How do I listen to episodes on my podcast app?

If you're subscribed as a listener to a publication, you can listen to episodes directly on your favorite podcast app.

Note: At this time, Spotify does not support private RSS feeds.

Using a link sent via email (on your phone)

1. In the podcast setup email you receive from Substack, click on "Set up podcast" and a new tab will open on your browser.


Note: If you tap your preferred podcast app and it does not load, please try manually adding the podcast feed URL to the app itself.

2. Select your podcast app and your unique private RSS feed should automatically populate in the show URL box.


3. Follow the show and you can now access episodes in your Library.

Tip: If you're a paying subscriber, episodes will be labeled "Premium" and you'll be able to play and listen to every premium episode for that publication.

Manually add a private RSS feed to your podcast app

On your account Settings page:

1. Click on the publication you'd like to listen to on your podcast app.

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2. On your manage subscription page, scroll to the Private podcast feed section. Click "Set up podcast".

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3. Copy the feed URL and paste it into your podcast app. Typically, you can enter the URL into the podcast app show search bar or in an "Add URL" section.


To manually add a feed on Apple Podcasts, click on Library and the three dots in the top right corner. Select "Add a Show by URL" and enter the URL that you copied from your subscription's Settings page.


For listeners with paid subscriptions

The publication you're subscribed to may offer exclusive audio or episodes for paying subscribers only. If you're a paid subscriber, paid episodes will appear in your private RSS feed. Free listeners may see free previews of paid episodes in their feed.

If you cancel your paid subscription, your subscription status will change to a free subscriber and your feed will go back to being the same as a free feed.

On the Spotify app

If you're a paying subscriber to a Substack podcast, you can now listen to both free and paid episodes on Spotify.

Linking a Substack subscriber account to Spotify for The Flow State podcast

For a more convenient listening experience, learn more here on how to link your Substack and Spotify accounts to listen to access free and paid episodes on Spotify. 

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