How to Listen to Podcasts on Android

And download them for offline listening

What to know

  • Google Podcasts lets you stream podcasts to your Android device wherever you are.
  • Downloading podcasts lets you enjoy podcasts even when offline.
  • Find your favorites, or discover something new through Google Podcasts' useful Explore function.

This guide will walk you through listening to podcasts on your Android device using one of the best Android podcast apps, Google Podcasts.

How to Listen to Podcasts on Google Podcasts

  1. Download and install the Google Podcasts app from the Play Store.

  2. Open the application and select the Explore icon in the center of the bottom menu.

  3. If you want to discover a new podcast, you can select one of the various genre tabs near the top of the screen, like News, Business, Arts, or Comedy, or browse the Top Podcasts in Society and Culture.

    Installing the Google Podcast player for Android.
  4. Alternatively, if you have a particular podcast in mind that you want to listen to,
    select the Search bar at the top of the screen, and type in its name.

  5. When you've found a podcast that you want to listen to, select it.

  6. On the podcast's bespoke page, select the Subscribe button with the "+"
    icon next to it.

    Finding a podcast to listen to in the Google podcast player app.
  7. Select whether you want new episodes to be downloaded automatically, and
    whether you want to receive notifications of new episodes, using the on-screen toggles.

  8. Select the Home screen icon on the left of the bottom-menu.

  9. Select the podcast you want to listen to from the selection at the top of the screen. 

    Subscribing to a podcast in the Google podcast player app.
  10. Find the episode you want to listen to by scrolling through all the recent episodes. When you have it, select the small Play symbol on the left-hand side. It looks like a small arrow inside a blue circle.

    The podcast should now begin playing within the Google Podcast app's own player. Basic play-pause control will be possible at the bottom of the screen.

    To control episode play speed, your play queue, enable night mode, or stream the podcast to a compatible device like a Google Chromecast, select the episode at the bottom of the screen and the full player will appear on the screen.

    Playing a podcast in the Google podcast player app.

How to Download Podcasts on Android With Google Podcasts

Downloading podcasts in the Google Podcasts app lets you listen to them when you don't have an internet connection to stream them, and if you listen to episodes multiple times, it can cut back on your bandwidth usage.

The steps are identical to those in the above section. Search for and subscribe to your chosen podcast(s) as normal. Then follow these steps.

  1. Select the Home screen icon on the left of the bottom-menu.

  2. Select the podcast you want to listen to from the selection at the top of the screen.

  3. Find the episode you want to listen to by scrolling through all the recent episodes. Select the small Download Icon underneath the episode's name. It looks like a small downwards-facing arrow inside a blue circle.

    Downloading podcasts with the Google podcast player.
  4. The episode will then download, with the circle turning grey, and then refilling as the download completes. When finished, it will turn completely green.

  5. You can play the episode directly from the Home menu where you are by selecting the small Play symbol on the left-hand side. It looks like a small arrow inside a blue
    circle. Alternatively, or to quickly find the downloaded episode later, select the Activity icon on the right of the bottom-menu.

  6. Select the Downloads tab in the top-menu.

    Downloading podcasts with the Google podcast player.
  7. Scroll to find the downloaded episode you want to listen to, and select the
    Play icon to begin listening.

  8. The podcast should now begin playing within the Google Podcast app's own player. Basic play-pause control will be possible at the bottom of the screen.

  9. To control episode play speed, your play queue, enable night mode, or stream the podcast to a compatible device like a Google Chromecast, select the episode at the bottom of the screen and the full player will appear on the screen.

    Listening to podcasts on Android.
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