Unlocking the Power of Your Subaru Forester Radio: How to View and Manage Presets Like a Pro

Subaru Forester is a reliable and popular vehicle that is known for its durability and performance. One of the essential features of the Forester is its radio, which offers an exceptional listening experience for music enthusiasts. However, not everyone knows how to use all the features of the radio, including presets. With this article, we aim to guide Subaru Forester owners on how to view and manage presets on their vehicle’s radio.

What are presets?

Before we dive into how to view and manage presets, let’s understand what presets are. Presets are radio stations or frequencies that you can save for quick and easy access. Once you save your favorite radio stations as presets, you don’t have to tune in to them manually every time you turn the radio on.

How to access presets on Subaru Forester radio

Subaru Forester radio has several buttons that control different features. To access the presets, start by locating the ‘Preset’ button on your radio. The ‘Preset’ button is usually located on the bottom right-hand corner of the radio. To view the presets, follow the steps below:

  1. Turn on the radio by pressing the ‘Power’ button.
  2. Press the ‘Preset’ button once to display the preset list.
  3. Use the up and down buttons to navigate through the preset list.
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How to add presets on Subaru Forester radio

If you want to add a new preset to your Subaru Forester radio, follow the steps below:

  1. Tune into your favorite radio station using the seek or scan buttons.
  2. Once you have found your preferred station, press and hold the ‘Preset’ button until you hear a beep sound.
  3. The new station is now saved as a preset on your radio.

You can repeat this process for up to six FM and six AM presets or until all available presets are set.

How to delete presets on Subaru Forester radio

If you want to delete a preset that is no longer relevant or you want to replace it with a new station, follow the steps below:

  1. Press the ‘Preset’ button to view the preset list.
  2. Select the preset you want to delete using the up and down buttons.
  3. Once you have selected the preset, press and hold the ‘Preset’ button until you hear a beep sound.
  4. The preset is now deleted, and you can replace it with a new station by following the steps on how to add presets.

Other relevant information about Subaru Forester presets

  • You can customize your presets by organizing them in any order that suits your preference.
  • To return to the radio mode, press the ‘Tune’ button on your radio.
  • If you accidentally delete a preset, you can restore it by adding the station again and saving it as a preset.


1. Can I reset all my Subaru Forester radio presets?

Yes, you can reset your Subaru Forester radio presets. To reset, press and hold the ‘Preset’ button for ten seconds until you hear a beep sound. This will erase all of your presets, and you need to set them up again.

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2. Can I set more than six FM and AM presets?

No, Subaru Forester radio has six FM and six AM presets, and you cannot set more than that.

3. What should I do if my Subaru Forester radio presets are not working?

If your Subaru Forester radio presets are not working correctly, you may need to check the radio’s connection or seek assistance from a certified Subaru dealer.


Viewing and managing presets on your Subaru Forester radio is a simple process that can enhance your driving experience. With the information provided in this article, you can now customize your radio presets and enjoy your favorite stations without manually tuning them every time you turn on the radio.

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Billy Covington

With a passion for all things automotive, Billy is our go-to expert on Subaru performance upgrades and modifications. He's been featured in several car magazines and blogs, and his extensive knowledge and expertise make him a valuable member of our team. When he's not working on cars, he enjoys playing guitar and writing music.

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