Audible & Syncing: 11 Typical Questions (Answered)

Audible is a treasure trove of audiobook content and has countless happy listeners taking advantage of all that its platform provides.

However, syncing across your devices when listening to audiobooks is not always straightforward.

For example:

  • Kindle users are required to have both a copy of the eBook as well as an Audible audiobook.
  • Apple Books will require a series of steps and authorization of your account. 

In this article, we look at the most common questions surrounding Audible and syncing.

What You Need to Know About Audible & Syncing:

Audible allows users to sync their devices to ensure that the playback position can be saved and resumed when the user changes to another device to continue listening. However, syncing relies on the active WhisperSync setting and if a device has enabled ‘Sync Playback Position.’

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Does Audible Save Your Progress Across Devices?

Audible has got you covered. With Whispersync, you can ensure that you remember your place whenever you stop listening to your audiobook.

If you’ve been listening to a story on your phone and then want to carry on via your desktop computer, Audible will ensure that you can pick up from where you left off.

Remember, a stable internet connection will be needed when you stop reading to ensure the information is passed onto your other devices.

Does Audible Sync with Kindle?

There’s great news for Kindle owners – Audible will sync with your Kindle, allowing you to switch over from whatever device you were using beforehand.

However, there is a slight caveat, as explained by Audible: “Any Audible audiobook with a Whispersync for Voice Kindle eBook companion can be played using the Kindle app. You must own the matching audiobook and Kindle eBook pair for this functionality to be available.”

To ensure that you purchase both the Kindle eBook and the matching audiobook as simple and easy as possible, you can buy them as a bundle. Just head to ‘Kindle Books with Audio Companions’ and select your book while checking the ‘Add Audible book’ at the time of purchase.

How Does the AudibleSync App Work?

AudibleSync is an app for Windows 10 and 11 that allows users to download the titles they love and transfer them to a compatible mp3 player.

You can download the AudibleSync app from the Audible website. Once you sign in, you can take your pick and select Audible books from your library to download directly onto your PC.

It’s as simple as tapping the download button alongside the title.

If you want to transfer these files to an MP3 player, then remember that Audible only supports the following devices:

  • Bones Milestone 212
  • Bones Milestone 312
  • SanDisk Clip Sport Plus
  • SanDisk Clip Sport Plus
  • SanDisk ClipJam MSC
  • Victor Reader Stream MSC 2
  • Victor Reader Stream MSC 3

Where Does AudibleSync Store Files?

If you want to check the folder destination on your PC and take a look at the audiobooks files that you’ve downloaded, then copy and paste the following into the file explorer:

  • C:\Users\”yourcomputerusername”\AppData\Local\Packages\AudibleInc.AudibleforWindowsPhone_xns73kv1ymhp2\LocalState\Content

Remember, you need to replace “yourcomputerusername” with your own to open the folder on your PC.

What Devices Can You Sync with Audible?

Audible understands that its customers live their lives using multiple devices, whether it be mobile phones, tablets, and desktop computers. Audible is available and can sync with all iOS and Android devices, meaning that you can take Audible audiobooks wherever you go.

Your Audible account will allow you to have an unlimited amount of devices that you can use to listen to Audible content. Switching between them, even if you have different app versions (iOS or Android), won’t be a problem.

Moreover, Audible supports Mac & PC, as well as readers such as Kindle and Amazon Fire tablets. Head to Audible’s specific support page for an exhaustive list of all supported devices.

How Do You Enable Sync Across Your Devices?

Syncing across multiple devices on Audible is very simple due to the Whipersync feature because, as ViWizard.com points out:

“Whispersync for Voice is a feature of Audible which enables listeners to sync their positions on audiobooks across different devices that runs Audible.”

If you want to confirm that this feature is enabled, then follow these steps:

Ensuring WhipserSync is Enabled:

  1. Navigate to “Manage Your Content and Devices” on the Amazon website.
  2. Ensure you are signed in with the same account used for Audible.
  3. Select ‘Preferences’ followed by ‘Device Synchronization.’
  4. Confirm that this option is set to ‘ON.’

