It has been well-documented that while iOS 11 has been a very nice change of pace for Apple, the software has had its issues. One such application that has suffered from the iOS 11 launch has been Podcasts.
Apple has made a myriad of changes to the application, including the removal of basic features such as Podcast Playlists. For some odd reason, Apple has opted to move to this functionality to the “Up Next” feature, although it doesn’t work exactly the same.
Create Podcast Playlists
In short, you can’t create standard playlists in the iOS 11 Podcasts. Instead, you will be taking advantage of the “Up Next” queue. This can be found when you begin playing a podcast of your choice.
The Podcasts app will show a prompt which says “Now Playing”. This describes that you can find more features when swiping up from the bottom of the screen. These features are similar to that of the Apple Music app, so it makes sense this gesture was added to the Podcasts app.
Now, in order to create a “Podcast Playlist”, you’ll want to find the next podcast you want to listen to. From there, you want to select the three-dot menu button in the bottom right-hand corner. A slide-up prompt will appear and you will want to select “Play Next”.
How to add a new podcast to the Queue
Now that your queue has been created, you will likely want to add a few more podcasts to the list. This can be done by navigating to your library, using 3D Touch, and selecting “Play Next”.
This method will allow you to continue playing your current podcast while lining up some more options for the queue. After the podcast is added, the app will show you a prompt confirming that your queue has been updated.
If you want to add another podcast to the queue, but don’t want to play it next, there’s a way to do so. Simply 3D Touch on the podcast episode of your choice, and select “Play Later”. This will move the podcast to the end of the queue.
How to view/arrange Play Next Queue
Once you have your “playlist” created in the Podcasts app, you may want to change the playback lineup. Maybe there’s something that you just added that you want to listen to next, or maybe you just want to switch things up.
There’s an easy way to view the queue and change the playback lineup. Simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen on the ‘Now Playing” podcast screen. Then, you will see the “Up Next” section and can tap and hold each podcast via the three lines to the right of the listing.
This will allow you to simply drag and drop your podcasts selections into the order that you want to listen to them in. If for any reason you decide to remove a podcast from this list, you can do so by swiping to the left. A ‘Remove’ button will appear, and you can either continue swiping or tap that button and the podcast will be removed.
Possible issues ahead
One problem that I have discovered while using the Apple Podcasts app and this ‘Up Next’ feature is the grouping of podcasts. If you are behind on listening to your favorite podcasts, you may find multiple episodes showing up in your queue.
This usually only happens when the current podcast that you’re listening to has some older episodes left in the library. You won’t be able to delete these from the queue until they are reached.
However, you are still able to add and remove more podcast episodes to the queue thanks to 3D Touch. Find the episode you want to add, 3D Touch the episode, and select “Play Later”. This will move the podcast to the end of the queue, and then you can re-arrange using the steps above.
There are murmurs and rumors that Apple is looking to revamp the iBooks app in the near future. We can only hope that Apple will finally get all of the kinks worked out with the Podcasts app. Until then, you can check out other reliable options such as Overcast, or Pocket Casts.
If you have run into any other issues or have any questions about the Podcasts app, feel free to sound off in the comments. We’ll be sure to respond as quickly as we can to help solve any problems that may arise.