Apple Podcasts & Privacy

Apple Podcasts is designed to protect your information and enable you to choose what you share.

  • Your podcast listening data is linked to a random device identifier that is not associated with your Apple ID.
  • We collect your podcast listening data in order to understand, and report to podcast publishers in an aggregate manner about, podcast listening activity.
  • We also collect data about your use of Apple Podcasts, for example, taps.

Protecting the privacy and security of your information is a priority for everyone at Apple. We work hard to collect only the data we need to make your experience better, and when we do collect data we believe it’s important for you to know what we’re collecting and why we need it, so you can make informed choices. Apple Podcasts, like every Apple product and service, is designed with these principles in mind.

Apple collects information about your use of Apple Podcasts to manage your subscriptions, to help improve the service, and to deliver aggregated reporting to podcast providers.

As a convenience to you, Apple Podcasts syncs your subscriptions and the play position of the podcast episodes you are listening to so that you can enjoy the same Apple Podcasts experience from any of your devices. This information is stored in association with your Apple ID. You may disable this capability in Settings.

We also collect data on podcast listening and interactions in order to understand, and provide reports about, podcast listenership. This data includes information about the podcasts you listen to, such as how much of a podcast you listen to, when you listen, and when you stream, download, or subscribe. Also, to help improve the service, we collect information about your interactions with Apple Podcasts, such as links you tap on. We designed Apple Podcasts so that this data is not linked to other Apple services. This information is associated with a random unique identifier that is specific to Apple Podcasts and not associated with your Apple ID. We use iCloud to sync the identifier across your devices that are signed in to iCloud. To reset the identifier included in playback data sent to Apple on iOS and iPadOS, go to Settings > Podcasts > Reset Identifier. This will also reset the identifier for any paired watchOS devices.

Siri suggests podcasts you may like based on on-device information derived from the apps you use and the websites you visit with Safari. Also, when you use search in Podcasts, information, including recently used apps and popular apps installed on your device, is sent to Apple with your search query to provide you with relevant search results. This information is not associated with your Apple ID.

We share data with podcast providers only in aggregate form. We do not share any of your individual data with third parties. Keep in mind, however, that when you play or download podcast episodes from podcast providers or use Siri to listen to an audio brief, those providers may be able to collect information about your use of their podcasts, and that collection is governed by their privacy policies and practices.

Apple may use information about your use of Apple Podcasts to prevent or take action against activities that are, or may be, in breach of the iOS or iPadOS Software License Agreement or applicable law.

Any information collected or used by Apple is in accordance with our privacy policy available at

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