Learn how to subscribe to a private podcast feed on any device.
Whooshkaa Private Feeds enables individual listeners to subscribe to a show using a unique feed. If you have received an invitation to subscribe to a show using a private feed, you are only a few short steps away from subscribing.
With your invite, you would have most likely received a link to subscribe through your favorite app. If you did not receive this email, please check your spam or contact your show owner or administrator to receive it or your private feed URL.
Subscribing with your listening app
Whooshkaa Private Feeds function in a very similar way to other podcast feeds and are supported by all apps where a feed URL may be entered. This includes Apple Podcasts on iOS and MacOS*; and Pocket Casts on Android devices, among others.
In the following apps, you may subscribe by clicking through the app's button. This will open the private feed URL in the app in most instances, however, on occasions different device settings may restrict the protocol from opening directly. In that case, entering the private feed manually is the next best option.
The invite email includes a link to a page where you may subscribe to an existing podcast app automatically. At present the following apps are supported out of the box:
- Apple Podcasts*
- Podcast Addict
To subscribe, simply click the desired app and it should open it directly. In the case that it does not open or you see no activity, you may need to add enter the feed address manually.
Other apps (such as BeyondPod or other apps) are also supported via the RSS feed. In the case that your app is not listed above, simply use the RSS link and add it manually.
Entering Private Feed Manually
Each of the above apps allows for a feed to be entered manually.
Open the link shared with you via your show administrator and copy the provided URL. Open your podcast app and add the feed URL through it to subscribe.
The feed URL is available as the RSS option and you should be able to copy the URL by right-clicking on a desktop device and selecting to copy the link address, or tapping and holding your finger down on the device and selecting to copy the URL from the popup menu. With this URL, you may add it to your app.
Editing a Private Feed
If your private feed URL has changed or your need to amend it, you will need to locate the show and edit the feed address. Following similar steps to the above "Entering Private Feed Manually" section, you will need to replace the current feed URL with the new one. This should not result in episodes being downloaded again and should only result in you syncing with the latest feed.
Troubleshooting and Frequently Asked Questions
Please see below for known issues and frequently asked questions.
I click the icon's button, but nothing happens. How can I subscribe?
In some instances clicking an app will not result in anything happening, or it may open up a web browser without any result. This is usually the case when the clicked app is not installed or the device settings don't allow it to be launched through the web browser directly. In this case, the best way is to follow the "Entering Private Feed Manually" steps above.
I am already subscribed to a public version of the show. Will this double up?
Where a show is shared both publicly and privately, you will end up subscribing to the show twice. While this is not necessarily a problem, it may result in episodes being downloaded twice and the show being visible twice also.
My private feed URL does not work. How can I fix this?
Private feed URLs are unique and individual for each subscriber. If your feed URL no longer works, your show administrator should be able to generate a new one for you. To enter it again, edit your private feed as per instructions above and replace the old feed URL.
* Apple Podcasts displays a "Can't connect right now." error. How can I resolve this?
Version 1.1.0 (1575.1.2) of Apple Podcasts has a known issue in that it displays this message the first time. Don't worry, the feed is added to your Library nevertheless and should work for you as usual.