10 best weather apps and weather widgets for Android
One of the first really good uses for Android devices was delivering the weather. At the time, it was so cool to just check your phone and avoid the hassle of looking it up on a computer or waiting for the local weather report on TV. Weather apps have grown a lot since the good old days and most of them now also include weather widgets for quick reference. It’s not as big of a feature as it used to be, but everyone wants to know the weather so let’s look at the best weather apps for Android!
- Checking the weather for vacation? Don’t forget to pick up an awesome photo editor app while you’re at it!
- The 15 best Android apps ever!
[Price: Free / $0.99]
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 your standard features like your daily and hourly forecast along with access to additional information. There are also some widget selections and the application itself is well designed. There is also daydream support, DashClock support, Android Wear support, and it’s available in more than 25 different languages. It’s powerful, easy to use, and it looks great. The $0.99 charge is just to remove ads so you get the full app experience either way.
Check out more OneLouder Apps stuff here!
Accuweather by Accuweather.com is a free option that gives you pretty much all of the information you need, including extended forecasts, hourly forecasts, and the app itself is also well designed. Other features include radar, Android Wear support, and the MinuteCast feature that lets you check on precipitation on a minute basis (estimated, of course). The application itself was redesigned and it looks really good. The widget support is there, although the widgets are a tad unimaginative.
Check out more Accuweather.com apps here!
[Price: Free / $2.06]
Eye in the Sky Weather by CITC is an app our users requested we try out and it turns out that it’s pretty good. The interface is a flat matte design that looks really good and the application includes all of your most basic features, including current weather, forecasts, and extended forecasts. There is also Dashclock support if you need that. The widget selection is above average and you can customize the weather widgets as well. It’s a bit simple comparatively speaking, but it’s great if you just need something quick and easy.
Check out more CITC apps here!
Google Now has been replacing a lot of things on Android phones and weather is one of them. The app will send you periodic weather updates, weather alerts, and you can even ask for the weather and it will show you. Opening Google Now almost always puts the weather right on top so you can see it at a glance. It’s not a dedicated weather app which means a lot of features, like extended forecast or weather radars require a little digging, but this is a great option for people who already use Google Now that may just need to glance at the weather quickly. It also already comes on most Android devices.
Check out more Google apps here!
[Price: Free with in app purchases]
GO Weather by GO Launcher EX is a long time favorite for Android users and it ranks among the most successful and popular on the list. In terms of features, it runs the entire gambit with current weather, forecasts, radar, a sleek design, weather widgets, and even more obscure stuff like wind forecasts, lifestyle tips, and more. There are also theming options and a paid version that gets rid of external advertising. Overall, it’s an above average weather app but it may be a bit on the bloated side.
Check out more GO Launcher EX apps here!
See also: 21 best free Android apps
WeatherBug is a long time favorite of Android users and it was one of the first truly full featured weather apps. Today, it’s totally free to use (without in-app purchases) and while that’s made some paid users unhappy, new users get to use WeatherBug free. It includes weather forecasts, severe weather alerts, widgets, and even stuff like live weather and traffic cams so you can see the weather. There is also a selection of weather widgets as a separate app to adorn your home screen that are pretty decent.
Check out more Earth Networks apps here!
The Weather Channel has been a long time authority on weather and on Android it’s no different. This app became popular very quickly based on its namesake alone. That said, it actually is a pretty decent weather app with all the information you could need including forecasts, alerts, current weather, radar, and smaller stuff like wind forecast, pollen, and even Weather Channel videos so you can keep up on the latest weather news. There is a mechanic called mPoints which don’t really do much, but you can disable that in the settings to make the app run a bit smoother.
Check out more Weather Channel apps here!
[Price: Free / $1.99 per year]
Weather Underground is a very competent weather service and you may have seen their namesake as a weather service in other applications. It features a slick, vertical-style interface that contains a ton of information and it can be a little overwhelming until you get used to it. It gives you a ton of info including current weather, forecast, alerts, radar, and much more. There is a $1.99 per year subscription which is optional that remove advertisements. If it helps, the development team has also been excellent at listening to user feedback, which we really liked.
Yahoo has been very aggressively improving their applications over the last few years and Yahoo Weather is a great example of their hard work paying off. It features beautiful design and graphics with the essential information, alerts, radars, and more. You can track up to 20 cities and even submit your photos by posting them on Flickr with the hashtag #projectweather. It’s uniquely designed and fun to use although those who want Material Design may not like the different direction that Yahoo used for their design.
Check out more Yahoo apps here!
[Price: Free / $2.98]
YoWindow Weather by RepkaSoft is a relatively newer option but has already gained a significant following. It has a lot more flash than most apps with a fun hourly forecast animation where you can scroll and see the weather. Comparatively speaking, YoWindow Weather isn’t as powerful as some of these other suites, but it’s a good mixture for those who want something more than Google Now but not something as heavy as The Weather Channel. There is a free version you can use to try it out and the overall cost is fairly reasonable.
Check out more RepkaSoft apps here!
Related best app lists:
If we missed any great weather apps or weather widgets for Android, tell us about them in the comments! To see our complete list of best app lists, click here.