Podcast Apps Help Page

WARNING:

You won’t find the members-only podcast feed by searching for Steel on Steel in the apps. You must enter the subscription-level feed URL from our Podcast App Guided Setup into the app’s podcast URL field.

Podcast Apps for Android Devices

Free in the Play Store

 Podcast Addict

First, use our Podcast App Guided Setup to copy the podcast URL for your subscription level.

In Podcast Addict, tap the + button, then select the RSS feed option. Tap the top menu option to enter the RSS feed URL, and paste the copied URL. Check the Authentication checkbox and enter your Steel on Steel login info, then tap Add. After validation, the app will update the podcast. You can change the login info at any time by long pressing on the podcast, then selecting Custom Settings and finally Edit podcast URL.

Premium Sharing Feature: Premium members can share entire episodes publicly in this app!

Free in the Play Store

Google Podcasts

(Options vary by device and Android version)

First, use our Podcast App Guided Setup to copy the podcast URL for your subscription level.

In Google Podcasts. Tap Activity in the lower right, then tap Subscriptions on the top menu bar. Tap the 3 dots menu in the upper right corner, then tap Add by RSS feed in the menu that opens. Paste the feed URL into the feed URL field, then tap Subscribe and enter your Steel on Steel login info.

If subscribing in a browser: Go to Google Podcasts. At the top left, click Menu, then Add by RSS feed. Paste the feed URL. Click Subscribe, then play an episode. Enter your Steel on Steel login info to sign in. Next, open the Google Podcasts app and swipe down to sync your podcast subscriptions. Tap Home to browse and play episodes.

Premium Sharing Feature: Sharing is unavailable. Use an alternate app like Podcast Addict.

Podcast Apps for Apple iOS Devices

$2.99 in the App Store

First, use our Podcast App Guided Setup to copy the podcast URL for your subscription level.

Open Downcast and tap the + icon, then tap Add Podcast Manually. The copied URL should auto-fill, if not, paste in the copied URL. Enter your Steel on Steel login info, then tap Subscribe. Tap the Downloads icon at the bottom of the screen and enable the download que.

Why we recommend Downcast over the other apps:

  • Auto-refresh feeds and auto download.
  • View episode chapter info and show notes.
  • Manage individual episodes and playlists.
  • Browse the entire archive and search by title, guest name, or keyword.
  • Share entire episodes right from the app’s share feature.
  • Customize download and playback features.
  • Airplay support.
  • Headphone and Bluetooth remote controls.
  • iCloud Sync across iOS devices and Macs.
  • Stream without downloading to save storage.
  • Gesture support.
  • Sleep timer.

Premium Sharing Feature: Premium members can share entire episodes publicly in this app!

Overcast
Free in the App Store

OVERCAST

Open Overcast and tap the + icon in the top right corner, then Add URL. The feed URL will auto-fill, then tap Use Password. Enter your Steel on Steel login info. After a few seconds the app will add the podcast and return you to the main screen. Tap to view the latest episode, or tap ALL to see older shows.

Premium Sharing Feature: Premium members can share clips of shows in the app. To share entire episodes, ‘long-press’ on the link in the episode’s show notes, then copy & paste to share with friends.

Free in the App Store

Apple Podcasts

Apple Podcasts has to use inline credentials in order to work. The format of the URL is as follows where your Steel on Steel login replaces the username:password shown below.

https://username:password@steelonsteel.com/podcast-premium.php

Open Apple Podcasts and tap Library, then tap the three dots menu in the top right hand corner. Tap Add a Show by URL and enter the subscriber URL with inline credentials, then tap Follow.

Please note: The inline credential method is not secure, so sharing episodes may expose your login info to others. Some users report episodes not updating after iOS 14.5 See here. We strongly suggest using another app like Downcast, Ovcercast, iCatcher, or RSSRadio to access our feed.

Premium Sharing Feature: Apple Podcasts can’t share individual episodes, but you can ‘long-press’ on the link in the episode’s show notes, then copy & paste to share with friends.

Troubleshooting Podcast App and Feed Issues

Occasionally, you may encounter common issues with a podcast reader or feed. Here are a few tips to remember before you proceed:

  • Are you subscribed to listen to daily Premium episodes, or weekly basic shows?
  • Have you entered the correct podcast URL for your membership level?
  • Have you checked your stored login info in the app for errors?
  • Have you confirmed that you can listen on another device or computer?

Because our members-only feed is password protected, you will not find it listed in the podcast directory by searching. You must setup your podcast app manually by entering the members-only URL during setup.

