Starring episodes

Adding a star to an episode will prevent it from being automatically deleted according to your Auto Archiving settings. You can find this action in the player toolbar options which can be customized to include the four most used actions in the toolbar and the rest are only a tap away.

To add a star to the currently playing episode

  1. Tap the mini player
  2. In the full player screen tap the star icon ☆ from the toolbar (which can be customized)

To add a star to individual episode from podcast page or filter

  1. Tap the episode row
  2. Tap the star icon ☆ in the top right

To organise your starred episodes for podcasts you’re subscribed to

  1. Group Episodes within a podcast On a podcast’s page tap the three dot menu > Group Episodes > select Starred.
  2. Create a Filter Tap Filter > follow the steps to create and configure + New Filter > tap Starred.
Note:

Profile > Starred is where you can see all your starred episodes from subscribed and unsubscribed podcasts.

Note:

user added files cannot be starred


Amazon Alexa Integration

Pocket Casts has an Alexa skill which you can install through the Alexa app on your device, by searching for “Pocket Casts”, or by tapping the link below for your region:
US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07P3GBW57
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07P3GBW57
Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B07P3GBW57
Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07P3GBW57

Set Up

  • Head on over to the Skills & Games section of your Alexa app on your iOS or Android device
  • Search for “Pocket Casts” and install the Skill
  • In the Alexa app, link your Amazon account to your Pocket Casts account

Supported Phrases:

“Alexa, open Pocket Casts”

Starts Pocket Casts and tells you about a few things you can do. You don’t have to say this before any of the phrases below, but it’s handy to know in case you’re ever feeling lost.

“Alexa, tell Pocket Casts to play my Up Next” or

“Alexa, tell Pocket Casts to resume the last podcast”

Plays the episode you were last playing in any of our apps (iOS, Android, Desktop).

“Alexa, tell Pocket Casts to play the latest episode of [Podcast Name]”
Will play the latest episode of the podcast you asked for.

“Alexa, tell Pocket Casts to play [Podcast Name]”
Similar to the one above, but it will play the newest unplayed episode. So if you’ve already played the latest one, but not the one that came before it, it will play that instead.

“Alexa, ask Pocket Casts what’s playing”
Will tell you what’s currently playing, or if nothing is playing, tell you what you have queued in your Up Next list through other devices.

“Alexa, ask Pocket Casts what’s up next”
If you have more than one episode queued up, this will tell you about the next one.

“Alexa, ask Pocket Casts about the featured podcast”
Will tell you a bit about the podcast we’re currently featuring and offer to play it for you.

“Alexa, ask Pocket Casts for some recommendations”
Will offer you up to 3 recommendations based on your playback history. A good way to find something to listen to that’s tailored to you.

“Alexa, tell Pocket Casts to surprise me”
A bit more of a roll of the dice, we’ll randomly pick an episode from your subscriptions without trying to be too smart about it. A fun way to find new things to listen to.

“Alexa help”
You can say this whenever you’re interacting with the Pocket Casts skill and you’re not quite sure what to do next, or what other things you can do.

Playback Commands:

“Alexa, Pause”
“Alexa, Resume”
“Alexa, Stop”
“Alexa, Play”
“Alexa, next episode”

All do what you’d expect them to allowing you to easily play, pause and skip episodes.

Note:

The Skill is currently only available for the following English locales: US, UK, Australia and Canada.


Archiving Episodes

When you want to remove episodes from an episode filter or not show them on a podcast’s page, you can choose to archive them. Archiving will also delete the episode’s download file. You can find more information on Archiving in this blog post.

