Best Radio Apps for Android Auto

June 8, 2023

Listen to the Radio via Android Auto

Updated: June 7, 2023

DAB Radio is a huge improvement over the FM and AM signals of the 80’s and 90’s but as you lose signal on DAB the sounds of digital distortion isn’t as nice as the white noise of FM.

Some parts of the UK still have sketchy areas, we have it ourself here in Belper and Derbyshire. But with more and more cars now offering Android Auto, listening to the radio no longer needs to be hard work.

So long as your Android phone has a decent 3G, 4G or 5G signal and with most apps including a buffering feature, you won’t miss the next line of your favourite Ed Sheeran song.

Plus, if you go abroad and hire a car with Android Auto you can take your favourite UK radio stations with you wherever you are in the world, with a data connection.

Best Radio Android Auto Apps

Today we’re going to have a look at some of the best apps to listen to your favourite UK radio stations using Android Auto.

Heart Radio

Powered by Global Player, you can easily listen to Amanda Holden and Jamie Theakston on the way into the office. Along with this, the app also covers a wealth of other popular radio stations and you can listen to your favourites shows such as:

  • Chris Moyles on Radio X
  • Nigel Farage on LBC
  • Kate Garraway on Smooth Radio

Screenshot of the Heart Radio App with Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden showing.

The app is really good and offers HD quality sound with the ability to listen to the radio live. Schedules are available so you can find out when your favourite radio presenter is on and you can also see what is coming up next.

One feature we absolutely love is the ability to actually skip songs on live radio. Listen again and catch-up is also available.

Radio stations available include:

  • Heart
  • Capital
  • Capital XTRA
  • Radio X
  • LBC
  • Classic FM
  • Smooth

Virgin Radio App

We love listening to Virgin Radio in the UK, especially as Chris Evans is full of positivity and their recent upgrade to the Birgin Radio Android app is a welcome surprise.

You can listen to all of your favourite Virgin radio stations including:

  • Virgin Radio UK
  • Virgin Radio Chilled
  • Virgin Radio Groove

Screenshot of the Virgin Radio App on Android Auto

See the schedule to find out when your favourite DJ’s are on and catchup on the podcasts including the Chris Evans Breakfast show and Graham Norton at the weekend.

BBC Sounds

By far the best radio app for Android Auto is the BBC Sounds app, if your partial to listening to BBC’s selection of radio stations and podcasts. The app is well presented, easy to use and offers some amazing features.

You can listen to live radio so whether you want to listen the Radio 1, Radio 2 or your local station like Radio Derby or catch-up on the latest Desert Island Discs, the app is brilliant.

Screenshot of the BBC Sounds Android Auto app with Greg James of Radio 1 showing

Missed a show? Search for your favourite presenter and relisten to the whole show. Pause live radio and more. This is one app you must have on your Android Auto dashboard.

Looking for a car with Android Auto?

If you’re looking for a car subscription or short-term car lease and Android Auto is a must, we have a range of cars available with this feature.

We offer both short-term car leases and car-subscriptions from most major car manufacturers.

Call the team on 01332 290173 or use the ENQUIRY FORM to get-in-touch.

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