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Can I use BBC iPlayer on my mobile or tablet?

BBC iPlayer is only available on mobile phones and tablet devices within the UK. How you can access programmes depends on your device and network. 

You can play programmes via a Wi-Fi connection and over a 3G or 4G network. Programmes will only download when connected to a Wi-Fi connection.

Using the BBC iPlayer app on your mobile or tablet 

BBC iPlayer app

Can I play on-demand TV?

Can I play live TV? 

Can I download on-demand TV?

Can I play over 3G or 4G?

Amazon Fire (Fire OS 4 or above)

Available in the Amazon Store

        Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

Android (OS 4.1 or above)

Available in the Google Play Store

        Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

Apple (iOS 9.3 or above)

Available in the Apple App Store

        Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

Using the BBC iPlayer website on your mobile or tablet

BBC iPlayer website via the browser on your device

Can I play on-demand TV?

Can I play live TV? 

Can I download on-demand TV?

Can I play over 3G or 4G?

Amazon Fire (Fire OS 4 or above)

    Yes

   Yes

    No

   Yes

Android (OS 4.0 or above)

    Yes

   Yes

    No

   Yes

Apple Devices (iOS 7 or above*)

    Yes

   Yes

    No

   Yes

BlackBerry 10

    Yes

   Yes

    No

   Yes

Windows 10

    Yes

   Yes

    No

   Yes

It is possible to access the BBC iPlayer website on Apple devices running iOS 5 and 6, however we no longer support these operating systems and cannot resolve any issues with the website on devices running iOS 6 or below.


Definitions and other info

  • Play on-demand TV - watching programmes after they have been shown live, while connected to the internet
  • Play live TV - watching live broadcasts as they're being shown on television
  • Download - taking something from the internet and saving it on your device so that you can watch it when you’re not connected to the internet

Remember, you need to be covered by a TV Licence to watch all BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, on-demand, or downloaded. You'll also need a BBC account.

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