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The Weather Channel for Android

by The Weather Channel
Platform: Android Rated: Guidance Suggested
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6,098 customer reviews)

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Latest Updates

What's new in version 5.0.3
  • The Weather Channel app offers the best radar maps, local forecasts, & weather news available. With our app and widgets, you can enjoy the best day possible with the most accurate forecast available. After all, when you see the world through weather, It's Amazing Out There. Our favorite features include:
  • • Trusted forecasts include hourly, 36-hour, and 10-day forecast options (Celsius or Fahrenheit)
  • • Weather Maps: Fast, accurate, and localized maps
  • • Current weather conditions give you the "feels like" temperature, sunrise time, sunset time, wind speed, humidity, UV index, visibility, dew point, and pressure.
  • • Social Weather: Report your weather conditions to us! We'll use the information to improve the forecast & map out what others are reporting or tracking in your area. Plus, your report will be added to your personalized weather history, so you can track your past reports. To complete your report, remember to take a photo and share it with your friends. (PHONE ONLY)
  • • You also have the option to activate an always-on temperature in your notification bar for tracking the location of your choice.
  • • Weather Widgets: Offered in several sizes, whether you want the 1x1 weather widget, 2x2 weather widget, 4x1 weather widget, or 4x2 weather widget
  • • Beautiful and easy-to-use interface
  • • Amazing background photos match your location and current weather conditions.
  • • Navigation: swipe up and down to view the detailed forecasts and news stories. (PHONE ONLY)
  • • The best weather app is also optimized for Android tablets
  • Don't just listen to us! Here's what the experts are saying about the best weather app:
  • Gold Medal winner from Gizmodo's best weather apps!
  • "Besides launching an impressive new look, a selection of social features have also been added to the application, radar maps are faster, and navigation has been enhanced. ..." - App Advice
  • "... bright, crisp design and thoughtful layout. It packs a lot of information into not a lot of space, and a new social weather feature makes the service even more interactive ... The Weather Channel is a deep dive into meteorological data..." - PC magazine
  • "One of the more intriguing new features is something The Weather Channel calls 'Social Weather,' ... a native, Waze-like weather reporting service." - TIME
  • "The Weather Channel app ... provides fast, accurate information." - iDownloadBlog
  • Check us out at, like us on, and follow us on Twitter @weatherchannel for the latest breaking news and for tracking severe weather. Your WEATHERTM wherever and whenever you want it.
  • We love when you provide us with feedback. If you have questions or suggestions, please submit them to
  • You may be interested in our Privacy Policy, which can be found here: and our Terms of Use, which can be found here:

Product Details

  • ASIN: B0064X7FVE
  • Release Date: November 8, 2011
  • Rated: Guidance Suggested This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6,098 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122 Free in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Free in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • We are thrilled to share our new features:
  • --Complete redesign: More beautiful & easy-to-use.
  • --Social Weather: Report your weather to us. To complete your report, remember to take a photo and share it with your friends! (PHONE ONLY)
  • -- You can also activate an always-on temperature.
  • --Navigation: swipe down to view details

Product Description
The Weather Channel
The Weather Channel
The Weather Channel
The Weather Channel
Download the Power of The Weather Channel to Your Android Device

With over 200 meteorologists and our ultra-local TruPoint(sm) forecasting technology, you can trust The Weather Channel to help you plan the best day possible, with the most accurate weather forecast available.

Our favorite features include:

• "Expect rain to start at 3:15 pm" - No more guessing! If your weather conditions (snow or rain) are changing within 6 hours, we let you know not only the chance of precipitation, but also the exact time it will happen.

• Detailed weather forecasts (hourly forecasts, 36 hour forecasts, and 10 day forecasts)

• Fast, accurate, and localized maps provide you with features like past radar and future radar, severe weather bulletins for storms

• Easy location management, so you can edit and save your favorite places. Set up your favorites to take full advantage of our weather widgets and notifications.

