iOS 16: How to use Podcasts app on iPhone and iPad

The Apple Podcasts app is ideal for listening to your favourite podcasts and includes a tonne of options. You may download episodes, set a Sleep Timer, change the playing speed, and subscribe to podcasts in a variety of genres using the app. This article will go through each feature of the Podcasts app in depth and explain how to use it on an iPhone running iOS 16.

How to listen to podcasts on iPhone

  1. Launch the Podcasts app. 
  2. Navigate to Browse
  3. Choose a show or an episode of your choice.

    How to listen podcasts on iPhone

Note: Alternatively, you can select an episode from the Listen Now tab.  

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How to use playback controls in Podcasts app on iPhone

The symbols shown below can be seen on the Playback display of your Podcast screen. Let’s take a look at their functionality. 

How to control podcast playback on iPhone

Skip Buttons

They provide us the ability to fast-forward or rewind the current track.
To adjust the number of seconds you skip forward or back:

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and tap Podcasts.
  3. Under the Skip Buttons section, enter the Forward and Back tabs → adjust the number of seconds as per your preference. 

    skip button on Podcast

Podcast Speed

You may adjust the audio speed by hitting the 1x symbol on the podcast playback screen. You have a lot of options, ranging from as low as 0.75x to about 2x. 

How to increase or decrease Podcast Speed


With a few taps, your screen may mirror the currently playing podcast to the surrounding Apple devices using the AirPlay icon.

use AirPlay on Podcast

Sleep timer

When you are exhausted but want to listen to your favourite podcast before bed, the Sleep Timer is extremely useful. With this feature, you can specify a time limit for the track, after which it will cease playing. The sleep timer will by default be off. However, you can pick from 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 1 hour.

Use Sleep Timer for Podcast

More button

To get additional settings for the playback screen of your Podcasts app, tap the three dots icon on the playback screen. The button consists of settings like play next/last, go to episode/show, save episode, mark as played, share the episode, and many more.

Use More button to explore more options in Podcast

How to follow or unfollow a podcast on iPhone

  1. Launch Podcasts → go to Browse
  2. Tap See All in front of categories name.
    For example, Top Shows. 
  3. Select the Show

    Select the Show in Podcast to follow or unfollow
  4. Choose three dots icon → Follow/Unfollow Show

    How to follow or unfollow a podcast on iPhone 

Alternatively, to unfollow a show, you can head to Library → Shows → select the show → tap the three dots icon → Unfollow Show

How to download or remove podcast episodes from iPhone 

  1. Open Podcasts → Browse → select a show
  2. Go to Episode → tap the three dots icon.  
  3. Tap Download Episode/Remove Download

    How to download or remove podcast episodes from iPhone 

You can also go to Library → Downloaded→ select the show → scroll down to the Episode → tap the three dots icon → Remove Download

How to delete podcast shows and episodes on iPhone 

  1. Head to Podcasts → Library → Shows. 
  2. Select the three dots icon → Edit Shows.  

    Tap Edit Shows in Podcast app on iPhone
  3. Tap the red (-) icons. 
  4. Choose Unfollow and Remove → Done

    How to delete podcast shows and episodes on iPhone

How to share podcast show or episode from iPhone

Share a podcast show

  1. Open Podcasts → Browse → choose your desired show
  2. Tap the three dots icon → Share Show

    How to share podcast show  

Besides this, you can simply hold the show you want to share and tap Share Show from the dialogue box as a shortcut for the above steps. 

Share a podcast episode

  1. Go to Podcasts → Browse → choose your desired show
  2. Next to the episode you wish to share, tap the three dots icon → Share Episode

    How to share Podcast episode

You can also follow Steps 1–2 → then tap and hold the episode → select Copy Link and paste the link on any social site/app and share it. 

How to skip ads during a podcast on iPhone

Despite the absence of in-app adverts, some podcasters might decide to incorporate sponsor advertisements. To skip the podcast sponsor part, simply press the skip forward icon many times.

Use Siri to listen to podcasts on iPhone

The iPhone’s Podcasts app works perfectly with Siri, a virtual assistant by Apple. You may use Siri’s hands-free assistance for an episode to perform simple chores such as playing, pausing, skipping, leaping back, and other commands.  

A few commands that Apple allows you to use while playing your favorite podcast using Siri are listed below: 

  • “Hey Siri, play You’re Wrong About podcast.” 
  • “Hey Siri, play the latest episode of Wow in the World.” 
  • “Hey Siri, follow this show.” 
  • “Hey Siri, pause.” 
  • “Hey Siri, rewind 30 seconds.”  
  • “Hey Siri, play this twice as fast.” 
  • “Hey Siri, skip ahead 10 minutes.” 

Filter seasons and episodes in Podcasts app on iPhone

  1. Open Podcasts → Library → Shows
  2. Select a show
  3. Tap Season or Episodes and select a filter.

    Filter seasons and episodes in Podcasts app

Choose the episode order in Podcasts app on iPhone

  1. Launch Podcasts → Library → Shows
  2. Select a show → tap the three dots icon. 
  3. Select Settings
  4. Select a filter under episode order.

    How to choose the order that episodes play

How to view shared podcasts 

Ensure that you have your friend’s contact saved and Shared with You on. To allow the feature, open Settings → Messages → toggle on Shared with You → toggle on Podcasts. Now to view the shared podcasts, follow the steps below. 

  1. Launch Podcasts
  2. In the Listen Now tab, navigate to the Shared with You section.

How to change or unsubscribe from a Podcast 

Have an in-app podcast subscription and want to change it? All you need to do is:  

  1. Open the Podcasts app. 
  2. Navigate to the Listen Now tab. 
  3. Tap the Profile icon → Manage Subscriptions

    How to change or cancel your subscriptions

To completely cancel the subscription to your podcasts, follow our guide on how to cancel subscriptions

Sync podcasts across devices on iPhone and iPad 

  1. Go to the Settings app on your iPhone → Podcasts
  2. Toggle on Sync Library under the Library section.

    How to sync podcasts across devices on iPhone and iPad

Stop automatic downloads in Podcasts app on iPhone

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone → Podcasts
  2. Tap Automatically Download
  3. Choose off

    How to stop podcast automatic download

Any inquiries regarding the Podcasts app? 

A self-described app that educates and inspires, Apple Podcasts. It is undoubtedly inspirational with themes including science, journalism, politics, humour, and more. Making the most of this tool and spreading the news is therefore crucial. However, if you still have any questions about the Podcasts app for the iPhone or iPad, please leave them in the comments section below!


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