FAQs

FAQs for Podcast Republic

 

Subscriptions

  1. How to find podcasts?
  2. How to subscribe to a podcast?
  3. How to unsubscribe to a podcast?
  4. Can I play my music/downloads/audio books using this app?
  5. How to add a podcast feed manually?
  6. What do the blue and green progress circles mean?
  7. What are the blue and green numbers displayed in the Subscriptions tab?
  8. Episodes

  9. How to set up to check for new episodes automatically?
  10. Why my podcast doesn’t get updated?
  11. How to access the individual podcast settings?
  12. What is Episode unique criteria?
  13. What does Reset episodes do?

    Downloads

  14. How does the auto download work?
  15. Can I turn on/off the auto download for one podcast?
  16. What is Keep download?
  17. How to save downloads to SD card?
  18. Why the download is paused for Wi-Fi?
  19. Can I download over 3G or 4G data connection?
  20. What does the download failed message mean?
  21. Can I resume a failed download?
  22. How to remove the download automatically after being played?
  23. How can I save a podcast permanently?
  24. Why do I get duplicated downloads?
  25. Is there any way to know whether an episode has been downloaded?
  26. Media Player

  27. Why my audio podcast is played as video?
  28. Can I play a video podcast as audio only?
  29. Why does the playback stop after certain (x) minutes in the background?
  30. Why does the playback skip forward or back randomly?
  31. What is ExoPlayer?
  32. How to cast to Chromecast?

    Playlists

  33. What are the play modes?
  34. Why does it start playing next episode automatically?
  35. Why it doesn’t start playing next episode automatically?
  36. How to create an user playlist?
  37. How can I set episodes of a podcast always go to my selected playlist?
  38. How the Up Next list works?
  39. How the playlist works?
  40. Sync, Backup & Restore

  41. How to sync data between devices?
  42. What data are synced between devices?
  43. How to transfer app data to another device?
  44. How to transfer downloaded podcast files to another device and get recognized by this app?
  45. How to restore app data from backups?
  46. Misc

  47. Why YouTube video podcasts are not downloadable?
  48. Why artworks are not displayed for some podcasts?
  49. How to enable Debug log?
  50. How to open app settings?
  51. What is the side navigation menu?
  52. What is the overflow menu?

 

    1.   How to find podcasts?
      There are two ways to find new podcasts:

      • Browse top podcasts in the Top charts tab
      • Search podcasts by podcast name in the Search tab

 

    1.   How to subscribe to a podcast?
      After you have found a podcast in the Top charts list or in the podcast search result list, you can swipe the podcast item in the list to left to open the subscribe menu.
      Or you can tap the podcast name to open the podcast and then click the Subscribe button to subscribe to it.

 

    1.   How to unsubscribe to a podcast?
      To remove a podcast from the subscription, please go to the Subscriptions tab first and then find the podcast. Then swipe the podcast item in the list to left to open the delete button.
      Or tap the podcast name to open the podcast and then click the Settings to open the individual podcast settings.
      Then use the Unsubscribe button to unsubscribe it.

 

    1.   Can I play my music/downloads/audio books using this app?
      Sure, you can play your music/downloads/audio books using this app. To do that you need to
      setup a “virtual” podcast. It will use a directory on the local device as a “virtual”
      podcast repository. All media files in the directory will be imported into the database and treated as episodes
      of this “virtual” podcast.

 

    1.   How to add a podcast feed manually?
      If your podcast is not found by searching, you can always add the podcast manually. Please go
      to the Subscriptions tab and tap the Add button on the title bar. Then select Add podcast by URL from the
      menu. Enter your podcast feed and then hit the find podcast button. If the podcast is found, it
      will be added to the app.

 

    1.   What do the blue and green progress circles mean?
      • The blue progress circle is the playback progress indicator.
      • The green progress circle is the download progress indicator.

 

    1.   What are the blue and green numbers displayed in the Subscriptions tab?
      • The blue number is the total unplayed episode count.
      • The green number is the number of the recent episodes retrieved since the last time you have opened the podcast.
        This number will be reset to zero once you open the podcast to view its episode list.

 

    1.   How to set up to check for new episodes automatically?
      By default this app will check for podcast update every three hours. If you want to set up a different update checking interval or disable the auto checking completely,
      you can do that through the app settings.

