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
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.
- How to find and subscribe to podcasts
- How to download or stream individual podcast episodes
- How to find and subscribe to Mobile Nations shows in the Podcasts app
- How to share episodes in Podcasts
Make Podcasts yours
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.
- How to create a station in Podcasts
- How to customize Podcasts settings on iPhone and iPad
- How to change your subscription options in Podcasts
When you need to add podcasts manually
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.
- How to add a podcast by URL
- How to manually add podcasts to Apple Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Overcast, and more!
Getting Podcasts in other ways
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.
- How to use Podcasts with Siri
- How to use the Podcasts app on Apple Watch
- How to send podcasts to your Apple TV
- How to use the Podcasts App on Apple TV
- How to play video podcasts in iTunes
If you have any further questions, make sure to drop us a line below and we'll do our best to answer them!
Christine Romero-Chan has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently the iMore lead on all things iPhone, 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.
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