How to Clear Podcasts Storage on iPhone & iPad to Free Up Space

Jan 22, 2021 - 1 Comment

How to Clear Podcasts Storage on iPhone & iPad to Free Up Space

If you listen to a lot of podcasts on your iPhone and iPad, especially downloaded podcasts for offline listening, chances are they’re gradually taking up valuable storage space on your device. Fortunately, you can clear this data whenever you want and with ease.

Apple’s Podcasts app is a home to well over 800,000 active podcasts, and apparently accounts for more than half of all people who listen to podcasts in general. Listening to podcasts is a great way to keep yourself entertained while you’re working out, doing chores, driving, or going for a jog. But those podcasts can also take up storage capacity on an iPhone or iPad, so you might be interested in knowing that you can delete the podcasts you’ve downloaded and listened to, in order to free up space for something else. If your iOS or iPadOS device is running low on storage, or you’re just wanting to clean house a bit, we’ll be guiding you through the steps to clear Podcasts storage on both the iPhone and iPad.

How to Clear Podcasts Storage on iPhone & iPad

Clearing the storage space that’s used by the Podcasts app is a fairly simple and straightforward procedure. Thankfully, you can delete all your downloaded podcasts in one place, which can free up quite a bit of capacity. Here’s how this works:

  1. Head over to “Settings” on your iPhone or iPad.

    iOS settings icon

  2. In the settings menu, scroll down and tap on “General”.

    How to Clear Podcasts Storage on iPhone & iPad to Free Up Space
  3. Now, choose “iPhone Storage” to view your stored data.

    How to Clear Podcasts Storage on iPhone & iPad to Free Up Space
  4. Here, scroll down and find the Podcasts app. You’ll see the storage space it has taken up right here. Tap on “Podcasts”.

    How to Clear Podcasts Storage on iPhone & iPad to Free Up Space
  5. Now, you’ll see a list of downloaded podcasts at the bottom. In order to remove them, tap on “Edit” as shown in the screenshot below.

    How to Clear Podcasts Storage on iPhone & iPad to Free Up Space
  6. As for the last step, tap on the “-” icon right next to each show, in order to delete them from your device.

    How to Clear Podcasts Storage on iPhone & iPad to Free Up Space

That’s pretty straightforward, right? Now you’ve learned how to free up your storage space by deleting downloaded podcasts from your iPhone and iPad, and if you listen to a lot of podcasts and frequently find yourself low on storage capacity, you might do this every once in a while.

Alternatively, you can also delete podcasts that you’ve downloaded right within the Podcasts app. However, this method is for people who have a ton of podcasts downloaded, as you can remove them all in one place, and even see how much storage space each podcast takes up.

By default, Apple’s Podcasts app automatically downloads all the new episodes to your device. However, you can turn this off in Settings -> Podcasts, if your iPhone or iPad is running low on storage space. Additionally, the app automatically deletes podcasts 24 hours after they’re played, so make sure you’re up to date on your shows to free up some space.

If you frequently use this app to listen to your favorite podcasts, you might be interested in learning how to properly manage, add and delete podcast subscriptions on your iPhone or iPad for a better overall experience.

We hope you were able to delete all the downloaded podcasts from your iPhone or iPad, and found some storage capacity relief in the process. How much storage space was the Podcasts app taking up in your instance? Do you have any other tips or advice for managing podcasts? Let us know your experiences, advice, or other helpful info in the comments, and don’t forget to check out more podcasts tips here if the topic interests you.


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Posted by: Hamlin Rozario in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Eric English says:

    Hi. I love your tips. My iPhone 8 ical now has moved all the events one day early. The are in the correct dates on my MacBook Pro and iMac. I found some help only a few years ago about older iPhones but nothing about the 8. I’m running the latest OS and IOS and have the correct time zones. I haven’t crossed the International Date line. Anyone else checking in on this topic. Help.

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