How Can I Make a Free Radio App for Android?

Android, Android Apps

Are you a music lover? Do you want to create your own radio app for Android?

Well, you’re in luck! In this tutorial, I will guide you step by step on how to make a free radio app for Android. So, let’s get started!

What You’ll Need

Before we dive into the coding part, let’s make sure you have everything you need:

  • An Android device or an emulator
  • Android Studio installed on your computer
  • A stable internet connection

Step 1: Create a New Project

First, open Android Studio and create a new project. Choose an appropriate name for your project and select the minimum SDK version that suits your needs. Once the project is created, you’ll see the project structure on the left-hand side of the screen.

Step 2: Designing the User Interface

The next step is to design the user interface of your radio app. Open the activity_main.xml file from the res/layout directory. Here, you can use XML tags to define your app’s UI elements such as buttons, text views, and image views.

To make your UI more appealing, consider using different HTML styling elements:

  • Bold text: Use the <b> tag to make specific text stand out.
  • Underlined text: Use the <u> tag to underline important information.
  • Subheaders:

    Use <h3> tags to create subheaders within sections.

Remember to place these styling tags appropriately within your XML code to achieve the desired effect.

Step 3: Adding Radio Functionality

Now that you have your UI ready, it’s time to add the radio functionality. In this step, we’ll use a streaming library like ExoPlayer to play the radio streams.

Add the necessary dependencies to your app-level build.gradle file:

dependencies {
    implementation ''
    implementation 'com.exoplayer:exoplayer-ui:2.X'

Replace X.X with the latest version of ExoPlayer. Sync your project after adding the dependencies.

Next, create a new class called This class will handle the playback functionality of your radio app. Implement methods like play(), pause(), and stop() within this class to control the streaming audio.

Step 4: Connecting to Radio Streams

To connect to radio streams, create a list of radio stations in your file. Each entry in the list should contain information about the station’s name and URL.

List<RadioStation> radioStations = new ArrayList<>();
radioStations.add(new RadioStation("Station 1", "http://stream.url1"));
radioStations.add(new RadioStation("Station 2", "http://stream.url2"));
// Add more stations as needed

In your activity_main.xml file, display these radio stations using appropriate UI elements like RecyclerView or ListView.

Step 5: Handling User Interaction

Finally, implement click listeners on each radio station item to start playing the selected stream. Inside the click listener, call the play() method of your RadioPlayerService class and pass the URL of the selected radio station.

Congratulations! You have successfully created a free radio app for Android. Now you can enjoy your favorite music anytime, anywhere.


In this tutorial, we learned how to create a free radio app for Android. We covered everything from designing the user interface to implementing radio functionality and handling user interaction. With this knowledge, you can now customize your app further and add additional features like volume control or station metadata display.

Remember to experiment with different HTML styling elements in your UI design to make your app visually engaging. Play around with bold text, underlined text, lists, and subheaders to create an appealing and organized user experience.

Happy coding!