Podkeeper: search, download and listen to podcasts on Android

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 4, 2013
Apps, Google Android

Maybe it is just my feeling but podcasts never seem to have really taken off beyond a small tech audience that enjoys this talkshow-like format very much. One of the things that I like to do is listen to podcasts (or non-fictional ebooks) when I'm on the go. I'm actually preferring that to listening to music as I see it as a form of learning while on the go.

The sheer amount of different shows available make podcasts an excellent learning tool. From getting better at languages to business news or the latest trends in security.

Podkeeper is a free - and paid - application for Android that combines all three important podcasts related tasks into one application. You can use it to search for podcasts using a vast database the application makes available, download some or episodes of a particular show to your phone, and finally listen to it without the need for an Internet connection.

The start screen of the application displays a list of podcasts that the app ships with pre-installed. They are not downloaded automatically to the system though so no need to worry that the precious phone storage gets filled up with podcast episodes that you have no interest in.

podkeeper android podcasts screenshot

First thing you may want to do is tap on the menu button to open the application settings. The program limits the list of available episodes of each podcast by default. If you do not want that, uncheck the limit episodes per podcast option in the settings.

Here you can also enable mobile downloads if you want. If you do not, podcasts are only downloaded if the phone is connected to a wireless network. Another setting that I recommend you change is the group podcast option. All downloaded podcasts are otherwise not necessarily grouped together on the playlist screen.

You can use the search at the top to find new podcasts. Simply enter a term of interest, e.g. Android, Security or Windows and wait for the results listing. Just tap on a result to add it to the list of subscribed podcasts (displayed on the front).

podcast search

A tap on a subscribed podcast displays the recent list of episodes on the screen. You can select one or multiple episodes here for download. Each downloaded episode is indicated with a download symbol next to it so that you know that it can be played right away regardless of connections status.

podcast episodes screenshot

To play podcasts you need to switch to the download tab and select one of the episodes that you have already downloaded. The player will automatically play the next episode in ascending order that is available when the current episode ends. You can modify that behavior in the settings as well.

Note that Podkeeper supports both audio and video podcasts.


Podkeeper is an easy to use podcast app for Android. While it is not the most feature-rich application out there, it handles the important things just fine. It could use automatic downloads of new episodes and better grouping options. What I like is that the app remembers the position you stopped listening to, even for multiple podcast episodes you started to listen to so that you never have to manually hunt down the position again.

The application can also stop playback automatically once you pull the headphone out of the device or when you receive phone calls./div>


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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments (https://www.ghacks.net/chatgpt-gets-schooled-by-princeton-university/#comments). Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If ghacks.net intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this Friend.tech as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/08/23/what-is-friend-tech/] and it appears there but as well here at [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/07/08/how-to-follow-everyone-on-threads/]

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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