How to Resolve iPhone Podcast Crash Issue after iOS 9.0.2 Upgrade

In September 2015 came the iOS 9 upgrade. I was quick to upgrade my phone the very first day. Unfortunately my Podcast app stopped working after the iOS 9 upgrade. Podcast app used to crash after a few seconds or trying to refresh.

I was heart-broken as I’m a huge podcast fan. I spend 2-3 hours every day listening to podcasts. I thought it is a common issue and thought in a few days an update will come, which will resolve the issue. iOS 9.0.1 update came – it did not even mention any fix to the podcast app. Then came the iOS 9.0.2 update, which said the update improves the stability of the podcast app. I was delighted and updated the phone right way. However, my happiness was short lived. The Podcast app continued to crash.

I visited the Apple Support website. Found quite a few people reporting the same issue, but no resolution seemed to be in sight. A rather hilarious suggestion (and fix) was to restore the iPhone. Really! Restore the iPhone for an app! I decided to find a fix and I’m happy to report that I did. Here is the solution.

How to fix iPhone Podcast App Crash after iOS 9 Upgrade

While my podcast app continued to crash, the first clue came from a friend, who said his podcast app works fine. This led me to think of possible causes. First thing, which came to my mind and obviously it would be the same in your case too – Too Many Subscribed Stations!

I had several stations subscribed to and about 9 GB of downloaded podcast on my phone. It was the potential issue and indeed it turned out to be. Here are the steps I took to resolve the issue:

  1. Take a picture of your subscribed stations or make a note of those stations.
  2. Go to Settings -> General -> Storage & iCloud Usage -> Manage Storage -> Podcast. Delete all the downloaded episodes.
  3. Switch your phone to Airplane mode so that it does not connect to the internet.
  4. Tap the Podcast app – it will try to refresh but won’t be able to because of the airplane mode.
  5. Cleanup the app.
  6. Disable the airplane mode and connect to the wireless.
  7. Subscribe to all the stations again and download the episodes you need.

Even though this solution has a drawback that you’ll have to delete and then subscribe all the stations again, but it is something that works for sure. Try this out and start listening to the podcasts again!

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