Forget the weatherperson on your local cable network. Today, smartphone and tablet apps provide up-to-the-minute weather alerts and updates that can’t be found anywhere else. To get the most reliable and accurate weather forecasts, you’re going to need to use your phone rather than your TV or radio. Not all weather apps for Android are created equal, however. Some specialize in week-long forecasts, while others provide real-time satellite imagery.
Below, we’ve listed our favorite weather apps for Android, so you’ll never be unprepared when you step outside. If you’re looking for a new weather app after the discontinuation of Dark Sky for Android devices, we believe you’ll find quite a few great options.
Using an Apple device? Be sure to check out our guide to the best weather apps for the iPhone.
The Weather Channel
How could The Weather Channel’s app not make our list? It’s free, comprehensive, and has just about everything you need to keep an eye on the sky. The app automatically changes based on your location and provides current weather plus hourly weather for the next two days and forecasts up to 15 days in advance.
In addition, you can set the app to automatically notify you of severe weather alerts, as well as watch exclusive web content and videos recorded from the Weather Channel’s television broadcasts. If you’re up early, check the app between 6 and 11 a.m. for “The Lift,” an app-first 6-minute weather show detailing the day’s weather nationwide.
Android users get a dynamic home screen option that changes based on time, location, and weather (take that, iPhone users). The app tells you whether the weather’s right for a variety of outdoor activities, which change based on the seasons. Its weather maps are also fast-updating, and while not as good as RadarScope Pro, lightning data is available, too.
AccuWeather gets high marks not only for its simplicity but also for being comprehensive. The app features something called MinuteCast, which gives you a minute-by-minute rundown of weather conditions up to two hours in advance. Hourly forecasts are available up to three days out, as well as a 15-day daily forecast.
Other features set it apart from the rest. You’ll get information on allergies, sunrise and sunset information, as well as current weather news and videos. You can also send in your own weather reports and videos. AccuWeather might even feature your videos in its news reports.
Want to see the whole week ahead in one go? There’s no app that does that better than Flowx. Simple swipe gestures mean you can browse through a whole week’s worth of weather on one screen, with details on wind speed and direction, as well as information from over 30 different types of data. If you’re a fan of weather data — and who isn’t? — this app gives you data in spades. There’s a travel mode so you can plan trips in advance, as well as widgets for your home screen, with graphs.
A premium subscription gives you access to a longer 10-day forecast, as well as more data to consume, and the ability to edit weather graphs. You can get the Pro mode either by paying a one-off price or subscribing per month.
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, storm chaser, or even somebody that just likes up-to-the-minute weather info, this is your app. The radars refresh every six minutes, and storm warnings are placed on top of the radar images as well. You also have access to other radar products, such as velocity, precipitation estimates, and nearly a dozen other things, none of which are available through your standard weather app.
This app doesn’t tell you the temperature, nor is it going to give you a forecast. In fact, RadarScope is pretty one-dimensional when it comes to weather apps. It shows you the radar and that’s it, but you cannot get a better radar app from anyone else. At $10, it’s one of the higher-priced apps, but it’s worth it.
While it’s an additional expense, we recommend subscribing to RadarScope Pro. You’ll get the capability to add lightning data, dual-pane radar data (to view two radars at once), and loop up to 20 frames (two hours of data). It’s $10 per year, but that’s less than a dollar a month, and a must-have for those most affected by storms and rain.
Weather Underground (or Wunderground) is a weather service provided that’s been around the block quite a few times, and for years it has served as the backend for a number of popular applications on both Android and iOS. But why use a third-party app when you can use Wunderground’s official solution? Opening the app presents you with an immediate view of the current conditions, including temperature, precipitation, and wind. Scroll down to quickly access a map of the surrounding area or dive into the daily forecast for a detailed view. Wundergound also provides you with an air quality index so you know if its a great day for the park, or if staying inside might be your best bet.
Stuck staring at the sky? Wundergound provides you with precise sun and moon movements, allowing you to check the exact times of your local sunrise and sunset. Once the sun does set, you can keep an eye on the moon’s current phase, as well as when the next new moon will appear in the sky. Opt to upgrade to the premium membership for $20 per year or $4 per month, and you’ll be treated to more detailed forecasts as well as the ability to set up Smart Forecasts that inform you when the weather conditions will be perfect for your favorite activities – think fishing, boating, and even landscape photography.
Fu*** Weather (Funny Weather)
A lighter look at the weather, Fu*** Weather paints itself as something of a realistic weather app, based on what you might say when you actually see the weather outside. It should go without saying that includes some very naughty words indeed — this is not the app for you if you don’t like cursing.
Comic purposes aside, this is actually a fairly good weather app. It contains your local weather conditions, hourly weather forecasts, and forecasts for a full week. You’ll also be able to see maps for radar, satellite, wind, and more. If you want your weather at a glance there’s a home screen widget, while notifications keep you aware if nasty weather’s about to hit. If you’re a wearable tech sort of person, there’s an app for that too.