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@feed_url_goes_here

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.


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

  1. Tap the Profile tab
  2. Tap the settings cog
  3. Select Import & Export OPML
  4. Tap Select file
  5. Tap on your OPML file

If you’ve previously used another app to manage your podcasts, you can generate an OPML by following these steps:

BeyondPod

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Select Backup and Restore
  3. Tap Export To OPML
  4. Select Export Feeds
  5. Now follow the steps to import an OPML at the top of this page

Podcast & Radio Addict

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap Backup/Restore
  3. Select Subscriptions only – Backup
  4. Tap OK
  5. Now follow the steps to import an OPML at the top of this page

Player FM/Podcast Player – Free

  1. Open https://player.fm/[your username]/fm.opml
  2. Save the file to your device
  3. Now follow the steps to import an OPML at the top of this page

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
  6. Download the file to your device
  7. Now follow the steps to import an OPML at the top of this page


Archiving

Archiving is a great way to keep your feed clean and managed. It can be done without changing the podcast’s play status – unplayed, in progress, or played. Archiving an episode removes it from New Releases and In Progress, and you can choose whether to show or hide archived episodes on a podcast’s page.

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

To manually archive an individual episode

  • Hover over any episode in a list, you’ll see an archive icon appear. Click that to archive the individual episode.

To manually archive episodes of a podcast in bulk

  • On a podcast’s page tap the three dot menu and select Archive All.
  • On a podcast’s page tap the three dot menu and select Archive All Played (this will only archive the episodes that are completely played or marked as played).

To show or hide archived episodes

  • Tap on the three dot menu and toggle Show Archived on or off.

Please note Show Archived is a global setting. When toggled on or off this applies to all podcasts you are subscribed to.

Note:

You can also auto archive played episodes for all podcast subscriptions from Settings > Auto Archive.

Note:

These settings are specific to the Web Player. They will not be synced with mobile apps’ settings. 


Why won’t the episode play?

At times, a browser can encounter an unforeseen event and will not play an episode, or will stop streaming during an episode, frequently resulting in an error message.

The most common reason an episode won’t play in your browser, is because an extension you have installed is blocking it. Common examples of this are any sort of ad/content blocking extensions like Adblock/Ublock (Night Eye – a dark mode extension has also caused some loading issues). The best way to test if this is the case, is to enter private browsing (incognito) mode in your browser, and attempt to play the podcast again. Alternatively, you can try temporarily disabling any extensions you have that might cause issues.

Another common reason is browsers blocking mixed content, like HTTP over HTTPS. Currently the best option is to use the desktop app which can be installed via the Pocket Casts web player.

An alternative option is to enable insecure content to be played through Pocket Casts temporarily:

  1. Click the certificate icon Fx70GreyPadlock next to the website location
  2. Click site settings
  3. Change ‘Insecure content’ to allow

Some error messages you may receive and their meanings are:

A network error occurred, your internet connection may be unstable, or the episode may have been removed by the author
  • The episode may have been removed by the podcast author.
  • There may be a problem with the podcast server or your internet connection.

Your browser is unable to play this episode. Its stream may be corrupt or unsupported
  • The stream isn’t in a file format that can be played by the browser. As particular examples, some Linux browsers can’t play .mp3 files, most browsers can’t play .mov or .ogg files, etc.
  • Some browsers might require additional software (plugins, or actual system software support) to play certain audio or video files
  • This is also the error shown when Edge wants to play a file but there is no audio-out hardware attached.

This episode could not be downloaded. Your internet connection may be unstable, or the episode may have been removed by the author
  • A firewall or browser extension preventing the stream from downloading/streaming
  • It is a Windows machine that has locked down local storage in Edge which causes the streaming mechanism to fail.

An error occurred decoding this stream
  • The media player is having trouble playing the file, e.g internet issues, or the file is corrupted

Your browser has cancelled this episode stream.
  • The browser (or possibly the computer) has deliberately terminated the stream, more likely to be a browser extension like an ad blocker or content blocker, proxy.

The episode could not be played.
  • Anything in this list above could have gone wrong.
Note:

Still not sure what could have gone wrong? Send us a console log so the experts here can take a closer look.


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