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- 1 Geometric Weather
- 2 NOAA Weather Unofficial
- 3 Yahoo Weather
- 4 Weather
- 5 1Weather: Weather Forecast, News, Radar & Widgets
- 6 CARROT Weather
- 7 Today Weather - Widget, Forecast, Radar & Alert
- 8 AccuWeather: Weather alerts & live forecast radar
- 9 YoWindow - best weather app with live pictures
- 10 Overdrop - Storm Radar & Hyperlocal Weather
- 11 Weather Live
- 12 Flowx: Weather Map Forecast
- 13 Weather data & microclimate : Weather Underground
- 14 MyRadar Weather Radar
- 15 Weather Forecast & Snow Radar: The Weather Channel
- 16 Appy Weather: the most personal weather app 👋
- 17 Windy.com - Weather Radar, Satellite and Forecast
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Weather apps are a dime a dozen on the Play Store, and since so few offer screenshots of their widgets, it can be tough to know what they actually bring to the table. This is why I took it upon myself to compile a list of the better weather apps out there that offer useful widgets, going so far as to take screenshots of these widgets so that everyone can see exactly what they're getting. This is a running list that is continually updated, and today I've added four new listings for 2021. Everything is in order by price, for your convenience. So whether you're looking for minimal weather widgets that won't break the bank or something that's packed with features that requires a monthly sub, this is the roundup for you.
Geometric Weather is completely free to use, yet it manages to offer a plethora of options and a bunch of widgets. These widgets range from 2x1, 3x1, 3x2, 4x1, and 4x2, with 11 in total to choose from that vary in theme. These widgets are highly customizable. You can change their size, shape, transparency level, text color, font, and text size. The app itself looks a lot like what Google offers on its Pixel devices, showing a detailed yet straightforward scrollable interface. For the price of free, you can't really go wrong with this one.
Monetization: free / no ads / no IAPs
NOAA Weather Unofficial
NOAA Weather Unofficial is a competent weather app that offers five separate weather widgets that range from 4x2, 2x1, 1x1, and 5x1 in size. You can choose to auto-locate your location or set a defined location. Update intervals range from 15-minutes to 4-hours, and you can even set a manual time to update your forecast. As you would expect, you can choose from Celsius or Fahrenheit for your temps. You can also set your speed units as well as a distance measuring preference. Heck, you can even configure what the widget does when you touch it, should you prefer to launch the app or simply adjust the widget's settings. Really, my only issue with this release is the fact that you can't remove the app's advertisements, though this hardly interferes with the title's widgets. Plus, there is a paid version available that forgoes advertisements.
Monetization: free / contains ads / no IAPs
Yahoo Weather is one of the better-looking weather apps out there, and it sports a clean design that's easy to read. Of course, the downside of this app is that you'll be using a Yahoo release, but besides that, this is a competent weather app supported by advertisements. You can expect to find seven weather widgets, and they range in size from 1x2, 2x2, and 5x2. Currently, there is no way to adjust these widgets, so what you see is what you get. So if you're into theming your device, you may want to go with a weather app that offers better customization options for its widgets. Beyond that, Yahoo Weather is a solid option if you're looking for an assortment of static weather widgets.
Monetization: free / contains ads / no IAPs
TOH Talent Team Weather is one of the more generic apps on today's list, but I'm happy to report that it indeed offers some exceptional widgets. There are eight widgets in total, and they range in size from 4x1, 4x2, 4x3, and 4x4, and you can choose to display them with a transparent background or with weather-based backgrounds that change with the forecast. The app itself is free, though it does contain ads that you can't remove, so it doesn't look as good as some of the subscription apps, but it is definitely serviceable, especially if you're only interested in the widgets.