To archive episodes manually

  • Swipe right to left over an episode in an episode list or filter
  • Or tap on an episode, and tap the archive button
  • Or long press on an episode in a list and tap the archive button – you can also tap other episodes in the list to select those for archiving as well
  • Or long press on an episode in a list, then long press again, choose Select all above or Select all below, then tap the archive button
  • Or long press on an episode in a list, then tap the vertical ellipsis, tap Select all, tap any episodes you don’t wish to archive to deselect them, then tap the archive button. If you wish to deselect all to start again, tap the vertical ellipsis and tap Select none to clear your selections
  • Or on a podcast’s page, tap the vertical ellipsis and tap Archive All to archive all episodes of that podcast
  • Or on a podcast’s page, tap the vertical ellipsis and tap Archive All Played to archive all completely played episodes. This option will only appear if you have completely played episodes in the list to archive

On the full player you can add archiving via the customizable toolbar to be included in the four most used actions. Otherwise you can find the archive option via the vertical ellipsis.

To auto archive episodes for all podcast subscriptions

  1. Tap Profile
  2. Tap the Settings cog
  3. Tap Auto Archive
  • Played Episodes: choose whether episodes should be archived as soon as they are finished playing, at some point later, or never
  • Inactive Episodes: episodes are considered inactive when you haven’t played, downloaded or unarchived within a given period of time
  • Include Starred Episodes: if toggled on starred episodes will be auto archived, if toggled off starred episodes will not be auto archived

To auto archive episodes per podcast

  1. Go to that podcast’s page
  2. Tap the Settings cog
  3. Tap Auto Archive
  4. Toggle on Custom for This Podcast
  • Archive Played Episodes: choose whether episodes should be archived as soon as they are finished playing, at some point later, or never
  • Archive Inactive Episodes: episodes are considered inactive when you haven’t played, downloaded or unarchived within a given period of time
  • Episode Limit: setting a limit will only keep the most recent 1, 2, 5, or 10 episodes, while archiving any that are older

To show or hide episodes you’ve archived of a particular podcast tap Show archived / Hide archived on that podcast’s page.

This is also available as a global setting at Profile > settings cog > General > Show archived.

To unarchive episodes

  • Swipe right to left over the episode in an episode list
  • Or tap the episode, then tap Unarchive
  • Or if all episodes of a podcast are archived, tap the vertical ellipsis and tap Unarchive All

Tip:

Archiving an episode doesn’t change the playing status, so you won’t lose where you’re up to, and you’ll also always know whether you’ve played something or not.


Archiving Episodes

When you want to remove episodes from an episode filter or not show them on a podcast’s page, you can choose to archive them. Archiving will also delete the episode’s download file.

You can find more information on Archiving in this blog post.

To manually archive individual episodes

  • Swipe the episode row from right to left on in an episode list or filter.
  • Or tap on an episode on any page, and tap  Archive on the episode card. Please note: if you have Play Up Next On Tap enabled, you will need to long press an episode in Up Next to access its episode card.
  • In the Now Playing screen tap Archive in the player toolbar. By default, Archive is in the toolbar’s three dot menu, but you can customise the toolbar so that Archive is one of your quick access shortcuts if you wish.

To manually archive episodes in bulk

  • On a podcast’s page, tap the  three dot menu > tap Archive All to archive all episodes of that podcast.
  • Enter multi-select mode on a podcast’s page, in a filter, or the Downloads list (long press an episode row or tap the  three dot menu > Select Episodes) > tap Archive in the multi-select action bar. By default, Archive is in the action bar’s  three dot menu, but you can customise the action bar so that Archive is one of your shortcuts.
  • In the Up Next screen tap Select > select episodes manually or tap Select All > three dot menu > Archive.

To auto archive episodes for all podcast subscriptions

  1. Tap Profile
  2. Tap the Settings cog
  3. Tap Auto Archive
  • Played Episodes: choose whether episodes should be archived as soon as they are finished playing, at some point later, or never.
  • Inactive Episodes: episodes are considered inactive when you haven’t played, downloaded or unarchived within a given period of time.
  • Include Starred Episodes: if toggled on starred episodes will be auto archived, if toggled off starred episodes will not be auto archived.
 

To auto archive episodes per podcast

  1. Go to that podcast’s page
  2. Tap the Settings cog
  3. Tap Auto Archive
  4. Toggle on Custom for This Podcast
  • Archive Played Episodes: choose whether episodes should be archived as soon as they are finished playing, at some point later, or never.
  • Archive Inactive Episodes: episodes are considered inactive when you haven’t played, downloaded or unarchived within a given period of time.
  • Episode Limit: setting a limit will only keep the most recent 1, 2, 5, or 10 episodes, while archiving any that are older.

