15 Tips to Get the Most Out of Apple Podcasts App on iPhone and iPad

Have more control over your podcasts time? Make the most of these super handy tips and tricks for Apple Podcasts app to transform your user-experience!

I like catching up with some of my favorite podcasts in free times. Though episodes related to all-things-Apple are my favorite, I also enjoy listening to some motivational ones. It’s this penchant that has compelled me to compile a long list of tips for Apple’s Podcasts app.

So, if you are on the same page as me, you would like to make the most of these neat tricks. From letting you fine-tune the podcasts to play at your own pace to customize the settings, they have you fully rounded up. Ditto, you would want to have at your disposal to get more control!

15 Pro Tips and Tricks to Use Apple’s Podcasts App on iPhone or iPad

Tip #1. Queue Podcasts Episodes from Multiple Shows

Did you know that you could queue episodes from several shows? It’s the one trick that I often use to bring a bit of spice into the listening. And, I’m sure you will find it spot on as well.

Step #1. Open Podcasts app and play an episode. Then, find the episode you wish to listen to next.

Open Podcasts App and Find new episode to Listen to NextStep #2. Now, you need to touch and hold on the name of the episode and select Play Next.

Touch and hold on Episode name and select Play Next in Podcasts AppTo add more episodes to your Up Next queue. Repeat this same step but select Play Later instead of Play Next.

Tip #2. Set Sleep Timer in Podcasts App

When I fail to catch up with some great episodes during the day, I listen to them before hitting the sack. That’s when I use sleep timer to automatically turn off the podcast after the pre-defined time. When you are listening to an episode, swipe up and tap on Sleep Timer. Then, select when you want it to stop.

Set the Sleep Timer in Podcasts App

Tip #3. Check Out Description Of The Podcasts Episode

On a few occasions, I prefer to check out the description of an episode. It offers me a better insight into what it has to offer.

Simply swipe up on the Now Playing screen and tap on Show next to Episode Notes. Once you read the info, tap on “Hide” to return to the main screen.

Tap on Show next to Episode Notes and Read Description Of The Podcasts Episode

Tip #4. Jump Back or Forward Up to 60 Seconds

There are times when you may want to skip some portions of an episode if you find them a bit boring or repetitive. Similarly, if you fail to understand some points, you may want to go back and listen to them again. The Podcasts app lets you jump back and forth 15 seconds with ease.

On the Now Playing screen, tap on the back arrow to go back 15 seconds and tap on the forward arrow to jump ahead.

Tap on Jump Back or Forward to jump ahead in Podcasts AppNote: iOS lets you go back/forth up to 60 seconds. So, if you want to have more flexibility, go to Settings → Podcasts → Skip Buttons sections.

Go to Podcasts Skip Buttons sections in Settings on iPhoneThen choose the preferred option for both Forward and Back.

Select Preferred Podcasts option for both Forward and Back

Tip #5. Change the Playback Speed 

There are some episodes, which you might find a tad fast, while some might appear to be slightly lagging in speed. You can adjust the playback speed to listen to them a bit more comfortably.

While you are on the Now Playing screen, tap on 1X to change the playback speed. You have the option to change your playback speed to 1 1/2x (a bit faster), 2x (fast) or 1/2x (a bit slower), or back to 1x which is the default speed.

Change Playback Speed in Podcasts App

Tip #6. Stream Your Favorite Podcasts Episode to Other Device

Let’s say, you are listening to a cool episode and suddenly wish to stream it on your other device for more fun. That’s when AirPlay can come in handy.

When you are listening to an episode, go to Now Playing screen. Next, tap on AirPlay button and then select the device you wish to stream the episode too.

Tap on AirPlay button to Stream Your Favorite Podcasts Episode to Other Device

Tip #7. Download Podcasts Episodes to Listen to Offline

Don’t want poor Internet connection to mar your experience? You can download episodes to listen to them offline.

Launch Podcasts app on your iOS device → tap on Library at the bottom of the screen → select the show which episode you wish to download. Then, hit the download button to the right of the episode’s name.

