It’s always a love and hate relationship with changes that Apple introduces in its Apps. Most ifolks, in our opinion, are not digging the changes that were introduced in the podcasts app in iOS 11. In this article, we cover a few short tips that help you customize the Podcast app to your personal preferences so that you can make the best out of your podcast experience.
First Things First.
Yes, the old playlists feature has been removed from the new Podcasts app in iOS 11. You now need to get familiar with the ‘Play Next’ queue and the other new Podcast App settings.
- 1 Basics of the Play Next / Up Next Podcast Queue in iOS 11
- 2 How do I change the order of episodes for my podcast shows?
- 3 In Summary
Basics of the Play Next / Up Next Podcast Queue in iOS 11
How Do I locate the Play Next Queue?
The Play Next queue is not easily visible in the app. While your podcast app is playing, you need to scroll up a little to find your up next queue. The Up Next shows all the different episodes from the various shows that are queued up to play. When you start Podcasts app after upgrading to iOS 11, you see the instruction from Apple to scroll up to access your play queue.
Playing a Podcast on an iPad?
Things look a little different on an iPad versus an iPhone. But the mechanics are the same. Find your iPad’s Now Playing feature in the lower-right corner of your iPad’s Podcast app.
Tap your iPad’s Now Playing to open up all your Podcast Player’s features, including controls, sleep timer, share button, episode notes, and to see what’s up next in your Podcast playlist. Scroll down to see your entire Up Next Playlist.
Don’t See An Up Next List?
There is no “up next” displayed if you don’t actually have anything queued.
How Do I Change the sequence of Episodes in the Up Next Queue?
It is easy to change the sequence of the episodes in your Up Next queue for the podcasts. Once you have scrolled up to access your Up Next queue, Press on the 3 horizontal bars on the far right of the episode and you can drag it and drop it to change its play order list in the queue.
Problems Using Up Next on an iPhone?
Some of our readers let us know that the Podcast App is not allowing them to change the order of their Up Next list on their iPhones using iOS 11.2 and above. Specifically, they are not seeing the three horizontal bars next to their upcoming Podcasts and they are also unable to swipe to remove a specific podcast from their list.
If your Podcast app is experiencing this problem, try the following:
- Close the app by double pressing Home or swiping up the Home Gesture Bar
- Locate the Podcast App Preview, and swiping up to close
- Restart your device
- Launch the Podcast App again
- If that didn’t help, go through these steps again using a forced restart instead of a normal restart
A few readers say that changing their Episode Display Settings to “Play Most Recent First” also fixed this particular issue. To do so, tap Library > Shows > Select a Show > Tap the three dots > Settings > and change Episodes to Play Most Recent First.
How Do I add an episode to the Play Next Queue?
Adding and removing episodes from the Up Next/ Play Next queue is easy. While you are exploring the various episodes of any given show, tap on the 3 dots inside a circle on the far right of the screen and then choose ‘Play Later’. This action adds the episode to your play queue.
What about removing an episode?
Removing episodes from the Up Next queue is fairly easy. Swipe towards your left from the three horizontal bars next to the episode and you will find the option to remove the episode from your play queue.
How do I change the order of episodes for my podcast shows?
If you are in the process of catching up on older podcasts, you may perhaps want the older un-played episodes first followed by the newer ones. In order to change the sequence, you will need to access the “Settings’ for the show.
In the Podcasts app, tap on the ‘Library’ tab and then tap on Shows. Tap on the show whose sequence you want to change. Next, tap on the three dots within the circle icon on the far right of the play row.
On this next screen, choose Settings and under Episodes, choose Custom Settings.
Here you can choose to change the order of the episodes from ‘Newest to Oldest’ or choose ‘Oldest to Newest’.
How to Customize the Options for Your Podcast Shows
Not only can you customize the episode order of your favorite podcast shows, but you can also change other settings options to tune the experience to your liking.
Start with Download Episodes in the Custom Settings area. The default option is “Only new”. You can change it to ‘All unplayed’ if you want to download older episodes that you missed out. You can also set this to Off and manually download episodes.
If you do decide to set it to download new or unplayed, you may want to check the high-level settings for cellular data usage if that is a concern. Tap on Settings > Podcasts > and choose to enable ‘Only Download on WiFi”.
Similarly, you can mark the episodes for deletion in order to save storage space once you have listened to them by enabling ‘Delete Played Episodes’ in the main podcasts app settings.
In the custom settings for the Podcast show, you can also customize the limit episodes settings and choose from a variety of options to match your preference.
You can also customize the refresh frequency of the episodes for your podcast shows here in the custom settings.
Take time to explore these settings to make the best use of the options that are most suitable for you.
How To Setup Sleep Timer with Podcasts in iOS 11
Setting up the sleep timer is relatively easy. You will find the option under now playing screen. Tap on the ‘Sleep Timer’ button and choose the time limit that you want to use or set it to go to sleep after the currently playing episode ends.
You can also choose to add the Podcast app to your iPhone Widgets for easy access. This allows you to start playing the episodes of any given show by simply tapping on the show icon on the podcast widget.
When you 3D Touch on the Podcasts app on your home screen, you will find the option to refresh your podcasts as well as add in the podcast widget to your iPhone.
We hope that some of these items provided you with additional clarity around using the podcasts app in iOS 11. What we are missing from the podcast app experience is the ability to continuously play something. The only way we have found some success is to create a dedicated station for a particular podcast and use it so that it plays the episodes in a continuous mode.
Update – 12/2/2017
iOS 11.2 Released today brings back some of the flexibility to the Podcasts app.
- The update adds support in Podcasts to automatically advance to the next episode from the same show.
If you are open to exploring third-party apps to get the best out of your podcast listening experience, you may want to check out Overcast or the Pokectcast app in the app store. You can also learn more about the iOS 11 Podcasts experience from Apple site.
Please let us know in the comments below if you have any questions or if you like to share a favorite tip of yours when it comes to using Podcasts on the iPhone or iPad.