How to Play Audible Books on Apple HomePod

Updated by Adam Gorden on Jun 15, 2021 3:02 PM
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Q:"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 reddit.com

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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Solution 1. Directly AirPlay Audible Books on HomePod
Solution 2. Get Audible Audiobooks on HomePod with Handoff
Solution 3. Play Audible on HomePod Using Siri Command

Solution 1. Directly AirPlay Audible Books on HomePod

With the AirPlay feature, you are capable of streaming audios from any iOS devices like iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, to speakers including HomePod. It is necessary to put both of the two devices under the same WIFI before you start to stream. Also, to play Audible books on HomePod, you need to download Audible to iPhone, iPad, or Mac first. Please remember this is essential. Then, follow the guide below to learn how to play Audible on HomePod.

Step 1. Launch the Audible app on your iPhone or iPad and choose the audiobook you want to play on HomePod.

Step 2. Tap the AirPlay button at the top left, and then select HomePod among all devices. Or simply use 3D Touch (or long press if you've got an older iPhone or iPad) and press the AirPlay button.

Step 3. Now press the Play button on Audible and you will be able to listen to your audiobook HomePod via AirPlay.

Solution 2. Get Audible Audiobooks on HomePod with Handoff

You can also use the Handoff feature to hand off audio from your iOS device to your HomePod and vice versa. This feature makes it possible to start to listen to Audible books on HomePod from where you left on your iPhone. Now follow these steps to play Audible on HomePod using Handoff on iPhone.

Step 1. Go to Settings > General > AirPlay & Handoff.

Step 2. Turn on the Transfer to HomePod switch.

Step 3. Play Audible on iPhone and tap iPhone to the touchpad of the HomePod. If you want to transfer audio from HomePod to iPhone, just play audio on HomePod and Tap iPhone to the touchpad of the HomePod.

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Solution 3. Play Audible on HomePod Using Siri Command

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 free format.

ViWizard Audible Converter has all the features you need. It is able to convert 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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ViWizard Audible Audiobook Converter Key Features

  • Losslessly remove DRM from Audible without account authorization
  • Convert Audible audiobooks to MP3, M4A, AAC, WAV at 100X faster speed
  • Freely customize lots of parameters of output audiobooks
  • Split audiobooks into small segments by time frame or by chapters
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Step 1. Add 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 left of the central top to choose Audible AA or AAX audiobooks 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 2. Choose Output Format

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After all the Audible audiobooks you want to save are added to the converter, you can begin to choose the output settings for your audiobooks. First of all, you should click the Format button at the left corner of the software and choose MP3 as the output format. The default output format is lossless which will generate audiobook file without touching the original audio tracks at all. Except for the format, you also can customize the audio codec, channel, sample rate, and bit rate if needed.

Step 3. Convert Audible to Common Format

add audible aax files

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 4. Transfer 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.

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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