Although listening to the radio isn’t the main reason most people buy a phone, it’s a useful feature to have. It can even be an essential feature at times of national or local disasters when emergency information may be broadcast over the radio.
At a more basic level, listening to FM radio on a phone involves significantly less data and battery usage compared to using online streaming services. Most phones have an FM chip built in, but often manufacturers choose not to unlock them or don’t publicise their presence, perhaps since suppliers make more money when users exceed their data allowance.
At a time when FM radio may seem a little dated as DAB radio is taking its place in the UK, manufactures are now yielding to pressure. Or at least the makers of Android phones are, as Apple don’t even include an FM chip in their latest iPhones and are unlikely to change their stance.
Listening to FM Radio on a Samsung Phone
Samsung has joined the trend by activating the FM radio feature on most of its phones, teaming up with TagStation so that its NextRadio app is available. There is now a long list of Samsung phones that have FM radio capability.
Most phones in the Galaxy S range have FM radio, including the S4 Mini, S5, S5 Sport, S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge Plus and the standard, Edge, Plus and Active versions from S7 to S9.
It’s also present in the Galaxy Note 3, Note Edge, Note 4, 5 and 9 as well as the Galaxy Express Prime, Express 3, Grand Prime, Galaxy J3, Galaxy J7 and the Galaxy Mega. Also on the list are the Galaxy ON5, Galaxy Prevail LTE, Galaxy Core Prime, Galaxy Tab E and Tab 4.
Others are being added so, if you have a Samsung phone and are unsure of its FM radio capability, simply download NextRadio from Google Play and try it out. You may need an antenna to make it work properly although headphones plugged in to the headphone jack will usually do the job.