How can you know if your mobile has a hidden FM Radio

We explain all the methods that you can use to check if your mobile has FM Radio but it is disabled by the manufacturer.

In this complete guide we will explain in detail all the methods you can use to find out if your mobile has FM Radio, but it is hidden. This is very common in recent years, since most manufacturers choose to include the Radio FM chip, but disable it so that you can not use it and thus eliminate a strong enemy of streaming services.

It is possible that your phone has this chip, but you may not know it with the naked eye at be hidden by manufacturers. To solve this problem, we explain three simple methods that will be very helpful to know if your mobile has a hidden FM Radio. Let’s get to know them!

Search for the Radio app on your mobile

Radio apps for Android

Searching for the Radio app is the easiest method to find out if your mobile has FM Radio.

The easiest method to find out if your mobile has FM Radio is to search for the Radio app on your mobile. On some devices, this application is still pre-installed, so you can easily find it if you look in the applications menu. In my case, that I have a Samsung mobile, the Radio app is located in an application folder called Samsung.

If the search for the app turns out to be positive, you can confirm that your mobile does have that Radio FM chip and that it is not hidden by the manufacturer. On the contrary, if you do not find such an app, you must resort to other ways to find out if your mobile has FM Radio.

Confirm if you have the FM Radio chip through the system test

Although this procedure is somewhat more complicated than the previous one, you will not need much time to perform it either. It consists of performing a diagnostic test on your Android that gives you access to the different components of the terminal. In this way, you will access the list of elements and you will be able to check whether it has the FM Radio chip or not.

The diagnostic menu is hidden on most mobiles, so you should dial a code in the Phone app to access it. Depending on the manufacturer of the terminal, you must dial one or the other of the following codes:

  • Samsung: writing the code * # 0 * # all together.

  • Xiaomi: writing the code * # * # 64844 # * # * all together or through the CIT menu.

  • Sony**: writing the code * # * # 7378423 # * # * all together.

  • HTC: writing the code * # * # 3424 # * # * all together.

  • Huawei: with the code * # * # 2846579 # * # * in the Phone app.

That hardware test will not always include the FM Radio chip, as is the case with Samsung devices, where you can test elements such as the camera, but you will not find information about the chip. For example, despite having a radio app on my Samsung mobile, the hidden diagnostic menu does not inform me about the existence of FM Radio.

On the opposite side are the Xiaomi terminals, where you can easily check if they have FM Radio by accessing the CIT menu. In the list of components, as you can see in the following screenshots, you can test the operation of the FM Radio (if it includes it).

With the NextRadio app

If neither of the two previous methods has helped you to know if your Android phone has FM Radio, you can still resort to a last solution. Its name is NextRadio and it is a free app that uses the FM Radio chip to give you access to the stations, unlike most radio apps that do it through streaming.

Not everything is positive in relation to NextRadio, and is that this app is not compatible with all devices. To check if your mobile is, you just have to access its Google Play page, where you can check whether you can download it or not. If your mobile is compatible and NextRadio works normally, you will have confirmed that the terminal has FM Radio.

In the event that you have not been able to access the FM Radio of your mobile in any of the three previous ways, you can always listen to your favorite channels with the best radio apps for Android, for which you only need an Internet connection, thus forgetting the FM Radio.

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