How to Stop Audible from Automatically Playing [2024 Guide]

By Adam Gorden Updated on September 12, 2023

Have you ever experienced the frustration of Audible audiobooks automatically playing without your consent, whether it's in your car, on your headphones, or your smartphone? It's a common issue that can disrupt your listening experience and even cause distractions while driving.

We will explore a range of solutions to help you regain control over your Audible playback experience. Follow the suggestions in this post to ensure that Audible plays when you want it to and, more importantly, doesn't play when you don't. Let's get started!

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Part 1. How to Stop Audible from Automatically Playing

From adjusting Audible features and settings and fine-tuning your phone and car configurations to using analog connections instead of Bluetooth, we've got you covered.

1. Check Audible Features

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Are you an avid Audible listener who enjoys seamless transitions between audiobooks? Audible offers a feature known as "Continuous Listening," which can provide the feeling of Audible automatically playing your next listen without needing your intervention.

What is "Continuous Listening"?

Continuous Listening is an option within Audible settings that, when enabled, automatically plays the next audiobook in your library without requiring manual input.

To disable "Continuous Listening":

  1. Open the Audible app on your mobile device.
  2. Tap the Profile tab at the bottom.
  3. Tap the Gear icon in the upper-left corner to open the Settings menu.
  4. Look for the option labeled "Player."
  5. Scroll through the "Player" settings until you come across the option labeled "Continuous Listening" or a similar term. This is where you can enable or disable the feature.
  6. To disable Continuous Listening, simply toggle the switch to the "Off" position.

Once disabled, Audible won't automatically play your next audiobook after you finish the current one.

2. Check Audible Settings

You can effectively access and adjust the Audible app settings on your Android devices to prevent automatic playback issues caused by "Seamless Multipart Play" and reset any auto-start defaults in Android settings for a smoother listening experience.

To disable "Seamless Multipart Play":

  1. Open the Audible app on your Android device.
  2. Tap the three horizontal lines (hamburger menu) in the upper-left corner to open the side menu.
  3. Scroll down and select "Settings" to access the Audible app settings.
  4. Within the Audible app settings, locate the "Seamless Multipart Play" option.
  5. Toggle the switch next to "Seamless Multipart Play" to turn it off. This prevents automatic playback of the next segment for multipart audiobooks.

Ensure that "Seamless Multipart Play" is still turned off, and check if the automatic playback issues are fixed at this time.

3. Check Android Auto/Apple CarPlay Settings

If you use Audible with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay while driving, you might have encountered the issue of Audible automatically playing when you connect to your car. To address this, we'll show you how to adjust settings to prevent automatic playback and enjoy a more controlled listening experience.

To disable "Automatically Resume Media" (Android Auto Settings):

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  1. Exit the Audible app settings and go to your Android device's main settings.
  2. Scroll down or search for "Android Auto" settings. This may vary slightly depending on your Android device, but typically, you can find it in the following ways:
  3. On some devices: Open "Settings" > "Advanced Features" or "Connection & sharing" > "Android Auto."

    On others: Open "Settings" > "Apps & notifications" > "Android Auto."

  4. Within the Android Auto settings, locate and select "General."
  5. Scroll down until you find "Automatically Resume Media" and turn off this setting.
  6. While still in the Android Auto settings, navigate to "System."
  7. Look for "Wireless Android Auto" and turn off this setting.
  8. Exit the Android Auto settings and return to the Audible app settings (as explained in the first step).

To disable "Content & Privacy Restrictions" (Apple CarPlay Settings):

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  1. Exit the CarPlay interface if it's currently active and return to your iPhone's home screen.
  2. Open the "Settings" app on your iPhone.
  3. Scroll down and select "Screen Time."
  4. Tap on "Content & Privacy Restrictions."
  5. If prompted, enter your device's passcode to access the restrictions settings.
  6. Inside "Content & Privacy Restrictions," find and tap on "Allowed Apps."
  7. Scroll through the list of apps to find "CarPlay" and toggle it off by moving the switch to the "Off" position.

