There are widespread reports this afternoon that claim Apple’s official Podcasts app is crashing for several users upon launch. The app does temporarily open, but then immediately closes and returns to the Home screen in a matter of seconds. The issue appears to be affecting devices running both iOS 7.1.1 and iOS 8 beta, according to multiple tweets and other reports.

A significant number of users have turned to the Apple Support Communities to voice their concerns about the problem, with complaints ranging from the app crashing to multiple icons and album artwork. The crashing issue appears to have been affecting users since at least 2:00 PM Pacific, when the first reports began to appear on Twitter and elsewhere… 

Apple user Sailornuntown posted the following on the Apple Support Communities:

“Just started a few minutes ago out of the blue. I touch Podcast icon to open. It opens … but only for a few seconds then closes. However, when I double tap home button it shows that I am running the podcast app and that I am in the middle of listening to a Rachel Maddow podcast. Has Maddow taken control of my device? Have restarted several times with no luck. Running Podcast 2.1.2 (586) and iOS 7.1.1.”

The following video shows the crashing problem (via 9to5Mac):

Apple has yet to comment on the matter, but we will update this post if and when we hear anything. In the meantime, at least one user has shared a temporary solution with MacRumors for this problem, which involves toggling on Airplane Mode before opening the Podcasts app. The app should then be able to open properly, even after turning off Airplane Mode.

Podcasts was updated to version 2.1.2 nearly four weeks ago, gaining improved episodic browsing, Siri integration, CarPlay support, AirDrop link sharing, stability improvements and more. Apple made Podcasts a stock app as of iOS beta 2, meaning that it no longer requires a separate download from the App Store in the latest software version for iPhone and iPad.

Podcasts is a consistently low-rated app on the App Store, with just a two-star rating based on over 500 reviews. A number of complains in reviews claim that the app sometimes does not show all files, displays multiple podcasts, does not remember which podcasts you listened to, and can even delete podcasts after they have been listened to.

Podcasts is free on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.

If you’re experiencing Podcasts crashing issues, let us know in the comments below.

Update: Podcasts appears to be working properly now.

  • TimT2011

    Yeah, I had that happen several times today. It was the first time I’d ever seen the Podcast app crash like that so I just figured the audio file I was listening to was corrupt.

    • Cheryl Justin

      Surely I’m not going to be told that Apple push out silent updates in the back end without my knowledge?

  • Maxim∑

    Probably some backend updates for this fall

  • yasser

    had it several times today, i thought it was because of the 7.1.1 jailbreak, then i saw this post

    • Jackson Grong

      You can fix the crashing by turning Airplane mode, opening podcast, and then disabling it back.

  • Frank Anthony

    NO CRASH FOR ME. iPhone5s, iOS 7.1.1, Jailbroken 🙂

  • Andy

    It happened to me today, but I rebooted my iPhone and it seemed to be working again.

  • craigcormier

    Yep, started crashing for me, not jailbroken, but I am running iOS 8 Beta 2

  • Charles Riedmueller

    Yep, consistently crashing. The airplane mode trick only worked for a short time…not enough to complete downloading the most recent ones

  • mlee19841

    I deleted it and I’m using stitcher now. The apple app kept crashing even though it was fine earlier this morning.

  • DrQuack32

    It happened to me in my locale in NZ. I ask mysel ‘how does this happen to everyone at the same time?’ and the only answer I can arrive at is some sort of faulty carrier update. What other way would Apple get access to my device without my permission? Surely I’m not going to be told that Apple push out silent updates in the back end without my knowledge?

    • Dalton

      The servers that the app connects to, to get your podcasts are seperate than the app itself. If you think Apple is the only company to update servers in the background, I assure you, they are not.

  • Wow so strange, it’s only IOS8 beta 2 :O

  • mahe

    “can even delete podcasts after they have been listened to”

    That’s a feature …
    I would say those ppl should read the manual xD
    At the bottom of this screenshot you can enable/disable it … (It’s disabled in this shot)

    • jack

      This is an english blog

  • Coleman

    On iOS beta 2. Happened all morning to my podcast app with the crashing. But it seems that the issue has corrected itself and issue no longer persists.

  • lanceuppercut47

    Is there an alternative to the podcasts app or are we stuck with it as the only way to play podcasts?

    A jailbreak tweak to fold the functionality back into the music.app wouldn’t go amiss!!

    • Iamsofakingraw


      Amazing podcast app, simple , looks really nice and gets the job done

  • Anthony Gilera

    Mine crashed once, but never again. I am currently listening to Let’s Talk iOS! Lol. Also I am using an iPhone 5, on 7.1.1, and jailbroken.

  • Alberto Espinal

    If it is still crashes i recommend “Casts”

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    This is really bad even more so now that Podcasts is a stock app. How bad would it be for iOS 8 to come out and one of its stock applications to crash out of the box…

  • idonthaveaname

    It doesn’t work for me

  • Whitney

    Mine still crashes, even after the issue has supposedly been “fixed”. I’m running iOS 6.1.6 and can’t update it any further because of the iPod I’m on. D< Fix this, Apple!!!