12 best weather apps for Android

by: Joe HindyMarch 15, 2015
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One of the first really good uses for Android devices was delivering the weather. Although that’s moved into the background, most people still check their weather using their smartphones and it remains one of the most solid uses for smartphones today. Here are the best weather apps for Android.


1Weather best weather apps for android1Weather

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
1Weather has been around for a long time and is not only one of the most popular 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.
Get it on Google Play


best weather apps for androidAccuweather

[Price: Free]
Accuweather 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. There are widgets that come in holo dark and holo light that may or may not clash with your themes but overall it’s a solid application with all the right features.
Get it on Google Play
best weather apps for android


best weather apps for androidEye in the Sky Weather

[Price: Free / $2.06]
Eye in the Sky Weather is an app our users requested we try out and it turns out that it’s pretty good. It gives you the weather, has a DashClock extension, and boasts an elegant simplicity when it comes to app design. It’s fun to look at although a few users have reported inaccurate weather from time to time. Overall, it’s a solid option and the paid version just removes advertising.
Get it on Google Play
best weather apps for android


Google Now best android weather appsGoogle Now

[Price: Free]
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. It’s not a dedicated weather app but it’s more than enough for most people who just need to see what it’s going to be like outside. It’s also free and already integrated into most Android devices.
Get it on Google Play


best weather apps for androidGO Weather Forecast and Widgets

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
GO Weather is a long time favorite for Android users and it ranks among the most successful and popular on the list. It has widgets, forecasts, alerts, and you can change which weather provider you want to use. It’s a solid app with some decent features and it’s free to use.
Get it on Google Play
best weather apps for android


instaweather best Android Wear appsInstaWeather for Android Wear

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Many of these apps have Android Wear support but InstaWear has among the best. On top of having weather features directly on your watch, it also contains a set of watch faces to display your weather on your wrist all day long. Whether the styles of the Wear watch faces are good or bad is subject to personal debate, but you have plenty of options to choose from.
Get it on Google Play
instaweather best Android Wear apps


best weather apps for androidRadarNow

[Price: Free / $5.99]
RadarNow is a more minimal weather option that allows you to see weather radars and very basic temperature and forecast information. Unlike most apps, this app downloads radar information directly from the NWS servers directly which gives you uncut, unedited information immediately without going through another weather service. There is a free and premium version with a free 5-day trial of the premium version.
Get it on Google Play
RadarNow best weather apps for Android


best weather apps for androidWeatherBug

[Price: Free]
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.
Get it on Google Play


best weather apps for androidThe Weather Channel

[Price: Free]
The Weather Channel has been a long time authority on weather and on Android it’s not different. You can get the forecasts, alerts, radar, and more. Unfortunately the Weather Channel has some unnecessary things like mPoints that clog up the works a bit, but it provides solid weather info and most annoying features like mPoints can be turned off in the settings.
Get it on Google Play


best weather apps for androidWeatherPro

[Price: $2.99 with in app purchases]
WeatherPro is a more simple weather app that is still packed with features. You can get global weather, satellites, weekly and hourly forecasts, weather alerts, and a lot more. The app design is a little old school but no means is it bad. There is also special parts for planning vacations.
Get it on Google Play
best weather apps for android


best weather apps for androidYahoo Weather

[Price: Free]
Yahoo has been very aggressively improving their applications over the last two 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.
Get it on Google Play


best weather apps for androidYoWindows Weather

[Price: Free / $2.98]
YoWindow Weather 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. It’s a lot of fun and there’s a free version you can use and there are plenty of the basic features.
Get it on Google Play


Wrap up

If we missed any great Android weather apps, let us know in the comments!

To see our complete list of Android apps and games lists, click here!

  • aNYthing6

    BeWeather?

  • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

    1Weather has absolutely been my favorite weather app since I can’t remember when, glad to see others like it as well as I do.

  • Wilson D

    how u miss one weather

  • Anonymous Vagrant

    Eye in Sky?????

    • Hoggles

      Eye in the Sky is BY FAR the best and most stylish…. many customizations as well. And best of all…it’s the most accurate.

      Joesph…. I think ya missed the best one.

      • Timmy

        That all depends on where you are. Eye In The Sky is wildly inaccurate in Australia.

