Add Weather.Gov as an App on Your Home Screen

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Checking the weather before starting my day is one of my most important daily routines. I like to know what the forecast will be so I can plan what clothes I need to wear and what to prepare for when I'm headed out. But sometimes, the iPhone native Weather app can let you down. If you want the most accurate weather with fewer ads, you can add the National Weather Service to your Home Screen as an app icon.

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Get the most accurate, up-to-date weather reporting right on your Home Screen.
  • Access an alternative weather service to the iPhone's native Weather app without paying for a subscription or being overloaded with ads. 

Add to Your iPhone Home Screen

To use this tip, you'll need an iPhone SE 2nd Gen or newer running iOS 16 or later.

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  1. In Safari, go to

    On Safari, go to
  2. Tap the Share icon.

    Tap the Share icon.
  3. Tap Add to Home Screen.

    Tap Add to Home Screen.
  4. From here, you can edit the name that will appear under the icon. When you're done, tap Add.

    From here, you can edit the name that will appear under the icon. When you're done, tap Add.
  5. You will now see appear on your iPhone Home Screen, just like an app icon!

    You will now see it appear on your iPhone Home Screen!

And that's how you can add the National Weather Service to your iPhone Home Screen like an app! Whenever you want to check the weather, you can just tap on this icon, enter your location, and see your local forecast. You can also check the radar (one of the glitchiest features on my native iPhone Weather app) from the NWS site and more.

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Rachel Needell

Rachel Needell is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and a poet and author. With 10-plus years of experience working with Apple devices, she specializes in all-things iPad and is a Notes App expert, having worked on both the 2023 iPad Guide and the Notes App Guide. You can usually find her writing in the Daily Tip newsletter as one of our senior Tip writers. Rachel received her Master’s degree in English Literature in 2021 and her most recent work appears in the Winter ’21 edition of New Note Poetry. When she’s not obsessing about Apple products, you can find her voraciously reading fantasy books with her cat in Asheville, North Carolina.