The best free Android podcast apps in 2023

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

For years, Apple has had many podcast players, but there haven't been many good options on Android. But now, in 2023, there are several Android podcast player apps that we recommend:

  • Google Podcasts – Google released its 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 – is another good free option. This is the most popular app among my friends who use Android.

  • Pocket Casts

  • Podcast Addict

  • Podcast Republic

  • Player FM

  • Podkicker

  • Dog Catcher

  • Beyond Pod

  • Podcasty

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?

The best podcast apps that work with Android Auto are:

How do I start a podcast?

To start your podcast, you 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!). 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, likely, the podcast isn't hosted by 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.