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How to use the FM Radio on BlackBerry 10

By DJ Reyes on 5 Feb 2014 01:22 pm EST
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The much awaited BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 began to rollout globally on January 28th, 2014. With it came a lot of new features, like Pinch to Zoom in the Hub, lock screen notifications, battery percentage and direct installation of APK files.

Another feature is the addition of an FM Radio for the BlackBerry Z30, Q10 and Q5. Unfortunately, the BlackBerry Z10 does not have the hardware to be able to get the FM Radio though. Great for those who want to listen to the radio on the commute or even at home, you don’t need to consume any of your data. Let’s go through using the the FM Radio BlackBerry 10.

How to use the FM Radio on BlackBerry 10

  • Open up the Music app on your BlackBerry device
  • Tap the Radio tab along the bottom bar
  • Insert a pair of wired headphones (they act as antenna)
  • On initial startup it will scan for radio stations
  • Tap the radio station you want to listen or find one by tuning
  • Enjoy your favorite radio station

Once you insert a pair of headphones it will search for local stations and load them up grid style. Just tap one to start playing the radio station. You do have the ability to ‘Tune to’ a specific radio station of choosing too. Or to just fine tune the station.

You can mark a station as favorite star and they will appear in the Favorites tab. In the overflow menu (three dots on the bottom right), you’ll find options for ‘Now Playing’ and ‘Scan’. When you’re in the Now Playing section, you have options to ‘Tune to’ again (for fine tuning), Previous, Pause and Next. Previous and Next will go through the list of found stations. There is also an overflow menu you again have Preview, Pause and Next but also Seek down and Seek up. There is also audio option which allows you to choose between the sound coming through the headphones or speakers. Even when using speakers the headphones still need to be plugged in as they act as the radio antenna.

I find myself the FM Radio a lot since its addition and even left it running (by accident) all night on my Z30. When I woke up, I thought my battery would have drained and much to my surprise, it was hardly dented it. 

It is a bit inconvenient that you have to have a pair of headphones plugged in to use it but that’s the price to pay if you don’t want to use up data to listen to your favorite radio station. It would also be nice to show song details. Perhaps in a future update.

127 comments

jcarlos100

Damn wish I had a Q10 lol

Posted via CB10

jojo beaconsfield

Z10 Blues,still love it ,antenna in you're ear?

zeon mohamedd

I doesn't have the white balance screen setting on os10.2.1...z10....why...and there is no face detection in the camera too ...those two futures should be available in os10.2.1...... strange!!!!

Posted via CB10

Jonathan Dardon

There is white balance in the display settings on z10...
Mine detects faces...

Posted via CB10

kidbagel

Just the excuse I was looking for to upgrade from a Z10 to a Z30.

Posted via CB10

Double_J75

Great feature I've used it several times on my z30. I didn't know I could have put the audio on the speakers though. Thanks for the tip.

Posted via CB10

DoryGuy

It would also be nice if you could direct the output to a bluetooth speaker even if you had to leave the headphones plugged in.

Another_Chris

I was coming here to say this. Blue tooth is the one feature is missing. I'm sure it will come in a later update though.

He posted from his sleek Z30.

Fish Crackers

I'm interested to see if I connect my Q10 to my Gateway by NFC if that would work

naji55

Bb z10 stl-100 have the fm hardware hope we can get this fm application :/

Using BB Z10 10.2.1.537

dikku11

Even mircast as it is supported

Dominick079

I would never use the FM Radio option anyway so it doesn't bother me because I use Nobex to stream music. But it should be available on the Z10 for people that would use it. Especially since it's available on every other BlackBerry 10 device.

Posted Via AT&T BlackBerry Z10

dikku11

Stl100-1 has the hardware for FM as well as ability to use mircast but what bothers me the most is the white balance feature being left out for stl100-1 while other z10 model gets it.This is unjust to Stl100-1 owner as other model enjoy the white balance feature due to harware support but Stl100-1 being left out of Fm and mircast despite the hardware support

mamat7055

What do you mean by fm and micracast on z10 stl100-1? Hardware support or not? Build in or not?

Posted via CB10

naji55

yes its have a built in fm tuner and micracast

Charade

The advantage is that Nobex eats data while this radio doesn't - FM signal through the air which is why the antenna is not internal but the headphone wires. If you have a good data plan or stay connected to wifi then Nobex or Tunein Radio are great.

Dominick079

Yeah but Nobex offers radio stations from all around the world while FM is just local. I have plenty of data so it doesn't effect me at all. But the hardware should be available on Z10 for people that don't have a lot of data available on their plan.

