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10 best weather apps and widgets for Android

Authored by: Loie Favre — 1 week 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 10 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

MORECAST - Free Premium Weather: most 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
MORECAST- Free Premium Weather 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
Weather Underground Install on Google Play

Transparent clock & weather: best Weather Widget

This weather widget, as its 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 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

1Weather: best looking

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), but also because of its awesome graphics, design and setup. It really does have it all: real-time and regularly updated weather forecasts not just for your home area, but anywhere in the world.

In addition, it offers 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 are consistently high quality.

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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 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. 

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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  • Grace Cambridge 1 day ago Link to comment

    Hi Loie... Am desperately looking for an equivalent of the mFlows Dev (I THINK that's the name of the developer! ) widget for animated weather - absolutely LOVED it but it simply doesn't appear to work on my new Android Xperia Z3...All the others seem to either have too much info or no animation or ugly or crammed with ads... Help!

  • MobileApptelligence India 1 day ago Link to comment

    Thanks for sharing this article. Was searching similar contents on search engines for a case study. Many thanks.

  • Adrian Martinez 6 days ago Link to comment

    Hi. You could test: The Weather 14 days. A faster Material Design app with nice widgets.

  • K2K 1 week ago Link to comment

    Weather Timeline is by far one of the best out there and certainly worth of this list

  • Paul d Scott 1 week ago Link to comment

    Yahoo, Google now ,BBC and looking outside.... Yahoo has a lovely simple ui, I got a little ocd with the widgets tho, so I use Zooper widgets with Yahoo as weather provider. You mentioned Yahoo,s location issues, I find a slight difference between my home forecast and location forecast, even tho both have same location name when I'm home, a difference which I actually like and find useful, like not relying on one provider......

  • Nagesh Pawate 1 week ago Link to comment

    Thanks for sharing this article. Was searching similar contents on google for a case study. Many thanks.
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  • joost 1 week ago Link to comment

    "best"..? to me the best wheather app is the one that predicts most accurate..
    but I cant read anything about the reliability of the above mentioned apps.

  • drkmgiri 1 week ago Link to comment

    Whether apps drains battery true or false please tell

  • CJ Brown 1 week ago Link to comment

    WeatherBug has been my favorite for 3 years
    Google Now seems built into the Google Now Launcher (can you toggle it Off?)
    Transparent Clock / Weather Widget (that doesn't suck up Battery Life) is something Android Users have enjoyed that iPhone Users wish they had (its the ONLY Widget I use)

  • Material Analog Watch Face 1 week ago Link to comment

    Weather apps are very useful especially if you are always on the go. It gives your the present condition of the place and become prepared when there's rain or storm coming.

  • Amir Ganjeii 1 month ago Link to comment

    check weather360, it really worth to be in the list

  • Spudp800 2 months 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 2 months ago Link to comment

    I wish scott was my weatherman

  • Eric 2 months 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 3 months ago Link to comment

    check my weather app

  • Arnab Pari 4 months ago Link to comment

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

  • Claire Anderson 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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.

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