BBC iPlayer Help

How do I download on the BBC Sounds app?

First, find the programme or podcast you'd like to download. You can search for programmes using the menus and categories on the homepage, or tap on the search icon to search for a programme or podcast.

Once you've found the programme or podcast, tap on the episode you'd like to download. Then, select the Download option. The programme will start to download, and you'll be able to see how the download is progressing. 



Once it's finished downloading, you can find it in My Sounds > Downloads


How do I remove a downloaded programme?

  • Head to the Downloads section in My Sounds
  • Tap on the Edit option at the top right corner
  • Tap on the red X icon next to the download you want to remove
  • Then tap Done when you're finished


How long do I have to listen to the download?

You can download and listen to most programmes offline for 30 days after they're broadcast. The app will remove downloaded programmes at the end of the 30-day period, so keep an eye on the expiry date of each programme you download to make sure you don't miss out. 

Some programmes are only available for a shorter period or are not available to download at all. This is because we have different rights agreements for different types of programmes e.g. sporting events.

However, any podcasts that you download will not expire.

Can I download programmes and podcasts over a mobile network? 

Yes. The option is disabled by default but can be enabled in Settings (select the cog icon in My Sounds).


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