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How to use podcasts in Google Play Music for Android

In the next logical step of the evolution of Google Play Music, Google has added podcasts to the concoction. Now, from within the Google Play Music app, you can search and stream all your favorite podcasts.

There's no longer a need for third-party apps and jumping around between your music and podcasts, since you now have a one stop shop. Google Play Music's podcasts are missing a couple features, like being able to queue up multiple episodes from different podcasts, but features like that are likely forthcoming.

We've put together a quick guide to get you up and running.

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How to find and subscribe to your favorite podcast in Google Play Music

  1. Launch the Google Play Music app from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the menu button on the top left of the screen. It's three horizontal lines.
  3. Tap Podcasts.
  4. Top Charts: A limited collection of podcasts that are either promoted or have the most listeners. This is the "main page" of Google Play Music podcasts.
  5. All categories: Tap this to reveal a list of categories. The top rated podcasts in each category will appear when you tap each one.
  6. Search: Tap the search button on the top right of your screen to search for podcasts by title or subject matter. Podcasts appear under the Podcasts heading in your search results.

  1. Tap the podcast to which you'd like to subscribe.
  2. Tap the Subscribe button.
  3. Tap the checkbox next to Auto-download if you'd like to always automatically download the latest three episodes.

  1. Tap the checkbox next to Notifications if you'd like to receive a notification when new episodes are uploaded.
  2. Tap Playback order to choose to play episodes from newest to oldest or oldest to newest.
  3. Tap Subscribe.

You can unsubscribe by following the same steps.

How to manage podcast subscriptions in Google Play Music

You can change the settings you initially made when you subscribed at any time.

  1. Launch the Google Play Music app from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the menu button in the top left of the screen. It's three horizontal lines.
  3. Tap Podcasts.
  4. Tap Your Podcasts on the top center of your screen.

  1. Tap the menu button on the podcast for which you'd like to manage settings. The button is three vertical dots.
  2. Tap Manage subscription.
  3. Tap the checkbox next to each setting to change it as you wish. See steps 7 to 9 above for more information.

How to share a podcast with Google Play Music

If you're really enjoying a podcast and feel like others would too, you can share the whole podcast or individual episodes.

How to share podcasts via text message in Google Play Music

  1. Launch the Google Play Music app from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the menu button in the top left of the screen. It's three horizontal lines.
  3. Tap Podcasts.

  1. Tap Your Podcasts on the top center of your screen. Or, search for the podcast you'd like to share.
  2. Tap the menu button on the podcast you'd like to share.
  3. Tap Share.

  1. Tap the messaging app with which you'd like to share the podcast.
  2. Enter the name of the contact with whom you'd like to share the podcast.
  3. Tap Send.

How to share podcasts via Facebook in Google Play Music

  1. Launch the Google Play Music app from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the menu button in the top left of the screen. It's three horizontal lines.
  3. Tap Podcasts.

  1. Tap Your Podcasts on the top center of your screen. Or, search for the podcast you'd like to share.
  2. Tap the menu button on the podcast you'd like to share.
  3. Tap Share.

  1. Tap Facebook.
  2. Tap Post.

How to share podcasts via email in Google Play Music

  1. Launch the Google Play Music app from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the menu button in the top left of the screen. It's three horizontal lines.
  3. Tap Podcasts.

  1. Tap Your Podcasts on the top center of your screen. Or, search for the podcast you'd like to share.
  2. Tap the menu button on the podcast you'd like to share.
  3. Tap Share.

  1. Tap the email app you'd like to use.
  2. Enter the email address(es) with which you'd like to share the podcast.
  3. Tap Send.

How to share podcasts via Google Hangouts in Google Play Music

  1. Launch the Google Play Music app from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the menu button in the top left of the screen. It's three horizontal lines.
  3. Tap Podcasts.

  1. Tap Your Podcasts on the top center of your screen. Or, search for the podcast you'd like to share.
  2. Tap the menu button on the podcast you'd like to share.
  3. Tap Share.

  1. Tap Hangouts. You may have to scroll to the right.
  2. Choose an account if prompted.
  3. Tap New conversation or an existing one, if you wish.

