Google Podcasts Now Available on iOS

If you live in the Apple ecosystem and you listen to a lot of podcasts, chances are your go-to podcast app would be Apple Podcasts. There are also many other free and paid options out there if you so choose. Pocket Casts and Overcast both have great ratings. Today you get one more option. Google’s very own podcast app, called Google Podcasts, no surprise there, is now available on iOS.

Google Podcasts App Icon

If you are thinking you are finally able to ditch Apple Podcasts, here are a few quick facts about the iOS version of the Google Podcasts app that you’ll want to check out first.

Content

First of all, all your favorite podcasts will also be available on the Google platform. However, you will have to search for them and subscribe again one by one if you haven’t previously used the app in conjunction with your Google account.

User Interface

Compared to Apple Podcasts, the Google Podcasts app has a rather slick design.

You get three tabs at the bottom of the screen, Home, Search and Activity. The Home tab has all the shows you are subscribed to and the episodes available. The Search tab is where you can find new shows. In the Activity tab, you have your queue, downloads, history and a list of your subscriptions.

There is a button on the top left corner for streaming your podcasts to AirPlay and Bluetooth devices. You also have another button on the top right corner for your Google account.

In the Now Playing screen, you get all your usual playback controls – play, pause, fast forward, rewind, sleep timer, playback speed and such.

iOS Google Podcasts App Main Interface 

iOS Google Podcasts App Now Playing View 

Possible Deal Breaker?

The Google Podcasts app does not currently work with CarPlay. Although I don’t see any reason why Google would take too long to add CarPlay support. But then again, there is this thing called COVID-19 going on right now. Did you wash your hands enough today?

Rating

As of the time of this post (Sunday, March 29, 2020), the app has 4.2 stars with 112 ratings on the App Store.

How to Delete Synced from iTunes in Podcasts App on iPhone

Synced from iTunes Podcast Episodes 

Apple’s Podcasts app can be overly complicated sometimes. I recently synced my iPhone (running iOS 13.3) with my laptop (running macOS Catalina), and a new section called “Synced from iTunes” appeared in a couple of podcast programs on my iPhone.

Synced from iTunes in Apple Podcasts App on iOS

Now, this bugs me for two reasons.

One, those episodes just simply should not be there. They were old episodes that I already listened to, but they do not auto-delete. Swiping or force touching on them does not reveal a delete option either. Because they are in my library, they keep appearing in Playing Next to haunt and taunt me. 

Two, didn’t Apple just split iTunes into three different apps in their latest macOS? So why does it still say iTunes?

I tried to not let those episodes bother me, but finally, it became too much and I had to do something.

How to Get Rid of Them

While I was not able to find a solution for it, I did find a workaround that worked for me. Here’s the link to the original Apple Communities post that contained the workaround.

    1. Tap Synced from iTunes to go into the section
    2. Tap the add button Add button on each episode, and then tap the download button Download button
    3. Once all the episodes are downloaded, Synced from iTunes should disappear
    4. If you still see Synced from iTunes, delete all the downloaded episodes in My Episodes

Following these steps should help you get rid of Synced from iTunes and regain control of the Podcasts app. Hopefully, Apple does not somehow find another way to screw things up.

One More Thing

If you mostly listen to podcasts on the go, you’ll probably want to stop syncing them between your computer and your phone.

Uncheck Sync Podcasts

Let us know in the comments if you had the same issue! We hope this post was helpful!

Apple Podcasts