How to Listen to Audible Offline without WiFi

By Ivan Scott Updated on 2023-10-24 / Update for Audiobook Tips

Audible offline listening is one of the topics of greatest concern to Audible users. A surge of related questions appears in major forums like Reddit and Quora. For example, can I listen to Audible offline? Is there an Audible airplane mode or an Audible offline mode to use Audible without the Internet?

Fortunately, the answer is a resounding "yes". In some cases, we are unable to keep our devices under the WiFi network at all times, such as taking a plane, being in a no-signal area, and so forth. To improve the user experience of enjoying Audible books, here, we will introduce the complete tutorial on how to listen to Audible offline with or without the Audible app on all devices.

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Part 1. Can You Listen to Audible Offline

Can Audible books be used offline? Of course! No matter you are using an Audible app or Audible Cloud Player, you can download Audible books on computers, mobile devices, and online. But the prerequisite is you have purchased Audible audiobooks, or you have upgraded to an Audible Plus or Premium Plus subscription.

Besides, it's also worth mentioning that Audible books downloaded from Plus Catalog via Audible subscriptions will be unplayable if your subscription ends. Also, they can be playable on limited devices that support the Audible app only. If you'd like to make Audible offline books compatible with all devices and players, like MP3 players, smart speakers, smart watches, etc. it's better to convert Audible to MP3 with the help of a professional third-party Audible converter.

In the following parts, we will give detailed guides for listening to Audible without the Internet in all situations to meet your needs.

Part 2. How to Listen to Audible Offline on iPhone/Android

Speaking of Audible listening offline, Audible provides the offline mode to make it available in this official app. Also, the Audible app is compatible with a wide variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and more. Only if you have purchased some books or subscribe to Audible Plus or Premium Plus plan, it's able to download Audible books for listening off the grid.

Here we will present the specific guides to download for listening to Audible offline on iPhone and Android devices.

On iPhone

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Step 1. On the Audible iPhone app, tap on the Menu tab like three horizontal lines and choose 'Library' from the pop-up left panel.

Step 2. Tap on the little inverted triangle alongside 'My Library' to draw down a list and select 'Cloud'. Then you can start to select Audible books that you'd like to listen to offline.

Step 3. Click on the cover art to launch the downloading process. You will see Audible books will be downloaded to your mobile device as expected. Now, you are free to read Audible books offline on iPhone or Android phones.

On Android

Step 1. Open the Audible Android app and click on the second 'Library' tab from the bottom navigation bar.

Step 2. Proceed to tap on 'All' > 'All Titles' from the top.

Step 3. Tap on the cover art of your favorite title. Or click the right three dots and choose 'Download' from the pop-up list to kick off the downloading.

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See Also: How to Listen to Audible on iPhone and How to Listen to Audible on Android Phone

Part 3. How to Use Audible Offline on PC

Windows users can save Audible books offline via the Audible app. There are also other three channels to enable Audible offline listening: Download Audible books to PC first and then import them to Audible Manager, WMP, and iTunes for offline playback. Let's have a look at the following tutorial.

Via Audible Manager

Step 1. Download and install Audible Manager on your PC.

Step 2. On Audible Manager, hit on the 'File' tab at the upper left. Then choose 'Add Audio Files' from the pull-down menu. It will open a new window in which you can search and find Audible downloads.

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Step 3. Now, please select and add offline Audible books to your Audible Manager. And now Audible books are available offline by clicking on the title.

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Via Windows Media Player / iTunes

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Step 1. First, this way needs to get support from Audible Download Manager, please download this tool and launch it.

Step 2. Tap the 'Option' tab from the top right corner and then pick 'Activate PC' from the draw-down list to sign up for your Audible account details. After that, a new window will pop up showing successful activation.

Step 3. To import Audible books into them, select 'Options' again and choose 'Import Audible Titles' > 'Import into iTunes and Windows Media Player Library' icon.

Step 4. Just confirm it by clicking the 'OK' button, then you can play Audible offline on iTunes or Windows Media Player anytime.

Part 4. How to Listen to Audible Books Offline on Mac

If you are using macOS 10.14 or lower versions, you should use iTunes to play Audible audiobooks without the Internet. For macOS 10.15 Catalina and macOS 11 Big Sur, Audible books have been transitioned from iTunes to Apple Books. Thus, you can still use the Apple Books app to play Audible offline. Please download Audible books to Mac in advance. Then look into the detailed steps below.

Step 1. Find the favorite Audible book that you'd like to play offline. Right-click on it and choose the 'Open with' > 'Book(default)' button.

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Step 2. If you don't authorize your computer, please do that by filling in your Audible account. It will pop up a window, click on 'Yes' > 'Activate Now' then.

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Step 3. Once clicked, all Audible books will be imported into your Apple Books. You can listen to Audible without the Internet on your Mac now.

Part 5. How to Listen to Audible Books Offline Anywhere

In fact, there are still many portable devices that don't work with the Audible app, such as the Sony Walkman, iPod Shuffle, SanDisk Sansa, or other popular MP3 players. What if you'd like to get Audible to listen offline on them? Or do you just want to play Audible offline without the Audible app?

