How to delete podcasts stored on your Apple Watch from your iPhone’s Watch app




a close up of a cell phone: You can delete podcasts stored on your Apple Watch to free up crucial space. Lisa Eadicicco/Business Insider


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You can delete podcasts stored on your Apple Watch to free up crucial space. Lisa Eadicicco/Business Insider

  • You can delete all stored podcasts from your Apple Watch, or all episodes of a particular podcast by changing your settings in your iPhone’s Watch app.
  • If the “Custom” option is selected in your iPhone’s Watch app, your watch will store several episodes of any podcasts you select.
  • To delete podcast episodes, turn off the desired podcast in the Podcast section of the Watch app or switch the playback mode from “Custom” to “Up Next.”  
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By default, your Apple Watch syncs one episode of each podcast you are subscribed to, but if you have manually downloaded podcasts to your watch, they can take up a lot of precious storage space. You can clear out that space by deleting podcasts using the Watch app on your iPhone

How to delete podcasts from an Apple Watch

It’s only necessary to delete podcasts manually if you are using the Watch app’s “Custom” mode for adding episodes to your watch. 

1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.

2. Tap “Podcasts” from the list of apps.



graphical user interface, application: Find Podcasts in the Apple Watch's list of apps. Dave Johnson/Business Insider


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Find Podcasts in the Apple Watch’s list of apps. Dave Johnson/Business Insider

3. In the “Add Episodes From” section, check to see if “Custom” is selected. If it is, then your watch might have a bunch of podcast episodes stored on it. If “Up Next” is selected, there are no podcasts on your watch.



text: The Custom option enables your watch to download podcast episodes. Dave Johnson/Business Insider


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The Custom option enables your watch to download podcast episodes. Dave Johnson/Business Insider

The “Choose Shows” section lists all the podcasts you are subscribed to in the iPhone‘s Podcasts app. Each podcast that is turned on (the button is green and swiped to the right) is configured to keep the most recent three episodes on your Apple Watch



graphical user interface, text: You can selectively turn off specific podcasts, which immediately deletes any episodes that were stored on your watch. Dave Johnson/Business Insider


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You can selectively turn off specific podcasts, which immediately deletes any episodes that were stored on your watch. Dave Johnson/Business Insider

4. To delete all the stored podcasts at once, tap “Up Next” in the “Add Episodes From” section….

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