Dear future/ up and coming podcasters, many people think they want to start a podcast, but they are not sure if they are actually interested in starting one. Others really want to start a podcast, but they do not have a decent budget to do so. Creating a podcast with an android would be a perfect solution for both groups, but is that possible?
So, can a podcast be created using an Android phone? Yes, there are many ways for people to create a podcast using their Android phones. People can record, edit, and upload their podcast using only their phone, or they can record the audio on their phone then edit and upload the podcast using their laptops.
In today’s post, I will be sharing with you different low budget ways to start a podcast with an android phone. If you are interested in learning more about that, then continue reading this blog post.
How to Create A Podcast on Android
Creating a podcast with smartphones is an actual reality. It is interesting how smartphones are allowing us to create content that imitates the format of traditional news and entertainment outlets, so it is about time that we have yield the overlooked powers of these magnificent pieces of technology.
But how exactly is that possible? To keep it simple, we are going to go over the necessary steps the one must take in order to have their podcast available to the public. Of course, I am assuming that you already know what your podcast is going to be about and that you have a name for it.
I am only going to discuss the steps of creating your first episode ( this can also be applied to other episodes as well). Anyway, these steps are:
- Researching the topics you are going to discuss in your episode.
- Writing an opening for your podcast.
- Writing a script for your episode.
- Recording the audio.
- Editing the audio.
- Creating a cover photo.
- Uploading your podcast to a podcast hosting service
Step one: Researching the topics you are going to discuss in your episode
Everyone must do some sort of researching before they start writing and recording their script. Unless you are vlogging your life, you are going to do some level of research.
Whether you are going to look up news stories, double-check scientific information, or collect and connect information from different sources, you are researching your topic.
Now that we have established that doing a bit of research is extremely important, let us jump to step two!
Step two: Writing an opening for your podcast
Your podcast’s intro/ opening should have the same format throughout your entire podcast. It is really easy to come up with a format that you always follow when you know what should be mentioned and in what order should that information be mentioned.
By writing a template for your intro, you are going to make your podcasting life so much easier, and you are going to improve your audience’s experiences.
I believe that a podcast’s opening also plays a huge role when it comes to convincing new listeners to stay and subscribe to your podcast.
Well, it is a short and straightforward way to introduce the new listeners what your podcast is about, who you are, and what this episode is going to be about.
Did you know that many listeners judge a podcast’s episode ( and your entire podcast as well if they are new listeners) based on the first fifteen seconds (15 sec) they listen to?
This means that a good podcast opening is crucial for a podcast’s success.
Three essential writing elements that you should implement in your podcast’s opening are the following:
- A podcast’s opening should explain what the podcast is all about in an engaging way.
- A podcast’s intro should be brief ( less than thirty seconds).
- A podcast’s opening should build-up the listener’s excitement.
Now that you know the writing style that you should use while writing the intro for your podcast, let us talk about the six things that you should include. These six things are:
- The host’s names
- The podcast’s name
- The episode’s title
- The episode’s number ( Okay, this one is optional)
- What the podcast is about
- Use music and/ or add sound effects
These are not listed in a specific order, but this basically what all of your podcast’s episodes openings should include. If you want to learn more about this in more details, then make sure you check out my How to Write An Effective Podcast Intro blog post.
Step 3: Writing a script for your episode
Now that you have written down your podcast’s opening and have researched what you are going to discuss in your episode, it is time for you to write a script.
Well, researching without taking notes is not the worst thing ever. However, without writing a script or taking some notes, you are more likely to forget a few key points that you should discuss.
There are three different ways that you can use to write a script for your episode. These three methods are:
- Writing your episode’s script word for word.
- Simply creating an outline for your podcast’s episode.
- Creating a mind map for your podcast’s episode.
I am going to briefly explain how you can create a script your episode using all three methods.
However, if you want to learn about these methods in more details and get some scriptwriting tips that you should keep in mind, then make sure you check out my How to Write A Podcast Script blog post.
Writing your episode’s script word for word.
The first podcast scriptwriting method that we are going to discuss today is writing it word for word. This means that your episode’s script should include every single aspect of information and conversation that you and your co-host are going to cover throughout that particular episode.
However, try to continually remind yourself that your scrip should be written the way you speak to avoid sounding so monotone.
Simply creating an outline for your podcast’s episode.
The second podcast scriptwriting method that we are going to discuss today is to loosely outline the episode. This way, you are going to give yourself some room to add some food for thought moments that you might experience out of nowhere while you are recording your podcast’s episode.
This well-structured spurge of the moment idea that comes to you is going to improve the quality of your episode because you’re not just going to read a script that is written word for word. Instead, you are going to actually come up with your sentences as you speak them.
It is not going to be messy though cause you have already done your research and created a full outline that is going to guide you remind you of all the things that you are interested saying in the episode.
Creating a mind map for your podcast’s episode.
The third and final podcast scriptwriting method that we are going to discuss today is kind of similar to the last that one that I have just mentioned. It is creating a mind map for your episode.
( PS: It is my favorite method.)
If you do not know what mind mapping is, then allow me to introduce you to my preferred method of note-taking. Welcome to my obsession with chaos-based organization, efficiency, vibrant colors.
If your smartphone does not come with a pen, then it is going to be a bit difficult for you to create a mind map for your episode using your Android. However, mind mapping makes recalling information an effortless thing.
But, what is a mind map?
A mind map could be described as a more creative and artistic way to brainstorm your ideas in a chaotic, yet remarkably organized way. Through mind maps, you can create visually structured diagrams.
