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10 best weather apps and widgets for Android

Authored by: Loie Favre — 1 month ago

Are you tired of getting rained on? Sick of carrying a jacket when it’s completely unnecessary? If the answer’s “yes” then you need to check out our list of the best Android weather apps. We’ve got you covered (by an umbrella or a cap, depending on what it’s like outside) with the top 10 weather apps and widgets currently available for free in the Google Play Store. Check them out below.

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Here are the best weather apps and widgets for Android. / © ANDROIDPIT

Transparent clock & weather: best Weather Widget

This weather app, as the name suggests, rolls a clock and weather display into some convenient homescreen widgets. But not only does it provide the latest weather info, Transparent clock & weather also shows your battery level, next alarm, next event in your calendar; it can even show your internal system information like SD card storage and Wi-Fi status.

Currently housing a selection of ten widgets, each at various sizes and with varying amounts of detail, Transparent clock & weather is also completely customizable, allowing you to make adjustments to the color, opacity, update frequency etc of your widgets. There’s something for everyone with and it makes for an excellent alternative to the standard weather widget pre-installed on most devices.  

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The Transparent Clock and Weather widget (left) and the dedicated app menu (right). / © ANDROIDPIT
Transparent clock & weather Install on Google Play

Weather from NOAA free: best for emergency weather updates

If you live or a traveling in a region which often becomes affected by severe weather, we recommend you check out Weather from NOAA free. This app delivers the latest news straight from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to provide the most critical information on mainland storms, cyclones, tornadoes and other severe weather.

NOAA free offers real-time satellite views of key areas and a news feed, in addition to comprehensive marine updates. You can also head straight to the 'Severe Weather Outlook' section for a daily glance at what's going on. It won't be useful for everyone, but for those who might be affected by extreme weather, it could become vital.  

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The real-time satellite view (left) in addition to the news feed (right). / © ANDROIDPIT
NOAA Now Free Install on Google Play

The Weather Channel: best for world weather news

The Weather Channel is the go-to weather app for many Android users with up-to-date and accurate weather information. It includes hourly, 36-hour and 10-day forecast options, as well as the usual gamut of weather conditions like wind speed, humidity, UV index, visibility, dew point and pressure. It also has a slick interface, featuring a weather-related videos section with clips from around the world.

It’s simple to use and intuitive, though it doesn’t feature all of the necessary info on a single page like some other apps do, this is the price you pay for extras like Ski Conditions, Flu and Pollen data. (You also can tap on most items to receive more detailed information.) It's undoubtedly one of the best weather apps for Android.

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The Weather Channel has everything you could ask for in a weather app and more. / © ANDROIDPIT
The Weather Channel Install on Google Play

1Weather: best design and animations

1Weather is one of the best free weather apps for Android, not only because of the immense amount of weather information it is able to share (weather, temperature, wind speed, UV index etc), but also because of its awesome graphics, design and setup. It's really got it all: real-time and regularly updated weather forecasts for your home base, but also anywhere in the world.

In addition, you'll get precipitation info, animated sunrise and sunsets, and an accurate 10-day weather forecast. On the design side, 1Weather has live weather backgrounds and live animated radars for severe weather, and gives you the option of creating your own background. There are also many home screen widgets, which consist of the regular square format as well as three clock formats, which are consistently high quality. It's an amazing overall package, and it's free.

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Accurate weather at your fingertips, 1Weather looks good and is reliable. / © ANDROIDPIT
1Weather:Widget Forecast Radar Install on Google Play

Accuweather: best for serious weather addicts

Accuweather is one of the staples of weather apps on Android. It's usually accurate and filled with great information including the awesome RealFeel index (which suggests what the outdoor temperature "feels like", rather than what it is).

Accuweather comes loaded with graphs, maps, radar and even video weather forecasts for your region. It's a comprehensive app, but some might be put off by layout - it's certainly not the easiest to navigate.

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If you never stop thinking about the weather, Accuweather has more than enough info for you. / © ANDROIDPIT
AccuWeather Install on Google Play

Yahoo Weather: best for ease of use

Yahoo Weather, a free weather app for Android, offers tons of information without ever feeling cluttered, and features ever-changing backgrounds from Flickr, making it feel forever fresh.

There are many sizes and kinds of widgets for your home screen, and you’ll often get notifications in your status bar. It has all an average user would need without going overboard with any over-the-top professional features, though the one thing that could be improved on is location precision.

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Yahoo Weather uses background images from the huge image database Flickr, which gives the app a great look. / © ANDROIDPIT
Yahoo Weather Install on Google Play

GO Weather: best free version of a paid app

GO Weather offers reliable weather information, nicely displayed on a well-made user interface. In comparison to some other apps, weather updates happen a lot more frequently, and in addition to weather predictions, you’ll also get information on such things as sunrise and sunset, chances of precipitation, wind speeds and more.

GO Weather also comes with a live wallpaper which displays the various weather scenarios, plus it has a few widgets to choose between as well.

There’s a free and a paid version of Go Weather, meaning you'll have to suffer in-app ads and locked-out content unless you fork over some cash. That being said, the weather information on the free version is just as accurate.

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The GO Weather app is useful, but the backgrounds get a little boring. / © ANDROIDPIT
GO Weather Forecast & Widgets Install on Google Play

Weather Underground: best for getting involved

The self-proclaimed “world’s most accurate hyper-local weather forecasts”, Weather Underground employs the combined services of over 33,000 weather stations to offer localized reports from a widespread weather community.

