Follow and play shows in Apple Podcasts on iPhone and iPad

Follow your favorite podcasts to get notified when new episodes are released. You can also control your listening experience with features like playback speed, skip, and more.

How to follow podcasts on iPhone or iPad

You need to update to the latest version of iOS or iPadOS to use Apple Podcasts on your devices.

  1. Open the Podcasts app.
  2. Browse or search for a show. Need help finding the shows that you like?
  3. Tap the show to see its information page.
  4. Tap the Follow button Follow button.

To find the podcasts that you follow or the ones that you've manually added through a URL, go to the Library tab. Then tap Shows and tap Followed.

Want to listen to premium podcast content? Learn how to purchase Apple Podcasts Subscriptions.


How to unfollow podcasts on iPhone or iPad

  1. Open the Podcasts app.
  2. Go to the Library tab and tap Shows. Then tap Followed.
  3. Tap a show to see its information page.
  4. Tap the More button More button.
  5. Tap Unfollow Show.
    Unfollow Show

New episodes won't download, but episodes that are already in your Library won't delete. If you unfollow a show with premium content, your subscription is still active. Learn how to cancel a subscription.


How to play an episode

  1. Open the Podcasts app.
  2. Browse or search for a show, or choose one from your Library.
  3. Tap the Play button next to an episode's name.

If you want to listen to an episode in your Up Next queue, just tap it.

To control audio playback, tap the player at the bottom of the screen to expand the audio controls.

Audio Controls

From here, you can adjust the playback speed, rewind or fast forward, and more.

Speed up or slow down a podcast episode

Tap the Playback Speed button Playback Speed button and choose a speed.

Skip back or ahead

Tap the Rewind button Rewind button to skip back or tap the Fast Forward button Fast Forward button to skip ahead. To change the number of seconds that you skip, go to Settings, scroll down to Podcasts, then tap Forward or Back. To go to a specific time in the episode, drag the slider below the show's artwork.

Connect to a speaker

Tap Airplay Playback Destination button and choose the device where you want to stream the audio.

Set a sleep timer

Swipe up and tap the Sleep Timer button to stop the episode after a specified period of time.


How to play episodes in order or play the newest episode first

  1. Open the Podcasts app.
  2. Go to the Library tab, then tap Shows.
  3. Tap the show to see its information page.
  4. Tap the More button More button, then tap Settings.
  5. Tap Oldest To Newest or Newest To Oldest.
    Episode Order
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