There are literally hundreds of weather apps out there. Yet, as is often the case on the Play Store, how do you sort the wheat from the chaff? That's why we've scoured the market to bring you our top picks. Here are the best weather apps and widgets available for Android in 2018!
Some provide data on the UV index, some warn you about storms, others warn you about allergens and a few even 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!
One of the best weather apps is not really an app at all. The Google weather app is baked into the latest Android software as part of Google Assistant, and this AI helper can handle a lot of your weather concerns if you interact with it. You can ask Google Assistant something like: "OK Google, what will the weather be like today," and get a mini report read back to you.
This works especially well if you are using Google Home Speaker and want to get a hands-free weather update while you are getting dressed or packing a bag in the morning. You can also ask Assistant things like: "what should I wear in Berlin" to get weather-related answers or even check air quality. You won't be able to set alerts for weather changes throughout the day, however. Still, did you know you already had the Google weather app on you Android?
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.
Weather Underground is free of charge and displays ads. This can be deactivated for one year through a $1.99 in-app purchase.
Windy focuses on clear wind maps. The app has a technical presentation and is aimed at real professionals (and hardcore enthusiasts). Its ability to compare different types of forecasts directly with another other is truly unique.
However, 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.
“Watch weather with pleasure,” says YoWindow when you first load it, and it truly 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 even have added widget support.
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.
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.
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.
The Weather Channel
The Weather Channel is the go-to free 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.
Accuweather is one of the staple free 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.
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.
Carrot Weather features one of the slickest UIs in the weather apps for Android space. The developers have tried to give this free weather app a bit of personality, and thus, you'll find language here that you wouldn't expect from app in the category.
There's also a Premium Club tier with some nice features such a time travel mode that lets you view the weather for any location up to 70 years in the past, or even 10 years into the future! Want to get a weather forecast for the 2028 Glastonbury Festival? No problem! You will also need to be a premium member in order to add the customizable widget to your home screen. Carrot Weather is the most fun free weather app on Android by far.
Which app would you say is the best weather app for Android? Let us know in the comments below.