Which podcast apps will my custom audio RSS link work with?

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This article will go over which mobile apps can be used to listen to the audio posts your creator publishes on Patreon by using the RSS link for both iOS and Android. It will go over what an RSS feed is and how it may be a part of your membership. 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 on Patreon offer private audio RSS feeds as part of their memberships. If you’re a member of 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

Below are the iOS and Android apps that work with Patreon. Please note, those with an asterisk (*) means also offer a paid service, and they may also offer ad-free streaming. 

IOS Apps that work:

Android Apps that work:

  • Beyond Pod
  • Dog Catcher*
  • Player FM * (Important: you must register an account with them to import our private RSS.)
  • Pocket Casts * (Important: Visit this article by Pocket Casts support center to know more)
  • Podcast Addict*
  • PodcastGuru*
  • Podcast Republic*
  • Podcasts Tracker*
  • Podcasty
  • PodKicker
  • Swoot
  • Google Podcasts

Apps that will not work with your RSS link

Android apps that we've tested and do not work:

  • DoublePod
  • PodBean
  • Podcast App
  • PodcastHD
  • PodcastOne
  • Podomatic
  • Spotify (While Spotify does not support private podcast feeds, you can still listen to Patreon audios on Spotify. Read more below or go directly to the Help Center article: Listen to your Patreon exclusive audios on Spotify)

Apps that do not support authentication:

  • TuneIn Radio
  • Stitcher
  • Castbox
  • Amazon Music

Listen to your podcasts on Spotify

If you have a membership with a creator who uses our Patreon Spotify integration, you can listen directly to Spotify without needing an RSS link.

Visit the Membership tab on the creator's Patreon to see if they have synced their Spotify and Patreon accounts. You'll notice a button that says Listen on Spotify if the creator with whom you have a subscription offers that option for your membership.

Learn more about how to Listen to your Patreon exclusive audios on Spotify

What else should I know about my RSS link and feed?

Here are some important things to keep in mind when using your private RSS feed as a member:
  • Don’t share your private RSS Link! Your Patreon RSS link is specifically for you, as a member to the creator offering this as part of their membership. It contains an authorization 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 — 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

  • 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 to Patreon on your 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 WiFi 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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