👉 Apple has long offered a Books app for the iPhone and iPad, providing the ability to download and read electronic books and listen to audiobooks.
💫 With watchOS 6, the ability to listen to audiobooks is now available on an Apple Watch. Through your iPhone or iPad, you find and purchase audiobooks to download to your device. You can then add specific audiobooks to your watch to listen to anywhere you don’t want to lug around your phone.
First, let’s cover how to download and use audiobooks on your iPhone and then we’ll look at how to listen to them on your watch.
☝ Make sure you’re running watchOS 6 or higher. Open the Watch app on your iPhone. Tap General > Software Update. If you already have version 6.0 or higher, you’re good to go. If not, agree to the Terms and Conditions, and the latest update will download to the watch.
🔎 Search Audiobooks
Open the Books app on your iPhone and tap the Audiobooks icon to find new titles. Swipe down to check out the main sections, such as Just Announced, New & Trending, Top Charts, and Special Offers. At the top of the screen, tap the entry for Browse Sections. Here, you can explore audiobooks by special store sections as well as by genre.
If you’re looking for a specific audiobook, tap the Search icon. Then type the title, author, subject, or other criteria in the search field at the top. Tap the search button on the keyboard. The results are divided by ebooks and audiobooks. Tap the See All link for Audiobooks to browse the results.
👂 Listen on Apple Watch
If you want to listen to audiobooks on your Apple Watch, open the Watch app on your iPhone and tap the entry for app+. By default, the app automatically downloads any books that you’re currently listening to and any purchased books that you added to your Want to Read list. You can turn off either option if you wish to save space on your watch.
To manually add an app to your watch, tap the Add button. From the list of audiobooks, tap the one you want to add. Repeat this process to add additional titles to your watch. The app will include 5 hours from each audiobook, which you choose as long as you have enough space on your watch.
Your audiobooks download when your Apple Watch is charging, so the best time to download them may be at night when your watch is likely on the charger. As soon as you place your watch on the charger, you’ll see the audiobooks you added start to download from your phone.
❗ Control Audiobooks on Apple Watch
After your books have downloaded, open the Audiobooks app on your watch. Swipe through the audiobooks available on your watch. Tap the book you want to hear. From the audio player, you can pause, resume, skip ahead 15 seconds, go back 15 seconds, change the speed of the narration, pipe the sound to an external device, and skip to a different track.
You can also stream an Audiobook that you haven’t downloaded directly to the watch. Swipe down from the main screen until you see the options screen. Tap Library, find the book you wish to stream, then tap it to start playing.
✅ Control Playback on Apple Watch
If you want to play audiobooks on your iPhone, you can control them from your Apple Watch. Open the app on your watch and swipe up on the main screen to view options. Tap the entry for On iPhone and choose a book you want to play. You can then hear the book through your phone and control playback from your watch.
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