    • Amadeus Klein

      Where does Eye in the Sky get it’s Data? I’ve seen it but I need accurate weather both current and forecasts (as accurate as forecasts can be anyway)

    • Aleehassan
  • sj

    I live in tornado country and folks out here swear by PYKL3. No forecasts, but extremely accurate radar, hail, and tornado tracking. Nothing compares to it and I’ve tried it all. Even our 911 Director uses it.

    • End in sight

      Um…pykl3 is $9.99.

      That is $9.89 more than I pay for apps. Too rich for my blood.

  • Jedi Master Yoda

    Hmmm; These may be great for general obi wan on his trip to denosis. Yes.

  • needa

    eweather has the best widgets by far, and they are extremely customizable. quite impressive really. but it is also the hardest to navigate when in the app. costs four bucks i think also. but its worth it just to run the clock widget, minus the fluff (customize), for a couple of months.

  • STRiKER

    cLock from cynogen team…hands down!!!

    • theoctagon

      dashclock

  • David J

    Suprised eye in the sky was not included.

  • AllPurposeRadio

    Yeah I’ll just parrot the others who said Eye in the Sky…it’s the best.

  • venorme

    eWeather all the way
    It`s perfect for those who likes customization. Also all those extra features like ultraviolet and magnetic impact.
    But yahoo wins in eyecandy

  • Monj

    I prefer BeWeather (weatherclock widget) associated with Weatherbomb

  • Wade

    I assume the judgment was based on application aesthetics and not necessarily the accuracy of the weather data presented…

    NOAA Weather is simply the best, pulling from National Weather Service data. PYKL3 Radar is also the most in depth radar app I’ve ever seen.

    I work outside, and am in charge of multiple crews in remote areas. These two apps assist me in making decisions every day. Yahoo, TWC, etc. simply don’t cut it for localized, accurate information.

  • Igor Mishin

    try also Optimistic Weather!

    • theoctagon

      i prefer realistic weather.

      • Igor Mishin

        I use both Go Weather and Optimistic Weather

  • Nacos

    How could you have missed the mighty eWeather?

  • igloobunny

    1Weather is pretty and functional, but for me, WeatherBug Elite wins hands-down when it comes to accuracy as it taps into weather stations right by home and work, rather than just giving me a generic “city” forecast.

  • Noah Stelte

    What’s the best one that’s best on your phone’s battery though? I had 1Weather before but I didn’t like the difference in battery after I installed it…. I have a GS2, btw…

  • Graham Neill

    1Weather is no good if you live outside the US…crap for a #1 app. Intellicast has wonderful and informative maps with great overlays including severe. Both Weather Underground and Weatherbug are professional style with great maps, and localizations down to personal weather stations. This story should have been done on actual quality of the app and not by its Google Play Store rank which can be meaningless.

  • Droid Master

    Yahoo Weather is the best

  • Firas

    There is a new weather app called UNIWEATHER, it is a fabtastic application with many detailed information and a sleek interface,

    Check it out!

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tursky.jan.UNIWeather

  • AccuWeather is crap

    AccWeather comes as a default in both Galaxy s3s I have owned and it has on both, displayed incorrect dates weather forecasts etc etc…and do you think I can change it? No. I cannot believe you even give this app a place in your top ten. Im looking at alternative review sites!

    • Blue Smith

      Accuweather is always at least 10℃ out on my phone, telling me today was scattered showers when it was 35℃ and sunny…

      • stubbikins

        You have to go to settings and tell it to refresh more often.

  • Droid Master

    (1) Yahoo Weather
    (2) Eye In Sky
    (3) 1Weather
    (4) Go-Weather

    (5) Weather Bug
    (6) Accu Weather Platinum
    (7) Weather Channel
    (8) Weather (Macro Pinch)
    (9) WeatherPro
    (10) Weatherford

  • JimmyDee

    I’ve been very happy with the HTC one called Weather and Clock. It gives me a simple bit of weather information at a glance and tapping takes me to the clock and alarms and such. Also it has transparency so doesn’t detract from my wallpaper.

    I *HATE* a messy layout. Clean wallpapers are grand.

  • samsung girl

    weather bug nearly killed my android. it has cookies that infiltrate and slow down your phone to the point of no return. if you are legit, you would know this

    • Melvis

      You have no idea what a cookie is, do you?

  • Joplin Citizen

    NOAA Weather Free foe me. It’s a trust issue for me here in Tornado Alley.