  1. Enter a contact's information.
  2. Tap the next arrow.
  3. Tap Send.

How to share podcasts via Twitter in Google Play Music

  1. Launch the Google Play Music app from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the menu button in the top left of the screen. It's three horizontal lines.
  3. Tap Podcasts.

  1. Tap Your Podcasts on the top center of your screen. Or, search for the podcast you'd like to share.
  2. Tap the menu button on the podcast you'd like to share.
  3. Tap Share.

  1. Tap Tweet.
  2. Log in, if prompted.
  3. Tap Tweet.

How to share individual podcast episodes in Google Play Music

  1. Launch the Google Play Music app from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the menu button in the top left of the screen. It's three horizontal lines.
  3. Tap Podcasts.
  4. Tap Your Podcasts on the top center of your screen. Or, search for the podcast you'd like to share.

  1. Tap a podcast.
  2. Tap the info button next to the episode you'd like to share. It's an 'i' in a circle.
  3. Tap the share button.
  4. Share as described above.

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85 Comments
  • US only?
    Is there a location hack to get this working like the original play music beta? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah, step 1 is be American. You can almost certainly get it to work, but is it worth it? It's best to assume I'm being sarcastic. if I'm ever serious I'll type "/s" to make it clear.
  • Be American! Steady on old chap, let's not do anything rash! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hey, I'm not suggesting we actually do it! But it is a prerequisite for this at the moment. It's best to assume I'm being sarcastic. if I'm ever serious I'll type "/s" to make it clear.
  • I wonder if fake GPS and a VPN would do it. Or I could be lazy and just stick with pocketcasts. ;) Posted via the Android Central App
  • I am new Android user (just bought a 6P) and all these geoblocking stuff is really off-putting :) After some hurdles, I managed to subscribe to GPM (I set my home address and billing address for Google Play to a random US address, used a VPN, and I'm currently subscribed to GPM/Youtube Red) For the Podcasts, I see the option on the GPM website and I can subscribe to podcasts, however I don't see the option on the phone. Hopefully that is some server-side rollout issue rather than a geoblocking issue..
  • That is correct. Podcasts went live on the browser app for everyone on Monday, but you'll find that when Google rolls out updates to Android apps, they do it in waves, so you may not get the update until a few days after it is initially posted. Same goes for OS updates. Give it a day or two, and you should get the app update that enables the podcast feature. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It launched in the U.S. and Canada only, unfortunately.
  • Don't see it in Canada Play Music Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's already on the web version of Play Music. The update on the app will roll out in phases I guess.
  • Got the update yesterday (live in Canada), but no sign of the Podcast session. What's going on? Is this something that need to be enabled on Google's side so my app can show it properly?
  • Why? A dedicated podcast app is better.
  • Yes and this will be helpful when Google gets off its behind and sends the update through the play Store. Yes I can go to the apk mirror but this should have been out literally yesterday Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have the update and still cannot access podcasts
  • Me 2 Posted via the Android Central App
  • I just got the update that states podcasts are here, and I still don't have podcasts available. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Me too. I was going once I got the update through the play store it would be enabled but no dice.
  • Heck, I'm still waiting for family plans to become available! I expect this to get resolved in the next 10 years or so.
  • I don't have an update. Still see no podcast option. Not sure if I'll use it anyway. I'll certainly try it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • What about how to force play music to update. It doesn't show podcasts on my phone. Using og Nexus 5.
  • I also am waiting on the update. I'd love to be able to stream podcasts at work with Play Music, as it's on the Music Freedom thing with t-mobile. I could use iHeart, but it seems to put too low a volume on the podcasts it has available. Hopefully Play Music will be better. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I was really hoping that there'd be some Android Wear support with this, but it looks like there's no way to have it send downloaded podcasts directly to your wrist. Oh well.
  • Really huge fan of these staged roll outs.
  • Wonder if this will stop counting towards my data usage with Binge on with tmobile?
  • People using it already: how does it compare to pocket casts? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Picture a project created by a summer intern in the last week of their internship after they finished their real work. It's very light on features and basic stuff like adding a podcast from the URL appears to be missing completely.
