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How can I use BBC iPlayer Radio on a mobile or tablet?

Access BBC iPlayer Radio through your mobile browser

BBC iPlayer Radio can be accessed on most smartphones. Simply visit www.bbc.co.uk/radio on your phone's internet browser.

On your browser, you can:

  • Listen live and on-demand to any BBC Radio station 
  • View programme and track information
  • Access the schedule
  • See photos
  • Download podcasts


Download the BBC iPlayer Radio mobile app

In addition, we have a BBC iPlayer Radio app which is available on iOS, Android and Amazon Fire devices. 

With the app, you can wake up with the Breakfast Show and instantly have the breadth of BBC Radio at your fingertips.

UK audiences can search the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or Amazon Appstore to download the BBC iPlayer Radio app for free.


Is the BBC iPlayer Radio app available outside the UK?

Yes, the BBC iPlayer Radio app is now available globally making it easier for audiences across the world to enjoy BBC Radio. If you're outside the UK, you can download the BBC iPlayer Radio app for free from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore.

You don't need a TV Licence to enjoy BBC iPlayer Radio on your tablet or phone.

If you're using an Android or Amazon Fire device, you'll also need to install the BBC Media Player app which will allow you to play radio stations through a browser on your mobile or tablet device. 

Please note that streaming radio is a data intensive service. Whilst the BBC does not charge for its mobile content, your operator's charges for using the internet over mobile networks may apply, and would be significantly increased whilst roaming outside of the UK. Connecting via WiFi is recommended where possible. 


Downloading full programmes on mobiles and tablets

Once you have the app installed, you can download programmes to listen to on your device. Please be aware programmes will expire and are usually available for 30 days, though this can vary based on individual programmes. Check our How do I download programmes on the BBC iPlayer Radio app? FAQ for a step-by-step guide on how to do that.

It's not possible to download programmes outside the UK or on the international BBC iPlayer Radio app.

Downloading podcasts on mobiles and tablets

You can also download podcasts on the BBC iPlayer Radio app. Have a look at our How do I download podcasts on the BBC iPlayer Radio app? FAQ for advice on how to do that.

Users of Android, Amazon Fire and Windows 10 phones are able to download BBC podcasts from the BBC iPlayer Radio website. Android and Amazon Fire users can also download podcasts from the BBC iPlayer Radio app. You will not be able to download podcasts on iPhones and iPads using the browser, however, you can download podcasts using the BBC iPlayer Radio app.  

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