Best Android and iPhone weather apps (2015 edition)


Have you noticed how the advent of weather apps on Android smartphones and the iPhone has changed the way we consume meteorological information? If just a few years ago, we would not care too much about the weather, with satellite images and climate predictions of all sorts, many of us seem to turn to the weather forecast on an obsessive, nearly hourly basis rather than the more sane daily checks we did before.

With a new era for Android and iOS weather apps: ones that are beautiful, with a sleek and functional design, that's no wonder. However, how do you pick the best weather app among more than a million apps on both Apple's App Store and Google's Play Store? We've saved you the trail and error, and the effort of actually living with many of those weather apps on a daily basis, and bring you the best, richest, and most useful Android and iOS weather apps.

In coming up with this list we looked for weather apps that strike the right balance of being informative and good-looking.

#10: TheWeatherChannel

Download on Android | iOS
Price: Free

TheWeatherChannel is a useful app, and it makes this list only for its reputable name, and as a warning to those who are willing to try it out, but there is little reputable about its terrible, ad-ridden presentation. In fact, at times it's hard to tell whether the purpose of the app is to show weather information, or ads. Those ads also make it slow to load and stuttery, all decisive factors for you to scroll down and find some better-made weather apps.

#9: Arcus Weather

Download on Android | iOS
Price: Free

Arcus Weather comes with a fairly bland, grayish interface that is simple and utilitarian, but not inspiring by any means (especially in the Androdi version). Yet, this free app taps into the rich database used by another very accurate app that you'd find later in this list - Dark Sky. Arcus Weather most important features are forecasts delivered by the minute and by the hour, which is particularly useful for those times when you're wondering whether you'd get caught in that rain or not. It also brings weather to the notification tray in a nice, concise manner, and there is a variety of homescreen widgets.

#8: Grumpy Weather

Download on Android
Price: Free

Our special pick in this app selection is Grumpy Weather, showing you the weather news, vocalized in a way probably only Grumpy Cat would express its weather feelings. Warning: Medium Maturity.

#7: Weatherbug

Download on Android | iOS
Price: Free (ad-supported)

Weatherbug stands out by being one of the few apps to actually provide real-time weather data for threats and severe weather. It also features one of the best maps in a weather app with layers for Doppler radar, humidity, pressure, wind speed, high/low forecast, traffic, and satellite imaging.

#6: Weather Underground

Download on Android | iOS
Price: Free

Weather Underground is a feature-rich weather app that offers all standard forecast essentials, including temperature highs and lows, as well as radar maps, and even air quality conditions, but it suffers from an ad-problem as the commercials pop up from the very beginning of the app. In addition, the interface is definitely on the bland side. If you're after pure functionality, though, Weather Underground delivers nicely, and it also brings a nice tray notification with the current weather.

#5: 1Weather 

Download on Android
Price: Free | $1.99 (to get rid of ads)

1Weather is a close runner-up to Yahoo Weather, lacking slightly in visual flare, but compensating with even more detailed weather information. 1Weather's home screen welcomes you with a picture relevant to the current weather condition (but it’s not an image from your particular region, like in Yahoo Weather), and all essential information available at a glance: you have the ups and downs in temperature, how does it feel outside, the conditions, chances of precipitation, as well as visibility distance, barometric pressure, humidity, wind speed, UV index and dewpoint. This is easily the most informative and yet clutter-free weather home screen of any Android app we've seen.

Where 1Weather particularly shines, though, is in its forecasts: you can see the weather estimate in either an hourly view, a detailed view for eve, night, morn, noon, or an extended view for the next 10 days. Swiping left or right will give you even more information about the chances for rain, as well as an animated map of the weather conditions. The only caveat to 1Weather is that the free version is ad-supported. For $1.99, you can get rid of those ads and fully enjoy the application, something that we definitely recommend you to do.

What we personally like best about 1Weather is how it appears in the notification dropdown, with a three-day forecast that you can easily see without having to open the app itself.

#4: AccuWeather (Premium)

Download on Android | iOS
Price: Free | $2.99

AccuWeather is an ad-ridden affair in its free version, but if you spare the three bucks the developer charges for the premium version, you'd get treated to a smooth and annoyance-free weather app that is particularly useful for US residents with video forecasts and other weather updates. The interface is based on swiping between tabs, and that's pretty convenient, but don't expect much of a visual flare with this app.

#3: Dark Sky

Download on iOS
Price: $3.99

Dark Sky stands out with its very accurate rain predictions that are updated by the minute, and combined with the app's capability to warn you about "Light rain in 10 min, ending 15 min later" it definitely feels supernatural, and can keep you from getting soaking wet. On the visual side, however, Dark Sky fails to deliver with uninspiring grayish backgrounds, and its unique functionality is backed up with a pretty unique price tag: $3.99, making it the most expensive weather app among our top picks. 

#2. Bright Weather

Download on Android
Price: Free

LevelUp, the developer behind Bright Weather, seems to have abandoned iOS shores for good where the app is no longer updated, but the exclusive focus on Android has paid off neatly. Bright Weather is one of the absolute best Android apps, with a gorgeous translucent interface, and correct information, plus the experience is surprisingly devoid of apps, despite the $0 price tag of the app.

