your Apple Watch before resyncing with the phone. Allow the watch a few minutes for this data to get back (ensure phone and watch in range and Bluetooth or Wi-Fi is on).

With Apple Watch and iPhone in range and the resyncing done, weather reading should not only show but also update in real time. 

How to Fix Apple Watch Not Displaying Temperature

If your Apple Watch is not displaying temperature or the readings are inaccurate:

1. Update watchOS and iOS to the Latest Version

I’ve used the Apple Watch Series 6 for long enough to know that obsolete firmware can cause performance issues.

So maybe it’s time to check and update watchOS and iOS to the latest version if you can’t see temperature readings on the Apple Watch screen.

For watchOS:

  • Tap the screen to wake up the display.
  • Connect the watch to an active Wi-Fi network.
  • Press the Digital Crown to open the apps screen.
  • Choose Settings. ‘
  • Choose General.
  • Tap Software Updates.
  • Tap install (if there are updates available).

Follow the onscreen instructions to update the watchOS to the latest version.

Note, a tiny notification will show alongside the Software Update when there is a new WatchOS version.

For iOS:

  • Wake the screen.
  • Choose Settings.
  • Select General.
  • Tap Software updates.

Now Tap “Download and Install” to get the new iOS software version on your iPhone. A notification button will always show if there is a new update available.

Why Does Apple Watch Says “Loading Weather”?

Your Apple Watch says loading weather because you have not connected to the internet or because your iPhone is not in range.

First, you need internet access on your Apple Watch to access real-time weather alerts. So connect it to Wi-Fi. Also, connect your iPhone to the same Wi-Fi network.

Second, bring your phone along (if your Apple Watch is non-cellular) because you need Bluetooth connection on both phone and watch. Otherwise, you will keep seeing the Apple Watching loading weather message.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why is My Apple Watch Not Showing Weather on Face?

You’re not seeing weather on the Apple Watch face for many reasons, including an outdated operating systems and failure to access internet.

I have already shown you exactly how to fix all these issues, so refer back to the guide just in case you’ve forgotten something. 

Another reason your Apple Watch is not showing on Apple Weather on its face is that you are yet to set your current location. Failing to set your location is also the reason why the Clockology weather not working.

To set your current location on your Apple Watch, open the Watch app on the paired phone, tap My Watch, tap Weather, tap Default City, and then Choose Current Location.

2. How Do I Get the Temperature to Show Up on My Apple Watch?

Making the current temperature show on your Apple Watch is not as complicated as it may sound.

  • On your Apple Watch, tap the Weather app to open.
  • Select your current City.
  • Tap on the display to go through the hourly predictions of rain, temperature, or condition.

It’s that simple.

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Michael Jonathan

Michael Jonathan is the brainchild of Apelo Studio. He loves talking about wearable devices, and he is passionate about helping you push your wearable device to its limits. His creativity and ability to tear electric components apart and put them back together makes him an incredible troubleshooter and blogger.

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