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How do I use BBC iPlayer Radio?

You can listen to BBC radio on a PC, tablet or mobile via the BBC iPlayer Radio website or the BBC iPlayer Radio app

When listening via BBC iPlayer Radio you’ll need to be connected to the internet (this is streaming) and be signed into a BBC account.


Listening to on-demand programmes on BBC iPlayer Radio

There are a number of simple ways to pick the radio station or programme you want to listen to:

  • StationYou can pick a programme direct from a station homepage or use the Stations dropdown menu on the BBC iPlayer Radio homepage.
  • Category: Choose a category from the Categories dropdown menu at the top of the homepage and select a programme from the chosen category.
  • SchedulesFind the programme you're looking for by accessing the radio schedules in the Schedules dropdown menu on the homepage and searching by date and time of broadcast. 
  • SearchType the programme name into the search box at the top of the homepage and select the programme you want from the results.


Listening to a radio station live on BBC iPlayer Radio

  • Sign into your BBC account (UK users)
  • Go to the BBC iPlayer Radio homepage
  • Select Stations
  • Pick the radio station you want to listen to
  • Select Listen Live on the station homepage - the audio will start to play in a pop-out player called Radioplayer


Listening to programmes offline

You can download podcasts from the BBC iPlayer Radio website and programmes on the BBC iPlayer Radio app to listen to when you're not connected to the internet. Find out how to download podcasts from the website on our How do I download a podcast episode on my computer? FAQ. Our Can I download on the BBC iPlayer Radio app? FAQ has advice on how to download on the app.


My Radio

You can add any programme or clip to your My Radio section in BBC iPlayer Radio. For more information, read our My Radio - My Personal Space FAQ.


What can I do on my device?

What you can do on BBC iPlayer Radio (for example, downloading and listening outside of the UK) depends on what device you're using. Here's a quick guide:  

Can I... BBC iPlayer Radio app BBC iPlayer Radio website (Browser) International BBC iPlayer Radio app (Installed if resident outside UK)
Subscribe to a podcast? No Yes No
Download a podcast? Yes Yes No
Follow a programme? Yes, through My Radio Yes, through My Radio No (Sign in not currently supported)
Download a programme? Yes, for 30 days No No
Listen outside of the UK? Yes Yes Yes
Download outside of the UK? No Only podcasts  No

 

Check our What's the difference between Downloads, Podcasts and Streaming? FAQ for more advice on how to use BBC iPlayer Radio. 

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