How to Limit How Many Podcast Episodes Get Downloaded to Your iPhone

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Podcasts are entertaining, educational, and free in the Podcast app, so there's a temptation to subscribe to every podcast that catches our fancy. Unfortunately, though, if the podcasts you've subscribed to are automatically downloading to your iPhone, they can very quickly eat up a lot of your storage. You can limitthere's a way to limit the number of episode from each podcast your iPhone automatically downloads, so you can stop downloading unmanageable numbers. You can even set this limit at different numbers for different podcasts you're subscribed to! Let's get started learning how to limit the number of automatic podcast episode downloads on our iPhones.  

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  • Open the Podcasts app.
  • Tap on a podcast you'd like to limit episode downloads for.

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  • Tap on the three dots to the right of the podcast title.
  • Tap on Settings.

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Now you'll come to a screen with lots of different ways to customize your podcast download. To limit the number of episodes:

  • Under Episodes, tap Custom Settings.
  • Under Custom, select Limit Episodes.

  • Select the number of recent episodes to keep
  • Return to the Settings menu and tap Done.

You'll need to do this for each podcast you're subscribed to, which allows you to take into account the frequency with which each podcast tends to publish new content.

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Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.