How To Download Podcasts On iPhone: The Simple Guide!

You want to listen to your favorite podcast on your iPhone, but you’re not sure how. Did you know you can download thousands of different podcasts directly from your iPhone’s Podcasts app? In this article, I’ll show you how to download podcasts on your iPhone!

How To Download Podcasts On Your iPhone

If you have a specific podcast in mind, open the Podcasts app and tap the Search tab in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. Type the name of the podcast you’re looking for in the search box, then tap Search in the bottom right-hand corner of the keyboard.

search for podcasts

Next, tap on the podcast you’d like to download. Finally, tap Subscribe on the main page of the podcast. You’ll know you’re subscribed to the podcast when it Subscribed on the screen.

subscribe to podcast on iphone

Now when you tap on the Library tab in the Podcasts app, the podcast you just downloaded will appear.

To download episodes of the podcast, tap on the podcast in your Library, then tap Available Episodes. Then, tap on the small purple plus button to the right of the podcast episode you want to download on your iPhone.

available podcast episodes on iphone

Finally, tap the small cloud button that appears where the plus was when you tapped it. A small status circle will appear to the right of the podcast episode. You’ll know it has been downloaded on your iPhone when there isn’t a small plus button, cloud button, or status circle to the right of the podcast.

downloaded podcast episode

Download Every Single Episode Of A Podcast On Your iPhone

Downloading every podcast episode individually can be a bit tedious, but there’s an easy fix for that. You can download every unplayed episode of a podcast from the Settings app.

Go to Settings -> Podcasts and tap Download Episodes. Then, tap All Unplayed to download every episode of a podcast on your iPhone. You’ll know All Unplayed is selected when there’s a small check to its right.

download all unplayed podcast episodes

Having Trouble Downloading Podcasts?

Check out our article if you can’t download podcasts on your iPhone. There are plenty of potential reasons why your iPhone won’t download podcasts, so we’ll help you diagnose and fix the real reason why you’re having trouble.

Downloading Podcasts Made Simple

You’ve successfully downloaded a podcast on your iPhone and you know how to download every episode at once. Make sure you share this article on social media to show your friends and family how to download podcasts on their iPhone. If you have any other questions about the Podcasts app, leave a comment below!

Thanks for reading,
David L.

About Author

David Lynch is an expert on cell phones, cell phone plans, and other tech. After using a flip phone into his early 20s, he learned the ropes about iPhones and Androids from a former Apple employee. Today, his articles and videos are read and viewed by millions, and he has been cited by major publications including Reader's Digest, Wired, CMSWire, Consumers Advocate, and more.

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3 years ago

Dowloading all unplayed PodCast does not work. I’ve allways had my setting that way and it has never worked. Not sure why…?

Asrill Compton
5 years ago

Ive already downloaded music podcasts on the Apple podcast app. I want to listen to them when I go outside to run. Any special settings I need to change so I dont use any data?

Molly Larson Seely
5 years ago

Download all doesnt work on my iPhone or iPad (both fully updated). I have to manually download Every. Single. Episode.

Kathleen Procek
6 years ago

When you downloaad these, does it mean that you dont use data to play the episodes?