FAQs

FAQs for Podcast Republic

 

  1. How to find podcasts?
  2. How to subscribe to a podcast?
  3. How to unsubscribe to a podcast?
  4. How to set up to check for new episodes automatically?
  5. Get Wi-Fi not available message?
  6. How does the auto download work?
  7. Can I turn on/off the auto download for one podcast?
  8. What is Keep download?
  9. How to save downloads to SD card?
  10. Why the download is paused for Wi-Fi?
  11. Can I download over 3G or 4G data connection?
  12. What does the download failed message mean?
  13. Can I resume a failed download?
  14. How can I delete a download?
  15. How can I save a podcast permanently?
  16. Why do I get duplicated downloads?
  17. What is Episode unique criteria?
  18. What does Reset episodes do?
  19. How to open the sliding out menu?
  20. How to access the individual podcast settings?
  21. Is there any way to know whether an episode has been downloaded?
  22. Can I put multiple tags to one podcast?
  23. What are the play modes?
  24. Why does it start playing next episode automatically?
  25. Why it doesn’t start playing next episode automatically?
  26. How to create user defined playlist(s)?
  27. How can I set episodes of a podcast always go to my user defined playlist?
  28. Why my podcast doesn’t get updated?
  29. What are the blue and green numbers displayed in the Subscriptions tab?
  30. how to sync data between devices?
  31. How to transfer app data to another device?
  32. How to transfer downloaded podcast files to another device and get recognized by this app?
  33. How to restore app data from backups?
  34. Why YouTube video podcasts are not downloadable?
  35. Why artworks are not displayed for some podcasts?
  36. How to enable variable playback speed?
  37. Why my audio podcast is played as video?
  38. Can I play a video podcast as audio only?
  39. Can I play my music/downloads/audio books using this app?
  40. How to add a podcast feed manually?
  41. Where is the lock screen widget for Lollipop?
  42. Why does it ask for accessing to my photos on Android Marshmallow?
  43. What do the blue and green progress circles mean?
  44. Why does the playback stop after certain (x) minutes in the background?
  45. Why does the playback skip forward or back randomly?
  46. How to enable Debug log?
  47. How to cast to Chromecast?

 

    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?
      When you find 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 behind.
      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 subscribe a podcast, 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 behind.
      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 on the settings to unsubscribe it.

 

    1.   How to set up to check for new episodes automatically?
      To enable the app to check for new episodes automatically, please swipe to right from the left edge of the screen to open the sliding menu and
      then open the app settings from the sliding menu. Then go to the Podcast sections in the app settings. Then Select an update interval for ‘Check podcast update’ setting.

 

    1.   Get Wi-Fi not available message?
      This app has Wi-Fi only option enabled by default for streaming or downloading podcast.
      Please go to the settings of this app and turn off the Wi-Fi only settings if Wi-Fi is not
      connected.

 

    1.   How does the auto download work?
      The auto download option can be turned on from either in app’s Settings page or fine tuned
      for each podcast in the podcast’s episode list screen.
      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 page 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 one podcast?
      Yes, each podcast can be fine tuned with its own settings. Open the settings in the episode
      list screen and change the auto download setting. It will
      override the system’s auto download settings.

 

    1.   What is Keep download?
      For individual podcast settings, this is the max number of download will be kept for this
      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 settings of this app 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 the settings of this app.

 

    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 of this app.
      • Storage is not accessible: The storage is not accessible to download the podcast. Please make sure this app has the storage permission granted if running on Android Marshmallow.
        This storage permission can be set in Android settings. Or, the download location is not writable to this app. Please go to the Downloads settings to reset the download location.
      • 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 can I delete a download?
      Download can be removed manually or automatically. To remove download manually, enter the
      Action Mode in the download list screen, select the items and
      then click the delete button on the action bar to remove them. To set up auto delete after
      download is played, turn on the Auto Delete option in the
      settings.

 

    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 different 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 treated 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.   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 when they are retrieved from the podcast server. Reset episodes will discard the episode data cached locally
      and rebuild the cache using the episode data retrieved 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 to open the sliding out menu?
      Swipe to right at the left edge of your screen will open the sliding menu.

 

    1.   How to access the individual podcast settings?
      Go to the Subscriptions tab and then tap the podcast name to open the podcast. The Settings button is located above the episode list.

