Only Download Podcasts Over Wi-Fi on the iPhone 5

Cellular networks have gotten so fast that they are now often just as fast as many of the wireless networks that you encounter in your daily life.

But many cellular phone plans still have limited amounts of data, and it’s easy to use that data on a fast cellular network if you are downloading music, videos, or podcasts.

If you listen to a lot of podcasts and downloading them is causing you to waste a lot of data, then you can follow our steps below to change a setting so that you download podcasts only when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network.

How to Stop the iPhone from Downloading Podcasts Over Cellular

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Select Podcasts.
  3. Turn off Cellular Data.

Our guide continues below with additional information on how to download podcasts on Wi-Fi only on your iPhone, including pictures of these steps.

Podcasts can range from being funny or informative, to a mix of both, and are growing in popularity as more and more people are creating excellent casts. One of the best ways to find and listen to these podcasts is with the app on your iPhone.

If you find a great podcast, you might decide that you want to subscribe to it and download new episodes to your device.

But if you have the Podcasts app enabled to download over cellular networks, then you might be using a lot of your data plan unnecessarily.

Fortunately, you can configure your iPhone so that it only downloads new podcast episodes when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network.

How to Restrict Podcast Downloads to Wi-Fi on the iPhone (Guide with Pictures)

This tutorial is meant to curb the amount of data that you spend downloading podcasts.

However, if you are somewhere where you cannot get a Wi-Fi signal, but you want to be able to download some podcast episodes, simply follow these steps again, but turn the Use Cellular Data option back on.

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open the settings menu

Step 2: Scroll down and select the Podcasts option.

open the podcasts menu

Step 3: Touch the button to the right of Use Cellular Data to turn it off.

There will not be any green shading around the button when the option is disabled, as in the image below.

only download iphone podcasts over wi-fi

Do you have other apps that you want to be able to configure like this? Learn how to choose which apps can use cellular data on your iPhone.

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