Can You Listen to Audible on Airplane Mode? Fixed!

By Ivan Scott Updated on 2023-08-25 / Update for Audiobook Tips

Q: "How can I listen to audible in airplane mode? My iPhone doesn't allow me to use the airplane mode. And it indicates that I have turned off the mode and need to find WiFi to listen to my audiobooks. Help, please!" - From Reddit

During air travel, we need to follow airline regulations by turning on the airplane mode on our mobile device, which can prevent interference with the aircraft's communication system. But some people encounter some issues and forage help on Reddit and other forums like the question above.

If you are one of them, you come to the right place. This post will take you through the common methods and the ultimate way to listen to Audible on airplane mode. On top of that, we will introduce several workarounds to fix the Audible not working in airplane mode issue. Let's get started!

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Part 1. Can You Listen to Audible on Airplane Mode

Of course, the answer is yes. Airplane mode is a kind of setting on iPhone and Android phones. It can be applied to disable the wireless communication capabilities, e.g. cellular, WiFi, and Bluetooth. The majority of people use it during flight to ensure the device won't interfere with the communication system of the plane. It allows you to listen to audiobooks or music offline. So, if you have downloaded Audible books in advance, you can hear them in airplane mode.  

Part 2. How to Listen to Audible on Airplane Mode on Different Devices

The process will vary on different mobile devices. To help you figure out how to use Audible in airplane mode on iPhone and Android respectively, we have listed the step-by-step instructions as follows. Please read on.

Download and Use Audible in Airplane Mode for iOS

Step 1. Go to the Audible mobile app on your iPhone and sign into your Audible account.

Step 2. From the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, touch on 'My Library'.

Step 3. Tap on 'Titles' > 'All Titles' at the top of screen. Then you will find all the audiobooks you recently played there.

Step 4. Click on the audiobook's cover art image that is labeled with a down-point arrow to kick off the downloading process.

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Step 5. Once download audible books on iPhone, go back to the Control Center of your iPhone or iPad.

Step 6. Hit the Airplane Mode button in the top right corner of the Control Center. Later, you can hear the playing Audible books without an internet connection.

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Download and Play Audible in Airplane Mode for Android

Step 1. On the Audible Android app, head over to the 'Library' section from the bottom of screen.

Step 2. Tap on the 'Titles' and 'All' options to show the audiobook list.

Step 3. Resemble on the Audible iOS app, touch on the down-pointing arrow located on the cover image of audiobooks. Or, tap on the three dots and choose 'Download' from the pop-up menu.

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Step 4. Go to the Settings app on your Android phone. Then choose 'Network & internet' > 'Airplane Mode' to enable it. Alternatively, swipe down from the top of your Android and toggle on the Airplane Mode button. Later, you can play Audible AA or AAX files on Android under airplane mode.

Note: For broken titles, please touch the book's name first to show all parts of this book. Then click the part you want to download for offline listening. Then you can play Audible clips on airplane mode.

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Part 3. Ultimate Way to Use Audible on Airplane Mode without Issues

It is recognized that your downloaded Audible books are stored in special AA and AAX formats. That means you can only stream the Audible downloads on its own app. Beyond that, you may get stuck in various issues like Audible not playing downloaded books in airplane mode for unknown bugs.

Thus, to solve such problems, we recommend you use AudFree Audible Books Converter. It serves to download and convert all Audible audiobooks to unprotected MP3 and other format files. With expert technical support, it can preserve lossless audio quality and ID3 tags for converted audiobooks. This way, you can play Audible books on any device and player without issues or restrictions.

Moreover, it allows you to customize output formats, bitrate, sample rate, and other output parameters to keep the audio quality. It features a built-in editor that empowers you to edit ID3 tags, split large books into small parts by chapters, etc.

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  • Convert AA/AAX to unprotected MP3, FLAC, M4A, M4B, AAC, and WAV
  • Download Audible audiobooks to computer with up to 30X faster
  • Keep lossless sound quality and all the ID3 tags including the title, etc.
  • Support playing Audible audiobooks on other music players in airplane mode

How to Convert Audible Audiobooks Locally for Airplane Mode

You can install AudFree Audible Converter on your PC or Mac. Don't fret! It's completely legal and secure for individuals and education. But, please download your favorite audiobooks from Audible. Then transfer the downloaded audiobooks to iTunes beforehand. Then proceed to look into the following how-to guide.

Step 1Load Audible Books from iTunes to AudFree Auditior
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Launch AudFree Audible Converter on your computer and the iTunes app will open in sync. Then hit the lower-left 'Load iTunes Library' button to choose and add the downloaded Audible books to this converter. Or drag and drop those downloads from iTunes to AudFree Auditior directly. Besides, by clicking on the 'Edit' icon on each added item, you can split large Audible books files into small segments by chapters and customize ID3 tags.

Step 2Customize Output Settings of Audible Books for Offline Playing
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Directly touch the first 'Format' button in the bottom right corner of the AudFree software. From the pop-up window, you can opt to convert Audible books to MP3 or other formats you want for offline playback. Please note that, if you tick the bottom 'Keep lossless quality(AA/AAX)' option, the output settings you set before will be changed into the default parameters. For instance, the encrypted AA files will be converted to common MP3 while the AAX files will be exported in M4A format.

Step 3Export Audible Books Locally for Airplane Mode
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Just click the second 'Convert' button to begin the exporting process. This Audible downloader will work at 30X speed to convert the added Audible files to MP3 or other formats you set in batches. Once finished, click the third 'Converted' button with a red spot, and you can find those Audible conversions in your computer's local drive. Afterward, you can enjoy Audible books on any platform of your mobile in airplane mode without restrictions.

Part 4. Fix: Audible Not Working in Airplane Mode

Many people complain about the same problem on multiple forums. According to their comments, they can't play downloaded Audible books under airplane mode. Or, they find that the audible app on airplane mode not working, etc. If you are suffering similar issues, please give the following fixes a shot.

  • Make sure that this audiobook from Audible has been downloaded before and is available offline.
  • Please get your iOS/Android system updated and then update to the latest version of Audible.
  • Check whether you have set Audible work under both WiFi and airplane mode.
  • Clear Audible cache files to delete the corrupted files.
  • Contact Audible customer support for further assistance.

Sometimes, due to the unknown program bugs of the Audible app, none of those solutions will work. Thus, you can try to download Audible to common formats with the AudFree Audible Converter. Then play the audiobook conversions on other music players in airplane mode.

Part 5. In Conclusion

We have discussed the official and ultimate ways to listen to Audible in airplane mode. In reality, AudFree Audible Converter can meet all your needs. It allows you to get local Audible books in various unprotected formats. Thus, you can stream Audible audiobooks on either the Audible app or other music players you want in airplane mode without any limit.

Ivan Scott

Ivan Scott

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Ivan Scott, an audiobook enthusiast with a passion for writing. He keeps up with information and tech skills related to iTunes and Audible audiobooks, and shares them with readers.

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