How do you get and play your favorite shows with Apple's built-in Podcasts app for iPhone and iPad? We'll show you!

Apple's built-in Podcasts app for iPhone and iPad you lets you stream and download all your favorite shows, and discover new ones. You can subscribe, sync, and customize it just the way you like it!

How to find, subscribe to, and stream/download podcasts on iPhone and iPad

All your favorites are yours to discover! There are a few ways to find podcasts in the Podcasts app.

  1. Launch the Podcasts app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap a search method at the bottom of the screen.
    • Tap Featured to see promoted podcasts.
    • Tap Top charts to view the highest-rated podcasts.
    • Tap the Search button to search for podcasts by name.
  3. Tap the podcast once you find the one you want.

    Launch Podcasts, choose a search method, tap the podcast to which you would like to subscribe

  4. Tap the Subscribe button.
  5. Tap the download button next to the episode name, if you'd like to download it.
  6. Tap the episode you'd like to listen to to stream it without downloading.

    Tap Subscribe, tap the download button if you want to download the episode, tap the episode to stream without downloading

You can just use standard play controls, like you would in Apple Music. To unsubscribe, just tap the podcast and tap the Unsubscribe button.

How to share podcasts and episodes on iPhone and iPad

Hear something you like and think other people will like it too? You can share podcasts to social media, via iMessage, and more! You can share the podcast itself or individual episodes.

  1. Launch the Podcasts app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap the podcast or episode you'd like to share.
  3. Tap the Share button. It's a box with an upward arrow.
  4. Tap the method you'd like to use to share the podcast or episode.
  5. Share as you would normally.

    Tap the podcast you want to share, tap the Share button, tap the method you want to use to share it

Now all your friends can jump in on the podcast fun too!

How to sync podcasts across devices on iPhone and iPad

You don't want to have to download the same podcast three different times on three different devices. Sync them!

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Podcasts. You'll have to scroll down a bit to find it.
  3. Tap the switch next to Sync Podcasts.

    Launch the Settings app, tap Podcasts, tap the switch next to Sync Podcasts if it is not on already

Now your podcasts will be synced whenever you sign in using your Apple ID.

How to set refresh rate for podcasts on iPhone and iPad

You can choose how often your podcasts to update.

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Podcasts, it's about halfway down the list.
  3. Tap Refresh Every.
  4. Tap how often you'd like your podcasts to update.

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

      Tap Podcasts, tap Refresh Every, tap how often you want your podcasts to update

How to turn off Delete Played Episodes for Podcasts on iPhone and iPad

If you're sharing an Apple ID with a family member or friend and download your podcasts, you might not want to delete any episodes of shared podcasts. You know, just in case.

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Podcasts, it's about halfway down the list.
  3. Tap the switch next to Delete Played Episodes to turn it off.

    Launch the Settings app, tap Podcasts, tap the switch next to Delete Played Episodes to turn it off

Now the episodes you've downloaded will stick around until you manually delete them. So, if you're without internet and want to go back and listen again, you can.

How to turn off notifications for Podcasts on iPhone and iPad

If you're gonna look at your new podcasts when you're good and ready, then notifications might annoy you. You can turn them off.

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Podcasts, it's about halfway down the page.
  3. Tap Notifications.
  4. Tap the switch next to Allow Notifications to turn them off.

    tap Podcasts, tap Notifications, tap the switch next to Allow Notifications to turn them off