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10 best weather apps and widgets for Android

There are hundreds of weather apps out there but only a handful of good ones. That's why AndroidPIT has scoured the Play Store to bring you the top picks, no matter what your needs may be. Here are the 10 best weather apps for Android.

Some provide data on the UV index, others warn you about storms, others warn you about allergens and a few give you a choice on who should provide the weather data. We have tried out the best candidates to find the main pros and cons of each of them.

See our top 3 weather apps in this video!

Weather Timeline

Available for $1.49 on the Play Store, Weather Timeline could be the best money you ever spend. It brings genuinely useful and interesting features together into a wonderful interface and a library of widgets.

The app gets its name from its primary function, which is a card-based timeline of the weather, but there's a lot more on offer. You can select from five different weather services, and there are notifications that warn you of impending weather changes. Then there's the moon viewer, so you always know the werewolf forecast, as well as several radar maps, which let you see visualizations of the clouds and rain that are headed your way. On top of all that, there are also several interactive graphs showing data on things like temperature, precipitation and pressure. 

The depth of data and an elegant and simple interface makes this app one of our top choices.

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Weather Timeline is our favorite weather app on Android. / © AndroidPIT

Weather Underground

Weather Underground is a hyper-local weather app, able to show the weather and temperatures in your area. To do this, Weather Underground uses its own network of around 180,000 private weather stations. With the help of this database, the app can make very accurate predictions and warn you of rain in the surrounding area - and most importantly, Weather Underground has a pretty good record for accuracy.

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Weather Underground even has advice for your hobbies. / © AndroidPIT

Weather Underground is free of charge and displays ads. This can be deactivated for one year through a $1.99 in-app purchase.

Windy

Windy focuses on clear wind maps. The app has a technical presention and is aimed at real professionals (and hardcore enthusiasts). Its ability to compare different types of forecasts directly with another other is truly unique.

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Windy has plenty of details for weather enthusiasts. / © AndroidPIT

You will not find information about the UV index here. Instead, there are wind diagrams that can be useful for gliders, paragliders or balloon pilots. Windy is both free of advertising and free of charge, which is a big plus in its favor.

YoWindow

“Watch weather with pleasure,” says YoWindow when you first load it, and it truthfully lives up to this promise: it's a great looking Android weather app. Instead of using simple icons to represent clouds, sunshine and rain, YoWindow displays a cartoon landscape which reflects the real-time weather in your current location.

The light level and conditions are accurately represented in the app and you can scroll through the hours as if scrolling through an online video to see changes over time. It’s a unique and well-realized weather app, which not only looks good, but is also incredibly easy to use.

It's available for free with ads or paid ($2.99) without ads. When you get bored of looking at a field, you can select from 20 different backgrounds. The latest updates to YoWindow have even added widget support.

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Want a weather app that looks great? Get YoWindow. / © AndroidPIT

Dark Sky

Dark Sky is a somewhat controversial app to include in the list, but it's long been a favorite with many users. Its strength lies in the granularity of its minute-by-minute predictions that give you useful information in a simple way, like saying it'll rain in 13 minutes, rather than giving a vague indication of the chance of rain. 

However, the main downside is that if you want to use its most useful features you'll need to pay - and if you don't, well, there are better free weather apps available you can consider. One of the major drawbacks of the free version of Dark Sky is that it doesn't include any home screen widgets at all, but you get three if you pay for the premium version. You also get the option of having a daily digest of weather sent to you each morning. 

We wouldn't be averse to that perhaps if it was a one-off payment instead of a recurring $2.99 per year, but if incredibly precise weather updates are useful to you, it might be worth considering. There's a two-week free trial available which allows you to test it out first. 

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Dark Sky has some powerful features, but they're not free. / © AndroidPIT

Morecast

Morecast sells itself with its great-looking and intuitive interface: its vertical list layout is easy to use and interpret. At the top, you’re greeted with the current weather and the 'real feel'. Scroll down and you'll see a more detailed view of the day's weather.

