How to Disable Automatic Downloading of Podcast in iTunes

How to Disable Automatic Downloading of Podcast in iTunes

In the iTunes podcast GT guide for beginners, we discussed the basics of podcasts and how to add podcasts to iTunes from both the iTunes Store and external sources. iTunes simplifies the podcast experience, but a common issue arises when users add multiple podcasts to their library: automatic updates.

How to Disable Automatic Downloading of Podcast in iTunes

Automatic updating of podcasts is unnecessary. The chances of watching all the episodes when they are available are 1 in 10. Many users, especially those on limited bandwidth, would dislike iTunes draining their bandwidth in the background while they only wanted to listen to music.

Disabling Podcast Auto Updates

To control the update frequency of a podcast on iTunes, open the Podcasts tab in the iTunes library.

How to Disable Automatic Downloading of Podcast in iTunes

Select the podcast you want to change the settings for. Once you choose a podcast, the Subscribe button in the toolbar will change to Unsubscribe. When you see the Unsubscribe button, click on the Settings button next to it.

How to Disable Automatic Downloading of Podcast in iTunes

To configure the podcast settings, open the settings window. Keep the update check frequency to “Every day” and change the download settings to “Do Nothing”. This way, you will be updated about new content and can manually download it using the right-click update option.

How to Disable Automatic Downloading of Podcast in iTunes

When configuring podcast update settings, select Podcast Defaults from the Settings for menu to apply the settings globally. You can also specify the number of episodes to save for each podcast, saving disk space.

How to Disable Automatic Downloading of Podcast in iTunes

Conclusion

That’s all. You will be notified of updates for your subscribed podcasts. This ensures you get constant updates and don’t waste bandwidth downloading episodes you aren’t interested in watching soon.

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