Update 1: This guide works on Mot0 G, Moto G 2nd generation (Moto G 2014) and Moto E.
Update 2: Now, you can choose once of the audio put devices: headset, phone speaker and Bluetooth speaker.
Maybe it is a surprise for you when you noticed you can use FM radio
How to get FM radio on Moto G?
If you cannot find the FM radio app on your Moto G, you can install the app from Google Play Store here: Motorola FM Radio. Of course, it is free. The version of this app on Google Play store is newer than the stock one. So, even you can find the app on your Moto G, you may try to update it to Google Play one to get all features and achieve the best performance.
Once Motorola FM Radio app is installed on your Moto G, you can start to use FM radio on Moto G just like any other apps.
Why does FM radio on Moto G require a wired headset plugged in?
To use FM Radio on Moto G, a wired headset plugged in. This is very common for mobile phones.
The wired headset acts as the antenna and is needed to receive the transmissions from broadcasting stations. The receiver is for FM broadcasting stations. AM stations are NOT supported.
For FM Radio on Moto G, any wired headset should work. It is not necessary to use Motorola headsets.
How to play the audio of Moto G FM radio on headset, phone speakers or Bluetooth speakers?
First, you can NOT play audio out of Moto G’s speaker when use the FM radio on Moto G. This is simply not supported, although the speaker in Moto G is quite loud. However, in addition to listening to FM Radio on Moto G through the wired headset, you can also listen the audio out of a Bluetooth accessory such as a wireless speaker or wireless headset. Once the BT device is paired with Moto G, the audio of the FM radio on Moto G will be routed to the BT device.
Even when you listen the FM radio on Moto G through a wireless speaker or wireless headset, the wired headset must always be plugged in because it acts as an antenna for the FM radio.
Recent FM radio app update adds the feature of listening your favorite radios on the phone speaker, Bluetooth speaker or the wired headset. In other words, you have three options for the FM radio audio output.
Once you start the FM radio app on Moto G or Moto E, you will find the headphone icon in the top right corner in stations view.
If you tap the headphone icon, the audio will be transferred to the phone speaker. The icon is also changed to a speaker.
The casting icon will be shown only after you pair any Bluetooth speaker or Bluetooth headset with the phone.
Tap the casting icon (which is for Bluetooth speaker, not for Chromecast). You will then be asked to confirm to listen your radio on the Bluetooth device.
Once the FM radio audio is transferred to the Bluetooth speaker, the headphone or speaker icon will then disappear. The casting symbol now changes to white inside as shown below.
To get the speaker/headphone back, you can tap the casting icon, and disconnect the Bluetooth speaker from FM radio. Please note, it is not necessary to unpair the Bluetooth speaker to get the headphone/speaker icon back.
The location of the icons are slightly different when you are in now playing view.
In the now playing view (swipe up), the headphone icon or speaker icon will be in the right side and the casting icon will be in the left side as shown below.
When Bluetooth speaker is being used the headphone or speaker icon will disappear, and the icon will be shown as filled white.
Of course, you can tap headphone icon to switch to speaker, and vice versa.
How to run FM radio on Moto G in background?
You can sue other apps while listening to the FM radio on Moto G. The FM radio app can run in background just like the music player.
When the Moto G FM radio runs in background, you will notice a small icon shown in the top status bar. You can swipe down the status bar to find the FM Radio control in the notification shade (aka notification area). You can pause/play the FM radio on Moto G.
If you tap the control, the FM Radio app will be brought back to the foreground. And you have full control of the app.
Another way to bring back FM radio on Moto G to foreground is from the recent apps, which can be accessed from the bottom right of Moto G. Once the apps are listed, you can tap the FM radio app to bring it to foreground.
Is FM radio on Moto G locked to one region?
When you launch the FM radio on Moto G the first time, it will automatically scan based on the location of your Moto G. If you travel to a different region/country, you can change the region (from the Settings menu) and perform a scan to find available stations.
There is no way to “lock” the region. But in different regions, different frequency bands may be used. So, you need select the region and re-scan the stations when you moves to a new location.
Turn on and turn off FM Radio on Moto G
First, there is no on/off buttons for FM radio app on Moto G.
You can simply mute the radio to turn it off. Once the FM radio is muted, the transceiver chip is turned off automatically to save power.
When you resume the FM radio on Moto G, the radio is then turned on immediately.
Then, how to mute and resume playing FM radio on Moto G?
In any view of FM radio app, tap the dark square button to mute the FM radio on Moto G.
Once the FM radio is muted, the icon will turn into a triangle (play icon). Tap this triangle (play icon) to resume the FM radio on Moto G..
How to use full-player view and min-player view for FM radio on Moto G?
When the FM radio is in the full player view, you can tap anywhere in the top half of the view to shrink it to enter mini-player view. You can also drag it down to enter mini-player view.
When the FM radio is in the mini player view, you may tap anywhere on the mini-player (except for the pause button or favorite star) to expand it to the full-screen player.
How to seek a station in FM radio on Moto G?
In the full player view, use the left or right seek buttons (double triangles) to find the closest station that Moto G can tune.
You can also manually seek a station for your FM radio on Moto G. When in the full player view, tap and drag your finger on the red indicator in the ‘tuner bar’ – the black band in the middle of the screen that looks like a traditional radio band. The current frequency will be displayed in the top section and you can drag left or right to a specific station.
Sometimes, you may noticed you cannot select a specific frequency due to possibly different spacing between station frequencies in different regions. If you are traveling, check via the menu (three vertical dots) that your current region settings are appropriate. If not, change them and re-scan to find all available stations for FM radio on Moto G.
How to add a favorite station in FM radio on Moto G, and delete a station from Favorites list ?
To add a favorite station in FM radio on Moto G, you can tap on the star symbol next to the frequency. This works in any views as long as you see the grey star symbol in the FM radio app.The star will turn blue and be listed in the favorites tab.
To delete a station from the Favorites list of FM radio on Moto G, you need tap the blue star symbol next to the frequency. The blue star symbol will turn dark. However, if you are currently in the “Favorites” tab, the station will not be removed from the Fm radio app until you change the view (swipe into the “All Stations” view, or expand the mini player, or navigate away from the FM Radio application).
FM radio on Moto G fully supports Radio Data System (RDS).
However, sometimes you may not see information about the currently playing song on some stations in the FM radio on Moto G, due to the different usage of RDS systems among stations. Some stations may miss some common elements, e.g., station call signs and the name of the currently playing song.
For more Moto G guides, please check our Moto G How-to Guide page.
Although this guide use Moto G as an example, FM radio app also works on Moto E, Moto G 2014 (Moto G 2nd Generation).