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.
• Push notifications sent within 5 minutes (instead of 15 minutes).
• 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
Jan 20, 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, App activity and 2 others
Data is encrypted in transit
Data can’t be deleted
336K 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).
Scott Klein
October 31, 2022
This app was great I had it for 2 years but then all of a sudden everything sounded like a robot that was coming through with a little bit of static I don't know what happened to it I don't know if it's a bug but I hope it fixed it was no issues until just recently I uninstalled it and then installed it again I did that about three times and nothing changed it it sounds just like a robot talking through a tin can... Problem resolved....5star
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November 28, 2020
The volunteer that's providing the audio for that feed for must have a problem with the scanner radio or computer they're providing the audio with. You can let them know about the problem by clicking on the "Report a Problem" button that's on their feed's page on's web site.

What's new

Fixed a crash that could occur after tapping on the Info button on the player screen.