Prevent Apple’s Updated Podcasts App from Eating Your Storage

Originally published at: Prevent Apple’s Updated Podcasts App from Eating Your Storage - TidBITS

There are numerous complaints about Apple’s latest update to its Podcasts app, but its nastiest surprise may be gigabytes of unexpected downloads. Here’s how to turn off the downloads and recover your space.


Well, Overcast may be fine, if you only subscri-follow audio podcasts. You got problems there with video podcasts.

It’s simply a disgrace that this app (along with Music syncing and Apple TV on the Mac) are still so problematic at this point in time. We don’t need tweaks in the app like “follow” instead of “subscribe”, we need big fixes. There’s no other way to put it.


Thanks for this, Josh. On my own 256GB iPhone I hadn’t really felt the pressure either, but when I looked and saw 34GB of podcasts that I was sure must have been deleted because of previous settings choices I made, it really floored me. My photo library is that large, but it’s the kind of content I would use again, and in different contexts.

Apple, as it has done in many areas of tech, brought podcast technology to the forefront and made it accessible. The Podcasts app stands in contrast to that shining achievement. Thanks for the tip on Overcast.


Another concern with the Podcasts app.

Thank you Josh. I rarely listen to Podcasts, but there are some I used to “follow” (Personally, I hate that word), & sure enough, all episodes were downloaded onto my iMac. All gone now, thanks to you! :+1:

I folowed @schwartz recommendation Overcast looks good. I subscribed to the same podcast I had in Podcast app. And then I removed the Podcast App. When you do that all data is deleted too.