What is the BBC Sounds app?

The BBC Sounds app is an app you can install on your mobile or tablet to enjoy live and on-demand BBC radio, music mixes and podcasts.

It's completely unique to you as it’s designed to learn from your listening habits. You'll have one-tap access to the latest episodes of your favourite BBC podcasts and radio shows, and we'll introduce you to new audio you wouldn’t otherwise have discovered from the 80,000 (yes, really!) hours of BBC audio available.


Here’s a quick rundown of what you can do on the BBC Sounds app:

Listen live Listen live to any of the BBC's network stations via the dial at the top of the homepage, or tap Stations & Schedules to listen to any of our 40 local radio stations.
Continue listening Pick up where you left off across your devices with Continue Listening.
Discover new audio Discover new programmes, podcasts and music through the Recommended for You section. It's constantly refreshed with new content just for you based on your listening.
Browse categories Have a look through our speech and music categories, from Crime & Justice to Food & Drink, Classical to Hip Hop, and everything in between.
Listen later Listen to individual episodes when you're ready by adding them to your Bookmarks.
Download audio Listen to podcasts, programmes and music mixes when you're on the go or not connected to the internet by downloading.
Subscribe to podcasts and programmes Get a personalised feed of the latest episodes of the programmes and podcasts you've subscribed to in My Sounds.


We've added a bunch of additional features since the app was launched and we're busy working on even more. Check our What features are you working on within the BBC Sounds app? page to see what's new.


Where can I get the BBC Sounds app?

Install the app for free from your app store: 

You'll need to have a compatible device to install the app, so check Can I use BBC Sounds on my mobile or tablet? for information on requirements.


How do I use the app?

Check the following pages for all the steps you need to get started with the app and make the most of BBC Sounds: 


Do I need a BBC account?

Yes, you’ll need to sign in to the BBC Sounds app with a BBC account. Don't have an account yet? Don't worry - you can register in a few simple steps here.
 

There is no BBC Sounds app for computers and laptops. On your computer, simply head to the BBC Sounds website to listen to live radio, on-demand programmes, podcasts and music mixes.