How to Download Audible Books on Various Devices

By Ivan Scott Updated on 2024-06-13 / Update for Audiobook Tips

"Can you download audiobooks from Audible?" Now, most people tend to listen to audiobooks rather than read with their eyes, which is more convenient and comfortable. As the largest producer of downloadable audiobooks in the world, Audible could be the preferred online audiobook store. It allows users to purchase and download their favorite audiobooks with ease. If you don't know how to make it, just read this post. Here we'd like to describe how to download Audible books on different devices such as PC, Mac, phone, etc. Without further ado, let's start.

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Part 1. How to Buy Books on Audible: Preparation

Before downloading Audible audiobooks, you are required to buy them from the Audible Store. Users are allowed either to buy Audible titles without membership separately or use the Audible credits to redeem audiobooks. If you have no idea how to purchase Audible audiobooks, please never miss this tutorial. If you have purchased Audible books you like already, you can skip to Part 3 to download them as local files via AudFree Audible Audiobooks Converter.

Step 1. Navigate to on a web browser and sign in with your Amazon account credentials. If you don't have one, please create an account first.

Step 2. Search and discover target audiobooks. Or you can use site navigation by classification to find audiobooks.

Step 3. Once found out, please select the title and click the 'Add to Cart' button.

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Step 4. Then go to the shopping cart to open the order page where you can see the title you added before. Please select one payment under the 'Price' tab. You can opt to buy the title at full price or use your credit. Afterward, hit the 'Proceed to Checkout' button and choose 'Complete Purchase' to finalize the process.

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🔎 Note: If you are new to subscribing to Audible membership, you are endowed with the opportunity to get Audible free trials. Amid this, you can get free Audible credits to redeem or buy your favorite audiobooks at no extra cost. When purchased successfully, audiobooks will be ready to download according to the following parts.

Part 2. How to Download Audible Books on PC/Mac/iPhone/Android/Apple Watch

When it comes to downloading Audible files, the detailed steps may vary on the different operating systems and devices you are using. Here are methods to download audiobooks from Audible for offline listening on multiple devices.

📌 How to Download Audible Audiobooks to PC/Mac

For Mac/MacBook [via Audible Website]

Step 1. Head to and tap on the 'Library' tab from the top navigation. You will view all the titles you bought before.

Step 2. Choose the 'Enhanced' format (AAX format) from the right 'Audio Quality' section. Then proceed to hit the 'Download' button next to the title. It will start to download Audible audiobooks to Mac for you. Once downloaded, you can pick up a folder to save the AAX files.

download audible audiobooks on mac via website

🔎 Note: If you run macOS 10.14.6 Mojave or earlier, you can open the downloaded AAX files in the Audiobooks section on iTunes. While on a macOS Catalina or above, you can import the downloaded Audible files to Apple Books and find them in the Audiobooks section.

For Windows 10/8/7 [via Audible Download Manager]

For people who are using Windows 7, 8, and 10, to download Audible audiobooks to PC, you are required to install the Audible Download Manager app. It is designed to download and manage the Audible books you purchased before. It offers three destination folders to import Audible books, including iTunes, Windows Media Player, or AudibleManager player.

Step 1. Install the Audible Download Manager app from the Play Store on your computer.

Step 2. Open Audible Download Manager and hit on the General Settings option to choose the target download folder by checking the mark next to the media player.

set download location on audible download manager app

Step 3. Go to > Library> Titles and tap on the 'Download' button. The Audible downloads will be displayed as ADH files.

Step 4. Double-click on the .adh files and the Audible Download Manager will start downloading the Audible books as AAX files to the destination folder on Windows computers. When it is finished, please click on the bottom 'Downloads folder' to find those offline files.

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For Windows 10/11 [via AudibleSync]

For Windows 10 or 11 users, you can give the AudibleSync app a shot. It allows you to download audiobooks from Audible and import and play them on Audible-compatible MP3 players quickly and easily. Please look at the following how-to guide for more details:

Step 1. Install and open the AudibleSync app on your desktop. Then connect to your Audible account.

Step 2. Set the marketplace as '' for AudibleSync.

Step 3. After searching for the title you tend to download, then hit the 'Download' button on the right of the title.

download audible books by audiblesync on windows 10 and 11

📌 How to Download Audiobooks from Audible to iPhone/Android

The official Audible app is available for both iOS and Android, with which Audible users can listen to and download books from Audible on mobile devices directly. Since the steps on Android and iOS devices are similar, here, we will take iOS as an example to show you how to download audiobooks from Audible on iPhone. If you would like to get a detailed guide for Android, you can visit the following source page: How to Play Audible Audiobooks on Android.

Step 1. Install the Audible iOS app from the App Store on your iOS device.

Step 2. Launch it and sign in to your Audible account. Click on the 'My Library' tab at the bottom of the screen and switch to the 'Cloud' pane.

Step 3. All bought audiobooks are on the list. Touch on the cover art of the audiobook you desire to download.

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🔎 Note: Once the download tab disappears, it means this Audible title has been already downloaded to your device successfully. Besides, if you don't see any audio files in the 'Cloud' tab, please refresh your Audible library by trying the 'Refresh' function.

📌 How to Download Audible Books to Apple Watch

Some Audible users also wonder how to listen to Audible books offline on their Apple Watches. Thus, we will demonstrate the step-by-step instructions to download Audible books to Apple Watch:


  • WatchOS 9 and above is needed.
  • Connect to WiFi or data before downloading.

Step 1. Install the Audible app from the Apple Store on your Apple Watch. Then log in to your Audible or associated Amazon account.