Monetization: free / contains ads / no IAPs
1Weather: Weather Forecast, News, Radar & Widgets
1Weather is a release that I've spent a lot of time with over the years and was my primary weather app for a time. While I've had some issues with inaccurate reporting, this is not an issue across the board, so like all weather apps, you have to decide which offers the most accurate info for your area. When it comes to 1Weather's widgets, there are 12 in total, and they range from 1x1, 2x1, 2x3, 2x4, 3x4, 5x1, 5x2, and 5x3. Of course, the majority displays your current weather temp and conditions, though if you delve into the rest, you'll see that flip clocks, extended weather reports, not to mention the date, are all present in one form or another. Hands down 1Weather has some of the best weather widgets currently, though the app's accuracy can be hit or miss when compared to the competition.
Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs $1.99 a piece
CARROT Weather is easily one of the best-looking apps on our list today and is a competent replacement for Dark Sky, a gorgeous weather app that Apple purchased. Besides the exceptional design of this release, the app offers an entertaining hook. You see, each weather report is filled with hilariously twisted forecasts, giving the app an amusing personality, and best of all, this snark carries over into the app's widgets. The downside is that there are only two widgets available, and they range from 5x2 to 4x3. For the most part, these are simple widgets that offer the current temp, the highs and lows for the day, and of course, a snarky dose of text within the widget that makes looking at your screen a pleasure.
Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $0.99 - $3.99
Today Weather - Widget, Forecast, Radar & Alert
Today Weather offers the most widgets out of all for the apps in today's list. Fifteen in total, to be exact. These widgets range from 1x1, 2x1, 4x1, and 4x2 in size, and they offer many theming options, including your choice of background color, text color, icon color, and even your icon set. There are also a few widgets with backgrounds that will change appearance according to your local forecast. Best of all, you can purchase this app in its entirety for a single price, or you can simply subscribe to remove the app's ads, though I'd personally opt to unlock the entirety of the app for $6.99.
Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $0.99 - $6.99
AccuWeather: Weather alerts & live forecast radar
I've jumped back and forth between many different weather apps over the years, and I always seem to return to AccuWeather for one reason or another. Is it the best looking app out there? No, it's not. What's interesting is that Accuweather took on the hyperlocal weather mantel, similar to what Weather Underground used to offer before it was bought out, which allows for more accuracy for your specific area. While these reports aren't perfect, I do find that AccuWeather is the most accurate app for my area. There's a total of four widgets available, and they range from 1x1, 4x1, and 4x2. You'll have a choice of dark or white backgrounds for the 4x1 widgets, and you can manually set the transparency, along with the refresh interval, text color, and temperature type (real feel or the standard temp). So while the widget options are limited, you can customize them a good bit to better fit with your device's theme.
Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $0.99 - $8.99
YoWindow - best weather app with live pictures
YoWindow is a free weather app that contains advertisements and in-app purchases, though there is also a premium version for those with the change to spare. This is definitely a gorgeous app, thanks to its wonderful backgrounds and animations. But of course, we are here to talk about widgets, and YoWindow offers five of them. They range from 1x1, 2x1, 4x1, and 5x1. These widgets are highly customizable, and so you can choose the transparency level, background color, text color, font, theme, and weather icon. So if you're into theming and customization, YoWindow Weather is a great choice.
Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $0.99 - $9.99
Overdrop - Storm Radar & Hyperlocal Weather
Overdrop is one of the more appropriately priced apps on the list. You can choose to unlock it in its entirety for $17.99, or you can choose a monthly sub at $1.49 (or $7.99 a year). The app itself offers a scrolling interface, with a single ad if you choose to use it for free. There are six widgets in total, and they range from 1x1, 2x2, 2x4, 4x1, 4x2, and 4x4, but really these are simply placeholders for a wide selection of widgets that range from free to Pro, as in there are too many to count. So if you're looking for a huge selection of widgets, Overdrop is a good weather app to start with.
Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $1.49 - $17.99
Weather Live is another subscription-based weather app, though it does offer some wonderful widgets. You can select from nine separate widgets, and they range from 1x2, 3x2, 5x4, 5x3, and 5x5, so they should cover just about anyone's needs. The information contained within these widgets ranges from your current temp in the smaller widgets to the date, time, weather, weekly forecast, as well as minimum and max temps for the day in the larger widgets. These widgets are often displayed with a blurred background, and you can choose to set your location permanently or simply track your location with GPS. You can even select the levels of transparency you want to use for your background, which should appeal to all of you themers out there. Just keep in mind that in order to test this app, you'll have to sign up for recurring fees, though you won't be charged for the first three days.
Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $0.99 - $19.99
Flowx: Weather Map Forecast
Flowx: Weather Map Forecast is a weather map app, and it also offers graphs, which is what you'll find displayed in the single 4x1 widget offered through this title. This app was formerly known as WeatherBomb, and it is a subscription app, so you'll have to pony up $4.99, $9.99, or $19.99 a year, depending on the features you require. Still, you're free to take a look at the pro version for fourteen days, so at least you can try before you buy. Just keep in mind that this is more a data app than an accurate daily forecast app, so this one is for all of the data nerds out there.
Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs from $1.99 - $19.99
Weather data & microclimate : Weather Underground
For a time, Weather Underground was one of my favorite weather apps, but sadly its excellent community-based weather reports started falling to the wayside in order for the new owner to tack on a $3.99 monthly subscription fee while removing functionality. Currently, Weather Underground only offers one widget, and it's 2x2 in size. You can choose the location for the widget to pull its info (or use GPS), and you can set the widget to refresh at the half-hour mark as well as in 1-hour increments. Past that, you'll have to use the actual application if you want to dig into further information. Still, if you're looking for a simple widget backed up by an app with a nice design, you could do a lot worse than Weather Underground.
Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $1.99 - $19.99
MyRadar Weather Radar
I've taken to using MyRadar Weather Radar as a supplementary weather app to my current install of AccuWeather and find that the combo is my preferred setup. First and foremost, MyRadar is a radar app, and it's one of the best out there. You can choose from 4 separate 1x1 widgets that cover current wind, rain, temp, and daily highs and lows, plus there's a new 4x4 radar widget and a 3x3 summary widget. If you choose to use this app for its widgets, expect a minimal design that can fit perfectly with minimal themes. So if you're the sort that prefers a screen that isn't very busy, MyRadar Weather Radar is probably what you're looking for.
Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $2.99 - $24.99
Weather Forecast & Snow Radar: The Weather Channel
Weather News & Radar Maps comes from The Weather Channel, and unlike the brand's radar app, this release is the big boy. This means you can expect a full-fledged weather app, and it offers five separate widgets. These widgets range from 1x1, 2x2, 4x1, 4x2, and 5x1. For the most part, you can't really customize these widgets, so translucent blue better be one of your favorite colors. All in all, Weather News & Radar Maps is a solid offering, though I'm personally not a fan of the app's recurring subscription fees to remove advertisements.
Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $0.99 - $29.99
Appy Weather: the most personal weather app 👋
Appy Weather is a solid release, and since it's a quality weather app that offers 12 separate widgets, it's perfect for today's roundup. To be specific, the app's widgets range in size from 1x1, 5x1, 5x2, and 5x3. Better yet, each widget offers a host of settings, so you can easily theme the color and transparency of your widget to better suit your device's look. Best of all, Appy Weather offers a clean UI that's a worthwhile replacement for the now-defunct Dark Sky.
Monetization: free / contains ads / IAPs from $0.99 - $49.99
Windy.com - Weather Radar, Satellite and Forecast
Windy.com is another subscription weather app, and you have the option to choose to pay $29.99 outright for a year, or you can choose a monthly subscription that will end up costing $19.99 for a year. When you open the app, you're treated to a detailed animated map, with the weather report at the top, so the weather map is a focus. As for the widgets, there are three total. The first is a 4x2 widget that shows a 4-day forecast. The second is a 4x2 widget that offers an hourly forecast chart, and the third widget is a 2x2 that displays an animated weather map. All three widgets can be resized, though you can only choose from a dark or light theme, so customization is limited.
Monetization: free / no ads / IAPs from $1.99 - $114.99
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This roundup has been updated with new apps for 2021
- Flowx: Weather Map Forecast
- Windy.com - Weather Radar, Satellite and Forecast
- Geometric Weather
- Overdrop - Storm Radar & Hyperlocal Weather