How to Get Notified When a New Podcast Episode Comes Out

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If you have favorite shows in the Podcasts app, but keep forgetting to check for new episodes, you'll probably benefit from turning on notifications so you can keep up to date. On the other hand; if you're subscribed to lots of podcasts, it's easy to get overwhelmed by all the new episode notifications. Let's learn how to customize your Podcasts notifications, so you're informed about the shows you really want to listen to, while silencing notification about the ones you only occasionally tune into. 

Related: Get the Most Out of the Podcast App: Sync Your Podcasts between iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch

How to Customize Your Podcast Notifications

First, set up the Podcasts app to send notifications:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and select Podcasts.
  3. Tap Notifications.

  4. Toggle Allow Notifications to on.
  5. Select how you want to be notified.
  6. You can enable sounds as well


Now, you can select which podcasts are allowed to send you notifications:

  1. Tap Podcast Notification Settings.

  2. If a podcast is toggled to green, then you'll receive notifications for that podcast.
  3. If a podcast is toggled to gray, then you won't receive notifications for that podcast.
  4. Tap Done when you've finished customizing your Notifications.

That's it! As you subscribe to more podcasts you can use this method to update your notification preferences.

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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.