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5 Best Police Scanner iOS Apps In 2018

If you’re wanting to keep tabs on what’s going on in your community, then you might want to download a police scanner applications to your iPhone and/or iPad. A police scanner apps will use local radio waves or even an audio stream to peg into the local frequency that law enforcement and dispatch is using. It’s perfectly legal to do this as well — these radio waves are available for public listening. If there’s something really bad happening, law enforcement will switch to a private channel — this is generally a rarity, but it’s usually to avoid giving away their location or a location they’re headed to in order to stop a criminal.

But, if you want to get on listening to the publicly available information, be sure to check out our list. We’ve got the top 5 best police scanner iOS apps In 2018 listed!

Police Scanner+ Free

Police Scanner+ Free is a free police scanner application available. It allows you to nicely organize your scanner feeds to listen to. One of the neat things that this police scanner application offers is that it allows you to listen to feeds outside of your area. For example, you could be over in Seattle and listen to a feed all the way over in Boston or New York City. The UI itself doesn’t look that great, but it is practical and usable.

Download it now: iTunes


Broadcastify might be the best police scanner application to get. It has the best user interface available, as generally, most police scanner apps feel a little clunky. Either way, Broadcastify allows you to easily organize feeds for police, fire, and EMS. The application itself looks very nice design-wise. In addition, Broadcastify actually has its own website, allowing you to listen to the police scanner on your computer as well. Broadcastify can be downloaded on your iPad as well, which might be more ideal in order to free up your smartphone for other tasks.

Download it now: iTunes

Police Scanner!

This is actually one of the better police scanner applications our list. You can listen to police, fire, and EMS feeds. The neat thing about this application is that you can listen to feeds from all over the world — you could be in Austin, Texas listening to a feed all the way over in France or Germany, which is absolutely outstanding. The user interface here is actually really impressive, too. It’s all organized and easy to navigatepolic in addition to looking pretty nice, too.

As for more organization, you can favorite your most listened to feeds for quicker access, as well as even browse the current top 100 feeds. One of the neater things about this app is the developer actually keeps up with it, so bugs and improvements are always being added, which also means that it should work with the latest iOS devices.

Download it now: iTunes

5-0 Radio Police Scanner

Next up, we’re looking at the 5-0 Radio Police Scanner app. This is a much-loved police scanner application, particularly because of everything that it covers. With this one, you can listen to police scanner feeds all over the world, even if you may not understand what they’re saying in some countries. What’s particularly nice about this application is that you can listen to the police scanner feed minimized. Many applications will require you to have it at the forefront in order to continue listening, but this one will actually let you do other things while listening, too. You can, of course, look at top 100 radios and edit favorites. There’s even support for the iPhone X!

Download it now: iTunes

Scanner Radio Deluxe

Last, but certainly not least, we’re looking at Scanner Radio Deluxe. You can’t listen to every scanner out there, but it does give you access to a little over 6000 feeds. One of the neat things it does give you is a handy emergency guide, so you can kind of decode what police, fire, EMS, and dispatch are saying. They have a sort of “code” that they follow, so this manual or guide will help you decrypt and understand what they’re saying.

Download it now: iTunes


As you can see, there are a lot of great police scanner applications available out there. What we’ve included on this list are some of the best ones available, and all of them can be downloaded free of charge. We particularly like Broadcastify and 5-0 Police Scanner because we can listen to feeds from all over the world. Do you have a favorite police scanner app? Be sure to let us know in the comments section below!

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