Ensuring That Your Mobile Device Stays Synced with Audible

Sometimes syncing can be a little tricky, and if you’ve found that your audiobooks are not syncing up across all your devices, it may be worth checking your device’s settings on the Audible app.

Whether you are on an iOS or Android version of the Audible app, follow these steps:

  1. Ensure that your mobile device is connected to the internet.
  2. Give ‘Profile’ a tap and then open settings by tapping the ‘Gear Icon.’
  3. Now tap ‘Player’ to find the option for ‘Sync Device Position’ (Android) or ‘Sync Playback Position’ (iOS).
  4. Ensure that the slider is toggled to the ‘ON’ position.

Playback will resume where you left off on multiple devices with this setting activated.

Does Audible Sync with GoodReads?

Sadly, it is currently impossible to sync your Audible account with Goodreads.

Many people have queried whether this will be possible in the future, but as Goodreads states on its website: “We’ve received numerous requests for this integration, and will be sure to post an announcement in the Goodreads Help community should we add it in the future.”

So it does sound like it may become possible to sync Audible with Goodreads shortly; just keep an eye on their website for news.

Can You Sync Audible & Apple Books?

Apple Books, formerly iBooks, is an application available only to iOS users and allows them to listen to audiobooks or read any ebooks.

You’ll be pleased to hear that you can sync Apple Books and Audible, meaning you will be able to access your Audible books by using the Apple Books app.

Some people prefer the Apple Books app to the Audible app, as they claim it has far fewer glitches and malfunctions – therefore, they choose to sync the two. To sync Audible with Apple Books, you must first download the audiobook from Audible’s desktop site and then authorize your account in Apple Books.

You will also need access to a Mac computer to transfer Audible’s content to another iOS device, such as your iPhone or iPad.

Once you have authorized your account and downloaded the audiobook, follow the steps below:

  1. Begin by opening up the Apple Books application on your Mac.
  2. Find and click on ‘File,’ then choose the option ‘Add to Library.’
  3. Locate the file where your audiobook is stored on your computer and click ‘Add.’
  4. You will find the audiobook in the ‘Audiobooks’ section of the Apple Books app.

To transfer the audiobook to your iPhone or tablet, follow these steps:

  1. Begin by connecting your iOS device to your Mac via a cable.
  2. Open ‘Finder.’
  3. Under ‘Locations’ on the left-hand side, you will see the iOS device.
  4. Click on it and then choose ‘Audiobooks.’
  5. Check the ‘Sync Audiobooks’ box and choose ‘All Audiobooks’ or ‘Selected Audiobooks.’
  6. When you have selected the audiobooks you want to transfer to your iPhone or tablet, click ‘Apply.’

Can I Sync Audible with iBooks?

iBooks was first introduced by Apple in 2010 and has since been renamed ‘Apple Books.’ Apple Books can be synced with Audible; to do so, read and follow the instructions above. 

How Do You Sync Audible to Apple Watch?

The process of syncing your Apple Watch to Audible is incredibly straightforward; follow these steps:

  1. Start by ensuring your chosen audiobooks are downloaded in the Audible App.
  2. Next, open up the Library tab in Audible.
  3. Then tap on the 3 dots next to your chosen audiobook.
  4. Tap on ‘Sync to Apple Watch.’

To sync, you will need to ensure that the Audible app is open the entirety of the time during this process.

If the screen locks or the battery runs out during the sync, all progress will stop, so it is worth checking your Apple Watch’s battery levels before you begin.

How Many Audible Books Can I Sync to My Apple Watch

To sync audiobooks to your Apple Watch, you’ll need an iPhone.

The amount of audiobooks you can download on Audible is unlimited; the only restriction you will face is how much storage your iPhone has.

If your iPhone runs out of storage space, you will be unable to download any more audiobooks and, therefore, cannot sync them to your Apple Watch.

Sources

Can I Play My Audible Audiobooks Using the Kindle App?

How to Fix Audible Not Syncing Across Devices

How to Listen to Audible Audiobooks with the Apple Books App

Can I Link my Goodreads & Audible Accounts

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