Your iPhone has a hidden interactive weather map – here’s how to find it

If your iPhone is running iOS 15, did you know there’s some sort of interactive weather map buried in the stock weather app that comes pre-installed with the phone? I certainly didn’t, as I suspect I used the app the same way you did. Which means, a quick tap to open it, peek at what you need to see, and then you’re out.

If that’s the typical way you too use the app, you might be surprised to know that there’s also a more detailed weather map lurking inside, right under your nose.

This is partly because as the iPhone’s mobile operating software has matured over the years, it has become much more comprehensive. And a bit complex, even, for the average person, with so many settings and features that traditional iPhone owners probably never touch at all. Along the same lines, did you know that there is also a white noise generator buried in iOS 15? Of course, you can simply download an app for this from Apple’s App Store, but many people probably don’t know that Apple has also built one directly into the operating system.

Weather Map in iOS 15

Let’s talk about the interactive weather map first.

If you are on iOS 15 now, go ahead and run iPhone weather app supplied with your phone. Then, from the main screen, do you see this icon in the lower left corner of the screen? It looks like a paper map that has been unfolded.

Click on it, then this is what you will see next:

In the upper right corner of this new screen, you should see three icons. An arrow, a bulleted column of three rows, then what looks like a stack of three squares. Click that third one, and it’ll bring up the menu you see above – giving you an overview of temperature, rainfall, or air quality. Clicking on precipitation, for example, will show you a time lapse over the next 12 hours or so of precipitation passing through your area (or not).

You can also take a closer look at the temperature and air quality in your area, with more granular detail than what the app gives you at a glance when you quickly open it.

Another Hidden iPhone Feature

Along the lines of that interactive weather map that many iPhone users probably overlook, there’s an equally cool feature buried under various iPhone settings in iOS 15.

Do you know those white noise machines that sometimes sit next to the bed in nice hotels? You can also turn your iPhone into one, without the need to download any additional app. Just go to Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual > Background sounds.

From here, you have the option to choose from one of these sounds:

  • Balanced noise
  • luminous noise
  • dark noise
  • Ocean
  • Rain
  • Flow

So this is it. A little more interactivity in the iPhone weather map than you would have imagined so far. And a soothing white noise maker, right in your phone.


iOS 15 new: For more coverage on iPhone updates, check out our iOS 15 guide.

Dale D. Schrum