How to show weather on Lock screen on Windows 11

You can add the weather information on the Lock screen, and in this guide, you will learn how to complete this task on Windows 11.

Lock screen weather
Lock screen weather / Image: Mauro Huculak
  • To add weather status to the Lock screen on Windows 11, open Settings > Personalization > Lock screen and choose “Weather” in the “Lock screen status” setting.
  • To enable the new weather widget, run the “vivetool /enable /id:47526873,47921515,47921574 command in the latest preview of Windows 11.

On Windows 11, you can add the weather information on the Lock screen, and in this guide, you will learn how. The Lock screen is the first experience you see before accessing the Sign-in screen and then the desktop. By default, the experience shows a background (which you can always change or rotate using the Spotlight feature) and the date and time information. However, you can also see the weather by configuring the “Lock screen status” through the Settings app, so you don’t have to reach your phone or look at this information on the web as often.

In this guide, I will teach you how to display weather information on the Lock screen of Windows 11.

Show weather on Windows 11 Lock screen

To show your local weather information on the Lock Screen, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Personalization.

  3. Click the Lock screen tab.

  4. Select the Weather option in the “Lock screen status” setting.

    Lock screen enable weather

    Quick note: You can also show your mail or calendar information on the Lock screen.

Once you complete the steps, the weather details will be available at the bottom of the lock screen the next time you lock, sign out, or restart the computer.

You probably don’t have the app if the “Weather” option isn’t available. You can download the Windows 11 Weather app from the Microsoft Store.

Enable weather on Windows 11 Lock screen (preview)

Microsoft is testing a new widget-like interface to show rich weather information, and you can enable it now in the latest preview of Windows 11 through the Dev and Beta Channels. The company is even working on bringing the feature to Windows 10. (Microsoft plans to release this feature with the April 2024 update for Windows 11 and 10 users.)

To enable the new weather widget in the Lock Screen, use these steps:

  1. Open GitHub website.

  2. Download the file to enable the new Lock Screen weather.

  3. Double-click the zip folder to open it with File Explorer.

  4. Click the Extract all button.

    Extract ViveTool zip file

  5. Click the Extract button.

  6. Copy the path to the folder.

  7. Open Start.

  8. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  9. Type the following command to navigate to the ViveTool folder and press Enter:

    cd c:\folderpath\ViveTool-v0.x.x

    In the command, remember to change the path to the folder with your path.

  10. Type the following command to enable the Lock Screen weather page for Settings and press Enter:

    vivetool /enable /id:47526873,47921515,47921574
  11. Restart the computer.

  12. Open Settings.

  13. Click on Personalization.

  14. Click the Lock Screen page.

  15. Choose the “Weather and more” option in the “Lock screen status” setting.

    Enable Weather and more feature

Once you complete the steps, the next time you are on the Lock Screen, you should be able to see the weather and other information. 

This information is tied to the Weather app on Windows 11. If the system doesn’t display the correct information, you can set your current location from the app or the Weather widget in the dashboard. 

If you change your mind, you can revert the changes with the same instructions, but on step 10, make sure to use the vivetool /enable /id:47526873,47921515,47921574 command and then restart the computer.

You can learn more details on how to use the ViveTool in this guide.

Update March 31, 2024: This guide has been updated to ensure accuracy and to include the steps to try out the new weather feature in the latest preview of Windows.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].