How to use your custom audio RSS link

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If you subscribe to a creator who shares audio posts, you may have access to a unique RSS feed to listen on the go – keep reading to find out more.

Getting started with your RSS link

What is RSS?

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 updates delivered to you. These sources are called feeds.

On Patreon, creators can enable RSS feeds for members that deliver audio uploaded directly on Patreon, and often specific to the tier(s) they offer. Your RSS link allows you to listen to a creator’s posts on the go and your favourite podcast app!

Where can I find my RSS link?

If your creator has enabled our RSS link feature, you’ll be able to find your unique RSS link in these three places:

  • Email: If your creator has enabled RSS subscription links, you should have received an email with your private RSS link with the subject “Here’s your confirmation for [Creator’s name]”
  • Desktop and mobile web: your RSS link can be found on the My membership tab of the creator’s Patreon page. If the creator has enabled RSS, you’ll have a quick link to copy your RSS link at the top of the page. Click the Copy link button to copy the link to your clipboard, and paste it into your podcast app or RSS app of choice
  • Patreon App: go to the creator’s page and tap on the three dots More.png menu in the top-right corner, then select Get audio RSS link

If you don’t have an RSS link in the places mentioned above, your creator hasn’t enabled Audio RSS on Patreon.

How to subscribe to your RSS link on a podcast app

You can copy your RSS link and use the subscribe feature on your podcast app of choice. Each podcast app differs in how you add the link to their player, so we’ve provided the instructions for some of the most commonly used apps in the list of apps that will work below. These instructions come from other sources and not Patreon.

Apps that will work with your custom audio RSS

Below are the iOS and Android apps that work with Patreon. Apps with an asterisk (*) indicate that the app is a paid service, and they may also offer ad-free streaming.

Operating System Apps
iOS Apps that work
Android Apps that work
  • Beyond Pod
  • Dog Catcher*
  • Player FM * (You must register an account with them to import our private RSS)
  • Pocket Casts*
  • Podcast Addict*
  • PodcastGuru*
  • Podcast Republic*
  • Podcasts Tracker*
  • Podcasty
  • PodKicker
  • Swoot
  • Google Podcasts
Apps that won’t work
  • Podomatic
  • Podcast App
  • PodcastOne
  • DoublePod
  • PodcastHD
  • PodBean
  • Spotify (While Spotify does not support private podcast feeds, you can still listen to Patreon audios on Spotify. Keep reading below or go directly to the Help Centre article: Listen to your Patreon-exclusive audios on Spotify)
Apps that don’t support authentication

Authentication is a process of confirming identity by providing valid credentials for verification, such as a username and password.

  • TuneIn Radio
  • Stitcher
  • Castbox

How to find the episodes once you subscribe

Each podcast app is different, but generally, you can find the episodes by searching for a section that says Episodes, Shows or Library within the podcast app.

Resolving issues

Resolving issues with your RSS link

Since the RSS link relies on third-party apps, you may run into a few hiccups while trying to listen to your podcast.

  • If new episodes are no longer appearing or updating in your podcast app, try the following:
    • Uninstall and reinstall your podcast app
    • Unsubscribe and resubscribe using the same custom RSS link that appears in your My membership section of the creator’s Patreon
    • Refresh the feed on your podcast app. Many apps utilise the pull-down feature to refresh the feed or provide a button to refresh
  • If you are receiving the error message “URL/server cannot be found”. The RSS link may have been mistyped or miscopied which typically causes this error in the app. Please try copying/pasting the RSS link again
  • Don’t know where to find your RSS link on your creator’s page? You can find your RSS link in the My Membership tab by going to the creator’s page
  • Not finding the RSS link under My Membership when it should be there? Try refreshing your page, clearing your cache or accessing the My Membership tab using an incognito browser

If these troubleshooting steps don’t work. We recommend trying a different podcast app or RSS feed reader to subscribe. If this still doesn’t work, let us know as it may be a problem with the feed itself.

Resolving audio listening on the Patreon App

If you’re experiencing issues listening to your audio within the Patreon app, try the following steps:

  1. Power off and then restart your device.
  2. Log out of your account on the Patreon app.
  3. Uninstall and then reinstall the Patreon app (latest versions linked below):
  4. Log back into the Patreon app.
  5. Check for and install any software updates available for your device.

If you’re in an area with lower reception, try connecting to Wi-Fi, which could result in some improvement.

More information about your private RSS link and feed

  • Don’t share your private RSS Link. Your Patreon RSS link is specifically for you as a member 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 member.
  • Sites and services that share RSS feeds with other users are generally restricted from hosting our feeds. Many are blocked outright. You may have your account blocked if the feed is found on another site.
  • 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 in this article under “Apps that will work with your custom audio RSS”.
  • 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.
  • Only audio posts that your creator has uploaded will populate your private RSS feed. Video and text posts will not appear in your feed. Additionally, audio link posts (like Soundcloud), will not appear in your RSS feed. Fear not – you can still access these posts by logging in on a desktop or the Patreon app.
  • Data fees from your phone company may apply when you download podcasts. Many podcast apps have settings to limit the number of downloads per show; for example, downloading only the three newest episodes rather than all new episodes. Also, you may be able to set your app to download only over Wi-Fi rather than using your phone’s data connection. Please check the settings on your phone and the app you use for more information.

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