I often listen to podcasts as I fall to sleep. The result is a podcast may finish playing without me actually having finished it. The annoying thing is the Podcast then removes the episode thinking it's played & no longer needed.

Is there a way to stop this behavior. I would rather the app simply keep the last X episodes, regardless if it believe they had been listed to or not?

I know I can add them back, but it's somewhat tedious to keep doing that.

I tried looking in both the settings for the Podcast app & while it's connected to iTunes, but couldn't find anything.

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In iTunes on the computer when the iOS device is connected choose the device in the sidebar. This will goive a page with a menu on top allow select od Podcast. Like this enter image description here

The second oval shows that I have selected to sync podcasts automatically keeping the 5 least recent unplayed.

Alter these options to either keep updates manual or choose new rather than unplayed.

  • Can't believe I didn't check there! forehead slap Thanks!
    – Bill
    Aug 15, 2013 at 3:10

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