Posted Via AT&T BlackBerry Z10

xdoublejx

Now you can listen to sports games without wasting data/waiting for data/buying the 15 dollar mlb at bat app!

Posted via CB10

LuayS

I got the mlb app for free back in the summer :)

Posted via CB10

Dominick079

I will be purchasing the MLB extra innings package from my cable provider so I can watch all the games. Spring training is right around the corner!! GO YANKEES!!!

enesberry

F**k it no radio for the Z10

Eftichis

It would be also great if you could listen to your favorite station through the built in speakers (while having connected the earphones). This way your friends can also enjoy your music!

Posted via CB10

BerryRipe

Yes DJ stated that unless I mis-read. What about an auxilery cable, would that act as an antenna?

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 

Creaturefear

Yes it works with a line out. I noticed I didn't get as many stations as with the stock ear buds.

Posted via CB10 with a Z30

blackmoe

I chopped off the earbuds leaving just a wire and the 3.5mm jack to see if that would work and it still prompts for the earphone cable. I guess the next thing is to complete the circuit at the cut off end but I would like to know more about how the headphone circuitry is used before shorting out the ends.

Prem WatsApp

Don't fry your phone, dude!

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

freddysrevng3

"Right on, blackmoe"... let us know if you come up with anything else inserted that "works"... how about a hanger?

Keep on truckin' and inventing...

blackmoe

Instead of just shorting out the end I believe I just have to figure out the impedance of the earbuds and see if a small resister can emulate it. I did find a 3.5mm jack antenna online but it was 90 bucks.

edyts

I get artist name, song name, and album namme when I use my radio on my Q10. Maybe it depends on the station?

Posted from my awesome Q10 viaa CB app

Fish Crackers

All the stations I go to display the information

Squita

Why not the Z10

Posted via CB10

Lostonline

Covered in the post. NO FM radio hardware on Z

CDN BB

David Kube

I have a Z30 in the US thru Verizon Wireless and there is no such selection on my music application. Had any one else had this problem?

Posted via CB10

bpmg4u

@David Kube; you probably didn't get the O/S update yet; I don't believe the US carriers have released it yet. Patience, grasshopper, patience.

jrohland

You have to be on 10.2.1.x to get it.

keizerjrr

Verizon here in the USA hasn't released the updated OS for the Z30 yet. Supposed to be available on the 10 of February.

DoryGuy

Forget patience... go get the 10.2.1.1925 leak... it's worth the hassle to sideload it... forums for how to.

dusdal

Good idea for a post.

Having it located in the music app is an elegant solution, but more difficult to find if you aren't aware of it.

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ihys

Why does it say on qualcomm own site that they support Fm which stl 234 uses the exact same chip

Stl 1 has already been confirmed to have the hardware but users have said they still can't use Fm radio?

Posted via CB10

David Kube

Thanks! Looks like a nice addition to my Z30. Looking forward to it

Posted via CB10

glamrlama

Do you remember rock and roll radio? For all the youngsters on this site; radio was a very early means of communication for the dissemination of information and news and entertainment. Not all change is good and radio is now a mere shadow of its' former self.

Lostonline

Endless commercials, and the weird 2guys and 1gal yapping format go a long way in wrecking today's FM experience.

CDN BB

BerryRipe

Lmao so true Online but there's some stations that advertise a certain amount of commercials per hour. I know Houston has a country station that plays quite a bit of music.

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 

Prem WatsApp

+fun

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

gyokuro

I connect the Z30 to any standalone speaker via normal connector to the headphone jack to listen to FM radio, and it is crystal clear. Better than headset. Best phone I have ever had. No more jealous of friends and families with their iphones and androids. It took a few years to make BB this hot, but keep berrying....

DJ Reyes

That's a good idea too

Posted via CB10

93Aero

Agreed, a very small price to pay in using the headphones and not consuming data!
I can once again listen to wamu 88.5 Cspan and NPR again without burning data.
TuneIn was deleted a while ago, now it's permanently deleted.

Posted via CB10

dion2323

Wld love one on the z10

Posted via CB10

kscribs

Why isn't it on Z10?

Posted via CB10

VR6

No radio on Z10!! Grrrrr

Posted via CB10

HigherThanMars

That's so weak, the people who supported BlackBerry 10 since day 1 get the short end of the stick...

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Prem WatsApp

These people also got to enjoy BB10 right from the start. I had to wait for my Q10, and got the Z10 later, when it was cheap.

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

Drmoe

Ya the whole "doesn't work on Z10" really sucks. Mehh at least I don't have an iPhone!