 

    1.   Is there any way to know whether an episode has been
      downloaded?

      Yes, once download is completed a check mark will be displayed on top of the download button
      in the episode list screen.

 

    1.   Can I put multiple tags to one podcast?
      Yes, multiple tags is supported.

 

    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 of this app. Also, the play mode selection button
      is accessible on the playback control row at the bottom of the 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 user defined playlist(s)?
      This app supports multiple playlists, including user defined playlist(s). To create an user
      defined playlist, go to the Playlist tab, tap the drop down playlist filter and then select Manage playlists button from the drop down menu.
      Enter your user defined playlist name then. Now the user
      defined playlist is added to the selection filter on the title bar.

 

    1.   How can I set episodes of a podcast always go to my user defined
      playlist?

      Tap the podcast in the Library or Subscriptions to open the episode list screen, then open
      the individual podcast settings through the overflow menu on the
      title bar. In the individual podcast settings, set Add to playlist to your user defined
      playlist. Now all auto download of this podcast will go to the user
      defined playlist automatically.

 

    1.   Why my podcast doesn’t get updated?
      You know there are new episodes out 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 fetched 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 only way to make this app
      to update the podcast again is to unsubscribe the podcast and then subscribe again.

      When unsubscribe the podcast and subscribe again, please make sure there’s no
      episode from this podcast exist in downloads, playlists or is current playing.
      Otherwise, it may fail to update the podcast.

 

    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 count of episodes retrieved since the last you have opened the podcast to view its episode list.
      This number will be reset to zero once you open the podcast to view its episode list.

 

    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.

 

    1.   How to transfer app data to another device?
      The easiest way to transfer app data to another device is to setup the syncing between
      devices, see how to sync data between devices for details. If you don’t
      want to
      setup 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 copied
      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. Open this app on device B and set the download directory to the same location as in
        device A
      2. Create a backup of the app data on device A
      3. Transfer downloaded podcast files to the download directory of this app on device
        B
      4. Transfer the backup data to device B and restore from that backup data

      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 YouTube’s policy that all 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 variable playback speed?
      For devices running Android Marshmallow or above, variable playback speed is always enabled.
      You can use the playback speed button on the title bar in Playing tab to set the playback
      speed.

      For devices running Android Lollipop or below, variable playback speed is supported as a
      beta feature. The option can be found under Settings -> Media Player. This option is also available
      under individual podcast settings so the feature can be enabled/disabled per podcast. Depends on the podcast it is playing,
      the app may crash with the variable playback speed enabled. In that case you can always turn
      off the variable playback
      speed in the individual podcast settings for the affected podcast only so you can still
      enjoy this feature for the other podcasts.

 

    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.   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 the “virtual” podcast.

 

    1.   How to add a podcast feed manually?
      If your podcast is not found by search, you can always add the podcast manually. Please go
      to the Library tab and open the menu on the title bar. Then select “Add podcast” 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.   Where is the lock screen widget for Lollipop?
      Lock screen widget is no longer supported by Android since Lollipop. Instead please use the
      notification on the lock screen. You can expand the notification to have full playback
      controls.

 

    1.   Why does it ask for accessing to my photos on Android
      Marshmallow?

      This app supports runtime permission systems when running on Android Marshmallow. On start
      it will ask for storage accessing permission, which is used for downloading podcasts and
      caching artworks.
      This app doesn’t access your photos on the storage. Unfortunately, due to the overbroad
      wording form Google, it displays an unrelated warning message.

 

    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.   Why does the playback stop after certain (x) minutes in the background?
      This typically happens if you have the battery saving feature enabled. Please try disabling the battery saving feature 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 install, please add this app to the whitelist so it won’t be killed by those apps.

 

    1.   Why does the playback skip forward or back randomly?
      It has been reported that the skipping happens when streaming on some Samsung devices after updating to Android Marshmallow.
      The workaround is to download the podcast first and then play downloads. That seems to be able to workaround this skipping issue.
      Or you can go to the settings of this app and enable ExoPlayer under Media Player settings.

 

    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 this app and then go to Settings > About page. Tap on the Debug log to enable it. Use this app as normal and wait till the bug is reproduced.
      After the bug is reproduced, go to the Settings > About page again and tap the Report bug button to send the debug log. At any time, you can go to
      the Settings > About page to disable the debug log.

 

    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 an available cast device is detected.