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Listen to FM radio

Did you know that you can use your Windows Phone to listen to FM radio? Tune in to your favorite station whenever the mood strikes you. Catch the news, or just get your groove on.


  • This topic is about Windows Phone 8.1. If your phone is running Windows Phone 8, some options and icons may look a little different, and some features may not be available. Check to see which software version you have and find out if an update is available.
  • If you don't have Windows Phone 8.1 installed, you can listen to FM radio in the Music + Videos Hub. On Start Start button, tap Music + Videos Music icon. Swipe over to Collection and tap Radio.
  • Depending on your mobile operator, phone model, and version of the Windows Phone operating system, FM Radio may not be available on your phone.

To listen to a station

  1. Plug in your wired headphones (they double as an antenna).

  2. From the App list, tap FM Radio FM radio icon.

  3. To change stations, do one of the following:

    • Swipe left or right over the station frequency, or tap Previous Previous icon or Next Fast forward button. This will allow you to jump to stations with a strong signal.
    • Slowly drag your finger left or right over the station frequency. This will allow you to "fine tune" to a specific frequency.
    Radio tuner on Windows Phone
  4. Tap Play Play icon or Pause Pause icon to start or stop playback.


  • When the screen is locked, press the Volume UpVolume upor Volume DownVolume down button to show the mini playback controls. You can use the controls to pause or resume the radio or to skip to the next or previous station.
  • As you switch channels, you might see info about each station, such as its genre and what song or program is currently playing. It's up to each station to choose what they broadcast, so you might not see info for every station.

To add or remove a favorite station

To tune in to stations more quickly, try adding a few as favorites.

  1. Tune in to a station.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To add the station as a favorite, tap Add Favorite Add Favorite icon.
    • To remove the station from favorites, tap Remove Favorite Remove Favorite icon.
    • To go to your favorites, tap Favorites Favorites list button.

To pin a station to start

  1. Tune in to a station.

  2. Tap More More icon, then tap Pin to start.

To learn more, see Pin apps to Start.

To switch between speaker and headset modes

  1. Tap More More icon.

  2. Tap Switch to speaker or Switch to headset to switch between modes.

To switch radio regions

If you travel internationally, you might need to switch the radio region setting to listen to FM radio when you're abroad. If you do change this setting, don't forget to switch it back to the original setting when you get home.

  1. Tap More More icon > Settings.

  2. Tap the Region box, and then tap the region you want from the list.

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