How to switch Fahrenheit to Celsius on Dark Sky

Advanced tweaks hidden under Settings

Updated: Version 3.0.1 fixes this issue, setting Celsius as default for UK users. The powerful hyperlocal weather app Dark Sky has gained support for the UK with the latest 3.0 update with a notable omission. At least that's what plenty of iPhone users in Britain are thinking. The anticipated arrival of the app to the App Store of United Kingdom and Ireland has revealed one important detail apparently overlooked: the app shows temperature in Fahrenheit units instead of Celsius on the first launch.


It would be too silly for the developers Adam Grossman and Jack Turner to leave the American units instead of the preferred Celsius in Europe. It turns out the app doesn't make it too evident, but the unit type can be changed in the iPhone Settings. Stop looking inside the Dark Sky menus because it's not going to be there.

To change the temperature unit used in version 3.0 of Dark Sky, simply launch the iPhone's built-in Settings app (the one with the cogs icon). Scrolling all the way to the bottom you'll see a list of third party you have currently installed on your iPhone. Look for the Dark Sky icon on that list and there you have your app settings well hidden somewhere else.

The Settings menu for Dark Sky allows you to change the temperature unit from Fahrenheit to Celsius and even Kelvin or Rankline — that will be for the weirds. In the same screen you can also disable the storm suggestions, which is nothing other than the "Clear Skies Are Boring" message you get when you have clear skies on your location. As I mentioned on my Dark Sky review, this is a good way to explore the app functionality without the need of a tutorial, but it can be too distracting and random after a couple of times.

The Settings menu for Dark Sky is completed with an acknowledgement and special thanks to the Kickstater backers that allowed this app to be possible. There's room for the privacy policy, stating that you're location information is not saved when you disable location services. I wished there was a statement on the use of battery, which is available here. This issue seems to worry some users, who indicate on their iTunes review that they have noticed lower battery performance since installing the app.

In a line about notifications, the developer states this should not affect your battery life:

Will notifications affect my battery life? It shouldn't. When Dark Sky is closed, we don't use your device's power-hungry GPS. Instead, we rely on battery-friendly cell tower triangulation, which means you shouldn't notice any effect on your battery life.