Tired of your current podcast app? If so, it is easy to switch to a new one. Thanks to OPML files, you can get it done in just a few minutes.
But to make it work, the podcast app must support import / export of OPML files. If it does not, you must subscribe to all your podcasts manually one by one, which can be time consuming.
Fortunately, most podcast apps for Android allow this feature, including Pocket Casts, BeyondPod, Castbox, Podcast Addict, Podcast Player, and many others. However, there are some popular apps out there that do not support OPML transfers, including Google's own podcast app and Stitcher.
Let's go through a step-by-step process to transfer podcasts from one app to another, so you can see exactly how it is done. For this example, I move my podcasts from Castbox to Podcast Addict. But don't worry, the process is the same for most other apps, with some minor differences coming up later.
To get started, launch the Castbox app on your phone and select the "Personal" tab in the lower menu bar. Then open "Settings", scroll down and find the option "OPML Export" and press it. The OPML file will now automatically be downloaded to your phone.
The next step is to import the OPML file into the new app – in this case Podcast Addict. Open the app on your phone and select "Restore backup / OPML file". Alternatively, you can also find the same options in the setup menu.
The easiest way to find and upload the OPML file is to click the icon in the upper right corner (three vertical dots) and then select "Device Download Folder" – this is the folder to which the OPML file was saved. Then just tap the file you want to import, select all the podcasts you want to upload, and the app does the rest. After a minute or two, all your podcasts will appear in the "Podcasts" section of the app.
Keep in mind that even though this method is quick and easy, it only transfers over your subscriptions and not the podcasts you have downloaded. The new app does not show which podcasts you have already listened to.
As already mentioned, the process is more or less the same for other podcast apps. You must first export the OPML file from your current app and upload it to the new one. Both options are in the setup menu in most apps. However, it is worth noting that some apps automatically upload the OPML file to the download folder on your device, while others only allow you to save them to a cloud service such as Dropbox and Google Drive. You must remember where you are saving the file, so you can find it when uploading it to the new podcast app.
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