Posted using the best phone ever, the white Z10!

javelin

Wow! I had no idea how to use the radio AT ALL! I searched 'radio' and came up with nothing and assumed it was not included in my leak

THANKS CRACKBERRY

Posted via CB10

alsmallwood

Where is 10.2 for my version Q10

Posted via CB10

BerryRipe

I can't wait to try this feature out! Come on Verizon, what are you guys waiting for?

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 

Turnda643

Thanks DJ. Nice write up.

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Jonesy1966

I still can't believe they skipped the FM antenna in the Z10, which a year ago was their flagship device, despite them being able to squeeze it into the "budget" Q5 and previous to that the 9320. My daughter had FM reception in her $149 Curve in 2012.

DYLANHABKIRK

"It was hardly dented it".

Posted via CB10

toppatoptobz

I Have a Z10 and not happy about that but not to cry I am upgrading to a Z30 anyways. Lol....

Posted via CB10

Playbook007

Just tested it out. Fantastic. Tried using just the head phone wire. Works to pick out stations, but of course you cannot direct sound to external speaker in the phone. Perhaps BlackBerry will allow in future, or blue tooth out. It would most likely work plugged into an audio source with an audio cable.

Posted via CB10

Lostonline

You CAN use the phone speaker/s (covered in the blog post)

CDN BB

AnotherBillJ

This is actually better than using a streaming app such as Nobex or TuneIn for one very important reason: Streaming apps delay the signal by many seconds and the built-in FM radio does not. This might not seem important but try calling in to a radio station during a contest while using an app.....you're always 30 seconds behind everyone else.

Cheers. :)

jojo beaconsfield

@ Another, Another winner!!! lol

MarkyZ10

Not if everyone else is using an app :)

Posted via CB10

fernandoipod

Works perfect on my BBQ10 !

fentebaieuser

Have unlimited data....why bother with radio!

Posted via CB10

Menesht12

What the hell? Why does Z10 not have radio? I was wanted radio app a few days ago then found out I can get radio for 10.2.1 then I find out I can't use it.
What the hell!!

Posted via CB10

craftEcowgirl

If one wants to use Radio but not have headphones around, is there another antenna option? Something smaller, less dangly :)

Q10

TheStoryUp

AM Radio would have been better, maybe they can add it? Idk

Zed30

CDM76

Wish I could listen via speakers and not ear buds. Maybe an over ride to allow that even with headphones plugged in???

Posted via CB10

Lostonline

Read the entire blog post.

You CAN do just that.

CDN BB

Jonathan Dardon

Lol, I love how many times you have to tell people to read the blog - they don't read the blog nor previous comments...

Posted via CB10

CDM76

Oops. Just re-read article. Guess it can be done. I just haven't figured it out yet. Is great option. Thanks BlackBerry :)

jdcfinisher

One tec review I read only mentioned the FM radio as being in the latest update. Then the reviewer said does anyone still use a radio? Does anyone still a BlackBerry? I guess old obsolete tec goes together. I use blue tooth head phones so I couldn't use it even if my Z had it.

Posted via CB10

rizztazz torch

Ahhhh, no Zeddy love.. :( there, there my precious. Z10STL100-2/10.2.1.1925

nosco47

It's perfect how every 3rd post says "why no Z10".. trolls~

Posted via CB10

bobprune

Well I'm happy for every one else that they have the FM option. We paid for the latest greatest thing too since slice bread. Oh well. .....I don't get the troll thing?¿?¿?¿. I would pay a Troll for free local radio. Unlimited data $$$$ here. But some plans are getting better all the time

Posted via CB10

smoothrunnings

It's too bad that BlackBerry made the Z30 with shitty quality screen. The graphic icons etc are more jagged than the Z10 because of the power dots per inch the Z30 has otherwise I would gladly upgrade to the Z30.

Tatwi

So no FM radio in your $2000 BlackBerry then either I guess, Kevin? That and a set of stereo speakers would have been nice for the Z10. It's a comfortable size and shape.

Magnificently composed using CB10 on my BB Z10!

Halifax Guy

It works well and you can choose to have the audio play through the device's speaker. The headphones still have to be plugged in as they are the antenna.

Nice option, nonetheless.

Posted via CB10

bobprune

Wishes I had it. I would actually use it while mowing on the golf course. Plus it's free listening.

Posted via CB10

daShark

Why don't fix a switch so our Z10's can use & listen to FM?????

Posted via CB10

BermudasBest

Because the hardware does not support it.

Posted via CB10... Z30STA100-2/10.2.1.1925

Rub3n5

I learned something, something that BlackBerry should make clearer. A friend and I tried it a while ago, but were under the impression you could only play it through the headphones, rendering it a little useless if you want to play it with friends.

But I can see now the overflow menu allows for play through the speakers which is key. Great feature!

canuckbear

Speakers work great, but I'm having issues trying to output to a Bluetooth amp.

