If you use an iPhone to listen to podcasts, you likely started using the Apple Podcasts app. It works fine – at first. But there are so many other great options for podcast apps – for both iOS and Android. Some are iOS (iPhone & iPad) only, some are Android only, and some are for both ecosystems. Many of them include discovery options, playback controls, different sharing options, sleep timers, and more.
They’re organized by operating system, starting with options that work on both platforms. We’ll link to their app store listing so you can quickly check them out.
iOS & Android Podcast Apps
Pocket Casts is an awesome app for people who listen to a lot of different podcasts. It has a great UI, light and dark themes, useful search and filtering options, and a lot more.
Some of the highlights are:
- Trim silence
- Variable speed (between .5x and 3x speed)
- Volume boost
- Chapter navigation
- Apple Watch controls
Another useful tool is their sync option that lets you pick up where you left off on another device.
WeCast has nice UI that lets you discover popular podcasts, search or add one with an RSS feed.
One of the useful things with Stitcher is the ability to search for episodes, not just entire podcasts. You can create playlists, find new podcasts, listen to news, and more. It’s a free podcast app that offers a premium subscription service to remove ads and listen to original shows. It has won many “best of” awards as well.
TuneIn Radio is unique in that they offer MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL with their premium subscription service. It works with CarPlay, Apple Watch, and Chromecast. It can also be used for free to listen to your favorite podcasts.
Spotify is known for music, but they also have a curated podcast selection. I couldn’t live without it for music, but I would probably find something else for podcasts.
iOS Podcast Apps
This comes with your iPhone.
Overcast is ad-supported, but the ads are other podcasts you might be interested in, and are targeted by category. You can also pay to remove them.
Highlighted features include:
- Smart Speed
- Voice Boost
- Playlist filtering and reordering
- Discovery through your Twitter followers
Castro 2 is a unique iOS podcast player – in a good way. They have a cool Inbox feature that lets you queue or archive new episodes – great for when you don’t want to listen to every episode for every podcast. There is a night mode you can turn on and off with a two-finger swipe.
This is a well-designed podcast app that works great, especially when you are subscribed to many different podcasts.
Downcast is a great app for organizing your podcasts and offers a bunch of useful features. It also has iCloud sync so you can pick up where you left off.
PodCruncher has “unmatched playback control” offering playback speed control, gestures, landscape view, sleep timer, multi-speed slider, and more.
iCatcher! Podcast Player lets you download and listen (or watch) your podcasts. It’s a universal app, meaning it works on iPhone and iPad, and they also have an Apple Watch app.
Last, but definitely not least, is Castaway. You can download and stream podcast episodes, adjust playback rate, get notifications for new episodes, and more. Their UI is great and shows large artwork and has easy to use controls.
Android Podcast Apps
Podcast Republic is my favorite android podcast app. It supports iTunes and YouTube channels, has live radio streaming, the ability to save podcasts to your SD card, automatic download, Android Wear support, and a ton more.
It is ad-supported, but you can pay to remove ads.
Podcast Addict is hugely popular. They have Chromecast and Sonos support, advanced playback features, sleep timer, a bunch of different discovery options, widgets, and more.
BeyondPod has a great interface and millions of downloads.
Doggcatcher has over 10,000 reviews. Lifehacker said it is “the best podcast [app] for Android”.
Player FM syncs in the cloud, keeps your listening history, and lets you organize your podcasts however you’d like.
Check out Podkicker here.
AntennaPod is a nice podcast manager with import, organization and playback customization.