Pocket Casts 9+

Powerful podcast player


  • #101 in News
  • Free
  • Offers In-App Purchases



Pocket Casts is the world’s most powerful podcast platform, an app by listeners, for listeners.Our podcast player provides next-level listening, search and discovery tools. Find your next obsession with our hand curated podcast recommendations for easy discovery, and seamlessly enjoy your favorite shows without the hassle of subscribing.

Here’s what the press has to say:

Wired: “Pocket Casts Is the Podcast App Every iPhone User Needs”

iMore: “Pocket Casts is the best podcast app for iPhone”

With a unique set of simple yet powerful features and a limitless podcast database, you’re sure to find something you love.


Design: Easily listen to, manage and find new podcasts.

Themes: Whether you’re a dark or light theme person we’ve got you covered. We even have you OLED lovers covered with our Extra Dark theme.

Universal: Custom but familiar iPad interface, supporting Slide Over, Split View and Picture in Picture.

Everywhere: CarPlay, AirPlay, Chromecast and Sonos. Listen to your podcasts in more places than ever before.


Up next: Automatically build a playback queue from your favorite shows. Sign in and have that Up Next queue sync to all your devices.

Trim silence: Cut silences from episodes so you finish them faster, saving hours.

Variable speed: Change the play speed from anywhere between 0.5 to 3x.

Volume boost: Increase the volume of voices, while decreasing background noise.

Stream: Play episodes on the fly.

Chapters: Jump between chapters easily, and enjoy embedded artwork that the author has added (we support MP3 and M4A chapter formats).

Audio & video: Play all of your favorite episodes, toggle video to audio.

Skip playback: Skip episode intros, jump through episodes with custom skip intervals.

Apple Watch: Control playback from our Apple Watch app, adjust the volume or change playback effects, all without ever touching your phone.

Sleep timer: We’ll pause your episode so you can rest your weary head.

Airplay & Chromecast: Send episodes straight to your TV or speakers with a single tap.

Sonos: Browse and play your podcast collection directly from the Sonos app.

CarPlay: When you’re in the car, so are we.


Sync: Subscriptions, Up Next, listening history, playback and filters are all securely stored in the cloud. You can pick up where you left off on another device and even the web.

Refresh: Let our servers check for new episodes, so you can get on with your day.

Notifications: We’ll let you know when new episodes arrive, if you like.

Auto download: Automatically download episodes for offline playback.

Filters: Custom filters will organize your episodes.

Storage: All the tools you need to keep your podcasts tamed.


Discover: Subscribe to any podcast in iTunes and more. Browse by charts, networks and categories.

Share: Spread the word with podcast and episode sharing.

OPML: Jump on board without any hassle with OPML import. Export your collection at any time.

There are many more powerful, straight-forward features that make Pocket Casts the perfect podcasting app for you. So what are you waiting for?

Visit pocketcasts.com for more info about the web and other platforms supported by Pocket Casts.more

What’s New

Version HistoryAug 11, 2021 

Version 7.18.1

We back kiddo’s! Bigger and better (or is it badder?) than ever. Hitting you with a bug fix release just to ease back into things

– Background refresh enhancements

– Fixed some widget issues where the wrong podcast could be shown

– Fixed an accessibility issue where you couldn’t close the Sleep Timer and Effects dialogs easily

– Accessibility no longer reads the podcast name for an episode when you’re on the podcast page

– Fixed iOS [redacted, add the numbers 14 and 1 to get there] related crash on the podcast settings page

– Fixed an iPad related crash on our support page

– Fixed an issue with watch complications

– Improvements to image loading in CarPlay

Ratings and Reviews

See All3.8 out of 52.3K Ratings Monica00000, 04/10/2021

Great podcatcher app, one big flaw

I love Pocket Casts. Sick of how buggy and confusing the proprietary Apple podcast app is, I switched to Pocket Casts over a year ago and haven’t looked back. The UI is much cleaner and easier to navigate. My one complaint is that the search feature is very basic and only searches for whole podcasts rather than podcast episodes. (So for example, let’s say I want to listen to a podcast episode about the infamous Dyatlov Pass incident; searching “Dyatlov Pass” wouldn’t yield episodes about Dyatlov Pass from various podcasts, it would only yield podcasts whose name happens to be similar to or contain the words “Dyatlov Pass”.) That’s a real shame because the one good thing about the proprietary Apple podcast app was that I liked using the search feature to search for some niche subject I was interested in, and I would discover new podcasts by listening to their episode about the thing I wanted to hear about. On Pocket Casts, I just have to just kind of browse their discover page and hope that I find some podcast that happens to have some episodes that interest me.morenelphos, 12/03/2020

What I’ve been looking for… FINALLY!

I honestly don’t understand some of the negative reviews. Some are overly harsh for such minor inconveniences. I don’t know if the gripes are legitimate or just people expecting absolute 100% perfection from an app, and a developer with a stellar, bug-free track record.

I had been using the Apple Podcast app for years but finally ditched it because of syncing issues between multiple devices (no matter how I tweaked the settings). I then tried at least ten others before landing on Pocket Casts. The other podcast apps were usable and each had its pros and cons, but Pocket Casts is the only app yet that syncs the way I need it to. I can listen on my iPhone, then log into my Mac (web interface) and pick right up where I left off. I haven’t tried the Mac app yet. I’m perfectly content with the other web page for listening. I also like the listening stats on the app and how it shows how much time I’ve saved with skipping, speed, trimming and so on.

The layout is great and looks sleek and natural on the iPhone. As one user mentioned in a review, having folders of some sort would be nice. This way all of my podcasts aren’t lumped together, but can be separated by Sports, Science, etc… Other than this, I’m really liking what I’m seeing so far. I subscribed for the year because I really don’t see anything else out there being better. I’ve looked again and again and haven’t found it until now. Thanks!morejjstratton, 10/31/2020

Best podcast app with a few quirks

I want to just echo what most other reviewers are saying, in that Pocket Casts is the best podcast player out there. The UI in my opinion should used as an example in exemplary design in UI/UX programs or schools.

I’ve tried others like Overcast or Google Podcasts, but I keep coming back to Pocket Casts. They’ve really put a ton of effort in refining their app over the years, often including entirely new features for free. They’re also one of the few companies that includes a quality web player so you keep up with your podcasts while your on your computer.

As someone who relies on this app daily, it’s only natural that some issues might arise from time to time. One feature I use heavily is the ability to Cast podcast episodes to our Google Home or Nest speakers. Most of the time it works fine, but lately it seems like there’s some communication or latency issues between the server and the app. There is a long standing issue where if you finish a podcast episode while Chromecasting and your phone’s screen locked, then when you unlock your phone and go back to the app, the episode you just finished will still show it’s progress as being where it was prior to the screen being locked.

Overall, this app is a must have. None of the other podcast apps, including the overly praised Overcast, come close to matching the ease of use and simple pleasure of using Pocket Casts!more

App Privacy

See Details

The developer, Automattic, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


SellerAutomattic, Inc. Size75.9 MB CategoryNews CompatibilityiPhoneRequires iOS 14.1 or later.iPadRequires iPadOS 14.1 or later.iPod touchRequires iOS 14.1 or later. Languages

English Age Rating9+Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude HumorInfrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes Copyright© Podcast Media LLC PriceFree In-App Purchases

  1. Plus Monthly$0.99
  2. Plus Yearly$9.99


  • Family SharingWith Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.
  • SiriGet things done within this app using just your voice.

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