The best free Android podcast apps in 2019

Looking for a free app on Android that can download and play podcasts?

For years, Apple has had a myriad of podcast players, but there haven't been many good options on Android. But now, in 2019, there are a number of Android podcast player apps that we recommend:

  • Google Podcasts – Google released its own native podcast app in 2018. There aren't a lot of bells and whistles, but it's a good basic player.
  • Spotify – if you're already a Spotify user, you can listen to most podcasts in your Spotify app.
  • Castbox – another good free option. This is the most popular app amongst my friends who use Android.
  • Pocket Casts
  • Podcast Addict
  • Podcast Republic
  • Player FM
  • Dog Catcher
  • Beyond Pod
  • Podcasty
  • PodKicker

Need a podcast app for Android with smart speed?

On iOS, Overcast has a "smart speed" feature, that automatically cuts out silences and gaps in the conversation for podcast episodes.

If you're looking for a similar feature on Android, Pocket Casts is your best bet.

What's the best podcast app for Android Auto?

On Reddit, audiophileguy asks:

I've used Stitcher but it absolutely sucks. The Android Auto UI is beyond terrible and to make it worse, the app locks you out of navigating it on your phone, rendering it useless. I've been using Google Podcast but I am growing more and more frustrated. I can't pick series to download, the name of the episode doesn't show up half the time, and the persistent notification icon won't swipe away. Does anyone have a good podcast app that works well with Android Auto?

The best podcast apps that work with Android Auto are:

How do I start my own podcast?

To start your own podcast, you basically need three things:

  • A microphone
  • Software to record and edit your show
  • A place to host your audio files, and generate your RSS feed

Apps like Spotify, Pocket Casts, and Stitcher are Android podcast players that also feature a podcast directory. But they're not hosting platforms. When you click "download" or "subscribe" in these apps, the request gets sent to whichever host your favorite podcast is using (like Transistor.fm!). The podcast player will then download the MP3 file from that server.

If you've ever clicked "download" for a podcast, and it didn't work, it's likely that podcast isn't hosted with a reliable provider!

To get hosting for your podcast, sign up for Transistor. We feature:

  • Global audio CDN
  • Unlimited storage and bandwidth
  • Customizable websites
  • In-depth analytics
  • Embeddable audio player
  • Support for multiple users
  • Integrates with MailChimp, ConvertKit, and Drip.

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Published on February 25th, 2019
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