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Listen to FM radio

Did you know that you can use your Windows Phone 8 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.


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).


    Wireless (Bluetooth) headphones can't be used to listen to FM radio.

  2. On Start, tap Music + Videos.

  3. Flick to Collection, and then tap Radio.

  4. To choose a station, do one of the following:

    • Swipe left or right to go up or down the dial. (If you flick instead of swipe, you'll jump to strong stations and skip over weak stations).
    • If you've added some favorite stations, tap Favorites Favorites icon to see them. (We'll show you how to add favorites a little later.)
    Radio tuner on Windows Phone


  • Tap Play Play music icon or Pause Pause button to start or stop playback.
  • When the screen is locked, press the Volume UpVolume Up buttonor Volume DownVolume Down button 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 into 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 show your favorite stations, tap Favorites Favorites icon. You can also pin your favorite station to Start by pressing and holding the station number. To learn more, see Pin things to Start.

To switch between speaker and headset modes

  1. While you're listening to a station, tap and hold the station number.

  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. While you're listening to a station, tap and hold the station number.

  2. Tap Settings.

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

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