This article will go over which mobile apps can be used to listen to the audio posts your creator publishes by using the RSS link for both iOS and Android. It will go over what an RSS feed is and how it is a benefit for patrons. Along with that, we will cover the apps that do not work and some best practices on how to go about using the link in the most effective way.
What is an RSS feed?
RSS is short for Really Simple Syndication. It’s a great way to subscribe to a source of information or entertainment, such as a podcast, and get brief updates delivered to you. These sources are called feeds.
Many podcasters of Patreon offer private audio RSS feeds as a benefit. If you’re a patron to a creator offering a private RSS link, you’ll be able to listen to their feeds in a podcast app.
Apps that will work with your custom RSS link
iOS Apps that work:
- Apple Podcast (Visit our article on how to add your private RSS feed to your Apple Podcast app)
- Castro (Visit this article on how to add your private RSS feed to your Castro app)
- Downcast (Visit this article on how to add your private RSS feed to your Downcast app)
- OverCast (Visit this article on how to add your private RSS feed to your OverCast app)
- Pocket Casts* (Visit this article on how to add your private RSS feed to your Pocket Casts app)
- Google Podcasts
Android Apps that work:
- Beyond Pod
- Dog Catcher*
- Player FM * (Important: you have to register an account with them to import our private RSS.)
- Pocket Casts * (Important: Visit this article by Pocket Casts support centre to find out more)
- Podcast Addict*
- Podcast Republic*
- Podcasts Tracker*
- Google Podcasts
Apps that won't work with your RSS link
Android apps that we've tested and do not work:
- Podcast App
- TuneIn Radio
- Amazon Music
What else should I know about my RSS link and feed?
Don’t share your private RSS Link! Your Patreon RSS link is specifically for you, as a patron to the creator offering this benefit. It contains an authorisation token that links directly to your account. If you share it with anyone, they will have access to the benefits you're paying for – and rob the creator of a potential patron.
For this reason, sites and services that share RSS feeds with other users are generally restricted from hosting our feeds. Many are blocked outright. If the feed is found on another site, you may have your account blocked.
Some apps will not allow you to add your RSS feed because they don't support authentication on podcasts. As we discover these apps that are not compatible with RSS feeds, we will list them here in the "not working" section below.
There are some apps that require the creators to submit the feeds themselves (and usually pay a fee to do so). These apps will not allow you to add your RSS feed because the Patreon creator, who owns the podcast, has no way to create a feed without authentication.