5-0 Radio Police Scanner Lite (Free) Utilities App Review (iOS, Free)


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Customer Ratings

Current Version:
614 Ratings
All Versions:
144097 Ratings


Tap into the largest collection of live police, firefighters, aircraft, railroad, marine, emergency, and ham radios. Be the first to know about important news, events, or any major crime waves happening in your town.

Thanks for making us one of top 100 most downloaded iOS app since 2009. This app has been downloaded over 20 million times!

- Listen to feeds in the background. You can run other apps while listening to the police. Just email a link to yourself and tap it to listen to it in the background.
- Automatically attempts to reconnect the feed if you lose the connection.
- Listen to feeds on your desktop/laptop computer. Email yourself a link to the feed, and open that link on your browser or with your favorite mp3 player.
- Ability to Add Feeds
- Brand new built-in Web Browser allows you to browse the web while listening to a feed in the background.
- The web browser also automatically detects feeds and integrates it with the radio. Now you can add feeds from the web by simply tapping on the feed's link via our browser.
- The web browser blocks most ads.
- Share feeds with your friends by email. They do not need to buy this app to listen with you.
- Top 100 Feeds list
- Aircraft and Train Feeds
For listings, go here: SmartestApple.com/50radio.html#air
- Worldwide coverage. Although, we may not have your country covered, our app is always expanding and looking for new police radios to tap into.
- List scanners by county. Don't just list all feeds in a state, get only the ones that are from your city/county.
- Integrated map that finds your location and the location of the feed. Now you can find where the action is happening and follow along.
- Built-in police/EMS/fire/military codes and phonetic alphabet for easy interpretation. Good for any beginners who do not have the proper training and have trouble remembering what the codes mean.
- Save your favorites to the front screen of the app for quick one-tap access.
- This app will dynamically grab a new list of sources so that you will always be the first to get any new police feeds out there.
- See the popularity of each feed. Each feed lists the number of listeners who are following the action along with you.
- Choose new skins or make your own. Skins can be any photo you choose from your photos library.
- New police feeds and others are added on an hourly basis, so keep checking if we added yours recently.

*Note: Our paid app called 5-0 Radio PRO adds over 50,000 more feeds - Search for "5-0 Radio Pro" on iTunes to find it.

It is legal in most countries to listen to police feeds. However, it is illegal in some places to use this app to aid in the commission of a crime or to pose as a police officer when you are not. It may also be illegal to use it while driving. Please consult your local laws before using this app outside of your home.

Is it fake?
It's very real. Each feed comes from a person in that region with an expensive police scanner and is sharing the signal with you via the internet.

The delay between the real radio feed and this app is only a few seconds.

Check out our website SmartestApple.com for other great free apps from us

Customer Reviews

  • Better than watching a movie

    by lorcorsj

    App works great. Love the flashlight too

  • Awesome app

    by Mattmanpa

    Works great! I got it when we had all the snow and ice. It kept us informed of closings and delays...bravo, a must to have, really handy!!!

  • Scan...

    by Pietluc

    It's amazingly ...

  • Great app.

    by SkyWarnNut

    Its nice to catch up on whats going on in the old stomping grounds. This app is flawless. Never have had a single issue.

  • Neat app does what it's made for

    by Brian mAN

    Pretty cool I hope people don't use this for the malicious intent though.

  • Great app

    by -cowboy74-

    Awesome app love the extras would recommend to all who are wanting a scanner app

  • Love the app

    by FireMedic1225

    The app is amazing. Just wish it had my local channels and less ads. Other than that, pretty amazing.

  • Nice app

    by BlablablablablaMade

    I use this a lot


    by Prettygirl11111

    I had this app last about two years ago. Then today I got bored so I wanted to listen to the Chicago police scanners. It is very fun to listen to the police and crimes around the area. I want to stay safe and to be aware of the areas in danger. Next, I love the fact it tells you what the police code is and they have it said right there for you. Like 10-4 would mean like understood. And they have like the names like Alpha Bravo Charlie Delta...etc. love that. Next, they have live radios! like actual music radios. so if it gets boring listening to the scanner listen to the radio instead. you have English, Spanish, German, Bosnian, French, etc. there are soooo many and I LOVE it!! my favorite is Radio Carsija. I've been looking for it for ages! so happy with this app. and they have radio scanners from your local area and around America. it is a legit thing but don't use it in a car!! the cops might suspect something. haha it's a few seconds off from the scanner and to the app which is great! just so in love with this app! (downside is there are WAY too many ads but it's ok because there are more benefits than flaws!)