These visually structured diagrams are going to help you recall all of the information that you want to discuss. Not only that, but they also allow you to analyze the ideas that you have already mind mapped quickly.
However, it is a bit time consuming, and like I have previously mentioned, not suitable for all android users.
Whatever what scriptwriting method you pick, make sure that you online write the script after you have discussed with your co-host ( if you have one) how the episode is going to be structured. It is best if you actually sit down and outline, mind map, or write your episodes script together.
Now that your script is ready, you should start recording the audio for your podcast’s episode.
Step 4: Recording the audio
Depending on what your budget is, your audio recording process is going to vary. If you are just testing the waters of the podcasting world or if you simply don’t have any money saved to spend on a microphone, don’t worry.
You can actually record a podcast for free. Of course, the audio is not going to be the best, but the audio recording capabilities of android phones are actually not that bad.
You can record your podcast’s audio for free with your headphones using the following:
- The Anchor App
- The BandLab App
- Spreaker Studio
If you are on a tight budget, you upgrade the quality of your audio by purchasing a headset splitter and a condenser microphone. You can get both for less than forty dollars ( 40 $ ).
If you need help with choosing the best affordable microphone for your podcast, then feel free to check out my recommendations for podcasting equipment.
A headset splitter gets plugged where your headphone’s jack should go. Thread splitter allows you to plug two different jacks into it. One is for your headphone, and the other is for your microphone. This way, you can record and listen to the audio at the same time.
Of course, you are still going to use one of the apps that I have just mentioned as well.
Now that you have recorded your audio, let us talk about what you can use to edit it.
Step 5: Editing the audio
Each of the audio recording apps that I have mentioned in step 4 has audio editing features built into them. This means that you can also edit your podcast for free.
If you want a step by step guide that is going to show you how you can record, edit, create a cover photo, and even upload your podcast on Anchor for free, then click here.
To edit your audio using the BandLab app, then watch this video. Vanessa uses the app to record song covers, but the app can also be used to record and edit podcasts.
The Spreaker Studio is actually a virtual studio user interface that includes an editable soundboard functionality, so feel free to download and explore the application.
Step 6: Creating a cover photo.
If you are using Anchor, the application allows you to create a simple cover art for your podcast for free.
If you are not using the Anchor App and you want your podcast to have cover art for free, then try to make something using Canva.com.
If you have a small budget, and you can afford to spend somewhere between ten and forty dollars ( 10- 40 dollars), then hire someone to do it for you via fiverr.com.
Now that you have your covert art, let us upload your podcast to a podcast hosting service.
Step 7: Uploading your podcast to a podcast hosting service
A podcast hosting service creates an RSS feed for your episodes, which allows the host to distribute your podcast to different podcasting platforms like Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.
If you have been using the Anchor App so far, then don’t worry about this step because the app does all of that for you.
If you are using any of the other audio editors that I have mentioned, then download your audio so you can upload it to a podcast hosting site.
If you want to do that for free, then I recommend you check out the following podcast hosting services sites:
These sites also offer their services for a monthly fee. But if you want to use something other than those two I have just mentioned, then check out these instead:
- Libsyn: The starting monthly membership fee is five dollars ( 5 dollars).
- SimpleCast: The starting monthly membership fee is fifteen dollars ( 15 dollars).
What are the downsides of using the Anchor App?
When you are not paying for a service or a product, then most likely, you are the product that company/ application is going to someday make a profit from. The Anchor App is a good podcasting platform to start on because it makes the process easier. However, you should know that you don’t actually own your podcast.
Can I Make A Podcast with My iPhone
Absolutely! You can actually record, edit, and upload your podcast using nothing except for your iPhone. There are a few ways that you can do that, but the easiest way is to use the Anchor App. Yes, this podcasting platform and application is available for both iOS and Android.
To learn more about that, click here.
How Much Does Creating A Podcast Cost?
The costs of creating a new podcast vary greatly. You can actually create and launch a podcast for free, spend around fifty dollars ( 50 dollars), spends hundreds of dollars, or even spend a few thousand dollars ( 2- 3 K dollars). It all depends on the equipment, software, and services that you are using.
If you want to learn more about that, then make sure you check out my How Much Does Creating A Podcast Cost blog post
Can you make money with podcasts?
Making money off of your podcast is possible. There a few different ways to do that like selling merch, books, and courses. However, the most popular way to monetize your podcast is by having companies and services sponsor your show.
Of course, you won’t make much at first, but the bigger your podcast grows, the more money you are going to make. If you want to learn more about that, then check out myCan You Make Money with Podcastsblog post.
What are some of the best podcasting practices
Some of the best podcasting practices are:
- Being prepared
- Creating content that is informative and fluff-free
- Keeping the audience’s experience in mind
- Being consistent
- Editing the audio of your podcast
- Getting a podcasting host
- Optimizing the podcast
If you want to learn more about these seven practices, then check out my 7 Podcasting Best Practices blog post.
That’s it for today’s post. You should now know how you can start a podcast using your android phone. If you have any questions related to how to start a podcast using an android, then feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you end up starting your podcast using these tips or you have recently started your first-ever podcast, then feel free to email me the name of that podcast at email@example.com as well so I can check it out and giving it a shoutout in one of my upcoming blog posts.
- 7 Android Apps for Recording Your Own Podcasts Anywhere
- Can I Make A Podcast with My iPhone
- How to make money podcasting in 2019
Till next time,