Another swipe and Morecast will reveal what’s happening tomorrow; down again and you’re presented with a simple seven-day view. This streamlined UI is good for beginners and experienced weather app users alike, because it provides access to all of the information you could need, but doesn’t throw it all at you on one screen. 

Morecast is full of small details, such as webcams that show the weather at different times of the day across the globe, and a weather navigation feature to help you plan routes around the best conditions.

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The Morecast interface is very intuitive. / © AndroidPIT

WeatherBug

WeatherBug excels in both the design and user interface department. It is able to pinpoint the weather forecast, not only to your city but also to your neighborhood. In addition to forecasts and severe weather warnings, the developers have incorporated a traffic camera section to avoid jams and the ability to share photos and albums.

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

It also now offers multiple radar views to take into account different countries around the world, and can even connect to your smart thermostat to automatically set the temperature in your home and save you money. 

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WeatherBug has some social features, including the option to share pictures. / © AndroidPIT

The Weather Channel

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. There's also a weather-related videos section that features clips from around the world.

It’s simple and intuitive to use. It doesn’t contain all of the necessary info on a single page like some other apps do, but you do get extras such as ski conditions, flu and pollen count data. You also can tap on most items to receive more detailed information or check out the Radar or Hurricane Central views. 

It also offers four simple desktop widgets that display the weather and time at your chosen location. It's free to download and use, but you will have to put up with a few ads.

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The Weather Channel has a lot of features, but the overview is simple. / © AndroidPIT

Accuweather

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

Accuweather comes loaded with graphs, maps, radar and even video weather forecasts for your region, and now also includes minute-by-minute precipitation predictions to avoid you getting wet in a freak shower. 

You get the option of two different three-day weather forecast widgets for your home screen too. Like many of the others in this list, it's free but funded by ads. 

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Even if you never stop thinking about the weather, Accuweather has more than enough info for you. / © AndroidPIT

Yahoo Weather

Yahoo Weather offers tons of information without ever feeling cluttered, and features ever-changing backgrounds from Flickr, so it always feels fresh.

There are many sizes and types of widget for your home screen, and you’ll often get notifications in your status bar. It has everything an average user would need without going overboard on professional features. You do still get wind speed and pressure measurements though. 

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Yahoo Weather uses background images from the huge image database Flickr. / © AndroidPIT

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

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  • Here mentioned all apps are good. But if you are looking for the best weather app for India then I want to suggest you Prkruti app. Prkruti can be used for agriculture, air quality monitoring, data science and smart city solutions.


  • CJ Brown 3 months ago Link to comment

    WeatherBug - I have used this app consistently for the last 4 years (previously it was AccuWeather), and no I do not use a Weather Widget - perfectly fine with Temperature Display on status bar / lock screen.


  • elin 9 months ago Link to comment

    I use Weather Wiz. it's free, accurate (because of using IBM weather data) and so reliable. All the essential info related to the weather is available within this weather app, such as: Current temperature, maximum and minimum temp, current weather condition, wind speed and direction, precipitation, sun status and more.


  • Mark T May 22, 2017 Link to comment

    I'm unsure how accuweather gets anywhere near the top 10. It's currently telling me it's 14º in London. It's 25º. The forecast for the next 24 hours never goes above 15º but all of the tv weather forecasts predict similar to today. It's a waste of memory space


    • Maybe it's a refreshing issue in the app, because accuweather (web site) reports London right now as 24º. That's the same as what is shown in the Meteogram app mentioned below (Meteogram Weather Charts by cloud3squared) when you choose accuweather as the weather data provider... i.e. pretty close to reality.


      • Mark T 10 months ago Link to comment

        After investigation, if I allow it to tell me my weather via Current Location, it is always wrong (even though it locates me accurately as a specific neighbourhood within London). However if I select London by 'add city' it is accurate. So I can get an accurate weather for it, however it means I won't trust the app when I travel elsewhere in Europe. I'd rather one that was accurate using my current location, rather than having to manually add specific places I arrive in


    • CJ Brown 3 months ago Link to comment

      This is why I switched to WeatherBug (more accurate weather / conditions that are consistently updated)


  • Meteogram Weather Forecast (the one by cloud3squared... search for Meteogram Weather Charts cloud3squared) gives a detailed yet easy-to-read view of the weather... choose from a number of different data sources, and customise the chart almost limitlessly to create the look you want. You can even plot a tide chart, wave height and/or direction, sun and/or moon elevation, sunrise and sunset times, and much more.


  • bu neme Feb 27, 2017 Link to comment

    My personal favourite is Forecast. It has lots of features like alerts, time travel, a dark theme, a tablet specific design, a quick settings tile, a dashclock widget, and a lot more. It uses Openweathermap/Dark Sky and has a material design. Search 'com.bunemekyakilika.android.weather.pro' on the Play Store.


  • I came to this article to find a replacement for AccuWeather which came with my Samsung phone. The problem with it is that it is not consistent within itself, so I never know what number to use. Right now it says the temperature is 44 F (1:04 pm). The hourly forecast says 50 deg at 1 pm. And if you click to go to the website it says 43 with a "real feel" of 33. And that is closer than it usually is. It might be accurate for the current temp, but it's pretty useless for predicting what it will be like in a few hours.


    • CJ Brown 3 months ago Link to comment

      I switch to WeatherBug 4 years ago when I had problems with AccuWeather (thank goodness I don't have bloatware involving a weather app on my smartphone).

      Of Interest, my Google Now launcher offers an accurate display of weather daily (do you use a launcher with built-in weather?)


  • After trying many...Weather Timeline is perfect. Well worth the small fee of $1.69 (Canada). I had previously been using Weather Bug which was good also..but found the advertising annoying with no option to stop.


  • I use Weatherbug the most out of these and have found it to be somewhat unreliable in the radar and forecast, unless that's just Florida weather for you.

    However, I am curious and this is why I made an account here - Will Weather Timeline give you alerts for weather you're looking for? Like if you are wanting to get an alert when it's 90F outside, will it let you do this? I'm trying to find an app that will give me something like that and Google's let me down. I don't want something for severe weather, my service provider and Weatherbug both will give me that.


  • NOAA Weather Radar & Alerts got me interested, however you only post a link to the free version. I cannot find the paid version in Google Play Store. So, after downloading the free version from Apalon Apps, I see one 4x3 widget in the "NOAA Weather Radar" category. Phones with a raster width of 5 have been available since 5 years. I always want a weather widget on my home page, and if you've ever tried widgets with the wrong raster width - they look ugly on a modern smartphone. Do I need to wait another 5 years before I might see a 5x2 or 5x3 widget?


  • Not all of these apps work properly. The best one, to my mind, is Morecast (now I use it). It has a great-looking and intuitive interface. Morecast is full of other, kind of, special things, such as webcams that show the weather across the globe, and a weather navigation feature to help you to lay out routes around the bad conditions. Another good one is The Weather Channel ( I tried it. All the information provided is accurate but the widget is bad, settings sometimes cannot be saved). Other apps also have its own pluses and minuses.


  • If you in Australia or NZ check the UVIMate UV Index Widget. It's focused on UV Index data and sun's radiation and protects you from sunburn and skin cancer.


  • gg g Jan 11, 2017 Link to comment

    All weather apps in this article are not accurate, please suggest the best, if any


  • For accuracy, I've long preferred Weather Channel over ANY other weather forecasting; my only discontent with them is the opaque background of their widget. I have the Accuweather widget on my main screen just because it's clear, you can still see the background wallpaper; for a quick view of temp and local conditions, it's ok, but their accuracy of forecasting isn't great. Do any of the apps in this article, other than Accuweather, offer a widget with a clear background? I don't want to mess up my home screen with someone else's idea of a good background color.

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