Android users were crushed when Apple bought the popular weather app Dark Sky in early 2020. Of course, Apple wants Dark Sky to be exclusive to iOS, meaning Android users were left in the dark.
As of August 1, 2020, the Android and Wear OS apps shut down. While users are getting full refunds, you’re probably looking for the best Dark Sky alternatives for Android. Here are some of the best weather apps for Android to find your new favorite.
The specialist’s app of choice. Yr is designed by the Norwegian Weather Agency but can be used anywhere in the world. It’s beautifully designed, letting you swipe across a nicely-animated sky to check the weather on different days and at different times of day.
Beyond the nice design, it has plenty of great features, too. You can get updates on air pollution and pollen spread in your area and opt in to receive notifications whenever there will be rain in the next 90 minutes.
Yr has a great prediction model and is completely free and ad-free, thanks to the fact that it’s government-funded.
2. Today Weather
Today Weather is one of the best Dark Sky alternatives for Android. The UI is easy to navigate without being too cluttered like some apps. You also get to choose from ten different weather sources to find the most accurate forecast for your area.
Never get caught off-guard with 24-hour forecasts, alerts, and radar. The quick-view widget also gives you a nice overview of your day. However, for the best experience, premium is better. For instance, you can view the radar but not zoom in/out in the free version. Try the free version and upgrade to premium if you’d like for $1.99 for six months, $2.99/year, or $6.99 for lifetime.
3. Weather & Widget (Best Free Alternative)
Weather & Widget, also called Weawow, is a true weather app for Android. Unlike every other app on this list, there are no ads, even though this is a free app. The daily weather is accompanied by gorgeous photos. Users can even upload and sell their photos through Weawow’s marketplace.
Daily and ongoing notifications help you avoid any surprises. There are multiple widgets, including a few that include the daily weather image to dress up your screen. The layout makes it quick and easy to find what you’re looking for.
While the app is completely free to use, the developer does ask that you donate if you like the app. Choose one-time or monthly donations of $2, $5, or $10. You can also donate a custom amount via PayPal.
4. Weather Channel
If you’re looking for even more features, Weather Channel’s Android app is the perfect option. Not only do you get real-time alerts and easy-to-use radar, but also weather stories from around the world. See daily and hourly forecasts to keep you weather-aware.
The free version can seem cluttered, as the app is ad-heavy. Not only are ads between every section, but there are usually video ads before every video and before you view the radar.
The premium version is $4.99/month or $29.99/year. The fee removes ads and provides 96-hour hourly forecasts, 24-hour future radar, and more.
AccuWeather works well for keeping you updated minute by minute with MinuteCast. This is ideal for areas where weather may change quickly. The layout is less overwhelming than Weather Channel, though many of the features are similar. While the extended forecasts are nice, they’re not always the most accurate, which is true for most weather apps when you get two weeks of forecasts in advance.
The ads are intrusive but manageable. You can remove the ads for $8.99/year, which adds ten more days of forecasts and two days of hourly forecasts. If you want an app that gives you a great overview of the day before you go out, this is it.
6. Appy Weather
While Appy Weather isn’t nearly as popular as the other Dark Sky alternatives on this list, don’t discount it. It’s a powerful hyperlocal weather app that can easily compete with all the rest. Instead of weather jargon, you get forecasts in layman’s terms to better understand what to expect.
Weather summaries keep things simple, but standard daily and hourly forecasts give you a more traditional weather app feel. The free version offers basic forecasts and not much else, but there are only a few minimal ads. There are two premium plans – Plus and Pro.
Plus is $3.99/year and adds widgets, notifications, radar, and status bar temperatures while removing the adds. Pro gives you all of that plus custom notifications, more map layers, and access to Foreca weather as a source. Currently, the app uses Dark Sky but is working on a replacement since the API will be disabled in 2021.
Overdrop is powered by Dark Sky, but also uses other sources, including AccuWeather. Plan ahead with 24-hour and weekly forecasts. See what’s coming with an impressive 96-hour future radar. You can also customize the appearance, which is a bonus.
The hyperlocal data ensures you don’t get caught by surprise. Of course, alerts mean you don’t have to constantly check your phone for weather changes. One thing that really sets Overdrop apart from the rest is an impressive 51 widgets. If you loved Dark Sky’s widgets, you may find this to be one of the best Dark Sky alternatives.
To unlock all widgets, see the rain and humidity radar, remove ads, and customize weather notifications, you’ll have to upgrade to Overdrop Pro for $1.49/month, $9.49/year, or $17.99/lifetime.