Want to Listen to Audible on Apple Watch? Learn More Now!

By Ivan Scott Updated on 2024-1-18 / Update for Audiobook Tips

"Is there an Audible app for Apple Watch?" Yes. Now, there is an Audible Apple Watch integration. If you are using an Apple Watch Series 7, SE, Series 3 or other compatible Apple Watch, then you can use Audible app on it. You can download and install Audible on Apple Watch and download Audible books to Apple Watch for offline listening. Or, you can sync downloaded Audible audiobooks from your iPhone to Apple Watch for playing. Besides, you are allowed to add local files to Apple Watch for offline listening. So, you may wonder how to make it.

As for the detailed solution on how to play Audible books on Apple Watch, please read the following parts below to find out the answer.

View also: How to Listen to Spotify on Apple Watch

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Part 1. How to Play Audible on Apple Watch [Official Way]

As there is an Audible app for Apple Watch, you can download and listen to Audible audiobooks on your watch directly. But before starting, you need to ensure that you are qualified and have the latest versions of the app and your device. Please check below.

📌 1. Please make sure that the Audible app is now available for Apple Watch Series 3, SE and Series 7 models.

📌 2. Please make sure that your iPhone is running with iOS 12 or above, and your Apple Watch needs to be the latest watchOS 9 or higher.

📌 3. Please ensure that you have installed the Audible app on your iPhone. And check if the Audible app on your iOS device is the latest 3.0 or higher version.

📌 4. Please make sure that you have a valid Audible account to access Audible library. Or, you need to create one if you don't have one.

📌 5. You need to install the Apple Watch app (the Watch app) on your iPhone to help install the Audible app on your Apple Watch.

After ensuring the requirements above, you can read on to see how to download Audible to Apple Watch and listen to Audible audiobooks on Apple Watch in detail.

Section 1. Download and Install Audible App on Apple Watch

Step 1. Connect your Apple Watch with your iPhone or other iOS devices like iPod/iPad. Then open the Apple Watch app on your device's screen. If you haven't installed the Watch app on your device, then you need to install it from the App Store first.

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Step 2. Touch the "My Watch" option at the bottom bar in the app.

Step 3. Head to the "Available Apps" section > scroll down to search for "Audible" in the list.

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Step 4. Click on the "Install" button next to the "Audible" option. Then it will start to download and install. After that, you will find the Audible app on your watch.

Section 2. How to Get Audible Book on Apple Watch

After installing the Audible app for Apple Watch, you can directly download Audible audiobooks to Apple Watch for playing without iPhone. Also, you can add Audible book to Apple Watch by syncing from your iPhone and Mac computer. Here we will show you the steps to do that.

Way 1. How to Download Audible Books to Apple Watch Without Phone

Step 1. Start the Audible app from your Apple Watch and then locate the audiobooks that you want to download.

Step 2. Click on the "Download" button next to the title to start downloading.

Way 2. How to Sync Audible to Apple Watch with Phone

Step 1. Launch the Audible app from your iPhone, then find and download audiobooks to the Audible app.

Step 2. Once done, head to the "Library" option and click on the "three-dots" icon next to the title you want to sync to your Apple Watch.

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Step 3. Hit "Sync to Apple Watch" to add Audible audiobooks to your Watch.

Step 4. After that, you will find a "watch" icon near the "three-dots" icon of the book in your iPhone's Audible app. It means that you have successfully added the book to your Watch.

Way 3. How to Add Audible Audiobooks to Apple Watch from Mac Computer via Apple Books

Step 1. Open the Apple Books app from your Mac computer.

Step 2. Click "Store" > "Authorizations" > "Authorize This Computer". Then you will be asked to enter your account details. Next, choose "Activate in Apple Books".

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Step 3. Tap the "File" option in the Apple Books app and choose "Add to Library". Then head to choose and import downloaded Audible audiobooks to Apple Books.

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Step 4. Pair your Apple Watch with your computer, and then choose your device from the menu on the app.

