How do I change my show's feed URL?

Depending on the status of your original RSS feed URL, you may have two options to change it — through the server where your feed is hosted or in Podcasts Connect. Most major hosting providers can help you with your host server when migrating your feed.

If you still have access and can manage the original RSS feed URL, follow the steps below. This will ensure that your existing subscribers 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.
    This response updates Apple Podcasts with the new feed URL and your subscribers continue to receive new episodes automatically.
  2. Use the <itunes:new-feed-url> tag in your new feed to point to the new URL.
    Important: Don’t set the <itunes:new-feed-url> tag to the Mirror URL listed in Podcasts Connect.                                                                                                          

For more information, see Podcasts Connect Help.

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

Make sure the original episode GUIDs are maintained and do not 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.

If you no longer have access to the original RSS feed URL, you can take these steps in Podcasts Connect:

  1. Within My Podcasts, select the show in question.
  2. Enter the new RSS Feed URL in the designated field, then click Save.
  3. Click Update. Podcasts Connect will then validate your RSS feed.
  4. Review and fix any validation warnings or errors, if applicable. Then, click Validate again.
  5. Click Save, then Update.

Podcasts Connect updates your RSS feed URL and displays your show in the dashboard along with the Scheduled for Update status. Allow up to 24 hours for the change to complete.

I've changed my RSS feed URL. Will I keep my customer reviews and ratings?

Following the steps above will ensure that your reviews and ratings are not affected.

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