To show or hide episodes you’ve archived of a particular podcast tap Show Archived / Hide Archived on that podcast’s page.

This is also available as a global setting at Profile > settings cog > General > Archived Episodes.

To unarchive episodes

  • Swipe right to left over the episode in an episode list.
  • Or tap the episode, then tap Unarchive.
  • Or if all episodes of a podcast are archived, tap the vertical ellipsis and tap Unarchive All.

Note:

Archiving an episode doesn’t change the playing status, so you won’t lose where you’re up to, and you’ll also always know whether you’ve played something or not.

Pro Tip:

You can also enter multi-select mode using the native 2 finger pan gesture in an episode list.


Adding a private Patreon feed

If you’ve paid for a podcast on Patreon and been given a feed like this to add:

You can add it to Pocket Casts by pasting it in here: https://pocketcasts.com/submit. Please ensure you select Private so that it won’t be shared with anyone, or appear in search for anyone else.

This will give you back a short URL that you can use to access the feed in our iOS and Android apps and Web . Next step is take this short URL and paste it into the podcast search bar within the app itself (available in either Podcast or Discover tabs).

Note:

If you have any issues with a Patreon feed, please email support@pocketcasts.com and include the complete feed URL so we can take a closer look.


Adding a private Patreon feed

If you’ve paid for a podcast on Patreon and been given a feed like this to add:

You can add it to Pocket Casts by pasting it in here: https://pocketcasts.com/submit. Please ensure you select Private so that it won’t be shared with anyone, or appear in search for anyone else.

This will give you back a short URL that you can use to access the feed in our iOS and Android apps and Web . Next step is take this short URL and paste it into the podcast search bar within the app itself (available in either Podcast or Discover tabs).

Note:

If you have any issues with a Patreon feed, please email support@pocketcasts.com and include the complete feed URL so we can take a closer look.


Picture in Picture Support

If you have Android 8.0 or above, you can watch video podcasts in Picture-in-Picture mode. While playing, enter full screen mode (portrait or landscape) and tap the Picture in Picture button:


Why does Pocket Casts auto launch on my watch?

If you tap play on an iPhone app that has an Apple Watch app installed, the Now Playing app will automatically launch on your watch by default. If you’d prefer for that not to happen, you can turn this setting off either on your Apple Watch or on your iPhone.

To turn this setting off via your Watch:

  • Press the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch to open the apps view
  • Tap Settings on the list of apps or in the gridview
  • Tap General
  • Tap Wake Screen
  • Toggle off the switch next to Auto Launch Audio Apps.

To turn this setting off via your iPhone:

  • Open the Watch app on your iPhone
  • Tap General
  • Tap Wake Screen
  • Toggle off the switch next to Auto Launch Audio Apps.

Sharing a list of podcasts

Pocket Casts allows you to easily share a list of podcasts so that people can browser them and even subscribe directly to ones they find interesting.

To share a lists of podcasts

  1. Go to the podcast tiles page in the app
  2. Tap the more options icon in the top right of the page
  3. Choose the Share Podcasts option
  4. Choose either Select all or tap the podcasts you’d like to include in this list
  5. Tap Next
  6. Provide a title and optionally a description
  7. When you’re done, tap share to create the share list
  8. You’ll be given a URL you can send to people (or post on social media).
An example of what these lists look like can be seen here.

Sharing a list of podcasts

Pocket Casts allows you to easily share a list of podcasts so that people can view them and even subscribe directly to ones they find interesting.

To share a lists of podcasts

  1. Go to the Podcasts tab
  2. Tap the button in the top right and choose the Share podcasts option
  3. Choose either Select all or tap the podcasts you’d like to include in this list
  4. Provide a title and optionally a description
  5. When you’re done, tap the tick icon to create the share list
  6. You’ll be given a URL you can send to people (or post on social media).
An example of what these lists look like can be seen here.