If you live in a place where weather has mood swings, you will definitely appreciate good weather apps for Android. There is nothing worse than a sunny day suddenly turning into a thunderstorm, and believe me when I say, you don’t want to be caught off guard.
Back when I didn’t have a good weather app installed on my smartphone, I use to come home wet and cold numerous times a year. Riding a motorcycle didn’t do me any good either. Thankfully now I have a couple of great weather apps for Android on my phone and I haven’t been surprised by Mother Nature in almost three years.
Note: All of the 15 best weather apps for Android were used on a Samsung Galaxy Note III smart phone. The phone is running stock TouchWiz UI based on Android 4.4.2. The apps were tested on regular WiFi as well as 3G internet connectivity. Although sometimes the predictions were slightly off, the apps themselves performed perfectly fine.
1. 1Weather – Free with In-app Purchases
1 App To Rule Them All
1Weather is reliable and trustworthy, and combined with its pleasant interface and good response time it is the best of the best. The interface is very clean and easy to digest and you get the information you need in singular taps. The included widget which we have discussed in the best weather widgets for Android article is also pretty sweet and fast. The app looks especially great on tablets, which is a thing not many weather apps can do.
- Real time local weather forecast.
- Worldwide predictions including current and 48 hour ones.
- Interactive charts.
The live weather background matches the weather outside. It may not be that big of a feature but it certainly ranks 10/10 on the wicked cool scale.
2. Weather – Free
Simple, Elegant and Accurate
This is one of the simplest and minimalistic weather apps for Android. Weather, just like its name, keeps things down to essentials and displays what you really need to know. Sure you can go deep with the information but let’s be honest; most of the time you only need to check the temperature. This is where this Weather app really shines, it shows you a large icon for the time of day and conditions and you know what is going on outside. This is especially great when you are sleepy and can’t be bothered to read the numbers, one look and you know if it’s raining or not.
- Extremely simple and informative.
- Can give details if you desire.
- The large icon is lively.
The app also gives the option of manually adding your location. This is great for low-end tablets and smartphones with no GPS functionality.
3. Weather Underground – Free with In-app Purchases
You Do the Work
Weather Underground can either be really amazing for you or mildly useless. Let me explain how this weather app for Android works. It takes data just like traditional apps do, you know from radars and satellites and stuff (I don’t actually know how they do it) but also augment it with data collected from users. If you are a weather enthusiast you can directly contribute to this amazing app and help give a detailed, more local insight on current weather. This means the community powers the details and gives incredible results. On the other hand if no one in your locality is using the app, it will just be a standard weather app, nothing more.
- Interactive weather and radar maps.
- Crowd reporting is a unique feature.
- Status notifications as well as current conditions.
The app gathers data from 33,000 plus weather stations and then fills the gaps with data collected by user-owned ones. This means the information is as good as it gets.
4. Yahoo Weather – Free
One of the best weather apps for Android, Yahoo Weather does everything in style. I especially love the user interface which is very classy. The transparent glass slab on top of a good-looking background makes checking the weather a pleasure. I was skeptical at first but Yahoo certainly has upped their game with this app and it clearly shows. You get all the details like wind, chance of precipitation and pressure along with the usual temperatures and humidity. The app also features interactive maps categorized according to radar, satellite, heat and snow.
- Check out animated sunrise, sunset, wind and pressure modules.
- Detailed weather information is just a scroll away.
- Simple swipe controls work great.
The app allows you to track your favorite cities and destinations. This is a great feature for those who miss home and want to see how the weather is there.
5. WeatherBug – Free
One Screen, One Look
Are you looking for a sweet weather app which shows all the info on one screen? WeatherBug is a great app for you. The app is fast, easy-to-use and looks beautiful. Although there is a lot of information shown on the home screen of the app, the app manages it really well and it doesn’t feel cluttered. The app tries to be intuitive and succeeds somewhat, for example it will advise you on your plans according to the weather forecast. If you are planning on going for a jog in the morning, the app will tell you if it’s going to rain or not.
- Real time accurate forecasts.
- Severe weather alerts helps you avoid dangerous adventures.
- Enhanced interactive maps are great.
The app gives you access to live weather cameras all over the U.S. While only 2000 in number these cover almost every major city in the States. It’s still better than going in blind.
6. AccuWeather – Free and $2.99
The Accurate Weather
6.a Free Version
AccuWeather is one of my personal favorite weather apps for Android. This is because many widgets from OEMs (original electronic manufacturer) use data obtained from these guys. The AccuWeather app is almost always accurate, hence the “Accu” in the name. The free and highly customizable app features some of the best features one can hope in a complete weather app. From MinuteCast, a feature which gives minute-by-minute weather updates to appropriate push notifications, this app has you covered on almost every front.
- Precipitation type and intensity with start and end times.
- Display current temperature on the status bar.
- Select between metric or imperial units.
The app provides accurate and local forecasts for around 3 million locations all over the world. This means your town is bound to be covered. The app also updates the information every 15 minutes so you remain on top of the game.
6.b Paid Version
The platinum version of AccuWeather offers full customization for all the features along with no ads in the app.
