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How to use Google Podcasts on Android

Google Podcasts is the new official Google podcast player for Android. The app lets you listen to digital media quite similar to radio shows, and it has gained notoriety in recent times. In this way, the listener chooses not only what he wants to hear, but also when he wants to listen to the content.

With simple visuals, it is possible to synchronize the user's favorite programs and play them through the cell phone. In the next step-by-step, see how to use the Google Podcasts app. Although the procedure has been performed on a Sony Xperia XZ2 with Android O, the tips are valid for any smartphone with the system.

Application connects to the user account to synchronize playback; learn how to use

How to listen to podcasts in Spotify

Step 1. After downloading and installing Google Podcasts, open it on your smartphone. On the app's home screen you can find the podcasts that Google suggests to you.

First open Google Podcasts

Step 2. To search for a podcast, touch the magnifying glass icon at the top of the screen. Then enter the name of the program you are looking for.

Tap the magnifying glass icon to search for a podcast

Step 3. In the list of results, you can check the last three episodes of each podcast found. If you would like to subscribe to one of them or simply check out more details about the program, tap the program name or the "More episodes" button.

The search results also show the last three episodes of each podcast found

Step 4. On the next screen, you can enroll in the program in question. By doing this, both the podcast and your most recent episodes will gain prominence on the app's home screen.

When you subscribe to a podcast, the new episodes you launch will appear on the home screen

Step 5. Back to the screen with podcast details, you can view all your previously published episodes. You can also play any episode of the playlist just by touching the "play" icon on the right.

You can navigate through the episode list and play one of them

Step 6. To check more details about a specific episode, touch the title. In the next screen, in addition to viewing the episode name, description, date and size, you can choose whether to play it via streaming or if you want to download it in the phone memory, the icon with an arrow down.

By tapping on the episode, you can see more details about it or download it

Step 7. Choosing to download the episode may require you to grant Google Podcasts access to your smartphone storage. If this message appears, tap the "Settings" button and go to "Permissions".

To download an episode, you'll need to grant application storage permissions

Step 8. Then turn on the "Storage" switch and go back to Google Podcasts. After granting the permission, the application can save files to the phone's memory, so simply tap the download button again.

After granting the permission, return and try downloading the episode again

Step 9. After downloading an episode, you can even hear it without internet. On the Google Podcasts home screen, the episode will appear in the "Downloads" tab.

Step 10. Just like in a music player, a lower bar displays the currently playing episode next to the play and pause commands. You can tap this bar to access the other playback controls.

During playback, tap the lower bar to access other controls

Step 11. In the playback controls, in addition to being able to move forward or backward in the episode, you can change the speed at which it is played. To do this, touch the "1.0x" button and adjust the slider to your preference.

Use the playback controls to your preference

Ready! Now you know everything you need to listen to podcasts with the new Google app. In order for the playback to sync on different devices, you must use the same Google account on all of them.

Removing a downloaded episode

Removing downloaded episodes can free up good space in your smartphone's memory. However, it's worth remembering that Google Podcasts also has an automatic cleanup: completed episodes are removed after 24 hours. Meanwhile, unplayed or unfinished ones are excluded from storage in 30 days. However, if you'd like to know how to delete a downloaded episode, please follow the steps below:

Step 1. Open Google Podcasts again and go to the "Downloads" tab. Then select the episode that you want to delete.

Open Google Podcasts and select the episode you want to remove

Step 2. On the next screen, touch the icon marked " ". Then select the "Remove downloaded episode" option.

episode transferred "

Ready! After completing the above step, the episode in question will be available for download again, indicating that it is no longer present in the device memory.

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