It’s always important to know what the weather will be like, especially if you plan to do something outside. It will be a disaster if you plan to get some sun at the beach and only have to look at a cloudy sky. Sure, you can ask Google for the weather, but some weather apps for Android have some great features you may be missing out on.
The app you decide to go with will depend on the features you want the app to have. Some may prefer apps that keep things simple, while others prefer the kinds of feature-packed apps. The following list will show you the various apps you can choose from and the most popular ones on Google Play. Don’t forget to let me know which one you decide to go with in the comments below.
The Most Popular Weather Apps for Android / Free
1. The Weather Channel
An article about weather apps would not be complete without the Weather Channel app on the list. The app is free to use, but some features can only be used if you go Premium. If you do go Premium, you can enjoy features such as:
- No Ads
- 4X Hourly Forecast
- 24-hour Radar
- Advanced Radar
Premium will only set you back $29.99 for a year or $4.99 a month. But, for free you can still get the most important information: the weather. The app has four tabs:
The free version gives you weather alerts, and you can also change from a unit of measure. You can til use the radar, but it would give you a 24-hour reading. A the top, you’ll see different colors that will describe the intensity of the rain and snow. If you want to see what the radar will show later on in the day, simply use the slider at the bottom. To the side of the slider, you’ll see the time of day the radar is showing you information for.
You can see what’s trending in the Videos tab, with the weather being the main topic. For example, if any major storms caused an accident to major damage, you’ll see in the Videos tab. To see the weather for another city, select the arrow pointing down to the right of the city’s name and add your new city. The app also has widgets for you to use.
2. AccuWeather: Weather Alerts and Live Forecast Info
Another popular app you’ll find on Google Play is AccuWeather. The app will give you information such as your forecast by day or by month. You’ll also get information such as sunrise and sunset times. An hourly weather forecast is also available. In the Radar tab, you’ll see a play button. The radar will show you what the weather will be like for the next few hours without you having to do it manually by tapping on the button.
If you ever want to change cities, tap on the dropdown menu to the city’s right and tap on a previous city you’ve used. Or, you can search for a new city to add. The radar will also show you the severity of the weather in colors. The rain will go from:
The Snow, Ice, and Mix options will have their own colors. The app also offers quite a few maps filters, such as:
- Watches and warnings
- Water Vapor
- Risk to Life and Property
- Forecast Eyepath
- Maximum sustained winds
- Storm Surge
- Maximum Win Gusts
- 5-Day Precipitation
- Temperature Contour
Don’t forget to check out the widgets the app has to offer.
3. Weather Forecast
Unlike the first two apps, Weather Forecast asks you to set up your weather settings as soon as you start using the app. It’ll asl you to set things such as:
- Temperature – Farenheit or celcius
- Time Format
- Wind Speed – Select wind speed unit
- Show weather on the lock screen
- Show Temperature on the status bar
Once you’ve selected everything you want the app to show you, it’ll ask you for some permissions. This app shows you that the rest on the doesn’t is the address of your current location. This is great if you need the address and don’t feel like opening another app to figure it out. The app doesn’t have designated tabs if you only want the hourly or 5-day forecast. To see this, you’ll need to swipe to the sides. Showing you everything on the main page makes the weather smaller, making the other apps more appealing. There are also apps you can use as well.
4. Yahoo Weather
Yahoo Weather has a different way of showing you the weather. It’ll show you a picture of the city of your choice. Yahoo Weather offers a unique feature because it shows you the latest stats on the coronavirus pandemic, just if you like to be informed on the issue. To see the weather, you’ll need to swipe up, and you’ll see info such as the hourly and five-day forecast. To see more information, swipe left on any of these options.
Keep swiping down to see more details such as humidity, Feel like, Visibility, and UV INdex. Other information you’ll see include Wind and Pressure, Precipitation, Sun and Moon, and a map. The app is free to use, and there is no need to sign up to use it.
5. Weather Bug
Last but not least, there’s Weather Bug. This app has its weather divided into four different tabs such as Now, Hourly, 10-Day, and Maps. If there are any active alerts for you to see, the app will show you a red triangle at the app’s top right.
The app will also show you fun animal videos to brighten up your day and other animal-related videos. There are also alerts for Fire, UV, and Pollen.
With one of these apps, you should be good to go. You’ll always know what the weather is going to be like and you’ll know if you should take a jacket with you or not. Some apps have features that others on the list don’t, while others have the basic but essential ones. Don’t forget to let me know which one you go with in the comments below and share this article on social media so others can see the list.