Apple Podcasts: Arranging from the first to the current episode is (unfortunately) complicated

Not just that Sir Apfelot Newsreel Podcast you can listen to Apple podcasts, but also shows and talks, the episodes of which are not always up to date. For example, I am currently listening to the office ladies Podcast by Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey. The two had roles in the US series "The Office" (2005 to 2013) and go through an episode of the same in each podcast episode. Unlike news podcasts, it's worth listening from the oldest to the newest episode. I'll tell you here how to get the episode list sorted chronologically and why it's so complicated.

If you don't want to start with the most recent episode of a newly discovered podcast, but want to listen to it chronologically, then that's possible. Learn how to reverse the order of episodes in Apple Podcasts.
If you don't want to start with the most recent episode of a newly discovered podcast, but want to listen to it chronologically, then that's possible. Learn how to reverse the order of episodes in Apple Podcasts.

Apple Podcasts: Order podcast episodes from oldest to newest

Regardless of whether you use the app on the iPhone and iPad, on the Mac, via the Apple Watch, via CarPlay or on the Apple TV, the settings specified for individual podcasts are also applied to your other devices. That means if you watch the podcast episodes e.g. B. can be arranged chronologically on the iPhone, then they are also listed on the Mac from the first to the most recent. And that is how it works:

  1. Calls the Show page of the podcast in the app
  2. Click/tap on the right three points (…) to bring up the show menu
  3. Choose in it Settings from
  4. Under "Order of Episodes", check "Oldest First"
  5. Click on the "OK" button or tap on "Done" at the top right
The procedure on the iPhone.
The procedure on the iPhone.
The first steps on the Mac.
The first steps on the Mac.
The individual podcast settings on the Mac.
The individual podcast settings on the Mac.

Why the individual podcast setting makes sense

When I first found the podcast episode sorting setting, I wondered why it was so hidden. Above all, I had to ponder why it is not a general setting, but has to be set individually for each podcast. 

The settings are only applied to the selected podcast. As you can see, the measure outlined above had no impact on the Sir Apfelot Podcast. As usual, this will be played from the latest episode.
The settings are only applied to the selected podcast. As you can see, the measure outlined above had no impact on the Sir Apfelot Podcast. As usual, this will be played from the latest episode.

But then it seemed logical to me, because not every podcast tells a chronological sequence and should therefore be listened to from the first to the last episode. Sometimes the latest episodes are the most interesting, even if you don't know the previous ones - whether news, comedy, tech or lifestyle podcast. You can often hear the episodes mixed up.

Setting is applied to other devices but not to other shows

So if you change the sort order for a show in Apple Podcasts, it will only be saved for that one show. Other podcasts are not affected unless you customize their settings as well. That's why this option is unfortunately rightly hidden. But the good thing is that it is adopted for the devices with the same Apple ID.

So if I start a podcast on the iPhone and want to continue listening on the MacBook, I don't experience any nasty surprises with the automatic episode selection. But I only found that out by accident. After I had done the sequence sorting on the iPhone, I wanted to do it on the MacBook a few days later. And then I saw that this had already happened. There was no indication of this.

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