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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Which app would you say is the best weather app for Android? Let us know in the comments below.