How to play Audible audiobooks on Apple Watch?

What’s the best device for listening to music and audiobooks while running or sports? The obvious answer to this would be the Apple Watch. It is small, not awkward as iPhone and iPad, and it is designed specifically for workouts. However, Audible still hasn’t released an app for Apple Watch. Audible has been fantastic in its support for iOS devices, so why not the Apple Watch? This doesn’t make any sense. If you like listening to Audible audiobooks while you work out, you may be disappointed to learn that there isn’t an official way to play Audible audiobooks on your Apple Watch. But don’t despair. If you have DRM-free Audible audiobooks in MP3 format, you can still get your Audible audiobooks delivered straight to your ears from your Apple Watch. This article will show you how to play Audible audiobooks on your Apple Watch.

audible audiobook on apple watch

In order to play Audible audiobook on your Apple Watch, you should remove the DRM protection from Audible audiobooks first, then convert them to MP3 format. You’ll need a professional DRM removal tool for Audible audiobooks. Ondesoft Audiobook Converter is highly recommended by most Audible users. Ondesoft Audiobook Converter allows you to easily strip iTunes and Audible audiobooks DRM, so your purchased M4B, M4P, AA, AAX audiobooks can be played on Apple Watch as you like! The following tutorial will show you the simple steps to break DRM protection with a few clicks by using Ondesoft Audiobook Converter.

Note: Before you run Ondesoft Audiobook Converter, you should add Audible audiobooks to your iTunes library first. Download your audiobooks to your computer from the Library page on the Audible desktop site. Click Yes in the pop-up message you receive asking you to "authorize your computer". Enter your Audible sign-in information. Then click the blue link on Audible that says Click here to complete your activation! Your downloaded audiobook will begin playing in the Audiobooks section of iTunes where all of your audiobooks will be saved.


Step 1: Run Audible Audiobook Converter
Download and install Ondesoft Audiobook Converter on your Mac. After installation, run Ondesoft Audiobook Converter, then iTunes will be launched automatically.

Step 2: Select Audiobooks
All Audible audiobooks in your iTunes audiobooks library are shown on the right side of the main interface. Select audiobooks that you want to convert by clicking the checkbox in front of each audiobook. You can select multiple audiobooks at once.

convert Audible AA/AAX Audiobooks to MP3

Step 3: Customize the output settings
After choosing audiobooks, you can change the output format, name, folder and other information at the bottom of the interface. Click the Options button, you can also customize Codec, Bitrate, SampleRate and Channels as you like. What’s more, you can change the conversion speed, select automatically start conversion when you press “Convert” button or set a custom format for output filename. If you select to save metadata and chapters, then the audiobook will be fully tagged and divided at the chapter points. Since we want to play Audible audiobooks on Apple Watch, we should choose MP3 as the output format.

set a profile for AudioBook Converter

Notice: Here under the “General” tab, there are several options you can choose: set the conversion speed, automatically start conversion when you press “Convert” button, uncheck all completed files after conversion, or set a custom format for output filename, save metadata and chapters. Then the audiobook will be fully tagged and divided at the chapter points.

AudioBook Converter preferences

Step 4: start conversion
Click the Convert button at the top of the main interface to start converting Audible audiobooks to MP3. After the conversion, you will find all converted audiobooks on the output folder.

Then you can follow below steps to sync the converted Audible audiobooks to your Apple Watch.

Step 1. Launch iTunes on Mac or PC and click the Music tab. Then create a new playlist called "Audiobooks" or anything you like.
Step 2. Load the converted Audible audiobook files into the newly created playlist.
Step 3. Sync the new "Audiobooks" playlist with your iPhone via iCloud or a USB cable.
Step 4. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone > Music > Synced Music, and select your "Audiobooks" playlist (it should say "Sync Pending").
Step 5. Attach your Apple Watch to its charger with your iPhone within bluetooth range. And then wait it to sync.
Step 6. Once the audiobooks are synced to your Apple Watch, you can play the Audible audiobooks via Apple Watch freely without a nearby iPhone.

Notice: Free trial version users can only convert each audiobook for 3 minutes. However, you can break the limitation by purchasing a full version.

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