How to Play Audible in Car [2024 Updated]

By Ivan Scott Updated on 2024-05-16 / Update for Audiobook Tips

"How do I listen to Audible in my Car?" Listening to audiobooks in the car is a fantastic thing while driving for a long trip. But how to play Audible in the car? In fact, there are lots of ways working well to start car entertainment, including Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, USB drive, auxiliary cable, Bluetooth, FM Transmitter, etc. Here, we will give the detailed guide one by one so that you can choose the best way to listen to Audible audiobooks in the car.

listen to audible in the car

Part 1. How to Play Audible in Car via USB Drive

The first method we'd like to show you to listen to Audible books in the car is by using the USB Drive. This way is the best one and it is more stable. If your car stereo can exchange data from USB and can play digital files from USB flash drive, you can have a try of this way no need to draw support mobile devices.

When it comes to saving Audible books to USB drive, first of all, you need to remove DRM from Audible books. Also, you need to convert Audible audiobooks to MP3, M4A, FLAC, WAV, etc. without protection that can be compatible with USB stick. To make it, here you can get help from AudFree Audible Audiobook Converter. It is a professional Audible DRM removal software and audio converter.

With only three steps, you can unlock DRM technology built-in Audible files and convert Audible to plain audio formats. Besides, you can reset output audio parameters like volume, pitch, bit rate and more for Audible audiobooks. After the conversion, you get local Audible books and you can transfer them to a USB drive for playing offline in the car with ease.

How to Convert Audible Books for Playing in the Car Offline

Now, touch the 'Download' button above to download and install AudFree Audio Converter for your Windows or Mac computer. Then check the steps below and start the conversion.

Note: Before starting, please download Audible audiobooks you like in your Audible library. Then open the iTunes app to import the downloaded Audible books to it for use.

View also: How to Import Audiobooks to iTunes

Step 1Import Audible audiobooks to AudFree
load audible books to audfree audio converter
Open AudFree Audio Converter from your desktop and click the first Add Files button from the botton-left corner. Then you can browse, choose and add Audible files that you'd like to convert into the AudFree program.
Step 2Set output audio parameters for Audible audiobooks in car
set output format for audible audiobooks
Click the 'audio' icon at the bottom-right corner and then it will load the settings window. Here you can define output audio format as MP3, AAC or else, adjust bit rate, sample rate, audio channel, etc. according to your needs. After that, tap 'OK'.
View also: How to Convert Audible to MP3
Step 3Convert Audible books to local audio files
convert audible books locally for car
Once all output settings are done, then press the 'Convert' button to launch the converting process. AudFree Audible Converter will run at 30X and it will remove DRM from Audible during the conversion. After the conversion, you can locate local Audible books from the 'history' section. You can also locate the files on your computer's folder.

How to Listen to Audible in the Car via USB Drive

Now, you can step to transfer Audible audiobooks to USB drive for playing in your car.

Step 1. Insert the USB flash drive into the USB port of your computer. Then open your USB drive.

copy audible books to usb drive from computer

Step 2. Find the local Audible audiobooks files on your computer and drag them to the USB drive.

Step 3. Connect the USB stick to your car's audio system.

play audible in car via usb drive

Step 4. Go to the USB input source and choose the Audible files you like. Then start playing them in your car offline.

Part 2. How to Listen to Audible in Car with Bluetooth

The second way to play Audible in the car is to use Bluetooth. It is a wireless technology standard for transferring media data between devices without using cellular data. Almost all car system is available for Bluetooth functionality, likewise, mobile devices, like phones and tablets also come with this feature. If your car doesn't support Bluetooth, you can try other methods in this post.

You just need to activate this function on your car and phone. Then pair your car with iPhone/Android via Bluetooth and you can easily stream Audible books from your phone to car for playback. Here follow the detailed steps below.

stream audible in the car via bluetooth

Step 1. Find the Bluetooth section on your Android or iOS device and enable it. Also, please ensure your phone/tablet is discoverable.

Step 2. Go to the infotainment system of your car. Then head to 'Menu' > 'Settings' to locate the Bluetooth section. Then head to choose and pair your car with your mobile device.

Once connected, you can start playing an Audible book via the Audible app from your phone. Later, you will listen to Audible in the car through Bluetooth.

View also: How to Listen to Audible Books via Bluetooth.

Part 3. How to Play Audible in the Car via Audible Car Mode

In the Audible app for Android and iOS, there is a Car Mode feature for users to play and control Audible playback while driving the car. You can play books by voice control via Alexa or Siri. Also, you can play and pause audio playback, go back 30 seconds and add a bookmark for your audiobooks. Here you can learn how to enable it and how it works.

View also:

How to Play Audible on Alexa

How to Change Audible Playback Speed

Note: You need to connect your car with your mobile device via Bluetooth or auxiliary cable first.

Step 1. Start the Audible app on your Android, iPhone or iPad. Then pick up a book and play.

Step 2. On the Now Playing screen, click on the 'Car Mode' option to activate it.

listen to audible in car via audible car mode

Later, you can control the playback of Audible audiobooks in your car.

Tips: If you want to quit the Car Mode, just click on the 'X' icon on the screen.

