Podcasts App: The Ultimate Guide

Podcasts are a great source of entertainment, information, news, hot discussion, or just a way for us to escape from our own realities for about an hour or so. There are a ton of podcasts out there, as well as several different podcast apps, with each of them having their own nuances and fanbase.

But if you're relatively new to the world of podcasts, or just want a simple and basic, no-frills app that gets the job done, then Apple Podcasts should fit the bill quite nicely. But how do you get started with Podcasts if you've never used it before? Don't worry, iMore is here to help you out!

All about podcast discovery

Podcasts app on iPhone

Part of the fun with podcasts is getting out there and finding new shows and content that interests you. Once you find these shows, you'll want to subscribe to stay updated each week, or maybe you want to just add a single episode that you heard about or just stream it. No matter how you want to approach it, here's everything you need to know in order to do it.

Make Podcasts yours

Listen now feature of the Podcasts app on iPhone

Even though Podcasts is a pretty barebones app compared to other third-party offerings, you can still tweak it to work the way you want it to. We've rounded up everything you'll need to know for a custom Podcasts experience.

When you need to add podcasts manually

Find and subscribe to podcasts in the Podcasts app

Sometimes, you may come across a podcast that's only available through a private feed, so it won't be listed in the public podcast directories. Or maybe you just want to add some audio feed into Podcasts for easier listening. Either way, it's easy to manually add a podcast that's otherwise inaccessible to the general public: all you need is a URL.

Getting Podcasts in other ways

Podcasts app on Apple TV

While you may probably listen to your podcasts mostly on your iPhone or iPad, there are a few different ways you can tune in, without having to pick up your phone or tablet.


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Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.

When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.