"Slick and well-executed [...] everything I’d want to see from a podcast alarm clock." - Lifehacker
Next Up is a full-featured podcast alarm clock designed to make mornings better. Wake up each morning to the podcast of your choice, whether a guided meditation, a comedy show, the daily news, or the gentle voice of LeVar Burton reading you a new short story – use any of the more than 750,000 shows available on the Apple Podcasts platform.
Next Up syncs with the podcasts you subscribe to and download in the native Podcasts app*, so there's no need to manage them in more than one place. Set the time you want to get up and enjoy a more engaging start to the day. Even repeat alarms on specific days of the week for podcasts that are released on a regular schedule.
Skip episodes you’ve already heard, change the snooze duration, set the volume, skip the intro ads and more – Next Up lets you customize every alarm.
Wake up to the newest episodes for timely content like news, sports, or current events. Or choose to start from the beginning with newly discovered stand-alone or serial podcasts.
When the alarm starts playing, you can snooze it for a few, stop the playback altogether, or seamlessly continue listening from the Music app** with options available in the lock screen and control center to pause, play, or skip back or forward.
For a more complete sleep experience, Next Up now includes a built-in white noise generator with a variety of sound choices.
Check out the Featured tab for ideas on good podcasts to start your morning with. Even recommend a favorite of your own.
* At least one episode of a podcast must be downloaded to the device in the Podcasts app in order for that podcast to show up in Next Up.
** Apple Music app is required to be installed for podcasts to play. An Apple Music subscription is not required.
Fixed a bug that sometimes caused crashes when refreshing podcasts on the Podcast screen or when first opening the app. Especially affected users with very large podcast libraries. Users who were experiencing this issue should uninstall the previous version before installing this one. Performance improvements, other minor bug fixes, layout corrections.
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I’ve been looking for an app like this for awhile now and you’ve happened to nail it right on the head. Thank you so much for creating this! The UI and design is extremely sexy. One suggestion would be to somehow add a feature where it allows you to start the podcast where you left off the morning before. Possibly you could do this by having the app manually download a copy of the podcast and then have the app itself serve as the start stop function. Not sure if this is possible since I know absolutely nothing about app development, however I figured I’d just toss it out there. Thanks again for producing this masterpiece :)
Developer Response ,
Great feature idea! So great I added it. Off by default, but easily enabled in the Settings tab. Turn it on and your podcasts will start where you last left off, even if you were listening in the Podcasts app. Thanks for the kind words and suggestion!
It works fine 80% of the time
This app doesn’t download podcasts. Instead it depends on the Apple podcast app. This is fine if you use Apple Podcasts and listen to the podcast set in the alarm at other times. If not you will need to open the Podcasts app periodically to tell it to resume downloading episodes. I listened to the same episode 4 mornings in a row before I realized this was happening.
Additionally, even when there are new episodes downloaded and the alarm is activated it will inexplicably not play the episode.
If you want to get through the day without multiple charging sessions you’ll have to manually activate the alarm every day. This app chews through battery like crazy otherwise.
We ALL need this app
There was such a market for this app! I have been waiting for a long time to find an app that functions exactly like this one. Nothing else out there functions like this app. Every morning I am able to listen to a twenty minute Modern Love podcast as my wake up call and start my day off on a productive and positive note. The developer clearly thought of everything. The features are so custom tailored and I’m really happy with the thought that went into this.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.