How to Play Audible Books on Apple HomePod

By Adam Gorden Updated on September 19, 2023
I have a large library on Audible. I realize Siri won't have any support for it. Is there any integration for audiobook and HomePod?

-- aarsam from HomePod Community on

The thing we are going to complain about Apple HomePod, is that it can't even play an audiobook from Apple Books, not to mention audiobooks from Audible or other platforms. HomePod does not have storage so HomePod cannot play audios that need to be downloaded such as Audible audiobooks. Can HomePod play Audible with AirPlay or something? Yes! There are still some features of HomePod such as AirPlay and Handoff we can use to get Audible on HomePod. Now, we will shed some light on how to listen to Audible on HomePod with 3 different solutions.

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Part 1. How to AirPlay Audible to HomePod

AirPlay is a convenient way to stream Audible audiobooks from your iOS devices to your HomePod. Not only does it provide a seamless listening experience, but it also allows you to retain control over playback using your mobile device like your iPhone or iPad.

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  1. Make sure your iOS device and HomePod are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. Launch the Audible app on your iOS device.
  3. Choose the audiobook you want to listen to from your Audible library.
  4. While the audiobook is playing, you'll see playback controls at the bottom of the Audible app. These controls allow you to play, pause, skip forward, or backward, and adjust the volume.
  5. Tap on the "Connect to Device" button above the playback controls.
  6. Select your HomePod from the list of available devices that appear on the screen.

Alternatively, you can AirPlay your Audible audiobooks to your HomePod using the Control Center:

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  1. Launch the Audible app on your iOS device and play the audiobook you want to listen to on your HomePod.
  2. Swipe down from the upper right-hand corner of your iOS device's screen to open the Control Center.
  3. Tap on the "Music Playback" section and tap on the "AirPlay" icon. A list of available AirPlay devices will appear, including your HomePod.
  4. Select your HomePod. Your audiobook will now start playing on the HomePod.

Part 2. How to Handoff Audible Audio to HomePod

Apple's Handoff feature allows you to seamlessly transition your Audible audiobook playback from your iPhone or iPad to your HomePod. This convenient feature ensures that you can continue listening to your audiobooks without missing a beat. Before using Handoff, make sure your iPhone or iPad and HomePod are connected to the same Wi-Fi network and have Bluetooth turned on.

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  1. Open the Audible app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Start playing the audiobook you want to listen to.
  3. Open the Settings app and go to General > AirPlay & Handoff. Make sure to toggle on the switches for "Transfer to HomePod" and "Handoff."
  4. As your audiobook is playing on your device, hold your iPhone or iPad near the top of your HomePod.
  5. You can now use voice commands with Siri or the Home app to control playback on your HomePod.

Part 3. How to Convert Audible for Playback on HomePod

The key to this solution is to transfer your Audible books to your iTunes Library. Once you do that, you can use the Siri command to play Audible audiobooks in your iTunes library on HomePod. You may know that you can use iTunes as a media player to play Audible audiobooks if you connect your Audible account to iTunes. However, to play Audible on HomePod mini or HomePod via iTunes Library, you need to upload your audiobook files to iTunes Library. But Audible audiobooks are protected. So, you must use an Audible audiobook converter like ViWizard Audible Converter to convert them to a free format.

ViWizard Audible Audiobook Converter has all the features you need. It is able to convert the special format (AA/AAX) for Audible audiobooks to 6 popular audio formats including MP3, M4A, AAC, WAV, and more at 100X faster speed. Or you can choose to keep the lossless audio for Audible audiobooks. You can also split the long audiobook by chapter and keep the ID3 tags preserved. Here are the details to use ViWizard to play Audible on HomePod:

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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

Step 1Add Audible Books to ViWizard

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Download ViWizard Audible Converter from the above link. There are both Windows and Mac versions for you to choose from. After the installation, launch it on your computer. Click the Add Files button at the top-left corner to choose Audible AA or AAX files you want to convert and add them to ViWizard. Or you could open the folder where your Audible audiobooks locate and directly drag and drop your Audible files to the converter. ViWizard Audible Converter allows you to import a batch of audiobook files for conversion.

Step 2Choose Output Format

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Now, click the Convert button to start getting rid of protection on Audible AA or AAX audiobooks and converting the audiobooks to MP3 or other common formats as you want. ViWizard can convert at up to 100X faster speed at most. When it is done with its job, you will get a red reminder and you can click the button Converted to look through all converted audiobooks.

Step 3Convert Audible to Common Format

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Now, click the Convert button to start getting rid of protection on Audible AA or AAX audiobooks and converting the audiobooks to MP3 or other common formats as you want. ViWizard can convert at up to 100X faster speed at most. When it is done with its job, you will get a red reminder and you can click the button Converted to look through all converted audiobooks.

Step 4Convert Audible to Common FormatTransfer Audible Books to HomePod

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Then you can upload the converted Audible audiobooks to iTunes. To do that, you need to launch iTunes and go to File> Add to Library. Browse to the folder where you downloaded the audiobook. After that, simply play Audible on HomePod by using Siri. You can also add the converted audiobooks to HomePod mini for offline playing.

Part 4. FAQs about Audible and HomePod

Q1.Can Siri read books on HomePod?

A1.No. Siri can only start and stop audiobooks from the Apple Books App. Siri won't read the audiobooks for you and you can only ask Siri to control the app.

Q2.Can you listen to Audible books on Apple Books?

A2.With the launch of MacOS 10.15 Catalina, Apple has transitioned from iTunes to Apple Books. Therefore, you can play Audible audiobooks on Mac with the Apple Books app.

Q3.How do I listen to Audible books without the app?

A3.You can use ViWizard AA/AAX Audiobook Converter to free your Audible audiobooks. When you get the MP3 Audible files, you can play these audiobooks on any player you like without the Audible app.

The Final Thought

HomePod is quite a great speaker for iOS users for it is smart and capable of Siri command. One of the disadvantages is that it cannot stream Audible books directly. But with the help of AirPlay, Handoff, or ViWizard Audible Converter, it is never hard for you to play Audible on HomePod anymore.

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