[Updates] Apple Podcasts: Stop playback after the current episode

I fell asleep on a podcast the other day and woke up listening to a completely different podcast. If you listen to programs on Apple Podcasts, then you probably know the problem that another episode is played after the one you've listened to without being asked. Depending on which podcasts you have already listened to or have added to your watch list, one of them will be selected as the next playback title. But how can you get around that? How can I stop playback after the current episode or set a sleep timer in Apple Podcasts? You can find the answer to this question here!

Reader's note update: Podcasts Sleep Timer in playback view

As our reader Michael shows with a comment (see below), the Apple Podcasts app on the iPhone has a sleep timer. But it was too well hidden for me - or rather not intuitively integrated by Apple. If you want to use the sleep timer for podcast playback on iOS, then proceed as follows:

  1. Opens the Podcasts app and starts one reproduction
  2. Navigates to Play indicator the current playback (e.g. tap the thumbnail at the bottom)
  3. Shifts this view via Swipe gesture up
  4. Tip on the timer Button (moon symbol)
  5. Selects a time period or "According to the current episode"
The Apple Podcasts Sleep Timer under iOS on the iPhone. I didn't find it but was pointed out in the comments. Thanks for that.

The Apple Podcasts Sleep Timer under iOS on the iPhone. I didn't find it but was pointed out in the comments. Thanks for that.

Reader's note update: Deactivate "Continuous playback"

As you can see in the comments below, our reader Dirk pointed out to us that there is a native solution to stop podcast playback after an episode. So you don't necessarily have to use the timer function of the clock app (see instructions below) if you only want to play the current episode. To do this, "Continuous playback" must be deactivated. That's how it's done:

  1. Opens the Settings on your Apple iPhone
  2. Scrolls down to the point Podcasts to open
  3. Deactivates the slider at the point Continuous playback
If you want to stop playback after the current episode in Apple Podcasts on the iPhone or Mac, you can do this in the settings.

If you want to stop playback after the current episode in Apple Podcasts on the iPhone or Mac, you can do this in the settings.

Apple Podcasts: Stop playback after a podcast episode / individual time

I browsed through various menus, rummaged through the iOS settings on the iPhone and in the end couldn't find an option with which I could have done that. There is no “stop playback after current episode” button. However, there is a system-wide solution from Apple that is hidden in another app, namely in the clock app. This provides a timer, at the end of which either a sound can be played or the current audio playback can be ended. And this is how you use it to stop playback in Apple Podcasts under iOS on the iPhone or under iPadOS on the iPad:

  1. Opens the Clock app on your mobile device
  2. Tap on the bottom right timer-Symbol
  3. Sets a time using hours, minutes, and seconds
  4. Tap on Timer end, scrolls to the very bottom, selects "Stop playback" and taps in the upper right corner To adjust
  5. To start the timer for Apple Podcasts (or another app), tap Start
A slightly different order than in the list above, but you can also stop playback in Apple Podcasts after the current episode or set a sleep timer. Simply via the clock app and its timer function.

A slightly different order than in the list above, but you can also stop playback in Apple Podcasts after the current episode or set a sleep timer. Simply via the clock app and its timer function.

The best thing to do is to first look in the Apple Podcasts app to see how long the podcast episode is that you want to play and after which you want to stop playing. Add a second or two, set up the timer in the clock app, then switch back to the Podcasts app and tap on play. Then playback should stop pretty much exactly at the end of the episode.

Apple Podcasts: Clock app as an alternative to the sleep timer

As I showed you a week ago, you can also use the above instructions as a universal sleep timer on the Apple iPhone use. In the linked post, I have attached this to the Apple Music app, which also does not have its own option for stopping playback. You can also use the timer to stop any other playback. So if you listen to a podcast to fall asleep and know that you will not hear the entire length, but only the first ten or fifteen minutes, then you can enter this time individually in the timer of the clock app. This allows the choice of hours, minutes and seconds.

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6 comments

  1. Dirk says:

    Hi John,

    under settings -> podcasts there is the setting "continuous playback" and if you deselect this, then only one episode is played - at least for me.

    Regards
    Dirk

    PS: This also exists on the Mac.

    • Johannes Domke says:

      Hi Dirk,

      thanks for the hint! I completely overlooked that during the search. Will add it in the post :)

      Best regards
      John

  2. Michael says:

    There is a timer function directly in the Podcasts app for ending after a certain time, after a chapter or after an episode.

    • Johannes Domke says:

      Hello Michael,

      where exactly can you find them?

      Best regards
      John

      • Michael says:

        Hi John,

        Drag a little upwards in the playback view and click on "Timer".

        Regards
        Michael

        • Johannes Domke says:

          Hello Michael,

          thanks for the hint! Wonder how Apple came up with hiding the function like this. Who comes up with the idea of ​​moving the playback view up?

          Will add that in the article.

          Best regards
          John

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