Adding a password to your podcast lets you restrict access to your content. This is useful for podcasts that you don't wish to share with the public, but want to make easily accessible to a narrow audience.
Unlike private episodes through the Pinecast Tip Jar, private podcasts are completely hidden until a password is provided.
Enabling password protection
You can enable a password on your podcast by visiting the Settings > Protection tab of your podcast dashboard and providing a password.
Beware! Adding password protection may have unintended consequences:
- Existing subscribers will no longer be able to access your content. They will need to unsubscribe from your feed and re-subscribe with a password. Some podcast apps may prompt for a password.
- Your podcast website will be password protected. Your podcast website may no longer appear in search results.
- You will not be able to submit your podcast to Spotify through Pinecast.
- You may not be able to list your podcast on public directories like Apple Podcasts or Google Play.
Of course, it's important to remember that anyone that has already downloaded your episodes will continue to have the copy that they downloaded. Adding a password does not delete previously-downloaded content from your existing subscribers' devices.
Changing your password
At any time, you can revisit the Protection tab to change or remove your podcast password.
- Removing your podcast password will make your podcast available to the public.
- Changing your password will have the same effect as setting a new password; all existing subscribers will no longer be able to access your content and will be forced to resubscribe (or provide the new password, if their app supports it).
If you downgrade from Pro to Starter or cancel your Pinecast subscription entirely, password protection is placed into a "hold" state. In this state, your podcast is completely inaccessible (including to previous subscribers) until you explicitly turn off password protection.
This hold state exists for two reasons:
- Users who wish to cancel their subscription but do not wish to make their content public should not be forced to delete their show; instead, the content is put on hold.
- Users whose subscription is automatically canceled due to failed payments should not have their content automatically made public.
You can take a podcast out of this hold state by visiting the Settings > Protection tab and explicitly turning password protection off.