304: Apple Podcasts & Amazon Alexa

How To Play Apple Podcasts Using Amazon Alexa

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How To Setup Apple Podcasts with Amazon Alexa
  • If you enable the Apple Podcasts Skill on your Amazon Alexa device, you can ask Alexa to play podcasts from the Apple Podcasts directory.
  • If you set Apple Podcasts as the default service, you can ask Alexa to play podcasts without having to tell her to play from Apple Podcasts each time.
  • If you link your Apple ID to the Alexa Skill you can tell Alexa to resume playing a podcast where you left off on your other devices using Apple Podcasts.

How To Play Apple Podcasts With Alexa

This tutorial will show you:

  • How to enable Apple Podcasts skill on Amazon Alexa app (mobile app or web browser)
  • How to set Apple Podcasts as the default podcast directory (so you do not have to say play on Apple Podcasts each time)
  • How to link your Apple ID with Alexa (so you can tell Alexa to resume playing where you left off on other devices 😎)
  • How to disable Apple Podcasts skill

Tutorial: How To Enable Apple Podcasts Skill

  1. Open Amazon App on your mobile device
    Note: You can also enable skills on the Amazon Alexa Skills Store
  2. Click on the hamburger menu in top-left (3 stacked lines)
  3. Tap Skills & Games in the left sidebar
  4. Tap on the magnifying glass in the top-right to search
  5. Search for Apple Podcasts and tap on the icon
  6. Tap Enable to Use
  7. Set Apple Podcasts as Default Service (so you do not have to say Apple Podcasts each time)
    -Tap ‘Select Default Service’
    -Tap Plus (+)
    -Tap Apple Podcasts
  8. Link Apple ID (so you can ask Alexa to resume playing where you left off on your iOS devices or Mac)
  9. You are ready to play podcasts with Alexa:
    “Alexa, play [podcast title]”
    “Alexa, play [podcast title] from yesterday ”
    “Alexa, skip ahead 30 seconds”
    “Alexa, play the previous episode”
    “Alexa, resume playing [podcast title]”
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What podcast directory do you want Alexa to use automatically?

  1. Open the Alexa app on your mobile device
  2. Tap on the hamburger menu in the top left (3 horizontal lines)
  3. Tap ’Settings’
  4. Then select ‘Music & Podcasts’
  5. Tap ‘Default Services’
  6. Under Podcasts, tap ‘Change’
  7. Select Apple Podcasts
  8. Done
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After tapping ‘Enable to Use’ you will see the option to Link Account.

  1. Tap on the hamburger menu in the top left:
  2. Tap ’Skills & Games’
  3. Tap ‘Your Skills’ on the top right
  4. Tap ‘Apple Podcasts’
  5. Tap ‘Settings’
  6. Tap ‘Link Account’
  7. Enter Apple ID & Password
  8. Done
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  1. Tap on the hamburger menu in the top left:
  2. Tap ’Skills & Games’
  3. Tap ‘Your Skills’ on the top right
  4. Tap ‘Apple Podcasts’
  5. Tap ‘Disable Skill’
    Note: Disabling will unlink your Apple ID connection so you will have to link again if you enable Apple Podcasts skill.
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