How to Listen to Audiobooks on an Apple Watch

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Want to know how to listen to audiobooks on an Apple Watch? If you've bought books for the Audiobook app on your iPhone, then you can listen to those books on your Apple Watch. I've enjoyed listening to books that I forgot that I purchased ages ago through iTunes, as well as newer books that I bought on sale. The Audiobook app on the Apple Watch lets you listen to your favorite book wherever you are, whether you're walking to grab a cup of coffee or out for your morning jog. Here's how to listen to audiobooks on the Apple Watch.

Related: Free Audiobooks Online: Stream Great Audiobooks with the OverDrive or Libby App on iPhone

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How to Listen to Audiobooks on the Apple Watch

Before you can start listening to the Audiobooks app on the Apple Watch, you'll need to pair your Bluetooth audio device with your watch. You can either stream the book on your watch over Wi-Fi or with cellular data or download the book on your watch. This tip shows you how to do both!

To stream an audiobook on the Apple Watch:

  1. On your Apple Watch, open the Audiobooks app.
  2. Tap Library.

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  3. Select the book you want to stream.
  4. Your watch will stream the audiobook over Wi-Fi or cellular data.

    How to play audiobooks on an Apple Watch


If you don't want to use your cellular data to listen to a book, you can download it instead! To download an audiobook on the Apple Watch:

  1. Make sure your iPhone Bluetooth is on and place your Apple Watch on its charger.
  2. On your iPhone, open the Watch app.
  3. Select Audiobooks.
  4. Tap Add Audiobook.

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  5. Select the book you want to add.
  6. Your watch will download the next five hours of the book.

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  7. On your Apple Watch, open the Audiobooks app.
  8. Scroll down and select the book you want to listen to.

     
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That's it! Now you can listen to your book wherever you are, as long as you have your Apple Watch and your Bluetooth audio device. For more helpful hints to get the most out of your Apple Watch, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

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Tamlin Day is a feature web writer for iPhone Life and a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine. A prolific writer of tips, reviews, and in-depth guides, Tamlin has written hundreds of articles for iPhone Life. From iPhone settings to recommendations for the best iPhone-compatible gear to the latest Apple news, Tamlin's expertise covers a broad spectrum. 

Before joining iPhone Life, Tamlin received his BFA in Media & Communications as well as a BA in Graphic Design from Maharishi International University (MIU), where he edited MIU's literary journal, Meta-fore. With a passion for teaching, Tamlin has instructed young adults, college students, and adult learners on topics ranging from spoken word poetry to taking the perfect group selfie. Tamlin's first computer, a Radioshack Color Computer III, was given to him by his father. At 13, Tamlin built his first PC from spare parts. He is proud to put his passion for teaching and tech into practice as a writer and educator at iPhone Life.