Cross device synchronization
Would be great to be able to synchronize subscriptions, playlist, read status, ... between devices
Just a heads up regarding the latest version of the app. It doesn’t provide cross device syncing yet, but it allows you to sign in to your Google Drive account and have all your data automatically backed up to make sure they are safe at all time. It also makes restoring the data on a new device really easy.
You can go into Settings/Backup to enable this and sign-in
Micah Leier commented
Xavier, have you considered adding gpodder support? That would let you sync also to desktop and iOS apps. It's the one feature PA is missing and it's almost enough to make me, a long time pro user, switch over to that other app.
This would definitely be a nice feature. I have multiple devices that I can use, and an update on played and downloaded audio/video from one device to another would help.
Brad Morton commented
The very cool way to do this would be if the 2 devices can see each other on the LAN, then they just sync directly and bypass cloud.
I sometimes use my tablet for Podcasts because I'm lazy.
Phillip Taylor commented
I wish I had known that cross-device sync was not available before I purchased this app.
Josh Rice commented
I'm used to this feature in doggcatcher and use this daily please add soon trying to find a new podcast app
Germán Martín commented
It is a great step. When I install a new ROM or get a new device I had not to forget to back up my podcast settings. No it is automatic. Thanx
Thorsten Albrecht commented
The problem is not to backup up the podcast data to a cloud drive or to something else. The problem is to be able to use different devices when listening to your podcasts and to be able to continue them at exactly the last time code. Therefore it's only necessary to synchronize the actual time codes. This would be enough - and that's exactly the same what Pocket Casts is doing (which I use normally because I need this feature).
In contrary to this concept it is NOT necessary to synchronize everything, i. e. downloaded episodes from one device to another. This would take too long, would use too much storage space and would probably fill up other devices which not much storage left. Perhaps this is the most important point to clarify talking about the feature "cross device synchronisation".
It's a great function. Thank you for letting us know!
Mitchell Hedrick commented
From Xavier's most recent response/post, it sounds like PA is inching closer to cross-device synchronization. The day cross-device sync is available, I'll switch back from Pocket Casts and become a paid user. Sooner the better.
Do most of those who have voted here need true sync of all the things mentioned in the suggestion?
I suspect that Xavier has got very stuck trying to make a proper bi-/multi-directional sync work. It's surely a challenge. So I have suggested a simpler goal which would (I hope) be simpler to implement and therefore more likely to be implemented successfully.
If you think that my suggestion would be adequate for you, please give it a vote. The message would be "This would be good enough. Better this than waiting many more years for full multi-platform sync."
Derek Read commented
I've been a paid user for several years and would like to see a very specific subset of this feature:
Help me back up episodes (or entire podcasts) that I have marked using the existing Podcast Addict "favourite" feature.
Podcasts and specific episodes can disappear after some time so I like to back things up locally, and organize them in my own way so I can find them easily.
Here's how I manage this today:
1. Set Podcast Addict to save to a folder that my phone recognizes as "Podcasts" (this is for convenience for file navigation).
2. Set "favourite" on any episodes that I want to keep.
3. Delete all downloaded episodes. Podcast Addict keeps the favourites.
4. Use the Google "Files" app to navigate to my podcast folder.
5. Select episodes then "Share" them to Google Drive into a "Podcasts" folder there (usually making a new subfolder for each podcast as filenames are often not descriptive).
Unfortunately, there is no way to "Share" an entire folder so this process can be tedious if I have set a lot of favourites.
Getting everything to my PC or another device from Google Drive or other cloud services is generally trivial as they have good integrations for syncing that way, especially for PC.
Automating steps 3 thru 5 would make things a lot easier.
Essentially what I'd like to see is a button that lets me "Share" all favourite episodes, ideally preserving the subfolder they are stored in and adding that to a specific folder on Google Drive. I think to do this the coding would need to be quite specific and therefore less flexible. However, it might allow for folder preservation which would be nice.
Alternatively, if there was simply a button available after I've selected an episode (in "Downloaded Episodes" perhaps) that would let me "Share" to Google Drive (or via any other app) that would be good enough. It would also potentially make the coding more flexible, allowing people to "Share" a file (or multiple files) with pretty much any other app on their device (if the app is coded to handle that). All of the cloud storage apps can as far as I know.
If implemented like that it would mean not having to mark episodes as favourites anymore. Items I want to preserve could just be done immediately when I think of it, then removed from my phone.
It looks like current versions of Android provide an API that helps with this "Share" feature: https://developer.android.com/training/secure-file-sharing/share-file
For an example (I think) in Google's Android version of their "Recorder" app you can select a recording then "Share" it and on Android 10 (on my phone) the following items are available:
- send as a message to one of the three most recent people I sent messages to via Google Messages app
- send via Google Messages app (select a contact in the app)
- play to VLC
- send as email attachment using Gmail
- send to a connected Bluetooth device
- send via the Google's Files app "hotspot" feature
- Save to Google Drive
- Save to a specific folder I recently used in Google Drive
I only want to keep episodes I've marked as favourites, not all episodes, so using a backup manager or similar doesn't make sense. It would need to be able to read Podcast Addict's metadata.
JA in TO commented
I am personally committing to pay for the app if cloud sync is added
The app has a great interface, but I would not consider using it until I get the same podcast list across devices (without import/ export files each time). Started this in 2015? Think I better move on...
If you want to backup your subscriptions as an opml file you can do it from Settings/Backup & Restore then select the Backup entry. The backup file is stored in a subfolder called backup within your storage location. You can press the share button to send this file to your Drive, Dropbox, email account.
Given the number of votes and comments spanning several years, I'm really surprised the developers have not found a way to do this. I've only just switched to PA but like others, without the functionality of being able to login via multiple devices, I may need to continue shopping around for an app that can do this. I needed an app that had the ability to bookmark but I also listen on different devices and simply do not have the time or energy to unsubscribe to My podcasts and Rick off the hundreds of episodes I have listened to.
Tim Golding commented
So at the moment ---> New device means new subscriber & start from scratch ?? You gotta be kidding
Martin Jindřišek commented
Would be nice when Podcast Addict could sync and play podcast on Garmin watches.
Ivan Dimitrov commented
Hi, If the servers are problem, have you considered the possibility to provide VM/docker or anything to allow self-hosting the server part?
Fabian Kraus commented
what about gpodder support?
Louis Hébert commented
Any word on this @admin ? It's been years and I've recently decided to jump ship from using Podcast Addict and pocket casts to using your service exclusively. One of the major things that kept me from doing it earlier was that I liked the cross platform idea. Any update/feedback would be greatly appreciated.