How do you manually add a podcast feed to iOS and Android

Most podcast players include a directory of podcasts that allow you to search and find the show you want.

But occasionally, you'll need to manually add a podcast to your app. This is true for private podcast feeds, or for podcasts that haven't submitted their feed to Apple, Google, or Spotify for indexing.

Note: this article is intended for podcast listeners. If you're a podcaster looking to submit your podcast to directories, follow these guides.

You can't currently manually add podcast RSS feeds to these apps:

  • Spotify
  • Stitcher
  • Castbox
  • Google Play
  • Google Podcasts
  • iHeartRadio App

How to manually subscribe to a podcast

Copy the podcast's feed URL to your clipboard. You'll also find this on a podcast's web page. Here's an example from The Bigs podcast:

How to use a podcast RSS feed

How to add RSS feed in Apple Podcasts (iOS)

  1. Click the Library icon (bottom of the screen).
  2. Click the "Edit" link in the upper-right hand corner.
  3. Click "Add a Podcast by URL."
  4. Paste in the podcast's RSS feed.

Apple Podcasts is automatically included on your iPhone.

How to add RSS feed in Overcast (iOS)

  1. Click the "+" symbol in the upper-right hand corner.
  2. Click "Add URL" in the upper-right-hand corner.
  3. Paste in the podcast's RSS feed.

You can download Overcast here.

How to add RSS feed in Pocket Casts (iOS and Android)

  1. Click "Discover" at the bottom of the screen. 
  2. Paste in the podcast's RSS feed in the search tab (and click "Enter"). 
  3. Click Subscribe.

Download Pocket Casts here.

How to add RSS feed in Podcast Republic (Android)

  1. Click the three dots in the upper-right-hand corner.
  2. Click “Add Podcast” and paste in the podcast's RSS feed.
  3. Click "Find Podcast."

Download Podcast Republic.

How to add RSS feed in Podcast Addict (Android)

  1. Click the "+" symbol in the upper-right-hand corner.
  2. Click “Add RSS Feed” and paste in the podcast's RSS feed.
  3. Click "Add."

Download Podcast Addict.

Published on March 26th, 2019
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