AntennaPod is my new favorite podcast player for Android

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 18, 2019
Apps, Google Android

AntennaPod is a free open source podcast application for Google's Android operating system that is easy to use and feature-rich.

Podcasts are audio shows that can be streamed or downloaded to a local device to play them in a generic audio player or specialized podcast player. Shows are created about all sorts of things, from science and business to specialized topics such as Lego or language learning.

There are plenty of podcasts applications out there, and many of them highly rated. While you may not want to use the basic Google Podcast app, you could explore other options such as Podcast Addict or Podkeeper.


AntennaPod is a free app that is available on Google Play and F-Droid. It should run on any Android device that runs at least version 4.0 of the operating system and is updated regularly.

The application supports the importing of opml files which is handy if you migrate to it from another podcast application that supports the exporting of podcasts. AntennaPod supports multiple podcast directories that you may run searches on to subscribe to podcasts directly.

Just hit the "add podcast" button to get started. You find options to search iTunes, FYYD or Gpodder, and may also enter podcast URLs directly to add them to the subscription list.

Type the name of a podcast or something else, e.g. Linux, Learning Spanish, or Football, in the search field after you have made a selection to get a list of results. Tap on a result to display a description, dates and available episodes. You may click on subscribe just then and there to add the podcast to the subscriptions, and may want to check the dates of the last releases to make sure that the podcast is not dead.

All podcasts that you are subscribed to are displayed under subscriptions and in the main menu of the application. A tap displays the list of episodes and an option to download individual episodes right away.

AntennaPod does support automatic downloads as well but that feature needs to be enabled in the application settings first. If you do, episodes get downloaded automatically based on how you set it up.

Tap on a downloaded episode to play it right away in the podcast player. The player offers all standard controls such as pausing, jumping or skipping but also handy options such as changing the playback speed, downmixing audio or changing the volume of left or right channels individually.

The playback settings offer extensive customization options. The player pauses playback automatically when headphones get disconnected and resumes playback when they are reconnected. The same is true for calls that you may receive on your device.

Another handy feature is the option to set a different media player for playback. If you use a dedicated audio player on the device you may redirect playback to it automatically.

Back to the download settings. You may enable automatic downloads of episodes here and define exactly how many and when these are downloaded. You may set a limit, the default is 25, or make it unlimited. The app downloads podcasts only if you are connected to wireless networks but you may enable mobile downloads or use the Wi-fi filter to enable downloads only when the device is connected to specific Wi-Fi networks. There is also an auto-delete option available.

Each podcast comes with its own set of download options. You may exclude it from being updated automatically or automatic downloads, and use a filter option to exclude or include certain episodes from the downloading feature. Authentication is supported as well.

What else? You can change the light to a dark theme, integrate the micro-payment service Flattr or gpodder to synchronize the podcasts with other devices.

Closing Words

AntennaPod is a powerful podcast manager and player for Android that offers an impressive number of customization options. The integration of multiple directories to find and subscribe to podcasts, import and manual URL options, and synchronization support using gpodder, makes it easy to find, subscribe to, and sync podcasts.

Now you: do you listen to podcasts?

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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 ( 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 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 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 [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      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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