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:
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.
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.
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.
Syncing will securely store all of your podcast subscriptions in the cloud. As you play episodes, Pocket Casts will automatically sync your playback position to the cloud and any other device that you’re logged into Pocket Casts on. If you change something about an episode (archive it, star it, mark it as played, etc) we’ll sync that too. We’ll also keep track of your Up Next list, stats and Listening History.
If you get a new phone, simply sign back in and all of the above will be restored to your new device.
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.
You can also auto archive played episodes for all podcast subscriptions from Settings > Auto Archive.
These settings are specific to the Web Player. They will not be synced with mobile apps’ settings.
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:
Click the certificate icon next to the website location
Click site settings
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.
Still not sure what could have gone wrong? Send us a console log so the experts here can take a closer look.