Change the RSS Feed URL

Depending on the status of your original podcast RSS feed URL, you have two options to change it — in Podcasts Connect or through the server where your feed is hosted. 

If you use a third-party hosting solution

Most major podcast hosting providers can help you migrate your RSS feed to a different URL. This way, you don’t need to perform additional actions in Podcasts Connect as it’s all handled by your hosting provider. 

Moreover, changing it through your hosting providers ensures that all subscribers (even those outside of Apple Podcasts) are seamlessly migrated to the new feed.

However, if your hosting provider is unable to change the RSS feed on your behalf, or if you no longer have access to the original podcast RSS feed, you can follow these steps in Podcasts Connect. These steps ensure that subscribers on Apple Podcasts are migrated to the new feed:

  1. Select My Podcasts.
  2. Select the podcast you want to update.
  3. Enter the new RSS feed URL in the field, then click Save.
  4. Select Update. Podcasts Connect will then validate your RSS feed.
  5. Review and fix any validation warnings or errors, if applicable. Then, click Validate again.
  6. Select Save, then Update.

Podcasts Connect will update your RSS feed URL. Your podcast will first display a Scheduled for Update status while processing. Allow up to 24 hours for the podcast to be updated to the new RSS feed URL.

If you host your own RSS feed

If you don’t use a third-party podcast hosting solution and you directly edit or maintain the original RSS feed, follow the steps below. This will ensure that your existing subscribers (even those outside of Apple Podcasts) are seamlessly migrated and are not affected by this process:

  1. Set the web server where your feed is hosted to return an HTTP 301 redirect response when it receives a request for the old feed. 
  2. Use the <itunes:new-feed-url> tag in your new feed to point to the new URL. This response updates Apple Podcasts with the new feed URL and your subscribers continue to receive new episodes automatically.
    Important: Don’t set the <itunes:new-feed-url> tag to the Mirror URL listed in Podcasts Connect.

Contact your web server's support teams for further assistance.

To ensure subscribers receive your most recent episodes from the new feed URL, maintain the <itunes:new-feed-url> tag and 301 redirect response for at least four weeks.

WARNING: Make sure the original episode GUIDs are maintained and don’t change. Failing to comply with these guidelines may result in duplicate episodes being shown to listeners, misrepresentation of data in Podcast Analytics, and may ultimately affect your show's status on Apple Podcasts.

What's an episode GUID?

Each episode in your podcast has a globally unique identifier (GUID). It’s very important that each episode has a unique, alphanumeric GUID that never changes, even if an episode’s metadata, like title or enclosure URL, do change.

If a GUID is not provided, an episode’s enclosure URL will be used instead. In this case, make sure that an episode’s enclosure URL is also unique and never changes.

 

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