How to Fix Podcast Not Working on iPhone, iPad (iOS 17)

🗓️ November 29, 2023 By ✍️ Jaysukh patel

The podcast App not working on iPhone, or iPad. Get real fixes and Useful latest iOS Podcasts app features on iPhone, Pad, for the Newly redesigned podcast in the latest iOS. Listen from the iPhone podcast app now easy on iPhone with some essential hidden features. The redesigned Podcast User Interface is helpful for the podcast over on iOS devices (iPhone, iPad). My Podcast friend shared experiences and issues on the new Podcast after iOS 17 update from the old iOS.

Apple made huge changes after a long time, so we gathered the correct helpful guide. Come back anytime and find your tips and issues related to solutions in this article. The useful solution for unable to download podcast or Podcast is Temporarily unavailable.

How to Fix It When an Apple Podcast Won’t Play or unable to Download Podcast on iPhone or iPad

1: Find your Favorite podcast on iPhone, iPad

Use the Search podcast, Browse, Library, and Listen Now options from just below the bottom tab on the podcast app. And Start to enjoy.

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2: Podcast Not Playing iPhone after iOS update: iPhone, iPad

Restart or Force Restart iPhone

Press and Hold the Below buttons until you see the Apple logo on the Screen,

Tip for iPhone X and later Face ID iPhone models

  1. Press and Quickly Release the Volume Up button, then
  2. Press and Quickly Release the Volume Down Button, then
  3. Press and Hold the Side Button until you see the Apple logo on the Screen.
Hard Reboot iPhone Step by Step

For iPhone 7/ iPhone 7 plus: Sleep/Wake + Volume Down button simultaneously

For iPhone 6S and Earlier: Sleep/Wake + Home button until you see the Apple logo on the screen.

To start the iPhone, press the Side button again until the startup Apple logo is on the screen.

3: Cannot connect right now podcasts Error

Check for Wi-Fi or Cellular Data issues. That might be happening because of Wi-Fi disconnecting automatically from the iOS device.

  • Launch Settings > Wi-Fi > Check Wi-Fi is connected.
Open Setting Select Wi-Fi Connect Wi-Fi On iPhone

Podcasts won’t play the radio or live-streaming

Podcasts Don’t play Episode: or Popup in Episode is temporarily unavailable on iPhone, iPad

Force close the podcasts app switcher screen and re-launch the podcasts app on iPhone or iPad. You’re Saved and Added in playlist podcasts never remove on re-launch.

4: Subscribe & latest ios Podcast continuously play Stop auto Download Podcast

Step 1: Search and Open podcasts on the Podcasts app. Tap on Follow Shows for getting new podcasts in notification alerts. Or Add to Queue for continuously Playing podcasts on iPhone and iPad.

Open Podcast Tap on Follow Select Add to Queue On iPhone

5: Add more Episodes & podcasts Queue in iOS Device

Once we Subscribe (Follow) to the podcast, the Sub-Episode will see on the screen. We can create a playlist by manually adding more to a playlist (Add to Queue). Search Podcast by name, Subscribe first and Find a list of podcasts, Tap on hold on “(…)” and select Podcast Play Next > Add to Queue. All Episodes will sequentially play in the queue one by one.

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Step 1: Tap on the (…) icon near Episode name > and Tap on Play Next to add “Add to Queue” to the Podcasts list.

Select More Tap Add to Queue On iPhone

6: Podcasts App Crashes and Freezes

There are too many reasons for the Podcasts app Crashing and Freezing over time.

  • Check for update iOS (Device Gets Updated Version of iOS)
  • Delete and Re-install from the App Store. Open the App Store and Search “Podcast,” Download and install the app. Restoring old data from an online library (All Saved podcasts in the iCloud library).
  • Close the app and Re-launch the Podcasts app on the iPhone

7: podcast AutoPlay  from iOS podcast playlist, Set Timer for Auto Stop

Set a timer for auto-stop play sound on a podcast app.

Step 1: Launch the Podcast app on your iPhone > Tap on Podcast Player > Tap on the moon icon on Podcast Player for “Sleep Timer.”

Playting Play Sound Tap On the Moon Icon On iPhone

Step 2: Select Timer for 5 Minutes, 10 Minutes, 15/30/45 minutes or One Hour. That’s it.

Select Sleep Timer Choose Timer for 15 Minutes On iPhone

8: Podcasts Won’t Play in Sequence, Don’t Play Podcasts Continuously

Unfortunately, you haven’t added all podcasts serially or not in sequence. We can re-arrange the Episode in the playlist using the Drag icon as we discussed earlier.

Step 1: Go to Settings for a selected podcast from the top on more option > Set Episode Order “Newest To Oldest” under the Episode Order.

