Outcast for Watch App Reviews

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Very Bad Downloading Experience

On my Apple Watch 2, first time out the gate I tried downloading a 23 MB podcast. This app makes you keep the Apple Watch screen on AND you must have the Outcast App active in order to download - otherwise it pauses the download. The download speed was very slow. This results in having to babysit the Apple Watch making sure the screen doesn’t “sleep” - and, I had to sit there and tap around the Outcast App so it wouldn’t pause the download. Even with this, not only would the download keep pausing, it got to about 22 MB of the 23 - and then had a download error and had to restart the whole thing!!! And you cannot listen to a podcast as it’s downloading. I sincerely regret this app and I want my 45 minutes wasted on it back!

Worked OK until recent update (July 2018)

Now I can’t get any episodes to download completely. Huge waste of time. They constantly pause and start over whether on WiFi or cellular or paired with phone.

5 stars but stopped working

Please fix

Needs a better download mechanic

While this is the best watch podcast player I’ve found, there is still much to desire. Pros: this app, unlike overcast or watchplayer actually cooperates with my Bluetooth headset ( I use ZNT Airfits) thru a series 1 Apple Watch. Con: the download process is awful and seemingly at odds with the Apple Watch’s design. It forces you to keep the watch screen on (which is unintuitive at best and enraging at worst), and if you don’t, you’ll end up with 12 random minutes of a podcast rather than the whole thing. Both the devs and Apples Watch OS team really need to get on this.

Inconsistent download success

I have had the hardest time downloading podcasts using this app. I’ve tried using cellular and wireless, with my phone on and off airplane mode. No matter what combination I use, my downloads always fail, and I have to restart them every minute or less. I spent the better part of an hour trying to download an hour-long podcast, and somehow, only got the last 15 minutes of the ‘cast. Not worth it. I’ll have to start carrying my phone with me on my runs as this app is not a viable solution. Luckily, I only wasted $.99.

Great app!

Finally...an app that plays podcasts that 1. Isn't expensive 2. Isn't difficult to use 3. Helpful tutorials Highly recommend. Two thumbs up.

Not where it needs to be...yet

This app would be much better if I didn’t need to disable Bluetooth on my iPhone to enable even a mediocre download speed. Also there’s no setting that will allow for automatic downloads and removal of podcasts once they’ve been consumed. Don’t get me wrong; this app takes a huge step in the right direction for searching for and listening to podcasts; and all this without having the functionality that an updated Watch OS 5 API may soon enable. When that happens I’ll upgrade my rating.

Do not download

Even over WiFi the podcasts take forever to download and usability is terrible. Much of the usability issues are due to apples restrictions, but it is what it is. You’re best to save your money and wait for watch OS 5. Speaking of money...Not only does this app cost money, but it also inserts LOUD ads before and after each podcast. The developer is clearly doing a money grab prior to Apple releasing podcasts for the Apple Watch in September 2018. This is a text book reason why people don’t buy more apps.

Leader of the Pack

These developers try really hard to bring a great app that gets around Apple’s limitations imposed on the Watch. Apple stopped the ability to stream music and podcasts thru the watch. They brought back Apple Music, and I have read that Podcasts are coming back in the next major update. Excited to see what Outcast does with that. Hopefully they will be able to use it too, not just Apple Podcasts. The app tries really hard to be the best podcast app and the best Apple Watch app out there. This latest update allows streaming (Yay!), but really it is buffering and playing once enough is downloaded. Once it starts, you still need to keep the Watch active for the full download, which is still not very practical. It’s OK if you can sit and wait for a pod to download before a run, and the play starting helps with the boredom of waiting for a not so quick download, but who has time to sit around waiting for downloads. Hoping that the update in Fall 2018 solves this, and I’m sure this developer will be all over it when it does. Apple needs to break the mandatory tethering to iPhone soon like they eventually did with the iPhone to a PC.

This changes everything!

This app brings real utility to my Apple Watch Series 3! Now I leave my phone at home while walking the dog and listen to podcasts directly from my watch. Perfect!

