The Windows 10 Weather app has come a long way. If you want to know the weather conditions for other locations around the world, here’s how to add them.
The Weather app in Windows 10 for PCs and Mobile is one of the better apps for weather conditions out there. It also has a vibrant and beautiful interface. If you travel a lot or want to know the weather conditions for other locations around the world, here’s how to add them.
The Weather app in Windows 10 has come a long way since it was first introduced as a modern app in Windows 8. The other nice thing about it is you it gets improvements as it gets updated on a regular basis.
Add More Locations to Windows 10 Weather App
Open the Weather app and click the hamburger menu on the upper left-side of the screen. Then select Places.
Then under Favorit Places on the right, click the “+” tile. Then you can search for a zip code or the city you want to add.
Your Launch Location will always be what shows up when you first launch the app. Then, to see the other places you’ve added select Places to bring them up and then choose the tile you need.
If you go into Settings (gear icon in the lower-left corner), under Launch Location either select a default that you specify or Always detect my location — which is good when you’re traveling. Of course, for it to work you’ll need to allow Windows to access your location.
Cross Platform Universal App
The other neat thing is the Weather app is a Universal App. So, the locations you add on your Windows 10 PC will sync to any device the MSN Weather app installed on. That currently includes Android, Kindle Fire, and, of course, Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile.
It’s also worth noting that you can always do a search for any location via the search box at the upper right corner of the app.
What do you think about the new Weather app in Windows 10 or on your mobile device? Let us know in the comment section below.
And, for more in-depth conversations about apps, troubleshooting, and all things Windows 10, head to our Windows 10 Forums. It’s free to join.
Posted on March 16, 2020 by Mel Hawthorne 1 Comment
One of the many well-liked features of Windows 7 was the desktop gadgets. These gadgets included features such as a hardware resource monitor, clocks, calendars and weather forecasts. Unfortunately, the feature was disabled in 2012, after a serious security vulnerability was found that affected the entire platform.
So, what can you do if you want to add a time & weather gadget to your desktop in Windows 10?
There is no way to redownload the original gadgets, as Microsoft has disabled its download page for them. It is possible to download the gadgets from third-party sources, but these versions still contain the security vulnerabilities of the original platform, and there is no guarantee that the gadgets haven’t been modified to exploit these vulnerabilities.
Tip: We recommend never to download these gadgets, as they carry a lot of risk for users!
There is another option though. Some developers have released apps in the Microsoft Store that include the same functionality. Widgets HD from Ambient Software, and Sense Desktop from StedySoft, both offer desktop widgets that support weather and time displays.
Widgets HD is available for free. It includes clocks, weather forecasts, and other useful tools. Some features, like a stock feed and a translation widget, require in-app purchases to activate. Sense Desktop costs US$0.99 and has more than 20 skins for the integrated clock and weather forecast widgets.
Both apps can be installed through the Microsoft Store app. To open the Store app, open the start bar and type “Microsoft Store”. In the top right corner of the Store app, click the search button.
Type in the app name for the one you want to install, and then click on the app to go to the individual app page. To install the app, click “Get”. (The button may say ‘Install’ instead if you have previously had this installed.) Once it’s downloaded click “Launch” to run the app.
One of the app pages
Alternatively, you can click the links in this article to open the store page in your browser, if you click the “Get” button there, it will open the Microsoft Store app on the relevant app’s store page.
Note: We like the functionality of Widgets HD and used that one as an example here!
Widgets HD in the Microsoft Store
Once you’ve installed Widgets HD, launch the app by pressing the Windows key and scrolling to the app, then clicking on it. You’ll be presented with a selection of all the widgets that are available here. Those widgets that require a purchase will be marked as such, and can be purchased for a small cost in the store tab.
The Widgets available in Widgets HD
To launch a widget, just click on it, and it will launch automatically. Once the widget is running, you can click and drag it around, to move it to the location on the screen that you want. Some widgets will have a cogwheel icon that will be visible next to them when your mouse is hovering over the widget. Click the cog icon to configure the widget’s settings. The settings available will depend on the widget.
Use the cog icon next to the widget to configure the widget’s settings.
For example, a digital clock widget can be switched between 12 and 24-hour formats, and a location can be configured for a weather forecast widget. Once you’ve configured the widget’s settings, click “OK” to apply.
Configure the widget to your preferences and click OK to apply.
You can add as many widgets as you’d like – just don’t clutter your screen up too much! If you want to close one or several of your widgets, simply click on the little X symbol above the cogwheel to get rid of it.
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While there haven’t been a ton of revolutionary improvements to the Windows Weather app since its revamp in Windows 8, it’s still a popular way for people to quickly check in with the weather from their desktop. Here’s how to configure your app’s settings, manage your favorite’s list, and set up the live tile.
Set Your Location
To add your location to the Windows 10 Weather app, start by finding the tile in your Start menu, and opening up the program.
Because my Weather app is already configured, you can see that I have Portland, Oregon automatically displaying as the hometown.
You can enter your settings configuration by clicking the small gear icon, located in the bottom-left hand corner of the window.
Though there aren’t a ton of settings available, you can choose what type of temperature the app displays in (Fahrenheit or Celsius), as well as the location that you see when the app first pops up.
The “Launch Location” setting controls what you see when the app boots up. This can be toggled to either show one city by default, or to detect your location each time you open the app.
Whichever setting you choose, it will affect both the city on the front page summary and the starting location used in the Maps and Historical Weather tabs.
The only feature unaffected by the Launch Location setting are the articles listed in the News tab, which will stay the same no matter where your city is set.
Create and Manage Your Favorites
If you’re travelling often (or just a meteorology junkie), you can set a list of favorites in the Places tab.
Here you can add favorite cities into tiles which display short summaries of the current weather there, and double as a link to that city’s homepage.
To add a favorite city, start by clicking on the tile with the plus sign in the middle, seen below:
You’ll be taken to the following screen:
Once you enter your city, find and click it in the drop-down list. It will now appear every time you open the Places tab.
Favorites can be deleted by right-clicking on the tile you want to get rid of, and selecting the option to “Remove from Favorites”.
The Live Tiles Bug
The Weather app works well enough when you open it, but there have been many complaints that the Live Tiles feature doesn’t exactly work the way it should.
Normally, this tile should display the current temperature with a snapshot of the upcoming forecast that’s updated every few minutes–as shown above.
However, users on the official Windows 10 forum have reported that sometimes, after resizing the Weather app on their Start menu, the icon stops showing live updates, even with repeated restarts. So far there have been a number of proposed fixes for the problem, but like most solutions to Windows bugs, they only seem to work for a select number of people at a time. Some include:
Two years have passed since people started complaining about the problem, but Microsoft still hasn’t revealed any plans about a patch in the pipeline that could resolve it. We’ll be sure to amend this article if a hotfix is ever released.
Whether or not the Live Tile is functioning the way it should, the Windows Weather app can still be a good way to keep tabs on what’s happening with sunny skies or approaching storms in your area from the comfort of your own desktop.