5 Best Radio Apps to Listen to Local AM/FM Radio with or Without Using Data and Wi-Fi

According to Cisco, global mobile data traffic grew 74 percent in 2015, reaching 3.7 exabytes per month at the end of 2015. We use cellular and Wi-Fi connections to watch online videos, talk to our friends and family, read the news, and listen to the radio. When combined, these activities can quickly eat up your monthly mobile data allocation. Fortunately, you can save many precious megabytes by listening to local AM and FM radio stations using your cell phone’s FM receiver, or install the best radio apps for android.

Using Your Cell Phone’s FM Receiver

You may not know it, but your smartphone likely has an FM receiver. “The reason you can’t currently access this smartphone feature is because some wireless carriers are opting not to turn on the FM chip for U.S. customers,” explains Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Unfortunately, there’s no way for you as an individual customer to activate the FM receiver in your smartphone on your own. Instead, your wireless carrier must decide to activate FM chips on all devices on their network. Public broadcasting stations, such as Oregon Public Broadcasting, have been successfully advocating to bring FM reception to all carriers, but there’s still some work that needs to be done—and you can help. If you are a Verizon or Apple customer, pick up your smartphone and contact your carrier. Explain why it’s important for them to unlock the FM chip in all smartphones they sell. With enough people loudly banging on the companies’ front doors and voicing their disagreement with their baseless policies, the management is guaranteed to notice.

Those who already have a device with an unlocked FM chip can simply download and test our top 5 best radio apps for Android.

Best Radio Apps to Listen to Local AM/FM Radio with or Without Using Data and Wi-Fi

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1) TuneIn Radio

Founded 14 years ago, in Dallas, TuneIn currently broadcasts over 100,000 radio stations and millions of on-demand programs and podcasts to 50 million monthly active users. The service is available on virtually all mobile platforms, and the developers do a great job of delivering a highly polished user experience.

Among many key features of the app is the ability to quickly and easily find interesting stations, shows, and podcasts directly from the app and bookmark them for future use. Thanks to the Google Voice support, you can just say “OK Google, listen to ESPN Radio,” allowing you to keep both hands on the wheel or in the warm pockets of your winter jacket.

Premium users additionally get access to a library of over 40,000 audiobooks, exclusive content from 600 music stations, and live play-by-play from every NFL, MLB, and BPL game. The only thing premium users don’t get is ads.

Download it now: here

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2) iHeartRadio

Owned by iHeartMedia, an American mass media corporation headquartered in San Antonio, iHeartRadio is an Internet radio platform founded in 2008 as iheartmusic.com. The station currently aggregates content from around 800 local stations across the United States. The company has recently announced two subscription-based services called iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access. With these services, subscribers can enjoy extra features such as offline use, replay, playlists, and others.

The platform’s Android app has a high rating of 4.7 stars, with many users praising its polished user interface and various customization options. iHeartRadio makes it very easy to create a personalized music station based on previously liked songs. The app also features podcasts from personalities like Ryan Seacrest, Colin Cowherd, Sean Hannity, Elvis Duran, Bobby Bones, and others. If you want to create your own playlists and listen to them offline, the more expensive plan is the way to go. On the other hand, if you just want to replay your favorite songs and skip those that you don’t like, the cheaper plan is enough.

Download it now: here

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3) NextRadio

Compared to the previous two local radio apps on this list, NextRadio is fundamentally different. The app uses the cord from your headphones as an antenna to receive local FM radio signals, instead of relying on your cellular data connection. As a result, the app uses 75% less battery and 92% less data than regular streaming apps, according to the official description. The only problem is that not every device is compatible, as we’ve explained earlier. Before you download the app, you might want to check out the official list of supported devices. That being said, the vast majority of AT&T, Sprint, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, T-Mobile, and Alcatel smartphones should work just fine.

Even though the app fundamentally works just like the old radio your grandparents still have in their bedroom, it significantly improves the overall listening experience by throwing in a whole bunch of extra features. You can see the artwork and song information while you listen, rate which songs you like and which you would rather not listen to again, and share what you’re listening to on social media sites.

