How to Listen to iTunes Podcasts on Android

You don’t need an iPhone or iTunes to enjoy podcasts on Android

You don't need an iPhone to enjoy the millions of podcasts available on the internet. Learn how to listen to iTunes podcasts on your Android phone or tablet using an app or a web browser.

Instructions in this article apply to all smartphones and tablets no matter who made your Android device, including Samsung, Google, Huawei and Xiaomi.

How to Listen to Podcasts From a Website on Android

Many podcasters make their podcast episodes available on their websites. To listen to podcasts from the web:

  1. Open a web browser on your Android device and go to a website such as NPR that makes podcast episodes available for listening or download or check the site attached to a podcast you listen to, and you'll likely find a listening link. Many podcasts also have a download link for offline listening.

    A website hosting podcasts showing the listening and download options
  2. If you are looking specifically for iTunes podcasts, Go to the iTunes Preview page and select the Podcasts tab.

    Podcasts tab highlighted in the iTunes Preview screen
  3. Choose one of the categories to search for podcasts by topic or use the search field at the top of the screen if you know the name of a podcast.

    iTunes Preview of podcasts with Places & Travel selected
  4. Choose a podcast to open an information screen.

    A podcast title highlight in the iTunes Preview list
  5. When you find a podcast you want, you’ll see a list of episodes and a link to listen to the podcast online.

    A podcast info screen with the Play button highlighted

    Many—but not all—iTunes podcasts include a link for listening online.

  6. When you find the podcast, select the episode you want and select Listen, Play, or the appropriate icon (these vary but are similar in most podcasts) to play the podcast episode.

    Listen on NPR podcast page
  7. Select the Download link (often represented as a down arrow) if one is available to save the podcast episode to the Android Downloads app.

Podcasts downloaded from websites are typically in MP3 format and play on any Android media player.

How to Transfer Podcasts From iTunes to Android

If you use iTunes on your Windows 10 PC, it's possible to transfer podcasts from iTunes to your Android device. However, before you transfer episodes, subscribe to the podcast.

To download podcasts to your computer and move them to your Android device:

  1. Open iTunes on your Windows computer.

  2. Go to the iTunes Store podcast page and look for a podcast you want.

    iTunes Podcast screen
  3. Select Subscribe on the podcast homepage.

    Subscribe button on an iTunes podcast
  4. Select Library from the menu at the top of the podcasts screen and select a podcast to display the available episodes.

    Library tab selected in the iTunes podcasts screen
  5. Select the Download link to the right of an episode you want to download.

    The download symbol next to a podcast episode in iTunes
  6. Open the file manager on your computer and go to Music > iTunes > iTunes Media > Podcasts to find the downloaded podcast episodes.

    Path to Podcast folder on Windows PC
  7. Connect your Android device to your computer via USB cable, and open its contents with the file explorer in a separate window by selecting Open in new window.

    Open Android device in a new Windows 10 window
  8. Select the podcast files you want to transfer from your computer and drag the files to the Music folder on your Android device.

    Music folder on an Android device via Windows 10
  9. When the files are transferred to your Android device, find them in your device's internal storage and select an episode. The file plays in the default media player.

How to Find Podcasts on Google Podcasts

If you want to use a dedicated Android app to listen to your favorite podcasts, give Google Podcasts a try. If you find a podcast on iTunes, chances are you'll also find it on Google Podcasts. You can get the Google Podcasts App on Google Play.

To find podcasts:

  1. Open the Google Podcasts app and tap the magnifying glass in the upper-left corner to search for podcasts.

    Search icon on Google Podcasts web page
  2. Select the podcast you want and tap Subscribe to add the podcast to your list of favorites.

    The subscribe option on the Google Podcasts website
  3. Tap Play beside an episode to start listening.

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