How-To: A Great Way To Listen To The Radio

Here’s how you can use your BlackBerry to listen to the radio through the BlackBerry’s speakers.

The other day, we had a power failure around supper time. Normally my family and I watch TV after supper, but that was obviously out of the question. We then thought we could listen to the radio the old-fashioned way: capture the over-the-air radio signals with our 25-year old portable stereo. Nope. We didn’t have any batteries for it.

I knew my Passport had a built-in radio receiver, but I also knew it needed to have headphones plugged in, because it uses the headphone’s cable as the antenna. That meant that we wouldn’t be able to use my Passport to listen the radio with the Passport’s awesome speakers. Or did it ?

Being the kind of person who never gives up, and knowing that BlackBerry’s engineers and designers are really smart people who think of just about everything, I figured BB10’s Music app might have an option that allows you to listen to the radio through the phone’s speakers even when the headphones are plugged in. So I checked. It turns out, I was right.

Music App's Radio
Music App’s Radio
BB10 Music App Radio
BB10 Music App Radio

Once you have tuned into a radio station using BB10’s Music app, simply tap on the overflow menu (a.k.a. the righthand menu, with the 3 vertical dots), and then tap on Audio.

BB10 Music app's Audio option
BB10 Music app’s Audio option

You’ll see two options: Speakers, Headphones. Select Speakers, and voila. You are now listening to the radio through the BB10 phone’s speakers.

BB10 Music App's Audio Output Options
BB10 Music App’s Audio Output Options

Given the Passport’s great battery life, we could have listened to the radio for over 20 hours.

It’s another great reason why I love my Passport so much.


I'm programmer with 13 years experience, and a former electronics technician. My first BlackBerry was a Z10, and I'm now rocking a Passport.

  • Wayno

    Thanks for the tip Bartron. I didn’t know that this was possible. BB10 just keeps on giving!!

  • Anthony

    Unfortunately, one thing you can’t do is send output to a bluetooth connected speaker or device. Maybe we’ll see it in a future BB10 upgrade.

    However, connecting a line from your BB10 to a speaker input is great for playing the radio. No fuss and it’s up and running right away. locco_smiley_10

    • Alan

      Thanks bartron. I did notice having to fidget around a little to get it going. I had to press “tune to” for instance before being allowed to use the speakers. Most importantly I did get it to work eventually . I had tried to use the speakers some time ago, but had given up because it can be a little tricky to get it to accept or show the speaker option. Well thanks again bartron. I do make use of the free data radio feature
      on my Passport frequently.

  • Madge

    The things you can do on a BlackBerry never ceases to amaze me, lol. Excellent!

  • Great… listen on speakers is much more good

  • Lstkryptonian

    Awesome! Thanks so much!