Mobile Phones iPhone & iOS 111 111 people found this article helpful How to Listen to Podcasts on iPhone and Mac Download and subscribe to podcasts on your favorite Apple device by Sam Costello Writer Sam Costello has been writing about tech since 2000. His writing has appeared in publications such as CNN.com, PC World, InfoWord, and many others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Sam Costello Updated on April 27, 2020 iPhone & iOS Switching from Android Tweet Share Email Ready to enjoy the fascinating, free world of podcasts on your iPhone or Mac? Well, not only are most podcasts free, but your Apple devices come pre-loaded with easy ways to download and enjoy podcasts. Here's how to dive into this nearly endless library of quality listening. The instructions in this article apply to iOS 13 and other recent versions of the iOS, Apple Podcasts on macOS Catalina (10.15), and to iTunes 9 and up on macOS Mojave (10.14) and earlier. CarmenMurillo / Getty Images Want to get an in-depth look at the basics of podcasts, including how podcasts work and what makes them different from talk radio? Check out What is a Podcast? How to Find and Download Podcasts on Mac (macOS 10.15 and Up) Apple's podcast directory is the largest in the world. On macOS 10.15 (Catalina) and up, you access that directory using the dedicated Apple Podcasts app that comes pre-installed on your Mac. To find and download podcasts using Apple Podcasts, follow these steps: Launch the Apple Podcasts app. Search for a podcast by name or topic using the Search box in the top right corner. You can also browse the featured selections on the main screen or select See All within the Categories section or select Top Charts from the menu on the left. When you've found a podcast you're interested in, click it to go to the series page. On this page you can stream episodes by hovering over them and clicking the play button. To download an episode, click the + icon next to the episode. To subscribe to the series, click +Subscribe. To delete an episode you've downloaded, click ... next to the episode and then click Remove > Delete From Library to free up storage space, but leave an entry for the episode, so you can stream it later. To unsubscribe from the series, click ... at the top of the screen and then click Unsubscribe. Or select Delete from Library > Delete from Library to remove the download and the entry. How to Find and Download Podcasts on Mac (macOS 10.14 and Earlier) On macOS Mojave (10.14), podcasts are found, downloaded, and listened to using iTunes, rather than Apple Podcasts (it doesn't exist for this version of the macOS). Here's what you need to do: Open iTunes on your computer. Click Store, if you aren't already there. Click the drop-down menu in the upper-left corner and click Podcasts. You can search for a podcast by name or topic by using the Search box in the top right corner. You can also browse the recommendations on the front page or click All Categories to filter by topic. Click on the podcast that interests you. The podcast's series page displays information about it and lists available episodes. To stream an episode, hover over the title, then click the Play button that appears. To download a single podcast episode, click Get. Episodes you download appear in your iTunes Library and can be played there. How to Subscribe to Podcasts on Mac (macOS 10.14 and Earlier) If you want to get every new episode of a podcast when it comes out, you can subscribe to it in iTunes. With this free subscription, iTunes downloads new episodes as they're released so you never miss out. Subscribe by following these steps: On the podcast series page, click Subscribe. In the confirmation box that pops up, click Subscribe. Click Library, then single click the podcast you just subscribed to. Click Settings at the bottom to control your preferences for this podcast. You can choose the number of episodes you want to download at one time to save storage space, change the order in which iTunes plays episodes, and automatically delete episodes you've listened to. To stop downloading episodes as they come out, click Unsubscribe. The episodes you've already downloaded will stay on your computer. How to Delete Podcasts on Mac (macOS 10.14 and Earlier) After you listened to a podcast, you may want to delete the episode to free up storage space on your computer. Here's what to do: Go to the Library section of iTunes, then single click the episode you want to remove. Right-click the episode and select Delete From Library to completely remove the item or select Remove Download to removed the downloaded file from the computer. This option leaves an entry for the episode in your Library so you can stream it later. In the confirmation dialog box, click Delete to confirm. Want to get podcasts from iTunes using your Android phone? We've got the instructions in How to Listen to iTunes Podcasts on Android. How to Find and Download Podcasts on iPhone (Using the Apple Podcasts App) Apple's Podcasts app also comes pre-installed with the iOS on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. To use the Apple Podcasts app to get podcasts, follow these steps: Open the Apple Podcasts app. Tap Browse to display lists of popular shows and creators. To find something specific, tap Search and enter a search term. Tap a show you're interested in to see a list of available episodes. Tap an episode description to play it in the app. To download an episode, tap the + icon, then tap the Download icon. On iPhone 6S and later, open the menu by long-pressing the screen. Go to the Library, then tap Episodes to see the ones you've chosen. Tap Sort to arrange episodes either alphabetically or by the date added. Tap an episode to play it. How to Subscribe and Unsubscribe to Podcasts on iPhone (Using the Apple Podcasts App) To subscribe to a podcast in the Podcasts app and get new episodes as they are released: On a podcast series page, tap Subscribe. An icon appears that confirms your subscription. Go to the Library, tap the show, tap the ... icon, then tap Settings to control when episodes are downloaded, how many you keep at one time, and the order the app will play episodes. Tap Done to save the changes. To unsubscribe, tap the podcast to view the detail page, tap ..., then tap Unsubscribe. Unsubscribing from a podcast keeps the episodes you've added to your library. It won't download new episodes, though. How to Delete Podcasts from iPhone (Using the Apple Podcasts App) To delete a podcast episode in the Apple Podcasts app: Go to the Library and find the episode you want to remove. Swipe right to left on the episode and tap Delete to remove the episode. Alternatively, go to the podcast page in the podcast catalog or your library, tap ..., then tap Delete from Library. You don't have to unsubscribe before you delete a podcast series from your library. When you delete a podcast series, you are also unsubscribed from it.