How to manually reorder a podcast playlist in Overcast

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Whether you're on an airplane, in the middle of traffic, or halfway through your housework, playlists are a great way to make sure that when your current podcast finishes playing there's another one queued up and ready to go. Sometimes, however, you want more control than a preset playlist provides. Some podcast apps include an "up next" feature that lets you override the playlist and fast track an alternative episode. Overcast for iPhone and iPad, however, simply lets you grab a show and drag it to the top, or to manually reorder it any way you like. Best of all, it's easy to do!

Note: If you don't have Overcast installed already, you can download it from the App Store.

How change the order of shows in an Overcast playlist

  1. Tap on the Playlist you want to override.
  2. Tap on Edit at the top right.
  3. Touch and hold the grabber to the right of the episode you want to reorder.
  4. Drag the episode to the top, or to whatever position in the list you like.
  5. Tap Done.

The reordered episode will now play in its new spot in the sequence.

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • Was this a paid advertisement? Considering this is an iOS generic list function it's an embarrassing 'article'.
  • No, it was a question that was getting asked a lot. Basically, there's no "up next" feature in Overcast — a very popular app — but you can do pretty much the same thing by manually reordering the list. So, instead of telling people one at a time, we made a link anyone can see and share. We'll be doing a lot more app how tos as well. And our only payment will continue to be all y'all's love an affection :)
  • Consistency is everything Rene ;) So what you're saying is that people understand an 'Up Next' feature but they don't understand ordering items in a list in iOS? Seems strange considering 'Up Next' was first introduced in Podcast app last year (iirc).
  • Consistency is absolutely a user-facing feature. Rethinking and simplifying can also be a benefit. That's why multiple apps in a category are good. The best of additional, and removed feature catch on and spread.
  • I agree with you on that. Honestly, I was being sarcastic and really referencing "And our only payment will continue to be all y'all's love an affection :)"
  • Funny the publicity this app gets when Downcast is so much better. Sent from the iMore App
  • Downcast might be better for you, but clearly not for everyone since Overcast, PocketCast, Instacast, and Apple's Podcasts apps all have people that use them regularly. We're lucky to have so much choice. And we'll be covering quite a few of those apps in the coming weeks :)
  • There is a bug in this feature at the moment. It's resetting the order after an episode is deleted Sent from the iMore App
  • I haven't had that happened. Is it repeatable for you?
  • Very repeatable. I'll manually order the episodes in a playlist, then watch as the episode I'm currently listening to finishes and deletes itself and my whole list re sorts itself. It used to only re sort itself after changing a SETTING for that playlist, but now this causes it too. I emailed him this morning about it. The app seemed more stable a few updates ago, pre "rotation", and I can't wait to get back to that level. Little bugs like this make me worry that there might be some other bug keeping me from getting all new episodes and I have no way of knowing...) Sent from the iMore App
  • I have problems here too. I suspect there may be other causes for resetting the order.
  • JNGold's playlist information below led me to add a new playlist. In the new playlist, the podcast episode ordering remains correct when a played podcast ends and then is removed. In other words, all is well! The default "All Episodes" playlist has the odd behavior mentioned by ahern.jd and me above.
  • I am missing the article that iOS users aren't getting Whatsapp on the Web.
  • Another tip for folks: Playlists are ordered alphabetically (asc) in the main playlists section. If you add a number value (i.e. 1.) to the beginning of your playlist name, it will be placed first above all others. In my case, I have the following order 1. New Episodes, Apple/iOS, General Tech, Sports, TV/Movies.
  • Nice!
  • There's still no streaming option 6 months after this app's release. I understand how great of a podcast *player* it is, but streaming should be a basic function of any podcast app, and it is for every other one that I've tried. Yes, I can turn on cellular downloading and download a podcast when I'm away from home, but there's no individual setting for that - it's either all of them or none of them - and I have too many to eat up my data by downloading over cell service when they update. Many of them update during the day while I'm at work and away from wifi, so I would have to turn that feature on and off manually. That's just too much of a hassle to get my podcasts in there in the first place, so who cares how great of a player it is? And lest you think I'm complaining about a free app, I paid the $4.99 upgrade right after this was released and I downloaded it in July, because Marco stated that streaming would be added with the release of iOS 8. Unfortunately that's still MIA. Now he has said that streaming will come some time in 2015. Really? That continues to make Overcast a no-go for me, and, to this point, a waste of $4.99. I keep going back to, how was this released in the first place without this basic feature, and how in the heck does it keep getting all of the 5 star ratings without it?
  • Everything works well. Thank you, Rene!