Step 5. Hit on the "Audiobooks" button and then check the box next to "Sync Audiobooks" to select books you like.

Step 6. At last, touch the "Apply" button to transfer Audible audiobooks to Apple Watch.

Note: Please keep your Apple Watch charged or the Audible app on your Apple Watch running until the audiobooks are fully synced.

By the way, if you have any problem while syncing Audible audiobooks to Apple Watch, then you can skip to Part 3 to solve it. Or, you can go to the best way by using AudFree Audible Audiobook Converter in Part 2.

Section 3. How to Listen to Audible on Apple Watch

Now, it is time to learn how to control Audible from Apple Watch to listen to audiobooks. Here are the steps for you.

Step 1. First, pair your Bluetooth headphones to your Apple Watch through Bluetooth.

View also: How to Listen to Audible Audiobooks through Bluetooth

Step 2. Start the Audible app on your Apple Watch by pressing the Watch's knob and clicking on the Audible app or saying "Siri, open the Audible app". Then find any audiobook you like from the library. Later, hit on the "play" button to begin enjoying.

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Step 3. Now, you can control Audible audiobooks offline playback on your Apple Watch directly without using phone or other iOS devices.

Part 2. How to Add Audible Book to Apple Watch for Offline Playback

The solution in Part 1 to play Audible books on Apple Watch requires a lot. What if you don't have an Audible-compatible Apple Watch, how to make it? Generally speaking, we can use iTunes to transfer audiobooks and podcasts to Apple Watch with ease. But this solution doesn't currently work for Audible content. Audiobooks downloaded from Audible.com are encrypted by Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology. Also, they are encoded in a special AA/AAX audio format, which couldn't be cognized by Apple Watch directly. In light of this case, we need to discover an excellent third-party Audible DRM removal tool to remove DRM protection from Audible books losslessly.

Here, we can meet AudFree DRM Audio Converter, one of the professional DRM removers for Audible files. By adopting advanced and extraordinary DRM decryption technology, it can remove DRM from Audible audiobooks losslessly and convert DRM AA/AAX books to MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, and other Apple Watch-compatible audio formats at 10X faster speed. The biggest feature of this powerful Audible Audiobook Converter is that it allows users to define output format as 100% lossless. That's to say, all ID3 tags can be preserved in converted DRM-free Audible files for playing on Apple Watch freely.

AudFree Audible Audiobook Converter

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  • Losslessly remove DRM from Audible AA, AAX audiobooks
  • Convert Audible AA/AAX to MP3, WAV, AAC, M4A, FLAC, and M4B
  • Keep original ID3 tags and chapters in output audio
  • Split large audiobook file into small segments via chapters
  • Convert iTunes audiobooks, Apple Music and other audio

Simple Guide to Bypass DRM from Audible Files Losslessly

Please download the free trial version of AudFree Audio Converter on your computer, which is available for both Windows and Mac operating system. And then you can refer to the following simple tutorial to convert protected Audible books to DRM-free audiobooks step by step. After conversion, you can sync them to Apple Watch for playback effortlessly without phone.

Step 1Import DRM Audible audiobooks to AudFree
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There are two methods for you to load downloaded Audible books to AudFree DRM Audio Converter. You can simply click the first 'Add Files' button to choose Audible files that you'd like to convert from iTunes library directly. Or you can import them to the conversion window of AudFree via dragging & dropping action directly.
Note: Please make sure you have imported audiobooks downloaded from Audible to iTunes library under the 'My Audiobooks' option. Besides, this smart DRM Audio Converter can not only work for Audible books, but also for iTunes audiobooks, Apple Music and DRM-free audiobooks.
Step 2Set output format and other parameters of Audible books for Apple Watch
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Please click the 'audio' icon to open a new window, in which you can define output format as MP3 or other Apple Watch-supported format and customize other audio parameters by changing the bit rate, sample rate, audio codec, and channel. And you can touch the 'edit' icon to set splitting audiobooks by chapters.
Step 3Remove DRM and convert Audible books for Apple Watch
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Now, please click the 'Convert' tap to launch the converting process, and AudFree Audio Converter will automatically remove DRM from Audible and convert DRM audiobooks to unprotected MP3. When the conversion process is done, you can click the 'history' icon to locate the non-DRM audiobooks in the destination folder. Later, you can start to transfer them to Apple Watch Series 3 or other Apple Watch models for playing offline.

