Updated on January 22, 2021: The Audible app is available on Apple Watch! Now you can listen to your Audible audiobook collections while leaving your phone at home.
Audible's audiobook app for iPhone and iPad makes it very easy for us to download audiobooks and listen to them. But Audible still hasn't released an app for Apple Watch.
"I just got a series 2 watch. *YAY* Has anyone figured out how to listen to books from audible on this watch? No app from Audible yet." - From Apple Community
After purchasing Apple Watch, many people may want to listen to audiobooks on the watch while running or commuting. Though you can pair your Apple Watch with iPhone (If two devices are in the same Wi-Fi network or in a specific range, you can play Audible AAX files on the paired iPhone and control them remotely and listen on your Apple Watch.), you may don't want to take your phone on a run.
So is it possible to listen to Audible audiobooks on Apple Watch without an iPhone nearby?
It's great that people have figured out how to use iTunes to play audiobooks on the Apple Watch. However, you cannot apply the way to sync Audible audiobooks to Apple Watch, because the audiobooks have digital rights management (DRM) encryption on the file, which might limit or prevent them from being copied to another device.
Therefore, to play iTunes or Audible audiobooks on Apple Watch, you need to remove the DRM on them first. In this post, we will walk you through how to bypass DRM from Audible audiobooks and then play them on Apple Watch without iPhone.
Though it is an inelegant solution compared to a native Audible app for the Apple Watch, it is practical. Just follow the guide below.
Note: If your audiobooks are DRM-free, you can directly skip to Part 2.
Section 1. Remove DRM from iTunes/Audible Audiobooks
We need an audiobook DRM Removal tool to remove the DRM copyright encryption from the iTunes and Audible audiobooks.
I recommend TuneFab Audiobook DRM Removal. This software is initially designed to remove DRM from Apple Music and purchased iTunes songs. Surprisingly, it is also a powerful DRM removal that can strip DRM from iTunes and Audible audiobooks. It is able to convert DRM-ed AA, AAX, M4B audiobook files to DRM-free M4A, MP3, FLAC, etc. After converting them to a common audio format, you can sync them to Apple Watch successfully.
#1 Remove DRM from audiobooks, Apple Music files, and M4P;
#2 Convert DRM-ed M4P, M4B, AA, and AAX audio files to MP3, AAC, FLAC;
#3 Easy-to-use and with up to 60X faster conversion speed without quality loss;
#4 Preserve ID tags and chapters information after conversion (MP3/M4A);
Detailing steps to follow:
Step 1. Import Audible Contents to iTunes
If you have set Audible content to automatically import into iTunes (PC), Audible audiobooks will be shown on iTunes directly.
If you haven't, select "Add to Library" and choose Audible books. You will need to authorize them with your Audible account signed in.
Once imported, your Audible audiobooks can be found in iTunes by clicking the Book icon, then My audiobooks.
Step 2. Install and Run TuneFab Program
Download, install and run TuneFab Audiobooks Converter on your computer. iTunes will be opened automatically along with the converter, but don't quit iTunes.
Step 3. Select Audiobooks
Now, you can choose the audiobooks you need by clicking on the option box in front of every Audiobook. This software supports batch conversion, so you can select more than one Audiobook.
Step 4. Choose Output Format
There are seven types of audio formats for you to choose from, including MP3, M4A, AC3, AAC, AIFF, AU, FLAC. MP3 and M4A are commonly recommended because these two formats are widely-used on many devices. Additionally, the M4B format can preserve chapter information of the audiobook.
Step 5. Customize the Settings
Alter output settings according to your needs. You will find all the output parameters from the Output Settings tab, such as audio codec, bitrate, sample rate, and so on.
Also, switch to the Metadata bar, and you can change ID tags and metadata information in the output MP3 and M4A files. If you want to keep Chapter information, don't forget to select M4A as the output format.
Step 6. Remove DRM and Convert
After everything is ready, click on "Convert" and your chosen audiobooks will begin to convert as you can see from the file list. When the conversion process finished, you can get the DRM-free Audible audiobooks.
Section 2. Play Audible Audiobooks on Apple Watch Directly
When you get the DRM-free Audible audiobooks, you can follow the steps below to transfer them to Apple Watch.
Step 1. Launch iTunes and click on the "Music" tab.
Step 2. Go to File > New > Playlist to create a new playlist. You can name it "Audible audiobooks" or anything you like.
Step 3. Load the Audible audiobook files you want to listen to on Apple Watch into the newly created playlist.
Step 4. Sync the new "Audiobooks" playlist with your iPhone via iCloud or a cable.
Step 5. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone > Music > Synced Music, and select your "Audiobooks" playlist (it should say "Sync Pending").
Step 6. Attach your Apple Watch to its charger with your iPhone within Bluetooth range. And then wait for it to sync.
Step 7. Once the audiobooks are synced to your Apple Watch, you can play the audiobooks via Apple Watch freely without a nearby iPhone.
Warm Tips: if the song file/audio file is larger than 200 MB, it can't be added to the iCloud Music Library and sync to other iOS devices via iTunes.
Though we can finally play Audible audiobooks on Apple Watch, the process is a little bit complicated. But TheFab Audiobook Converter has done a great push in helping people enjoy audible audiobooks on Apple Watch more freely. Hopefully Audible will surprise us with an app on Apple Watch soon.