Works As Advertised.

Well, the app works as expected but still needs some tweaking. The app will definitely get me by until Apple gets the official Podcast on the Apple Watch in the Fall. One awesome feature I accidentally discovered was scrubbing with the Digital Crown. You can turn the Digital Crown and scrub through the audio. That’s is awesome for listening to a precise point in the audio recording. Good job on the devs part. Apple need to look at that feature for sure. But, I will say I’m very happy I get to take my podcast with me with only the Apple Watch present. I hike 10 miles a morning and like to listen to my weekly favorite podcast like CultCast. So, Outcast just made my mornings a bit more enjoyable. I say: thank you.

Doesn’t work

Downloads do not complete even when on WiFi and keeping the screen active. Save your money and wait for watch os 5

The best there is, even if not great

The interface can be very frustrating, but at least it usually works, which is more than any other option at the moment. We’ll see what Apple brings.

Todo bien PA


Some mods I would make.

Love the app. Easy to use. Quick downloads. My only suggestion would be to manage downloads from the iPhone portion of the app. Sometimes it is frustrating having to make changes (adding sorting, deleting and searching for podcasts) from the watch itself. The screen is not big enough and sometimes it tends to slow down and freeze. But overall I love the app, and would recommend downloading. However, the new Apple OS is reportedly adding the Podcast app to the watch so you can make these sort of adjustments from the iPhone app. But for now, it’s the best app for podcasts.


Have not been able to download a single podcast yet

Great app!

I have the Apple watch with LTE but haven't been able to justify getting cellular service since my phone is almost always with me. This app has been a great addition for those times I dont want to carry the phone around, like when I'm doing stuff in the yard or walking the dog. The first few downloads took several minutes- which really isn't that terrible for those of us that remember what life was like with dial-up - but then the app suggested putting my phone in airplane mode and voila, almost instanious download of a 45 minute podcast. Well worth the .99 price tag

Make sure Watch is on WiFi 2.4G...

Because if your watch is on WiFi 5G the podcast that you are trying to download will keep pausing. Apple Watch only supports WiFi 2.4G. That being said, the app works fine.

Works as advertised

I’ve tried many 3rd party apps to get standalone playback of podcasts on Apple Watch and this was the first one I’ve stuck with. The simplicity of the interface and directions on how to adjust volume and download are what set it apart.

Great Podcast app!

Problems downloading podcasts when first purchased. Gave it a bad rating, then developer got in touch with me and I told him what the problem was. He corrected the problem and now this app. records podcasts just like the apple podcast app.

Airplane mode is your friend

Set your iPhone to airplane mode before downloading podcasts. Works great if you do that. Best app I could find for listening to podcasts offline on the watch.

Best Apple Watch Podcast Player So Far

I’ve purchased all of the podcast players for the Apple Watch including Watch Player, Minicasts, Watch Casts, etc, and this is the best one so far. It freezes occasionally, but I really like the interface of Outcast better than the others. It displays graphics and episode descriptions on the Watch, and you can use use the crown to FF or RW. You have to turn Bluetooth off on the iPhone to quickly download episodes via WiFi, but this is a limitation with all the Apple Watch podcast apps. Until Apple gets serious about podcast support on the Watch and releases a native app, this one is my preferred solution.


Able to download different sermons from different pastors and listen to them

Best Podcast Watch App Available

It has some rough edges, but while every other developer is saying standalone podcast apps can’t be made, I’m listening to podcasts without my phone. I wish it could sync with the other podcast apps I use, but it’s still great.

Time waster

Unpairing watch to download an episode takes longer than listening to said episode. 15 minutes so far and I’ve yet to start the download. Ugh! Never again - will be deleting this app as soon as I can use my watch again.

