Scanner Radio - Police Scanner

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About this app

Listen to live audio from over 7,000 fire and police scanners, NOAA weather radio stations, ham radio repeaters, air traffic, and marine radios from around the world. Turn on notifications to receive alerts anytime a scanner has more than 2000 listeners (to find out about major events and breaking news).


• View scanners located nearest you.
• View the top 50 scanners (those that have the most listeners).
• View scanners added most recently (new scanners are being added all the time).
• Add scanners you listen to the most to your Favorites for quick access.
• Browse the directory by location or genre (public safety, aviation, railroad, marine, weather, etc).
• Turn on notifications to be notified when major events are happening (details below).
• Add Scanner Radio widgets and shortcuts to your home screen for quick access.


Receive a notification anytime:

• ...any scanner in the directory has more than 2000 listeners (configurable).
• ...a scanner within a certain distance of your location has more than a certain number of listeners.
• ...a specific scanner has more than a certain number of listeners.
• ...a Broadcastify alert is posted for one of your favorites.
• ...a scanner within a certain distance from you is added to the directory.

Using the notifications feature is a great way to find out about breaking news events before they're covered in the media.

Below are the benefits of upgrading to Scanner Radio Pro:

• No ads.
• Access to all 6 theme colors.
• Ability to record what you're hearing.

The audio you're able to hear is provided by volunteers (and, in many cases, police and fire departments and 911 dispatch centers themselves) for Broadcastify and a few other sites using real police scanners, ham radios, weather radios, and marine radios and is the same as what you'd hear using your own police scanner.

Some of the more popular departments that you can listen to using the app include NYPD, FDNY, LAPD, and Chicago Police. During hurricane season it can be useful to listen to ham radio "hurricane net" scanners which contain weather conditions and damage reports when hurricanes and tropical storms are approaching or making landfall as well as NOAA weather radio scanners.

Interested in providing scanner radio audio for your area? If so, you'll need a real scanner radio, a computer, and a cable to get the audio from the scanner to the computer. Once you have that, program the scanner to monitor what you'd like to make available from your area (police dispatch channels, fire departments, 911 centers, ham radio repeaters, a NOAA weather radio station, etc). If someone in your area is providing a feed that contains both police and fire you could provide a feed that contains only police, only fire, or one that covers only certain districts/precincts. Next, go to's web site and click on the Broadcast button to sign-up (it's completely free) to provide scanner audio for your area. As a provider you'll have complete access to the audio archives for all of the scanner feeds they host.

Scanner Radio has been featured in:

• The "Amazing Android Apps for Dummies" book
• Android Authority's "5 Best Police Scanner Apps for Android" article
• The Droid Guy's "7 Best Police Scanner Apps for Free on Android" article
• Make Tech Easier's "4 of the Best Police Scanner Apps for Android" article

The Scanner Radio app is a perfect companion to the Pulse Point and Mobile Patrol apps as well as weather, hurricane tracker, and breaking news apps.
Updated on
Mar 13, 2023

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
This app may share these data types with third parties
Location and Device or other IDs
This app may collect these data types
Location, Personal info and 3 others
Data is encrypted in transit
Data can’t be deleted
344K reviews
Charity Moore
November 20, 2022
The best app for listening to scanners nationwide, and in almost real time.for premium membership which is affordable, you can download feeds, but for FREE you can boost the volume and mess with the frequencies for each channel, so that you don't miss anything - even when the preset frequencies are a little off. I love this app, it plays over Bluetooth, doesn't need constant updates and doesn't take too much data!
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S Lamb
October 11, 2022
*UPDATED 10/9/22* App continues shuts off for no reason even in great reception area, and ads are still an issue! Used to be great, now it's over ran with ad's! Scanner will kick in and in the middle of a broadcast, a damn ad will pop up killing the broadcast and you can't skip it! Also I've noticed is that the feed cuts in and out all the time, and it's NOT the provider!!! Thinking about going to another app till this one is fixed properly...
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October 11, 2022
If the app is stopping when it's not visible on the screen the most likely cause is that your phone is killing the app to free up memory for another app that's in the foreground (visible).
Michael Horne
December 15, 2022
I have no idea why it's so hard to keep a live feed going if it's done through the computer. It's a great app it's the person who is repeating the live feed so we can listen off their scanner. Issues are expected and I'm not sure the person who is making the audio available gets enough compensation if any to make it available. But appreciate the fact it won't work without these people repeating the audio. Thanks again for allowing us to listen to your scanner.
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What's new

• I've added a new notification type called "Trending scanners". Turn on this setting under Settings -> Notification Settings -> Events to be notified when a scanner is gaining a lot of traction and has a confirmed event reported on it.
• Replaced equalizer icon with "EQ" button.
• Miscellaneous bug fixes.