This is said to produce a more personalized experience, tailored to your real-time location; users can even give updates on how the weather is in their area, rather relying on what other sources are reporting the weather. The interface is highly detailed and shows everything you could ask for on one convenient and useful page.  

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The tick and cross which can be seen on the left screen is to confirm whether or not your local weather is as described - information which will be used to give a more accurate weather overview. / © ANDROIDPIT
Weather Underground Install on Google Play

WeatherBug: best for extra features

WeatherBug excels in the design and user interface department, plus it is able to pin-point the weather forecast not only to your city but to your actual neighborhood. In addition to forecasts and severe weather warnings, the developers have incorporated a traffic camera section to avoid jams and the possibility to share photos and albums.

You can customize it to your lifestyle, to know, for example, if you can run to the gym on a specific day, as well as personalize your home screen, language, and save multiple locations.

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WeatherBug has some social features like the option to share pictures, in addition to the usual weather information. Plus live cams show you weather and traffic situations. © ANDROIDPIT
WeatherBug Install on Google Play

Google Now: best for simplicity

Google Now has a lot to offer in the form of cards which you can customize to show information that you need, when you need it. One of these is a weather card, which displays the daily forecast for your current location, work location and travel destinations. The design is very "Google": simple, minimalist, and informative. 

Another available card is for public alerts, which gets you emergency information that comes right from the National Weather Services and the U.S Geological Survey. You can get Google Now as long as you have a Google account, and the Google Search app installed on your Android device. Tap on the Google Search app, tap on the search box, or swipe from the bottom up and this will bring you to Google Now.

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Apps made by Google are almost always high-quality. / © ANDROIDPIT
Google Install on Google Play

Which app would you say is the best weather app for Android? Let us know in the comments below. 

Loie Favre found her way to her present passion for Android and smartphone technology after experiencing an epiphany when she held her Galaxy Note 2. From that point onwards, you can find her with her nose buried in countless Android apps and different smartphone models, and thanking her lucky stars that she gets to work at something she loves.

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  • Amir Ganjeii 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    check weather360, it really worth to be in the list

  • Spudp800 1 month ago Link to comment

    Elecont's Eweather for me too, hour by hour weather is very useful. That along with rain alarm is usually an accurate combination (uk)

  • Charles Pratley-Smith 1 month ago Link to comment

    I wish scott was my weatherman

  • Eric 1 month ago Link to comment

    My favorite is eWeather by Elecont. I keep 3 widgets running. An hourly weather clock, a five day forecast, and their GPS linked radar.

  • sorer 2 months ago Link to comment

    check my weather app
    play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vbucko.weatherandclockwidget

  • Arnab Pari 3 months ago Link to comment

    I think Amber Weather is one of the great weather app to be mentioned.

  • Claire Anderson 3 months ago Link to comment

    I wish the developers of WeatherMate gear themselves up for android as well. It's really a cool app with accurate weather updates and a number of other features including weather maps.

  • Deezul Yusof 3 months ago Link to comment

    I have yahoo Weather installed on 8 out of 9 Androids I own (1- is due to incompatibility). It is elegant without all the unnecessary statistics and infomation that cluttered the screen. It has very good background photography collections. That is all I need. 3 day weather forecast? what the hell for?it is never accurate anyway.

  • Michael Brewer 4 months ago Link to comment

    You could also try Meteogram Widget and App (search for cloud3squared in Play Store): good-looking and informative weather forecast at a glance in a widget, with an interactive app too

  • Christopher Pearce 4 months ago Link to comment

    1Weather has everything I need... and that says a lot. I appreciate the very accurate forecast and location. I also believe that the UI for the radar is excellent.

  • sinkster
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    4 months ago Link to comment

    Can't fault Arcus. Seems to be the only weather app that accurately predicts Scottish weather...

  • Weather Foreseer 5 months ago Link to comment

    Weather Foreseer is a Android weather Widget with new unique features that are introduced for the first time in a weather widget.
    I would appreciate if you would include it with your review :)

  • CJ Brown 5 months ago Link to comment

    I use Weather Bug (use to use AccuWeather til that app stopped working properly for me). Its nice Google has weather feature in its Google Now , if you use Yahoo Mail ? Yahoo Weather is ported to it (and opens quickly) and is worth dowmload of the app extension.

  • makalove 5 months ago Link to comment

    I've been a long time user of Weather and Clock Widget, but it has been broken even after several recent updates: it won't update the weather and the list of providers is reduced to one, which is greyed out. I came here to see what other app to try, but am discouraged by the inclusion of this nonfunctional app in your list. Did you really test these apps? How recently??

  • Asad Ali 5 months ago Link to comment

    Go Weather for me.

    • Susan Diaz 5 months ago Link to comment

      It would have been really nice to have had a comparison of accuracy, or even compare what gave more conservative information and what not. Weather accuracy is very important to me. I've been using The Weather Channel for the last year, but I'd be interested in how it compares in accuracy, unless they all get the same info from the same place.

  • Carolyn Flaherty 5 months ago Link to comment

    Weather apps are very useful especially if you are always traveling. It helps you know the current weather in a specific place and therefore, have the idea on what to wear and what to do.

  • Jack Vickers 7 months ago Link to comment

    Arcus gets listed twice? Must be really good.

  • Charles Huber 7 months ago Link to comment

    Intellicast is my favorite weather app on my phone and tablet!!!! I like weather radar here in Florida!!

  • Lee 8 months ago Link to comment

    I find looking out the window can give you a more accurate weather report 👍😊

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