Can You Share Audible Memberships? (Explained)

When asked if they can share their Audible memberships, many people assume they can purchase one membership, then give it to a friend or family member who can then use it themselves.

However, that’s not how it works.

Instead, Audible offers three different ways for members to “share” their audiobook library: by gift-giving, lending, and by allowing access through user accounts activated on multiple devices.

Let’s take a look at each below.

Here’s If You Can Share Audible Memberships:

If you’re an Audible member, you can share your membership with up to five family members. You can gift audiobooks to friends and family members. Audible membership is a great way to share the love of audiobooks with your friends and family.

What Are the Options for Sharing Audible with Friends and Family?

If you’re an Audible subscriber, you may have noticed that there’s no option to share your membership with other people.

This is because Audible is a subscription service, not a library. As such, the company doesn’t want you reselling or lending out audiobooks from its catalog — even if they’re ones that you own.

Audible does allow you to gift audiobooks to friends and family members (and vice versa) for up to 30 days after purchase.

After that period of time has elapsed, however, the book becomes unavailable for gifting again unless both parties have purchased it separately.

This means that they’ll be able to access all of the audiobooks on your account. You can share your membership with friends or family members, or use it as an opportunity to help others learn English by lending them access to the many audiobooks available in the Audible library.

When you share your Audible membership with someone else, that person will receive an email with instructions for signing up for their own Audible account and entering the referral code provided in the original email from you.

The person who receives this email must enter the referral code within 30 days of signing up, or they will forfeit their ability to sign up using your code.

After 30 days have passed, anyone who receives such an email should assume that it has expired and move on with their lives accordingly.

What Is the Easiest Way to Share Audible with Your Spouse?

The easiest way is to create a family account. This allows you to share your Audible library with up to six people.

If you don’t want a family account, or if you’re already using one but need more flexibility, there are other ways for multiple people to access the same library.

We’ll explain how in this guide.

Audible’s terms and conditions state that sharing your membership with another person is considered a violation of the company’s Terms of Service.

However, there are a few ways to make it happen:

  • If you’re buying digital audiobooks through Amazon, then you can share your Audible credit with up to six family members or friends. All of them must be on the same Amazon account in order for this to work. If they’re not on the same account as you, they will have to purchase their own credit.
  • You can also share your audiobook purchases from Audible with anyone who has an Amazon Prime membership. This includes Kindle Unlimited subscribers who don’t have an Audible subscription at all.

How Do I Share Audible with My Child?

If you have an Audible subscription and would like to share it with your child, you can do so by adding them as an authorized user on your account.

This will allow them to use their own device for listening to audiobooks, but it will also allow you to manage their account and settings.

They will not be able to cancel the subscription or make changes to their settings unless you give them the necessary permissions.

Read our blog here about why are some books not available on Audible?

Can You Share Audible Credits Across Accounts?

Audible credits are unique to each account. You cannot share them with other people, and you can’t use someone else’s credits.

But did you know that there is a way to let anyone in the world borrow your audiobook for free?

It’s called the “global sharing feature,” and it’s only available on certain Kindle devices and apps. Here’s how it works:

  • If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you can share any book you’ve purchased for free with another Audible member who also has an Amazon Prime account. You just need to select “Share” when viewing the book details page in the Audible app or website and then paste the recipient’s email address into the form field provided. When they receive your invitation, they’ll have 48 hours to accept it before it expires.
  • Redemptions cannot be shared among accounts. You can share your Audible Credits with other people who have an Amazon account, but only you can redeem them.
  • If you want to let someone else use your Audible account to purchase audiobooks, you need to set up a Family Library. This will allow your spouse or domestic partner to access your purchases from the Audible app, and vice versa. They won’t be able to access anything in your Amazon account, though — just the audiobooks you’ve bought through Audible (this includes Kindle Unlimited audiobooks).

Can You Let Other People Use Your Audible Account?

Yes, you can share your Audible credits with other members of your household.

You can also let other people use your account, but they must have their own credit cards.

If you want to share your account with someone else, here’s what to do:

If you’re a paid Audible subscriber and want to let another person use your account:

  • Go to the “My Account” page, log in with your username and password, then click on “Manage Memberships.”
  • Click on the drop-down menu for “Manage My Membership” and select “Manage Household.”
  • On the next page, click Edit Household Member Settings. A box will open where you can add a new member using their email address or phone number (make sure they are logged out of Audible).

Can You Add More Users to the Same Audible Account?

You can share your entire library with other users, but only if they’ve been invited to use your account.

Once they’ve been invited, you can also choose which books in your library they see and can listen to.

If you want to share specific books or sections of a book, you can do that too by marking that section as “unlocked” for all users on your account.

It’s important to note that only one person at a time can listen to an unlocked section of an audiobook.

To add an additional user, follow these steps:

  • Go to Audible.com/manageaccount and log in with your email address or Facebook login information.
  • Click My Account at the top of the page and choose Add Member from the drop-down menu next to the + icon at the top right corner of the page.
  • Choose a user type from the drop-down menu (for example, Adult), then enter a name for this member into the text box below it and click Add Member.
  • Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have added all users who will use your subscription (including yourself).

You’ll need to purchase another subscription, which will be charged automatically to your credit card or PayPal account.

Does It Cost Extra to Enable Sharing with Your Household?

No. In fact, enabling sharing with your family members is included with your Audible membership.

You simply need to set up an account for each family member, or choose to continue sharing your account with one of them.

If you’re already a member and would like to start sharing, please contact us for help setting up your household account.

How Do I Enable Sharing Between My Family Members?

To enable sharing between family members, go to the Settings tab in the “Your Account” section of your app.

From there, select “Enable Family Sharing” and follow the prompts on screen.

Then enter the e-mail addresses of each family member who will be using their own Audible account on their devices or devices that use AirPlay 2, such as Apple TV or Sonos speakers.

If you’re considering trying Audible for the first time or upgrading your membership plan, here’s what you need to know about the different subscription options:

  • Audible Free Trial: This is the best way to try Audible before committing to a paid membership. You’ll get one free audiobook credit each month, but it’s limited to 30 minutes per title. After 30 minutes, you’ll have to pay an additional fee if you want to listen longer than that (between $3-$9 per title). You also won’t be able to share your account with anyone else or download more than two titles within 24 hours.
  • Audible 1-Year Subscription: This is probably the most popular plan since it gives access to all of Audible’s features without any restrictions on how much you can listen each month or when your credits expire. It also comes with one free audiobook credit each month (which can be used for full-length titles) and 60% off additional credits purchased at any time throughout the year.

Read this blog here about how many books can you have on Audible?

Conclusion

If there’s more than one person in your household who wants to listen to audiobooks, but you only want to pay for one subscription, the obvious solution is to share Audible memberships.

But is it possible? Yes — although there are a few limitations.

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