  • Nice app to listen to

    by BAMarine

  • Terrific!

    by Littlepiggle

    Thank you!

  • Good App

    by Jagspin

    Use it when I goto the store to steal candy

  • Fun

    by Driftwood55

    It is cool

  • Scanner

    by Cricket Creek

    Great app

  • Great app

    by Radio-Chuck

    This up is great especially for us hams and shortwave listeners !! I enjoy listening to the locals and to other places. This app does just fine fit me.

  • Meh... Ok.

    by Onemetallifan

    Just an ok app. Wanted to listen to Seattle after the Super Bowl. Listened for 10 minutes and then got cut off. Could've listened all night! Crazy people in Seattle. Don't put time limits on listening and I'll change to 5 star rating.

  • Caregiver

    by Lspivey66

    Awesome !

  • Not the best

    by Clay Litton

    This app is really good, but it is not the best.

  • 5-0 radio

    by Kolins gma

    I really enjoy it

  • Sgt chapman

    by bruce chapman

    It's a decent scanner but it misses out on a lot but for what it is and what is on, it is ok.


    by Tony7377

    good app got like 30 stations saved but when changeing da station that same PROGRESSIVE COMMERCIAL PLAYS???? and the app closes and this is the only app open and I powered off my phone for 30 sec!!!!???? PLEASE FIX!!!!!

  • IOS 7.1

    by Rabih shouman

    This app isn't compatible with IOS 7.1 yet I don't see no scanners or nothing it needs to be fix ASAP.

  • Can't find location

    by Annamanns86

    Metro Detroit area, can't find it give me more areas I can give you more stars!!! Useless

  • GreatL

    by Reaper 36A

    This app is great and I have had no problems so far. I like how I can listen to it and not even be in the app or I can not even be one my iPhone and it still plays while I am driving or working.

  • Unknown

    by Mike14411

    It is ok, when it works! Does not pick up my local Channel 98% of the time!

  • good

    by Joseph5321


  • Fun

    by Skeeter Jackson

    Enjoy listening to important events such as the Boston bombing and search for the suspects.

  • 5.0 Radio

    by Engineersyd

    Very handy to have! I'm a railfan-photographer. It's nice to know when trains are coming.

  • 5-0 scanner

    by David W Barber

    Very nice during bad weather. I like the operation of this app

  • 5.0 scanner

    by Hi waffles!


  • Absolutely Great!!!

    by Eye Dr

    I've listened to scanners for years and 5-0 radio is fantastic. it is complete and extremely right on. Thanks. I'm looking for Upshur co. WV 911 and Sheriffs Dept but having trouble locating it. Maybe you will include it sometime in the future. Thanks again. Keep up the good work.

  • Cool scanner

    by 3680Derek

    Works great

  • Great app!

    by Jimbo-1946

    Very useful.

  • Smooth

    by Lui2v

    Runs smoothly as far as picking a station and listening. I love tht I can run it in the background but sometimes you have to re-open it to make it function again.

  • Cool App

    by James_W.

    I use it all the time and it has awesome features

  • Like this

    by Barbara Vinson

    I like this app. I can listen to all kinds of music. Like jazz give it a try you will like it.

  • Great

    by Maren DeBoer

    Interesting, good

  • Love it

    by Copper339

    Love it

  • I like it

    by Rrroserotts

    I have only used this a few times but it works great

  • Ok

    by Bnroooooo

    Crashes often and sometimes will not play. Loud static sometimes also. Still the best scanner I've tried just sick of having to re download every so often

  • Great App

    by Strebman

    Reads from radioreference nice app.

  • Pig

    by Pigs are awesome :) :) :) :)

    I love this game I love to listen to police!!!!!!

