How to Increase Podcast Playback Speed on iPhone and iPad

Is the episode a bit too slow? Follow these quick steps to speed up or slow podcast playback speed on your iPhone and iPad.

Whenever I get time, I like to catch up with some of my favorite episodes in Podcasts app. There is one little, but a very handy feature which I always admire is the ability to change podcast playback speed on iPhone. The option to speed up or slow down any podcast playback speed offers me the desired convenience to listen to any program at my own pace.

Luckily, it’s very easy to fine tune the playback speed of any podcast on iOS devices. Want to find out how it’s done the right way? Let’s get through the quick steps!

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How to Increase Podcast Playback Speed on iPhone and iPad

How to Speed Up or Slow Down Podcast Speed on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Launch Podcasts app on your iOS device.

Open Podcasts App on iPhone

Step #2. Play any podcast as usual → Tap on Podcast Name.

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Tap on Podcast Name on iPhone

Step #3. Now, you have three options–

  • 1x – It is set as the default playback speed.
  • 5x – It allows podcast to play 50% faster. I find it more convenient as it not just keeps the speed at a normal level but also maintains pretty good pitch and sound which can easily be understood.
  • 2x – It doubles the playback speed. It becomes very useful especially in a situation when you want to listen to any episode fast. The only disadvantage of it is that it changes the tone and pitch of voices.

In order to increase the speed by 50%, tap on the 1x button once. If you want to double the playback speed of the podcast, simply tap the 1x button twice.

Increase Podcast Playback Speed on iPhone

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To slow down the podcast, just tap on the speed button. If the speed is doubled, tap on it once to get down to 1/2x. Tap on it again to go back to the default speed.

Wrapping Up

I find Podcasts app very useful as it’s easy-to-use. However, there are a number of third-party alternatives which offer better user-experience. Which is the one feature you like most in this app and is there any new feature you want to see in it? Share your valuable feedback in the comments below.

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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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