• Local forecast and popular videos

• Beautiful and easy-to-use interface

But don't just listen to us! Here's what the experts are saying:

•"We love [The Weather Channel app on Android] because we can hit all the important features, like 'What It Feels Like' temperature, the 10-day forecast and hourly temperature, faster than any other app. If you need the 'expertise' of a meteorologist, the short and sweet video forecasts will get you up to speed in no time." - Gizmodo's The Best Android Apps

•"Basically, forget everything you knew about The Weather Channel's app, because for all intents and purposes, this is an entirely new thing. And it's fantastic." - Android Police

•"One of the other new changes aside from an awesome new user interface is the way the app will alert you of rain. Before it had a general idea, but the official Weather Channel app will now tell you the exact time it will start raining in your location. That's neat." - Android Community

•"My personal favorite is the new and improved narrative of climate descriptions. For example, the app now gives a more precise idea of what to expect from the weather in your area. Things like "dry conditions will continue," and "expect rain until 4 pm," show up to clue you in about local weather. You could say, it pretty much takes the guesswork out of reading weather forecasts." - Android Headlines

•"Great, up to the minute weather updates right to your phone... Terrific, basic weather app backed by experts." - Appolicious

•"You can count on the fact that the data is vetted by a large team of on-staff weather professionals." - ZeroPaid

•"The Weather Channel app is necessary... With voice search, hourly forecasts, one-click access and local video highlights, this free Android app is essential..." - Appolicious

•"More intuitive, good-looking, and user friendly... Thanks to The Weather Channel, you will have comprehensive knowledge about predictions from wherever in the World." - AndroidZoom

•Among the "Favorite Android Widgets" from Business Insider!

•Gold Medal winner from Gizmodo's best weather apps!

•"The Weather Channel App for Android has been ranked as the number 1 most downloaded weather app and one of the most used apps available on the Android Market... so if you're looking for a fully-featured weather app that delivers goodness all the time, go ahead and check it out." - IntoMobile

And, don't forget!

You can earn points while accessing your weather! For our US consumers you can now earn mPoints by just checking the weather. Whether you simply check your hyper local forecasts, play with our radar maps, set-up future radar, customize our animated radar maps, watch a video, or simply browse our long-range forecasts, you could be earning points! These points are redeemable for gift cards to major US retailers.

The Weather Channel greatly appreciates our customers' feedback and patience as we work on our next build. Please see our customer service page to provide feedback and for our FAQs:

Check us out at or in the UK and follow us on Twitter @weatherchannel and in the UK twitter: @WeatherCoUK for the latest breaking news.

The Weather Channel provides the most accurate and relevant weather information whenever weather matters to you. With 200+ meteorologists and our ultra-local forecasting technology, we provide you with the weather tools you need to plan your day, week, or even the next hour.

Technical Details

  • Size: Varies by device (14.2MB - 30.6MB)
  • Version: 5.0.3
  • Developed By: The Weather Channel (Privacy Policy Click to see complete result in a new window)
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Request authtokens from the AccountManager
    • Write to external storage
    • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
    • Access coarse (e.g., Cell-ID, Wi-Fi) location
    • Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
    • Allows an application to receive messages via Google Cloud Messaging
    • Read only access to device state
    • Get notified that the operating system has finished booting
    • Receive messages via Amazon Device Messaging
    • Open network sockets
    • Access fine (e.g., GPS) location
    • Access the vibration feature
    • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
    • Access information about networks
  • Minimum Operating System: Varies by device
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 5 minutes

