With Apple Podcasts, you can make sure that you always have the latest episode ready to play, no matter what device you're using. You can also pick up listening to an episode on a device where you left off on a different one.
The Podcasts app syncs subscriptions and how much of an episode you've listened to between your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You can also turn on syncing with iTunes on a Mac or PC or the Podcasts app on your Apple TV.
When you sync podcast subscriptions, the latest episode of each shows 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.
On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
By default, shows sync across any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch if you're signed in to all of the devices with the same Apple ID. You can turn this setting off if you don’t want to sync shows to a particular device.
- Go to Settings > Podcasts.
- Turn off Sync Podcasts.
If your shows aren't refreshing on a particular device, make sure that this setting is turned on.
In iTunes on your Mac or PC
If you want to sync your shows in iTunes with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, follow these steps:
- Mac: From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, choose iTunes > Preferences.
Windows: From the menu bar at the top of the iTunes window, choose Edit > Preferences.
- Click the Store tab.
- Select "Sync podcast subscriptions and settings."
On your Apple TV
If you want to sync your shows in the Apple TV Podcasts app with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, follow these steps:
- Go to Settings > Apps > Podcasts.
- Turn on Sync Podcasts.
On your HomePod
HomePod uses the Apple ID that you used to set up your HomePod to access your podcasts. If you pause a show that you subscribe to on your iOS device, you can ask Siri to play from where you left off on HomePod.
Learn more about using HomePod with Siri.
Learn how to listen to podcasts and change playback options.