Audible CarPlay App: How To Listen to Audio Books?

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Listening to an audiobook while driving can make a long car trip far more enjoyable. 

Audible is an Apple-approved third-party app from Amazon that lets users listen to audiobooks. 

Apple CarPlay connects an iPhone to a vehicle’s console, allowing users to enjoy various apps while driving. 

Here are the steps to follow when setting up Audible for Apple CarPlay: 

  1. Download the Audible app on your iPhone.
  2. Open the Audible CarPlay app on your phone. 
  3. Plug your phone into your car’s USB port.
  4. Find the Audible Apple CarPlay app on the CarPlay screen.
  5. Select a book from “Titles” and hit the play icon.

Note: If you’re interested, Audible is offering a 30-day free trial, allowing unlimited listening to thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts, and audiobooks. Start your free 30-day trial.

In this article, I’ll walk you through these steps to help you get Audible CarPlay installed and working so you can listen to audiobooks while driving.

 I’ll also cover common troubleshooting issues users may face. 

5 Steps to Download the Audible CarPlay App

Read on to see the steps you need to take to download the Audible CarPlay app. The process is much the same as for the Amazon Music CarPlay app.

1. Download the Audible App on Your iPhone

The first step is navigating to the Apple app store and downloading the Audible app onto your iPhone. 

You can download the Audible app here: Audible Apple App Store

Before you download the Audible app, it’s recommended that you check if your iPhone has updated software as Audible will only work on iOS 8.4 or later. 

2. Open the Audible CarPlay App on Your Phone

Once the Audible app download is complete, you’ll be able to open it on your iPhone. 

To start listening to audiobooks, you’ll need to sign in to your Audible account or create one.

The sign-up process is easy because if you already have an Amazon account, you can create an Audible one by signing in to your Amazon profile. This can be done in the Audible app or on the Audible website. 

Audible is NOT free; you can get an Audible Plus account or purchase individual books.

Get a 30-day free trial here!

3. Plug Your Phone Into Your Car’s USB Port

When you’re ready to start listening to Audible content in your car, connect your iPhone to Apple CarPlay by plugging it into your car’s USB port. 

To avoid a costly data bill, download your chosen Audible audiobooks before your car trip when you have a WiFi connection. Apple CarPlay will then play the downloaded content without using any data. 

4. Find the Audible Apple CarPlay App on the CarPlay Screen

After turning your ignition on to start up your center console screen, navigate to the Audible app on the Apple CarPlay screen. 

If the console doesn’t open Apple CarPlay automatically, select the Apple CarPlay logo on the screen. 

The Apple CarPlay screen typically contains several apps, and you may need to swipe across to find the Audible app. 

5. Select a Book From “Titles” and Hit The Play Icon

When you have opened the Audible app on your center console screen, tap the “Titles” icon to the top left-hand side of the screen. 

A list of your downloaded audiobooks will appear, and you can tap on the one to which you want to listen. 

Your audiobook will begin playing, but you can tap the pause icon whenever you want. 

Audible CarPlay App - Harry Potter
Audible CarPlay App – Harry Potter


Troubleshooting Audible and Apple CarPlay Issues 

Audible works well with Apple CarPlay, but it sometimes gives issues. Below are some common problems users experience when using the Audible app and how to resolve them: 

Audiobooks Not Appearing in the Apple CarPlay Audible App

Suppose your iPhone is connected to your car’s infotainment system, and your audiobooks aren’t appearing in the Audible app. In that case, it’s worth double-checking if they’ve been successfully downloaded in your phone’s app. 

Apple CarPlay users sometimes find that restarting their phone resolves the problem. 

Audible App on Apple CarPlay Appears Stuck and Won’t Play Audiobooks

Audible users who listen to audiobooks on Apple CarPlay occasionally report that the app appears stuck and won’t play audiobooks. 

A common cause is the outdated Audible app not being updated. 

  1. To update the Audible app on your iPhone, navigate to the app store, and tap on your profile picture in the top right-hand corner. 
  2. Scroll down to the Audible app, and tap on the “Update” button.  

Apple CarPlay Isn’t Displaying Personal Content on the Console Screen

If your console isn’t displaying your content (including your content on Audible), check if your USB cable is in good condition. 

Apple CarPlay disconnecting is a common issue, users report.  

The USB cable may not be securely plugged into your phone or the car’s USB socket. 

Likewise, if you are using wireless CarPlay, make sure it’s connected.


Listening to Audible content in your car is easy if your vehicle supports Apple CarPlay. 

If you’re still not convinced, watch HotshotTek review the basics of the App:

After downloading the Audible app on your phone, connect it to your car’s center console with a USB cable. 

The Audible app on your car’s Apple CarPlay interface will contain your downloaded audiobooks, and you can listen to them after navigating to “Titles” and selecting your chosen audiobook.

If you’re interested in more Apple CarPlay music apps, we have a dedicated guide to the top recordations. 

PS: Audible is one of them!

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