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
1,921 of 2,044 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Battery hog November 26, 2012
I have loved the Weather Channel app for several years on both my phone and my Kindle Fire. It has had some issues but they have seemed to fix those issues once they are known. The latest issue was with you not being able to get the latest info, would be old and there was no refresh button. The app now has a refresh button, and always seems to have the latest info when I open it.
However, I recently purchased a Kindle Fire HD. The first app that I installed was the Weather Channel app. After a few days, I began to notice that my Fire HD had no battery life.
I fully charged it. Went to bed and read for just a little bit. Made sure the wifi was turned off. When I woke in the morning, I only had 36% of battery left. And it was asleep all night.
So after playing with it for several days, turning this and that off, uninstalling different apps, I've come to find out that it is the Weather Channel app that is sucking the battery life out of the Fire. I have now uninstalled it and gone are the battery issues. I can go to bed at night and it loses at most 2-3% of it's battery life over night.
And I can now believe that the Fire does have an 11 hour battery life. Previously, I was getting, at most, 4 hours of use.
I gave the app 3 stars because it IS a super great app. And I'm hoping that the developers will soon look at the problem of why it is using so much battery power.
I just want an app, that when I click on it, I can find out the weather forecast for my home and a few selected cities. I don't want it to keep running when I'm not using it.
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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars From hot to cold in a snap February 25, 2013
By Immi
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There's no way to give the update zero or even half a star, otherwise I would. I've had this app for about a year, and it was accurate, intuitive, and hassle-free. I especially liked the temperature icon in my status bar, which would change color based on severe weather watches, warnings or advisories. The temperature was always spot-on. THE UPDATE is a billboard with a Weather Channel overlay, and the first ad I experienced was for pickup trucks, with a photo of a pickup. The overlay of the temperature, including any text - e.g. "snow" - was illegible because of the graphics underneath. No temp icon in the status bar. Navigation around the app was cumbersome. It is missing some of the programmable choices for weather notifications. Unfortunately the update could not be uninstalled to the old version, so I had to uninstall the whole thing and look for a different weather app.
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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hate the upgrade July 9, 2013
By Rene
Upgraded automatically. I loved this app but hate the upgrade. Too busy. Hate the tokens/Twitter crap. What a shame. Am deleting and looking elsewhere for a weather app.
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118 of 128 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars hate new upgrade July 8, 2013
all of a sudden got a different version. hate it. no more hourly forecast, can't read info over a glaring picture. want my old version back!!!!! I will be removing it from. my device.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Was good July 9, 2013
By Mary
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I went to check my local weather only to discover the app had been destroyed. Not user friendly at all. Childish icons, in your face graphics. Will be deleting.
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152 of 167 people found the following review helpful
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I don't usually write harsh reviews without at least a little praise or constructive suggestions but there is no alternative here. This redesign is a sad, garbled, useless mess (as of July 9, 2013, Ver. 4.1.2x adad45d). We've used the Weather Channel app (Android version for the Kindle Fire HD) since late 2012 and found the earlier version immediately intuitive and sensible, especially the at-a-glance multi-day view. But this pointless update drove a 5 star to a 1 star literally overnight. The new interface is a non-intuitive mess that looks like something a first time app designer slapped together. We've switched to Weather Bug for now. If the Weather Channel doesn't switch back to a more intuitive, sensible app design we'll be deleting this permanently. We don't object to the ads or the points - we understand the realities of monetization for free apps. But this incredibly poor design will simply drive away your potential traffic.

And I'm not talking about tweaking it to make it better. I can't think of a single constructive suggestion to merely tweak the redesign and make it better. At the very least you might consider making the old version optional for tablet users, if the goal was to redesign the app primarily for smaller mobile devices.

Update 7/17/13: I tried the new Weather Channel app for a week alongside the Weather Bug app. The Weather Channel app is crap. I deleted it. I'm reasonably satisfied with Weather Bug, although I'd like to see the old familiar and immediately intuitive Weather Channel app return.
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101 of 109 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hate the new update July 8, 2013
old version was much better and much easier to use. the site is way to "busy" with none weather items. give me back my old app!!
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115 of 125 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bring back the former version July 9, 2013
The last version was excellent. This new version has the apperance more like a silly child's game.
Please bring back the old app! I wont be using this new version, sorry.
I'm in agreement with the last several disappointed reviews.
This is NOT better.
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Does ANYONE have a link to the Former Weather Channel App?
Pie Grrrl,

I'm sorry if my comment sounded a bit presumptuous. I tend to take it for granted that people know how to do these things, but I should have realized from your post that you didn't (otherwise you probably wouldn't have been asking for the link).
But no problem, I respect people who... Read More
Apr 15, 2013 by Robert Garofalo |  See all 13 posts
How do I delete cities from the weather app
press and hold on the location you want to delete, various options will show up, 'delete' being one of them.
Jun 1, 2013 by jcat |  See all 5 posts
app not working on Kindle Fire
I am having the same problem on my Kindle Fire with this app! Gonna contact Amazon to see if they can help me.
Sep 11, 2013 by T. Chang |  See all 5 posts
How to remove this app if you don't want it!
Have been using your Weather Channel app for awhile and now when I open it - no matter what location I choose - the information is missing - and it looks fine - but no info - only N/A next too each circle or whatever.What am I to do?
Would really appreciate your help- will be travelling soon and... Read More
May 17, 2014 by Fanya Taggar |  See all 2 posts
radar doesn't work
Weather channel stopped providing info. Looks fine but everything says N/A.
May 17, 2014 by Fanya Taggar |  See all 2 posts
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