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Free FM radio without internet: how to do it

Despite the advent of Spotify and other services for music streaming, many users still prefer to listen to the classic radio broadcast on FM frequencies, since for free, it does not consume bandwidth and minimizes battery consumption.

How to listen to FM radio for free without Internet?

Find out in this guide all the tricks to listen to FM radio, the reasons why it is not available and how you can fix it.

FM radio available on all smartphones?

In order to listen to FM radio on a smartphone, a chip capable of reading these frequencies and converting them into an audio signal for the earphones is required: without FM chip it is not possible to have FM radio on smartphones.Before buying a new smartphone then make sure that the FM chip is available in the product specifications, so that you can listen to the FM radio for free without the Internet.

Making an exhaustive list of compatible devices is not possible, but from my experience I can tell you that Chinese smartphones have practically all the FM chipgiven the widespread diffusion of the FM radio signal in China, as well as smartphones of Japanese origin. Korean smartphones (Samsung) or American smartphones may have the radio as they may not have it, due to the precise choice of the manufacturer (as you can see in the following paragraph).

We always talk about Android operating systems for listening to FM radio.

Compatible smartphone but FM radio off: why?

Many smartphones have the chip for FM radio but the radio is not available in any way, missing the official app to manage it. Why?

Some manufacturers have preferred to disable the FM chip because it is little used by their users, who prefer (according to them) to use the apps for streaming music instead of listening to classic radio.

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This raises a problem for all users who want to listen to FM radio: their compatible smartphone, but the chip disabled at firmware level therefore unusable.

In these cases you can regain control of the FM chip (if any) using one ROM not original as for example Lineage OS, which using Android AOSP as a base allows you to unlock (in most cases) the use of FM radio, otherwise not available with the official ROM. You can download Lineage OS from the following link.

DOWNLOAD | Lineage OS

How to get FM radio for free without Internet

If your smartphone has FM radio available and activated, all you have to do is connect the earphones (essential in some cases to hear the radio, because they act as receiving antenna for the FM signal) and open the app provided by the manufacturer.

On Xiaomi for example the app looks like the image below.

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Baster select the desired frequency and start listening to FM radio without Internet on the device.

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If, on the other hand, you have a smartphone with an FM chip present but deactivated by the manufacturer, you can listen to the FM radio once your smartphone is "unlocked"! Once you have done everything you need, you just need to find an app that can manage the FM chip (assume that the ROM used does not already have an app to listen to the FM radio).

One of the apps you can use to listen to FM radio for free without Internet Spirit1: Real FM Radio, available for a fee from the following link.

DOWNLOAD |Spirit1: Real FM Radio

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Alternatively, you can use the Spirit2 app: Real FM Radio 4 AOSP, always available for a fee from the following link.

DOWNLOAD |Spirit2: Real FM Radio 4 AOSP

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Check the list of compatible devices carefully, otherwise you risk making a useless purchase. You can check the compatibility of these two apps at the link below.

LINK | XDA Developers

I don't have an FM chip, how do I listen to the radio?

If your smartphone does not have an FM chip, you can still listen to the radio stations that transmit via the internet.

The best apps you can use for the purpose are listed below:

With these apps you can listen to music transmitted by FM radio stations using your data network; these apps consume much less than the music streaming apps, so you can choose them as an alternative to listen to music when you have almost finished the Giga on your rate plan.