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3 Steps To Listen To Audible Offline (Updated 2023)

Can You Listen To Audible Offline

From Narnia to Neverland.

Middle-earth to Hogwarts.

I’ve been to all of these.

Thanks to the power of literature.

That’s why if you have an Audible subscription…

Download as many audiobooks as you can. 

And listen to them offline when you’re free.

Not sure how? 

I’d be happy to help.

Continue reading to find out:

  • 3 easy steps to listen to Audible offline on your smartphone.
  • How to listen to Audible offline through the Apple Books app.
  • 5 causes why you can’t listen to Audible offline and how to fix them quickly.
  • And this is just the beginning…

Can you listen to Audible offline?

You can listen to Audible offline. Just download the Audible app to your phone and then sign in. To download, go to Library. Select All Titles. Then tap the 3 dots beside the title that you want to download. And tap Download. All your downloaded files will then be available for offline listening.

How to listen to Audible offline? 3 steps

#1: Download the Audible app

You can listen to Audible without WiFi. Just like you can listen to Amazon Music offline.

But you have to download the Audible app first.

If you already have it, proceed to the next step.

But for those listening to Audible via a browser…

You may refer to the guide below on how to get the app on your phone.

How to download the Audible app on iOS

  1. From your home screen, launch the App Store.
  2. Tap Search.
  3. Type in “audible” on the search bar.
  4. Tap the Search button.
  5. Once you see the Audible app, tap the Get button.

How to download the Audible app on Android

  1. Launch the Play Store app on your phone.
  2. Tap the search icon.
  3. Type in “audible” and then search.
  4. When you see the Audible app, tap Install.

#2: Sign in to the Audible app

After downloading, open the Audible app on your phone. And then sign in with your Amazon account.

#3: Begin downloading audiobooks

Once you’ve signed in, you may begin downloading audiobooks for offline listening.

Here’s how to do it on both Android and iOS:

  1. Tap Library.
  2. Select All Titles.
  3. Tap the 3 dots on the right of the audiobook’s title.
  4. Tap Download.

You should now be able to listen to your Audible audiobooks offline.

Just access your downloaded files by tapping Library and then Downloaded

Then tap any of your downloaded titles. And it’ll begin playing.

Would you like a visual guide as well? Then this video is for you:

Bonus: How to listen to Audible offline on a MacBook

It’s also possible to listen to Audible offline on a MacBook.

“What about Windows?”

Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news. 

But in early 2022, Audible’s management released an announcement. 

They were pulling their app from the Microsoft Store.

And according to a representative of Audible, it’s mainly due to poor feedback from users.

That’s why they’re encouraging Audible subscribers to use the mobile app instead.

But for MacBook users, offline listening is possible through the Apple Books app.

Now, that’ll only work if you have at least the MacOS Catalina 10.15. 

So check your macOS version first. Just click the Apple menu on the top left of your screen. 

Then select About This Mac.

If your macOS is older, then you’ll have to update it.

How to update your macOS

  1. Click the Apple menu.
  2. Select System Preferences.
  3. Select Software Update.
  4. Click the Download button.

Done updating your macOS? 

The next step’s to launch a web browser. Then go to Audible’s website. And start downloading audiobooks.

How to download Audible audiobooks from a browser

  1. Sign in to your Audible account.
  2. Click the Library tab.
  3. Click the Download button on the right of the audiobook you’d like to save.
  4. After downloading, click the audiobook from your browser.

It should then automatically open with Apple Books on your MacBook. 

It’ll also appear on Apple Book’s Audiobooks section. And you can access it from here if you want to listen offline.

Why can’t I listen to Audible offline? 7 causes & fixes

#1: The audiobook didn’t download properly

The most common reason why users can’t listen offline is the failure to download properly.

Your device likely encountered problems while downloading. Therefore causing a corrupted file.

And there’s a good chance it’s due to a poor or unstable internet connection.