Now, you can sync converted Audible audiobooks to Apple Watch with iTunes. After syncing, you can listen to Audible on Apple Watch without any limitations.

Step 1. Open the iTunes app on your Windows or Mac. And then you need to click the 'File' -> 'New' -> 'Smart Playlist' to create a new playlist called 'Audible Audiobooks' or others as you like.

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Step 2. Add converted DRM-free Audible audio files that you'd like to play on Apple Watch to 'Audible Audiobooks' playlist. And then you can sync all uploaded audiobooks to iPhone via iCloud or a USB cable.

Step 3. Please launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, and enter to 'Music' -> 'Synced Music' to choose the newly 'Audible Audiobooks' playlist (it will say 'Sync Pending').

Step 4. Now, please connect Apple Watch to iPhone via Bluetooth. Audible audiobooks will automatically sync to Apple Watch from iPhone. If there are lots of audiobooks to sync, please attach your Apple Watch to its charger.

Now, you can listen to Audible on Apple Watch 3 or other models when you work out even without iPhone nearby.

Note: When converting audiobooks to Apple Watch, audiobooks could be less than 200M for one file and bit rate of each audiobook should be now lower than 128kbps.

Part 3. How to Fix Audible Not Syncing to Apple Watch

In Part 1, we showed you how to sync audiobooks from Audible to Apple Watch for playing. If you encounter any issues like Audible Apple Watch not working during the process, then you can check out the solutions here.

Fix 1. Restart Your Apple Watch

You can try to power off your Apple Watch at once. After a few seconds, then restart it again. Then open the Audible app and try to sync books to your Watch to see the issue is fixed.

Fix 2. Check Your Device OS

To use Audible on Apple Watch, your iOS device and Apple Watch need to work with the latest version. If you are using the old versions, then you can't get Audible to work on Apple Watch. In this case, check and update the OS of your device if there are any updates.

Fix 3. Re-download Audible Audiobooks on Apple Watch

If the synced Audible audiobooks not showing/playing on Apple Watch, you can try to re-download and sync them again.

Fix 4. Reinstall the Audible App on Apple Watch

You can also remove the Audible app from your Apple Watch. And then download and reinstall it on your Watch.

Fix 5. Free up Storage on Your Apple Watch

If there is not enough storage on your Watch, then you can't play Audible audiobooks on Apple Watch well. So, you can head to clear some data or delete some audiobooks on your Watch to fix the issue.

View also: How to Fix Audible Not Working / How to Fix Audible Not Syncing across Devices

Part 4. FAQs about Audible on Apple Watch

Q1: How to Remove Audible Audiobooks from Apple Watch?

A: You can start the Audible app on your Apple Watch. Then head to the "Library" section and click "Edit". Later, hit on the red "delete" icon next to the book title to remove the books you want.

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Q2: Why Won't Audible Sync to Apple Watch?

A: In general, there are lots of reasons that cause this error. Maybe your Apple Watch doesn't have enough storage space. Or, you use the outdated version of the Audible app and your Apple device. To fix the problem, you can check the solutions in the previous part.

Part 5. In Conclusion

In a word, from this article, you learned how to play Audible audiobooks on Apple Watch in different ways. You can directly download and install the Audible app on Apple Watch and sync audiobooks to Apple Watch for playing. Besides, you can convert and save Audible audiobooks as local files. Then you can add them to Apple Watch for listening without any limits forever. To do that, you just need help from AudFree Audio Converter. Don't miss this smart tool to enjoy Audible audiobooks offline anywhere and anytime.

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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