How to Set a Default Location in the iPhone Weather App & Weather Widget

How to Set a Default Location in the Weather App 

Location Tracking by the native Apple Weather app and the new iOS 14 Weather widget can take a toll on your iPhone's battery life. Don't worry, though; a couple of tweaks can improve your iPhone's performance and battery life without sacrificing the convenience of the Weather app and widget. To rescue your battery life from your iPhone's Weather app and Weather widget, you'll need to disable Location Tracking, then pick a default location, a city to permanently display inside the Weather app and widget. The following steps will allow you to know what the weather and temperature are at your location without pesky power and performance drains, so let's get started.

Related: How to Turn Location Services On or Off on iPhone

How to Set a Default Location in the iPhone Weather App & Widget

Let's learn how to set a default location in your iPad or iPhone Weather app and Weather widget. For more great ideas about how to use widgets, check out our free Tip of the Day

How to Turn Off Location Services for the Weather App & Widget on Your iPhone & iPad

Before you set a default location for your Weather app and widget, turn off Location Services. 

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Select Privacy.

    iphone settings appiphone privacy settings
  3. Tap Location Services.
  4. Scroll down and tap Weather.

    iphone location servicesweather location services
  5. Select Never under Allow Location Access.
  6. Tap While Using the App or Widgets if you want the Weather app to track your location only when using the app or widgets. This will use some battery power, but you'll have the convenience of your Weather app giving you your current location weather and predictions rather than the default location.

    allow location access settings

How to Set A Default Weather Location in the Weather App or Weather Widget on Your iPhone & iPad

Next, we'll select a permanent location to always display inside the Weather app.

  1. Tap the Weather app.
  2. If a location pops up, select the menu icon in the lower right corner.

    iphone weather apptap menu at the bottom right of the screen
  3. If all your locations pop up, tap the magnifying glass icon.
  4. Type your desired default location in the Search bar.
  5. Locate the correct location in the search results and tap that location to continue.

    tap magnifying glass icontap your current location
  6. Tap Add.
  7. Your default location will be added to your list of locations at the bottom.

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  8. To change the default location in the Weather widget, touch and hold the Weather widget.
  9. Tap Edit Widget in the menu that pops up.

    weather widgettap edit widget
  10. Tap the Location that's highlighted in blue.
  11. Enter the default location you want in the Search bar, or tap it in the list that appears as you begin typing. 

    tap the location highlighted in blueenter your default location
  12. Your chosen default location will now be displayed next to Location and in your Weather widget.

    new default location in weather widget

Now you know how to manage your locations in the Weather app and Weather widget. Cheers to longer battery life!

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