How to use the Google Podcasts app on Android & iOS

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In this post, we talk about how to use the google podcast app on Android and iOS. 49% of podcast listening is done at home. 22% of podcast listening is done in the car (Source: Podcast hosting). A podcast is a program made available in digital format for download over the Internet. For example, an episodic series of digital audio or video files that a user can download to a personal device to listen to by streaming or at a time of their choosing. Streaming applications and podcasting services provide a suitable and integrated way to manage a personal consumption queue across many podcast sources and playback devices. There also exist podcast search engines, which help users find and share podcast episodes.

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The Google Podcasts app: What you need to know

The google podcasts app is owned by Google (as the name already suggests) and provides a list of audio podcasts in various niches. With Google Podcasts, you can:

Firstly, play the latest episodes from your favorite shows, explore podcast recommendations just for you, and manage your listening activity. In order Discover podcasts you love;

• Subscribe and listen to all your favorite podcasts for free.

• Explore show and episode recommendations just for you.

• Browse popular and trending shows in comedy, news, history, music, business, TV & film, education, health & fitness, technology, arts, science, sports, and more.

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Secondly, the google podcasts app allows you to customize your listening experience. This can be done in many ways as you will see below. You are able to;

• Listen to faster playback speeds or skip over silences.

• Queue up episodes for a seamless listening experience.

• Easily keep track of your listening history, downloads, and subscriptions.

Thirdly, and most importantly, listening to podcasts is possible at any place or time of your convenience, that is, wherever you are.

• You can listen on multiple devices – phone, laptop, smart speaker – without losing your place.

• Stream episodes for instant playback or auto-download episodes to listen offline and on the go.

• Discover podcasts using Google Search and Google Assistant.

The Google Podcasts app is available for download for both iOS and Android devices.

How to use the Google Podcasts App on Android and iOS

How to use the google podcasts app on Android

a) Searching for a podcast

  1. Tap in the search bar at the top.
  2. Type in the name of the podcast you are looking for.
  3. Tap on the podcast you want from the search results.

b) Subscribing or unsubscribing to a podcast

  1. Tap on a recommended podcast from the homepage or one you’ve searched for.
  2. Then, tap the Subscribe button near the top left.

To unsubscribe:

  1. Firstly, tap on a podcast you’re currently subscribed to.
  2. Secondly, tap the Subscribed button.
  3. Lastly, tap Unsubscribe.

c) Controlling playback settings

  1. Firstly, tap on the playback bar at the very bottom.
  2. Secondly, tap the icon with the 10 to rewind 10 seconds.
  3. Thirdly, tap the icon with the 30 to fast-forward 30 seconds.
  4. Fourthly, tap the 1.0x bubble at the bottom right to control the playback speed.

Tips to enjoy your listening experience of the Google Podcasts app on iOS

Tip: To sync your listening progress across your signed-in devices, you must sign in to your Google Account and have Web & App Activity turned on. If you set your activity to auto-delete, your listening progress is also deleted after the time period that you set. 

On your iPhone or iPad, you can:

  • Download the Google Podcasts app on iTunes.
  • Ask your Google Assistant to play a specific podcast.
  • Search for a podcast in your Google app or on

d) Find & subscribe to podcasts

You can find your subscriptions at the top left on Google Podcasts. To unsubscribe from a podcast, open it and tap Subscribed.

Important: When you play a podcast, Google Podcasts uses your device to request audio from the website that hosts it. This request includes information about the device making the request, like the IP address and what type of device you want to listen on (for example, Chrome, Safari, Android, or iOS).

e) Manage your queue

To add an episode to your queue

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open Google Podcasts.
  2. Next to any episode, tap Add to queue.
  3. Items in your queue will have Added to the queue next to them.

Listen to podcasts on another Google Account

  1. On your iPhone or iPad or Android, open Google Podcasts.
  2. At the top right, tap your profile picture or initials.
  3. Tap Add another account or choose the account you want to use.
  4. Then start listening to Google Podcasts in that account

Listen to podcasts in your car

If you have Apple’s CarPlay you can listen to podcasts while on the move for iOS users.

How to Manually Add and Subscribe to a private podcast by RSS feed

Important: This feature is available when you sign in.

You can also add a podcast by RSS feed. Once you add it, the podcast appears along with your other subscribed shows.

In the Google Podcasts app

  1. On your iPhone or iPad or Android, open Google Podcasts.
  2. At the bottom, tap Activity Subscriptions.
  3. Tap More Add by RSS feed.
  4. Enter the feed URL.
  5. Tap Subscribe.

In your browser

  1. On your iPhone or iPad or Android, go to
  2. At the top left, tap Menu Add by RSS feed.
  3. Enter the feed URL.
  4. Tap Subscribe.

That is how you can use the Google Podcasts app on Android and iOS.