You could argue that one of Android’s best features is the ability to use widgets. This handy tool sits on your home screen and lets you view information quickly without having to open an app.
Of all the widgets you can put on your Android screen, the weather widget is one of the most convenient. You can see the current condition and forecast as soon as you unlock your device. If this sounds overwhelming to you, take a look at this list of the best weather widgets for Android.
Widgets range in shape from square to circle and size from 1 x 1 to 5 x 3 blocks on your screen. You can set a small widget with the current temperature or a larger one that includes a clock or an upcoming forecast.
You can also make some adjustments to the widget so that it fits your screen. For example, you can change the background transparency and opacity, icon set color, and accent color. After making the adjustments to the widget you want, tap Done at the top and then move it to where you like on the screen.
Tap your widget to open the full 1Weather app that offers current conditions, forecasts, radar, different locations, sharing options, and more.
Download: 1Weather (Free)
Starting very small, you can choose a 1 x 1 widget that shows your temperature. But if you want all the details, Weather Live gives you options that cover your screen and include current conditions, hours, lows and highs, upcoming forecasts, wind speed, and all the other weather details you need.
You can adjust the transparency for your widgets with a convenient slider. Plus, if you tick the checkbox, the weather will follow your location and update when you head to a new area. Just tap Apply when you’re ready, and the widget is set.
Tap your widget to open the Weather Live app which gives you current conditions, forecast, rain map, gold and blue clock, sharing options, and a storm tracker.
Download: Weather Live (Free, subscription available)
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Another good selection of widgets comes from AccuWeather. Even though the app only has four options, they’re all solid.
As squares and rectangles, select widgets measuring 1 x 1 to 4 x 2. Then, adjust the background image opacity, refresh interval, time or date, temperature, theme, and text color. To prepare for your day, one of the widgets lets you bookmark the Jacket or Umbrella icon and change the settings for when you want the icon to appear.
Tap your widget to open the AccuWeather app complete with current conditions, daily and daily forecasts, radar, multiple locations, sharing options, and weather news.
Download: AccuWeather (Free)
Weather Underground is a popular weather app that offers seven useful widgets from 1 x 1 to 4 x 1.
When you see a widget you like, you can make some changes to the refresh interval and adjust the background color including the theme, dynamic temperature color, and transparency. Tap Save and the widget will appear on your screen.
One of the best widget features is the dynamic temperature color, although it’s only available for certain styles. This changes the background color of the widget to match the temperature of your location. So even without looking at the exact temperature reading, you can get a feel for the conditions.
Tap your widget to open the Weather Underground app complete with current conditions, daily and daily forecasts plus summaries, air quality, sunrise and sunset times, and Smart Forecasts based on your favorite activities.
Download: Weather Underground (Free)
Some widgets let you use random Flickr photos, so check that box when creating the widget if you like the background. Then select a location or select Current Location. Tap Create Widget, and you’re done.
Each widget provides basic weather details including current temperature and conditions. But some of them offer a little more, with estimated times and hours.
Tap your widget to open the Yahoo Weather app which offers current conditions, daily and daily forecasts, radar maps, and other weather details.
Download: Yahoo Weather (Free)
The Weather Channel
Widgets give you the basics, and you can’t make any adjustments other than choosing your location or using GPS. But the widget is a clean, clear and simple choice for fans of The Weather Channel.
Tap on your widget to open a full app that gives you current conditions, daily and daily forecasts, radar maps, weather details and videos. We’ve covered similar free weather apps for Android if you want something different.
Download: The Weather Channel (Free)
With the simple name Weather, this is the app you want if you’re just interested in bigger widgets.
It offers eight to choose from. Each widget has four wide spaces, some are transparent, and others have a weather-related background. You can change the transparency opacity, open your calendar when you tap a date, open the alarm clock when you tap the time, and show setting options on the widget for quick adjustments.
The widget provides a good amount of weather detail depending on the one you choose. You can see everything from current conditions to five-day forecasts to wind speed and possible precipitation.
Tap on your widget to open the full Weather app which gives you current conditions, daily forecast, layer maps, and other weather details.
Download: Weather (Free)
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