Learning to Use Apple Podcasts for iOS

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

In this podcast, Thomas Domville walks us through Apple's Podcast app for iOS, which has gained some significant changes and new features with the release of iOS 14.5. These include:

  • Podcasts Show Pages are redesigned to make it easier to start listening.
  • Option to save and download episodes, automatically adding them to your Library for quick access.
  • Download behavior and notification settings can be customized on a show-by-show basis.
  • Top Charts and popular categories in Search help you discover new shows.



Submitted by GraceUnderPressure on Monday, May 3, 2021

Hi, I've been struggling to use the latest episodes screen in the new podcast app in IOS 14.5. I can swipe down to the list, but when I swipe right the focus seems to flick randomly between an episode in the list. If I swipe right again, it seems to jump down to the mini player.

I thought this may be an issue with VO configuration as I have started to experience this behaviour more frequently since upgrading to an iPhone 12 Mini, but the list of episodes in the "listen now" tab seems to work OK.

Is anyone else having the same issue when using the list of latest episodes accessed through library -> Latest Episodes?

Any thoughts / suggestions would be gratefully received.

Thanks in advance.

Submitted by kool_turk on Monday, May 3, 2021

Not only that, sometimes podcasts won't even refresh, whereas iTunes doesn't have this problem.

And we all know how outdated iTunes is.

Submitted by Jo Billard on Monday, May 3, 2021

I tried using the chapters feature and it didn't work. I had to look for the mini player button, which is so small I could barely find it, and I always got the wrong one. I really hate this app. I wish they'd left it alone.

Submitted by Will on Tuesday, May 4, 2021

hi, I don't see the "recommendations" in the listen now tab and sometimes, I hear tab 2 is "podcasts"? so this isn't the same as this well put together podcast. thoughts?

Hi GraceUnderPressure,

This is one of those things that irks me to death. As like you in the past week Apple has made some changes to the Podcast app. Apparently, they were trying to resolve some problems to only have broken some accessibility along the way. Wouldn't you know that the week I put the podcast out it works as advertise to only with a few days they update the app to break things. Yes, you are not alone in some areas that swiping to the right just ends up going in circles or jumping to another place entirely. Sigh. Weirdly, if I were to tap something down the page a bit and work my way back by swiping left it seems to be just fine until we go right. Let’s hope that Apple will fix this very soon for us!

- AnonyMouse

Hi Jo,

The easiest way to get to the mini-player is to tap on the lower left corner of the screen. Where you will find the Listen Now tab. Now swipe left which you will hear the Fast Forward. Swipe again to the left is the Play button. Swipe once more to the left you should hear the name of the episode that you are listening to. Just double tap that and now towards the bottom of that screen is the Chapters. This process is identical to the Apple Music app where you can see more information on the song itself.

Hope that helps instead in having to hunt for it. :)

- AnonyMouse

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Saturday, May 8, 2021

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In reply to by Will

Hi Will,

As mention above. Wouldn't you know that Apple has made some changes to the Apple Podcast within days of my podcast. Sigh. One of those changes is you can guess it. Those items that I showed to you in the podcast. They have made the following changes to the Listen Now tab section.

Let me describe in what I have on my Listen Now tab. When I perform a four fingers tap towards the top of the screen. I will hear the "Listen Now". Now head down to the next heading. You should hear the "Up Next" if there are any new episode. The next heading should be "You Mike Like Based on my Listening" which are now the recommended episodes you may lie. Lastly is the "More to Discover Based on your Listening" are recommendation of shows that you may like.

I can only hope this helps.

- AnonyMouse

Hello, it’s very strange. I’m I listen out of all I have are the Up Next, and recently played headings. Can I not hide the recently played episodes heading, and just see what you have, the discovery area and the shows you might like.