BBC iPlayer Help

How to get started on Android

To download the BBC iPlayer app your Android device needs to have access to one of the following:

  • Amazon Appstore (Kindle Fire devices)
  • Google Play Store

Your device also needs to run Android 2.3 (or higher) and have a minimum ARMv7 processor.

Playing programmes

To play live programmes, or to play catch up programmes on a device running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or below you'll need the BBC Media player app installed. This is also available from the Amazon Appstore and the Google Play Store.

For convenience, download and install when connected to a Wi-Fi connection.

Older versions of Android

If you have an older version of the Android operating system (version 1.5, version 1.6, version 2.1 or version 2.2) please check with your device manufacturer and/or mobile network provider for information about updates to your Android operating system.

Download TV Programmes

Compatible Android devices running Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) or above can access the downloads feature on the BBC iPlayer Android app. See if downloads are available on your device here. 

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