Audible offers a monthly subscription plan, which allows customers to choose one book a month from a selection of titles, but does Audible automatically renew subscriptions?
This article will explore how automatic renewals work with Audible and provide tips on canceling a subscription if necessary.
What To Know About Audible Automatically Renewing:
Automatic renewal of an Audible subscription will result in monthly credit card charges but will allow users to access the benefits of their membership plan. Users can sign up for Audible’s free trial, but they will be subject to a charge unless the trial is canceled before the end of its duration.
Can You Buy Audiobooks on Audible Without a Subscription?
It is entirely possible to use Audible without the need for a subscription.
Users can purchase audiobooks from the Audible site without having a recurring membership; however, there are some downsides to this, such as:
- Purchasing Audible audiobooks without a subscription will mean you’ll have to pay full price.
- A membership plan can reduce audiobook costs because of deals exclusive to the subscription package you’re on.
- Other benefits of a membership plan, such as Audible Premium, will allow users to purchase audiobooks with free credits rather than using a credit card.
- Users without a membership will NOT have access to the Plus catalog, which allows access to thousands of free audiobooks and podcasts, some of which are exclusive to Audible.
So, despite purchasing audiobooks without a membership, there are some definite benefits to having a subscription.
Purchasing Audiobooks on Audible Without a Subscription:
Buying an audiobook without being on a membership plan is as easy as clicking or tapping a button and can be done on both the desktop site and the mobile app.
If you’re on the desktop site, find the audiobook you are interested in and click ‘Buy for.’ As previously stated, you’ll be paying full price for the content.
If you’re using the mobile app, you’ll find that the process is the same; tap ‘Buy for,’ and your credit card will be charged the amount shown after you tap ‘Confirm Purchase.’
Your Amazon payment method can be used with Audible because, as Audible states: “We are an Amazon company. Therefore, credit card information on Amazon can be used on Audible to make purchases. If you add a new credit card on Audible, it will also be added to Amazon.”
Do You Have to Sign Up for the Subscription to Try Out Audible?
Tou can access the Audible platform without having a subscription and purchase audiobooks from their vast library.
However, this method will not give you a full picture of what it is like to be a member. Currently, Audible offers a 30-day free trial allowing users to take advantage of what paying subscribers get from the service.
- A free credit to spend on an audiobook of their choosing and keep forever.
- Unlimited listening to a huge selection of audiobooks and podcasts in the Plus catalog.
- Access to the deals and discounts that are applied to member accounts.
- The ability to cancel anytime.
By using Audible’s free trial, you are not a paying subscriber, but if the trial ends without you cancel, you will become one. If you want to check out what Audible has on offer without signing up as a member, then taking the free trial is a great place to begin and find out if it’s for you.
Can You Use Audible Without Setting Up Automatic Monthly Payments?
Using Audible without an automatic monthly payment means you are not on a membership plan.
Automatic monthly payments are part and parcel of subscribing to the platform. There are a few different plans that a user can sign up for on Audible, but they’ll all require a rolling monthly payment to be charged to your credit card.
Once you stop these monthly payments, you’ve canceled your membership. You can sign up again anytime you like, but you will lose the benefits of your subscription plan.
However, despite the monthly payments being put on indefinite hold, you can still use Audible to purchase audiobooks.
Moreover, any content you purchase by credit card, Audible credits, or coupons will still be yours to keep and listen to whenever you want.
Does Audible Automatically Renew After the Free Trial?
Audible’s free trials will last 30 days from when they begin, and your card will be charged automatically after this time.
However, Audible will send you an email reminder a week before this occurs and remind you that you will soon become a paying member.
You can cancel your free trial within 30 days.
If you cancel your free trial before it ends, you won’t have to pay a penny for having access to the free trial. Failure to remember to cancel the free trial will mean that you sign up for an automatic subscription and will be charged monthly after that.
How Hard is it to Cancel the Membership on Audible?
If your time to part with Audible has arrived, then don’t worry. Canceling your subscription is incredibly straightforward – all you have to do is go through the following instructions below:
Canceling Audible via Desktop:
- On your desktop computer, open your default web browser.
- Type ‘Audible.com’ into your search bar.
- Ensure you are logged into the correct account.
- Navigate to ‘Account Details’ by clicking on your account name in the top right.
- You will see a box containing the details of your current membership. Below, you will see an option to ‘Cancel membership.’
- Click ‘Cancel membership.’
- Next, click ‘Continue canceling’ to confirm the account you wish to end the subscription for.
- A pop-up will appear saying, ‘Let us know why you’re canceling.
- This is mandatory, but choose the reason most appropriate if your reason isn’t listed and click ‘Continue canceling’ once again.
- Sometimes Audible may offer you a deal to try and sway your decision, but choose the option’ Finish canceling’ to finalize suspending the account.
You will shortly receive an email from Audible to confirm the cancellation has been finalized.
Cancel your Audible Subscription on an iOS Device:
- Open ‘Settings’.
- Select your name at the top.
- Scroll down and tap on ‘Subscriptions.’
- Here you will see a list of active subscriptions.
- Locate Audible and tap ‘Cancel subscription.’
If Audible is not visible, follow the previous instructions to cancel your membership using a desktop.
Cancel your Audible Subscription on an Android Device:
- Tap on your ‘Google Play Store.’
- Select your profile picture.
- From the profile menu, tap on ‘Payment and Subscriptions.’
- Next tap ‘Subscriptions’.
- Once you have found Audible in the active subscriptions, tap ‘Cancel subscription.’
Similar to iOS, if Audible is not visible, go to your account via a web browser on your desktop or mobile device.
When to Cancel Audible to Avoid the Next Automatic Payment?
Audible’s free trial allows users 30 days of unlimited access to their audiobook catalog.
Cancel before this time to avoid any payment from your card. In your active subscriptions on your device, you can see when your free trial ends, so make a note of this date and cancel the day before.
Those who are particularly worried about being caught out by missing the deadline can use an app called ‘DoNotPay.’
Some users have found that Audible processes the cancelation of their accounts too slowly and must pay for a monthly subscription.
With an app such as DoNotPay, you do not have to worry about ending the free trial yourself, as the folks at Refinery29 explain:
‘Free Trial Surfing’ is a new feature of the DoNotPay app which automatically cancels subscriptions at the end of the free trial.
Can You Still Listen to Audible after Canceling the Automatic Payment?
Those that have already canceled their Audible subscription have access to all purchased audiobooks for life.
As long as you still have the app on your mobile or tablet, you can use it without an active account to listen to all of your past purchases. The only difference is you will no longer have access to the Audible Plus catalog to listen to titles for free.
If you do find you want to purchase more audiobooks and you want to gain access to the catalog, sign up for another subscription with Audible.