Part 4. How to Play Audible Books in Car via Apple CarPlay

Developed by Apple, CarPlay is a smarter that make a car radio or head unit as a display. In this case, you can do things you want to do with your iPhone via car's built-in display directly. It is a safe way when driving as it enables you to keep your main focus on the road while listen to audiobooks, music, etc. at the same time. Make sure your car is compatible with the Apple CarPlay, and your Apple phone is iPhone 5 or later models with iOS 7.1 or above.

play audible in the car via carplay

Step 1. Please plug your iPhone into the head unit of your car.

Step 2. You will see a 'CarPlay' or 'smartphone' icon showed near the port. If not, please tap the 'CarPlay' logo on the display.

Step 3. Open Audible app on the display and tap 'My Library' to choose a title to play.

Step 4. The Audible book will be played in the car and the player screen will show up in the car's display.

Part 5. How to Listen to Audible in the Car via Android Auto

Have you ever heard Android Auto? Android Auto is a mobile app, which is able to mirror qualified apps from the device to a car's compatible in-dash information an entertainment head unit. It is quite similar to Apple CarPlay. Please ensure that your car can work with the Android Auto and your Android device is running Android 5.0 or above version.

use audible in the car via android auto

Step 1. Pair your Android phone to the vehicle via USB cable and it might need you to update some apps, like Google Maps, etc.

Step 2. Check the Safety Information and Android Auto permissions to access your apps. Now, please switch on notifications for Android Auto.

Step 3. On your car's built-in display, select Android Auto. It will take a few second to make Wireless connection.

Step 4. Now, you can open Audible app and select audiobooks that you'd like to listen to, you can hear playing audio books from your car stereo.

Part 6. How to Use Audible in the Car via FM Transmitter

FM transmitter is a low-power FM audio transmitter. Without requiring wired connection, it allows users to receive Audible audiobooks from phone to car audio system. If your car is available to receive radio signal from a portable audio device, including smartphone, you can use FM transmitter to stream Audible books in the car.

audible in the car via fm transmitter

Step 1. Connect the FM transmitter with your music device via Bluetooth or a USB cable.

Step 2. Turn on your car stereo and pick up an FM radio frequency which is not in use in your area.

Step 3. On the device's display, adjust the FM transmitter to broadcast on the same frequency as your car stereo's.

Step 4. Once set, go to the Audible app on your device and select a book to play. At last, you can listen to Audible audiobooks in your car while driving.

Part 7. How to Play Audible Books in the Car via SD Card

If your car supports SD card reader, then you can stream Audible audiobooks in your car by SD card. But first, you need to put Audible books on your SD card for use. Now, let's check how to make it.

play audible in car via sd card

Step 1. Put the SD card into the card reader and insert the reader into your computer's USB port.

Step 2. Use the AudFree Audio Converter in Part 1 to convert Audible books to plain audio files. Then move Audible books to SD card.

Step 3. Unplug the SD card reader from your computer and plug it into your car.

After that, you can start to enjoy Audible audiobooks in car without an internet connection.

Part 8. How to Stream Audible in Car via Auxiliary Cable

If your car has an auxiliary input, then it is easy to play Audible books from your device. You can just connect your device with your car via the auxiliary cable. Here follow the guide below.

listen to audible in the car via auxiliary cable

Step 1. Plug one end of a 3.5mm auxiliary cable into the AUX input jack on your car stereo.

Step 2. Plug the other end of the cable into your audio playback device like headphone, mobile phone, etc.

Step 3. Once connected, you need to set your car stereo to the AUX input source.

Step 4. Now, start the Audible app on your device and play an audiobook.

Finally, you can hear Audible audiobooks from your car's speakers.

Part 9. How to Get Audible to Play in Car via USB Cable

Using a USB cable to play Audible books in car from your device is also an easy way. If your car is equipped with a USB port, then you can use this method.

play audible in the car via usb cable

Step 1. Connect your phone to your car with a USB cable.

Step 2. On your car's entertainment system, choose the USB option.

Step 3. Once paired, head to the Audible app and play any book you want. Then you can listen to books from Audible in car.

Part 10. How to Play Audible in Car by Burning Audible to CD

If your car still can play CDs and DVDs, it's also a possible way to get Audible in the car by burning Audible books to CD. After that, it couldn't be easier to plugging the Audible CDs to your car stereo and listen to Audible books in the car.

There are two ways to burn a CD from Audible audiobooks, respectively using the iTunes or an CD burning tool. If you don't know how to start, you can refer to this helpful instruction: How to Burn Audible to CD. But it is noted that you need to convert Audible books to common files first via AudFree Audio Converter. Then you can burn books to CD for use with ease.

Once burned Audible to CD, insert the CD into the CD player of you car. After that, you can go to play audiobooks in your car.

burn audible to cd to play in car

Part 11. In Conclusion

Above is the top 10 ways we show you to play Audible in car online and offline. You can choose the suitable method to enjoy Audible books in your car according to your real situation. By the way, we'd like to note you that the offline ways are more stable as it doesn't need an internet connection. The ways including using USB drive, SD card, and CD player. To do that, you also need the AudFree Audible Audiobook Converter to convert and save Audible books to local device first. Then you can stream Audible books in car offline.

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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