The best weather apps and widgets for Android

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The best weather apps and widgets for Android

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!

Google Assistant

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?

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Google Assistant can give you weather reports. / © NextPit

Today Weather

One of the simplest weather apps, and one of the cleanest in terms of user interface, is Today Weather. It's not been on out for that long but it has made a big impression already. The app pulls weather data from a source of your choice. There are five to choose from, including Weather Underground, AccuWeather and Dark Sky. Our favorite, however, is Norwegian forecasting service, You can also set alerts to let you know when it is going to rain or if you'd just like a daily update in the morning. It still annoys me that it's not called 'Today's Weather', though.

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Today Weather can pull data for multiple cities and has a lot of detail. / © NextPit

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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. / © NextPit


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. / © NextPit


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. / © NextPit

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.

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


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. 

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

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. / © NextPit

Carrot Weather

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.

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Carrot is easily the most fun weather app, that's for sure! / © Google Play Store

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. 

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  • Dan 5000 Dec 23, 2019 Link to comment

    I don't know what app or service that the LG G4 had for weather - but it was a fantastic phone that really alerted you to changes in weather etc.

    Many times I got a weather "alert" from it and thought - what, no way. But it was right every time. And it worked out of the box with zero configuration. It didn't beep every day or bother you at all. But if was sunny and a heavy shower was on the way - you got pre-warned by an hour or two!

    As some here have mentioned - I too used AccuWeather at one point - it had a very nice widget for a start - but after some months / years it's syncing / updating broke, and that never got fixed.

    I currently have the Samsung Galaxy A50 - and the weather app(s) / services on it are awful. It shows weather per 4 hour segments - so the widget only shows the weather for like the next 16 hours - well I really am more interested in the outlook for the week (i.e. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday etc.) - not what it is going to be like at 10 pm, 2 am and 6 am!

    Also it is awful too because it beeps and alerts just to tell you it has updated etc. - not that the forecast has changed or anything or that a storm is on the way. No. Just alerts you to remind you how brilliant it thinks it is. :0)

    Oh, the last thing that was also really cool about the weather app on the LG G4 was that the lock screen would have a weather effect applied to it to reflect the current weather - so would have water / raindrops on it if it was rainy weather, or have flashes etc. if a thunderstorm was expected. Was a cool feature.

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    Deactivated Account May 12, 2019 Link to comment

    I am using Today weather Pro and AccuWeather weather Pro. I also have 1 weather Pro.

  • Stellan Jara Mar 29, 2019 Link to comment

    Are there any android weather widgets that have cool animations? Like clouds sweeping past?

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    Deactivated Account Feb 27, 2019 Link to comment

    I have two paid weather apps, 1 Weather and Accurate weather, but these days I don't use any of them.

  • Albin Foro Feb 27, 2019 Link to comment

    Since it's buried three years ago, I'll repeat a recommendation for "Canada Weather" Dewey Dunnington's great Environment Canada app. The only fairly reliable weather service for giant Canada is the government's, but it took this bright young Maritimer to make a slick Android app for it. Ad-free and a nice little widget.

  • Rusty H. Aug 31, 2018 Link to comment

    When I'm in a hurry for a "quick" look at precipitation, I use Raindar. If I want a detailed look at precipitation, along with tracking storms, velocities etc, I use Radarscope (a paid app). For weather forecast, I use the "Sense 2.0" widget...if you remember the old HTC PDA days, the flip clock, with a weather widget built in.

  • CJ Brown Aug 30, 2018 Link to comment

    The first three years with Android I used AccuWeather, until there were too many bugs and glitches, so I switch to WeatherBug and have never looked back (FYI I don't use widgets)👍

  • Mike Aug 30, 2018 Link to comment

    Sometimes in life, there are too many choices. This is one of those times.

  • Anant Pujara Apr 3, 2018 Link to comment

    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 Feb 8, 2018 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 Jul 30, 2017 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

    • Mike Brewer May 22, 2017 Link to comment

      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 Jul 9, 2017 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 Feb 8, 2018 Link to comment

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

  • Mike Brewer Mar 5, 2017 Link to comment

    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 '' on the Play Store.

  • Jason Zielsdorf Feb 23, 2017 Link to comment

    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 Feb 8, 2018 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?)

  • jack Hagerman Feb 15, 2017 Link to comment

    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.

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