When Google first released its own Podcasts app back in 2018, it was a pretty bare affair. Since then, however, the company has continued to iterate and add improvements, and the app managed to surpass 50 million downloads this month. The latest update enables something users have been asking for since day one: the ability to add podcasts via custom RSS feeds.
The feature will be live now on the mobile app and online, so users can watch and subscribe to podcasts by entering the RSS feed link manually. To try it yourself, tap Activity at the bottom of the hub line and then go to the Subscriptions tab. From there, just click on the three dots at the top right and select the “Add with RSS feed” option.
Adding your own podcast feeds is easy – once you know where to go.
Things are a little easier online, where you just need to click on the menu at the top left for “Add with RSS feed” to appear. Google says that once you’ve added an RSS feed, the show will appear right next to others you subscribe to.
While Google Podcasts still have some ways to go before it can fully compete with competitors like Pocket Casts and Podcast Addict that offer more advanced controls and features, this is a step in the right direction that makes Google’s solution a little better at meeting the demands of more users. If you are still unable to add custom RSS feeds, make sure you have the latest version of the Google app from the APK Mirror or Play Store, as it contains functional aspects of the Podcasts app.