Change preferences in Podcasts on Mac
In the Podcasts app on your Mac, use Podcasts preferences to change various options.
Use the General pane in Podcasts preferences to change options for refreshing and downloading shows.
To change these preferences, choose Podcasts > Preferences, then click General.
Choose how often Podcasts checks for new episodes. If you choose Manually, you can check for new episodes by choosing File > Refresh Feeds (or Control-clicking the Podcasts icon in the Dock and choosing Check for New Episodes).
Automatically Download Episodes
Choose to have Podcasts automatically download only new or all unplayed episodes when they become available. If you don’t want any episodes to download automatically, choose Never.
Use the Playback pane in Podcasts preferences to specify playback, skip buttons, and headphone controls options.
To change these preferences, choose Podcasts > Preferences, then click Playback.
Choose whether to automatically play the next episode or to stop playback when an episode ends.
Choose the amount of time the Skip Forward and Skip Back buttons jump in the podcast, from 10 seconds to 60 seconds.
Choose how headphone controls advance the podcast—either advancing to the next/previous episode, or skipping forward/back in the same episode.
Use the Advanced pane in Podcasts preferences to specify syncing, automatic deleting, and Siri Suggestions options.
To change these preferences, choose Podcasts > Preferences, then click Advanced.
Sync subscriptions across devices
Automatically sync any changes you make to your podcast subscriptions, stations, and current play position to every Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch where you’re signed in with the same Apple ID. See Listen to podcasts on all your devices.
If you have an iPod classic, iPod nano, or iPod shuffle, you have to sync your device with your Mac to add podcasts and other content to it. See Sync podcasts between your Mac and iPhone or iPad.
Automatically delete played episodes
Select to have Podcasts automatically delete episodes after you play them.
Show Siri Suggestions in App
Select to allow Siri to learn from and make suggestions based on your use of Podcasts.