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Live Radio on iOS 13: steps for listening to your favorite stations

One of the many innovations that will bring the new version of the operating system of iPhone is the ability to listen to over 100,000 radio stations natively without the need to download applications: with Live Radio in iOS 13. Although this function will not come until the official launch of iOS 13, Apple is already testing in some places, with iOS 12. If you want to enjoy because of this new feature, keep reading because below you have the steps that you must follow to do so.

STEP 1: DOWNLOAD IOS 13

Live Radio en iOS 13

To obtain all of the capabilities of the function Live Radio, you need iOS 13. It is expected that Apple releases this update in the fall of 2019. Of course, if you don’t want to wait until then, you can always download the beta version of iOS 13.

Although, as you always advised, download a beta program sometimes involves some drawbacks: it can be dangerous to your data, there is no guarantee a trouble-free operation (not all features will be disabled or not work correctly). You can expect a lot of falls, problems of incompatibility of applications and the overall presence of errors. However, the playback of radio stations in live seems to be working in the beta program, and is unlikely to put at risk your phone if you want to try it out.

If you want to stick with iOS 12, you can try to follow these steps to see if any of your local stations works. It is not very likely, but you have nothing to lose by trying it. Keep in mind that it will also work for your HomePod and there is no need to wait for that to update in the future, so if you have a HomePod can try it when you want.

STEP 2: TELL SIRI TO PUT A STATION

Live Radio en iOS 13

The easiest way to access Live Radio is simply ask Siri. Because there are a series of commands from different radio that Siri can answer, such as creating radio stations from a song or a playlist favorite, it is important to be specific so that Siri knows how to live broadcast you’re talking about.

So, make sure that Siri is turned on and listening, and then say: “Siri, play the radio station of [name of radio station]”. Siri will use several partners in line with the that Apple is working hard to find this radio station, such as TuneIn, Radio.com and iHeartRadio. If you want to be more sure that the radio station that you like will work, you can go to one of these services and to look for it.

For example, let’s say that you live in San Francisco and you fancy a listen to some songs. Specifically, you want to listen to some 80’s hits, so you say, “Siri, put on the radio station 98.1 The Breeze”. And Siri should say something like: “Playing The Breeze provided by TuneIn”. Just remember to include the phrase “radio station” which tells Siri that you’re looking for a radio station direct. If the station has a name, try to include it instead of using only the station number. If Siri is confused, tries to use only the name or the station number in place of both.

Now, your iOS device is not using the radio waves to play the station. Services like TuneIn create versions of streaming radio stations that can be played over the internet. That means listen to these stations consume your data, so please keep this in mind if you have a data limit.

STEP 3: GO BACK TO THE PREVIOUS SEASONS IF NECESSARY

Live Radio en iOS 13

If you have asked Siri to play some of your local radio stations favorite, and has done so with success, without a doubt, is a very good sign. However, it is possible that after several attempts you could not remember if a particular radio station worked, or maybe you found a great radio station but forgot what it was called after using Siri to find it. Don’t worry, there’s an easy way to put back the stations that you’ve already heard before.

Apple currently plays live radio through the Music App. Opens this music app and go to the section “recently Played” (don’t confuse it with “recently Added”). The radio stations that you have heard in the past, they should appear there: in place of the album art, you should see the name of the radio station, and a logo. This allows you to quickly return to a previous station of which you had already forgotten.

Keep in mind that all this is specific to the account, so you’ll have to stay in the same account for the application of music remember the stations you’ve heard before.

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