Won’t play from watch

I Select podcast downloaded to watch and app freezes every time I press play. Worked once but can’t get to play again

Great app for podcasts on watch

I was concerned based on other reviews talking about horrible download speeds. But for a buck I decided it was worth a shot. Short version; it’s fine. Using phone and Bluetooth (the slow method), I was able to download a 10 minute podcast in <2 minutes and a 30 minute podcast in ~5 minutes. And that was with an iffy connection. [Update - with WiFi (and phone in airplane mode; so watch direct) a 60 minute podcast downloaded in <1 minute. Super fast, no issues.] Only four stars because I’m still getting used to the controls (a combination of clicking screen title in upper left and force touch that still doesn’t seem intuitive to me). I’ll update as I use it more, but envision using this when I go on runs with only my watch - perfect for that use!

Finally, a podcast app for the watch that works

As the developer said in a response to a bad review, the app was a bit “fiddly” at first. But, once I played with it a bit, it works flawlessly. Forcing the watch to go into cellular or WiFi modes is the key. Once that was done, downloads were surprisingly fast. I just downloaded three 60 minute-ish podcasts in less than one minute each. Brilliant! Plus, its super ease to find new podcasts, add episodes, delete episodes and play episodes. Just a really nicely designed and easy to use podcast app for the watch. Finally!

Not ready for release

Great idea! BUT... It doesn’t actually work. Using iPhone X and Apple Watch Series 3 with all app and iOS updates. Slow, buggy and essentially non-functional unless you have all day to spend tinkering with the app instead of wanting to USE the app for the advertised purpose. You got my $0.99, I will be watching for updates that make this product functional.

Best Apple Watch Podcast App

It is not perfect but it is well worth the price and the best option currently to listen to podcasts from your watch.

Please provide step by step operating institutions.

I can’t figure out how to use this app.

No iPhone functionality

The app on the watch works decently, but there is no reason for the phone component to be more functional. You should be able to search for a podcast by name.

What’s the problem?

I don’t understand the negative reviews. I found out about this from 9to5mac. You download the app and install it on your watch, disable Bluetooth on your phone from the settings > Bluetooth section so your watch disconnects from the phone, and add the episodes directly to your watch via the app on your watch. It is so ridiculous that Apple locks down the Apple Watch like they are with no podcast app and only allowing Apple Music. Hopefully Spotify will come out with a native app soon. All I want to do is run with my watch and air pods and listen to music without paying for Apple Music every month. Thank you Overcast!

Gets the job done!

Needed some entertainment for my weekend long runs. I’ve been able to leave my phone at home and listen to podcasts from the Apple Watch as advertised.

Been waiting for this since the first Apple Watch

This app is amazing. I can download podcasts directly to the watch and listen to them on my AirPods while running. It’s perfect. Thank you.


I am just tired of this. Save your dollar and just use podcasts from the phone. I bought it a month ago. First, I tried to download a single podcast episode, and it was already a drama. I followed the Developers’ guidelines (disable bluetooth on the phone, make sure that the watch is connected to WiFi), and the app crashed two or three times before even starting to download. Then you need to keep the watch screen on. Fine, let’s try that. Even when doing that, though, the download pauses every five seconds. I wanted to take a video but it was hard to keep the watch screen alive when pointing the phone at it. After pressing “resume” 20 times, at the end apparently it worked. Or at least, it seemed to have worked. I connect my headphones to the watch, press play. Nothing happens, and the podcast auto-pauses. The time stays at 0:00.I try again, no luck. It doesn’t pause, but the time does not progress. I feel a “tap” from the swatch every time I press play, but right now it seems like the app is mocking me. In a month I could not make it work even once. On the plus side, the developers are kind and responsive, but the app simply (most likely for Apple Watch’s framework) does not provide a decent podcast experience. Good for the lucky ones that managed to get it to work, I am not among them. Summary: a pain to download podcasts, a pain

Works great!

I have been using this regularly for my walks and runs, and it works great. Before I leave the house, or office I just turn off Bluetooth on my iPhone and download a couple of podcasts that will last as long as I need, and then take off. Using my AirPods, it works just fine. I tried a few others, and they did not work reliably.

Does not work

Takes forever to download a podcast and downloads get interrupted and end up restarting. I haven’t been able to download a single podcast.

