How to Add Episodes to Up Next in the Podcasts App on an iPhone

Here's how to make an Up Next playlist to play episodes in the Apple Podcast app in a particular order. You can also add to, subtract from, and rearrange episodes!

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When you make an Up Next playlist in the Podcasts app, the top podcast in your list will play when your current episode is finished. Once you've created this playlist or queue, you can add, remove, or rearrange your podcast episodes. Let's learn how to create an Up Next list, then add, subtract, and rearrange your podcast playlist in the Podcasts app.

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How to Make, Add to & Rearrange an Up Next List in the Podcasts App on Your iPhone & iPad

We've written about how to subscribe to a podcast, how to unsubscribe form a podcasthow to use the sleep timer in the Podcasts app, and how to organize podcasts into stations. For more great, free Podcast app tutorials, check out our free Tip of the Day. Now, let's learn how to add podcast episodes to the Up Next list in the Podcasts app, so the next podcast you want to listen to will play automatically when your current podcast is finished playing. To do this:

  1. Open the Podcasts app.
  2. Open an episode you want to listen to and tap the three dots at the bottom of your screen.

    iphone podcasts apptap the three dots
  3. Tap Play Next; a pop-up will confirm that the episode was added to your list. Tap Play Last if you want to add the episode to the end of your list.
  4. To rearrange, add to, or subtract from your Up Next list, scroll down from the podcast that’s currently playing, and you'll see the Playing Next list.
  5. Episodes play from top to bottom. Touch and hold on the three lines next to the episode’s name, then drag and drop the podcast where you want it to be.

    tap play next or play lasttouch and hold the three bars to move episodes
  6. To remove an episode, swipe left on the episode, then tap Remove

    tap remove
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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and 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.