  • Waste !

    by GameRRR7

    This app use to be good, lots of live Sheriff and Police feeds, not anymore ! There are none and the banner ads were bad but now the Popup ads are out of control !!!!! Delete on the way !

  • Finally

    by Gregbikskey

    Finally I got my towns PD on the scanner

  • Cool

    by levi 420

    I like the search option, and being informed before the news

  • Very Informative

    by Drumminduck

    This app gave me great insight during the snowstorm for Atl 2014. I knew what was happening in my county with everything (police, ems, DOT, fire, and even the county bus feed). Love it

  • Great App

    by EP1644

    This is a great app! There are a few frequencies/ agencies that would be nice to add but overall great app!

  • Local and live

    by Mowgli3304

    I was pleased to find a scanner app that had my local police , not just fire. It keeps me busy listening to our hard working peace keepers .

  • Net 7 cook county, Illinois please

    by Nene719

    Can you guys please, please please add this one to your app Net 7. They covers ( Worth, Alsip, Chicago Ridge, Palos Heights, Palos Hills, and Palos Park) you guys have Net 6 and Net 10 so can you please add Net 7 here is everything you need (Frequency: 470.86250, License: WIH729, Type: RM, Tone: 114.8 PL, Alpha Tag: SWCD LawNet7, Description: Police: Dispatch [Net 7], Mode: FM, Tag: Law Dispatch ) If not can you make it to were we can add our own radio frequency.

  • Awesome

    by XC Head1596

    Works great. Reason 4 stars, doesn't have all police channels for Prince George's county MD. Only north channel.

  • Great Winter Aid

    by RunRunRooster

    I don't listen a whole lot but recently it came in very handy. I was 150 miles from home with an impending blizzard about to sweep through the area I was trying to get to. By tuning in I was finding out that they were closing certain highways before it appeared on the DOT's website. This information, plus being able to hear what the snow plows were experiencing made me make a quick decision that I was just going to stay where I was.

  • love it

    by Desiree67246

    I love this app it is great

  • Ms

    by Imjuslistenen

    Great app

  • It's a good app

    by FuGuiLao

    Hope can add an alarm function to wake me up lol

  • Great App!

    by letspbnow

    Does as it should. Has tons of radios. Very satisfied. Love it. Etc.

  • Oh yeah

    by Super why son

    Pretty awesome. I live in Texas and get to hear all the drama back in my home town in California. Thanks

  • Enough with the spam ...

    by SunriseCoffee Co.

    If I wanted anything to do with Facebook I would ask for it . If I wanted a commercial I would watch tv . Stop with the spam . I did like the app till this . Thanks .

  • Nice

    by Sincero swagger

    Its pretty good

  • It actually works I'm shocked

    by Cowgirl785

    But I am bummed that Jackson County, Kansas where I live, is not listed but every other county is around us. I listen to Topeka radio all the time and there's always something interesting going on there. Please add Jackson county Kansas to the list!!! :)

  • Reliable

    by jetset1106

    Works alright. Will have some tendencies to crash.

  • Scanner

    by Spfld ILLINOIS

    It's awesome. Gives me the action I like to hear. Would recommend it to anyone.

  • Five O radio

    by 621carl

    Nice to have in emergencies

  • Best iPad scanner app

    by PhotojournalistChicago

    I've downloaded probably 4scanner apps in hopes of finding one where I can search jurisdictions. All of them only give you ones they list but don't let you search. This app allows you to search by country, state, county and city. I have a handheld scanner but certain frequencies for cities are no longer listed but this has two of the stations I needed.

  • Nice!!!!!

    by Me78227

    Very good way to waste sometime being nosey;(

  • 5.0 radio

    by Gwpackrat

    Little slower than my scanner

  • Fun for the whole family

    by Kirkland Red

    Most of the channels don't work for me but its still fun to get on and listen in when i hear sirens wailing outside my house.

  • Okay app but

    by Berry Ashen

    It was much better when it didn't close the stream every so often and you didn't bombard you with ads. I get that you want to make as much money as you can but I wish I didn't have to find another app to do what this one does without these new issues.

