Next Up is a full-featured podcast alarm clock designed to make mornings better.
Wake up to the news, a meditation, a comedy show, or the gentle voice of LeVar Burton reading you a new short story – use any of the more than 750,000 podcasts 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.
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. Even repeat alarms on specific days of the week for podcasts that are released on a regular schedule.
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.
* Apple Music app is required to be installed for podcasts to play. An Apple Music subscription is not required.
Per user requests: 24-hour time option; option to stop after one episode; added a more standard white noise option. Fixed bug that prevented backup sound from playing. New user podcast recommendations. More bug fixes.
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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!
I’ve been looking for an app like this forever! all previous podcast alarms showed no promise. I have tried everything to fix my sleep and nothing motivated me to wake up as much as a podcast does! Also, I suggest adding a feature where we can’t close the alarm until the episode finishes or at a specified time like (an hour or 15min) this is for the extremely lazy people like me who might close the alarm right after the host speaks and then loses the benefits.
Also you’re a real life saver!!
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.
Developer Response ,
I genuinely appreciate this clear and honest feedback. I just wanted to let you know that newest versions locally mark podcasts as 'heard' so that they won't play again if 'Play Unheard Episodes Only' is selected. I have also fixed a bizarre bug that caused the podcast to sometimes not play for certain users. I am still reaching out and working on the issue with the Podcasts app not syncing with Next Up. I hope to have all the kinks worked out for you and others as soon as possible.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.