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How to download BBC radio shows onto your mobile device

From this week, you can download BBC radio shows, including dramas, comedy shows and the likes of the Radio 1 Essential Mix, to your iOS or Android phone or tablet. Here’s how to save shows to your handset and listen to them offline.

Just in time for Proms season, the BBC has added a new feature to its iPlayer app which allows users to download any show to enjoy offline – great news if you want to listen out in the wilderness, on a plane or anywhere else you can’t get a signal. The big update is rolling out this week (a specific date hasn’t been announced, but we’ll keep on checking) and here’s how to take advantage.

First, download the BBC iPlayer app onto your mobile device if you don’t already have it. This is available on Apple’s App Store as well as Google Play, and of course it’s free.

Once that’s downloaded, open up the iPlayer app and head to the Radio section. Here you’ll find a full list of shows from every major BBC radio station that you can stream – and now download too.

Once you’ve found a show you want, just tap the new ‘download’ option. Your show will be added to your download queue and will automatically save onto your device when you’re connected to WiFi. It’s now yours to enjoy for the next 30 days, at which point it will self-destruct.

With the likes of the Radio 1 Essential Mix, 1Xtra’s output and the Craig Charles Funk And Soul Show available to download, who needs Apple Music?