How to fix it:

The best way to fix it is to re-download the audiobook.

But first, you’ll need to delete it from your device.

How to delete downloaded audiobooks
  1. From the Audible app’s home screen, tap Library.
  2. Select the Downloaded tab.
  3. Tap the 3 dots icon.
  4. Select Remove from Device.

Before re-downloading, check your network connection. 

If you’re having issues with your internet, you may want to restart your router and modem first.

How to quickly restart your modem and router
  1. Unplug your router and modem from the power source.
  2. Wait for around half a minute.
  3. Reconnect the modem and router to the outlet.

Now, wait for your modem and router to re-establish the network connection. Wait until all their indicator lights are steady.

Once your device reconnects to the WiFi, you may begin re-downloading the audiobooks.

And if you’re still having network problems…

You may opt to change Audible’s download quality. 

It’s set to High by default. And the high quality means a larger audiobook file size. 

So change it to Standard for a faster download.

How to change download quality
  1. On your Audible app, click the Profile icon.
  2. Select the Settings icon.
  3. Tap Data & Storage.
  4. Under Download by Quality, check Standard.

#2: There’s an issue with your device’s audio

Another possibility is an issue with your device’s speaker.

And that’s why you’re not hearing anything.

How to fix it:

First, ensure that your phone or laptop isn’t on mute.

Are you using an external audio device?

Perhaps you connected a speaker to your iPhone or Android phone.

If so, you should try to disconnect it first. And then wait for a few seconds before reconnecting.

Check for any error in your external device’s audio settings.

It’s also possible that your device’s speaker is malfunctioning.

So you can try to restart your device as well.

#3: The Audible app is glitching

Just like any other app, Audible may also experience temporary glitching.

It’s not necessarily because there’s something wrong with it.

It just normally happens to most software programs and applications.

How to fix it:

Power cycling or restarting usually resolves glitches.

So try to close your Audible app. Wait for about 1 to 2 minutes. And then relaunch the app.

Go back to your downloaded audiobooks. And check if you’re still having issues.

Another way to fix a glitch on Audible is to refresh the library.

Just follow these steps:

  1. From Audible’s home screen, tap Profile.
  2. Tap the Settings icon on your screen’s top-right.
  3. Select Data & Storage.
  4. Scroll down and tap Refresh Library.

Note: How fast it’ll take to refresh will depend on the size of your library.

#4: The Audible app needs updates

Audible App Needs Updates

An outdated app will always be more prone to glitches. And the Audible app is no exception.

So it’s also likely why your Audible app’s offline listening isn’t working.

How to fix it:

Ensure that your Audible app has the latest updates. 

You can manually check for updates on iOS and Android. 

How to update Audible on iOS
  1. Launch the App Store.
  2. Search for the Audible app via the search bar.
  3. Click the Update button beside the Audible app.
How to update Audible on Android
  1. Launch the Google Play Store app.
  2. Select your profile icon on the top-right.
  3. Select Manage apps & devices.
  4. If there are available updates, tap Update.

#5:  Your device’s firmware is out of date

So you just updated the Audible app. Yet you’re still having trouble listening offline.

Then the issue’s likely on your device’s firmware.

And it’s important to install updates because they usually come with fixes for OS bugs.

How to fix it:

Check if there are available updates for your device’s firmware. And download and install them if there are.

How to install updates for iOS
  1. Tap the Settings icon.
  2. Go to General.
  3. Click Software Updates.
  4. If there are available updates, click Download and Install.
How to install updates for Android
  1. Open the Settings menu.
  2. Navigate to System and then tap it.
  3. Select System update.
  4. Download available updates.

Bonus: Problems on Audible’s end

In some cases, the problem’s actually on Audible’s end.

If you’re trying to download but are getting errors, it’s possibly an issue on Audible’s servers.

How to fix it:

You may contact Audible’s customer service department.

Their phone number is 1-888-283-5051. 

In addition, you may also reach them via their support page.