How to Listen to Podcasts on iPhone

Choose Your Platform

Podcasts App

Use the Apple Podcasts app on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with the latest version of iOS or iPadOS.
Note: The Apple Podcasts app is also available on your Mac with macOS Big Sur, or on your Apple TV.


Find shows you love, then subscribe to them to find out when new episodes are released. Browse categories like true crime or comedy. Or search for podcasts that mention a specific word or phrase. For example, search for “Halley’s comet” to see shows and episodes in which someone mentioned Halley’s comet. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap the Browse tab or the Search tab at the bottom of the screen.
Note: To find podcasts that you recently played, tap or click Listen Now, then scroll to the Recently Played section at the bottom of the screen.


Browse or search for a show in the Apple Podcasts app.Tap or click the show to see its information page. Tap or click Subscribe. Now, new episodes automatically download for free and you’ll get a notification as they become available.

Note: If you stop listening to a show for a while, Apple Podcasts might pause your subscription. The shows and downloaded episodes stay in your library, but new episodes might not be updated. To continue getting new episodes, subscribe again.

Do More With Podcasts

Rate and review podcasts

In the Apple Podcasts app, search for the show, tap or click it, then scroll down to the Ratings & Reviews section. Tap or click Write a Review, or choose how many stars you want to give.

Sync your podcasts

By default, your podcast library syncs across your devices so that if you pause an episode on one device, you can pick up where you left off on another. On your iOS device, go to the Settings app. Scroll to Podcasts, tap it, then tap Sync Podcasts.

Mark an episode as played

To remove an episode from your queue, mark it as played. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to the Listen Now tab and find the episode that you want to remove. Long press it, then tap Mark As Played.