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12 best weather apps and widgets for Android

Update: New best overall app

Authored by: Chris Marshall — 1 month ago

Are you tired of getting rained on? Sick of carrying a jacket when it’s completely unnecessary? 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 12 meteorological apps and widgets that are 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

Weather Timeline: best overall

Available for under one dollar in the Play Store, Weather Timeline could be the best dollar you ever spend. It compiles a load of genuinely useful and interesting features into a wonderful interface and 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 choose what weather service to use, from five options, and there are notifications that warn you of impending weather changes. Then there's the moon viewer, so you always know the werewolf forecast, and several radar maps, letting you see visualizations of the cloud and rain to come. On top of all that, there are also several interactive graphs showing data on things like temperature, precipitation and pressure. 

The depth of data below an elegant, simple interface make this app our top choice.

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Weather Timeline is our favorite weather app on Android. / © ANDROIDPIT
Weather Timeline - Forecast Install on Google Play

YoWindow Free Weather: best looking

“Watch weather with pleasure” says YoWindow when you first load it and it truthfully lives up to this promise: this is 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. Available for free with ads or paid without, check it out in the Play Store via the link below.

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Want a weather app that looks great? Get YoWindow. / © ANDROIDPIT
Accurate Weather YoWindow Install on Google Play

Simple Weather: best for Material Design

This app's design is as clear and simple as a spring morning. It abides flawlessly by Google's Material Design, making it a great choice for anyone who likes their device to be as homogenous as possible.

It could be said to be a little too simple, as it does lack many of the more advanced features and information that some of the other apps we've tried out here, but if you're just looking for a beautiful Material Design weather app that can tell you the essentials, Simple Weather is a great way to.

For my money, it also has some of the best weather widgets available. They look great on pretty much any device's homescreen.

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Material Design weather at its most visually appealing thanks to Simple Weather. / © ANDROIDPIT
Simple Weather Install on Google Play

MORECAST - Free Premium Weather: best for intuitive design

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
Weather & Radar - Morecast App Install on Google Play

WeatherBug: best for extra features

WeatherBug excels in the design and user interface department, plus it is able to pinpoint the weather forecast, not only to your city, but 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 your lifestyle, so you can find out, 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, including the option to share pictures. / © ANDROIDPIT
WeatherBug Install on Google Play

Weather Underground: best for getting involved

Weather Underground employs the combined services of more than 33,000 weather stations to offer “the world’s most accurate hyper-local weather forecasts” 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 the weather in their area. The interface is highly detailed and shows everything you could ask for, on one convenient and useful page.  

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You can press the tick and cross in the center of the screen to confirm whether or not your local weather is as described in the app. / © ANDROIDPIT

Transparent clock & weather: best for weather widgets

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

Transparent clock & weather currently houses 10 widgets, in various sizes with varying levels of detail, and is also completely customizable, allowing you to make adjustments to the color, opacity and update frequency of your widgets. There’s something for everyone, and it makes an excellent alternative to the standard weather widget that's pre-installed on most devices.  

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The Transparent Clock & Weather widget (left) and its 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 are traveling in a region that is often 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. For those who might be affected by extreme weather, this app could be vital.  

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The real-time satellite view (left) and the news feed (right). / © ANDROIDPIT
Weather from NOAA 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, with 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 data. (You also can tap on most items to receive more detailed information.) It's 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

Accuweather: best for serious weather addicts

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. It's a comprehensive app, but some might be put off by its layout – it's not the easiest app to navigate.

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Even 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 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. The one thing that could be improved is location precision.

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Yahoo Weather uses background images from the huge image database Flickr. / © ANDROIDPIT
Yahoo Weather 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 the information 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, minimal and informative. 

Another available card is for public alerts, which gets you emergency information that comes right from the National Weather Services and the US 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, this weather app is no exception. / © 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. 

Chris is a graduate in English and Philosophy and habitual tamperer with technology. A recent convert to Android, through the marvel of the Samsung Galaxy S6, he looks to share the fruits of this technological honeymoon through AndroidPIT.

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  • I'm not a big yahoo fan in the least, but for some reason I've allowed it to be my widget for the past few months. I do like the simple yet attractive look, easy access and ability to see multiple cities just by swiping over. However, I somehow had my city in twice and noticed that, while similar in temp, not actually the same temps. At all. So... that feature is what I don't like. I'm off to try others. Well written and informative article!

  • It's a complete shame that somehow none of the 3 I'd recommend even got a nod on this list... Go! Weather, 1Weather, and/or Dark Sky... *tisk, tisk*

  • Cannot find an app with weather systems and fronts. These apps designed for simplicity are not what I need. Now and intelligent were a bust. Weather underground is poor.

  • Hanna 1 month ago Link to comment

    Thanks for sharing. Btw, first photo made my day :D Very funny :D

  • Nice article.Thanks for sharing!

  • Ingo V. 1 month ago Link to comment

    Well done article.

  • Not only had Google got the Now weather cards, if you ask in Google Now what the weather's today, you will get a Google result with a card type thing. It has a button to add it to the home screen which is a shortcut to an app inside Google Now. This is I think the best overall and in Material Design.

  • Been using Weatherbug since the BB version and I had a BB Storm.

  • I am the author "Pluvia", an innovative 3D weather radar viewer.
    Please search for it on the play store.

  • Ian Ross 4 months ago Link to comment

    Transparent Clock and Weather is the winner for me, hands down. It does what it says and is highly configurable in all aspects. Best of all, it is very accurate on location without using GPS and this means a very, very, low impact on battery usage. A must for all those that need accurate, updated, weather forecasts and conditions.

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    anshul 5 months ago Link to comment

    Nice article!

  • K2K 5 months ago Link to comment

    You completely dropped the ball by not including Weather Timeline - Forecast. This app has a well deigned UI, clear and informative information and a choice of weather providers, since some tend to work better in some areas that others. At $.99, it's money very well spent.

  • I always throw in a recommendation for Fish&Whistle's great Environment Canada app - the only reliable weather service for Canada is the government's, but it took this bright young maritimer to make a slick app for it.

  • An alternative is to use your phone's browser and visit a weather site. Weather Underground has a good site but the chart has a poor layout. I try not to install an app that has unreasonable permissions.

  • 5URV1V0R 8 months ago Link to comment

    Amber Weather is the best, just give it a try!

  • The best weather widget is Weather Timeline Forecast. It provides incredible features. For instance, the widget colour would be different for each weather. Along with temperature it also displays humidity and air pressure right on the widget.

  • Weather Timeline FTW. Also it has great android wear integration

  • My vote for eWeather by Elecont. Nothing can compare with eWeather.

  • Luka 8 months ago Link to comment

    The best weather app is Weather Underground hands down. The best widget app is XWidget, as you can have or create any widget you want.

  • weather timeline needs adding to your list, its simple but detailed with a very nice design, some nice widgets, great choice of icons and a choice of providers, if I had to choose one simple weather app this would be a very close call along with yahoo.

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