Joe Hindy / Android Authority
Knowing the weather is something that almost everyone needs to know. Smartphone weather apps and weather widgets have steadily improved over the years and are better than ever. They work better, have more detailed and accurate data, and weather widgets generally look better and more modern. You can get insanely good radar these days, even if Dark Sky no longer exists on Android. There are tons of great options out there, but we think we’ve narrowed it down to the best of the best. Here are the best weather apps and weather widgets available on Android right now.
The best weather apps and weather widgets for Android
Price: Free / $1.99
1Weather by OneLouder Apps has been around for a long time and is not only one of the most popular weather apps on this list, but also one of the highest rated. It comes with standard features like your daily and hourly forecast, along with access to additional information. There are also some weather widgets available. The design is clear and clean. It also comes with Android Wear support, weather tracking for up to 12 cities, and support for 25 languages. All features are available in the free version with advertising. You can also pay $1.99 to remove advertising. The only problem we’ve ever had with it is that the radar occasionally refuses to load.
Price: Free / $2.99 / $8.99 per month
Accuweather from Accuweather.com is one of the more popular weather apps. It covers the basics, including extended forecasts, hourly forecasts and the like. Other features include radar, some of the best Wear OS support for any weather app, and more. It also includes the MinuteCast feature. It predicts rain by the minute so you can plan your day a little easier. In mid-2020, the app was revamped and introduced a bunch of new bugs that haven’t been fixed yet. But it should be better in the next year as they will sort everything out. In addition, the Service has a subscription service for some users. We’ll keep an eye on this one and reevaluate it next time we update to see if it stays on the list.
Price: Free / $3.99 per year
Appy Weather is comparatively the newest weather app on the list. It has a bunch of features and this includes most of the ones that any weather app has. Some of its more unique features include a much more personalized feed than most, a fun and stylish user interface, and hyperlocal weather. It currently uses the Dark Sky API, but should have other options in the near future. The subscription is quite reasonable at $3.99 per year. It has a few flaws here and there, but it’s quickly becoming a popular option for many.
Google Search, Discover, etc
Google Assistant is not one of your usual weather apps. But it can show you the weather. You simply ask Google for a prediction. You can request current weather, weather alerts and more. Just click on the weather card to get additional information online. It doesn’t have many features like these other weather apps like weather widgets or built-in radar. However, it is great for quick checks, quick updates and severe weather alerts. It is also completely free. The app also comes pre-installed on most Android devices.
MyRadar Weather Radar
Price: Free / $2.99 per month / $24.99 per year
MyRadar is a simple app that shows you the weather radar. It has a full range of features, including the ability to play animations so you can see if the rain is coming or going. The app itself is simple, but you can purchase additional features as in-app purchases. Some additional features include a hurricane tracker and additional radar features. The radar on this is one of the best we’ve ever seen and the only one that even comes close to how good Dark Sky was. However, it works best in combination with another weather app so you can get the usual weather features as well.
Price: Free / $1.99
NOAA Weather Unofficial is an app that pulls information from NOAA and the National Weather Service. You can find things like the latest weather forecasts, hourly conditions, radar and more. You can track multiple cities at the same time, and you can also choose between weather widgets. The only downside is that the app doesn’t support severe weather alerts. You can check them in the app, but that’s about it. There are free and paid versions. First of all, we recommend free.
Price: Free / up to $7.49
Overdrop is relatively one of the newer weather apps on the list. It features a sleek design that is mostly minimalistic, but striking enough to be pleasing. The app also features real-time weather data, a 24-hour forecast, a seven-day forecast, severe weather alerts, six themes, various widgets, and more. You can also choose between AccuWeather and Weatherbit, whichever you prefer. He’s definitely one of the better ones.
The Storm with The Weather Channel
Storm Radar is a bit different from other weather apps. It works similarly. However, it focuses more on severe weather conditions such as tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, hurricanes and other higher meteorological acts. Weather Radar has 20 layers for tons of customization options. You get lots of extras like forecasts, current temperatures and more. The irony is that this is from The Weather Channel and we think it’s actually better than the regular Weather Channel app. If you’re interested, it’s completely free with ads.
Price: Free / up to $4.99
Today’s weather was a pleasant surprise in 2017. It is a clean, functional and fast weather app with more than enough features for most people. The app includes the usual suspects like weather forecasts, humidity, actual vs. actual temperature, severe weather alerts, weather widgets, and other useful information like air quality index, moon cycles, and sunrise/sunset times. The radar is also one of the nicest we’ve used. The app is free to download and use with optional in-app purchases.
Price: Free / $19.99
WeatherBug is one of the older weather apps. It has everything you would expect from a weather app. This includes weather forecast, temperature, radar, weather alerts and more. It also features 18 different weather maps, a lightning warning system, traffic conditions and more. There are weather widgets, but they are separate downloads. It’s a really solid, stable weather app with more than enough features for most people. The developers are doing a good job of keeping the UI at least relatively up to date. The free version is more than good enough for most people.
The weather channel
Price: Free / up to $9.99
The Weather Channel is easily among the most recognizable weather apps. Fortunately, it covers all the bases. This includes the current temperature, future forecasts, severe weather warnings, radar and more. It also includes breaking news, lightning warnings and pollen warnings. There are tons of widgets, a separate tablet user interface, and extra stuff. It doesn’t cut any corners. Still, all these features mean that the Weather Channel app is one of the biggest on the list, and not a great option for minimalist fans. Otherwise, it is fully functional.
What’s the forecast?!!
Price: Free / $1.99
What The Forecast is one of the newer weather apps. You’ve probably seen screenshots of this app somewhere on social media. The app offers you funny quips that describe the weather outside. It boasts over 6,600 phrases with an optional profanity setting. In addition, the app includes a seven-day forecast, integration with AerisWeather, current temperature, real feel and more. This is definitely a fun weather app for those who need something basic but also unique. Cursing isn’t for everyone, but you already knew that.
Yahoo’s weather app is probably their best app. It has a beautiful design, essential weather information, weather alerts, radar and more. The app can track up to 20 cities. It displays beautiful images from sources like Flickr. That’s about all it does. It gives you the weather basics and looks very striking. That’s fine if that’s all you need. But those who need something more serious may need to look elsewhere. Yahoo Weather is free with no in-app purchases. But it has ads.
Price: Free / $2.99
YoWindow Weather is one of the more unique weather apps. It’s pretty shiny. You can slide your finger around the user interface to see the weather at any point of the day. It also covers the basics fairly well. It’s not as powerful as some weather apps. However, simplicity also has its advantages. This is a great weather app for those who need something simple but still look good. You can download the app for free and test most of its features. The paid version costs $2.99. It’s a reasonable price for what you get.
Price: Free / $3.99 per month / $19.99 per year
Joe Hindy / Android Authority
Weather Underground went through some big changes when IBM bought the company some time ago. It gets the basics right, including the current forecast, weather radar, future forecast and things like that. The app enhances the experience by adding things like air quality measurement, sunrise and sunset times, hurricane tracking and weather news. In addition, the radar is quite customizable with many layers. The price is a bit higher than it used to be, and we understand if that price is too high for you, but the free version works the same with ads, so the free version isn’t too much of an issue.
If we’ve missed any great weather apps or weather widgets for Android, let us know about them in the comments. You can also click here to see our latest lists of Android apps and games.
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