Subscribing to podcasts

The Pocket Casts podcast database includes over a million shows.

To find new podcasts, tap the Discover tab and browse by Featured, Trending (Top 100) and Popular, along with our human-curated sections such as exclusive Guest Lists, and Network Highlights.

To search for a specific podcast

1. Tap the search icon on the home page or discover then enter the podcast name, podcasting network or podcast author

2. Tap the search icon on the home page or discover then enter feed URL/RSS feed

Once you’ve found the show you’d like to subscribe to, tap the + or subscribe icon to add it to your podcast collections.

You can play episodes without subscribing to a podcast, so feel free to stream or download episodes straight from Discover. Then you can subscribe when you know you want to keep up with the entire show.

  • For the unsubscribed podcasts – played episodes can be found under Profile > Listening History and downloaded episodes can be found under Profile > Downloads.
Pro Tip:

If you have a iTunes link or a SoundCloud link, you can use this tool to extract the feed URL, then paste that into the search box.


OPML import

An OPML is a file that allows you to transfer your podcasts subscriptions between podcast apps without having to manually subscribe to each podcast one by one.

To import an OPML in your email inbox

  1. Tap on the attachment to download it
  2. Long press on the attachment
  3. Tap Pocket Casts in the share sheet
If you’ve previously used another app to manage your podcasts, you can generate an OPML by following these steps:

iTunes

  1. Click on Podcasts
  2. File > Library > Export Playlist
  3. Set the format to OPML
  4. Save
  5. Email the file to your device
Note: The iTunes app is no longer available on macOS Catalina and above. It is not possible to export podcast subscriptions from the Apple Podcasts app now.

Downcast

  1. More
  2. Tools
  3. Export Podcast Subscriptions
  4. Send to Application
  5. Copy to Casts

Castro

  1. Open Safari
  2. enter castro://export
  3. Open
  4. Copy to Casts

Instacast

  1. Settings
  2. Export Data
  3. Subscriptions
  4. Copy to Casts

Overcast

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap Export OPML
  3. Tap Copy to Casts