      1. Swipe to right from the left edge of the screen to open the side navigation menu
      2. Click the Settings to open the app settings screen
      3. Go to the Subscriptions settings
      4. Click Update podcasts setting and select an option from the list

 

    1.   Why my podcast doesn’t get updated?
      You know there are new episodes being published but this app doesn’t get those new episodes. Well, this
      is very likely that there’s a publishing date typo/error in the podcast’s
      RSS feed. This app uses the publishing date of each episode as the key indicator of whether
      it is a new episode to be retrieved or an old episode to be discarded. Sometimes,
      however, the publishing date of some episodes will be wrong because of typo or whatever
      reasons. If that wrong publishing date is months later than current date, it will
      prevent this app from updating the podcast, as all episodes before that wrong date will be
      discarded as false “older” episode. In this case, the quickest way to make this app
      to update the podcast again is to reset the episode data

 

    1.   How to access the individual podcast settings?
      1. Go to the Subscriptions tab
      2. Tap the podcast name to open the podcast
      3. Click the Settings button on the screen to open the individual podcast settings

 

    1.   What is Episode unique criteria?
      Episode unique criteria is the criteria used to identify an episode uniquely. This episode unique criteria is used to prevent duplicated episodes fetched from the podcast feed.
      Many podcast publishers assign a global unique ID (GUID) to an episode to identify each
      episode uniquely. However, that’s not required by the podcast feed RSS standard. Some podcast publishers don’t use GUID at all. Instead they use episode url or episode
      publishing date or episode title as an unique way to identify an episode.

      By default, this app will try to detect the unique criteria used in the podcast feed and remove the duplicated episodes from the podcast feed. It should work fine most of the time.
      In case the auto detected unique criteria doesn’t work and duplicated episodes do happen, you can go to the individual podcast settings to set this episode unique
      criteria manually.

 

    1.   What does Reset episodes do?
      Episode data will be cached locally by this app in the app database when they are retrieved from the podcast server. Reset episodes will discard the episode data cached in the database
      and rebuild from the podcast server again. This is useful in case the cached episode data get corrupted due to
      various reasons or have errors in the episode data.

 

    1.   How does the auto download work?
      The auto download option can be turned on from either in app settings page or fine tuned
      for each podcast in the individual podcast settings.
      Once turned on, the auto download service will run in the background and automatically
      download most recent episodes it finds for you
      periodically.

      Most recent episodes are the new episodes since the podcast was
      viewed last time.

      Notice: If your device is rebooted, you need to start this app first to get the auto
      download service started again.

 

    1.   Can I turn on/off the auto download for certain podcasts?
      Yes, the auto download feature can be fine tuned for each podcast through the individual podcast settings. The individual podcast settings will
      override the system’s settings.

 

    1.   What is Keep download?
      For individual podcast settings, this is the max number of download will be kept for each
      podcast. If new episode is added to the download list and it exceeds this cap, the oldest
      downloaded file will be deleted automatically.

 

    1.   How to save downloads to SD card?
      Please go to the app settings and set the download location to use SD card under Downloads settings.

 

    1.   Why the download is paused for Wi-Fi?
      By default, this app will download with Wi-Fi connection only. If Wi-Fi is not available,
      the download will pause and resume when the Wi-Fi is available.

 

    1.   Can I download over 3G or 4G data connection?
      Yes, please turn off Download With Wi-Fi only in app settings.

 

    1.   What does the download failed message mean?
      • URL could not be found: The podcast to be downloaded is not available on the server. Most likely the podcast has been removed by the podcast publisher or it is not
        accessible from your Internet connection.
      • Insufficient space or storage quota reached: Not enough free space in your storage or you have reached the storage quota set in the Downloads settings.
      • Failed: Unknown error has happened during the downloading.

 

    1.   Can I resume a failed download?
      Yes, long press the failed download item in the downloads screen will bring up a menu,
      select Redownload from the menu will download the item again.

 

    1.   How to remove the download automatically after being played?
      1. Open app settings
      2. Go under Episodes settings
      3. Turn on Delete the download when an episode is 100% played

 

    1.   How can I save a podcast permanently?
      If you like to keep a copy of a podcast permanently, please download the podcast first and then export the downloaded podcast to a folder on your device.
      The exported podcast file will be saved to use its podcast title as the file name. The export podcast feature can be accessed in various screens. Long press
      the items in the Downloads tab or overflow menu in the Playing screen.

