How to Delete Episodes in Podcasts App on iPhone or iPad Automatically

After subscribing to multiple shows and channels on Podcasts app, you come to know about the space crunch on your iPhone and iPad. This requires some clean up. Here is how to delete podcasts and episodes from iPhone and iPad.

Once I’ve listened to any podcast, I prefer to get rid of it as soon as possible to prevent the app from being cluttered. The stock Podcasts app for iOS offers multiple ways to manage episodes. So, taking control of them is pretty straightforward.

To help you keep the clutter away, iOS automatically deletes played podcast episodes after 24 hours. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about the pileup of unnecessary stuff.

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Moreover, if you rather want to wipe out individual podcasts manually, there is a way to do it as well. Let me walk you through.

How to Automatically Delete Played Podcast Episodes on iOS Devices

Step #1. Open Settings app on your iOS device.

Step #2. Now, you need to scroll down and tap on Podcasts.

Tap on Settings then Podcasts on iPhone or iPad

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Step #3. Under Episode Downloads section, make sure the switch for Delete Played Episodes is turned on.

Auto-Delete Episodes in Podcasts App on iPhone or iPad

That’s pretty much it! From now onwards, all of your played episodes will be automatically wiped out.

Later, if you wish to get rid of episodes manually, return to the same setting and then turn off the switch.

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How to Delete Individual Episodes in Podcasts App on iPhone or iPad

Just in case, you wish to manually delete individual episodes, check out the below steps.

Step #1. Open Podcasts app on your iOS device → Now, tap on Library tab at the bottom → Next, tap on Episodes/Downloaded Episodes.

Step #2. Next, find the one you wish to get rid of. Then, swipe left from right and hit Delete.

Delete Episodes from Podcasts App on iPhone or iPad

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Alternately, you can quickly swipe all the way to the left from right to wipe it out.

Manually Delete Episodes from Podcasts App on iPhone or iPad

There you go!

Wrapping up…

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That’s how you can perfectly manage podcasts on your device and prevent the app from being cluttered. With both manual and auto options available, you can choose to go with the one that works better for your needs.

As we are talking about enhancing podcast listening experience, I’d recommend you to take a peek at our 15 cool tips to get the most out of Apple Podcasts.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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