Step 2. Go back to the Audible app on your iPhone or Android. Navigate to the 'Library' section.

Step 3. Tap on the three dots icon next to the titles you want to download. Please choose 'Sync to Apple Watch' from the pull-up menu.

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Step 4. On the Audible watch app, go to Library > Cloud to play the synced audiobooks offline.

Part 3. How to Download Audible Books to MP3 for Playing Anywhere

With the above tutorial, "How do I download books on Audible on computer or mobile devices" now isn't a difficulty. But you are unable to listen to Audible books on any device or other player. That's because Audible files are encoded in protected AA/AAX format, which can be recognized only by authorized devices. You can't play Audible books on an MP3 player, even for some Android devices.

To listen to Audible audiobooks on more devices, the best way could be to download and convert Audible books as MP3 files. Here, we can meet AudFree Audible Audiobook Converter to convert Audible AA/AAX to MP3, M4A, M4B, AAC, and more. With its advanced technology, full ID3 tags and lossless quality are still kept while removing format restrictions from audiobook files.

Besides, it boasts more additional features, such as splitting Audible audiobooks by chapters or fixed time frames, editing ID3 tags, and the like. Once converted, you can keep those Audible offline files forever even without Audible subscriptions.

How to Download Audiobook on Audible to MP3 for Playing on All Devices

There is a detailed tutorial to guide you on how to convert Audible files to MP3. You can download and install the AudFree Auditior to test its performance via its free version by touching the Download button above.

Step 1Upload Downloaded Audible Titles to iTunes
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On the iTunes app, please click on the top 'File' tab and choose 'Add File to Library' from the dropdown menu. Once down, you can find those downloaded Audible books from the upper-left 'Audiobook' section.
View also: How to Import Audiobooks to iTunes
Step 2Add Audible Books to AudFree Auditior
add audible audiobooks to convert
Fire up the AudFree Audible Book Converter. Then hit the first Add button called 'Load iTunes Library' at the bottom left to add Audible AA or AAX files from the iTunes Library to the converter. Plus, hover over the added item and click the 'Edit' icon. Then you can split audiobooks into chapters and edit ID3 tags.
Step 3Define Audible Audio Output Format as MP3
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Tap on the bottom-right Audio icon to open the Format Setting screen where you can set MP3 as the output format for the added audiobooks. It also enables you to customize other output settings, including the bitrate, sample rate, codecs, and channels, among others. Or, select the bottom 'Keep lossless quality (AA, AAX)', which will automatically convert AA files to MP3 and export AAX files to M4A.
Step 4Export Audible Titles to MP3 Losslessly
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Hit the large 'Convert' button at the lower right to kick off the conversion. The AudFree Audible Downloader will export the added files to MP3 files at a 30X speed. When the conversion is completed, press the bottom File icon to find the conversions. Afterward, you can import and play those converted Audible books on any device or player you have at any time even though you cancel your Audible membership.

Part 4. How to Solve Audible Can't Download

Why Audible book won't download? This issue may result from the Audible audio quality, potential bugs of the Audible app, drained storage space, etc. To get around such download errors, you can refer to the following fixes:

Method 1. Change Download by Part Settings

The limited storage space of your device is one of the culprits of the downloading error. To troubleshoot it, you can try downloading your Audible audiobooks in multiple parts. The process is quite simple:

Step 1. On the Audible mobile app, tap on the top-left Profile.

Step 2. From the pop-up menu, choose the Settings cog icon.

Step 3. Scroll down and click on the 'Data & storage' option.

Step 4. Under the 'Download by parts' section, pick 'Multi-part' above the 'Seamless Multipart Play' option.

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🔎 Note: On the Audible desktop app, please go to 'Settings' > 'Downloads' and then turn on the 'Download your library by parts' option.

download your library by parts option on audible desktop app

Method 2. Change Audible Book Download Quality

Step 1. On the Audible mobile app, go to 'Settings' > 'Data & storage'.

Step 2. Look at the 'Download Quality' pane and switch the quality option from 'Standard' to 'High'.

change download quality for audible books on mobiles

🔎 Note: On the Audible desktop app, head over to 'Settings' > 'Downloads' > 'Download format'. Then toggle on the button near 'high quality'.

Method 3. Check Internet Connection

Without a stable WiFi connection of data, the downloading process will be interrupted. Please make sure you have connected to WiFi properly. If not, you can disconnect and re-connect it.

Method 4. Update the Audible App

Please ensure you have updated the Audible app to the latest version to avoid potential bugs or glitches. If not, then go to app store to get it update.

View also: How to Fix Audible Book Not Downloading

Part 5. FAQs about Downloading Audible Books

Q1: Where do Audible books download to on Android/iPhone?

A: To find the Audible download location on Android and iPhone, you can navigate to the target folder according to the following archive path:

On Android: [Android's name]\Internal storage\Android\data\\files

On iPhone: You cannot head to the root folder of Audible downloads on iOS devices. To find and play downloaded Audible audiobooks, you can go to the Audible app and tap on the 'Library' tab from the bottom navigation bar.

Q2: How long do Audible books take to download?

A: Approximately 45 minutes or even 1-2 hours are needed to download an audiobook from Audible.

Part 6. Conclusion

Here are all about how to download Audible books on multiple devices for offline playback. Generally speaking, providing that you want to keep and listen to downloaded Audible books offline forever on more devices, AudFree Audible Book Converter is the best solution. It unblocks the format restrictions from Audible AA/AAX files and exports them as MP3, M4A, M4B, and other local files, which empowers you to listen to Audible on multiple devices.

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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