2 Ways to Play Audible Books on Apple Watch Offline

Posted by Adam Gorden on Jan. 05, 2019 11:24:05 AM.

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If you are using the latest Apple Watch Series 4, you are now able to play Audible audiobooks directly from your wrist offline without an iPhone, thanks to the Audible app for watchOS 5. 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 listening to the Audible books on your smartwatch.

Here we'll show you the two most common ways to play Audible on Apple Watch offline step by step, including the solution for users of earlier Apple Watch series with watchOS 4 or lower.

Method 1. Sync Audible Books to Apple Watch via Audible Apple Watch App

In this way, it requires you to update your Apple Watch to watchOS 5 and iPhone to iOS 12. If you want to listen to Audible audiobooks on Apple Watch without upgrading the watchOS and iOS, you should switch to the other method below.

Before getting started, make sure you have all these required tools on hand:

Once everything is ready, you can follow these steps to start syncing audiobooks from Audible to Apple Watch.

Step 1Add Audible App to Apple Watch

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Tap the Watch app on your iPhone. Then the My Watch tab. Scroll down to Available apps and find Audible app. Then tap on Install next to it.

Step 2Sync Audible Books to Apple Watch

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Open the Audible app on your iPhone and then tap the Library tab. Choose any Audible book you want to sync to Apple Watch. Press the ... button next to it. Then tap Sync to Apple Watch option from the popup menu. Wait for 20-25 minutes before the syncing process is completed.

Note: Please keep your Apple Watch being charged while syncing the Audible audiobooks. Otherwise, you must keep the Audible app open on Apple Watch during the entire syncing process.

Step 3Start Playing Audible Books on Apple Watch

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Pair your Apple Watch with a headphone via Bluetooth. Open Audible app on Apple Watch. Select the audiobook from Audible library you want to play. Then simply tap Play on that book. Till now, you are able to listen to the Audible audiobooks on Apple Watch offline without an iPhone nearby.

With the Audible for Apple Watch app, it's handy to control the playback of the books. You can pause, jump forward/back, set sleep timer, skip chapters, choose narration speed, as well as remove audiobooks from your Apple Watch.

Method 2. Play Audible on Apple watchOS 4 or Earlier without iPhone

As for now, Audible app is only available on watchOS 5. To listen to Audible books on earlier Apple Watch series, you need to either upgrade your smartwatch to the latest watchOS, or use some additional Audible to Apple Watch converter software, such as ViWizard Audible AAX Converter.

As one of the best Audible DRM removal tool, ViWizard Audible Converter is here to help you completely remove DRM lock from Audible audiobooks and convert the protected AA/AAX files to MP3 or other lossless audio formats so that you can then sync the DRM-free Audible books to Apple Watch via iTunes without using iPhone.

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Part 1. Remove DRM from Audible Audiobooks for Playing on Apple Watch

Firstly, let's get rid of the DRM for good from Audible files using ViWizard Audible Audiobook Converter, before you can adding the books to Apple Watch.

Step 1. Load Audible audiobook files into ViWizard by drag-and-drop. Or you can simply click the "Add" button at top center to get it done.

Step 2. Move to the bottom left corner and click "Format" panel to select the output audio format for Apple Watch. You can choose the M4A or AAC in order to import them into Apple Watch later.

Step 3. Click "Convert" button to initiate the DRM removal process. It will finish within a few minutes.

For the complete guide, go to: How to Remove DRM from Audible AA/AAX.

Part 2. Sync Audible Books to Apple Watch via iTunes

Once the conversion is done, you can locate the converted Audible files from the history folder or the path you have set before conversion. Then you should follow these tips to sync the Audible books to Apple Watch for offline listening:

Step 1. Open iTunes on your computer and click the Music tab. Then create a new playlist and import the converted Audible audiobooks to it.

Step 2. Plug your iPhone to computer and sync the newly added Audible books to the device via iTunes.

Step 3. Open the Watch app on iPhone > Music > Synced Music, and select your "Audiobooks" playlist (it should say "Sync Pending").

Step 4. Attach your Apple Watch to its charger with your iPhone within Bluetooth range. Wait it to sync. Then you'll be able to freely listen to Audible audiobooks on Apple Watch without bringing iPhone nearby.


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