About the Podcasts app

Use the Podcasts app to find and listen to your favorite podcasts.

The Podcasts app is a great place to find, subscribe to, and play your favorite podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV (4th generation).

Discover podcasts

Explore hundreds of thousands of free audio and video podcasts by browsing the Featured or Top Charts tabs.  You can also search by title or subject.

      

Featured podcasts

Tap Featured or  to browse a curated collection of podcasts, including new releases. Tap Categories to browse genres, including Arts, Business, Comedy, and more.

Browse Top Charts

Tap Top Charts or  to browse popular podcasts. Tap Categories to browse genres.

Search by podcast title or topic

To find a specific podcast or search for a podcast that suits your interests, tap Search or  and start typing a podcast name or a topic. Search results show both programs and individual episodes.

Listen to podcasts

You can stream and download podcasts at home or on the go with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or your Apple TV (4th generation).

      

Stream podcasts

Tap on any podcast to get to its info page, then tap the name of the episode to stream it over your Wi-Fi or cellular Internet connection. 

To stream podcasts using cellular data, turn on Cellular Data in Settings > Podcasts > Cellular Data.

Download podcasts to listen offline

On any podcast profile page, tap  to download the podcast so that you can access it when you’re not connected to Wi-Fi or an Internet connection.

To download podcasts using cellular data, go to Settings > Podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and turn off "Only Download on Wi-Fi." The maximum download size is 100 MB per episode.

Subscribe to podcasts

Tap the Subscribe button on the podcast's profile page to automatically get new episodes for free as they become available. 

If you don't listen to or access a podcast subscription within 15 days, updates will pause. When you access the subscription again, it will refresh.

Subscribe to podcasts from the web

Add podcasts you've found or purchased online to your library by using the RSS feed URL provided by the podcast's creator. From the My Podcasts list , tap  in the upper left corner, then tap Add Podcast. Type or paste the URL for the podcast, then tap Subscribe. The podcast appears in the My Podcasts list.

      

My Podcasts

Tap the My Podcasts tab  to see new episodes of podcasts that you subscribe to. You can turn on automatic downloading by tapping  on the podcast's info page and selecting from the Download Episodes menu.

After you've enjoyed a downloaded podcast, you can save it or remove it from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. In the "Played Episodes to be Deleted" section, swipe left on the podcast you want to remove and tap Delete.

Queue episodes with Up Next

You can use the Up Next feature to queue podcast episodes on the go. Select a podcast, tap on , then tap Add to Up Next. Up Next episodes allow you to play continuous hours of content back to back without opening your Podcasts app.

You can also set up a station or create a custom playlist of podcast episodes.

      

Organize podcasts with stations

Stations are smart playlists that automatically update with the most recent episodes from your favorite podcasts. After you choose podcasts for a custom station, you can change its settings so that it includes only a certain number of episodes, audio or video podcasts, or unplayed episodes. You can also set the playback order and group together certain episodes of the same podcast.

To create a station:

  1. From My Podcasts , tap 
  2. Select Add Station.
  3. Type in a name for your station and tap save.
  4. From the list of podcasts you subscribe to, tap any podcast to include it in your station. 
  5. Tap Station Settings.
  6. Review and update the settings to personalize your station.
  7. Tap Done. Your station appears at the top of the My Podcasts page.

Sync podcasts

By default, the Podcasts app syncs subscriptions, stations, and playback position between your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV (4th generation).

When you sync podcast subscriptions, the latest episode of each podcast that you're subscribed to appears on all of your devices. If you unsubscribe from a podcast on one device, you also unsubscribe on all of your other devices. 

When you create a custom station on one of your devices, it also appears on your other devices. Your station’s settings will also sync. And if you delete a station, it also deletes from your other devices.

Podcasts remember your playback position, so you can start listening to a podcast on your iPhone, pause it when you get home, and pick up right where you left off on your Apple TV (4th generation). 

To stop syncing podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. Tap Settings > Podcasts.
  2. Under Podcast Settings, turn off Sync Podcasts.

To stop syncing podcasts on your Apple TV (4th generation):

  1. Select Settings > Apps > Podcasts.
  2. Turn off Sync Podcasts.

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