Scanner Radio - Police Scanner

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About this app

Listen to live audio from over 8,000 fire and police scanners, NOAA weather radio stations, ham radio repeaters, air traffic (ATC), 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 near 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 7 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, aviation 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, Chicago Police, and Detroit 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. Browse the directory to find scanners from far away to hear what citizens in other parts of the country and the world are experiencing.

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, air traffic control, etc). If someone near you 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 Broadcastify'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 scanners they host.

Scanner Radio has been featured in:

• The "Amazing Android Apps for Dummies" book
• Android Police's "7 best police scanner apps" article
• 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, Mobile Patrol, and Citizen apps as well as weather, hurricane tracker, and breaking news apps.
Updated on
Apr 5, 2024

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 isn’t encrypted
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

387K reviews
Joshua Clayton
March 25, 2024
This is an AWESOME APP!!! Recently there has been more adds added and an especially annoying add a credit app (maybe Upgrade?) that is almost impossible to close out of and at the least a hassle if you have the app from said advertiser because even when pressing the x in the top corner your redirected to the app from the advertisement. Please fix this!!! I recommend this app to EVERYONE that asks which scanner app I use or anyone that may be interested in listening.
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Ben C
April 7, 2024
Nice, whoever is streaming our local feed has a really good set up. Clear transmission audio. The county I reside in has the new fully encrypted digital system though. So, I understand why it's not listed. But there are many other sources, as the Skywarn networks are very useful. App is working just fine with all sources I checked out.
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Andy “AT”
February 21, 2024
Very average run of the mill scanner. Doesn't offer options to break down departments by separate channels so if a department has 1 main dispatch channel but several "talk channels," then the conversations get jumbled since there's no way to prioritize one channel over another. There also seems to be a bug with the notification system as it just keeps going off every few seconds. The only way around it is to turn your phone to silent mode.
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February 21, 2024
If you would like assistance, tap on Settings at the bottom of the screen in the app, then select Help, then select "Frequently Asked Questions", then tap on the "Send Feedback" button that's at the bottom of the screen. This will send an e-mail to the same e-mail address that's listed in the Play Store.

What's new

This release contains miscellaneous bug fixes.

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