How to Access Real-Time Weather and Stock Information on Apple Watch - dummies

How to Access Real-Time Weather and Stock Information on Apple Watch

By Marc Saltzman

Apple Watch comes with many built-in Apple Watch apps — and Weather and Stocks are two of them. Sure, you can choose not to see this information on your smartwatch if you’re not interested in one or both of these — simply unselect it in the Apple Watch app on your iPhone — but this information should be timely and interesting for many (hence, Apple adding them in without your having to download specific apps).

Checking the weather

The Weather app displays your current location’s temperature and a graphical representation of expected precipitation and conditions over much of the day (by the hour) as well as a week-ahead view — and for multiple locations if desired.

To use the Weather app on your Apple Watch, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Digital Crown button to go to the Home screen.

  2. Tap the Weather app.

    Once the app launches, you should see the temperature and weather for your current location. The temperature is in the center of the app, surrounded by a 12-hour look at the day and an associated icon, such as a sun, a cloud, a raincloud, snowflakes, and so on.

    If you live in the United States, the temperature is displayed in Fahrenheit (a choice you make when setting up the watch); it’s displayed in Celsius in Canada and other countries that use the metric system or if you make that choice yourself. The name of the city is in the top left of the screen and the current time is in the top right.


  3. Swipe down with your fingertip or twist the Digital Crown button toward you to scroll down the app. This shows you a ten-day forecast. Or press the screen (Digital Touch) for more information.


    The further down you swipe or twist the Digital Crown button, the further ahead in the week you can go. You can see each day’s high and low temperatures and predicted precipitation — all courtesy of the Weather Network.

    Scroll back up to the top of the Weather app by twisting the Digital Crown button away from you or use your fingertip to swipe up.

  4. To see other cities you’ve selected to keep track of, swipe to the right or left to pull up the weather there. You can change the cities you follow in the Apple Watch app on iPhone).


    Small white dots at the bottom of the app’s screen show you how many pages (cities) you’ve selected. You can add or remove cities in the Apple Watch app on the iPhone. Open the app, select My Watch, followed by Settings and Weather.

Don’t forget you can use Siri to call up weather information. Simply say “Hey, Siri” or press and hold the Digital Crown button, followed by a question, such as “What’s it like outside?” or “Do I need a raincoat?” Or give a command, such as “Tell me the weather.” Actually, you can just say “Weather.” If you don’t specify a location — like the examples provided here — Siri assumes you want to know your local information.

Following the stock market

To keep an eye on the stock market, Apple Watch offers you a quick glance at any public company’s stock price and performance for when (and where) you’d like it. It’s similar to the Stocks app on iPhone — but tailored to the smaller Apple Watch screen. The process is similar to looking at the weather — and it’s just as customizable.

To use the Stocks apps on your Apple Watch, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Digital Crown button to go to the Home screen.

  2. Tap the Stocks app.

    If you didn’t tweak what stocks you’d like to see — by going into the Stocks area of the Apple Watch app on iPhone — you should see the current value of major stock indices, such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average, as well as such tech companies as Apple and Yahoo.


    Each company you follow on the stock market is listed by its traded name (such as AAPL for Apple), the current stock price underneath the name (such as $126.41), and whether the stock is up (in green) or down (in red) and by how much, such as a green +1.15.


  3. You can learn more information about each company or exchange by tapping its name.

    This includes the full company name, point and percentage changes, and market cap.


    You can have a number of companies listed — all organized within the Apple Watch app on iPhone.

  4. After you’ve selected a company or exchange, swipe down on the Stocks app on Apple Watch to show even more information, such as a graph view that lets you track its performance over the past day, week, month, or six months.


    Swipe to the right at any time to go back to the main Stocks app screen with multiple indices and companies listed. You can also ask Siri to tell you the stock price of a given company or the performance of a stock index.


    You can access Siri by saying “Hey, Siri,” followed by your question or command, or press the Digital Crown button in any app you’re in to ask Siri about a particular company.