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Best Dark Sky App Alternatives for Android in 2020

Bye, Sky
Bye, Sky (Image credit: Ara Wagoner / Android Central)

We all know how quickly the weather can change, and that's how fast a weather app can change, too. Dark Sky was bought by Apple back in March and announced that the Android app would be shut down on July 1. Well, the Dark Sky weather app is no more, so if you need something to replace its "hyperlocal" weather and give you accurate forecasting in a well-designed package, here are some weather apps that should satisfy your needs while also not costing your a yearly subscription for the good stuff.

Appy Weather

Appy Weather Light Theme Greycubes

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If you like that little carousel with the different conditions under the Dark Sky timeline, then you'll probably be pretty happy with Appy Weather, powered by Dark Sky's API — which will keep serving existing API customers through 2021, at which point Appy Weather will have multiple other weather sources for you to pull from. Appy Weather is the weather app I've been using for the last 10 months or so because it's got a super-simplified card layout, it allows you to be very specific when setting your locations — my set default location is The Magic Kingdom so that I know what it feels like in the parks before I get there — and the timeline chart gives me the data I need in a more compact view.

The radar is hidden away under the layered icon in the top bar of the app, which I personally don't mind because while Dark Sky's radar maps are kind of cool for tracking hurricanes and massive Nor'easters, they really aren't that great for local rainfall. Appy's still relatively young for a weather app and it's still in the process of adding more features and more data sources, but it's been a great app that I keep next to my Walt Disney World app so that I can check temps and rain chances before I book a FastPass for Big Thunder Mountain.

AccuWeather

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To quote myself from our Best Weather Apps roundup:

"Hyperlocal, hyper-accurate forecasting is something of a misnomer, but it's also something that's invaluable when it works. AccuWeather has MinuteCast, which gives you a to-the-minute timeline for the next two hours predicting when rain will start, stop, and how hard it will be. In places where rain can start and stop seemingly at random — like wonderful, thunder-prone Orlando — this kind of feature is ridiculously addictive, and these days before I even start packing my bag to head to the parks, I consult the MinuteCast."

Even though I rely on Appy Weather for temperature and regular conditions, when Orlando's famous 3 o'clock showers are coming to literally rain on the parade and chase crowds out of the park, MinuteCast is crucial in determining when and how I make a break for my favorite rides or for the car. AccuWeather's currently preparing a UI overhaul that will streamline and simplify its UI while putting MinuteCast front and center when you open the app; it's in beta right now but should be out for everyone before much longer.

Today Weather

Today Weather

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Like Appy Weather, Today Weather can pull its data from Dark Sky's API if you want to keep getting the same weather data you're used to, but it also allows you to get your data from ten different sources so you can start trying to find another source that seems as accurate for your locale. Today Weather has a more minimal look for its scrolling layout, with each page being one location that you can easily swipe through if you need to check multiple locations before packing for a business trip or multi-city vacation.

Today Weather puts data front and center that Dark Sky and Appy do not, such as the pollen and air quality. I am a chronic allergy sufferer — emphasis on suffer — so seeing that tree pollen is high and I should take an extra antihistamine is quite useful. I wish radar wasn't hiding at the bottom, but it's not hard to flick the screen and get there in a hurry if you're trying to see how long you have before your yardwork gets rained out.

Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.