Download Podcasts Episodes to Listen to Offline on iPhoneiOS lets you download episodes even on cellular data as well. However, the maximum download size is 100 MB per episode. To save your mobile data, you may block downloading of podcasts over mobile data. To do so: Launch Settings appPodcasts – Turn on Block Downloads Over Mobile Data.

Turn on Block Downloads Over Mobile Data in Podcasts App Settings

Tip #8. Unsubscribe from Podcasts

No longer enjoy a podcast? You can easily unsubscribe from it to stop listening to it.

To do so, launch Podcasts app and select Library. Then, locate the show and tap on it to go to the information page. Next, tap on the more button and select Unsubscribe in the menu.

Unsubscribe from Podcasts in Podcasts App on iPhone

Tip #9. Delete Episodes

By default, iOS automatically deletes the episodes 24 hours after they have been played. However, you can choose to keep them as long as you want or manually remove them.

Step #1. Open Podcasts app and tap on Library tab at the bottom.

Open Podcasts app and tap on Library tab on iPhoneStep #2. Select the show.

Select show in Podcasts AppStep #3. Now, swipe left from right and tap on Delete button.

Swipe left from right then tap on Delete to Remove Podcasts EpisodeTo delete all episodes from your Library, tap on the menu button and select “Delete from Library.”

Select and Delete Podcasts from Library in iOS Podcasts App

Tip #10. Use Podcasts Chapters

Use Chapters in Podcast listSince iOS 12, you can use Podcasts Chapters to jump to a specific portion of an episode quickly. It makes pretty straightforward to navigate through all the chapters that are available in an episode. To find out more about it, jump over here.

Tip #11. Set Refresh Rate for Podcasts

Depending on your needs, you can set the refresh rate for your podcasts. For instance, you have the option to update them on an hourly, day and even weekly basis.

Step #1. Launch the Settings app on your iOS device → PodcastsRefresh Every.

Tap on Refresh Every Option in Podcasts App SettingsStep #2. Now, select the preferred frequency.

  • 1 Hour
  • 6 Hours
  • Day
  • Week
  • Manually

Select the Preferred Frequency for Podcasts

Tip #12. Sync Podcasts Across Devices

Won’t it be great if you can access all of your podcasts across the connected devices? iOS lets you get it done with ease. Hence, no matter which devices you are using, your contents will be just a few clicks/taps away.

Step #1. Launch the Settings app on your iOS device → Podcasts.

Tap on Podcasts in Settings on iPhoneStep #2. Now, turn on the switch next to Sync Podcasts.

Turn On Sync Podcasts Across Devices

Tip #13. Share Podcasts with your Friends

Whenever I find an out-of-the-box content, I like sharing it with friends. With the sharing option readily available, getting it done is pretty straightforward.

To Share Full Show:

Head over to the show you want to share and then tap on the more button. Now, select Share in the menu.

Tap on more button and Share Full Podcasts Episode with your FriendsTo Share an Episode:

Once you have found an episode, touch and hold it. Then, select Share Episode in the menu.

Tap on more button and Share Podcasts Episode with your Friends

Tip #14. Siri Shortcuts to Get Your Work Done Faster

With Shortcuts introduced in iOS 12 (and improved a lot in iOS 13), you can create quick shortcuts for the things you do more often. They can let you get your work done faster with the help of Siri. Head over here to know more about this new feature.

Tip #15. Remote Controls for Playing Next/Previous Episodes With Ease

You can use headphones and even car controls to play the next/previous episode. Additionally, you may also use these controls to skip forward or back within the same episode.

To do so, SettingsPodcastsEXTERNAL CONTROLS. Now, here you may choose Next/Previous or Skip Forward/Back.

Remote Controls for Playing Next and Previous Episodes in Podcasts AppThat’s pretty much it!

Your take?

Now that you have taken a peek at all the hacks, make the most of them to enhance your experience. And yes, if you know a smart trick, do share it with us as well.

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