BBC iPlayer Radio

BBC iPlayer Radio


(4 stars)


Download for Android

1,000,000 - 5,000,000 downloads

Add this app to your lists
- Listen live to all BBC Radio stations
- Browse hundreds of on-demand programmes
- Download podcasts to listen on the go
- Discover new music with Playlister
- Amazing audio quality over WiFi or 3G/4G
- Radio alarm - wake up with live radio
- Video and audio clips, including many live performances
- Schedules that go backwards by 7 days for easy catch-up
- Set reminders for future shows
- Connect to Bluetooth audio devices
- Share programmes and tracks with your friends

Please note: Streaming radio is a data-intensive service.

The BBC does not charge for mobile content, but your operator's charges for using the internet over mobile networks may apply, and may be significantly increased whilst roaming outside of the UK. Connecting via WiFi is recommended where possible.

Known Issues:

- Due to a firmware issue with some Samsung devices (including the Galaxy S4) specifically those running 4.4.2 Touchwiz version of Android, any kind of ‘seeking’ within the audio is currently failing. When you stop listening, the app remembers the position and then tries to seek back to that position when you resume playback (which also happens if connectivity is briefly lost). Because of this firmware fault, this currently fails and playback begins from the start of the programme. Samsung have confirmed that the problem is rectified in a forthcoming patch release which should be rolled out to end users soon.
NB: Devices running alternative firmware or custom roms should not be affected

- Some Samsung Galaxy users (using 4.1.2 Touchwiz) may find that audio playback does not work for them for live or on-demand programmes. A firmware fix has been deployed by Samsung but may take some time to be rolled out across all networks. Please check for software updates if you have problems using the app. Podcast and video playback should not be affected.
- On demand/catchup programmes from local and regional stations are not yet available
- Video clips are not currently available for Intel-based devices, such as the Motorola Razr-i, or Orange San Diego

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Recently changed in this version

Minor technical amendments

As always, we hugely value your feedback which helps us to continually improve iPlayer Radio. You can get in touch via app store comments, our twitter account (@BBCiPlayerRadio), or by email (

Comments and ratings for BBC iPlayer Radio
  • (61 stars)

    by Paradox949 on 19/07/2014

    Something recently made the while app stop working. Before this (most likely) update it was working fine. Everything else works fine just no connection within the app.

  • (61 stars)

    by tony valletta on 19/07/2014

    Very good

  • (61 stars)

    by Cin-Duen Chan on 19/07/2014

    The now playing song isn't the right one. Can't play some of the stations due to "download error"

  • (61 stars)

    by Mark Gillespie on 19/07/2014

    Poorly designed trash. No way to turn screen off when watching audio streams like F1 coverage. Disgraceful offering and a waste of licence fee money.

  • (61 stars)

    by William Dennett on 19/07/2014

    Used this app all through the winter to listen to TMS, however, won't even connect to live streams anymore, so is pretty much useless now.

  • (61 stars)

    by Chris Peckham on 19/07/2014

    Works well on all devices now!

  • (61 stars)

    by Peter Holcroft on 19/07/2014

    Always complains about connection even with full 5 bars. All other radio apps work fine. Another crap BBC app, I keep trying the iPlayer apps every year hoping they get better but so far I don't think I've been able to use any of them once when I tried. Can't believe we pay our TV license for this rubbish app made by committee just to tick all the boxes but doesn't actually work.