How to Stop Automatically Playing Podcasts on an iPhone

When you are listening to audio that you enjoy and you are doing something where your hands or your attention are occupied, then it’s useful to have audio continue to play without any intervention. For longer types of content like a movie, this may not seem possible, but you can adjust the setting in your iPhone Podcasts app so that podcast episodes continue to play automatically.

Podcasts are becoming more and more popular, and it’s likely that you can find a good podcast that covers nearly any topic you enjoy. Over time you may find yourself subscribing to a lot of different podcasts, often leaving you with more content than you can actually listen to.

Your iPhone can be configured to automatically start playing the next podcast that is shown in the “Up Next” section of the Podcasts app, thereby ensuring that the app continues to play your content as one podcast episode ends. But if you like to jump around to different episodes or different podcasts, then you may not like this behavior. Our guide below will show you where to find the setting that turns off this behavior.

How to Stop Playing Podcasts on an iPhone Automatically

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose Podcasts.
  3. Disable the Continuous Playback option.

Our article continues below with additional information on turning off automatic podcast playback on an iPhone, including pictures of these steps.

How to Disable Continuous Playback in the iPhone Podcasts App (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 12.3.1. However, these steps will also work on newer iPhone models like the iPhone 11, in newer versions of iOS such as iOS 13 or iOS 14.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

open the settings app

Step 2: Scroll down and choose the Podcasts option.

open the podcasts menu

Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Continuous Playback to turn it off.

how to disable continuous playback in the podcasts app on an iphone

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More Information on How to Disable Continuous Playback in the iPhone Podcasts App

The steps in this guide are going to prevent the Podcasts app from continuing to play other episodes once the current one ends. Note that this only applies to the default Podcasts app. Any other app where you can listen to podcasts won’t be affected by this change, such as the Spotify app.

You can make changes to the settings in the Spotify app by opening the app, selecting the Home tab at the bottom left corner of the screen, then tapping the gear icon at the top right of the screen. There you will find options for things like Account, Data Saver, Playback, Explicit Content, and more.

Some of the other settings that you can adjust for the default Podcasts app include things like:

  • Sync Podcasts
  • Block Downloads Over Cellular
  • Continuous Playback
  • Cellular Downloads
  • Remove Played Downloads
  • Enable When Following
  • Download When Saving
  • Hide Played Episodes
  • and more

As you can see there are a number of different options available when you want to adjust the playback experience for podcast episodes on your iPhone. If you are using the Podcasts app a lot then adjusting these settings can make it much easier for you to customize playback and enjoy listening to the audio content you enjoy.

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