Do you want to start listening to podcasts, but you don’t know where to begin?
Today’s article tells you ways to listen to podcasts, the most popular podcast platforms, and how to use them.
How to listen to podcasts on your phone
Many people use smartphones for listening to podcasts because they can do it on their way to work or while doing chores.
This is the easiest way to listen to a podcast. Practically every mobile device or computer on the market has a way to listen to podcasts. So, if you have a smartphone or a tablet, you already have an ideal podcast listening platform.
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Podcast apps for iPhone and iPad
If you have an Apple device, you probably know that it comes with a podcast built-in app. If you can’t find it look around your apps for Apple Podcasts. It’s a great app for an average listener. You can search the directory, discover new shows, and subscribe to your favorite ones.
To use Apple Podcasts:
- you first need to find and launch it on iPhone or iPad
- to look for podcasts, go to Browse at the bottom of the screen
- there you will see the lists of popular podcasts in different categories
- you can search for a podcast by tapping the Search button
- then you find a podcast that you want to listen to, the title page will show you a description and a list of available episodes.
If you like a podcast, click the Subscribe button at the top of the title page. You will be notified about new episodes. In addition, you can play podcasts you’ve subscribed to by tapping Library at the bottom of the Podcasts app screen.
Moreover, the Apple Podcasts app allows you to download podcast episodes and listen to them. But, first, you need to go to the options menu and choose Download Episode.
You can also use other apps that you’ll find in AppStore, such as Overcast, Pocketcasts, and Spotify.
Podcast apps for Android phone
The easiest way to listen to podcasts on an Android phone or tablet is by using the Google Podcasts app. You need to download the app and install it on your device. It will automatically connect with your Google account.
Once you’ve done that, follow these steps:
- find the Google Podcasts app and open it
- When you click the Search button, you can browse for new podcasts or go down to the Top Podcasts and Trending sections to see what’s available.
- When you find a podcast you want to listen to, click on its icon. On the title page of the podcast, there is a description and a list of available episodes.
- To listen to a podcast episode, click Play next to its title. At the bottom of your screen, you’ll see the playing episode.
- If you like a podcast, tap the Subscribe button at the top-left of the podcast’s title page.
- To find podcasts you subscribed to in the For You section on the main screen of the Google Podcasts.
You can also go to Google Play and download Podcast Addict, Pocketcasts, or Castbox. You can also use Spotify, where you can find many podcast options available.
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How to listen to podcasts on a computer
Listening on your smartphone is the most convenient because of its mobile. But technically, the easiest and most obvious way to listen to a podcast is to play it directly through your computer.
The downside is that you’re stuck to your desk, but sometimes that’s OK. This can also be a great way to find new shows and get a taster before you subscribe on your phone.
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Nearly every podcast has a player on its website where you can access all episodes. Go to the podcast page, click the play button, and listen.
Spotify, TuneIn, and other podcast platforms provide web players you can access through an internet browser.
You can also download a podcast app to your PC as Microsoft Windows does not come with a built-in.
When you download an app, you can play any show right inside one of the directory apps on your computer. Then, when you already have an app on your computer, navigate to the podcast section, browse around, and play.
If you already have Spotify on your phone, then the subscription carries right over to that platform when you download the app on your PC. Unfortunately, iTunes and Podcasts don’t work as seamlessly.
The most prominent disadvantage of listening to podcasts on your computer is that you’re stuck sitting at the desk. Instead, you can play the podcast through your PC speakers while doing something else around the house.
How to listen to podcasts on iOS
The iTunes application is preinstalled on a Mac, and it’s where you’ll find podcasts.
Here’s how you find and play podcasts with iTunes:
- After launching iTunes, go to the upper-left corner of the iTunes window and choose Podcasts from the drop-down menu.
- At the top of the iTunes Podcasts window, you have display options – click on Store. Don’t worry; almost every podcast there is free.
- In the Podcasts Store, you can see podcasts by category or search for podcasts using the Search box in the upper-right corner.
- When you find the podcast you want to listen to, click on its icon. After choosing a podcast, you will see a description of the program and a list of available episodes on the title page.
- Pick a podcast episode and a Play on the left of the title. The player controls are at the top of the iTunes window.
On the upper-left of the title page, there is a Subscribe button you can click if you like a podcast. When you want to listen to your favorite podcasts, go to the top-center of the iTunes Podcasts window and select Library.
How to Listen to Podcasts on a Smart Speaker
Apart from smartphones, tablets, and computers, there are smart speakers. The most popular are Google’s Google Home and Echo, powered by Amazon.
They can connect via Bluetooth and allow you to play from your smartphone, the same as any other speaker. But, the Echo, in particular, connects perfectly with TuneIn Radio and with Spotify.
You can tell Echo, “Alexa, play Crime Junkie on TuneIn” or “Alexa, play The Joe Rogan Experience on Spotify,” and the Echo will play the latest episode.
How to listen to podcasts in the car
People often listen to podcasts on their way to work or on the road. But, according to the latest podcast data, the car is the most common place to listen to a podcast. So, like how we used to listen to the radio in the car, podcasts are the new radio.
If you want to listen to podcasts in the car, your first option is via Bluetooth. Most cars today can connect to your phone to make hands-free calls. In the same way, you can play audio from your phone via Bluetooth. So, connect to your car as usual, and then play something from your podcast app of choice. You should hear it play over the speakers.
If that doesn’t work, you should have a car feature is an ‘aux in’ or a ‘line in’ port. It’s the same as a headphone jack, and all you need is a cable to connect your phone to your car.
How to find podcasts
There are over a million podcasts available today. So, where do you begin when you’re searching for something new?
You can browse through podcast apps’ charts or featured sections. If you’re interested in a particular topic, you can type in a keyword or two in the Search box. For example, “gardening,” “talk show,” and “how to be assertive.”
To find podcasts to listen to, you can talk to the people you know who have similar interests. These might be people you know in real life or members of online communities.
You can always go to Google to find blog posts with podcast roundups and rankings. Many of your results here are likely to come in the form of recommendations and top lists. This is a beautiful method for downloading a few episodes from well-established podcasts with extensive archives.
How to subscribe to a podcast
To get full advantage of listening to podcasts, it’s worth subscribing to your favorite show. When you subscribe, the show will automatically display on the Home Page.
You may subscribe to the podcast using either the iTunes app or the Spotify app, available for both Mac and PC.
On a smartphone, go to your mobile podcast app. For example, you can subscribe to podcasts in The Apple Podcasts app on iPhone. Other podcast apps, such as Spotify, have a similar feature.
Podcasts are a great way to stay informed and entertain yourself while on the go. However, it can be challenging to know where to start with so many options available. The best way to find new podcasts is by asking people with similar interests or searching online for podcast roundups and rankings. Once you’ve seen a few shows that you like, subscribe to get new episodes automatically.
Let us know what are your favorite podcasts in the comments below!