How to Limit the Number of Podcasts Stored on iPhone and iPad

If you are fond of listening to podcasts during free time or travel, there is a good chance you prefer to download your favorite podcasts so that you can listen to them offline. While it’s great to download podcasts for offline listening, you should ensure that they do not clutter your device. Bother not, Apple has introduced a pretty neat feature that allows you to limit the number of podcasts stored on iPhone and iPad. Let me show you how this automatic podcast downloads management feature works!

Limit the Number of Podcasts Stored on iOS and iPadOS

It’s worth pointing out that the option to limit the number of podcasts stored on the device requires iOS 15.5/iPadOS 15.5 or later. So, make sure your device is running the appropriate version of the software.

So, if you are yet to update your device, go to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad and choose General. After that, tap Software Update and download the latest version iOS/iPadOS as usual.

Step 1. To get going, open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2. Now, scroll down and choose Podcasts.

Podcasts setting on iPhone and iPad

Step 3. Under the Automatic Downloads section, tap Automatically Download.

Step 4. Next, you can select the desired option to download podcasts. Depending on your needs, you can choose to keep podcasts based on either the number of latest episodes per show or the number of days that have passed.

Limit the Number of Podcasts Stored on iOS and iPadOS

This is a pretty smart way to remove older automatic downloads by restricting how many are kept on your iPhone or iPad. However, if storage is not a problem for you, you have the option to download and keep all-new episodes.

Important Note:

  • Keep in mind that the default setting will not affect shows with customized settings.
  • The episodes which you have saved or manually downloaded will not be removed.

Wrapping up..!

There you go! So, that’s how you can free up storage on your iPhone or iPad by setting a limit on how many automatic downloads are kept. In more ways than one, the Apple Podcasts app is a complete package. Whether it’s the ability to let you keep your library perfectly organized, delete unwanted episodes faster, or fine-tune the Up Next queue to your heart’s liking, it’s got you fully covered. Do you have any feedback to share regarding this new podcast feature? If yes, shoot it via the comments section below.

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Rashmi Mishra

Founder/CEO: Rashmi Mishra is a new-age entrepreneur and a die-hard tech lover. Though Rashmi has a special liking for iPhone, MacBook, and Apple Watch, she loves to take the hottest Android smartphones and Windows laptops for a spin. When she is not reading stories that are breaking the Internet, you will find her either crafting designs or fixing lives for good!

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