 

    1.   Why do I get duplicated downloads?
      This app uses a complicated algorithm to detect the episode unique criteria used in the podcast feed to remove duplicated episodes. However, this auto detection may fail sometimes,
      which results in duplicated episodes are retrieved as new episodes and get downloaded. In the case the auto detecting of episode unique criteria fails, it is recommended to set
      this criteria in the individual podcast settings manually.

      Read more on What is Episode unique criteria?

 

    1.   Is there any way to know whether an episode has been downloaded?
      Once the download is completed the download button will change to a check mark to indicate the download has been completed.

 

    1.   Why my audio podcast is played as video?
      On some devices the podcast media format may not be detected correctly. In that case please
      go to the individual podcast settings and set the media type manually.

 

    1.   Can I play a video podcast as audio only?
      Please go to the individual podcast settings and set the media type to be Audio, that will force the app
      to play the video podcast as audio only.

 

    1.   Why does the playback stop after certain (x) minutes in the background?
      This typically happens if you have the battery saving or optimization enabled in your Android settings. Please try disabling the battery saving or excluding this app from
      the optimization in your Android settings. There are also some third party apps such as task/memory managing apps or anti-virus apps which can kill running
      apps in background. If you have those apps installed, please try adding this app to the whitelist so it won’t be killed by those apps.

 

    1.   Why does the playback skip forward or back randomly?
      The playback may skip forward or back randomly on some devices for certain podcasts depends on how the podcast media is encoded. If this playback issue happens, please
      go to the app settings and then enable the ExoPlayer option under Media Player settings.

 

    1.   What is ExoPlayer?
      ExoPlayer is an application level media player for Android from Google. It provides an alternative to Android’s built-in Media Player
      for playing audio and video both locally and over the Internet. ExoPlayer supports features not currently supported by Android’s built-in Media Player.

 

    1.   How to cast to Chromecast?
      Chromecast is supported in this app. The Chromecast icon will show up on the upper right corner of the Playing screen when any Chromecase device is detected.

 

    1.   What are the play modes?
      Currently there are four play modes supported in this app:

      • Playlist mode: plays all episodes in the same playlist in serial
      • Single play mode: play one episode and then stop
      • Shuffle: plays all episodes in the same playlist but in a random order
      • Repeat: play the same episode repeatedly till it is stopped by user

      Play mode setting is available in Media Player settings. Also, the current selected play mode will be displayed on top of the Up Next list
      in the Playing screen.

 

    1.   Why does it start playing next episode automatically?
      This app plays in playlist mode by default. That means it will continue to next episode automatically when current episode finishes. If you prefer to
      play a single episode and then stop, then please set the play mode to Single play mode.

      Read more on What are the play modes?

 

    1.   Why it doesn’t start playing next episode automatically?
      Please make sure the play mode is set to Playlist play mode.

      Read more on What are the play modes?

 

    1.   How to create an user playlist?
      This app supports multiple playlists, including user playlist(s).
      The steps to create an user playlist:

      1. Go to the Playlists tab
      2. Open the overflow menu
      3. Select Manage playlists button from the menu
      4. Enter the new playlist name

 

    1.   How can I set episodes of a podcast always go to my selected playlist?
      1. Open the podcast from the Subscriptions tab
      2. Open the individual podcast settings
      3. Click the Playlists setting and select one or multiple playlists

      Now all auto downloads of this podcast will go to the selected playlists automatically.

 

    1.   How the Up Next list works?
      The Up Next list serves as the play queue in the app. This play queue is a dynamic queue which will update itself automatically when switching to
      a new playlist or new episodes are added to the playlist or ordering in the playlist has been changed. For example, you go to the Playlists tab
      and tap episode in the “playlist A” to start playing. Then, the Up Next list will be populated with all episodes from “playlist A”. Later, you go
      to the Downloads tab and tap episode in the Downloads list to start playing. Now, the Up Next list will be
      populated with all episodes from the Downloads list. Also, when the episode ordering is changed in the playlist, that change will be synced to the
      Up Next list automatically. You don’t need to do anything manually to update the play queue.

 

    1.   How the playlist works?
      In this app all episode lists are considered as playlist. You can click the episode in any episode list to start playing and that list will be used as the current playlist.

      There are two types of playlists based on the features supported:

      • Full featured playlist: the playlists created in the Playlists tab
      • Simple playlist: all the other episode lists in the app

 

    1.   How to sync data between devices?
      You can create an account or use your Google account to sign in to start syncing between devices. Once you have signed in your account, your subscriptions (podcast & radio),
      episode playback state and favorite state will be synced automatically. Currently the syncing will use any available network connections (mobile or WiFi) to do the real
      time syncing. Please go to the app settings and then login your account under Sync between devices settings.