4. Check Bluetooth Settings

Ensure that your phone's Bluetooth settings are configured properly. Make sure that your car's Bluetooth connection is not set to automatically play media when connected. You can usually find this option in your car's Bluetooth settings.

For Cars (General steps):

  1. Ensure that your phone's Bluetooth settings are configured properly. Open your phone's settings menu.
  2. Navigate to "Bluetooth" settings on your phone.
  3. Scroll through the list of paired devices and find your car's Bluetooth connection.
  4. Tap on your car's Bluetooth connection to access its settings.
  5. Look for an option related to media or audio playback preferences. Depending on your car's infotainment system, this option might be labeled as "Media Audio," "Audio Source," or something similar.
  6. Ensure that the setting is not configured to automatically play media when connected. Disable this option if it's turned on.

For iOS:

  1. On your iPhone, open the "Settings" app from your home screen.
  2. Scroll down and select "Bluetooth."
  3. In the "My Devices" list, locate and tap on your car's Bluetooth connection.
  4. Next to your car's Bluetooth connection, you'll see an "i" icon. Tap on it to access the Bluetooth device details.
  5. In the Bluetooth device details, look for options related to audio playback preferences.

For Android:

  1. On your Android phone, access the "Settings" app from the home screen or app drawer.
  2. Scroll down and select "Connected devices" or "Connections," depending on your device's settings menu.
  3. Choose "Bluetooth" to manage your paired Bluetooth devices.
  4. In the list of paired devices, locate and tap on your car's Bluetooth connection.
  5. Within your car's Bluetooth settings, check for any options related to audio playback preferences.

5. Check Car Settings

Depending on your car's Bluetooth system, you may find settings like "Media Audio," "Audio Source," or similar. Look for options related to automatic playback and ensure they are set to your preference, such as "Auto-Play" or "Automatic Audio Start."

6. Check Phone Settings

Depending on your phone's Settings, you may find settings like "Allow Background Activity" on Android, "Handoff" on iOS that could be causing Audible to automatically play.

To disable "Allow Background Activity" (Android):

  1. On your Android device, navigate to "Settings" from your home screen or app drawer.
  2. Scroll down and select "Apps & notifications" or a similar option, depending on your device's settings menu.
  3. Find and tap on "Audible" in the list of installed apps.
  4. Inside the Audible app settings, look for "Permissions" or "App Permissions" and tap on it.
  5. Find the option labeled "Allow Background Activity" or similar phrasing. Toggle this switch to disable background activity for Audible. Disabling this setting can prevent Audible from automatically playing in the background.

To disable "Handoff" (iOS):

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  1. On your iPhone, open the "Settings" app from your home screen.
  2. Scroll down and select "General."
  3. Tap on "Handoff."
  4. Toggle the switch next to "Handoff" to turn it off. Disabling Handoff can help prevent Audible from automatically playing when transitioning between devices.

7. Use Analogue Instead of Bluetooth

If you're experiencing issues with Audible automatically playing in your car when connected via Bluetooth, you can consider using an analog (auxiliary) connection instead. Here's a suggestion on how to do this:

To use a Analog connection:

  1. Look for an "AUX IN" or similar labeled input in your car. It lets you connect your device directly to the car's audio system using a standard 3.5mm audio cable.
  2. Before connecting, disable Bluetooth on your phone. This ensures audio goes through the analog connection and not Bluetooth.
  3. Plug one end of the 3.5mm audio cable into your phone's headphone jack, and the other into the car's aux input.
  4. On your car's audio system, select "AUX" or the corresponding label for the aux input you used.
  5. Open the Audible app on your device and start playing your audiobook. The audio will now come through the analog connection.

By using an analog (auxiliary) connection, you bypass the Bluetooth connection altogether, which can help prevent automatic playback issues that sometimes occur with Bluetooth connections in certain vehicles. This method provides you with more control over when and how your Audible audiobook starts playing in the car.

8. Uninstall Audible App

If the solutions above won't help, please reinstall the Audible app on your iOS or Android device, which may help resolve the issue finally. Locate the Audible app icon, and press and hold the Audible app icon and select the "Delete" or similar option. After uninstalling the Audible app, head over to the app store and download and install the latest version of the app again.

Part 2. Alternatives to Stop Audible from Automatically Playing

Tired of Audible automatically playing when you connect to your car's Bluetooth system? You can regain control over your listening experience by creating a Siri Shortcut automation. This automation will automatically pause any audio, including Audible, when your iOS device connects to your car's Bluetooth. Here's how to set it up:

To create a Siri Shortcut automation for Bluetooth:

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  1. If you haven't already, download and open the Shortcuts app from the App Store.
  2. Tap the "+" button to create a new shortcut.
  3. Tap the "+ Add Action" button to add actions to your shortcut.
  4. In the Actions list, search for "Bluetooth" and select the "Bluetooth" action.
  5. Tap "Choose" next to "Device" to select your car's Bluetooth device from the list under "MY DEVICES." Ensure your car's Bluetooth device is connected at this point.
  6. Confirm your device selection by tapping "Done."
  7. Tap "Next" to proceed to the next stage of your shortcut creation.
  8. In the Actions view, tap "Add Action," then search for "Play" to find and select the "Play/Pause" action under the Media section.
  9. Tap "Play/Pause" and select "Pause" to instruct your device to stop audio playback when connecting to your car's Bluetooth.
  10. The action should now read "Pause on iPhone." Confirm this action by tapping "Next."
  11. The automation should appear as "When [YourUsername's iPhone Model] connects to [Your Car's Name]."
  12. Confirm the automation settings by tapping "Done."

Part 3. Best Solution to Full Control of Audible Playback

When it comes to resolving playback issues with the Audible app, seeking an alternative solution is often a necessity. However, what if we told you there's a way to take complete control of your Audible audiobooks without canceling your existing subscription? Enter ViWizard Audible Converter, a powerful tool designed to empower Audible users and enhance their listening experience.

What You'll Need: ViWizard Audible Converter

ViWizard Audible Converter is not just any converter; it's a game-changer that provides a solution for Audible users. Whether you've been struggling with the Audible app's quirks or simply want more control over your audiobooks, ViWizard offers a powerful solution that lets you manage your Audible library on your terms.

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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

Key Features and Benefits:

  • ViWizard allows users with active Audible subscriptions to convert their downloaded audiobooks into various formats, such as MP3 and WAV. This versatility enables you to play your Audible content across a wide range of devices and media players, including your car's.
  • With ViWizard, you regain control over your Audible audiobooks. You can convert your favorite titles and enjoy them on your preferred devices, all without being limited to Audible's ecosystem.

Getting Started with ViWizard Audible Converter:

Step 1Import Audible AA/AAX Files

On ViWizard Audible Converter's interface, click the Add Files button at the top. This will open the Open window, from where to import the downloaded AA/AAX files. Or navigate to the downloaded folder and use drag-and-drop to add files to ViWizard's main interface.

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Step 2Customize Audible Audiobooks

See and click on the Format tab at the bottom to customize Format Setting. For output format, both MP3 and M4B are recommended. To split the audiobooks in multi parts, click OK to back to ViWizard's main interface and click the Edit button to have the edit tool.

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Step 3Convert Audible Audiobooks

Click the Convert button to let ViWizard Audible Converter to remove protection from AA/AAX files and convert them into the compatible formats.

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Step 4Transfer Audible Audiobooks Across Devices

Now the converted Audible audiobooks collection can be transferred across devices including mobile phones and car.


You should have learnt what to do when it comes to Audible app starts automatically. Remember ViWizard Audible Converter can get you the full control of Audible audiobooks. It's now available in this page with a click on the Download button. Give it a shot!

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