Use Apple Podcasts on your iPhone or iPad

Discover audio stories that entertain, inform, and inspire in the Apple Podcasts app.

You can use the Apple Podcasts app on your iPhone and iPad with the latest version of iOS or iPadOS.

How to listen to podcast shows on iPhone or iPad

  1. Open the Apple Podcasts app.
  2. Choose a podcast episode and tap the play button.
  3. Tap the player at the bottom of the screen to open the Now Playing screen and access the playback controls.

Use the playback controls

  • To fast forward or rewind through an episode, tap the 15 second rewind button or the 30 second fast forward button.
  • To adjust playback speed for a podcast, tap the playback speed button and choose a speed:
    • Half speed, normal speed normal playback speed icon, one and a half speed, or double speed.
  • To set a sleep timer and stop playing a podcast after a certain amount of time, start listening to a podcast. From Now Playing, swipe up and tap the Sleep Timer button.
  • To play to a speaker, tap the playback destination button the AirPlay icon and choose which device your audio plays to.

Follow or unfollow podcast shows

To learn when new episodes are released, find and follow the shows that you love. You can also purchase Apple Podcasts Subscriptions to listen premium content in the Apple Podcasts app.

Follow a podcast show

  1. Browse or search for a show in the Apple Podcasts app.
  2. Tap the show to see its information page.
  3. Tap the add button the add button. New episodes will automatically download for free and you'll get a notification as they become available. 

If you stop listening to a show for a while, Apple Podcasts might pause your follow. The shows and downloaded episodes stay in your library, but new episodes might not be updated. To continue getting new episodes, follow again.

Unfollow a podcast show

  1. Tap a show to see its information page.
  2. Tap the more buttonthe more icon.
  3. Choose Unfollow Show. 

If you unfollow a podcast show, it doesn't cancel your paid subscription.

New episodes won't download to your device, but episodes that are already in your library won’t be deleted.


Play episodes in order or play the newest episode first

  1. Go to the podcast's information page.
  2. Tap the More button the more icon, then tap Settings.
    the Settings button on iPhone in the Apple Podcasts app
  3. Tap "Oldest to Newest" or "Newest to Oldest."

Download podcast episodes

  1. Find an episode in your library, or you can browse or search for an episode.
  2. Swipe left on the episode.
    the Download button on iPhone in the Apple Podcasts app
  3. Tap the Download button .

If you see the downloaded icon , the episode is already downloaded to your device.

When you aren't connected to Wi-Fi or cellular, you can listen to podcast episodes that you downloaded. Episodes automatically delete 24 hours after you play them, or you can delete them manually.

Save podcast episodes

  1. Find the podcast episode that you want to save.
  2. Tap the more options button the more icon.
  3. Tap Save Episode.

Find podcast episodes that you saved

  1. Tap the Library tab.
  2. Tap Saved.

Turn off automatic downloads for one podcast show

  1. Find the podcast that you want to turn off automatic downloads for.
  2. Tap the more button the more icon, then tap Settings.
    the Settings button on iPhone in the Apple Podcasts app
  3. Turn off Automatic Downloads.

If you turn off automatic downloads in the Apple Podcasts app, it doesn't turn off for all podcast shows.

Turn off automatic download for all podcasts

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap Podcasts.
  3. Under Automatic Downloads turn off Enable When Following.

If you turn off automatic downloads in the Settings app, it turns off for all podcast shows.


Delete podcast episodes

  1. Find the show in your library.
  2. Tap the show to bring up its information page.
  3. Find the episode that you want to delete and tap the more button the more icon.
    the Remove Download button on iPhone in the Apple Podcasts app
  4. Tap Remove Download.

Mark a podcast episode as played

  1. Go to the Listen Now tab and tap the name of the Podcast.
  2. Under Episodes, find the episode that you want to mark as played.
  3. Touch and hold on the episode, then tap Mark as Played.
    the Mark as Played button on iPhone in the Apple Podcasts app

When you mark an episode as played, the episode is removed from your queue.

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