Pocket Casts can be set to automatically download new episodes as they are released. You can manually download the episodes you like individually or in bulk, or can configure auto downloads from the following sections of the app:
Settings for Up next episodes
Select Auto download
Toggle up next
Settings for all New episodes
Select Auto download
Toggle Podcasts New episodes
Tap Choose podcast
then select all (podcasts subscribed to in future will be included)
or choose individual podcasts to auto download episodes for only those podcasts (no future podcast subscriptions will be added automatically)
Settings for Filters
Select Auto download
Under Filters Select AllFilters
Tap select all, or tap individual filters to auto download episodes for only some filters.
Individual Podcast Settings
Select a podcast
Select Podcast settings
Toggle Auto Download
Episode Filter Settings
Tap an episode filters
Select the top right three dot icon
Tap Filter settings
Toggle Auto Download
You can limit the number of episodes to be downloaded
To manage your downloads:
automatically delete the downloaded files once you are done via archiving,
Pocket Casts features episode filters to help you organize episodes.
Step 1 Tap the + icon on the Filters tab.
Step 2 Customise the filter – the filtering options are:
Podcasts (default is “All Podcasts” but you can toggle that off and select just the podcasts you want)
Episode Status (default is all episodes but you can change to “Unplayed” and/or “In Progress” and/or “Played”)
Release Date (default is “Anytime” but you can choose either: last 24 hrs, last 3 days, last week, last 2 weeks, or last month)
Duration (off by default – toggle on “Filter by duration” and set “Longer than” and/or “Shorter than”)
Download Status (default is “All” but you can choose either “Downloaded” or “Not Downloaded”)
Media Type (default is “All” but you can choose either “Audio” or “Video”)
Starred (default is all episodes included whether Starred or not, but tapping this will include only Starred episodes)
After you choose each option tap Show result. Once you have finished selecting filtering options, tap Continue.
NOTE: only episodes associated with a podcast to which you are subscribed can be included.
Step 3 Name the filter and select a colour and icon (please note these are visual selections only), then tap Save filter.
Once the filter is created, you can tap the three dot menu to:
Play All : Create a new Up Next list with the episodes in this filter.
Download All episodes in the filter, up to a maximum of 100 episodes at a time.
Access Filter Settings: here you can change the filter’s name and icon, and turn Auto Download on/off – this is off by default; if toggled on you have the option of auto downloading the first 5, 10, 20, 40, or 100 episodes (set to 10 by default).
To get you started, by default Pocket Casts displays the following episode filters:
New Releases: All unplayed, and unfinished episodes, released in the last 2 weeks
In Progress: All unfinished episodes
Starred: only Starred episodes are included.
Get creative with your own filters by grouping podcast according to your weekly activities like driving, workouts/exercise or night time listening.
You can have more granular control over each list by utilising the starred option. So if you have a selection of music episodes that are perfect for your nightly workout, your filter might look something like this;
Podcasts – 4 podcasts chosen
Episodes – Played, In Progress (you’ve already listened to them or started listening to them to know they motivate you)
Release date – Any Time
Download status – Downloaded (you keep these episodes on your phone so you don’t need to worry about data costs or network reliability)
Media type – All
Starred is on
Next time you’re ready to kick off your workout, your filter gives you quick access to all of your motivational episodes. Then you can play the whole filter (three dot menu > Play All), play individual episodes, or add episodes to your Up Next queue.
To change the selected filtering options of an existing filter, go into the filter then tap the filter’s name to bring up the options to change or choose from.
Long press on any episode in a list to activate the multi select option then:
select the episodes and select the actions from the top toolbar menu
or long press again and choose from Select all above or Select all below,
or tap the vertical ellipsis, tap Select all, then select the actions from the top toolbar menu:
Mark as Played
While in multi-select mode, you can customise the toolbar with your 4 most used actions and the rest are then only a tap away. To customise, tap the three dot menu in the multi-select toolbar > select ✎Edit and hold the ≡ handle to drag and drop the actions to your preferred location > tap <- back to save the changes.
To delete a filter go the the Filters screen > Tap the vertical ellipsis (three dots) in the top right corner and tap “Delete filter“.
To Sort episodes by : Newest to Oldest, Oldest to Newest, Shortest to Longest, or Longest to Shortest, tap ⇅
To re-arrange the order of your filters you can long press the filter row and drag & drop filters to the preferred locations.
Pocket Casts has full support for Android Auto. This means when you plug your phone into your Android Auto enabled vehicle, you’ll be able to listen to your podcasts seamlessly while on the go.
To launch Pocket Casts on Android Auto
Tap the audio icon in Android Auto
If you are taken to another audio app tap the audio icon again
Pocket Casts will appear as an app you can select
From the Android Auto interface you can browse your podcasts and episode filters. Tapping on an episode will cause it to play. When in the player you’ll have the standard play/pause and skip back and forward controls.
Where supported you can also star epsiodes as well as change their playback rate from the Android Auto interface. If you created an Up Next queue before launching Android Auto, that will also be available.
You can play podcast episodes from Pocket Casts on your headset, TV or speakers using Bluetooth, Chromecast, Chromecast Audio and any other Google Cast enabled devices. Additionally Pocket Casts also supports some smart speaker systems, currently Alexa and Sonos.
See this article for more information about how to setup the Amazon Alexa integration.
To play episodes over bluetooth
Open the Settings app on your device
Pair with your chosen bluetooth device
Open Pocket Casts and tap play on any episode
To play episodes with Google Cast devices
Setup your casting device and join your local WiFi network
Make sure your Android device is on the same WiFi network
Tap the Google Cast button in Pocket Casts to connect
Tap play on any episode in Pocket Casts
In the player, you can access the cast button via the player toolbar’s 3 dot menu, or as this toolbar is customisable, you can move the cast button into the player if you wish.
To play episodes on Sonos devices
Open the Sonos app and add Pocket Casts as a music service
When prompted to link your Pocket Casts Account to your Sonos Account
You can now browse and play your podcasts through the Sonos app
Pocket Casts features a sleep timer that will automatically pause playback after a set time period. 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 enable the sleep timer
Start playback of an episode
Tap the mini player
Select the sleep icon
Choose from 5 minutes,15 minutes, 30 minutes, 60 minutes or, End of episode
To extend the sleep timer
Tap on the sleep icon
Select from add +5 minutes or change to end of episode.