One of the great things about online radio is that you can connect from practically anywhere as long as you have an internet connection, you can even broadcast live radio from your phone.
Broadcasting from anywhere using your smartphone or tablet is ideal if you’re on the move reporting on news, from a music festival, or other types of events. We’re going to show you how you can broadcast from your phone on both iOS and Android devices.
Broadcast Live Radio from Your Phone – What You Need to Know
In order to broadcast from your phone you need to keep in mind the basics on how to connect to your station without any issues.
Stable Internet Connection
A stable connection from your phone is required to establish and keep your stream open without network drops. Wi-fi networks at home, office, or hot-spots should be able to maintain your stream if you intend to use 128kbps or higher, however if you’re on a slow connection then try broadcasting at a low bitrate.
We recommend 64kbps or less, especially if you’re on a cellular network and in a low coverage area. If you’re not sure on your connection’s upload speed then use Speedtest.net – 2mpbs upload or higher should be ok.
Access to App Stores
In order to install the broadcasting app for either iOS or Android, you need access to the app stores.
iOS devices need an iTunes account, whereas Android devices need a Google Play account. The apps we recommend are on these stores, however there are others out there you can use, but we recommend the ones in this article for ease of use and compatibility with Radio.co.
Online Radio Station
You need access to an online radio station in order to broadcast, either your own or as a DJ on another station.
Radio.co works perfectly with the apps in this article and many others, so it’s ideal if you’re thinking about starting your own station. You can start a 7 day free trial and get broadcasting today from your phone by heading here.
Android – BroadcastMySelf (Free)
BroadcastMySelf is a free Android app that supports Radio.co stations. Broadcast from your phone’s mic and out to your radio stream online.
Features include recording your audio and saving in .mp3, a mixing console with two channels for your microphone and tracks, and mic and track gain settings.
How to Broadcast Using BroadcastMySelf
Download the app – The app is free, however there are paid features.
Open up the app when installed, then click the top right menu icon (3 dots).
Select Output Mode, then choose Icecast v2 Server.
Select Output Settings.
Enter your stations details as follows:
- Hostname: [transcoder].radio.co, e.g. silver.radio.co
- Port: 1234
- Path: / (delete everything after the forward slash)
- Username: Blank (delete everything in this box)
- Password: Your live broadcasting password, e.g. 1a2b3c4d5e
- MP3 Encoder Bitrate: Your station’s bitrate (we recommend 128kbps or lower)
The Hostname, Port, and Password can be found in your Radio.co Dashboard by going to the Live tab. After entering the correct details, you’ll need to restart the app for the changes to take effect.
After opening the app, you can add some tracks to the app by going to the settings menu, then tapping the Tracks Folder option. To navigate the folders, press the Parent option and go back, then when you have found the folder you want, tap on it and then select Choose – This will allow BroadcastMySelf to play music on air.
Go back to the main screen and press the centre button. A dialog saying Connected should appear. (NOTE: You will need to have a live event scheduled to connect).
You are now broadcasting! You can turn up the levels for your microphone on the left fader and the levels for the audio on the right fader. Select the tracks you want played by tapping on the track on the right hand side.
To disconnect after you’re done, just hit the central button again.
iPhone – iCast 2 (Paid)
iCast 2 is a simple to use and elegant iOS app that works with Radio.co stations. Broadcast from your microphone using popular codecs like MP3, AAC, AAC+, and Ogg Vorbis.
Features include background broadcasting so you can keep using your phone, auto-reconnect in case of signal drops, and an equaliser to control your audio to sound like a professional.
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How to Broadcast Using iCast 2
Download the app – Please be aware that you need to purchase the app to continue.
Open up the app once installed, then tap Settings.
Add a new station by tapping Stations, then Add Station.
To add your Radio.co station to iCast 2 choose Icecast (Version 2).
In Server enter your radio server’s broadcasting details:
- Host: transcoder.radio.co
- Port: 1234
- Mount: /
- Auto Reconnect: (Choose if you want to automatically reconnect on disconnect)
- Reconnect After: (Choose a time you want to wait before attempting to reconnect).
Find your radio station’s details in your Radio.co Dashboard.
In Station enter your station’s details:
- Station Name: My Radio Station
- Genre: Rock
- Website URL: https://radio.co
- Description: The freshest rock tunes!
- Public: (List your station on a public directory)
- Title Streaming: (Grabs your artist and track if playing music)
- Caption Template: (Leave as is)
In Audio choose the following options:
- Format: AAC (MP3 & AAC+ are paid features, however any of the formats listed work with Radio.co)
- Channel: Stereo
- Samplerate: 44.100 kHz
- Bitrate: 128kbps (choose 64kbps if on a cellular network like 3G/4G).
Finally tap Done.
A pop-up box requests your login details which can be found in your Radio.co Dashboard.
- Username: (Leave blank)
- Password: (Grab this under the Live tab in your dashboard)
Tap Save and a connection check tests your server, then finish by tapping Done.
In Stations your newly added radio station should be selected, if you have multiple stations then select the one you want to broadcast to.
On your iCast 2 main area swipe right to switch your station on air, you should see your stream time starts and a successful connection in your Radio.co Dashboard.
Note: You need an event scheduled to broadcast to your Radio.co station – If you don’t have one then follow this guide.
How to broadcast live radio from your phone is really simple with either the BroadcastMySelf Android app or the iCast 2 iOS app. If you’re using something different or have any recommendations then let us know in the comments below.
Did you know, you can start your radio station today for free with your 7 day trial – Get on-air and broadcasting in minutes with Radio.co’s easy to use platform by clicking the button below.