7. Intellicast Weather – Free
The Advanced Option
If you are an advanced weather watcher, Intellicast Weather is an app made specifically for you. The technical terms thrown in the main page of the app are impressive, and for a new guy like me quite intimidating. But after through research, the terms made sense and the true value of this app became apparent. This app is not for those who just need a simple temperate telling app; this is for who desire much more than that. The app features the timeliest interactive radar for North America which also shows real-time storm cell tracking and map based weather alerts.
- Check out the current trends as well as average and record temperatures.
- State-of-the-art technology allows you to see where the rain or snow is.
- Combined radar and satellite layers.
The most interactive app among the weather apps for Android list, Intellicast Weather allows you to see high-resolution temperature, wind speeds and snow cover layers.
8. Weather XL – Free with In-app Purchases
Weather XL strives to be a good-looking and reliable weather app for your Android device. And it succeeds in that respect by providing gorgeous and realistic animations of weather conditions. Take a glance at the app and you will know what is happening outside. The app also updates continuously which thankfully can be turned off to save battery. The app is very fast in retrieving the latest weather forecasts. You can also get weather in notification areas and get the temperature right on the status bar.
- Looks especially great on tablets.
- Comes with a good widget to be placed on the home screen.
- Satellite and radar map animations are available.
The app provides accurate hourly forecasts for the next ten days. It also shows detailed information on rain, ice, snow, wind, storm, fog, UV index, pressure and humidity.
9. Weather 14 days – Free
Weather 14 days gives great forecasts for more than twenty thousand locations in the States and 200,000 locations worldwide. So there is a high probability that your area will be covered by the app. The app also provides hourly detailed forecasts for the current day and tomorrow. There are predictions generated every three hours as well as an overall prediction for the next week. This app does a great job when you are trying to make plans for a holiday. You don’t want to be stuck on your way to the ski resort.
- Maximum temperatures and daily minimums.
- Expected rain as well as cloudiness.
- Relative humidity and snow lines.
This is a great app for sailing, although the main page doesn’t say this. The app provides wind speed, direction and most importantly maximum gusts. Sailors among us will know how to best use this information.
11. Weather Ultimate – Free
Looks Best on Tablets
The ultimate weather app for Android, Ultimate Weather comes with great features. The app is a must have if you own a tablet, thanks to the great looking backgrounds it displays. The app gives accurate 5 days forecasts as well as current weather. The app also comes with a home screen widget which is nice if you just want to know the temperature immediately.
- Supports Geo-positioning.
- Smooth and impressive animation effects.
- Sunrise and sunset time reminders.
The app can also cache weather which can come in handy with no internet connection. It is only fair that you know the predictions even if you don’t have immediate internet access.
12. Mobile Weather Station – Free
This app is a unique one because it relies on your smartphone sensors to determine the current weather conditions. The local atmospheric conditions once collected are then displayed on the live updating weather map. So even if your smartphone doesn’t come with dedicated weather gauging sensors you can still check out what other smartphones/tablets are feeling in your vicinity.
- Some great graph options.
- Map of readings is elaborate.
- Manual reports are available.
The app gives readout for all the sensors on your device resulting in some fairly accurate measurements.
13. Arcus Weather – Free and $2.73
Up to the Minute
13.a Free Version
Arcus Weather is for those who need instant information about almost every aspect of weather. The app is also capable of delivering up to the minute weather forecasts. The forecasts are backed by a wide range of data sources so you get the best predictions and forecasts.
- A fairly good home screen widget.
- Notification bar weather display.
- Severe weather alerts are available.
The app is fully usable without location services. This means low-end smartphones and tablets can use this great app too.
13.b Paid Version
The paid version has no ads, a refreshable widget, up to 10 custom locations and widget intervals.
14. The Weather Channel – Free
The Weather Channels gives you the best radar maps, weather news and local forecasts. The app combined with its widgets serves to bring the most accurate forecasts available right to your home screen. The app comes with hourly, 36-hour and 10-day forecasts options. The interface is good and serves the purpose really well.
- Weather maps are fast and accurate.
- Localized radar maps offer past and future data.
- Storm tracking and tornado activities are available.
Severe notifications and weather alerts are given. Most importantly pollen counts for major locations are provided so your allergies can be kept at bay.
15. Weatherzone – Free
For Australian Weather
This app is made to be used in Australia first then the rest of the world and that’s why it is at the last slot of the 15 best weather apps for Android. If you are an Australian reader, this is the best weather app for you. The app uses the Bureau of Meteorology forecast to produce accurate forecasts for Australia. Snow and Ski forecasts as well as reports and snow cams are also available. I was unable to check the app in Australia but it worked fine where I lived.
- A little cluttered but solid interface.
- Lots of data plotted on digestible graphs.
- National radar and lightning tracker.
App comes with exclusive Australian synoptic map along with rain areas and quantities of the next 7 days. The info is updated every 12 hours too.
These are the 15 best weather apps for Android and all of them have some great features. Even though each app on the list provides accurate weather forecasts, it is up to your own personal taste to choose them. I suggest that you try different ones out before settling on one.
Fair words of caution though, always have two weather apps for Android installed on your device. This way you will be almost hundred percent sure if the day’s going to be scorching hot or not. Sometimes one app may not connect to the servers and we don’t want ourselves to be stranded do we? It is always good practice to bring a backup.
Now you have an app to avoid rainy days.