Daily Tip: How to configure the iPhone’s Weather and Stock widgets in Notification Center
Curious how to setup notifications in iOS 5? With all the various banners and popups, badges and sounds, widgets and lock screen options, it can be a little tricky for first-time users, but worry not — we have you covered! First up, here’s how the new Weather and Stock widgets work!
Stock widget
Daily Tip: How to configure the iPhone’s Weather and Stock widgets in Notification Center
The Stock widget pulls stock information directly from the native Stocks app in iOS 5. By turning the Stock widget to ‘On’ you’ll see a scrolling ticker displaying your favorite stocks. If you want to change the stocks that are displayed in the Stock widget, just follow these quick steps:
Open the Stocks app from the iPhone home screen, or tap the Stock widget in Notification Center.
Tap the ‘i’ information button in the lower right-hand corner.
Tap the + button in the upper left-hand corner to add a new stock. You can search for stocks by stock ticker or company name.
Tap Done to finish.
Now, the stock that you’ve just added to the Stocks app will show up in the scrolling Stock widget within Notification Center!
Weather widget
Daily Tip: How to configure the iPhone’s Weather and Stock widgets in Notification Center
Apple also included a weather widget that displays current weather information as well as a full five-day forecast. Just swipe to the left or right to reveal the five-day forecast. The weather widget pulls information from Yahoo! Weather locations stored in the native Weather app in iOS 5. In order to add or change weather locations, follow these steps:
Open the Weather app from the iPhone home screen, or tap the Weather widget in Notification Center.
Tap the ‘i’ information button in the lower right-hand corner.
From here, you have the option to either use Local Weather (pulled from location services) or add a location manually. For instructions sake, we’ll add a new location. To add a new location, tap the + button in the upper left-hand corner.
Search by City, State or ZIP and input your preferred location.
Now the location you’ve manually setup will be displayed in the Weather widget. If you have more than one location in the Weather app, the Weather widget will only display the 1st location. If you have no manual locations set and have the Local Weather feature on, you’ll only see the temperature relative to your geographic location (make sure you have Location Services turned on!)
There you have it, how to configure your Notification Center widgets. We’ll cover the other elements, like Mail and Messages notifications, Lock Screen info, etc. next time. Meanwhile, if you have any favorite Notification Center tips, let us know in comments!
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