How to make Yahoo’s new weather app the default in iOS

By , May 1, 2013

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Last month, Yahoo released a new weather app for iOS aptly named Yahoo! Weather. And its fit and finish actually surprised some people. Our very own Christian Zibreg said it’s “the best-designed iOS app from Yahoo yet.”

It’s just too bad that you can’t make the app the default weather application in iOS. Or can you? Actually, thanks to a new jailbreak tweak called ‘YahooWeatherisBetter,’ you can make Yahoo’s new weather app your default…

The tweak itself is pretty simple. Once installed, you can access all of its options from your Settings app. There’s not much to configure though. The menu consists of just 3 enable/disable toggles: 1 for the tweak and 2 options.

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Those two options are ‘Reroute Stock Bulletin’ and ‘Reroute Stock Icon.’ Enabling either of these will make it so that when you tap on them, iOS will launch the Yahoo! Weather app instead of Apple’s standard Weather application.

After some testing, I can confirm that YahooWeatherisBetter works as advertised. But I have a few qualms with the tweak. I had to play with the toggles initially to get it to work right, and I don’t like that it doesn’t re-route Siri results.

Overall, though, it’s a decent tweak. And if you’re madly in love with Yahoo’s new weather app, it’s worth checking out. You can find YahooWeatherisBetter in Cydia, in the BigBoss repo, for free.

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  • AlphaPoppy

    Yahoo’s new weather app “blows away” any other weather app. By far.

    • Kurt

      I agree. Best app. Great pictures and great useful info.

    • TomND

      Not in Australia it doesn’t. It’s always wrong. Pocket Weather AU uses the official Bureau of Meteorology data, has more options and looks great.

    • Damian Lillard

      Har, har. I see what you did there.

  • Joey_Mousepad

    I can’t be the only one that thinks the lack of a looping radar is a deal breaker for this app

    • genXhippie

      I seems so, based off these postings. ;-)

    • http://twitter.com/jmarsh5 Justin Marshall

      I am with you. One feature it is badly in need of. I sincerly hope it gains this soon. Other than that. It has been my go-to weather app.

  • Gus Me

    There’s an update that’s supposed to fixed the initial setup bug.

  • Guest

    I forgot about the default iOS Weather app

  • Adel Ali

    I forgot all about the default iOS Weather app…

    • genXhippie

      You just said that. :(

      • http://twitter.com/MohamadAmin4 Mohamad Amin

        Nah, he/she deleted the “…” in the second time XD

      • genXhippie

        So it seems.;)

  • Andrew

    I just hate the icon and I have to deal with it due to 6.1.3.

    • Adel Ali

      Yup!

  • http://twitter.com/InnoCentGee Prince Gee

    CooL

  • Om Soni

    What I’ve done on my iPhone is that I’ve set up WeatherIcon so that it displays the weather on the Yahoo! Weather application. I’ve hid the stock Weather app in a folder. :D

    • genXhippie

      Same here. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/Stickhandling_ Stick

    I like it, but I always seem to go back to Apple’s Weather app. It’s just so fast and simple. I have 6 day forecast right there as soon as I open it. I have it open for a split second and I’m done… I know the weather. Other applications for some reason I feel like I spend too much time on.

    • Kurt

      Apple’s weather, which uses Yahoo!’s data is faster but it’s very ugly, outdated, and lacks features. I prefer to wait a second more for a beautiful random picture and useful information. But stick with what you prefer, Stick.

  • http://twitter.com/jacobkwright Jake

    Does anyone know if this app is suppose to work with Intelliscreen X? I have it enabled but it’s still launching the default weather app.

    • http://twitter.com/jacobkwright Jake

      I have emailed the developer and he has confirmed the issue and has already fixed it. Updated version will be be in Cydia here in a few hours.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Makavelli.1 Joseph A. Ahmad

    I for one thing Apple should seriously team up with Yahoo on the native weather app front. Integrate some of the Yahoo UI, or at least use it as inspiration, and boom, you have a fantastic stock weather app. And a little off topic, but Apple pulls information from Yahoo for the Stocks app. Why not make it more useful like Yahoo Finance, which I use all the time. The current stocks app reminds me more of a widget (but not quite at the same time) with information at a glance. I could ramble on forever, so let me stop.

  • http://twitter.com/dreadcircus Jade Starr™

    Just use tweak “openother” to point stock app to yahoo and use weathericon to put weather on stock app. Perfect!

  • leart za jmi

    I use accuweather version 5.5
    Its the best so far.
    Yahoo weather is beautiful to see, but its a toy to play, not a real weather strong app

  • genXhippie

    On my iP5, I have set WeatherIcon 6 (free tweek) so that it displays “live” weather on the Yahoo! Weather icon, instead of the stock weather icon. I then hid the stock weather icon using SBSettings (free tweak). Just now, I installed Yahoo! Weather is Better (free tweak) too. It is functioning, thanks

  • Di

    Yahoo weather is too slow on my iPhone 5 when I enable detailed forecast and scroll between cities! Like on Android: feels no smooth at all. Terrible.

  • http://twitter.com/MohamadAmin4 Mohamad Amin

    I was waiting for such tweak to appear since Yahoo! updated their app.

  • Steven Melton

    My question is, does this replace the lockscreen and notification center weather widgets with a Yahoo one per say?

  • Gorgonphone

    ummm stopover hyping this lame yahoo weather all i installed it and the crappy UI design did not impress me.. deleted in 2 minutes..

    • genXhippie

      Well just like any app, it’s not for everyone. That’s alright. Personally, I prefer it over all others.

  • Sérgio

    I tried to search ‘YahooWeatherisBetter’ in the BigBoss Repo and didn’t find anything. The name is ‘Yahoo! Weather is Better’ (sepparated) and you have to manually respring it after installing.

    • paolo

      I don’t find it myself

  • Sérgio

    Oh, for the ones that didn’t knew (just like me) you have to download the Yahoo! Weather app in the App Store first. Then, install this tweak. Its nothing very incredible, just replaces the stock weather app for the Yahoo! Weather app, as said up. But its a good tweak. I’ll keep it.

  • Tam Cao

    Why i can not see where is tweak’s icon althought i see them on setting and i make everything same with what they said ??? Plz tell me how to solve this problem through caothetamptsc@gmail.com thksz

  • http://www.youtube.com/RocketSledder77 Michael Noriega

    Does anyone know what happened to this tweak?