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The best podcast apps for your smartphone in 2020

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To some extent, podcasts owe their name to the iPod but of course, you don't need an Apple-flavored piece of kit to listen to them — they're just as accessible on a multitude of other devices as well as your desktop or laptop. There are plenty of apps and services looking to help, too. Here are the best podcast apps for Android.

On Android, there's an impressive selection to work your way through as far as podcasting apps are concerned. They all offer a similar set of features but you will find some differences, so it's worth doing your research before you stick with one — and this list of the best options will provide some pointers.

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Google Podcasts (free)

It has taken Google a long time to get into the podcast game but it has finally released its own dedicated Android podcast app. The app has had time to study its competition, and has taken bits and bobs from successful third-party apps to pull this off. It is super easy to subscribe and download your favorite podcasts and its discover features work well after you have spent a bit of time building up your library.

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Google is a bit late to the party, but its podcast app delivers the goods. / © Google Play Store

One of the biggest bonuses of Google Podcast app, however, is the ability to listen across all of your devices thanks to Google Assistant. You can be listening to a podcast on the subway home and as soon as you walk through your front door, tell your Google Home device to pick up exactly where you left off.

Pocket Casts ($3.99)

Pocket Casts has been in the podcasting game for quite a while now and is widely regarded to be one of the best apps of its type on iOS and Android (it also recently launched a web portal too). One of the advantages of Pocket Casts is the way it syncs your listening over multiple devices and platforms.

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Pocket Casts is available on Android, iOS, and the web. / © NextPit

The app includes a few clever tricks for speeding through podcasts (like speed adjustment and the ability to cut out silences) and the discovery tools are well put together too. It supports Android Wear and has been updated to Google's Material Design standards, so it's well worth a look.


BeyondPod ($6.99)

Like Pocket Casts, BeyondPod comes with a clean and enticing interface and syncs your content to the cloud so you can carry on listening from different devices as you go. Access to the app is a touch on the expensive side but there is the option of a 7-day free trial so you can see if you like it first.

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BeyondPod fits in with Google's Material Design. / © BeyondPod

One of the areas where BeyondPod excels is in managing your podcasts and letting you flick through them easily, and there's a widget available as well for quick home screen access. There's also smart playlist support if you want to group particular types of podcast together for listening on the go.


Podcast Republic (free)

The interface isn't quite as polished as some of the other options here, but Podcast Republic is packed with features and can meet just about all your podcasting needs with the minimum of fuss. You can use all of the features for free and put up with some ads or pay ($1.99) to remove them.

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Podcast Republic is free if you don't mind some ads. / © NextPit

The app is well laid-out and intuitive, letting you navigate by category as well as quickly pulling up unplayed, favorite and recent podcasts. There's also the option to build up customized playlists too. There's a Dropbox-powered sync feature, plus an accompanying widget and a handy car mode view.


DoggCatcher ($2.99)

You're going to have to pay out for DoggCatcher but if you're serious about your podcasting then you might consider such an outlay well worth it. There are all kinds of useful features here, including an auto-delete mechanism that can free up some space by erasing podcasts once you've heard them.

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DoggCatcher excels at managing podcasts. / © DoggCatcher

The discovery aspects of the app are particularly well done and both audio and video can be cached to your device for offline listening. Like all of the other apps we've mentioned here, Chromecast support is included, and another feature we like is the sleep timer so you can drift off to a podcast.


Spotify (free)

Pocket Casts has been running for years but Spotify has only just dipped its toes into the podcasting waters. Even though it's very new to the podcast scene, everything else it brings to the table means it's immediately well up there on the list as far as the best podcasting apps for Android go.

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Spotify support for podcasts is coming. / © Spotify

The only problem is: The podcasting feature hasn't rolled out yet. It shouldn't be too long but there's no official date. Still, based on the quality of the Spotify app as it stands, we'd still recommend giving the podcasting features a whirl when they do finally make it to the Android app.

What is your favorite Android podcast app? Share your chosen services in the comments below.

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David McCourt

David McCourt

David enjoys staying abreast of the latest technology and newest Android apps. Outside of the office, he can be found playing snooker and writing bad 00s indie songs.

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  • Mike 22
    Mike Nov 29, 2020 Link to comment

    CastBox has always worked well for me

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    ApkRapido Apr 13, 2020 Link to comment

    Very helpful article thank you for sharing

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    Lukas Nov 5, 2019 Link to comment

    I'm missing RadioPod from the list. It great for listening to podcasts and radio stations as well.

  • marco sarli 39
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    Oct 18, 2019 Link to comment

    I am a convinced fan of live radio. Somehow podcasts do not convince me


  • Guy Deridet 13
    Guy Deridet Sep 30, 2018 Link to comment

    You omitted Podcast Addict. I'm for 1 month in Madagascar. Dog Catcher, my usual podcast app didn't work. Google podcast neither. I tried Podcast Addict and it worked like a charm. Moreover, it's free, which of not the case of Dog Catcher. So, it will replace Dog Catcher for me.


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    blueskyes 99 Apr 8, 2016 Link to comment

    I like Podcast Republic, but can't seem to find a way to save the podcasts to my micro sd card in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Any advice? Thanks....

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    Pooja Mobileapptelligence Dec 2, 2015 Link to comment

    Europe occupies the second position as the tech hub of the world, after the USA. Centers like London and Berlin accounts for more than a third of the revenue that is acquired from mobile software. India is the center for outsourcing and most of its IT activities are concentrated to Bangalore, the silicon valley of India. The number of android app developers working in India account to 200K.

  • Eric Arduini 1
    Eric Arduini Jul 1, 2015 Link to comment

    Podcast addict

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    Kobirul Ali Jun 28, 2015 Link to comment


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      Hirsute Jul 1, 2015 Link to comment

      Where's podkicker? It's a great pod catcher, too!

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