Downloaded Audiobooks Not Showing up on iPhone or iPad? Here’s How to Fix It

Wondering why the downloaded audiobooks are not showing up on your iPhone or iPad? Try out these tips to make them return to life.

Whenever I get some peaceful time, I like to experience the real class of literature. Whether it’s immortal poems of “Shakespeare” or evergreen stories of “Premchand,” I enjoy reading them. At times, I prefer to listen to the audio of the books instead of putting my eyes for a long, rigorous task.

Earlier Audiobooks section was part of the stock Music app on iPhone and iPad. However, with the release of iOS 8.4, it got incorporated into the iBooks app. Honestly speaking, I didn’t find this change quite straightforward initially as I would often, forgetfully, run into the Music app and begin to search the audiobooks. I’m sure many of you may have faced the same problem.

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Downloaded Audiobooks Not Showing up on iPhone or iPadA few days back, I found downloaded audiobooks missing in the iBooks app. At first, I couldn’t figure out why they had disappeared. Luckily, a few tricks resolved the issue, and I was able to bring them back successfully.

Downloaded Audiobooks Not Showing up on iPhone or iPad: Tips to Fix

Solution 1: Start Afresh

Step #1. Open Settings app → iBooks.

Tap on Settings Then iBooks on iPhone

Step #2. Turn off the switch next to Sync Collections.

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Turn Off Sync Collections for iBooks on iPhone

Step #3. Launch iBooks app. Tap on Featured tab at the bottom.

Tap on iBooks Then Featured on iPhone

Step #4. Tap on your Apple ID → Tap on Sign Out.

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Sign Out from iBooks on iPhone

Step #5. Now, force reboot your iPhone. (Press and hold the Home and On/Off buttons at once. On iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, press and hold the On/Off and volume down buttons at once for about ten seconds.)

Step #6. Once your iPhone has restarted, open Settings app → iBooks and turn on the switch next to Sync Collections.

Tap on Settings Then iBooks on iPhoneTurn On Sync Collections for iBooks on iPhone

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Step #7. Now, open iBooks app → Featured. Scroll down and Sign In using your Apple ID.

Sign into Apple ID for iBooks on iPhone

Step #8. Now, tap on Purchased tab at the bottom.

Tap on Purchased Tab in iBooks on iPhone

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Step #9. Tap on Audiobooks. All of your audiobooks will be listed.

Solution #2: Sign Out of iTunes Account and Then Sign In

Have you purchased your audiobooks via iTunes? Sign out of your account and then sign back in.

Step #1. Open iTunes Store app on your iPhone.

Tap on iTunes Store on iPhone

Step #2. Make sure Music tab is selected at the bottom. Now, scroll down and tap on your Apple ID. Then, select Sign Out.

Sign Out from iTunes Store on iPhone

Step #3. Next, force reboot your iPhone. Once it has rebooted, open iTunes Store app.

Step #4. Sign in using your account.

Step #5. Tap on More tab at the bottom.

Step #6. Tap on Purchased.

Step #7. Tap on Audiobooks. You should see the list of your downloaded audiobooks on the next screen.

Solution #3: Reset All Settings

Just in case the first two solutions haven’t resolved the issue, and your audiobooks are still missing, reset all settings. It won’t delete any data of your device.

To do so, open Settings app → General → Reset → Reset All Settings.

Tap on Reset All Settings on iPhoneConfirm Reset All Settings on iPhone in iOS 10

If All Else Fails… Restore Your Device as New

If all the above-explained solutions fail to fix the issue and the audiobooks still don’t appear, restore your iPhone as new. Agreed, it’s a bit lengthy process, but it can deliver the right result for you. Make sure to back up your iPhone before going for the kill.

That’s it!

Have these solutions worked for you? Do let us know your feedback in the comments, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. Also, make sure to try our iOS app on your iPhone and iPad.

Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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