Scanner Radio - Police Scanner

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394K reviews
Content rating
Everyone 10+
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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
Feb 6, 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

380K reviews
Arthenia “Art” Pendragon
December 15, 2023
With each update, the issues with this app keep getting worse. Which is a shame cause otherwise it would be a great app. But it's disconnecting constantly. It'll say it's streaming, but won't actually be playing anything (compared to another phone with the same scanner that is working). The app randomly closes. None of the provided suggestions have worked at all and it just needs fixed.
466 people found this review helpful
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December 15, 2023
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.
kiki22005 #2
January 6, 2024
I've had this app for about a year and I think it's really good. There are all kinds of features you can use without ever paying. Personally I like being able to favorite certain radios like my local ones. You can also get notifications about specific ones like when it comes back online or getting notified when a certain number of people are listening. I haven't had the app glitch at all. In my opinion this is a great app if you have an interest/need for listening to this stuff
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Kristina Bartlett (BiscuitBuilder)
January 8, 2024
EDIT: Thank you so much to the developer for helping out with MY user-malfunction! Pro version is restored. *Original review* I had to redownload the app on my phone and I'm being asked to pay for a subscription. I already paid for this app! It was not a subscription model. I had absolutely no issues with ads or anything before the redownload and there is no restore purchase option. What is this about?
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January 8, 2024
To reinstall the Pro version, launch the Play Store app, tap on the colored circle that's in the top-right corner of the screen, select "Manage apps & devices", tap on the "Manage" tab that's at the top of the screen, change the "Installed" drop-down to "Not Installed", select "Scanner Radio Pro", and then tap on the Install button.

What's new

• Fixed a bug which prevented some users from being able to sign-in (to sync favorites and settings across Android and iOS versions of the app)
• Fixed a bug that caused the "Nearby/Popular/Browse" navigation tab to appear at the top of some Settings screens in certain scenarios.
• Fixed a bug that caused the title of the "Would you describe what you're hearing as..." dialog to be cutoff.

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