How to Play Audible on Apple Watch [Step-by-Step Guide]

By Adam Gorden Updated on October 23, 2023

If you are using the latest Apple Watch series, you are now able to play Audible audiobooks directly from your wrist offline without an iPhone, thanks to the Audible app for watchOS. This smart Audible Apple Watch app enables you to sync and control all Audible titles from your iPhone to Apple Watch over Bluetooth headphones. Once done, you can just leave your iPhone behind while using Audible on Apple Watch for listening to your liked books. Here we'll show you how to play Audible on Apple Watch offline, including the solutions for fixing Audible app not showing up on Apple Watch.

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Part 1. How to Install Audible on Apple Watch

"Can I use Audible on Apple Watch?" The answer is positive. The Audible app is available on various Apple Watch models, including Series 7, SE, and Series 3, allowing you to listen to audiobooks seamlessly on your wrist. However, to ensure a smooth Audible experience on your Apple Watch, it's essential to meet these prerequisites and ensure everything is up to date:


  • Audible is compatible with Apple Watch Series 7, SE, and Series 3.
  • Both your Apple Watch and iPhone must be running the latest software versions. Ensure your Apple Watch is updated to the latest watchOS, and your iPhone is running iOS version 12 or higher.
  • Make sure you have the Audible app installed on your iPhone. It's important to have Audible for iOS app version 3.0 or higher.
  • To install the Audible app to your Apple Watch, you'll need to install the Apple Watch app (the Watch).
  • To access your Audible audiobooks, you'll need a valid Audible account. If you don't have one yet, you can sign up for Audible through the Audible website or app.

Once you've confirmed that your devices meet these requirements and you've gathered all the necessary tools, you're ready to proceed with installing Audible on your Apple Watch and syncing your audiobooks for on-the-go listening. The following steps will guide you through the setup process.

Installing Audible App on Apple Watch:

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  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your paired iPhone.
  2. Tap "My Watch."
  3. Scroll down and find "Available Apps."
  4. Search for "Audible" and tap on the app when you find it.
  5. Tap "Install" next to the "Audible" app.
  6. Wait until the download and installation process is complete, you'll see the Audible app icon on your watch's app grid.

Part 2. How to Sync and Play Audible on Apple Watch

To listen to your favorite Audible audiobooks on your Apple Watch, you need to sync them from your iPhone.

Syncing Audible Books to Apple Watch:

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  1. Open the Audible app on your paired iPhone. Make sure you're signed in to your Audible account.
  2. Browse your Audible library and choose the audiobook you want to sync to your Apple Watch.
  3. For the chosen audiobook, tap the download icon or an option like "Sync to Apple Watch" in the 3-dot menu to initiate the sync process.
  4. Allow some time for the download and synchronization to finish. The time it takes depends on the size of the audiobook and your connection speed, around 20-25 minutes.
  5. On your Apple Watch, open the Audible app to confirm that the audiobook has been successfully synced. It should be available in your watch's Audible library.

Audible Books Not Syncing to Audible?

If you encounter difficulties with Audible book synchronization on your Apple Watch or receive an error message like "Paired Apple Watch is not responding," please consult our troubleshooting guide:

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How to Fix Audible Books Won't Sync to Apple Watch in 2 Ways

Can you play Audible on Apple Watch? Sure! But how to fix Audible won't sync to Apple Watch? Check this out!

Playing Audible Books on Apple Watch:

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  1. On your Apple Watch, navigate to the Audible app. You can do this by pressing the Digital Crown and searching for the Audible app icon.
  2. Scroll through your library and select the audiobook you want to listen to.
  3. Tap the "Play" button to start playback. You'll hear the audiobook through your connected Bluetooth headphones or speakers.
  4. While listening to your audiobook, you can access playback controls on your Apple Watch.

Part 3. How to Convert and Transfer Audible to Apple Watch

The Audible app is officially available on watchOS 5 or higher. However, if you're using an earlier Apple Watch series and wish to enjoy Audible books, you have a solution: the ViWizard Audible Converter. This tool allows both Audible and Apple Watch users to convert and transfer their Audible books seamlessly to their devices.