  • It's terrible. Stay away, stay far away. Posted via the app ~ GS7
  • Installed the updated apk but no podcast option. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I installed the apk and still don't see the option Posted via the Android Central App
  • I would like to use it, if it ever shows up in Google Music for me!!!!!! Posted via my Nexus 6
  • Im in the US. Im using a Nexus 6P on FI, I received the "update" for Google Play with the new icon, but have no option for Podcasts when i open the hamburger menu.. It shows up on GPM on my browser though.... Odd....
  • Oh no...are all Google apps getting those ugly-a$$ icons?
  • Man, I want to get behind this but right now it is light on features. Is it so hard for a podcast app to have all podcasts be marked as not listened to, and have that change as I listen to them. PocketCast is the best app I have found but all I can do is go through and manually mark podcasts as not listened to, when a podcast has hundreds of episodes this is stupid.
  • Totally agree. There is no way to auto download latest episode only, no auto cleanup, and getting back to a podcast you are listening to is way to hard if you listened to something else in between. Back to Pocketcast Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah, I'm glad that this feature was added (it really should've been added ages ago), but I'm not going to stop using BeyondPod. I understand that a multipurpose app like GPM isn't going to have quite the feature set that we're used to in BeyondPod and Pocketcasts, but lack of basic episode management and skip-ahead options is a total deal breaker. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I haven't been able to try on the mobile app since it's not working (Possibly, the device has to pass the security checks, which Cyanogenmod does not) but on Desktop, it keeps track of where you were, shows where you are, and marks listened podcasts by giving them a light tint.
  • Patiently waiting for the update still...
  • I don't see the podcast option in the music store. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Same here...
  • It needs the option to subscribe via RSS feed as there are very few podcasts listed yet.
  • Agreed. How hard is that?
  • Is the new Google Play Music only available if you upgrade to the latest Android version?
    I usually keep on the bleeding edge (my N9 is even running OTA Beta N), but I'm holding off on upgrading my N6 to the latest M (I've even blocked Google's OTA update notification, since it gets a bit naggy), until I'm sure I can root it.
    And with my current version of M(6.0.1), on my N6, I still see the old headphones (and not the breakfast pizza). In fact, only "Play Newsstand", "Play Movies & TV" and "Play Games" are their purple, red and green pie slices (respectively).
    Books is also still the same old icon.
  • does the web version sync with android and cross devices?
  • Your subscribed podcasts sync between mobile and desktop. I'll find out if episode position syncs when I get back to my hotel and have access to my laptop. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It looks like episode position does not sync between app and desktop. I listened to half an episode via the Android app at work today, and just started it on the browser app on my laptop, and it started from the beginning. That is disappointing.
  • truly disappointing..
  • I still don't have the update that shows the podcast option, either. EDIT: 2 minutes after posting this, the update came down the pike and now I have podcasts. :) Posted via the Android Central App
  • They keep packing more craptastic features into this app, to the point where you can't find your own purchased or unloaded music.
    Search for something and it wants to play it from some crappy "radio" stream (or worse some random YouTube video) when your high quality purchased music is way down the list of sources. There's a huge long bitchthread about this in Google Groups.
  • Still haven't gotten it on my GS7 edge Posted via the Android Central App
  • Podcasts in GPM are awful. Posted via the app ~ GS7
  • Only if this article would show me how to share a podcast in a way other than text, Facebook, messenger, twitter or email..
    Oh well... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm still waiting for the podcast feature Posted via the Android Central App
  • How do some people already have this feature show up already? I'm waiting for mine like some other people.
  • Waiting on you GPM....damn. Posted from my Nexus 6P.
  • In product management speak, this is what is known as a Minimal Viable Product (MVP). It's typically done to roll out the feature in phases so that people don't have to wait even longer for the richer version to be released, and so that they can capture feedback and telemetry on how it's used in MVP in order to improve it the right way. It will get better slowly over several releases. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Did you really have to go through telling us how to do basic Android share functionality with 6 different apps?
  • How am I supposed to know how to share to Google Translate?
