The Podcasts app built by Apple is a cool app for podcast subscribers. Granted, it's not a full-featured app like a few other paid alternatives, but it does the job well. I've been using the app for quite some time, and in comparison to others (feature-rich, especially), I think I am quite happy with the minimalism of this one.
There are a few things within the Podcasts app that can help you manage, listen to and share episodes better.
Here's a compilation of a few tips that will help you use the Podcasts app better.
Swipe to Delete
Want to delete a podcast episode from the list of episodes that shows up when you tap on a podcast? Just swipe. Swipe to delete is not a new thing on iOS, and you are familiar with it already. You can use the same gesture to delete podcast episodes too.
Both downloaded and yet-to-be-downloaded episodes on the list can be deleted this way. And you can get them back by using the ‘Add Old Episodes' option way down in the episodes list.
Want the Podcasts app to stop playing after a while? There's an easy way to do it. Use the sleep timer. Right below the slider, you have the link for ‘Sleep Timer.' Tap on this, and it pulls up a list of time intervals you can select from.
Share an Episode
If you want to share an audio podcast episode, you can use the share icon on the top of the episode album art. It's simple after that. You get to share on Facebook, Twitter or via Email too.
Play all Unplayed Podcast Episodes
Tap on My Stations → All Unplayed and you are set. The podcast order can be changed via Settings.
Sorting podcasts is actually pretty easy. You can simply drag-drop the podcast album art in the tile view. You can also do the list-view + edit to sort in the traditional way, but I think this is an easier way to sort podcasts smoothly.
On-the-go lets you add podcast episodes without having to worry about the play order based on Podcast stations. (For instance, the All Unplayed station plays all unplayed episodes of a station before going over to the next one). On-the-go is the play queue for the episodes you want to listen.
Some podcasts have ads in them. Some have annoying long intros. Cut them short. Use the 15-second forward key to skip fifteen seconds of the episode. Sometimes, you might overshoot, but in most cases, this works just fine. If you overshoot, just let the podcast run a few seconds and then use the 15-sec backward jump. If your fingers are small enough, you can use the slider.
If 15-second forwards are a tad too much forward, you can do 10-second forwards. When you tap and hold on the ‘Next' icon, you will fast-forward the episode by ten-second jumps.
Removing Downloaded Episodes
While you can swipe to delete any episode, you can also tap on the blue icon and use ‘Remove Download' option to remove the downloaded podcast. This saves space on your iPhone.