Terrible App

It took me over half an hour to download one app due to repeated “connection errors”. Yes, I followed the instructions to keep my watch screen on and turn off Bluetooth on my iPhone. No, there isn’t anything wrong with my wifi. I would give it zero stars if I could. How do I get a refund?

Terrible solution for watches 1&2 but it works

Without the cellular connection, downloads are painful. The watch keeps pausing the download unless I keep my watch from sleeping.


I’ve never once had a problem with this app. Works as advertised if you follow the instructions. I was even able to import a list of my favorite podcasts from my main podcast app and it saved a ton of time (and made the app way less cumbersome to navigate for episodes). I love that I don’t have to pick out an episode on my phone and transfer it to my watch - all of that happens on the watch itself. Downloading over LTE is fast enough that I don’t even pick out an episode until I’m on my warmup walk and it’s ready to go in about a minute. It’s perfect. This app and a pair of AirPods are the only two Apple Watch essentials, and the feeling of going on a run without needing to set anything up beforehand or strap a big phone to my arm is truly priceless. I only have one gripe and one feature request and they’re both minor. Album art loads pretty slowly while searching for podcasts, so finding a new podcast that my friend described to me was more difficult than it needed to be. Feature request - on my phone my go-to podcast app can “take over” my Now Playing widget with my custom +30 -10 seconds skips in place of Previous and Next. Can that be done on the built-in Now Playing screen on the watch, too?

Download feature needs fixing!!!

You shouldn’t have to keep the watch screen on while downloading. It’s almost impossible to download something, having to tap the screen every 30 seconds Please fix this

Won’t DL

Really disappointed. Takes hours to download and never completes. Stops downloading every time the screen goes off.

Delivers on target

This app works as well as an Apple Watch app can. It takes a little getting used to if you are going to use this while exercising. Follow the instructions for downloading podcasts to the watch, it makes a difference. I have been able to run iPhone-free a couple times now and it’s really awesome! You can’t ask for more for under a buck. Get the app, you’ll be glad you did.

Great But Kills My Battery

Updating my previous review. App works so much better now in all respects EXCEPT it kills my battery! I use it about an hour a day on my walk and my watch battery which started above 90% is routinely down to 35-40% by the end of the walk. I have to charge the watch right away or I can’t get through the rest of the day (gotta close those rings!) If The watch could be charged while wearing it wouldn’t be a problem but since I can’t this bothers me. It’s probably more an Apple problem than an Outcast problem but we all know how responsive Apple is to customer concerns! Just be aware when using this app that your battery will drain super fast. Still, it’s a great app. I was very excited that this app was finally filling the podcast gap in my Gen3 Apple Watch. Exported my podcasts from Overcast and I was good to go. It worked great for a couple of days then locked up. Had to restart the watch to get it to work again. A week later I’m having the same problem. I think this app has great potential and just needs a little tweaking. Maybe when the next update comes out it will be more stable. This is well worth trying, just know you have to work with it. Hoping to give the next update 5 stars.

Works. Buggy. But the best option available.

I bought this app because I want to listen to podcasts on my non cellular Apple Watch while I run, leaving my phone at home. I’m thankful that it works for that, but barely. I have to continually scrub my finger over the watch face keeping the app open while the podcast download progresses. Otherwise it will lose connection. It also only plays podcast back at 1X speed. It does look like the developers are responsive to feedback and are working continually making improvements.


Why Apple can’t figure out podcasts for the watch, we’ll never know. I’m glad this app exists though.


i enjoy this!!!

Great app, despite people not knowing how to use it

This is a great option for podcasts given the current WatchOS. I use it frequently, downloads great, works with Now Playing widget (most of the time!). Could it be better? Of course. But for podcasts on the watch it is an elegant solution to a less than ideal situation. The negative reviews here are seemingly from people unsure how to use both the app and their watch. Ask for help. Don’t spam the App Store.

Works great!!!

I was skeptical at first because of some reviews but downloads on WiFi was simple and completed in seconds. Pairing to Bluetooth worked just fine and the UI is nice. For the price this is great for playing podcasts on your watch!!! Good job!!!

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