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Why Am I Not Receiving Weather Notifications on My iPhone?


Modern smartphones have made checking the weather around your place much easier as you can simply open an app and access the information that you need. But what if you want to be notified when rain or thunderstorm is going to affect your area? iPhone users can now set up the Weather app on their devices in such a way that they get notifications when it rains or snows in and around their location. If you’re not receiving weather-related notifications from the native Weather app on your iPhone, the following post will help you understand why that’s happening and how you may be able to fix it. 

iOS version eligibility

Notifications in weather is a new feature that comes as part of the iOS 15 update on iPhones. At the moment, iOS 15 is only available as developer beta on select iPhones and we’d advise against installing the current iOS 15 beta unless you’re absolutely okay with running into bugs and issues on your primary iPhone. 

You can check the iOS version on your device by opening the Settings app and going to Settings > General > About > Software Version.

For the Weather Notifications to work, the version should say “15.0”. If your iPhone is running iOS 14 or older versions, you won’t be able to access the feature on your iPhone. 

Region eligibility

You will be notified about rain, snow, hail, or sleet through the Weather app on iOS only in a limited number of regions. In its official iOS 15 features page, Apple has revealed that only users in Ireland, the UK, and the U.S. will be able to get next-hour precipitation notifications on their iPhones.

This means, if you reside in a location other than the aforementioned countries, you won’t be able to get precipitation notifications on your iPhone. The only way to check whether or not it will rain or snow at your location if you’re in an unsupported region is by opening the weather app and swiping to the weather card for your preferred location. 

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We expect this to change as future beta versions of iOS 15 become available and we might see a longer list of supported regions by the time Apple releases the stable iOS 15 to the masses. 

How to fix Weather Notifications on iOS 15

If you’re at one of the supported locations (Ireland, the UK, and the U.S.) for Weather Notifications but you’re still not able to get weather-related notifications on your iPhone, then you may want to perform the fixes below to fix it. 

Fix #1: Add a location(s) inside the Weather app

One reason you may not be able to get weather notifications at your place may be because you haven’t added your location or your city inside the Weather app. 

To add a location or multiple ones for receiving notifications, open the Weather app on your iPhone and tap on the List icon (the one with bulleted points and three lines) from the bottom right corner. 

This will bring up the list of locations you have enabled weather cards for. On this screen, tap on the search bar at the top and enter the name of the place you want weather results for. 

When you find the desired location from the search results, tap on it. 

The selected region’s weather forecast will now appear. When it loads up, tap on the ‘Add’ button at the top right corner to add it to your list of weather cards. 

You can repeat the steps to see the weather data from other cities and get all weather alerts for them. When you add a location from a support region, you should be able to get Weather Notifications for them without doing anything else. 

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Fix #2: Ensure you have enabled notifications for the Weather app

If you have added all the locations you want weather alerts from and you’re still not receiving notifications from the Weather app, then chances are that you have somehow disabled notifications from the app. 

To check and enable weather-related notifications, open the Settings app and select the ‘Notifications’ option. 

Inside Notifications, scroll down and select the Weather app from the list. 

On the next screen, enable the toggle adjacent to ‘Allow Notifications’. 

This should enable all weather notifications from the Weather app. To make sure you get notifications as soon as the Weather app sends them, select the ‘Immediate Delivery’ option inside the ‘Notification Delivery’ section. 

Additionally, you can be sure that you receive notification alerts at the right time by checking the following options inside ‘Alerts’ – Lock Screen, Notification Centre, and Banners. 

Fix #3: Enable Location access for the Weather app

If you want the Weather app to give you rain or snow alerts based on the location that you’re in, then it’s pretty well understood that you give the app access to your location. 

For this, open the Settings app on iOS and go to ‘Privacy’. 

On the next screen, tap on the ‘Location Services’ option. 

If you have entirely disabled location access for your phone, enable the toggle adjacent to ‘Location Services’. 

When you do so, a list of apps that may require location access will load up below. Scroll down this list and select the ‘Weather’ app. 

If you wish to receive notifications for your current whereabouts, you will need to select the ‘Always’ option at the bottom.

We also disabled ‘Precise Location’ on this screen for privacy measure because the Weather app doesn’t need to know your exact location to give you weather info, an approximate location would do. 

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The Weather app will only be able to give you the most relevant weather notifications when it knows your current location at all times. 

If you don’t wish to share your location or don’t want the location tracking to affect your battery life, you can choose Fix #1 above to get weather alerts for selected locations only. 

Fix #4: Turn ON Weather Notifications for your Locations

By now, you may have enabled multiple locations and given location access to the Weather app. If you still don’t receive weather alerts on iOS 15, then you may need to enable Weather Notifications for your locations manually inside the Weather app. 

For this, open the Weather app on your iPhone and tap on the List icon (the one with bulleted points and three lines) from the bottom right corner.

On the next screen, tap on the 3-dots icon at the top right corner. 

When an overflow menu appears, select the ‘Notifications’ option.

This should take you directly to the Notifications screen inside the Weather app. Another way to access this screen is by opening the Settings app and going to Notifications > Weather > Weather Notification Settings. 

Inside Notifications, enable the switches adjacent to ‘My Location’ as well as the locations you have added manually to ‘Your Locations’. 

After enabling all notifications for all your locations, tap on ‘Done’. You should now start receiving notifications from all the supported regions in your locations list. 

That’s all we have on Weather Notifications on iOS 15. 

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