BBC iPlayer Help

How do I use BBC Sounds on a mobile or tablet?

For the full experience, install the BBC Sounds app

Our BBC Sounds app is available on supported Amazon Fire, Android and iOS devices. With the app, you’ll instantly have the breadth of BBC Radio at your fingertips, alongside the added benefit of being able to download programmes and podcasts to listen to when you’re not connected to the internet.

Here’s where you can find the app for free:

If you're using an Amazon Fire or Android device, you'll also need to install the BBC Media Player app which will allow you to play radio stations through a browser on your mobile or tablet device.

To check if you can install the BBC Sounds app on your mobile or tablet, head to the Can I use BBC Sounds on my mobile or tablet? page.


Or, head to the BBC Sounds website through your internet browser

Our BBC Sounds website can be accessed on most smartphones and tablets. Simply visit www.bbc.co.uk/sounds on your device’s internet browser.

On the website, you can listen live and on demand to any BBC Radio station or programme, subscribe to podcasts and programmes, download podcasts, and a lot more.

To check if you can use the BBC Sounds website on your mobile or tablet, head to the Can I use BBC Sounds on my mobile or tablet? page.


Find programmes you’ll love

With BBC Sounds, you’ve got the breadth of BBC Radio at your fingertips. For tips on how to find your favourite programmes – and the programmes you haven’t even heard of yet – check the following pages:


Download so you can listen offline

Once you have the app installed, you can download programmes and podcasts to listen to on your mobile or tablet when you’re not connected to the internet. Check our How do I download on the BBC Sounds app? page for a step-by-step guide on how to do that.

Android and Amazon Fire users are also able to download BBC podcasts from the BBC Sounds website. 


Remember to sign in

You’ll need to sign in to your BBC account to use BBC Sounds. For help signing in or creating an account, visit our Where can I get help signing in or creating a BBC account? page.


Outside the UK?

If you live outside the UK, you can install our international BBC iPlayer Radio app on your Amazon Fire, Android, or iOS device. Just search for “BBC iPlayer Radio” in your app store. You can always listen to BBC Radio via the BBC iPlayer Radio website, too.

It’s not possible to download on the international BBC iPlayer Radio app.

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