 

    1.   What data are synced between devices?
      Currently the data will be synced between devices are: your subscriptions (podcasts and radio stations), episode playback progress, and episode favorite marks.

 

    1.   How to transfer app data to another device?
      If you want to be able to pick up the playback progress from another device, the easiest way to do is to set up the syncing between
      devices, see how to sync data between devices for details.

      If you like to transfer all app data to another device, the easiest way to do is to use the Backup & Restore feature.
      want to set up the syncing, you still can transfer the app data to another device. Just create a
      backup of the app data and then copy that backup file to another device, then restore from
      the backup. Downloaded files are not included in the app data backup.

 

    1.   How to transfer downloaded podcast files to another device and get
      recognized by this app?

      Suppose you want to transfer downloaded podcast files from device A to device B, please
      follow the steps below to get the downloaded podcasts to be recognized by this app on device
      B:

      1. Create a backup of the app data on device A
      2. Copy the app data backup file to device B
      3. Restore from the backup of the app data on device B
      4. Go to the app settings and set up the download directory on device B
      5. Transfer the downloaded podcast files to the download directory on device B

      Your downloaded podcast files should be recognized by the app again on device B.

 

    1.   How to restore app data from backups?
      1. With your Android device powered on, connect it to a computer’s USB port.
      2. In Windows Explorer (or the Mac equivalent) select the Android device and then its internal storage.
      3. Open the folder “podcast.republic.data”. This is where all of the backup data is stored. Copy these files to a location on your PC, as a backup precaution.
      4. Locate the download folder “PodcastRepublic” and copy all the files to a location on your PC, as a backup precaution.
      5. Disconnect your Android device from the PC, and uninstall the Podcast Republic app. This will remove the app itself and your data.
      6. Reinstall the Podcast Republic app by downloading it again from the App store.
      7. Start Podcast Republic, go to the Settings > Downloads to set up the download location.
      8. Locate your download folder on your device. If the folder is empty, connect your Android device to the PC again. Copy the downloaded podcast files from your PC to the download folder on your Android device.
      9. Start Podcast Republic, go to Settings > Backup & Restore > Restore.
      10. Locate the “podcast.republic.data” folder. (NOT “PodcastRepublic”, the folder you need is further down the list.)
      11. Open this folder and locate the most recent backup file. They are named “backup_YYYYMMDDHHMM.zip” based on the date and time when the backup was taken.
      12. Tap on the most recent backup file and choose the Restore option. This will recover all of your subscriptions, played/unplayed lists, favorites, etc.
      13. Depending on when the backup was taken, you may be missing some recent activity. You will need to manually add any subscriptions that were added after your most recent backup was taken.
      14. For any episodes that you have played since your most recent backup was taken, you will need to find the episode, tap the “…” next to it and select “Set Played” to mark it as already played.
      15. If you marked any episodes as favorites (using the star) after the most recent backup was taken, you will need to manually mark those as favorites again from memory.

 

    1.   Why YouTube video podcasts are not downloadable?
      It is Google’s policy that YouTube videos should not be downloaded.

 

    1.   Why artworks are not displayed for some podcasts?
      Artwork will be displayed for the podcast if it has one. The artworks are cached locally.
      However the cache may get cleared somehow. In case the podcast artwork is not displayed, try refreshing the podcast. This app will try
      to cache the artwork again.

 

    1.   How to enable Debug log?
      If you notice any bug in this app you can enable the Debug log and send the debug log back to the developer. To enable the Debug log, please
      open the app settings and then go under the About page. Tap on the Debug log to enable it.

      After you have the Debug log option enabled, please use this app as normal and wait till the bug is reproduced.
      After the bug is reproduced, go to the About page in the app settings again and tap the Report bug button to send the debug log.
      At any time, you can go to the About page to disable the debug log.

 

    1.   How to open app settings?
      The app settings can be opened from the side navigation menu.

 

    1.   What is the side navigation menu?
      The side menu is the navigation menu opened from the left or right side of the screen for mobile screens.
      The menu can be opened in two ways:

      • Click on the menu button (three lines icon) on the title bar
      • Swipe to right from the left edge of the screen; or swipe to left from the right edge of the screen if Right hand operation is enabled

 

    1.   What is the overflow menu?
      The overflow menu is a three dots button on Android platform. Click on this three dots button will open a menu.