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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!
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:
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:
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:
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.
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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After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.