How to Limit How Many Podcast Episodes Get Downloaded to Your iPhone

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Podcasts are entertaining, educational, and free in the Podcast app, so there's a temptation to subscribe to every podcast that catches our fancy. Unfortunately, though, if the podcasts you've subscribed to are automatically downloading to your iPhone, they can very quickly eat up a lot of your storage. You can limitthere's a way to limit the number of episode from each podcast your iPhone automatically downloads, so you can stop downloading unmanageable numbers. You can even set this limit at different numbers for different podcasts you're subscribed to! Let's get started learning how to limit the number of automatic podcast episode downloads on our iPhones.  

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  • Open the Podcasts app.
  • Tap on a podcast you'd like to limit episode downloads for.

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  • Tap on the three dots to the right of the podcast title.
  • Tap on Settings.

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Now you'll come to a screen with lots of different ways to customize your podcast download. To limit the number of episodes:

  • Under Episodes, tap Custom Settings.
  • Under Custom, select Limit Episodes.

  • Select the number of recent episodes to keep
  • Return to the Settings menu and tap Done.

You'll need to do this for each podcast you're subscribed to, which allows you to take into account the frequency with which each podcast tends to publish new content.

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her backpack or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.