The 6 Best Free Weather Apps

Get the right weather app for your device

Woman standing in the rain with an umbrella checking her iPhone weather app
Your weather app doesn't have to be so basic.

 Westend61

Finding good weather forecast apps is one of the first things you should do after setting up your new device, whether it's an iPhone, Android tablet, Windows 10 device, a Mac, or even a computer running Linux.

The free default weather app that comes pre-installed is usually a pretty solid choice for basic forecast tasks, but there's a variety of third-party weather apps worth checking out; either for their stylish design or additional features.

The Weather Channel app on Apple's iPad
The Weather Channel app is free and features a range of information.

The Weather Channel Interactive

The official Weather Channel app is a solid iOS weather app alternative on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. This app features detailed information on location-specific weather that's updated hourly with forecasts made available for up to 15 days in the future.

The Weather Channel iOS app offers support for the Apple Watch, which can display basic temperature and weather information, wind speeds, sunrise and sunset times, and time of day. The Apple Watch app can also receive weather alerts for dramatic changes in weather conditions and allows for customization so you can get it to show the information relevant to you.

Something that sets The Weather Channel app apart from others is its allergy data, which displays the daily pollen outlook and alerts you via a notification when pollen levels are higher than usual.

What We Like:

  • Unique background photos that change with the location.
  • Support for Apple Watch and iMessage for sending weather data to others.

What We Don't Like:

  • Requires iOS 10, which doesn't run on older Apple devices.
  • $5.99 in-app purchase to remove ads is a bit much.

Check out our Best Weather Apps for the iPhone for more iOS weather apps you might like.

YoWindow weather app on Android
The YoWindow weather app on Android features dynamic animated backgrounds.

RepKa Soft

YoWindow is a gorgeous free weather app for Android devices that presents current weather conditions via animated images that update in real-time. Each animation is unique depending on the city or country being viewed, and while not every city in the world is represented, most of the major ones are.

The YoWindow app isn't purely focused on the visuals though, and also displays written information on temperature, UV index, chances of rain, and more. There's also support for an Android weather widget, which can display this data on your tablet or phone's home screen.

What We Like:

  • Completely free weather app for Android tablet and phone users.
  • Beautiful animations that reflect location and weather conditions.

What We Don't Like:

  • YoWindow's art style won't be to everyone's taste.
  • May crash occasionally on older Android tablets and smartphones.

We keep a bigger list of Android weather apps you might also like: The Best Weather Apps for Android Phones.

AccuWeather weather app on Windows 10
AccuWeather on Windows 10 features an animated background.

AccuWeather

Windows 10's default MSN Weather app is admittedly solid but AccuWeather gives it a run for its money. This alternative weather app provides you with exact weather forecasts based on your GPS location and features radar data, Cortana integration, and support for light and dark app themes.

AccuWeather also supports several sizes for Windows 10's Live Tile feature that allows the app to display information directly from the Start Menu, forgoing the need to open it.

What We Like:

  • This fully-featured weather app is completely free.
  • A Windows 10 weather app that works on Xbox One consoles as well as Windows Phones.

What We Don't Like:

  • Weather information completely blocks the nice animated background.
  • Menu layout isn't as intuitive as it could be.

Also Available on:  Windows 8.1, Xbox One, and Windows 10 Mobile

Temps weather app on Linux
Temps is stylish free weather app for Linux.

Konrad Michalik. MIT

Temps is a free weather app for Linux boasting a streamlined, stylish design that shows you the kind of basic weather information most users require, such as temperature, whether it's sunny or rainy, and what the weather forecast is for the next few days.

Weather data can be set to specific cities and the option to switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit is also available. Temps won't be an app for weather enthusiasts who want to study detailed satellite data, but it's highly recommended for those looking for a weather app with a stylish flare that cuts to the chase.

What We Like:

  • Very cool minimalist weather app design with subtle animations.
  • Adjustable timezone and location.

What We Don't Like:

  • Those wanting detailed radar or map views of weather conditions need to look elsewhere.
  • The basic design won't be to everyone's taste.
Weather Dock app on a Mac computer
Weather Dock features a customizable dock icon.

Weather Dock

 

Weather Dock is a free weather app for  Mac featuring data viewable in either Imperial or Metric units. It also provides detailed forecasts for up to three days in the future.

However, the real star of Weather Dock, as its name suggests, is its Mac dock icon; this can be customized to display weather conditions, temperature, or wind data, and allows the app to enhance the Mac user experience without it being open.

What We Like:

  • 7-day basic forecasts and 3-day detailed weather reports.
  • Mac dock icon is fully customizable.

What We Don't Like:

  • 30-day forecasts would be better with hourly weather reports.
  • The app background is a little bland for a weather app.
Strawberry Weather app on Windows 10 Mobile
Strawberry Weather is a solid Windows Phone weather app.

 Strawberry Corp

Strawberry Weather is a cute little weather app for Windows Phone users that features a simple design sensibility and an impressive array of customizable options, allowing you to change the app's color theme, weather data source, time format, and temperature unit.

This free weather app boasts full support for Windows 10 Mobile features such as Live Tiles, notifications, and Lock Screen information. All preferences sync to the Windows 10 version on PC or tablet to create a seamless experience when switching between devices.

What We Like:

  • Very lightweight and fast-loading.
  • Full Windows 10 Mobile Live Tile support for showing weather data on Start Screen.

What We Don't Like:

  • Weather data for nearby locations requires an in-app purchase.
  • Weather displayed at three-hour intervals instead of hourly may frustrate some users.