To solve this problem and facilitate users to enjoy Audible audiobooks without WiFi or out of its own app, here is an effective tool to meet your needs. That is AudFree Audible Audiobook Converter, dedicated to Audible format conversion.

It can download and convert Audible AAX to MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC, M4A, and M4B with lossless quality and ID3 tags preserved. It facilitates you to keep the converted Audible books locally forever. In this case, you can transfer Audible books to other devices for offline playback without the Audible app or subscription. In addition, it is possible to split Audible audiobooks by chapter, which makes playback easier and more convenient.

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  • Convert AAX to MP3, WAV, AAC, M4A, FLAC, etc. at 30X speed
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  • Cut large Audible books into small segments by chapters
  • Convert Audible audiobooks, Apple Music and other audios too

How to Download Audible Books to Listen Offline on All Devices

You can install the AudFree Auditior by clicking on the above download button. Then please download your favorite books from Audible with your existing Audible account beforehand. Then take a look at the following user guide to download and listen to audiobooks offline.


Step 1Load Audible Audiobooks to AudFree Auditior
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First, add the downloaded audiobooks to iTunes. Next, open AudFree Auditior on your computer. You can drag Audible book files from your computer into the program directly. Alternatively, you can click the first Add button at the lower left to load the audiobook from iTunes.
Step 2Set the Audible Output Format to MP3
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Since almost all devices are compatible with the MP3 audio format, you will be strongly advised to set the Audible output format to MP3. Just click on the first bottom-right 'Audio' icon. In the Format Settings window, you can customize other audio parameters, like bit rate, sample rate, audio channel, and codecs. But if you'd like to split audiobooks by chapters, you'd better set the output format as M4A since MP3 format does not support playing audio files by chapters.
Step 3Download Audible Books for Offline Playback
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Please click the big 'Convert' button at the bottom right corner. AudFree Audible Audiobook Converter will export and download Audible books to the target files that you set before on your computer. Generally speaking, the conversion time depends on how many audio files you have imported. After Audible books have been downloaded to listen offline, you can locate converted Audible books on your computer by clicking the bottom File icon.
Step 4Listen to Amazon Audible Offline Anywhere
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To listen to Audible audiobooks offline on any device you have, please connect your device to your computer via USB cable. After that, you can drag and drop the Audible book files from the target converted folder into the folder of your device for offline listening.

Part 6. Fix: Audible Not Working Offline

Some people complained and asked: "Why can't I listen to Audible offline". It may result from multiple reasons such as corrupted downloads, wrong output devices, etc. You can follow the 6 common solutions below to troubleshoot it.

✔Re-download the Audible Audiobook

The most common reason Audible won't play without the internet is that Audible fails to be downloaded properly, leading to a corrupted file. You can try to delete the downloaded audiobooks from your device first, and then re-download the audiobooks.

✔Check Your Device's Speakers

If you can't hear Audible playing, you may have a problem with your device's speakers. Make sure your device is not muted, and check that you are not using an external audio device.

✔Restart the Audible Application

Most applications, including Audible, may experience a temporary glitch. Try closing your Audible app, wait a few minutes, and then restart the Audible application. This way can avoid various bugs on the Audible app. After that, see if you can listen to Audible books offline properly.

✔Update Audible Applications

After updating the Audible app, if you find that you are still having problems using Audible offline, then the problem may be with your device. It's also important to update your system, as this usually fixes some of the bugs that existed in the previous operating system.

✔Update Your Device System

After updating the Audible app, you find that you are still having problems of using Audible offline, then the problem may be with your device. It's also important to update your system, as this usually fixes some of the bugs that existed in the previous operating system.

✔Contact Amazon Customer Support

Describe the problems you encounter with the Amazon's staff. They will look further into the issues of your Audible and respond with fixes to you. But you may need to wait for a long time.

If none of those fixes works, you can opt to use AudFree Audible Book Converter to download audiobooks as local files. It enables you to listen to Audible books to local files in MP3, AAC, and more plain formats for offline playback.

Part 7. More FAQs about Audible Offline

Q1: Does Audible work offline?

A: Audible requires an internet connection like data or WiFi to work smoothly. However, if you download your collected audiobooks from Audible with the Audible Plus/Premium Plus plan or buy the titles you want, you can use Audible offline.

Q2: Can I listen to Audible offline in airplane mode?

A: Yes. An Audible Plus or Premium Plus account empowers you to download your titles for airplane mode. But you need to renew the subscription to keep the downloads. Otherwise, the downloads will be unavailable offline. If you don't want to continue the charge, AudFree Audible Book Converter can give you a one-stop solution. It can help you convert books from Audible as local files and listen to Audible on airplane mode forever.

Part 8. In Conclusion

Here are the total effective ways to use Audible offline mode with and without the Audible App. In the long run, using AudFree Auditior to download and listen to Audible offline is the best option. Anyway, it can make Audible books more compatible and playable on any desired device. Just have fun with offline Amazon Audible books.

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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