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I am using the standard podcast app that comes with iOS 7. I have subscribed to about 8-9 different podcasts. Commonly I will take my phone with me when I leave the apartment, and then when I get on the subway I will attempt to listen to a podcast. Invariably, the podcast won't play because no cellular connection is available. To solve this issue I have indicated through the podcast app that I would like episodes to be automatically downloaded when they become available. However, they don't get automatically downloaded. This absolutely infuriates me.

  • Are you closing Podcasts via multitasking? This will stop it from running in the background. – Marc Nov 8 '13 at 15:28
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    I may be doing this. I'll have to make sure I leave it open for a day or two and observe the behavior. – jononomo Nov 8 '13 at 18:22
  • Yes, podcasts won't refresh in the background unless the Podcasts app is actually running. You get notified of new emails even when the Mail app is not running, so I think Apple should make Podcasts work the same way. – Brett Donald Dec 12 '16 at 1:26
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Indeed, check the "Refresh Podcast" option and set it to every hour. Also, set Auto-Downloads to ALL

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Do you have the "Refresh Podcast" set to an appropriate interval? I.E. The frequency with which you would like it to query the podcast server for new episodes.

  • Yes. It is set to refresh every hour. – jononomo Nov 4 '13 at 12:44

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