Distribution of my podcast seems delayed

**Please note Apple has sent out its annual advisory to podcasters looking to submit a new show to Apple Podcasts that the regular five-day approval process will be delayed during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The company says delays are likely Nov. 20-30 and Dec. 23, 2020 and Jan. 2, 2021. "Shows submissions during these windows may not be available within our regular time frame of five business days," Apple's advisory said.

Your podcast will be automatically distributed to all supported platforms. Please note that it will take each platform a different amount of time to approve your podcast (you may notice some platforms approve your podcast almost instantly, while others may take up to a few weeks). 

Check the status of your distribution 

If your podcast gets rejected by external platforms, we'll send an email to the email address for your Anchor account letting you know. This help article will walk you through how to edit your general account settings.

Delays on specific platforms

Occasionally, external platforms can have technical issues or large backlogs that can cause delays. Currently, we know the following platforms are approving podcasts more slowly than usual. 

Apple Podcasts 

This app tends to take the longest in approving podcasts. You can typically expect a turnaround time of 1-2 weeks. If you’ve been waiting longer than 2 weeks, we recommend checking out our troubleshooting tips here.

Google Podcasts 

We will automatically distribute your podcast to Google Podcasts, where your audience can listen in the Google Podcasts app. This link can take a few days to populate in your Anchor profile, and although you may have received the link to your show on Google Podcasts, note that it may take a few days for your show to appear there.

When your show does appear on Google Podcasts, you can open your podcast on the web or using the Google Podcasts app on Android devices.

If your podcast is already on other platforms, you can add those platform links to your account:

If you submitted your podcast manually, or switched over to Anchor from another host, be sure to add your links to those external platforms in your account so your listeners can find your podcast everywhere it's available. 

  • Be sure to fill in these links in your Anchor settings
  • Be sure to click or tap ‘Save’ to update your links

How do I know if my podcast was approved on each platform?

  • If your podcast was rejected, you should have an email from us letting you know, with some tips on how you can fix your podcast, and resubmit it to us for approval
  • Each time your podcast gets approved on a platform we will send you an email to let you know
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