There are a whole range of weather apps on the App Store, not to mention Apple’s own stock Weather app. However, those that spend a lot of time in the Facebook app will no longer have to switch apps just to check the weather. The team over at the world’s most popular social media service has built a brand new weather forecast section directly into the app.
Some users might notice the new feature is an expansion on recent welcome greetings the app’s been making. Up until recently, users of the Facebook iOS app might have noticed a message at the top of their feed showing the user a personalized greeting and the temperature. Facebook has told us to wrap up warm a few times in recent weeks!
Now, in the most recent update, available for free on the App Store (users that have Automatic Updates switched up will likely already have the update,) a full weather forecast can be accessed by tapping the More menu (the four horizontal lines icon in the bottom right,) and scrolling down and tapping Weather from the options. Facebook says the Weather tab is available to 95 percent of its users, so ensure you tap on ‘See more’ if it doesn’t show up right away.
The subsequent forecast, powered by Weather.com, will be based on your current location (if you’ve enabled location services for Facebook) and shows you the week ahead, as well as a 24-hour forecast. You can also set a location manually if you don’t want to let Facebook see your location.
“We are doing this because our goal is to develop products that connect people to the things they care about most and create moments of joy in people’s day, like simply telling you that it’s going to rain later,” a spokesperson said.
Weather greetings are still expected to appear for users, but when tapped on you’ll be taken to the five-day weather forecast.