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The official BBC iPlayer app for Android is great, assuming your phone or tablet is on the list of approved devices. If it's not, you won't even be able to see the app in the Android Market, and the mobile web player will turn you away with an error message. Two devices which still aren't officially supported are the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S (assuming you've got the ICS update), as the iPlayer currently rejects all Android 4.0 phones out of hand.

Never fear, though, because we've got a simple workaround that'll let you enjoy iPlayer content on both these devices with a minimal amount of fuss. Join us after the jump to find out how.

  1. First, you'll want to install Adobe Flash Player from the Android Market. If you're using a Nexus S, you might already have it, but to find it simply search for "flash player" in the Market, or click here to view it in the Web Market.
  2. Next, fire up the Android browser and tap on the three dots in the top right corner. From the menu, select "Request desktop site" if the box next to it isn't already checked.
  3. In your Android browser, go to This should now open up the iPlayer desktop site, and from there you'll be able to play radio content, along with live and recorded TV if you're in the UK.

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So now you can enjoy all of the Beeb's content on your Android 4.0 device. Hooray! This method works by tricking the iPlayer site into thinking you're browsing on a desktop computer, bypassing the mobile site, which checks for specific versions of Android. As Android resets the "Request desktop site" option when the browser closes, you may need to repeat steps 2 and 3 each time you come back to the iPlayer site after having closed it.

Note: If you see a message saying "Your phone is not supported", make sure you've got the "Request desktop site" box ticked as outlined in step 2, then re-enter the URL in step 3 --

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How to use BBC iPlayer on the Galaxy Nexus (or any unsupported ICS device)


It works on the HTC G2 with Android 2.3.4 if you use Opera (v11.5) and set it to desktop mode. The setting stays on after you close the browser.

I just use TuneIn Radio Pro. I think it was $1.99 for the Pro when I bought it and it plays BBC iPlayer radio, has an alarm to wake to any station, a sleep function, I can record...much easier to work with than running it through my EVO browser.