Listen with Apple Podcasts

Discover and subscribe to audio stories that entertain, inform, and inspire in Apple Podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV.

Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad.


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Browse free audio episodes and shows about topics that range from comedy and science to news and politics in Apple Podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV.

Explore Apple Podcasts

Navigate Apple Podcasts with the tabs at the bottom of the screen on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. On your Apple TV, swipe down on your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote to see the navigation menu.


Listen Now

Listen Now

In this tab, you’ll see new and unplayed episodes from your subscribed shows and recently added episodes. Tap a show to listen. After the latest episode finishes, any unplayed episodes of that show in your Library automatically play next. You'll also see shows you might like and shows that you recently played.




See all the shows and episodes you’ve added to your Library—even if you’re not currently subscribed. Tap Downloaded Episodes to see only the podcasts that you downloaded, and to listen without cellular data or Wi-Fi.1

You can create a custom station or add a podcast that you subscribed to through a website. Tap Edit in the upper-right corner. Then tap New Station or Add a Podcast by URL.





See what’s new and topping the charts in this tab. Tap on any episode to start listening or tap add Add to add it to your Library so that you can listen to it later.




Use this tab to search for specific episodes, shows, providers, or topics. Tap the search field, then tap All Podcasts or Your Library to search either the entire Apple Podcasts catalog or just your Library.


Listen to shows

When you play episodes in Apple Podcasts on your iOS device, a player appears at the bottom of the screen. Tap the player to open the Now Playing2 screen, which shows all the playback controls.



iPhone with Now Playing open, scrolling down to reveal Sleep button, Share button, episode notes, and Up Next.

Control playback

From Now Playing, here's what you can do:

  • Control the volume.
  • Play and pause episodes.
  • Tap 15 second rewind 15 seconds rewind button or 30 second fast forward 30 seconds fast forward button to skip through an episode.
  • Tap the playback speed icon Playback speed button to change playback speed.
  • On your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, you can also tap playback destination Playback destinationto change what device your audio plays to.
  • Swipe up and see episode notes and a list of episodes queued up to play next. Here, you can also tap Sleep Timer to stop playing a podcast after a certain amount of time. 

To exit full screen, tap dismiss Dismiss now playing screen button or swipe down from the top of the player.

Subscribe to shows

  1. Find a show that you like in Apple Podcasts.
  2. Tap it to go to the show's info page.
  3. Tap Subscribe. Now, new episodes automatically download3 for free and you'll get a notification4 as they become available. 

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

Here's how to unsubscribe from a show:

  1. Tap the show to go to its info page.
  2. Tap more More button.
  3. Tap Unsubscribe. New episodes won't download to your device, but episodes that are already in your Library won’t be deleted.


More ways to listen to Apple Podcasts

Control is at your fingertips—or voice. Ask Siri "what can I do?" to learn more about Siri commands for podcasts and audio. You can also:



Podcasts app showing episodes that you can download.


Download or delete episodes

If you want to listen offline, here's how:

  1. Find an episode in your Library or Browse.
  2. Tap download Download  next to the episode's name. Or, if you see the add iconAdd, tap it, then tap download Download.

If you don't see download Download, the episode is already downloaded to your device.5

Episodes automatically delete 24 hours after you play them, or you can delete them manually:

  1. Find the show in your Library.
  2. Tap the show to bring up its information page.
  3. Swipe left on the episode.
  4. Tap Delete.6

If you want to mark an episode as played to remove it from your queue, here's how:

  1. Go to the  Listen Now tab.
  2. Find the episode that you want to remove.
  3. Long press it, then tap Mark As Played. 


Change your settings

On your iOS device, go to Settings > Podcasts. There, you can adjust these settings:

  • Sync Apple Podcasts: Keep your Podcasts Library the same across all of your devices. Pause an episode on one device, and pick up where you left off on another.
  • Continuous Playback: Choose whether the next episode of a show or station will automatically play after another episode ends.
  • Cellular Data: Control whether Apple Podcasts can stream shows while your iPhone or iPad uses cellular data.
  • Download Episodes: Control whether new or unplayed episodes get downloaded to your device.

On a podcast’s product page, you can also control settings specific to that show by tapping more More button, and then tapping settings Settings button.


Learn more



1. You can't download items on Apple TV, but you can use Wi-Fi to stream your content.

2. On iPad in portrait mode, Now Playing is in the lower-right corner. On Apple TV, open Apple Podcasts, then swipe down on your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote to see Now Playing in the top menu bar.

3. To turn off automatic downloads on your iOS device, go to Settings > Podcasts > Download Episodes and choose Off.

4. To edit notifications, go to the Listen Now tab and tap the notification settings icon Notification settings button.

5. You can only stream episodes on your Apple TV.

6. To delete a specific episode in iTunes, right-click or Control-click on the episode, then choose Delete from Library. 

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