How to Link Audible to Alexa [Complete Guide]

Since Amazon owns both Alexa and Audible, they work together seamlessly. You need to connect your Audible account to Alexa to access your audiobooks and other Audible content on the Alexa app and devices.

Let us find out how to connect Alexa to Audible and explore some of the benefits of listening to audiobooks on your Alexa devices.

How to Link Audible to Alexa

After setting up your Alexa-enabled device, use the following steps to link your Audible account to Alexa.

  • Open the Alexa app on your phone (or tablet)
  • Tap on the Play option from the bottom navigation bar to access the playback screen
  • Next, tap on Settings (gear icon) on the top right of the screen
Alexa app: connect Audible to Alexa

  • Next, tap on Link New Service to link to the Audible account
connect Audible to Alexa

Tapping on Audible will start the linking process. Complete the Audible linking process by following the on-screen instructions.

Note: Ensure that you are using the same Amazon account for Audible and Alexa device.

How to Play Audible on Alexa App

Once your Audible account is connected to Alexa, you can access and listen to the Audible content on your Alexa app and Alexa device.

Follow the steps below to access the Audible library on Alexa pp.

  • Open the Alexa app and tap on the Play button from the bottom navigation bar
  • Alexa will take a few moments to sync your Audible library. You will see the list of all the audiobooks in your Audible account. You can also tap on More > Music & More to access the Audible content.

  • While listening to the audiobooks, you can control the playback of the title from the player screen in the Alexa app. Here are some of the basic controls on you Alexa app.
    • Play/Pause the book
    • Jump back/forward 30 seconds

  • Alternatively, you can use voice commands to control the playback of Audible books on the Alexa app. The first time you tap on the ‘Alexa’ option to initiate a voice command, you will need to authorize the mic access of your device.

Some of the most common voice commands include

  • “Alexa, play [book title] from Audible”
  • “Alexa, next/previous chapter”
  • “Alexa, pause/play”
  • “Alexa, increase/decrease volume”

Check out the complete list of Alexa commands for Audible.

Once you have linked Audible to Alexa, you can access your Audible content on the Alexa app (Android and iOS) and Alexa devices (Echo, Echo Show, Echo Dot, Echo Pop, and others).

Alexa-Supported Audible Features

You can use most of the Audible features on your Alexa-enabled devices and Alexa app.

Using voice commands, you can control the playback of audiobooks including going back/forward, pause/resume, next/previous chapters, narration speed, volume control and setting speed timer.

You can discover new content, start an Audible trial, play Audible stories, and more.

Here is the list of Audible features that are not supported on Alexa.

You can access all other Audible features through Alexa.

6 Benefits of Listening to Audible Books on Alexa Devices

Listening to Audible content on your Alexa devices is a great experience. The sound quality is much better than other devices and you do not need any headphones.

Alexa app and devices provide access to Audible content without the Audible app

Here are 6 benefits of using Audible on Alexa.

1: Access to Audiobooks and Podcasts

You can access unlimited entertainment opportunities by linking Audible with Alexa. There are plenty of free audiobooks, podcasts, and Audible stories to listen to.

You can resume listening to audiobooks from where you left off on other devices.

2: Hands-Free Access

Hands-free access can be very useful in certain situations. If you are working in the kitchen, you do not want to touch your mobile with messy hands. Multitasking is one of the key benefits of audiobooks.

Simply ask Alexa to play your favorite Audible title and listen to it while cooking. Need to increase the volume or change the title, ask Alexa and it is done.

You can go back or forward, change narration speed and set reading timers with voice commands.

3: Help with Book Recommendations and Discovering Content

Based on your preference and liking, Alexa can help you find your next Audible listen. Just ask “Alexa, what should I listen to next on Audible” or “Alexa, recommend me a book” and you will get the recommendations. You can ask Alexa to recommend books from your favorite author, narrator, or genre.  

You can discover free content with a simple command like “Alexa, what’s free from Audible”.

Alexa can read you an Audible Story from a specific genre. Use voice commands like “Alexa, open Audible Stories” followed by “Alexa, read me a funny story”. There are plenty of genres in Audible Stories including Nighttime, Scarry, Family, Romance, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Meditation, Random, and more.

4: Use Alexa as a Personal Assistant

You can ask Alexa questions about Audible or audiobooks. Ask “Alexa, how many Audible Credits do I have” and you will get the latest update.

You can ask things about books like “Alexa, who is the author of Atomic Habits”, “Alexa, who narrated Rich Dad Poor Dad” and more.

5: Easy Access for Seniors

Seniors love audiobooks but they do not like headphones or earbuds for lengthy listening sessions. It is not easy for them to operate the Audible app on a small mobile screen and they lose earphones all the time.

If Audible is connected to their Alexa-enabled devices, they can just ask Alexa to play the audiobook and relax and listen without any earphones. Alexa speakers have great sound quality and they are loud and clear, even at high volume.

Audiobook on Alexa device is the best experience for the elderly.

6: Easy Access for Visually Impaired

It can be challenging and confusing for visually impaired individuals to operate small smartphone screens. Like older adults, Alexa devices are the best assistive devices for visually impaired individuals.

They only need their voice to listen to audiobooks and control the playback.

Overall, listening to Audible content on Alexa devices is a great experience and it can be very helpful with multitasking.

Sohail Ahmed

I love Audiobooks and this blog features my first-hand experience with all major audiobook apps and services … Know More

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