My new LG G6 seems to have a hard time keeping track of the local weather and I have to manually tap ‘update’ to get the latest weather. That’s dumb. How do I automate the weather data collection?
Sounds like your Android phone exists within a strange fold in the very fabric of time and if you use it just right, you’ll be able to actually manipulate the very stuff of life! Well, maybe that’s a bit too sci-fi for you and we should stick with what’s really going on, which is simply that the weather app, to save your precious battery life, is set to only work with manual updates. Sounds good in theory, but if you want to just pick up your phone and see the current weather and forecast, it’s just annoying!
Fortunately it’s an easy setting or preference to change within the Android weather app, and, even better, you don’t even need to find the app to change the setting because it’s already front-and-center on your home screen.
Here’s what it looks like for me on a day when it’s 90F outside but my phone clearly isn’t keeping up:
There’s more on the screen, of course, but this is just the part we want to focus on. Now,as you know, the two tiny curved arrows that point towards each other just under the forecast are the update button. Tap on it and the temperature and weather icon will be updated as needed. Tap on the temperature itself, however, and you’ll move to the Android weather app, whether you’re on an LG G6 like I am, or whether you’re using an entirely different flavor of Android device!
If you look very closely at the lower right corner, you’ll see it says “Updated 5/29” which is a bit awkward when it’s actually 6/9, two weeks later! Here it’s not so easy to see how to update the weather forecast, but tap on the three vertical dots on the top right and a menu appears:
Logically enough, tap on “Update now” to force the weather app to grab new data from the Accuweather server. Once it’s done, your forecast will be the latest current weather, as you want:
That makes more sense! Problem is, we haven’t actually fixed the problem. To do that, go back to the menu off the three-dot button on the top right and tap on “Settings“.
There’s the culprit! See where it says “Update interval” and has it set to “Manual”? That’s not good. Instead, tap on “Update interval” and you can set it to every hour, two hours, or similar:
I’ll go with every 3 hours because our weather forecast doesn’t change that often! Tap the new value and you’re done. Now your weather should stay up-to-date without you needing to refresh manually!