  • I'm American, still no podcasts on my Google play music. No update available through play store either. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Same for me to. No play update. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Is this for subscriptions only? Cause free shows nothing, yet Posted via Techmology
  • Podcasts are still not showing in the Google play music app
  • Google really needs to streamline new episodes similar to PocketCasts of possible. I would love to just use Google Play Music, but it is frustrating to dig through multiple menus to find episodes after using PocketCasts. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have two G accounts in my phone. One I use all the time and the other one rarely since is mainly for work. I received the latest update today and nothing yet. I decided to switch accounts and voilà! Podcast is there. Tf? I switched back to my regular account and it's still missing. This is some Bs haha. Posted from my Nexus 6P.
  • I'm seeing the exact same thing. I actually have three different accounts (one for work, an old one I don't really use anymore, and my current one). I got the update a day ago and I still don't see podcasts on my normal account which I use every day (and am subscribed to Google Play Music with), but they're showing up on my unused old account.
  • Have updated app and 6p, still no podcast, even my old moto x has this feature already.
  • Also just got the update on a 6p and no podcast in the menu. WTH are they doing at google?
  • Got an update (v3.9) and still no Podcast menu option.
  • VZW GS5 with updated Play Music app and still no podcast section Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is frustrating. On second update since podcast function released. The change log on Google play shows podcasts but it's not in the app yet. I know it's not a big deal but I am hopeful that it will make it possible to delete my podcast app. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Poor Google can't afford to make quality products. What hell? This is an embarrassment. Pretty sure like 3 monkeys could have added this feature and made it work the first time. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just updated Google Play Music on both Note and Samsung Galaxy S7 and neither has Podcast option. Figured that was why app was being updated??? Any ideas on why no podcast option? Thanks
  • The music app just updated on my Nexus 6, but I still don't have the podcast option. Can anyone help? Posted via the Android Central App
  • The play music app updated on both my phone and my wife's phone, yet she has the podcast option and I don't. The part that is really messed up is that my All Access account is the primary account on the family plan...lol. We both use Cricket for service and live in the same apartment, so I have no clue what the criteria is to have it unlock.
  • Still no Podcast option on my Galaxy 6 Edge+ after updating this morning. And App update said its there. What the?
  • I am using the NEXUS 6p and I got an update to google play music this morning, no podcast option after update. So i went out and grabbed the newest APK from Android Police, once installed there still isn't a podcast option available to me. i live in Michigan and own a Nexus. Why am I not included in the podcast update? Please help with any suggestions. Thanks. :)
  • Same here, what is Google doing... Enough with these layered roll outs Posted via the Android Central App
  • OK...the wait for my update is over. The app works. I can subscribe to and download podcasts. Playback has a 10 sec back and 30 sec forward button. NOW...the wait is going to be for all podcasters to register their RSS link/etc. on the GooglePlay Podcast Portal; because the ability for a user to point to an RSS link is not there. (giant sigh+eyeroll) Searchable content is limited right now IMO.
  • Got the update yesterday but I still don't see the podcasting option on my main account that I have the Google Play Music subscription with. I happen to have two other accounts on my phone (one for work and one older account some people still email me with) and what do you know, the podcasting option is available only on my older account...which I never use...
  • This blows. Still nothing in my menu. See the new app like others but no option for podcasts.
  • Same here. I have the new app and no podcast option appears. WFT?!?
  • I still do not see the podcast option. And this is as of April 24. My app is updated with the latest version and I also have the new icon, I just do not have the podcast option.
  • Same here. Got the play store update but not the background update for podcasts.
  • Still haven't gotten the update on my main account. My backup has gotten it but none of my music is on that account. Google said on twitter that everyone would get the update "soon". That was 3 days ago. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Guys, here's the fix. It's so dumb, but it works. If you have the latest version that is supposed to have podcasts, but it doesn't... Just go to settings in the play music app and hit refresh. That's really it. I've been waiting for days wondering why I didn't have a podcast option in the menu this is all you have to do.
  • Woke up this morning with the feature on. Posted via the Android Central App