How to Delete a Podcast: The Ultimate Guide

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Are you a podcast listener? If so, have you ever wanted to delete a podcast episode you don’t want to listen to anymore? Or maybe you’re a podcaster and accidentally published an episode that you wish you could take back.

In this blog post, you will learn how to delete a podcast from both the listener’s and the podcaster’s perspectives. Stay tuned!

How to Delete a Podcast As a Podcaster

As a podcaster, you may occasionally publish episodes that you later regret. Maybe you want to move on to something new and don’t want your old episodes available online anymore. Here’s how to delete podcasts from your media host, so they’re not freely available anymore.

First, make sure you have backed up your data. Save the episodes to a portable hard drive or thumb drive after downloading them from your media host.

You can then choose “Close Show,” “Delete Show” or a similar command in your podcast’s settings, depending on your media host.

If you choose to delete the show, the podcast will be permanently removed from your media host and from the Internet Archive (if it was archived).

How to Delete a Podcast from Apple Podcasts

If you need to delete your podcast from Apple Podcasts for any reason, you can do so by following these simple steps:

  1. Log in to your iTunes Connect account.
  2. Click on the “Podcasts” tab.
  3. Select the podcast that you want to delete.
  4. Click the “Delete” button.
  5. Confirm that you want to delete the podcast.

How to Delete a Podcast from Spotify

If you need to delete your podcast from Spotify for any reason, you can do so by following these simple steps:

  1. Log in to your Spotify account.
  2. Click on the “Profile” tab.
  3. Select the “Content” tab.
  4. Select the “Podcasts” tab.
  5. Select the podcast that you want to delete.
  6. Then tap the “Delete” button.
  7. Confirm that you want to delete the podcast.

If you need to delete your podcasts from any other platform, the process is similar to the one outlined above. Open the podcast app and simply log in to your account on the respective platform and delete the show from your account settings.

Related: How to Delete an Episode in Buzzsprout

How to Delete a Podcast As a Listener

There may be certain episodes that you no longer wish to listen to as a podcast listener. It might be no longer relevant to you, or it might be just plain old and you’ve moved on. Deleting podcasts is a lot simpler from the listener’s perspective.

Here’s how to delete downloaded episodes from your media player, so you don’t have to see them anymore.

If you’re using Apple Podcasts, simply open up the episode you want to delete and press the “Delete” button. The episode will be removed from your device.

If you’re using Spotify, open up the episode you want to delete and press the “Remove from Your Library” button. The episode will be removed from your device.

If you’re using any other media player, the process is similar to the ones outlined above. Open the podcasts app and simply find the episode you want to delete and remove it from your device.

If you want to delete the entire podcast from your media player, the process is similar to deleting an episode. Simply find the podcast that you want to delete and remove it from your device.

FAQs

How can I delete podcasts from directories?

If you want to delete podcasts from directories, you can do a few things. The first is to contact the directory’s support team. They may be able to help you remove the podcasts from their directory.

You can also try reporting a problem with the podcasts if that doesn’t work. This may get them removed from the directory automatically. It usually takes 24 hours for the podcast to disappear from the directory.


To completely get rid of your podcast from apps and the internet, you will also need to delete all of the content from your RSS feed.

Related: How to Create an RSS Feed for Your Podcast

How much space is occupied by podcasts?

The podcast files themselves don’t take up much storage space. They are usually between 1 and 10 megabytes in size.

However, if you have a lot of podcasts, they can start to add up. For example, if you have 100 podcasts, that’s about 1 gigabyte of space. So, if you’re running out of storage space on your device, deleting some podcasts may be a good idea.

How can I prevent podcasts from automatically downloading new episodes?

If you don’t want to remove podcasts but don’t want new podcast episodes to download automatically, you can disable the “subscribe” function in your media player. This will prevent future episodes from being downloaded but will not delete the podcasts from your media player.

  • In Apple Podcasts, click the “Unsubscribe” button next to the podcast.
  • In Spotify, click on the “Episodes” tab and then toggle the “Download new episodes” switch to “Off”.

If you’re using any other media player, the process is similar to the one outlined above. Open the podcasts app and simply find the “subscribe” or “download new episodes” function in your media player and disable it. If you do this, the app will no longer automatically download podcast episodes in the future.

Conclusion

Podcasts can be a great way to stay entertained, informed, and connected. However, there may come a time when you need to or want to delete a podcast.

Whether you’re a podcast creator who wants to remove old episodes or a listener who wants to free up some space on their device, deleting a podcast is easy. Simply log in to your account on the respective platform and delete the show from your account settings.