How to limit the number of podcasts stored on your iPhone or iPad

You can now limit the number of podcasts stored on your iPhone or iPad. This is possible thanks to the update of the iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5, which allow the user to set an automatic limit for a certain number of episodes of a podcast show.

The practice of downloading podcasts on iPhone to iPad is interesting because it allows listening to episodes and a program while traveling or during a trip where there is not a good level of signal to get the internet mobile. However, when you subscribe to podcast shows, your iPhone tends to fill up quickly if you don’t have time to listen to every episode that comes out. This is why the function to limit the number of stored podcasts was created.

Limit the number of podcasts on iPhone and iPad: why and how the feature works

As it becomes more and more difficult to manage files stored on iPhone, especially with photos, videos and music from streaming services, the available space becomes smaller and smaller over time, the Apple decided to set up a tool that could help podcast fans. Starting with iOS 15.5, the company has made available the ability to limit the number of automatic downloads in the official Podcasts app based on user-defined criteria.

With the new feature, it is now possible to download and keep only the most recent episode of each of the shows you subscribe to. At the same time, you can also choose to leave the last 2, 3, 5 or 10 episodes of a show. There is also the option to retain downloads of today’s releases or a certain number of days, which can include for a maximum of 30 days.

How to limit the number of podcasts on iPhone and iPad

Before continuing with the step-by-step guide on how to limit podcasts on iPhone and iPad, make sure they are running OS version 15.5. To do this, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update. After that, follow the steps below.

Step 01: Go to Settings on iPhone or iPad

Step 02: Scroll down until you find “Podcasts”.

Step 03: Select the “Automatic Downloads” option.

Step 04: Choose the option that best suits your use.

Screenshots with steps 02, 03 and 04 (from left to right). Source: Victor Valeri

Note that episodes that exceed the chosen limit will be automatically deleted from the iPhone or iPad. However, this rule does not apply to episodes that you recorded or downloaded manually. Also, whichever option you choose, custom settings for podcast shows will not be affected.

About Apple Podcasts

Originally launched in 2012, Apple Podcasts already has over 2 million shows, according to a publication made by the company in April 2021. The application has been pre-installed on iOS since 2014 and is already present on iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, CarPlay and Windows operating systems.

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