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Top Android App: Scanner Radio

Top Android App: Scanner Radio

Scanner Radio isn’t another music app, it allows you to listen to live audio from over 2,200 police and fire scanners, railroad communications, and weather radio broadcasts from around the world.

  • Version: 1.6
  • Size: 325KB
  • Category: Multimedia
  • Price: Free

Scanner Radio is an easy access type of app, allowing you to connect to all sorts of information instantly. Locate scanners based on your location, popularity, genre, etc. Additionally, you can search for and listen to scanners in locations across the country/world. This app gives you an inside look at what is going on in and around your community.

One nice feature of Scanner Radio is the ability to set the app to “sleep”. Similar to the SleepTimer app, this option allows you to predetermine how long you’d like to listen to the scanner before it shuts off. Even though it’s not exactly a soothing sound, it definitely provides interesting content/entertainment while you fall asleep. Additionally, you can set an alert for a specific scanner so that you’ll be notified when it reaches a certain number of listeners, which usually means something interesting is happening.

When you’ve found a scanner you want to listen to, just click it to begin streaming. From there, you’ll be able to pause, rewind, and fast-forward the audio. You can also adjust the left/right volume controls, which filter what types of information you hear. To find out what is included in the left/right filters, go to Scanner Details in the Menu.

For help identifying what the common 10-codes mean (like 10-4 meaning “OK”) check the full list found in the Menu.


  • Listen in on police/fire radio calls
  • Scanners available around the world
  • Can run in the background without interference


  • Not all areas are supported, but this is an issue with lack of volunteers providing audio from their own scanner

Conclusion: A great resource for hearing what’s going on in your community or around the world in an exciting and new way. Now take it with you wherever you go with Android!

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  1. I cant seem to find this app on the MarketPlace, I keep getting “Scanner Buddy” instead. Is this app still available or has the name changed?

    • @Michelle – If I search “Scanner Radio” in the Android Market I am able to find it still. Have you tried scanning the QR code at the bottom of the post?

  2. did not like the scanner the weather feature does not work at all and there is a time lapse in scanner broadcast if one is using it for emergencys such as weather then it is not a usefull too/app i give it 0-

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