How to Sync Your Podcasts between iPhone & iPad

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If you love podcasts, and also love iPhones, iPads, and other Apple devices, you've probably heard that you can sync your podcasts across your devices. Once your devices are synced, you can use the Podcasts app to listen to a podcast on your iPhone, then pick it up right where you left off on your iPad. Syncing across Apple devices includes not only podcast playback positions but also your podcast subscriptions and stations. If this sounds like podcast heaven to you, follow the steps below to sync up your devices and start listening.

Related: How to Create a Playlist of Your Favorite Podcasts

You can sync podcasts between your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC, and even the Apple TV and Home Pod. For this tip, we'll only cover syncing your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch; I'll go over the Mac, PC, Apple TV, and Home Pod in another tip. Before you start, make sure you're logged in with your Apple ID to all the devices you'd like to sync with. If you have more than one Apple ID, you'll need to choose one and stick to it for podcast syncing. You'll need to repeat the steps below with your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to sync them all.

  1. Open your Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Podcasts.

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  3. Now toggle on Sync Podcasts.
  4. Make sure that Refresh Every is set on the same time for all the devices you're syncing.

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I hope you enjoy listening to your podcasts on your newly synced devices! Check out our iPhoneLife Podcast if you'd like to add another subscription to your queue!

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.