Using the iOS Podcasts App (#1549)

Using the iOS Podcasts App (#1549)


So let’s take a look at the Podcast app for
the iPhone and iPad. I’m using iOS 11 so make sure you have the
most recent version and I’m going to into the Podcast app. There’s basically four different sections
at the bottom there. The first is Listen Now and that’s going to
show you what you’ve got queued up. So I’ve already got some podcasts I’m subscribed
to. It’s going to show me them there. I can got to Library which is going to give
me more detail and a comprehensive view of all the shows I’ve subscribed to, all the
episodes I have available on this iPhone. Browse is going to basically show me the store. It’s going to show me all the podcasts that
I can get. These are the one listed in iTunes. Now podcasts are free so having it called
store is a little misleading. It doesn’t cost you anything. You can go through. You can view Top Charts. You can view Categories and if there’s something
you think you might be interested in you can go into it. You can also Search. So I’m going to search. You notice I can search All Podcasts or things
in my Library. So I’m going to search all podcasts to search
the store. Let’s go and look for the new podcast I’m
a part of, The Tech Enthusiast Hour. You can see it comes up there as I’m typing
so I’m going to tap it. There’s the show that’s listed and it also
lists individual episodes. I’m going to into the show and it will give
me information about the show. You can see a list of episodes there. Notice whenever you see an episode you see
that little cloud with the down arrow in it. I can download an individual episode without
subscribing to the podcast. Of course it doesn’t hurt to subscribe to
the podcast because then you can see a list of everything, you get the most recent episode,
and it’s easy to unsubscribe. So really no disadvantage to that. Anyway you can go into subscribe by tapping
that subscribe button. Now you can see it says I’m Subscribed. Now when I want to see my subscriptions I
can go to Library. Under there I can go either into Shows or
Episodes. Let me go into Shows and shows the three shows
I’m subscribed to. I can hit the Edit button at the top and remove
anyone of those if I want. I can go back to Episodes and see the episodes
that are available for all of the podcasts I’m subscribed to. So I’m subscribed to three different podcasts
on this iPhone and you can see I’ve got the most recent episode for each one shown here
and I can hit the cloud button to download anyone of those. So now that I’m subscribed to a bunch of shows
I can go to Listen Now and I can see this list of episodes. I don’t actually have to download it. I can just say I want to go right into it. I’ll go into this episode here and you can
see there’s a Play button there. There’s episode notes, links, all sorts of
things. So I can hit the three dot button there as
well and I can see I’ve got various things. Why would I want to download the episode and
not play it? Well, say I’m going to go offline and, you
know, I want to listen to this episode I can have it so it’s stored here but I’m not listening
to it right now. I can also add it to a Play Next list if I
want. I can Share it as well. So there’s various different things you can
do. But the basics are that you can just go ahead
and listen to it. Now there are a ton of options. But you won’t find them here in the app. You’re going to find them in Settings. So let’s go to Settings and under Settings
I can go into Podcasts. Here’s where you’ll find all the different
settings. For instance, Background app Refresh and Cellular
Data are important if you want to be able to download over your mobile network. Whether or not to Sync Podcasts through iCloud
so your Mac and maybe your iPad have the same episodes, the same shows. Only Download on Wi-Fi is an option there. Continuous Playback so it will automatically
goes through the list. Very useful, say you’re riding the train to
work and you’ve got a bunch of five minute podcasts and you want them to just play. How often it Refreshes so it looks for new
episodes. Download Episodes. I have it turned off. If you select All Unplayed or Only New it
would automatically download new episodes. The great thing about that is that you get
some new episodes overnight. You get up in the morning and you take your
iPhone and start your commute to work and you find that you’ve got those new episodes
already on your device. So for most people you’re going to want that
on. Automatically Delete Played Episodes . You
want to go and make sure you have this setup depending upon how you want to use the podcast
app. Now if you are going to go and listen to a
bunch of podcasts say during a commute you’re probably going to want to setup a playlist. The way you do that is you go into Library
here and you go to Edit. You can create a Playlist called a Station. So you can hit New Station and I’ll just call
this Test and hit Save. You have all these different settings for
this station. So I can say I want Play in Manual Order,
Oldest to Newest, that kind of thing. I can group them by podcast so it plays all
the episodes for one podcast first and then for the next one. Or I can decide how I want to include episodes. So include the Most Recent Episode, the Most
Recent 2 Episodes. Only include Audio perhaps or only include
Video. Only play the Unplayed Only. I can choose which podcast. So I can say I want it to be this one and
this one but not MacMost Now since that’s a video and I don’t want to listen to that
while I can’t see the video. So you can see I’ve got this station now that’s
got the two podcasts I’ve selected, all the options that I want, and now I go back here
to the Library, I hit Done here, and I see I have Test. I can go into Test and I can just play the
first one and it will continue to play through the list. This way you can subscribe to say twenty different
podcasts but maybe only have five or six of them on a specific playlist like for your
morning commute, maybe one for your afternoon commute, maybe one for your lunch break, that
kind of thing and easily get to them using all those different settings. That’s pretty much the only bit of customizability
that you’ve really got beyond just choosing which shows and going to individual episodes
to listen to them manually. The last thing I want to show you is the Playback
functionality. So say I go into an episode here and I hit
Play. Now while it’s playing you can see at the
bottom of the screen I’ve got, just like in the Music app, the little strip there that
shows me what is currently playing. I can tap that and it brings it up full screen. Now I can see all sorts of details. I’ve got a Play and a Pause button. I’ve got Go back 15 seconds, Go forward 15
seconds. I continue to move up and I can set a Sleep
Timer so say I’ve got a two hour long podcast and I’m going to try to listen to it while
I try to sleep at night. I can set a timer for it to turn off automatically
after ten minutes. I’ve got a speed change there. I’ve got the ability to do the Airplay. I’ve got three dots there for some extra functionality. I’ve got the Episode Notes I can get to. I’ve got what’s Up Next in the list. So you’ve got a lot of functionality there. You even have the ability to scrub back and
forth and jump around in the podcast.

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