Learn how to delete podcasts from your iPhone

Here at Podcast Pursuit, we provide you with information about the best podcasts from history to technology to mysteries. Below we detail where to download podcasts, and the steps to delete podcasts from your iPhone.

How to Download Podcasts

The following instructions come straight from the Apple website’s Help Guide.

Here’s how to download an episode in the Apple Podcast app so you can play it when you’re offline.

  1. Tap Library, then tap a show to see its information page.
  2. Swipe left on an episode, then tap or.

When you save an episode, your iPhone will automatically download it so you can listen offline. To turn off this option, go to Settings > Podcasts, then turn off Download When Saving.

Now, here are specific instructions for how to download podcasts from Apple Podcasts, specifically:

  1. Open the Podcasts app.
  2. Browse or search for a show, then tap it.
  3. Touch and hold the episode that you want to download.
  4. Tap Download Episode.

When you follow a podcast, the show’s newest episode automatically downloads to your device. 

Finger selecting Podcasts app icon on iPhone

Reasons to Keep Played Episodes 

The primary reason to keep podcasts on your phone is their educational and entertainment value. If you’re interested in a topic, say history, it’s worthwhile to hang onto all of your history podcasts. What if you really love history, but you’re having a bad day and just want to delete things from your phone? Instead of the impulse to get rid of your history podcasts, you could check in with yourself and remind yourself of how much you love the subject. 

Another good reason to keep podcasts is that in the absence of something to do, they’re always around for you to listen to instantly. That’s the advantage of so much data on the web these days – it’s all at your fingertips. 

Reasons to Delete Played Episodes

The top reason we recommend deleting podcasts? Storage. You can store your podcasts on the cloud, so you don’t have to keep them using up space on your phone. With cloud storage, you can always access podcast episodes remotely, but you don’t need to keep the actual files on your phone. 

Another reason to delete podcasts is that if you’re sure you don’t need to access their particular educational or entertainment content, you might as well go ahead and get rid of them. Being decisive is generally a good thing, and deleting podcasts from your iPhone is no exception. 

How to Delete Podcasts from Your iPhone

There are two answers to this question: one, how to delete individual episodes, and two, how to delete the entire podcast series. 

To delete individual episodes, Apple has prepared this guide:

  1. Tap Library, then tap a show to see its information page.
  2. Swipe left on an episode, then tap Remove Download or Unsave. If you’re looking at a specific episode, tap.

To delete all downloaded episodes from a podcast:

  1. Tap Library.
  2. Tap Shows, then tap a show to see its information page.
  3. Tap, then tap Remove Download.

Tip: You can also remove all downloaded episodes from a show by going to Settings > General > iPhone Storage > Podcasts, then tapping Edit.

To remove all downloaded episodes from all of your podcasts (if you’re really sure you want to do this): 

  1. Tap Library, then tap Downloaded.
  2. Tap, then tap Remove All Downloads.
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When All’s Said and Done

Podcasts are awesome. If you really like a subject, download some of the podcasts we’ve mentioned in our diverse array of articles. There’s something for everyone on Podcast Pursuit. Money? We’ve got you. Technology? No problem. Mystery? Yep, you can find podcasts here

This guide outlined step-by-step reasons to keep or delete a played episode and how to delete them. We hope it was helpful!

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Last Update: April 2, 2024