#1: Yahoo Weather: brings essential info front and center, with no clutter

Download on Android | iOS
Price: Free

After living with many weather apps, we found ourselves coming back to the brilliantly designed Yahoo Weather. It is a clean and clutter-free app, with no annoying ads. It starts you off with a full-screen image from your area, illustrating the weather conditions at the moment.. Swipe down, and it reveals the weather forecast for the next few days, as well as essential details like humidity, visibility, and the UV index. Scroll further down, for even more settings: a cloud map, wind and barometer readings, chances of precipitation, and moon phases. Swiping left and right switches between cities, and overall, the experience is very clean and modern-looking.

Note: These apps will work on the latest Android smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note 3, Galaxy S5, LG G3, Nexus 6, etc. On iOS, these apps are supported on the latest iOS 8 running devices like the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPad Air 2, iPad Air mini 3, etc.

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36 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yahoo Weather is best.

15. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

search Eye in Sky. pretty nice widget and provides just enough information. nothing too excessive.

26. zinger69

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Eye in Sky should be in the top 3. But it hasn't been updated since March so points off for sparse support.

29. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

I agree,, and I use forecast via Cydia , live weather on lock/home screen

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I use AccuWeather. Tried Yahoo for a while, but the forecast wasn't very accurate and app was quite buggy.

6. Victor.H

Posts: 1062; Member since: May 27, 2011

Appreciate you sharing your experience. Put simply, you can't go wrong with either one of the big four: The Weather Channel, AccuWeather, WeatherBug, and Weather Underground. However, on Android, I find only WeatherBug of all four to have put the extra effort in not just providing information, but actually being well-designed. The situation is different on iOS, though, as you'll see in an upcoming article.

8. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yeah I agree that the AccuWeather app is not all that good looking. But I found it the best for me.

30. roozbeh101

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

ehm...ez weather...ehm !

11. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

Same experience. I really liked Yahoo's app, but it's kinda buggy. Tried AccuWeather and think it's great. I usually just use HTCs weather app for just a quick look, but it uses accuweather as its source I think

3. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

Grumpy Weather is my absolute favorite.

4. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

weather client from new ASUS ZenUI is best.

5. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I used to WeatherBug elite, then it went freemium, bad move IMO to those that bought into it. I like Yahoo weather, clean. Currently, (as I live in Canada), I use weathercanada app.

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Yahoo weather FTW. Just note if you live in county or rural areas, its a hit and miss affair.

9. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I've started using Google Now for weather but I still have Yahoo and Accuweather installed.

10. stO_obs

Posts: 10; Member since: May 22, 2014

Google Now ftw.

12. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Transparent Clock & Weather is great for me. Very accurate. It updated cities very accurately when I drove from GA to FL. Never had to refresh to get the current city or weather; and it looks cool. I used to use Android Weather & Clock Widget, followed by Beautiful Widgets, One Clock, Dash Clock (not very accurate) & now Transparent Clock & Weather.

13. npaladin2000

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

I actually prefer LG's built in weather app/widgets on the OGP and G2.

14. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

If you want pretty, these apps deliver. If you want detailed and accurate, go to NOAA's forecast.weather.gov in Chrome, plug in your location, select the page you want to start on (I use the hourly forecast), click the Chrome options, and add it to your home page.

16. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Very timely PA... Just last night I was looking for a new weather app. I'd been using Fancy Widgets weather widget (gets its info from Accu Weather so all good there), but on a tablet it's 4 by x non-resizable widget just isn't aesthetically pleasing to me. Any of these apps (or another) have tablet-friendly weather widgets?

17. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Really? My best weather app is Google Now of Google Search.

18. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Thought about using Google Now, but... It's ugly. Don't really like the white background. Don't really like the lack of a clock in the widget since I generally hide the status bar that's where my clock goes, and don't really like either having the other cards there or having unfilled space.

19. tahirk

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Well, I've tried quite a few and the standouts were Yahoo Weather & AccuWeather, which provided most accurate results.

20. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Nothing can still beat htc's lockscreen weather animations. I wish someone could copy that

23. IT_Architect

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

Truer words were never spoken. I have a Touch Pro2 with CHT. It's stunning with the clouds, lightning, rain and windshield wiper, snow building up on the bottom of the screen, etc. There have been lame attempts, but nothing that comes close. I has an extra bonus in that it isn't into identity theft. Anybody would pay good money to have that on Android o IOS.

21. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Used to use Yahoo Weather and I really love it, but the app has been going downhill with so many bugs, so I uninstalled about a month ago. I'll reinstall if there is an improvement.

22. IT_Architect

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

The Yahoo! one looks the best, but is there a nice one that isn't into identity theft? I don't mind paying. Thanks!

24. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

I use Arcus because its just in the notification tray, not taking up space on the screen, fantastic app, if I need more, touch it and it launches further as needed, great if you don't want widgets all over the place.

25. zinger69

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Bright Weather is a great weather app. No frills and the widgets are basic yet nice. Yahoo is great to.

27. paulyd0021

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

I live in the midwest, so getting weather alerts such for severe storms, tornadoes, floods, and snow storms is pretty important and I've found Accuweather to provide those alerts in an accurate and timely manner. If Yahoo could do the same I'd consider switching. I love the look and ease of navigating the layout. I also use MyRadar if I want to get a "live" radar image so I can see exactly where I am in relation to storm cells. It's fun because you get to make your own short term predictions based on the moving map. It's not rocket science and I've gotten pretty good at figuring out when there will be a window of time to make a run from or to my car without getting soaked.

28. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Actually no one is interested on weather reports, they just use weather apps for designs on the homescreen.

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