If you haven’t gone through our Guided Setup and just need the feed URLs to enter manually, they are:

For Premium members: steelonsteel.com/podcast-premium.php

For Basic members: steelonsteel.com/podcast-basic.php

My podcast app won’t download any episodes or I get an error.

Remember, our podcast feed is password-protected so downloading requires your app to be able to handle authentication. If you cannot find settings for username and password in your podcast app, we have alternatives above that handle the secure feeds. If you have the correct login info stored but that still doesn’t fix it, you may need to refresh the feed by swiping down in the episodes list, or reset the podcast feed in the app’s settings. Swipe left on a failed episode to delete it and try downloading again.

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the functionality of third-party apps and updates. If all else fails, you can simply delete the podcast from your app and set it back up or you may try another app. Please note that apps may not function properly if the device, operating system, or app version is outdated.

How do I know if I’m a Basic or Premium member?

If you’re not able to access the daily shows, you’re a Basic member. Also, your subscription access level is displayed right in the ‘Account’ home screen when you login. You can also view specific details about your membership in the ‘Manage Subscriptions’ page. See when your subscription renewal date is, make changes to billing, or upgrade your access.

If you’d like to create a SOS Group so you and others can listen with full Premium access, simply click the ‘Upgrade to Group Access’ button in the Manage Subscriptions page.

Some of the shows in my podcast app won’t play, or I get an error.

When viewing the podcast feed in the apps, you’ll see the daily Premium episodes mixed in with the Saturday shows. If you try to play a Premium episode without upgrading your Basic subscription, you’ll receive an error, or the episode won’t play. Saturday shows will still play for Basic access members.

My app isn’t updating the most recent episodes.

First, be sure you are connected to the internet and that you have a good connection. You can test your internet speed with a service like SpeedTest.net. You may also have an incorrect or outdated feed address. Some Apple Podcasts users report that the app isn’t updating new episodes after iOS 14.5. You may resort to using an alternative app like Downcast or Overcast. Additionally, we no longer publish our feed on FeedBurner. Be sure that the podcast URL for the feed is correct.

Can other members of my family listen to the podcast from my account?

Yes! You and other members of your family can share a single podcast subscription and share it across all your devices. Keep in mind that this convenience is intended to allow a family to enjoy the program, and sharing your login information will allow others to gain control over your account.

Can I stream the episodes or do I need to download them?

The streaming option availability depends on the app, its version, and its settings. For instance, RSSRadio for iOS 10 will allow streaming if the streaming function is enabled in the Settings page of the podcast. However, Some apps don’t support streaming at all, or allow hybrid streaming once the episode begins to download. Please check the developer’s specifications for your particular app in the app store or developer’s website. See the image to the right for streaming in Overcast for iOS.

Can I move my podcast subscriptions between apps?

Absolutely! You can migrate the podcast subscriptions and episodes easily with this handy guide from ‘Tech Guy Eric’.

Can I view chapters within each episode or listen to individual segments?

Yes! Starting February 18, 2017, all future episodes will have chapter breaks so you can listen to individual segments of the program on your mobile device. The chapters function is best experienced in Downcast for iOS, but should work in most podcast apps that support chapters, including Podcast Addict, RSSRadio and others. To view the chapters, first download an episode within the app and then tap the bookmarks or chapters icon.

Won’t all those episodes fill up my device or use a bunch of data?

You can always adjust the download order and keep/discard settings for your podcast episodes. Typically, the default setting is to automatically download the most recent episode and delete the listened-to episodes after 24 hours. Each episode is between 33 and 65MB each.

I’ve tried everything, but the podcast isn’t updating or downloading.

Sometimes, an app can get stuck and rebooting the app or device doesn’t fix the issue. Typically, just resetting the podcast in the app will resolve this problem. Just open the affected app, go to the Steel on Steel podcast and select Unsubscribe. Don’t worry, it’s not going to affect your membership, but you will delete any episodes you’ve downloaded unless you transfer them to another computer. In some instances, the app needs to be completely deleted and reinstalled. You can use the instructions above to setup the podcast once more. It takes just a few moments and you’ll be back up and listening to your favorite episodes. Please note that apps may not function properly if the device, operating system, or app version is outdated. Cancelling your Steel on Steel subscription and resubscribing will not solve the issue. Start by turning off the WiFi connection before removing the Steel on Steel podcast from the affected device. You should also remove the podcast from any computers you use to sync from. Always restart your device to confirm the setting changes. The podcast can easily be set back up and synced to your mobile devices or use a podcast app like Downcast to access the show on your iOS devices.

Share this post: