How to Fix Audible Books Not Syncing with Apple Watch

The problem: I love my new Apple Watch 4! I’m a little disappointed that books from aren’t syncing with the watch. Has anyone else experienced this? Know of a fix?

If the content from Audible is not downloading or syncing with your Apple Watch, follow these steps.

Solution #1: Reset your Apple Watch

The most basic troubleshooting tip in our book, but it doesn’t hurt to try.

To reset your watch, press the crown and side button simultaneously until you see the Apple logo, then release both.

Sync your Audible content again and see if it starts syncing. If not, continue reading.

Solution #2: Enable Audible Syncing

  1. Tap to open the Audible app on your iPhone.
  2. Select the 3-dots to open the menu on a downloaded title.
  3. Tap “Sync to Apple Watch”.

Solution #3: Re-install the Audible app

Uninstall the Audible app on your iPhone and then re-install it from the App Store. Follow the steps above (in Solution #2) to enable syncing of Audible content.

Solution #4: Does your Apple Watch have enough storage space?

Some content from Audible may not be able to sync with your Apple Watch due to the size of the book. Check the space available on your Apple Watch.

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. My Watch > General > About.
  3. Look for the total capacity and how much space is available on the watch.

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  1. I wanted to provide an update regarding the Watch app. I was able to download two titles into my AW Series 4. I started small with “Last Breath”, a 4-hour book and followed it with the 13+ hour book “The Girl in the Spider’s Web”. Both are in my AW4 library. See photos. Time will tell if the audio books downloaded fully for my listening pleasure. I’m so excited! The ability to listen to the latest titles was very important to me. Have a good day, Friends!

  2. Looking at forums, this seems to be a common problem, but has anyone actually solved the problem of syncing Audible books to Apple watch? I’ve tried every ‘fix’ found online – versions up to date, docked, fully charged, rebooted, reinstalled, Wi-Fi not Bluetooth, same Wi-Fi network and bandwidth, cleared some space etc. – but it’s totally random whether a book will sync or not. Some go fine, most don’t go at all, or go partially then stop. Error messages range from ‘watch not connected’ (not true) to ‘app not installed on watch’ (not true), but most often a more generic ‘sync failed’ message within seconds of attempting to start the sync. Very frustrating. Biggest (actually the only) issue I’ve had with the watch.

    Watch v6, iPhone 11

    • Getting any streaming to work with the iWatch (Audible, Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify) seems to be an exercise in futility. All I want to do is listen to a book or podcast and walk my dog and leave my phone behind. Pretty frustrating.

  3. Podcasts and Audio books really are the most frustrating aspects of the Apple Watch, I want to go for a run and listen to an audiobook and I can’t because it won’t sync, and as for podcasts……..the watch just downloads all sorts of already played episodes no matter what settings I choose, Apple don’t care either and I never find a real solution that works.

  4. What worked for me at the end was that:
    1. Hard sign out from Audible app. Yes it’s a thing. Go to Profile > Cogwheel icon > Scroll Down to the bottom > Press the text area (where the app’s version, email, etc…) for ~10 seconds, and sign out.
    2. Turn both watch and iPhone off and on
    3. Hard kill Audible app on watch
    4. Sign back in to Audible on iPhone
    5. Go to Library and try to sync the audiobook to watch again.

    • Thank you so much for posting this . It worked for me after hours of trying all sorts of other things. The only part that was new was the hard sign out of audible ! I had deleted it on phone and watch on previous attempts but the hard sign out seems to have been the key .
      Thank you thank you

  5. Thank you for posting and yep it worked for me too.
    After spending hours like everyone else trying everything else and none of it worked.
    Brilliant well done

  6. Worked for me too. Thank you so much. I’ve tried so many other things and your step by step instructions worked. Thank you!


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