How to Enjoy Radio On Your Apple Watch

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If you’ve got an Apple Watch Series 3 or later, you can now listen to radio stations from the comfort of your wrist. That’s right — the Apple Watch now includes a built-in radio tuner, so you can stream radio broadcasts directly from your watch!

With this new feature, you can easily tune in to your favorite radio station and enjoy the latest music, news, sports, and more. Plus, sine it’s built into the watch itself, you don’t need to worry about subscriptions or extra hardware.

So how does it work? To start listening to radio on your Apple Watch, frst make sure that both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are enabled by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and tapping on the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth icons. This will ensure that your watch is connected to a network with internet access.

Once connected, you can use Siri to search for stations by name (e.g., “Play Wild 94.9”), call sign (e.g., “Tune in to ESPN Radio”), frequency (e.g., “Listen to 99.5 FM”) or nickname (e.g., “Turn on KISS FM”). You don’t even need an Apple Music subscription—you can listen to free broadcast radio stations with just your watch!

In addition to searching for stations with Siri, there are plenty of other apps available for listening to radio on your iPhone as well—like iHeart Radio or TuneIn—as well as specific apps for individual radio stations like NPR One or Sirius XM. And sice you can sync music and podcasts from your iPhone onto your watch as well, you won’t be limited when it comes to variety either!

With all these features in tow, it looks like Apple Watch is taking its place at the top of wearable tech once again! So go ahead—give it a try today!

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Can You Listen to Radio on an Apple Watch?

Yes, you can listen to radio on Apple Watch! With the Radio app, you can access thousands of broadcast radio stations around the world. You can ask Siri to play a station by name, call sign, frequency, or nickname. You don’t need an Apple Music subscription to listen to radio on your Apple Watch.

Does the Apple Watch Include an FM Tuner?

Yes, the Apple Watch does have an FM tuner. ABI Research’s teardown analysis of the device revealed that it includes a connectivity chip which provides WiFi, Bluetooth and FM radio capabilities. This means that users of the Apple Watch will be able to listen to local FM radio stations directly from thir device.

Can the Apple Watch Play Radio Without a Phone?

No, unfortunately, the Apple Watch cnnot play radio without an iPhone. The Apple Watch Series 3 and later models can stream music, podcasts, and audiobooks from Apple Music and Apple Podcasts with an active Wi-Fi or cellular connection. However, it cannot access radio stations without the help of an iPhone.

Listening to FM Radio on Apple Devices

You can listen to FM radio on Apple devices with the help of an app or accessory. To access FM radio on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple Watch, you’ll need to download an app such as TuneIn Radio or iHeartRadio. To access FM radio on an Apple TV, HomePod, Mac, or Android device, you’ll need to connect an external device such as a USB radio dongle. Lastly, if you have a Chromebook that supports Android apps, there are several FM radio apps available in the Google Play store such as Simple Radio and NextRadio.

Does the Apple Watch Include BBC Sound?

No, the Apple Watch does not have BBC Sounds as an app. BBC Sounds is a phone app, and the Apple Watch does not support it. However, the Apple Watch does support streaming services like Pandora and Apple Music, so you can still listen to your favorite music on your watch.

What Radio Apps are Compatible with Apple Watch?

There are several radio apps that work on Apple Watch with watchOS 4.1 and higher, allowing you to listen to radio stations from anywhere. Apps include iHeartRadio, Pandora, and TuneIn Radio. With iHeartRadio and Pandora, you can access your favorite music stations or start new ones based on your preferences. TuneIn Radio allows you to listen to over 100,000 radio stations worldwide. All thee apps are free to download from the App Store and offer easy setup on your Apple Watch.

Using Apple Watch as a Music Player

Yes, you can use Apple Watch as a music player. You can play music stored on your Apple Watch by opening the Music app. You can also control music playing on your iPhone from your Apple Watch, and if you’re an Apple Music subscriber, you can stream music directly from the Apple Music app or trough voice commands with the Apple Music Voice Plan.

Can Apple Watch Use RFID Technology?

Yes, the Apple Watch can do RFID. It uses a very simple radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to send out a code when plaed close enough to an RFID reader. The code it sends is usually a Wiegand code, which is the same type of code used in key fobs and other RFID devices. This allows the watch to be used to access secured areas or interact with electronic devices that recognize this type of code.

Can IHeartRadio Be Accessed on Apple Watch Without an iPhone?

Yes, you can listen to iHeartRadio on an Apple Watch withot an iPhone. With the Series 3, 4 or 5 Apple Watch, you will be able to use the iHeartRadio app independent of your mobile devices. This means that you can stream iHeartRadio on your watch without needing to be connected to an iPhone. To do this, first make sure you have the latest version of the iHeartRadio app downloaded onto your watch. You can then select a station and start streaming music from your watch, with no need for a connection to your phone.

Can I Listen to IHeartRadio on My Apple Watch?

Yes, you can play iHeartRadio on your Apple Watch. To do so, open the Apple Store app on your Apple Watch and search for iHeartRadio. Tap it and select “Get” to download the app. Once it has been downloaded, you will be able to access and play the iHeartRadio app on your Apple Watch.


The Apple Watch is a great tool for listening to radio stations while on the go. With its built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, and FM radio capabilities, it’s easy to access thousands of broadcast radio stations from your wrist. You can ask Siri to tune in to your favorite station and stream music and podcasts wirelessly from your iPhone. Additionally, you can download apps like iHeart Radio or TuneIn to listen to radio on your iPhone as well. With the Apple Watch, you can enjoy all the benefits of listening to the radio without having to carry around a separate device.

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James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.