Download it now: here

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4) Radio.com

We should first start out by saying that Radio.com doesn’t offer straight up AM and FM listening over your phone. Once again, this is because most carriers automatically disable the FM receiver in your phone, and there’s not much of a way around that.

That said, Radio.com is one of our favorite alternatives to radio streaming. Whether you’re looking for sports, music, or talk radio, Raido.com can provide that to you live, anytime, and anywhere in the world — so long as you have a WiFi or data connection. Radio.com will actually allow you to stream over 300 radio stations and 1,100 podcasts, with new stations and podcasts being added on the regular.

If you’re a sports fan, Radio.com will allow you to even listen to commentary content from MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA, and even college teams!

Download it now: here

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5) Radio FM

Radio FM is another excellent choice for those that are looking for an alternative to the standard AM and FM radio. Radio FM allows you to listen and enjoy a variety of different music genres, such as classical, rock, pop, instrumental, hip-hop, gospel, and so much more. But, on top of music Radio FM also allows you to listen to your favorite talk radio, news channels, comedy, and other types of radio programming. Unfortunately, there’s no actual FM use available because of the lack of an enabled FM chip in your phone.

Download it now: here

Verdict on The Best Radio App

As you can see, there are a lot of excellent choices as far as best radio apps go. Some of these will allow you to play FM radio, so long as the FM chip in your phone is enabled; however, keep in mind that no smartphone on the market offers any sort of AM technology. Smartphones are exclusively limited to FM, and that’s if your carrier has the FM chip enabled on your phone.

What’s your favorite app for playing FM radio offline? Let us know in the comments section below.

Galaxy S9 wireless charging bug, “charging paused” error keeps showing up [troubleshooting guide]

Today’s article will address a common wireless charging bug that many #GalaxyS9 users have encountered recently. There’s been a growing number of S9 owners contacting us and posting in other online forums about this issue so we feel it necessary to deal with it. Basically, they’re saying that their S9 device sometimes fail to charge wirelessly even though the same exact setup had worked before. Unfortunately, there’s still no official word from Samsung regarding this issue so we can’t provide you with official suggestions from them. We hope that our suggestions below will work in your favor in dealing with this issue.

First solution: Force reboot

Wireless charging bug on the Galaxy S9 is a new and not everyone agrees on the cause. At this time, Samsung has not officially released a statement if this is an issue with the S9 itself, or if it’s something. This means users may have to find their own solutions in the meantime.

One of the solutions that should be tried first is by rebooting the system. System bugs are sometimes reliant on the current session that operating system is in so by disrupting Android, bugs may also be eliminated. In your case, we recommend that you try a force reboot in order to simulate a “battery pull.” In older devices, the battery can literally be pulled out to force the system to restart but since your S9 does not have a removable battery pack, you have to do its virtual opposite. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Press and hold the volume down button and don’t release it.
  2. Then, press and hold the power key while holding down the volume button.
  3. Keep both keys held down for 10 seconds or more.

If the bug stays after doing the steps above, proceed to the next solution options.

Second solution: Rebuild the system cache

In order to load apps and other tasks efficiently, Android uses a system cache. This cache is basically a set of files and folders that are associated with the common activities you do on your device. Basically, it’s main function is cut loading time of apps and other tasks by keeping commonly used items like files, images, web links, etc in a special partition called partition. Instead of getting these items from their original locations somewhere in the internet, Android can instead access the cache partition and load the needed items, significantly making, say, browsing a lot faster. Over time, this cache gets convoluted or corrupted. If this occurs, problems or bugs may appear. To check if your wireless charging issue is due to a corrupted system cache, make sure that you clear the cache partition. Here’s how:

  1. Turn off the device.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up key and the Bixby key, then press and hold the Power key.
  3. When the Android logo displays, release all keys (‘Installing system update’ will show for about 30 – 60 seconds before showing the Android system recovery menu options).
  4. Press the Volume down key to highlight “wipe cache partition.”
  5. Press the Power key to select.
  6. Press the Volume down key to highlight “yes” and press the Power key to select.
  7. When the wipe cache partition is complete, “Reboot system now” is highlighted.
  8. Press the Power key to restart the device.
  9. Check for the problem.

