Why Does My Podcast Stop Playing When My Phone Locks?

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When your phone locks and your podcast stops playing, it can be for a number of reasons, depending on the phone you’re using. Reasons include a bug in the operating system or some limits to your phone’s capabilities due to battery-saving mode. To fix this, you can either wait for an update to your phone software, adjust your auto-lock settings to “Never,” or change your battery saving mode settings.

The issue could also be a coincidence, and the issue could be slow download speed.

Related: 10 Best Podcast Apps for your Listening Pleasure.

Why does my iPhone stop playing audio when it locks?

When your iPhone stops playing audio after it’s in locked mode, it’s most likely due to an operating system bug. Most of these issues can be cleared up by updating your phone or upgrading to a new version.

First, though, double check the issue is not that your volume is not too low.

If you are up-to-date with updates, follow the following steps:

  1. Force close the app.
  2. Restart your phone.
  3. Try to play audio with your phone locked.

These steps normally fix the issue with the podcasts stop playing when locking your phone.

If they don’t, you can try these deleting the app and restoring it again to see if the problem goes away:

Delete a built-in app from your device

  1. Touch and hold over the app icon.
  2. Tap on Rearrange Apps.
  3. Delete the App by tapping on the X in the upper left corner.

Restore a built-in app that you deleted

  1. Go to the App Store
  2. Search for the App
  3. Click on Download from Cloud button.

Once the app has been restored, try to see if you still have the same issues. NOTE: Deleting the app will delete any downloaded data and you will need to download it again.

How to keep a podcast playing in the background on an iPhone

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Having your audio stop when your phone locks can be irritating.

If you don’t want to upgrade your phone or are still waiting on an update to fix your locked phone from stopping audio playback, you can try temporary fixes such as turning off the Auto-Lock option on your phone. Open Settings, then App, then General, and scroll down to “Auto-Lock.” Set this option to “Never.”  or reinstalling the app you’re using that won’t continue on a locked phone.

Podcast stops playing Android

Sometimes when you are playing music on your Android phone, and the screen locks, it’s due to an issue with your battery saving mode. If you go into your phone and check the settings, you can select your Battery Manager, and set your power plan to Performance. This should stop this type of phone behavior that causes your audio to stop playback.

There is also an option to remove the Podcast App from the battery optimization list. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap on the Podcast Player App you are using
  3. Scroll down and tap on Battery
  4. Tap on “Unrestricted” to switch it from the “Optimized” default.

NOTE: This may have an impact on your battery life.

Another possible issue is that if you are storing the podcast downloads in the SD card, that there is some kind of glitch when locking your screen. One option is to swap Podcast Apps, another is to move the downloads from the SD card to the phone to discard this possibility.


Whether you have an Android or an iPhone, the possibility your phone will stop playing audio when it locks is relatively small. But when it does happen, you can either wait for a fix from the developers, upgrade your phone, reinstall the app whose audio was stopped, or adjust your phone’s settings to accommodate the battery power it takes to run continuous audio without your phone’s screen being in use.

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