  • kathy

    Hello has anyone seen the app that has cool pretty scenes like sprinkles on cookies in the weather app or shooting stars . Its really a neat app but I don’t know the name? Thanks Kathy

  • GMA

    Loved this one too!
    Really simple weather app:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ionicframework.weather

  • Cosmin

    I use Weather Animated Widgets it has beautiful icons and animations directly in widgets.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tennumbers.animatedwidgets

  • Mahmood Faysal

    i use accweather amazing one thanks for sharing this awesome list

  • Bartolomiu

    I use Neeandoo Weather Alert for automatically checking tomorrow’s weather. It notifies me if the forecast contains any of the weather conditions I’ve defined.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.neeandoo.android.weatheralert

  • kma

    In europe: yr.no
    Not beautiful, not shiny – but: accuracy.

  • stubbikins

    go weather has stupid damn ads and none of the themes actually do anything.

  • Frip88

    Very lazy and poorly written article.

  • pipecleaner

    I love this persons review style and because of it downloaded Radar Now. The review was not only entertaining and funny, but honest and to the point. As an exterior painter we need all the ambient conditions and radar on site with out all the fancy stuff. This is great. Thanks

  • Weather Foreseer

    Weather Foreseer is one of the best android weather widgets in the market. It has unique features and functionalists that makes it exceptional compared to other apps.

  • http://kennected.blogspot.com/ KENNECTED

    Do any of these come with a *Live weather* wallpaper?

  • Choda Boy

    STOP USING AUTOPLAY VIDEOS!

  • EngineerGunter

    Krona Sunlight! Sure it’s first and foremost a watch face for Android Wear, but it has out-performed all other weather apps for me in overall usefulness since I don’t always want to unlock my phone, open an app or ask Google what the weather is like. It gives, literally at a glance, what to expect for the next 24 hours: high and low and how it gradates throughout the day, current temperature, any foreseeable cloudiness, precipitation (and in what form – snow to rain), when the sun is rising/setting, and how the temperature right now compares to 24 hours from now. Not to mention, it shows time, day, date, and watch battery level (in ambient mode). Quite a bit of customization is available through the companion app/Android Wear App. Can be set to use your device’s location or manually selected location. It takes a couple of days to get used to reading all that at a glance, but it’s totally worth buying ($1.69)!

  • sholling

    I like Weather Underground because the massive number of local weather stations makes it more accurate than most in my area. Weather Timeline also deserves an honorable mention for its detailed predictions.

  • Michael Bianchi

    Yahoo Weather uses photos of actual sites in the locations you specify: a really nice touch! Also, I really like My Radar (both free and no-ads paid versions); their maps are beautiful and–so far as I can tell–spot on accurate!

  • John

    AmberWeather has no ads, looks amazing, and has tons of customizations. Check it out.

  • http://www.davinp.com/ Davin Peterson
    • Claire Anderson

      I would suggest you to add another weather app called WeatherMate (www.weathermate.net) to this list. it’s a must-have if you are a weather geek.

      • http://www.davinp.com/ Davin Peterson

        But it is not available for Android. We can;t support apps that are iOS only

  • Ken Stevenson

    AccuWeather leaves a bit to be desired – accuracy being uppermost on the list. On my way to work I pass three banks that have temperature showing, as well as the thermometer on my automobile. My android phone has AccuWeather. I like to know what the temperature is outside before I go out often enough so I look at the phone. Keep in mind I EXPECT some variance between thermometers, regardless their source or location. But 10 or more degrees is not acceptable. Especially when the automobile and the three banks are all either the same, or within one to two degrees variance, and the AccuWeather app is different by 10 degrees – on average. I have had as high as a 14 degree variance between the app and the other three thermometers. I always have at least a 5 degree variance. Twice in the past year I actually saw an acceptable similarity. Not such good odds.

  • Mits

    I like this one, it is new and very very simple
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.robobobo.apps.aws

  • Mike Brewer
  • CHOI3388

    Accweather is so suck! Brooklyn NY 11204 is raining all night long and still raining at 6:10 am. But the ACCWeather on my Android pad is still light fig for the past hour. While The Weather at IPhone4 is correctly show RAIN

  • sorer
  • http://www.6thsolution.com Amir

    check weather360 and I think it worth to be in the list

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sixthsolution.weather360