Pause or Cancel Audible? Here’s the Difference (Quick Guide)

Audible is great. It’s an easy way to listen to audiobooks, and it has a wide selection of books that you can choose from.

If you’re not sure how to use Audible, or if you’ve just signed up for the service and don’t know how to cancel or pause your subscription, we’re here to help.

Not only can we explain the difference between pausing and canceling Audible, but also help you decide which option is right for you.

Here’s the Difference Between Pausing or Canceling on Audible:

If you cancel your account, it means that you’re leaving for good. You won’t be able to access any of your books. If you pause your account instead, it means that you’re taking a break from Audible but not completely leaving it behind. While paused, all of your books will remain in their library.

What’s the Difference Between Canceling and Pausing Audible?

Audible is the leading provider of audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment. It’s also a subscription service, with different plans available for both individuals and families.

Here’s the difference between canceling or pausing your Audible account:

  • Pausing Your Subscription
    • When you pause your subscription, it will stop billing immediately. However, all of your credits will remain active and be available for use at any time — no matter how long they sit in your account. This allows you to take a break from the service without losing any of the money already spent or used toward future purchases. Your current audiobook(s) will continue playing in the background until they reach their natural conclusion (or if you manually resume).
  • Canceling Your Subscription
    • If you cancel Audible entirely — which means you won’t be able to use any credits that have been purchased or earned — then all of those credits become inactive at once (as opposed to sitting in your account until used). When this happens, all audiobooks that were previously downloaded will no longer play automatically.

How To Cancel Your Audible Subscription

The first step in canceling your Audible subscription is signing into your account on the Audible website or app and clicking on “My Account.”

From there, you should see a list of subscriptions under the “Subscription” tab. You’ll want to click on “Cancel Membership” next to whichever subscription you want to cancel.

You’ll be asked if you’re sure that you want to cancel your membership. If so, click “Yes.”

You’ll then be asked if you’d like a refund for any remaining time left on your subscription as well as any credits that haven’t been used yet. Clicking “Yes” here will get rid of those too.

How Do I Pause My Membership?

If you’d like to pause your membership, follow these steps:

  • Log in at using your email address and password. Click My Account from the top navigation bar.
  • Click Pause Membership from the drop-down menu under Your Account Details on the left side of the page (if it isn’t already selected).
  • Enter your email address and password again in the boxes provided and click Continue.
  • Click Confirm Pause Membership when prompted by Audible’s system.

Can You Listen to Books When the Membership Is on Pause?

Yes, you can listen to audiobooks when your membership is paused.

You can pause your membership at any time, and then start again when you’re ready.

How Long Can You Pause Your Membership?

You can pause your membership for up to 90 days at a time.

You will not be charged during this period and will have access to all of your audiobooks and Audible Originals.

You may cancel your membership at any time while on pause.

After your pause has ended, you’ll automatically be billed for the next annual subscription period.

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Will You Get Notified When the Membership Is Reactivated?

When your membership is on pause, you will not be charged for a renewal subscription and you will not receive any new credits or promotional offers.

You will still be able to use your credits that have been earned before the membership was paused, and if you have any unredeemed credits on your account at the end of your paid period, those credits will remain available for use until they expire.

Paid Audible memberships can be paused for up to 90 days at a time, and then must be canceled if you do not wish to continue using Audible.

Can You Reactivate Audible Again After Canceling?

Yes, you can reactivate Audible again after canceling. You will keep your titles and credits in your library.

You can reactivate Audible at any time by signing in to your account and following the prompts to reactivate your membership.

Audible is a subscription service, so you pay a monthly fee to access the content. You can cancel at any time, but when you do, it’s still possible to reactivate Audible and get your subscription back.

You’ll keep all of your titles in your library, but it’s unclear if you’ll be able to keep any credits that you’ve earned. Audible doesn’t offer refunds, but if you reactivate within 30 days of canceling, then you may be able to get a credit back on your account.

Keep in mind that even after reactivating, Audible may still charge you for the next month’s subscription. If so, cancel again immediately so that they don’t charge you again in the future.

Do You Keep Your Titles And/or Credits in Your Library?

If you cancel and then reactivate your account within 12 months of canceling it, the titles that were on your device when you canceled will not be available for download.

If this happens, you’ll see a message telling you which titles are missing from your library when reactivating your account. You can try downloading those titles again or purchasing them from the Amazon store.

If you cancel and then reactivate your account more than 12 months after canceling it, all of your downloaded audiobooks will remain in your library along with any credits that were left over when you canceled (if applicable).


If you’re an Audible member, you can pause your membership at any time. If you’re not sure whether or not you want to keep your subscription, you can easily cancel it as well.

  • Pausing Your Membership:
    • When you pause your membership, I will pause your subscription for 90 days from the date that you request. You will continue to have access to all of the books in your library during this period of time. You will also continue to accrue monthly credits for use on any purchases made during this time period.
  • Canceling Your Membership:
    • If you decide that you no longer want to subscribe to Audible, it’s easy to cancel your subscription at any time before the end of your current billing cycle by going into My Account and clicking “Manage Your Membership”. On this page, there’s an option to cancel your membership and stop recurring charges immediately if needed (though it will still take up to 24 hours before charges are removed).

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