I post a lot about listening to podcasts but it may be helpful to some people to know HOW to listen to a podcast on iPhone. (Android, I’m not forgetting about you!)
So, what is a podcast? A podcast is a (iPod + broadcast)= podcast. Basically it is a “radio show” that is available on demand, created by individuals, groups or companies on an infinite array of topics.
You can listen to a podcast on iPhone by using the Podcast app. It looks like this:
If it is not installed on your iPhone, you can download it from the app store here.
How to listen to a podcast on iPhone
When you open the Podcast app, you have 4 options:
- Listen Now — to use to listen to podcasts you have already downloaded or are subscribed to
- Library –storehouse of all your selected or downloaded podcasts
- Browse–discover new and popular titles (similar to App Store interface)
- Search — search directly by podcast name, contributor or topic
When you find a podcast you like, you can begin to listen immediately via Wi-Fi or cellular data or you download it to listen to later.
To download the episode, click on the download image to the right of the episode title. This will add it to your phone to avoid using additional data as you listen.
You can also subscribe to a podcast you like and new episodes will automatically be added to your queue as they are available.
Phone storage can become an issue so be sure to delete old episodes after you listen to free up space.
In the “Browse” section of the app you can look at suggested titles, Featured, Top Charts, All Categories or Featured Providers — any of these will introduce you to wonderful new titles to add to your listening line up.
In the Library, see images related to “listened to” podcasts as well as options to see a list of shows, episodes or downloaded episodes.
However you choose to listen to a podcast on iPhone, you will be amazed by the options and quality available.
To get you started, here are a few favorite podcasts: