Ultimate Guide to Set Sleep Timer for Audible [Fixes Included]

Updated by Adam Gorden on Jan 9, 2023 3:05 PM.
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The audiobook is an increasingly popular method for reading books and one that has been popular for a quite long time now. If you are an audiobook reader, you would know how convenient it can be to stay well-read even if your routine doesn't allow you to curl up with a good book often enough. Audible, a leading audiobook service makes it easy to find your favorite plots from their library.

With the emergency of audiobooks, people prefer to choose some audiobooks to fall asleep before their bedtime. At the same time, people are willing to listen to an audiobook to improve their sleep. But someone would ask how to stop the audiobook when they fall asleep. A sleep timer will solve this problem for you. Does Audible have a sleep timer? Yes! Here we would introduce the detailed operating steps to set Audible sleep timer and an alternative method if you face Audible sleep timer not working problem.

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Part 1. How to Set Sleep Timer on Audible App
Part 2. How to Adjust Settings for Audible Sleep Timer
Part 3. How to Fix Sleep Timer Won't Work on Audible App
Part 4. How to Use Sleep Mode in Music Players for Audible

Part 1. How to Set Sleep Timer on Audible App

The sleep timer is a feature added to the Audible app that allows you to stop the title from finishing if you fall asleep. With this feature, you are able to listen to your bedtime story of choice and don't have to worry about stopping at some point in the night. If you wish to achieve the best listening experience with your sleep timer, there're more features and settings that you make use of in Part 2.

How to set "Sleep Timer" on Audible app for iOS/Android:

Step 1. From the Home screen of the device that runs Audible, open the Audible app for iOS or Android.

Step 2. Go to your library, and go into the title you wish to make for your sleep timer.

Step 3. When the player screen of the selected title is open, tap the Sleep Timer icon.

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Step 4. You can more set your sleep timer for the desired amount of time.

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Step 5. Once the sleep timer is set, the title will play for the desired amount of time and automatically stop.

Part 2. How to Adjust Settings for Audible Sleep Timer

There're more settings related to the Audible sleep timer on the Audible app. Pick up one of these features or settings to adjust it on your device.

How to turn on/off "Shake to Extend" on Audible:

If you have a sleep timer active and you'd like to extend a little longer without having to unlock your phone, you can simply share your phone to extend your sleep timer.

For iOS:

Step 1. To extend your sleep timer, shake your phone once and the audio starts fade out.

Step 2. As long as your shake your device within 30 seconds of the audio starting to fade out, you'll be able to extend your sleep timer by the time increment previously selected.

If you don't want this feature any more, you can also choose to turn it off for sleep timer on the Audible app. However, Audible is working on this setting and make it available in an upcoming release. For now, Audible users still be able to disable the sleep timer if you're not interested in using this feature.

How to keep the Audible app activate when the screen's locked:

The Audible app is not able to operate when the screen locks. If the app is set to restricted in the device's battery settings, a title that's set for the sleep timer and is currently playing will stop shortly after the screen locks.

You'll need to adjust the batter settings for the Audible app on your device to allow it to operate when the screen is locked.

For Samsung:

Step 1. On the Samsung device, open the Settings app > Apps > Audible > Battery.

Step 2. Choose from one of these available options:

1. Unrestricted: (Preferred) The Audible app will be permitted to run in the background without any restrictions, and will continue running and playing sound until your stop it.

2. Optimized: Your phone will learn how you use the app, and will put the app to sleep based on your usage patterns. Playback may still occasionally stop until the phone learns how you use it.

3. Restricted: This option will not allow the app to play in the background, when the screen is locked or when using the sleep timer.

For Pixel:

Step 1. On the Pixel device, open the Settings app > Battery > Adaptive Preferences.

Step 2. Turn "Adaptive Battery" on.

Step 3. Once "Adaptive Battery" is enabled, update the battery settings for the Audible app. Open the Settings app > Apps > See all apps > Audible > Battery.

Step 4. Under the "Manage battery usage" section, select Unrestricted (Preferred), or Optimized.

How to access Sleep Collection titles:

About "Sleep Collection":

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Amazon has created a collection of audio experiences designed to help you relax, which is called Sleep Collection. The Sleep Collection is included with Audible Plus and Premium Plus memberships, so you'll need to ensure your subscription is active to access the sleep collection titles. Even if you don't subscriber to Audible, you can still have the benefits to a number of Sleep 101 titles for free.

Step 1. On the device, open the browser to visit audible.com and sign in to your Audible account.

Step 2. After you sign into your account, go to the Sleep Collection page.

Step 3. Select the title you wish to listen.

Step 4. Click Add to Library.

Step 5. You can access your selected title in your library to listen to any timer.

Part 3. How to Fix Sleep Timer Won't Work on Audible App

If you find your Audible sleep timer won't work on the Audible app, here're some methods for you to fix it.

Method 1: Force stop then clear the cache of the Audible app

For iOS:

Step 1. Swipe up from the Home screen or double-click on the Home button to open the apps preview.

Step 2. Swipe left or right to stop on the preview of the Audible app for iOS.

Step 3. Swipe up the preview of the Audible app for iOS to force stop it.

For Android:

Step 1. From the Home screen of the Android device, go to Settings > Apps (or similar) > Audible.

Step 2. Tap Force Stop.

Step 3. Tap Storage > Clear Cache.

After that, restart the device and then the Audible app to check if the issue still persists.

Method 2: Remove the Audible downloads

For iOS:

Step 1. From the Home screen of the iOS device, open the Audible app.

Step 2. Go to your Library, and find your Audible downloads. Or tap "Select" in your Library.

Step 3. Swipe from right to left across the title > Remove from Device.

For Android:

Step 1. From the Home screen of the Android device, open the Audible app.

Step 2. Go to your Audible downloads.

Step 3. Tap the overflow button (3 dots) next to the title > Remove from Device.

Method 3: Sign out of the Audible app

For iOS/Android:

Step 1. On the device that runs Audible, open the Audible app > Profile > Settings (Gear) > Sign out.

Step 2. Tap "Sign out" again to confirm.

Step 3. Sign in to the Audible app with your Audible account.

Method 4: Reset the Audible app

For iOS/Android:

Step 1. On the device that runs Audible, open the Audible app > Profile > Help and Support > More (3 dots icon) > Reset Application.

Step 2. Tap "Reset Application".

Step 3. Tap OK. This will remove all the cached data in the app and will cancel pending and partial downloads, which the completed Audible downloads or app preferences will not be affected.

Method 5: Uninstall and then reinstall the Audible app

For iOS/Android:

Step 1. On the Home screen of the iOS or Android device, press on the Audible app icon > Uninstall/Delete.

Step 2. Open the App Store/Google Play app, go to Search.

Step 3. Enter "Audible" to download the Audible app for iOS/Audible app for Android. This will install the latest version of the Audible app to your device.

Part 4. How to Use Sleep Mode in Music Players for Audible

Sometimes, the condition of the Audible sleep timer not working would happen. In this case, the best method is to listen to these Audible audiobooks on other players. For example, you can listen to audiobooks on a music player with a sleep timer feature.

However, all Audible audiobooks are encoded in the format of AA or AAX. Therefore, Audible's content is only accessible through special proprietary closed software, including unauthorized playback prevention utilizing an Amazon username and password. To get rid of the limits on Audible books and play Audible books on other players or devices, it is especially important for converting Audible AA/AAX to plain audio formats with a helper - ViWizard Audible Audiobook Converter. This converter supports converting AA/AAX to MP3, M4B, AAC, and more formats with lossless audio quality and ID3 tags kept at a 100X faster speed.

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Here is how to convert Audible books with ViWizard. You can download the free trial version with the Download buttons above to have a try.

1 Import Audible Audiobooks to ViWizard

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Simply launch ViWizard Audible AAX Converter. Then click the Add Files button to load Audible AAX or AA audiobooks from your computer. Or directly drag and drop your selected Audible audiobooks to the main screen of the software. A ton of Audible audiobooks can be added to the converter once for batch conversion.

2 Configure the Output Format of Audiobooks

choose output format

After your selected Audible audiobooks are imported into the converter, just click the Format panel at the bottom left of the main screen and choose the output format from the pop-up window. The default output format is lossless which will generate audiobook files without touching the original audio tracks at all.

3 Edit and Convert Audible Books

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Before starting the conversion, click the Edit icon listed in each column of the audiobook file to split the audiobook into several small files via chapter or time frame. Then tap the Convert button to start converting AAX or AA to M4B or other formats at up to 100X faster speed. After the conversion, just bring the converted audiobooks to a music player and set sleep timer on Audible books.

How to Set Timer on Audible Books with Another Player

When it comes to music players with a sleep timer feature, Spotify might be a good option. Here we will take Spotify as an example to tell you how to set Audible sleep timer on these players. You can also set sleep timer on Audible books with Apple Music or other players you use. At the very beginning, you need to add these audiobooks to Spotify.

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Step 1. On the Spotify app on a computer, go to Settings > Local Files and switch Show Local Files on. Click ADD A SOURCE to select the audiobooks folder. Then sync these audios to your phone if you want to listen to them on your phone.

Step 2. Launch Spotify and log in to it on your phone. Select the audiobook and tap the 3-dots button.

Step 3. Tap the Sleep timer button and choose a time limit. You have set Audible sleep timer with Spotify app.

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