What you need to know
- You can now add custom RSS feeds in Google Podcasts.
- The feature is now available on both the mobile app and on the web.
- Once you add a custom feed, the podcast will appear along with other shows you are subscribed to.
Google has released a new update for its Podcasts app, adding a feature that a lot of users have been waiting for since a long time. As spotted by the folks at Android Police, it is finally possible to view and subscribe to podcasts by entering the RSS feed in the Google Podcasts app.
On the mobile app, head over to Activity, and then tap on the Subscriptions tab. Next, select the three dots in the top right corner of the screen and tap on the "Add by RSS Feed" option. If you use the Google Podcasts web client, click the menu at the top left and then choose "Add by RSS feed." Once you add a custom feed, the podcast will show up alongside your other subscribed shows.
While Google Podcasts is still not as feature-rich as some of the best podcast apps out there, the latest update definitely makes it a little better. Google has been regularly rolling out new features to the app over the last year, which has helped make the app a lot more popular. Last month, the app reached the 50 million downloads milestone on Android.
If you don't see the "Add by RSS feed" option on the Google Podcasts app on your device, make sure you have the latest version from the Play Store.
It's in desperate need of a landscape mode.
Wow, how many years later? As a Play Music user, I was eager for Google to come out with their own podcast app, but when I downloaded it at launch, I quit it in like a week because I could only subscribe to podcasts that the owners had already added to the platform, and if they hadn't been added, I couldn't subscribe. So I stuck to Pocket Casts.
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