Podcast Filter Not Remembering "Unplayed" Selection (defaults to "all episodes")

Podcast Filter Not Remembering "Unplayed" Selection (defaults to "all episodes")




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Samsung Galaxy s10e

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My Question or Issue

I've selected "unplayed" under the sort menu of a podcast I listen to, and whenever I leave navigate away from the podcast and then back again it has reset to "all episodes". This is really frustrating, as I listen to most podcasts from oldest to newest... and so I need to constantly click sort by unplayed again, every time I go back into that podcast.


I would rather not do a clean install of Spotify, as I've had to do it so many times already. Is this a known bug and can it be fixed?

Thank you

12 Replies

Hey @squidgewinkle,


Thanks for reaching out about this in the Community!


This is expected behavior. Not all filtering and sorting options are remembered when you navigate away from the said menu or restart the app.


We don't have official news on whether this will be changed in future updates.


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Thanks for the answer. I assumed it was a bug as it's not at all functional. Why would I want to see episodes I've already listened to? I really hope you'll pass on this feedback as I'm about to start using another app, as this is terrible design


all filtering and sorting options should be remembered when you navigate away from the said menu. Can you please explore further if this function is going to be added. Such a big omission! Frustrating to use Spotify podcasts like this. Thanks 

Completely agree. This is a huge fundamental flaw and frankly I can't believe the response from Spotify is "this is normal behaviour and we have no plans to change it currently".
I will be staying away from the podcast section of Spotify as they clearly don't care about the functionality of it...

I think we need to find an active Spotify Idea Exchange that reflects this idea, and try get votes to it.
See if you can find this idea on here: 
and we can work to get it voted up/active. New ideas are closed 😞

Let me know if you find one that is active.


Hi @squidgewinkle,

I managed to create a new Idea Exchange, based on your help ticket. I just amended it a little for an idea exchange.

Lets upvote 🙂

Great stuff mate, I've upvoted that one.
Let's hope they start to listen and fix this flaw 🙂

This is just one of the extremely annoying things about podcasts on Spotify (sadly, I can't find another app that is any better; can it really be this hard? I mean, do any of the programmers actually ever use the app for its intended purpose?) Why on earth do you have to select sort by unplayed every single time you go to a specific podcast? It makes utterly no sense. Give the user some basic control, please!

This bugs me so much. It’s frustrating that they don’t stay at unplayed.

Look to me like this is still and issue on the podcast front. Why would i want to see a list of the podcasts that i have already heard.


I will be sticking with Pocket Casts for the foreseeable future

Very frustrating. Don’t understand why I want to see previously finished podcasts by default. Furthermore if playing automatically it means previously played podcasts re-play. This “expected behaviour” is very buggy. 

Same happens to me with Spotify. I was surprised by this problem since I thought Spotify was one of the top podcast players. I've never had this problem on podbeam and it's organized well. 

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