The easiest way to make a podcast
Anchor is an all-in-one platform where you can create, distribute, and monetize your podcast for free.
Here's a step-by-step guide to making a podcast with the Anchor app and getting it heard everywhere.
(Note: You can use Anchor interchangeably on web, iPad, and mobile, and any audio you create on one platform will be synced across your Anchor account, but this guide shows you how to do everything with just your phone.)
Creating an account
- Download the Anchor app from the App Store (iOS or Android). You can also log in with an existing account, or create a new account using Facebook or your email address.
Creating an episode
The app will open to the Episode Builder.
- Tap the purple + to view your podcasting tools.
- Tap Record to start recording.
- Tap X to stop recording.
Note: Recording in the Anchor mobile app is capped at 60 minutes, but you can always record multiple segments and add them in your episode builder. They will play in one continuous flow.
- You can preview your recording in the next screen.
- Edit, if necessary, by tapping Trim.
- Move the sliders to identify where your recording should start and end.
- To add background music, tap Add Background Music.
- You can choose from a drop-down menu of tracks with different moods/themes.
- Tap the check mark to save your recording.
Recordings save in the Episode Builder.
- Tap and drag segments to rearrange them.
- You can tap the purple + to see your other tools.
- You can add audio you’ve previously recorded or uploaded by tapping Library.
- Make sure to tap Save afterward.
- To upload audio to your Library, tap the purple file folder and tap Import in the top right corner.
- You can select audio from your phone to upload.
- You can also add Sounds for emphasis, Interludes to transition between segments, and Voice Messages to incorporate audio sent directly to you from your listeners.
Note: Tap the three dots (•••) on any segment in the episode builder to see a menu of options for that segment.
Publishing your episode
- When you’re done creating your episode, hit Publish now.
- You’ll be prompted to give your episode a title and a description. (Make it clear, concise, and snappy!) This will show up in podcast directories and search, and can help listeners find your show. Your default cover art will show up, but you can also select episode- specific cover art.
Setting up your podcast
Before you publish your first episode, you should also give your podcast a memorable name and description.
- Upload cover art OR choose an image, font, and color customization with the Cover Art Creator. Your image should be a perfect square, 3000x3000 pixel image which clearly depicts the name of your podcast. You can always make changes later!
- When you hit publish, your episode will automatically be submitted to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and other platforms. That's it! And make sure to share your episode on social media to get more listeners for your show.