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 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, 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.

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 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, Mobile Patrol, and Citizen apps as well as weather, hurricane tracker, and breaking news apps.
Updated on
Aug 16, 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

Ratings and reviews

360K reviews
Jayson !!
May 25, 2023
The advertisement that pops up every time you open the application they make it almost impossible to close it. I just checked my phone and someone else who uses it and we found somehow we downloading the advertising apps !! It has become super boring when something important happens when your trying to use the scanner next thing you know you got to add that pops up at the very beginning and you miss everything you were trying to listen too. It's become a pain
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May 16, 2023
Sorry, my app doesn't display any advertisements when it's launched. It only displays a small banner ad on the player screen and a full screen ad only when the stop button is pressed. Maybe you're using a different scanner app.
Khalen Dunn
May 1, 2023
There is significant delay (few minutes) from the time a call is dispatched to when it is broadcast over the scanner app. The PulsePoint app usually has the information already shared by the time it comes through this app. Additionally, it would be nice to be able to listen to both LE as well as local fire/medic calls at the same time like you can on real scanners. Should be a feature available for that.
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May 1, 2023
Sorry, the only way that can be possible is if someone in the area volunteers to provide a scanner audio feed for that contains both Fire/EMS and law enforcement.
Matthew Walsh
May 25, 2023
Has frequencies from around the world which is fun. I especially enjoy listening to the 3 states I've lived in and being able to keep up with areas that I still have family living in. There are a few frequencies missing still. I would like to be able to add some of the missing ones if I find them. Still great app. Keep it updated and keep adding to it, maybe different themes or backgrounds or colors would be cool.
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What's new

Changed reference to Twitter in Share menu to "X (Twitter)". Also added a switch to Events screen that can be used to easily turn on Breaking News alerts.

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