Perfectibilist

Must be nice for my fellow Q10 users that received the update. As for those of us with Verizon...well maybe next time.

Posted via CB10

AriUncut

Why would u not make the z10 with the capability to have FM radio. Phones in the late 90's and early 00's had them and you ate reeling me the hardware in a 2013 device does not have the capabilities. Dont wonder why Black berry's name is being slandered, they give the people something bad to talk about...

BB-Z10. OS 10.2.1.

canuckbear

Any Z30 users having issues pumping the radio audio out via Bluetooth ?

bubbbab

I have to wonder what BlackBerry was thinking excluding one device. Then again I find myself often wondering what BlackBerry is thinking.

Post via BlackBerry ZedAche 10.2.1.537 (1925)

lnichols

Z10 users left out of another feature. Nice F'ing flagship!

Posted via CB10

bubbbab

Well the Titanic was a flagship as well :)

Post via BlackBerry ZedAche 10.2.1.537 (1925)

celticmagick

It would be awesome if it could receive digital FM (sub-stations) as well.

Is the UI pretty basic? It would be nice if they had a tuning knob (making use of the touch screen) and a signal strength meter, etc.

Looking forward to 10.2.1 on my Q10!

Lostonline

Super basic.

Great idea though, I would love a "classic" look option. complete with tune knob and the red stick to move back and forth!

We need an "app" for more FM function beyond the basic baked in.

CDN BB

ozz srn

İ got The Update but No radio support on bb q10. Türkcell turkey. Version 10.2.1.537

2dfx

RDS support would be cool, but the hardware may not support it.

Posted via CB10 via the BlackBerry Q10!

zensen

So no option to turn on speaker?

Abdullah Bahejri

I didn't get the radio on my Z10
Any problem!

Posted via CB10

Lostonline

GIANT PROBLEM!!!

STOP THE PRESS!

CDN BB

Micky Bane

So unfair :/

Posted via CB10

Silk_Spectre

It's ridiculous the Z10 doesn't have a built-in FM radio.

Posted via CB10

nelsonwolf81

I still love my Z10 no matter what the say.

Posted via CB10

kevgar

I am curious. I attend conferences that also use FM for broadcasting, and I am able to record the sessions for future listening. Can anyone tell me if that is a feature available. Running a Z10 but looking to upgrade to Z30.

madpal

Boo, not for the Z10? Would've been a nice touch for the Z10...

Posted via CB10

ryanltd007

Is this a sign that my Loyalty to the 10 nation should come to an end. From being the very first happy owner of the10 in my circle of friends. Now im starting to feel as tho my favorite brand is neglecting me. Yours sincerely z10 fan...

Posted via CB10

Lostonline

Hardware specs were available before you purchased.

If you wanted a phone with FM, buying a Z10 was a poor choice.

CDN BB

Hibbylinx81

Always wanted radio on BB but I don't have the device for it, yet :(!

Hibby_CB10

Herbie52

Updated to 10.2 and no radio button, what gives??

Posted via CB10

thurman

Would have been nice. But I can't remember the last time I listen to the radio anyway.

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Jonathan Dardon

:p got an unlimited data plan, so no FM radio really doesn't bother. Would like miracast though :( - does anyone know if wifidirect works without miracast??

Posted via CB10

ThunderShock2005

Just upgraded my Z10 to Q10 and I tried this. Love it!
It's very appropriate for #TBT #FBF #TBS haha
The FM radio requiring headphones is a lot like in the old days with those Sony Ericsson Walkman (owned one right before my first BlackBerry) and Nokia phones (owned that before my Walkman phone haha).

Posted from my BlackBerry Q10 on AT&T

RafiqK

Wow didn't know Z10 doesn't have the capability. That suks for them lol

Posted via CB10

rigamagician

That's really hard on us Z10 users. Sort it out tech guys. Its expensive to stream radio. This is a serious flaw with the Z10.

Posted via CB10

coolicool

Good, I thought my q10 has no FM but now I am using FM, great

Posted via CB10

mohamed fuzail km

Can anyone Plz tel how to switch personal n work?? I'm not able to turn it on. The option is there!! But it doesn't work..!!

Posted via CB10

Herbie52

Why did they omit this fm hardware from the Z10? Is there a way to give us HD radio?

Posted via CB10

chan02

This is definitely unfair no... Radio for z10 cs of hardware missing. a plan must be implemented by BlackBerry.

Posted via CB10

yohan75

Hello, does the Z 10 or the Q 10 display the FM radio station name and eventually the song or the show name ?
I have it for years on my androphones FM radios and would like to know about the new BB models. Thank you.