  • Very good

    by Buzzmove

    Works well all of the time

  • Works ok

    by 68Roxy

    This app works ok, but after running it for over 8 hours it shut down with no notice. I'm also I not very happy that when I found my local station, I had to turn on my location services to listen - What if I wanted to listen to an area outside my location? Other than that, I'm happy to be able to hear what's going on in my area.

  • 5.0 Rating

    by Nick Mang

    The App is unreliable. It closes every 15-30 minutes despite a strong wi-fi signal.

  • 5 0

    by Mary&bill

    Keep me inform

  • Fix zone 1 16th 17th district


    Put zone 1: 16th and 17th district Chicago IL

  • Police 5.0 scanner

    by Coachkellie

    Love it! Keeps me informed about what's going on around me

  • Bostonrobb

    by iNubcake

    Awesome 5--0. Love the way you hear cops from around the world. I always have it going. Thanks guys.

  • Great App!!

    by Orleans Co.......

    Awesome app, excellent clarity. I get better reception than with my portable work radio. Could you please add Orleans Co NY Sheriffs/Police Dispatch? And thanks again for the great tool !!

  • Not worth anything

    by Vclark19

    Keeps locking up. Can hear anyone. On the scanners


    by Dijj31

    I'm in love with this app I seriously do not need to purchase a real scanner for over $100 and up because this app does it all for me !

  • Great

    by wrenchbender2

    It's great, my buddy is a cop. I listen in all the time!!


    by Alvis Wu

    Can you add 62 pct here in Brooklyn New York thank you


    by Ppjr752

    Nothing but annoying ads and pop ups. Ads are very difficult to close & navigate past! Very frustrating. You click to close ads and it redirects you to App Store or another web site to try and sell you something. You go back to app and now it makes you watch a commercial! Going to look for a better app. This ones to frustrating and time wasting.

  • Excellent

    by Mark Thorstenson

    Great scanner app. Works well.

  • Almost Perfect!

    by Cactimus C.

    This is a great app, but I wish it included many more locations.

  • Super App

    by Ridge Rebel

    Super app! Fire, police and ATC on a lite app. Can't ask for better performance.

  • perfect

    by mojowes365

    works perfect for my needs!

  • 10-2 on the scanner

    by OldSchoolCity

    This scanner is a great design, similar to others of its kind. Pros: includes all LE and EMS bandwidths across the U.S. an other thriving countries. Includes a list of ten codes and compounds that are thrown around on the air. Cons: really eats up battery for iOS 7... Not sure if this is fixed in the pro version. Also, Ads are excusable but keep coming back (but that's more of an OCD problem I suppose...) Great first scanner, haven't had any problems yet! Altogether satisfied.

  • Wow

    by juniorxoxo

    Really cool

  • I love this app

    by Biomikef

    I turn this on every time I hear the scanner go off, and enjoy listening to it when traveling.

  • Awesome

    by GPIS

    Friggin awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!! Only about a 10 sec delay way cool thanks!!!!!!

  • Scanner radio

    by Midniteracers

    I love it. It's a wonderful app. Gives u a heads up on what's going on. Keeps me occupied when I can't fall asleep, like now! One of my favorites apps of all times

  • Good app

    by Luluann819

    Works well. Had a snowstorm here (wi) yesterday. Interesting listening on a day like that.

  • Great to listen to!

    by Dm8907

    This app is great to listen to! I do dislike that I can't get a police channel in my area, but that's not the creators fault. Its easy to operate and doesn't hit many snags. Love it, and will keep it around for a long time.

  • Mrs

    by Kgdurrell

    Worked fine. Ad popped up and screen froze. Reinstalled twice...keeps happening. Hope this can be fixed

  • Amazing App

    by JbNcMoToMaN

    Very informational. I use this for my personal scanner as a volunteer firefighter. I recommend it. Plus its interesting to be able to tune into places like chicago and detriot p.d.

  • Best App Available!

    by UndeadPorcupine

    For a scanner, it's simple, easy to navigate, and sleek. Other than a glitch with the ads sometimes, it's fantastic.

  • Epic

    by Darkseide1971

    Really works so cool you can even choose what radio to listen to like in Chicago or Texas it is so cool!!! BuY tHiS aPp ToDaY!!

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