You can download and listen to audiobooks on your iPhone/iPad or iPod Touch. In fact, the iTunes Store has a dedicated audiobooks section on the portal and it’s a widely-popular part of the store.

Many new users, however, run into some trouble with Audiobooks feature. Simple things like finding the location of the audiobooks can be frustrating because Apple kind of went counter-intuitive with the design. Here’s a primer for audiobooks on iOS.

I think many people agree that iOS 7 screws up Audiobooks feature. If you’ve been relying heavily on Audiobooks, there’s a lot of stuff that’s missing now in iOS 7. Developers point out that Apple has fixed a few things in iOS 7.1 (upcoming major release) but there’s really no big fix at the moment.

Purchased Audiobooks Not Showing up on iPhone

Where Are the Downloaded Audiobooks?
First things first: you purchase an audiobook from within iTunes. Where is this? For those of you who are new to Audiobooks, you’ll probably fumble at first. That’s okay.

The Audiobooks feature is hidden inside Music app → More. The tricky thing is that you won’t see the Audiobook section in the Music app till you purchase/download at least one audiobook.

I Purchased an Audiobook. It doesn’t Show Up.
This is probably the second most-common complaint I have heard. You download/purchase an audiobook from iTunes and it still doesn’t show up in the Music app’s Audiobooks section. Why?

  • One of the first things you do is sign out of your iTunes account on the iPhone or iPad. Quit all the apps, especially Music. Wait for a while before signing in again. After you sign in, make sure you are connected to the internet and then open the Music app.
  • If you purchased an audiobook from iTunes on Mac/PC, it might be a sync issue. Make sure the ‘Sync Audiobooks’ option is checked under the Books tab of iTunes on Mac/PC. Then Apply to sync the books to the iPhone.
  • Sometimes, audiobooks don’t sync even when the corresponding option is checked. The only way to fix this is to uncheck Sync Audiobooks, sync the iPhone, disconnect it and then reconnect it again. This time, check Sync Audiobooks and then sync again.
  • The last option is to reset settings on the iPhone/iPad. Go to Settings → General → Reset and reset all settings. This will clear out Wi-fi settings, App store and iTunes accounts, iCloud accounts etc. Arguably, it’s a pain in the back kind of a process but that’s your way out to fix audiobooks issue.

There’s one other ultimate step that you are prone to hear everywhere. Restore. Restoring your iPhone has a new iPhone through iTunes and then using a backup to restore the data is a lengthy process but it has a high chance of fixing all audiobooks issues.

  • sarah

    So peed off with this new change, have an iPod with loads of audio books, got the new iPhone 6, audiobooks now not on it at all. Tonight had issues with laptop downloading 2 audio books, managed to do on iPhone but no where to be seen!! have sinced with laptop and iTunes but still do not know where it is on my phone. really beginning to pee me off! Help please

  • Connie Hawthorne-Money

    No matter what I do, I cannot get all my audiobooks on both my IPad and IPhone, sucks, I feel ripped off.

    • Tessa

      You can only download audio books 1 time to each device. If you are wanting to put them on multiple devices you must first download them to iTunes on the computer. This will allow you to sync the audio books to multiple devices. So you are not being ripped off, you are just not doing it right.

  • Neoliberal Agenda

    So you can find it in iBooks if you select Audiobooks in the drop down menu on top. There you can also see how much you have downloaded, which is not visible from the Itunes Store. It only says “Buy”, no progress.

    • Tiffany

      That’s where they are!! No where in this article does it mention iBooks…. There are many different places to download audiobooks from (other than iTunes), and now my audiobooks are in iBooks. That was the simple answer I was looking for. sheesh

  • hipertracker

    Stupid Apple moved Audiobooks again. This time from Music to iBooks. What a mess.

  • Kevin

    My problem was that my new iPhone was not a trusted device. Once I put in the password to add it as a trusted device the audio book downloaded after I disconnected and reconnected + sync.

  • Sarah

    Thanks very much for this article; problem solved! I couldn’t find my audio book anywhere but have now found it under “More” within Music.

  • KatWall

    Another tip is to go to iTunes and select all of the files for your audio book. right click and select get info. On the info tab select Genre and change the Genre to Audio book. It might have previously said book or spoken word or some other category. Once Audio Book is selected sync iPhone and then the Audio Book will show up in the Music “More” section.