ViWizard Audible Converter - Unlocking Audible Books:

ViWizard Audible Converter is a powerful Audible DRM removal tool designed to liberate your Audible audiobooks from digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. This enables you to have complete control over your audiobook library. With ViWizard Audible Converter, you can easily convert your protected Audible books to popular, lossless audio formats like MP3. This conversion process ensures that your Audible audiobooks are no longer locked by DRM, making them compatible with various devices.

After converting your Audible books into DRM-free formats, you can effortlessly sync them to your Apple Watch, regardless of the watch series you own. This means that you can enjoy Audible audiobooks without any limitations, even on older Apple Watch models. Once your Audible books are converted with ViWizard Audible Converter, you're free from the restrictions of DRM. You can now listen to your audiobooks on your Apple Watch, as well as on other devices, making it a versatile and convenient solution for Audible enthusiasts.

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Key Features of ViWizard Audible Audiobook Converter

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  • Convert Audible audiobook to unprotected audio formats like MP3
  • Split Audible book into several smaller segments by chapter or by time
  • Support playing Audible audiobooks on any device or media player
  • Handle the conversion of Audible audiobooks up to 100× faster speed

Converting Audible Books to MP3:

Step 1Add Audible Books to the Converter

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Open ViWizard Audible Audiobook Converter and then load Audible audiobook files into the converter by drag-and-drop. Or you can simply click the Add button at top center to get it done.

Step 2Set AAC as the output audio format

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Move the bottom left corner and click the Format panel to select the output audio format for Apple Watch. You can choose M4A or AAC in order to import Audible books into Apple Watch.

Step 3Start converting Audible books to AAC

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Click the Convert button to initiate the DRM removal process. It will finish within a few minutes as ViWizard Audible Audiobook Convert supports up to 100× faster conversion speed.

Transferring Converted Audible Books to Apple Watch:

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After you've used the ViWizard Audible Converter to convert your Audible books to MP3, follow these steps to sync them to your Apple Watch:

  1. On your computer, launch iTunes (or Finder on macOS Catalina or later). Ensure you've uploaded your Audible audiobooks to the app.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable and sync the MP3 audiobooks from your computer's music library to your iPhone.
  3. On your paired iPhone, open the Apple Watch app.
  4. In the Apple Watch app, scroll down until you see the section labeled "On My Apple Watch."
  5. Tap on the "Audiobooks" section. If you don't see "Audiobooks," you may need to install a compatible audiobook app that supports MP3 playback on your Apple Watch.
  6. Choose the MP3 audiobooks you want to sync to your Apple Watch. You can either tap "Add" next to individual audiobooks or toggle on the switch for entire audiobook series. This will initiate the sync process.
  7. Allow your iPhone to transfer the selected MP3 audiobooks to your Apple Watch. The time required depends on the file sizes and your iPhone's processing speed.
  8. On your Apple Watch, open the Audiobooks app or the app you're using to listen to audiobooks. You should see the MP3 audiobooks you've added available for playback.

You can now listen to your Audible audiobooks, converted to MP3, directly on your Apple Watch. Use the playback controls on your watch to start, pause, skip, or adjust the volume.

Part 4. How to Fix Audible Won't Work on Apple Watch

Although you are allowed to use Audible on Apple Watch, there are still lots of users complain that Audible app not showing up on Apple Watch or Apple Watch not syncing with Audible books. If you encountered those problems, you can try the following solutions for fix them.

Solution 1: Delete and Reinstall the Audible App

You can delete the Audible app on your watch and try installing it from your iPhone to the watch again by following the below steps.

Solution 2: Restart Apple Watch to Use Audible

In this case, you can turn off your Apple watch and power it again. Then go to use the Audible app or sync Audible books to the watch again.

Solution 3: Update Apple Watch to the Latest Version

If you want to use the Audible app on your watch, make sure that your watch has been updated to the latest version. Then go to use Audible on Apple Watch again.

Solution 4: Try to Download Audible Audiobooks Again

To make Audible books playable on Apple Watch, you can delete Audible books from your device first. Then you can go to download Audible titles and sync them to the watch again.


It's pretty easy to install the Audible app on Apple Watch as it supports the app. But to play Audible audiobooks, you should make sure that your watch is running watchOS 5 or higher and then download and sync Audible books to the watch. Besides, you can use ViWizard Audible Audiobook Converter to convert Audible books for keeping forever. And you play Audible audiobooks anywhere let along on Apple Watch.

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