CarPlay

Pocket Casts supports CarPlay! If you’re getting a shiny new car, or stereo for your old rust bucket, rest assured you can plug in and go. When you do you’ll be able to browse your podcasts and filters for an episode to play as well as control playback all without touching your phone.


Private and paid podcast feeds

Pocket Casts does not formally support password protected feeds. In some cases, you may be able to embed your username and password into the feed using this format:

https://username:password@theUrlOfTheFeedWithoutTheHttpBit

Note:

If you have special characters in your username or password you might have to URL encode them

Once you have formed the new URL, you can add it to Pocket Casts by pasting it in here: https://pocketcasts.com/submit. Please ensure you select Private so it will never appear in search results and other places. It’s just for you. You can use the short URL you get back to quickly add it to the app.

If your feed is a private Patreon feed, you can also paste it in here: https://pocketcasts.com/submit. Please ensure you select Private so it will never appear in search results and other places.

If this does not work for your feed, contact the podcast author.

Warning:

Never share a podcast embedded with your username and password.


Background App Refresh

Pocket Casts supports Background App Refresh. This means that iOS can wake up the app to perform tasks like syncing and auto downloading episodes.

The frequency with which iOS will wake up Pocket Casts depends on how regularly you use the app. This means that if you do not use Pocket Casts often, you may find that auto downloads will not begin until you open the app.

New episode notifications should trigger a Background App Refresh.

To enable notifications

  1. Profile
  2. Settings
  3. Notifications
  4. Toggle New Episodes to on.

To check that Background App Refresh is on

  1. Open the Settings 
  2. Open Pocket casts
  3. Toggle Background App Refresh 


Featuring podcasts

For information on how to suggest your podcast for a featured spot in our human-curated Discover section, please visit the Podcast Producers information & resources page on our website.


Episode notifications

Pocket Casts can be configured to notify you when new episodes are available.

To enable notifications

  1. Profile
  2. Settings
  3. Notifications
  4. Toggle New Episodes to on
  5. Tap Allow in the permissions dialogue

You can select the podcasts you want to be notified.

While you are on the podcast page tap the 🔔 bell icon to enable notifications for that podcast.

New episode notifications will appear on your lock screen.

Pro Tip:

If you are using a 3D-touch enabled device, press on the notification to see options to download the episode or add it to Up Next.


Language support

You can subscribe to non-English podcasts by searching using the podcast’s native name or URL in Discover.

Pocket Casts’ interface is currently only available in English. We may translate the app to other languages in the future.


Alarm

Pocket Casts does not currently support an Alarm feature, though it may in the future.


Bookmarking episodes

Pocket Casts does not currently support bookmarking or annotating podcast episodes, though it may in the future.


Duplicate episodes

From time to time, a podcast author may republish an episode, causing it to appear in Pocket Casts more than once.

This is usually accidental, so if you see a duplicate episode let the podcast authors know.


Apple TV

Pocket Casts does not currently support Apple TV, though it may in the future.