35 Comments
  • I'd love to see apps rated on how accurate they are by areas. So much depends on what source the app receives its weather data from but it's hard to tell what the source is and where it's most accurate.
    I used Accuweather for a long time because it was better than most but never really accurate for where I live. My wife likes Weatherbug but it wasn't as good as Accuweather.
    For a weather app, I don't really care how pretty or how up-to-date its design language is, I just want it to be accurate and quick to use.
  • Supposedly forecastadvisor.com will give the most accurate major app by zip.
  • I'd love to rate it by that, too, but that's kinda impossible for me to judge since I don't live everywhere. Forecast sources also change accuracy over time depending on how they're weighting different forecasting algorithms, which is why a app could be accurate for two years and then become completely unreliable.
  • 2 of the 3 apps recommended in this article use the Dark Sky API, which will also be leaving Android in a year!
  • Actually it's closer to two years (the END of 2021), and Today Weather has a lot more sources than just Dark Sky, but yeah, I figure if you wanted an alternative to Dark Sky, you'd want to still have that same data source because presumably it's been accurate for your area.
  • Why it is shocker that apple bought the app? You wouldn’t find it so if it was google :)
  • It was sarcasm.
  • I hate weather apps that look like an art project. Give me simple hourly and 10 day forecasts and lose the huge, space-wasting stock photos and bizarre graphics. I use the app that's built into Google which is the only reason I have Google on my phone.
  • Screw Apple! Just one more reason to hate them!
  • I've used AccuWeather for years. It's fine. It's a weather app....we'll survive!
  • 1Weather is missing. Finally got a nice update, give it a look.
  • I don't see that in the Play Store anymore...
  • https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2F...
  • Ugh, this was terrible news to me. I tried 20+ weather apps looking for the best notification and homescreen widgets and Dark Sky is what won. Guess I settle for 2nd choice, Weather XL.
  • I use 2 weather apps. The Weather Channel app and Weather Live. Weather Live is a great community driven weather app that helps use I put from users to improve the local accuracy of the reports you get on the app. The maps are really good, storm tracking and more. It's very underrated.
  • Slow news day. It's a weather app. Only another million weather apps to use. Life sucks.
  • What about widgets? Also what the forecast is pretty nice too, the dev is pretty responsive when you shoot them an email with a question or feature request.
  • I'll find another Weather app, but this is a bigger issue. Google needs to acquire a few apps that are important to Apple Users and then kill them on iOS. A warning shot to Apple might put an end to this nonsense. Shame on Apple.
  • And the developer frankly who shafted every Android customer for a quick buck.
  • Are you kidding? You hold it against the creater of Dark Sky for accepting a once in a life time pay out for his hard work? We should all be so lucky to find that kind of success.
  • What a shame, dark sky is the best looking weather app on Android. And within Europe very accurate
  • You forget to mention Foreca Weather. It has the most accurate vector graphic based precipitation radar in the US and many other countries in Europe. https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2F...
  • You could just for-go using a weather app that bombards you with ads and just use mobile.weather.gov. It's not flashy or fancy, but it has the info. It is the source were all the other apps get their data. Just pin the url to the homescreen and you now have a weather app at your fingertips. Yes, it is for the US only, sorry everyone else in the world.
  • I will try out Today weather along with Forecastie and SimpleWeather with openweathermap.org a back-end. This sucks as I have been a DarkSky user for a long time, and loved it. 😔
  • looked into this opensky? darkspy? don't care to remember, once long time ago. useless to me, as i already used to the weather app on my android. thought, oh looks like something apple would do- vapid and vain. yup
  • I have been a big fan of Appy Weather. I am sure that its developer, who is one of the most responsive in the space, will find additional data sources and keep it moving forward. He has until the END of 2021 to do it, so no reason to search for another app at this point.
  • I urge anyone using AccuWeather to stop doing so. Their CEO has fought for years to prevent public sector organizations like NOAA and the NWS from making weather data and forecasts freely available to all. They fought to restrict them to providing only severe weather warnings. Why? Because they didn't want the liability. These ******** feel that their right to make money is more important than the public good. Our tax money puts these weather satellites in orbit, why shouldn't we have free access to the data and forecasts derived from them? https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-06-14/trump-s-pick-to-lead-...
  • ...... and honestly, I've never quite understood the hype Well let me explain to you why it was simply the best!
    If, like me, you walk a lot (I have a dog) and needed to know what the local weather was going to be like so you could adequately prepare and wear the appropriate clothing and if necessary take an umbrella, there was no better app. The brilliance of dark sky was that it provided precipitation alerts that were accurate. Rain expected in 10 minutes which will stop in 50 minutes, that sort of thing. Very useful, you can plan you time outdoors with forecasts like that. Secondly the weather radar allowed the user to zoom in on a town and unlike every other app out there, the resolution of the radar image was adjusted so you could still see a hyper accurate image of where it was raining. The slider allowed you to move into the future and see if it would rain where you intend walking. It never let me down and was superbly accurate. My neighbour used it to plan his daily cycling trips around our area, it was that dependable. It never let him down either. Now if you cannot see what the hype was about I would suggest you do not need the sort of forecasting power that Dark Sky provided. But for many of us it was brilliant and will be missed now that Apple, who evidently lack either the ability or willingness to develop a decent app of their own with all the billions at their disposal, has bought it out. None of the others can do what Dark Sky could do, which is of course precisely why Cook has purchased it.
  • Honestly, I never thought Dark Sky was all that accurate. Yes, hyper local precipitation alerts were good, but no better than accuweather. The maps were pretty, and had nice animation, but the detail is very lacking. Hard to tell just how intense a approaching thunderstorm is. It was more of an esthetic accomplishment than informational.
  • Try RainAlert for similar (though admittedly, not as detailed) local weather alerts about rain being close. I was using it before DaftSky, sorry DarkSky, and still do today, but will still miss DarkSky for the same reason as you. Pain though. Ideally it shouldn't matter who owns it if its available to others too, which sadly Apple refuses to do. Google and Amazon and Microsoft have learnt to play nice together. It's a real shame Apple still has to be the spoilt angry child sitting in the corner who refuses to get along. Stay in your walled garden, I mean prison, then. Less likely to get me buying Apple stuff as a result.
  • Honestly NOT useful for local forecast, VentuSky is so pretty. Check out the desktop site first, but they also have an app.
  • Thank you for that suggestion for Ventusky. I've been testing it over the past couple of days & their radar seems to be the most accurate for precipitation that I've ever seen on any app or website. I haven't tried the app yet, I've been using their website.
  • Concerning Today Weather... "I wish radar wasn't hiding at the bottom, but it's not hard to flick the screen and get there in a hurry..." You can rearrange the order of the user interface to list each section in whatever order you prefer.
  • Give weawow a try. Great UI, lots of features, multiple providers, multiple widgets with customizable options. The dev seems to be actually working to make it better and is responsive. I highly recommend if you want a nice weather app/widget experience, you check it out.
  • AccuWeather's privacy policy clearly states that they will sell your location data to 3rd party brokers. How many of the other apps in this article do the same? One of the biggest features of Dark Sky was that their privacy policy clearly stated that they will not sell your privacy to the highest bidder.