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If you’ve found a podcast on the web and it doesn’t appear within your podcasting app’s search directory, then it’s still possible to subscribe in a manual way. Subscribing to a podcast manually requires you to track down that podcast’s website firstly.

You need to find the address of the podcast feed – a page that contains all the details of the podcast’s past episodes. Don’t worry though, you don’t need to know how a feed works, you just need to find it’s web address, which is normally quite easy.

Most Podcast websites will have a ‘Subscribe’ icon somewhere on the front page, which will take you to the Podcast feed page, or try to subscribe you automatically. Often it’s denoted by an orange icon, as shown to the right. Try finding a subscribe link, or this icon and clicking it. You might then see a whole bunch of code, called XML. Again, don’t worry about this – all you need is the address of the page, which you can copy from the address bar. It’ll look something like this,

Select that address and Copy it, for transfer into your Podcatcher. All podcatchers should have a prominent option to ‘Add a Podcast.’ Once you select that option, it’ll generally ask you for the web address, or URL, as well as offering you the chance to search.

Simply paste the previously copied web address into this field, and select ‘Add’. That podcast should then be added to your ‘subscribed’ list within whatever app you’re using. Done!