Listen to Podcasts during activities & workouts and leave your iPhone at home.
MiniCast is a lightweight companion to existing apps like Overcast, Apple Podcasts, Castro and Pocket Casts. Send episodes to your Apple Watch via the Share Extension.
1.) Install MiniCast on your Apple Watch
2.) Enable the Share Extension in the Activity Sheet
3.) Use your favorite podcast app on the iPhone/iPad to send podcast episodes to your Apple Watch before you start your workout.
4.) Download the episode in the MiniCast app on your Apple Watch
5.) Use Bluetooth headphones or AirPods to listen to the episode.
Fixes for some reported crashes.
Ratings and Reviews
Painfully Slow and frustrating
The user interface of the app is fine and it’s relatively easy to use, but the podcasts take forever to download (sometimes an hour or more). In addition the download progress indicator fluctuates frequently so it’s hard to tell how much has actually downloaded.
Some have said that the reason for the slowdown loads is because of the watch itself and not because of the app, but either way, it makes this app virtually useless. You have to plan what podcasts you want to listen to well in advance if you want to have them sent to your watch in time for you to use them.
I am not a regular listener to podcasts. I only started recently because I’m currently training for my first 1/2 marathon. Listening to the same old music playlist wasn’t cutting as the miles get longer so I thought I’d try audiobooks on my fancy new Apple Watch 3 series. Wrong. I read there is a way but it sounds complicated to set up. Ok. So I’ll try listening to podcasts. Wait...where is the Apple Podcasts app on my watch?! Clearly I’m ignorant in this world. So, I researched a little and came across Workout++. I love the actual workout interface but when it came to the podcast side of things I could never get it to work correctly. Finally I stumbled onto MiniCast. I literally downloaded it, followed the prompts, shared a podcast from Apple Podcasts, waited about 10-15 mins for it to download on my watch and bam! I just finished a long run listening to awesome podcast.
Update: My, how we fall! After starting out so well I have now ran into the issue so many others have. I start to download a podcast and after a painfully slow time it reaches 100% and then just goes back to “download”. The app is now useless. Until the bugs are fixed, don’t waste your time.
Only works with some podcasts
The download is slow, but that’s not the developers fault. Until Apple fixes their kit, no developer will be able to speed it up.
The reason I’m giving it one star is that it only works with some podcasts. When I couldn’t push certain podcasts from the app itself, so I bought the premium version so I could do it from the Podcast app. I (incorrectly) assumed the issue was the app interface and not the podcast itself. However, that’s not the case. For some reason certain podcasts will push to the watch, and others will error before the download even begins. Naturally, these are the popular podcasts. I doubt this is the developer’s issue, but feel like this should have been disclosed in the app description (or at least in the in-app purchase). Save your money and wait until Apple offers their own app.
- Fabian Pimminger
- 23.1 MB
Requires iOS 11.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2017, Fabian Pimminger & Gerald Voit
- In-App Purchases
- MiniCast Unlocked $3.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.