Apple introduced its air quality reporting in its Weather app some time back. With the advent of iOS 12 this feature became popular. In California, during the wild-fire crisis last year, the Air Quality reporting became a very handy feature to have on the iPhone.
This feature is also very helpful to users who suffer from Allergies and asthma and would like to learn about the Air quality outside before venturing out for the day.
Apple has improved upon the availability of Air Quality feature by integrating it with the Maps app starting with iOS 12.2.
This short article provides you a step by step method to set up Air Quality reporting on your iPhone.
How To Check Air Quality Report via Maps on your iPhone
In order to set this new feature in your iPhone
- Start with the Settings App
- Tap on Maps and Scroll down to the ‘Climate’ section
- Enable Air Quality Index and Weather Conditions in this section
Once you have enabled this, you will find the weather condition and the associated Air quality index on the bottom right corner of your Map Screen.
The feature automatically shows a ‘Green’ icon when the Air quality is good and a ‘Red’ icon along with the index reading, when things are bad.
This new feature will be available to all users starting with iOS 12.2 which is currently in Beta.
- Here are The Key New Features Coming via iOS 12.2
- How To Install Beta on your iPhone to Check out the New Features
How to Check Air Quality Report using the Weather App on your iPhone
This is simple and easy to setup. One requirement is to check if Apple supports this feature in your country/region.
- Tap on the Weather App on your iPhone to get started
- Next choose a city from the list of cities that you have set up in the app
- Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the Air Quality Index and Air Quality reading for your city
- When the conditions in a city that is in your list has bad Air quality, it will automatically display the information at the top of the weather app
We hope that you found these short tips helpful. It is encouraging to see Apple using some of the common features and propagating them across the iOS system to help users out. We hope that one of these days Apple integrates other features such as Fire warnings and other natural disaster related alerts.
Obsessed with tech since the early arrival of A/UX on Apple, Sudz (SK) is responsible for the editorial direction of AppleToolBox. He is based out of Los Angeles, CA.
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In a former life, Sudz worked helping Fortune 100 companies with their technology and business transformation aspirations.