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Using BBC iPlayer Radio on mobiles

Access BBC iPlayer Radio through your mobile browser

BBC iPlayer Radio can be accessed on most smartphones. Simply visit 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. 

The BBC iPlayer Radio app enables you to 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?

The BBC iPlayer Radio app is now available globally making it easier for audiences across the world to enjoy BBC RadioThe BBC iPlayer Radio app is freely available to download 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.

The BBC Media Player app is available to install on Android and Amazon Fire devices from outside the UK which will allow you to play Radio stations through a browser on your mobile 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 Wi-Fi is recommended where possible. 

Downloading full programmes on mobiles

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

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 phones are able to download BBC podcasts from the BBC iPlayer Radio website and the BBC iPlayer Radio app (not Windows). You will not be able to download podcasts on iOS phones using the browser, however, you can download podcasts using the BBC iPlayer Radio app.  

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