How to Play Audible on Google Home Mini? Solve!

"I noticed from some news that Google Home now reads audiobooks for us. But when I was trying to stream books from my Audible account to Google Home Mini, it didn't respond correctly. Why? Can anybody advise how to play Audible on Google Home? Thanks."

At the very beginning of 2018, Google started selling audiobooks in Google Play, making it possible for us to listen to audiobooks directly within Google Home. However, to start playing an audiobook on Google Home 2019, you must purchase a title from Google Play. It doesn't work properly if your audiobooks are downloaded from other sources, such as Amazon Audible.

Can't Google Home play Audible books? Don't worry, though. Although Google Home doesn't support Audible audiobooks natively, you still get chances to cast Audible to Google Home on PC or mobile devices with some alternative solutions introduced in the following article.

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Part 1. How to Play Audible Books on Google Home via Google Play Music

First of all, we will introduce the ultimate workaround on how to connect Audible to Google Home for you easily on Mac/PC. By using this method, you'll need a third-party Audible audiobook converter which will help you convert Audible files so that you can then upload the converted Audible books to Google Play Music account and then listen to the audios on Google Home via the built-in app by using voice commands only.

The software that could assist you converting Audible audiobooks to other formats is AudFree Audible Audiobook Converter. As you should know, all Audible books are encrypted with DRM and saved in AA or AAX format. Due to which, only selected devices can play the Audible audiobooks well. Google Home is not included in the authorized devices yet.

Therefore, in order to add Audible to Google Home, the most important thing is removing DRM from Audible books completely. And that's what AudFree Audible Audiobook Converter will do. It can not only unlock DRM from Audible books, but can also convert Audible AA/AAX audiobooks to MP3 or other popular formats supported by Google Home.

AudFree Audible Audiobook Converter

AudFree DRM Audiobook Converter
  • Remove DRM from Audible audiobooks without quality loss
  • Convert AA/AAX to MP3, WAV, AAC, M4A, FLAC, M4B
  • Play Audible Books on Google Home Mini/Max/Hub
  • Cut large audiobooks into small segments by chapters
  • Convert iTunes audiobooks, Apple Music and other audios too

Steps to Convert Audible Audiobooks for Google Home

Step 1. Add Audible audiobooks to AudFree. There are two methods to import your Audible books to AudFree DRM Audio Converter, including using 'Add' button or dragging the audiobooks directly. Choose the one you desire to load the Audible files to the converter.

Note: To make the conversion proceed properly, please make sure you already imported Audible books to iTunes 'My Audiobooks' section and your iTunes was already authorized with Amazon account to play those Audible audiobooks.

Step 2. Set output format and audio parameters. Click the 'audio' icon near 'Convert' button to select output format from the popup window. In order to make the audios recognizable by Google Play Music, you are suggested to set the format as MP3. Under each format, you are also allowed to customize the codec, channel, sample rate, bit rate, etc. to make the output quality better. Or you can simply check the option of 'Keep lossless quality' and it will then keep the output audio quality exactly the same as original files.

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Before converting the files, you can split the large audios into small clips by chapters or fixed time interval. Simply click the 'edit' icon of each audiobook and you'll be directed to the target window. There you can also edit the ID3 tags, including book cover, author, title, date, etc.

Step 3. Convert Audible books to DRM-free formats. Now, click on the 'Convert' button at bottom right to start removing DRM from Audible audiobooks and converting them to MP3 format for Google Home. Once done, click the 'converted' folder to locate the DRM-free audiobooks. Then refer to the following steps to move books from Audible to Google Home for playback.

Upload Audible Books to Google Play Music to Play through Google Home Mini

Step 1. Open Google Home on your phone. Make sure your Android device and Google Home speaker are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 2. Click the burger button on main screen of Google Home app and then choose 'cast screen/audio'.

Step 3. Once the name of your device appears, tap it and click 'OK' to stream audio books to Google Home.

Step 4. Open Audible app on your phone and begin playing the audiobooks. Then they will be automatically cast to the Google Home speaker as expected.

Part 2. How to Cast to Google Home via Goolge Home App

If you are using Android devices, the most popular way to stream Audible to Google Home is using Google Home app. With this method, you are required to firstly download and install the Google Home app from Google Play store on your Android OS. Then follow the instructions below:

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Step 1. Open Google Home on your phone. Make sure your Android device and Google Home speaker are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 2. Click the burger button on main screen of Google Home app and then choose 'cast screen/audio'.

Step 3. Once the name of your device appears, tap it and click 'OK' to stream audio books to Google Home.

Step 4. Open Audible app on your phone and begin playing the audiobooks. Then they will be automatically cast to the Google Home speaker as expected.

Part 3. How to Listen to Audible on Google Home via Bluetooth on iPhone/Android

For people who are using iPhone or other iOS devices, you are highly recommended to link Audible books to Google Home via Bluetooth. There are two ways for you to pair your devices to Google Home with Bluetooth, including using Google Home app or voice commands.

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Pair Bluetooth via Google Home App

Step 1. First of all, install Google Home app on your iPhone or Android device.

Step 2. Open Google Home on your phone and tap on the device icon on the right top corner of the app. Then press the three-dot menu on Google Home to get into Settings menu.

Step 3. Tap 'Paired Bluetooth Devices' > 'Enable Pairing Mode' at the bottom. Then open the Bluetooth on your phone and connect it to Google Home device.

Step 4. Once paired, open Audible on iPhone/Android to play the audiobooks. Then the audio will be mirrored to Google Home without lag.

Pair Bluetooth via Voice

Thanks to Google Assistant, a built-in intelligent personal assistant of Google Home, you can even pair the Google Home to iOS/Android with voices only.

Step 1. Turn on Google Home speaker and the Bluetooth on your iOS/Android device.

Step 2. Say "OK, Google, Bluetooth pairing". Then it will automatically search the nearby devices. You should manually choose the right one and connect it to Google Home.

Step 3. When the connection is done, go ahead to play Audible audiobooks to mirror the audio to Google Home from your device.

Bottom Line: Play Audible Books on Google Home Mini/Max/Hub

No matter you are owning Google Home Mini, Mac or Hub, there is an effective way allowing you to make audiobooks from Audible workable with Google Home in the article. Just determine which device you will use, and then follow the corresponding step-by-step tutorial to listen to Audible audiobooks on Google Home.

It’s worth mentioning that with the assistance of AudFree Audible Audiobook Converter, Audible files can be converted to plain audio formats, like MP3. As consequence, you will be not only able to play Audible on Google Home, but also other smart speakers, like Apple HomePod, etc.

If you have any issue when casting Audible books with Google Home by using the above ways, please leave them on the comment area. We will give the further assistance for you as soon as possible.

Jul 14, 2021 3:26 PM

Posted by Ivan Scott to Audiobook Tips