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Samsung Galaxy S3: How to Make the Weather Widget to Auto Update

Accu weather is the stock weather widget that you can find in the primary Home screen on Samsung Galaxy SIII. This widget will provide you information about the temperature and weather forecast on your location. For the personal need, you can change the preferred temperature unit you wish to use, either Celsius or Fahrenheit.

See also: How to Change Weather Widget from Celsius to Fahrenheit on Samsung Galaxy S3

In addition to change the temperature unit, in this widget you can also determine how often the widget to refresh the information. There are several auto refresh option that you can choose which best suit you.

How to change weather widget auto refresh?
Below are the steps you need to do to determine the frequency of the weather widget updating the information:
  1. Tap the Weather widget on your Home screen.
  2. Tap the Menu key then select Settings.
  3. Tap Widgets.
  4. Tap Auto refresh.
  5. Now you'll see some option available on pop up menu, they are:
    • None
    • Every 1 hour: choose this option to make your weather widget refreshing the information for every one hour.
    • Every 3 hours: choose this option to make your weather widget refreshing the information for every 3 hours.
    • Every 6 hours: choose this option to make your weather widget refreshing the information for every 6 hours.
    • Every 12 hours: choose this option to make your weather widget refreshing the information for every 12 hours.
    • Every 24 hours: choose this option to make your weather widget refreshing the information for every 24 hours.
  6. Tap the required auto refresh option you wish to use. When the dot indicator next the option shows green means the option is selected.
  7. Tap Home button to return to the standby mode.

FYI, you can also manually refresh the weather widget by tapping the auto refresh icon located at the bottom right corner of this widget. Also, you should remember that the frequency of auto refresh weather widget may cost some data plan. In other words, more shorter the auto refresh frequency means more data will be used. So, which auto refresh option do you use?


  1. Since today's update, the weather widget won't even open. Just says "Loading,,,,,"

    1. Hi Susanpmi,
      Thanks for coming.
      Try to remove that widget and re-add the widget to the Home screen then see whether it helps :)

  2. If I tap the icon in the right corner would the auto refresh time be auto refreshed the amount of hrs that it is set at from that new time that would be shown?

    1. Hi MDS,
      Thanks for coming.
      I just duplicated your issue and I've found that the auto refresh time will be refreshed as well if I manually refresh the widget.

  3. When I try to select a city for the weather widget the city comes up in the selection part but when adding it to the widget nothing happens. No city will load on to it.

    1. Hi shannon and rick humphreys,
      Thanks for coming.
      if you don't mind, can you please send me a screenshot where you couldn't add a city to the weather widget?
      You can send it

    2. Did you figure out why no cities will load.I have the same problem on a brand new S3 1747 running 4.4.2.

  4. i cant get the weather widget on my homepage it do i get it back samgung galaxy s3

    1. Hi Kim Irey,
      Thanks for coming.
      Try the following steps to get back the weather widget to your home screen:
      1. Long tap on a blank/empty area on your home screen and then tap "Widgets" to view the widgets list.
      2. Find the weather widget on the list.
      3. Tap and hold the weather widget and then drag it to your home screen.
      4. Release the widget to place it on your home screen.


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