Third solution: Verify wireless charger and cable are working

One of the most obvious steps that you can do if you encounter wired or wireless charging issue is to ensure that the accessories themselves are not the problem. This means verifying if the wireless charging pad and cable that came with it are working. We know this is easier said than done since there’s no way to directly determine if the pad or cable are currently functional. If you have another known working charging pad and cable though, try using that one to see if there’s a difference. Otherwise, try using another S9 and charge using the current set of accessories you have.

Fourth solution: Reset all settings

It’s hard to determine whether or not the wireless charging bug you have is caused by the pad itself, or if it’s phone-related. One of the ways to help you eliminate the dilemma is by resetting all software settings to their defaults. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Tap General management.
  3. Tap Reset.
  4. Tap Reset settings.
  5. Tap RESET SETTINGS button.
  6. Restart your S9 and check for the problem.

Fifth solution: Boot to safe mode

While we received no definite conclusion that there popular apps that affects wireless charging on the S9 at this time, the possibility cannot be totally eliminated. To check if this issue is being caused by an app, you must learn how to boot your S9 to safe mode. While in this mode, no third party will be allowed to run, so if your charges fine, you have yourself an app issue.

To restart your S9 to safe mode:

  1. Turn the device off.
  2. Press and hold the Power key past the model name screen.
  3. When “SAMSUNG” appears on the screen, release the Power key.
  4. Immediately after releasing the Power key, press and hold the Volume down key.
  5. Continue to hold the Volume down key until the device finishes restarting.
  6. Safe mode will display in the bottom left corner of the screen.
  7. Release the Volume down key when you see Safe Mode.
  8. Let your phone run for several hours in this mode and check for the problem.

If the problem is absent on safe mode but returns on normal mode, you must uninstall third party apps. Start by removing apps that you recently installed. Be sure to always restart your phone back to normal mode after deleting an app to check for the problem. Keep doing this cycle until you identify the problem.

Sixth solution: Install updates

We can’t say for sure if this problem lies on the operating system or not but it’s always good to install updates if they become available. Some bugs can only be fixed by patching the operating system so hopefully, your particular issue can be fixed by a system update.

By default, your S9 should automatically download and install updates but if you changed it before, be sure to go under Settings > Software update to manually check for an update.

Seventh solution: Factory reset

A more drastic way to deal with a possible operating system issue is factory reset. As the name implies, all software settings will be returned to their defaults. This is an effective way to get rid of bugs that developed over time. If you haven’t tried it yet, be sure to do it at this point to see if the issue is directly related to the current disposition of your S9’s operating system or not.

To factory reset your S9:

  1. Back up data on the internal memory. If you have signed into a Google account on the device, you have activated Anti-theft and will need your Google credentials to finish the Master reset.
  2. From the Home screen, swipe up on an empty spot to open the Apps tray.
  3. Tap Settings > Cloud and accounts.
  4. Tap Backup and restore.
  5. If desired, tap Back up my data to move the slider to ON or OFF.
  6. If desired, tap Restore to move the slider to ON or OFF.
  7. Tap the back button to the Settings menu and tap General Management > Reset > Factory data reset.
  8. Tap Reset device.
  9. If you have screen lock turned on, enter your credentials.
  10. Tap Continue.
  11. Tap Delete all.

Final solution: Use another wireless charger

Should the issue return after you factory reset your device, it’s highly possible that the problem may lie on the charging pad you’re using. Some users who posted this issue online said that the problem went away after replacing their charging pad. We think this might have something to do with older charging pads designed to work with older Galaxy S8 devices. Some may lose sync while charging when used on the Galaxy S9. We know that replacing a working charging pad for a newer one due to intermittent charging bug on the S9 is not ideal but since we’ve already ruled out aspects on the device side, this is the only remaining option for you.