Select More Click Setting Set Episode Order On iPhone

Step 2: Open the Podcast player and Tap and hold on More Options button (three horizontal dots).

Playing Play Sound Select More Option On iPhone

Step 3: Re-order the Podcast using Three Lines by Drag it. Inside the popup, Tap on More Option at the top right corner > Settings > Select “Continuous Playback” under the EPISODES section.

Select More Option Click on Setting Enable Continuous Playback On iPhone

Or Find more in Custom Settings > Episode Order, Delete played Episodes and more.

9: Mark as a Played missing in iOS Podcasts App

In the latest iOS, the option for Mark As a played Episode was removed. Now you can get all recently played podcasts in the library Tab at the bottom of the app > Episodes (Check Saved, Downloaded, Recently Updated) list.

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Check out the day and month-wise played podcasts list.

10: Fast Forward and Slow Down Auto Podcasts

See the option for Fast Forward and Backward up to 15 seconds and Forward to 30 seconds.

Option for Fast Backward And Forward On iPhone

11: Save Episode, Delete Podcasts from Library

Go to the Settings > Podcasts. Scroll Down and EnableDownload When Saving” and “Removed Played Download”.

Open Setting Select Podcast Tap Download When Saving And Remove Played Downloads On iPhone

12: How to Share? Unable to Share Podcast

Open the podcasts app screen and Open Podcast settings by tapping on three horizontal dot icons. Find the Share Show option (Upper Arrow icon with a square box).

Open Podcast Select More Options Choose Share Episode On iPhone

13: Podcasts Audio Speed change: Faster or Slower

On Podcasts player, See option for Fast forward up to 1x, 11/2x, 2x, 1/2x. Change it on repetitively tap on it.

Option For Fast Forward On iPhone

14: Stop podcasts play on Cellular Data

Save Data usage that prevents access to Podcasts app while cellular is turned on. So make Cellular Data disabled for a podcast. So forgetfully we never play or use the Podcasts app on iPhone while Mobile data is turned on.

Go to Settings > Podcasts > Disable Allow over Mobile Data toggle.

Open Setting Select Podcast Disable Automatic Download Over Mobile Data On iPhone

15: Enable Download Podcasts on Wi-Fi Only

We can play any Episode Podcast offline, like Apple Music. But want to disable Mobile Data and Wi-Fi only. Keep this option enabled.

Go to the Settings > Podcasts > Only Download on Wi-Fi.

Open Setting Select Podcast Choose Only Download on Wi-Fi On iPhone

16: Auto Refresh New Episode

Change Frequency for auto-finding new podcast while in use. We can change the frequency for Refresh new podcasts on iPhone.

Go to Settings > Podcasts > Refresh every > 1 hours/6 Hours/Day/Week or Manually.

17: Stop Download Episodes

Stop any Episode download on your iPhone,

Step 1: Open Settings on your Phone > Choose Podcast Option

Open Setting Select Podcast On iPhone

Step 2: Automatically Download Episodes > Off.

Select Automatically Download Off On iPhone

18: Disable/ Enable Delete Played Episodes

This option will automatically delete Episodes after 24 hours after they are played.

Step 1: Go to the Settings > Podcasts > Enable “Delete Played Episodes.”

Open Setting Click Podcast Enable Remove Played Downloads On iPhone

19: Apple Podcasts App Alternatives for iPhone, iPad

There are many favorite podcasts live streaming and officially from the studio. Thousands of new features and exciting channels are on these Apple podcast App alternatives.

Overcast (Apple Watch Compatible Podcasts app), Podbean, iCatcher, Pocket Casts, Stitcher Radio, Downcast, RSSRadio Podcast, Instacast Core.

20: Podcast or Episode Details and Descriptions

On the podcasts player, open podcasts player and Slide up play to see more settings.

See the Description and Tap on Show.

20 See Podcast Description and Details on iPhone

Delete Episodes from a playlist of iPhone podcasts app.

21: Episode Unavailable, Episode Temporary unavailable, How to Remove podcasts from a playlist?

Close the app and Re-launch the app. Go to Playlist and Slide left on it > Delete.

That’s it.

Final Tips:-

Above all are the Quick tips and Guide for Podcasts on iPhone, iPad running latest iOS.

Apple made massive changes in design and Functionality otherwise it’s genius and comfortable to use always. In that hope, Apple will give more features and be easy to access.

Jaysukh Patel
Jaysukh Patel

Jaysukh Patel is the founder of howtoisolve. Also self Professional Developer, Techno lover mainly for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and iOS, Jaysukh is one of responsible person in his family. Contact On: [OR]

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