If you are anything like me, you depend on your phone as one of your three methods to get severe weather information. However, a recently new feature with Apple’s iPhone could be preventing you from getting
During the recent round of severe weather, I noticed that one of my go-to apps was not alerting me when watches and warnings were issued for my area. After a little investigation, I found that I had turned on the iPhone’s “Offload Apps” feature a few weeks ago when I was running low on storage space. The feature is simple, it takes the apps you use the least and removes them from your phone while keeping any data you saved in the app. If you need the app, all you have to is click the icon and it will be re-installed. However, when an app is offloaded, you no longer get alerts from the app. I did a quick check and found a little cloud icon next to the app icon which means the app was offloaded.
Turning Off “Offloading Apps” Feature
After missing out on severe weather alerts from an app I trust, I decided the offloading app feature needed to be turned off. Here is the step by step instructions on how to disable the iPhone feature.
First, enter the iPhone settings menu. Scroll down to the “ITunes and App Store” menu
Second, scroll to the bottom of the menu and turn off the option “Offload Unused Apps”