How to Play Audible on Apple Watch in 2 Ways

Updated by Adam Gorden on Feb 7, 2022 11:24 AM.

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. Can You Play Audible on Apple Watch?
Part 2. How to Install Audible on Apple Watch for Playing
Part 3. Alternative Method to Play Audible on Apple Watch
Part 4. Solutions to Audible App Not Showing up on Apple Watch

Part 1. Can You Use Audible on Apple Watch?

The Audible app is available on Apple Watch, including Series 7, SE, and Series 3. So, you can listen to audiobooks from Audible on your Apple Watch. But in this way, it requires you to update your Apple Watch to the latest version of watchOS and iPhone to the latest system. Before getting started, make sure you have all these required tools on hand:

Once everything is ready, you can follow these steps below to start installing Audible on your Apple Watch. Then you can sync audiobooks from Audible to Apple Watch.

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Step 1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone then tap the My Watch tab.

Step 2. Scroll down to browse the available apps and find the Audible app.

Step 3. Tap on Install next to the Audible app and it will be installed to your watch.

Part 2. How to Play Audible Audiobooks on Apple Watch

Now Audible is available on your Apple Watch, then you can use Audible to play your favorite titles on your watch. First, you need to sync Audible books to Apple Watch; then, you can start playing Audible books on Apple Watch. Here's how to.

Add Audible Books to Apple Watch

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Step 1. Open the Audible app on your iPhone and then tap the Library tab.

Step 2. Choose any Audible book you want to sync to Apple Watch.

Step 3. Press the ... button next to it and then tap Sync to Apple Watch option from the pop-up menu.

Step 4. Wait for 20~25 minutes before the syncing process is completed.

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

Play Audible Books on Apple Watch

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Step 1. Pair your Apple Watch with a headphone via Bluetooth.

Step 2. Open the Audible app on Apple Watch and select the audiobooks from Audible library you want to play.

Step 3. Then simply tap Play on that book. Till now, you can listen to Audible 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 also can set sleep timer, skip chapters, choose narration speed, as well as remove audiobooks from your Apple Watch.

Part 3. How to Download Audible Books for Playing on Apple Watch

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

As one of the best Audible DRM removal tool, ViWizard Audible Converter is here to help you completely remove DRM lock from Audible books and convert the protected Audible books to MP3 or other lossless audio formats. So you can then sync Audible books to Apple Watch and play Audible audiobooks without limits.

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3.1 How to Convert Audible Books to MP3

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

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.

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.

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.

3.2 How to Sync Audible Books to Apple Watch

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 tops to sync Audible books to your watch for offline listening.

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Step 1. Open iTunes on a PC or Finder on a Mac then click the Music tab and create a new playlist to store the converted Audible audiobooks.

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

Step 3. Launch the Watch app on iPhone and go to Music > Synced Music, then selec your audiobook playlist.

Step 4. Attach your watch to its charger with your iPhone within Bluetooth range and wait it to sync.

Now you'll be able to freely listen to Audible books on Apple Watch without bringing iPhone nearby.

Part 4. Solutions to Audible App Not Showing up on Apple Watch

Although you are allowed to use Audible on Apple Watch, there are still lots of users complaing 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 boosk 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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