The 9 best weather apps for Android

August 18, 2013

Best Weather Apps for Android

Everyone cares about the weather. It has the capacity to fully determine how we spend our day. We dress based on the weather, we cancel outdoor events because of the weather, and sometimes we hide in fear for our lives because of weather. So it’s always important to have the most updated weather available when you need it. With that in mind, we’re going to take a look at the best weather apps for Android. If you’d rather watch than read, the video is at the bottom.

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Weather Channel weather apps for Android

09 – Weather Channel

First on our list today is the Weather Channel. The venerable authority on the weather, at least on TV, is number 9 on our list. Sadly, the Weather Channel app used to be a lot better of an app, but recent updates have scaled down functionality quite a bit.
It still delivers weather and radar, but that’s really all you get these days. The app took a left turn and started doing some social achievement points thing that half of people like and half of people don’t like. It’s still a great weather app with some solid widget options, but it may have a little too much pizzazz for some. To check it out, click the button below.

Android app on Google Play


Radar Now best weather apps for Android

08 – Radar Now

8th on our list is a nifty little weather app called Radar Now. If you don’t want the fancy apps with the potentially bloated features, then you want Radar Now. It contains a simple interface that shows you the radar in your area and weather upon request.
It really is a minimal app. There are no screens to swipe through or things to look at, just a big ole radar waiting for you when you open it. To use the weather, click the cloud button at the top and it’ll show you the weather. There isn’t even a widget. So if you want something small and out of the way, this is your best bet. If that’s what you’re looking for, use the button below to download it.

Android app on Google Play


AccuWeather best weather apps for Android

07 – AccuWeather

Next up is a weather service that we’re all familiar with, AccuWeather. It’s a well-known and generally trusted service for the most part and the app isn’t all that bad either. It comes with the standard features, like radar, hourly forecasts, weekly forecasts, and more. You can also pay to remove ads
The app is very holo centric so holo yolo fans will be pleased. The widgets are no different. You can get a desk clock style widget if you prefer and there is also a dark and light holo style widget you can add as well. Overall it adds up to an above average experience for weather. If this sounds like your kind of weather app, check it out using the button below.

Android app on Google Play


WeatherPro best weather apps for Android

06 – WeatherPro

Number 6 on the best weather apps for Android is a capable weather app called WeatherPro. It’s a pretty functional app with a nice interface and most features you could ask for. This includes a large variety of weather charts, radar, daily forecasts and a whole lot more. The widgets aren’t bad either.
Okay so here’s the thing with WeatherPro. On its own it’s a perfectly decent paid weather app. However, there are a few services the app makes you pay a premium to use. That’s right, it’s a paid app that makes you pay a second time for features. So it may have been a top 3 weather app, but paying twice for features is, well, really stupid. If you’d like to check it out, check out the button below.

Android app on Google Play


WeatherBug Elite best weather apps for Android

05 – WeatherBug

In the world of Android, WeatherBug Elite qualifies as a relic. It’s been around since the good old days of Android 1.5 and 1.6 and it’s still around. The impressive part is it is still among the best weather apps out there. It has all your standard features, like hourly and weekly forecasts, and radars.
Unfortunately it’s been brought to our attention that WeatherBug Elite is no longer supported so we’ve had to change this to the standard WeatherBug free edition. It’s still a rather powerful weather app but if you were enjoying the paid version (which is no longer in the Google Play Store), you may be justifiably angry that the Elite version is no longer supported. Until we can readjust the list, we’ll leave this here but depending on how many of the Elite features made it over to the free version, you may find a better alternative somewhere else on the list.

Android app on Google Play


IlMeteo best Android apps for Android

04 – ilMeteo Weather

Number 4 on our list is called, and I hope I get this one right, ilMeteo Weather. For our friends who are more interested in international weather, this is a great app to start with. You can look up and save locations across the world for quick reference. The only downside is it isn’t as feature heavy as some of these.
In terms of widgets, it’s not necessarily a weak offering but it’s far from being as strong as some on this list. There is a clock widget and a small weather widget. One fun little feature is the ability to report on the weather directly from the app. So if it’s inaccurate or needs updated, you can do it personally.

Android app on Google Play


Yahoo! Weather best weather apps for Android

03 – Yahoo! Weather

The first in our top 3 is Yahoo! Weather. It’s been a long time since Yahoo! Has been a top 3 in anything, but their weather app is actually pretty decent. It was also updated very recently and now touts a new and slick interface. Is it better than it was before? Yes, yes it is.
The improvements are too numerous to list here, so we’ll outline just a couple of here. It’s added features like daily forecasts, maps, wind and pressure, precipitation, and sun and moon phases. It’s not too much different from it used to be, but it’s still way better.

Android app on Google Play


GO Weather best weather apps for Android

02 – GO Weather

Number 2 is from a name pretty much everyone knows. Of course, we’re talking about GO Weather from the people who brought you all those other GO apps. This is a solid weather app that delivers at least the basics in what you need for weather.
Where GO Weather really shines is the theming. You can get widget themes and app themes to make your weather at least look how you want it to look. The premium version brings an extra widget and some extra features, but the free one works just fine. It’s one of the best if you need to theme your weather.

Android app on Google Play


1Weather the best weather apps for Android

01 – 1Weather

And here we are, the top of our best weather apps for Android list and it is Weather Local Forecast, also known as 1Weather. This weather app “is, simply put, beautiful. It has everything you could need. It has radar, forecasts, weather by the hour, weather fun facts every time you open the app, and just a general awesomeness that surrounds it.
It’s all wrapped in a very nice interface and it even has really nice widgets. These include a clock widget, a fashionable little circle widget, and a few other widget options. You can pay to remove the ads but it’s otherwise free to use. Really, couldn’t find much to complain about here.

Android app on Google Play


Leaderboard best weather apps for Android

Best weather apps for Android Leader board and wrap up

If you take a look at the leaderboard you can see the weather apps for Android and how they stack up. As usual this is how they were rated in the play store and not our personal ratings. There is no bias here. To check them out, use the links in the video description.
This is one of the more varied lists that we’ve done. You have your basic, minimal weather apps, your fully featured weather apps, and even a few apps with some unique and fun features. Like GO Launcher’s theming or Weather Local Forecasts’ weather fun facts. So there should be no problems finding the right weather app for you.


Best weather apps for Android Video

Comments

  • 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)

  • 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.