Listen with Apple Podcasts

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

iPhone and Mac showing the Apple Podcasts app, featuring the podcast Stuff You Should Know.

 

Podcasts app icon

Use the Apple Podcasts app on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with the latest version of iOS or iPadOS, on your Mac with macOS Catalina, or on your Apple TV.

Listen to shows

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

In the Apple Podcasts app on your Mac, the playback controls are at the top of the window. 

To see Now Playing on Apple TV, open Apple Podcasts, then swipe down on your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote. Now Playing appears in the top menu bar.

Control playback

Fast forward or rewind
To skip through an episode, tap or click 15 second rewind  or 30 second fast forward .

Adjust the playback speed
To play a podcast at a different speed on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap the playback speed button . On your Mac, choose a playback speed from the Controls menu in the menu bar.

Set a sleep timer
On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can set a sleep timer to stop playing a podcast after a certain amount of time. From Now Playing, swipe up and tap   Sleep Timer.

Play to a speaker
On your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, tap playback destination  to change what device your audio plays to.

Play episodes in order or play the newest episode first

Some podcasts tell a story that sounds best when you start with the first episode. For other podcasts, you might want to listen to the latest episode first. Here's how to control the order in which episodes play:

  1. Go to the podcast's information page.
  2. Tap or click the More button , then tap or click Settings.
  3. Tap or click "Play in Sequential Order" or "Play Most Recent First."

Apple Podcasts app on Mac showing settings like Play in sequential order and Play most recent first.

You can also set up continuous playback so that when an episode ends, the next episode automatically plays. Here's how:

  • On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > Podcasts. Tap the slider next to Continuous Playback.
  • On your Mac, choose Podcasts > Preferences from the menu bar in Podcasts. Then click Playback and select “Play the next episode when an episode ends.”

Subscribe to shows

Find shows you love, then subscribe to them to find out when new episodes are released.

iPhone showing "search the audio" feature on the search tab in the Podcasts app.

Find a show

Browse categories like true crime or comedy. Or search for podcasts that mention a specific word or phrase. For example, search for "Halley's comet" to see shows and episodes in which someone mentioned Halley's comet.

  • On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap the Browse tab or the Search tab at the bottom of the screen. 
  • On your Mac, click Browse in the sidebar, or use the search field at the top of the sidebar.

To find podcasts that you recently played, tap or click Listen Now, then scroll to the Recently Played section at the bottom of the screen.

How to subscribe to a show

  1. Browse or search for a show in the Apple Podcasts app.
  2. Tap or click the show to see its information page.
  3. Tap or click Subscribe. Now, new episodes 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 subscription. The shows and downloaded episodes stay in your library, but new episodes might not be updated. To continue getting new episodes, subscribe again.

How to unsubscribe from a show

  1. Tap or click a show to see its information page.
  2. Tap or click the More button .
  3. From the menu that appears, choose Unsubscribe. 

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

Download episodes

To listen to podcasts when you aren't connected to Wi-Fi or cellular, download the episodes before you go offline.

How to download episodes

  1. Find an episode in your library, or browse or search for an episode.
  2. Tap or click the download button  next to the episode's name. Or, if you see the add button , tap or click it, then tap or click the download button .

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

Turn off automatic downloads

  • To turn off automatic downloads on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > Podcasts > Download Episodes and choose Off.
  • To turn off automatic downloads on your Mac, choose Podcasts > Preferences from the menu bar. Click General. Next to Automatically Download Episodes, choose Never.

Delete episodes

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

How to delete episodes from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  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.

How to delete episodes from your Mac

  1. In the sidebar, click Downloaded.
  2. Click the More button  next to the episode that you want to remove, then choose Remove.
  3. Click Remove Download.

If you want episodes to automatically be deleted after you finish them, choose Podcasts > Preferences from the menu bar. Click Advanced, then select "Automatically delete played episodes."

Do more with Podcasts

If you're a frequent listener, here are some things you can do to make your Apple Podcasts experience even better.

iPhone showing the Ratings and Reviews section of the podcast's information page in the Apple Podcasts app.

Rate and review podcasts

In the Apple Podcasts app, search for the show, tap or click it, then scroll down to the Ratings & Reviews section. Tap or click Write a Review, or choose how many stars you want to give.

Sync your podcasts

By default, your podcast library syncs across your devices so that if you pause an episode on one device, you can pick up where you left off on another. But if you turned off syncing, you can turn it back on. Here's how:

  • On your iOS device, go to the Settings app. Scroll to Podcasts, tap it, then tap Sync Podcasts.
  • On your Mac, open the Podcasts app, choose Podcasts > Preferences from the menu bar. Click Advanced, then select "Sync subscriptions across devices."

Mark an episode as played

To remove an episode from your queue, mark it as played. 

  • On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to the Listen Now tab and find the episode that you want to remove. Long press it, then tap Mark As Played.
  • On your Mac, find the episode that you want to remove. Click the More button , then choose Mark as Played from the menu that appears.

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