Audible is the Internet's premier provider of digital audiobooks and more. The Audible for Android app puts more than 100,000 audio titles available from Audible right at your fingertips. Get started by downloading and installing the Audible for Android
app from Google Play.
Initial LaunchThe first time you launch the Audible app you will you'll see a sequence of screens that will introduce you to Audible. At the bottom of these screen you can choose to "Get started" as a new user or "Sign in" as an existing user. (fig. 1)
Existing Audible customers can sign in using the username or email address and password associated with their account. (fig. 2). After signing in, you will be taken to the My Library page where all of your previous Audible purchases will be displayed
for download. If you have not yet made any purchases, your library will contain free samples of audiobooks selected by our editors.
If you are new to Audible you can start by signing in using an existing Amazon Account. By signing in with your Amazon account, you will get access to additional free samples. You can also use your Amazon account when shopping on the Audible website (either
Audible.com, Audible.co.uk, or Audible.de).
If you don't have an Amazon account you can create one by tapping on the "Create a New Account" button at the bottom of the sign in screen. (fig. 3)
Once on the Create Account page, you can create a new account by entering the required information. You can use this newly-created account to sign into the Audible website and the Audible for Android app.
To start browsing the entire Audible catalogue, of over 100,000 Audiobooks including best sellers in your favorite genre, tap on the Shopping Cart icon that appears in the top-right corner of most pages in the app. While browsing on the Audible mobile
website or Audible.com, pick out an audiobook that you think you'll enjoy. Purchases made on Audible.com or the Audible mobile website will appear automatically in the My Library page of the Audible for Android app. Remember, your first Audiobook
is free when you sign up for a 30-day Audible free trial.
The My Library page is where you can access your audiobooks, subscriptions, and other purchases. New titles that you purchase on Audible.com will appear automatically in the My Library screen.
If you do not yet own any Audible titles, the My Library page will contain free samples of some of the most popular Audible audiobooks.
Cloud / DeviceThe My Library page contains two tabs. The "Cloud" tab contains all of your Audible titles - those that are downloaded to your device and those that haven't been downloaded. (fig. 5) The "Device" tab contains the Audible titles that are currently downloaded to your device and are available for listening.
SortingThe titles in My Library can be sorted by Recency, Title, Author, and Length. To access the sorting options, tap on the left-most icon (three bars) in the action bar at the bottom of the My Library page. (fig. 5)
• Recent: Sorts your titles in order of recency. Titles that you've recently purchased, downloaded, or listened to will appear at the top of the list.
• Title: Sorts your titles A - Z using the title name
• Author: Sort your titles A - Z using the last name of the first author
• Length: Sorts your titles from shortest to longest audio length
FilteringThe titles in my library can be filtered to show only one type of content. For example, if you subscribe to a newspaper like the New York Times Audio Digest, you could apply the "Newspapers" filter to display only your newspaper subscriptions. To access the filter options, tap on the center icon (funnel) in the action bar at the bottom of the My Library page. (fig. 5)
Figure 5Searching You can search for a specific title inside My Library. To access the search function, tap on the right most icon (magnifying glass) in the action bar at the bottom of the My Library page. (fig. 5) Next, type a keyword or search term in the provided text field and press the magnifying glass or "Return" button on the on-screen keyboard. Items matching your search term will be displayed. To return from a list of search results to the your full library, tap the Audible logo in the top left area of the screen.
Figure 6RefreshingYou can update the contents of the My Library screen by tapping the Refresh button in the top action bar. This will connect to Audible to check that all of your latest purchases and subscription issues are available for download. You must have an active Internet connection to refresh your library. If you still seem to be missing an Audible title that you've purchased, try refreshing your library again. If your purchase still isn't appearing, contact customer support for assistance.
DownloadingAll of the audio you've purchased from Audible will be available for download in the "Cloud" area of the My Library page. Titles that have not been downloaded will have a gray background and display a button containing a "Download" symbol. (fig. 7)
To begin downloading, tap any title that is not downloaded and then tap on the orange "Download" button. After you have downloaded a small portion of your title, a yellow "Play" button will appear on the right side of the title. (fig. 7) Once the play button is visible, tapping anywhere on the downloading title will initiate playback. A download can be paused or canceled by long-pressing on the title and selecting the relevant option from the more-options list. A paused download can be resumed by tapping on the paused item.
Figure 7Removing Downloaded TitlesIf you would like to remove a downloaded title from you device, perform a long press on the title to reveal a list of actions which includes "Remove from Device". (fig. 8) Tapping Remove from Device will not completely remove the title from your Audible collection; it will remove the downloaded file associated with that title from your device's memory. Even after removing a file from your device, the associated playback position and bookmarks and annotations will be stored. You will always be able to re-download your Audible purchases from the My Library screen.
You can transfer files from your PC or Mac that you've downloaded from the Audible.com website to your Android SD card, making them available for playback within Audible for Android. To transfer files you can follow these steps:
On Devices with Android OS versions 2.3.7 and lower:1. Connect your Android device into your computer using a USB cable.
2. When prompted tap Mass Storage. If not prompted automatically, touch and drag down the Status screen to reveal the Notifications page (or from the Home screen press the Menu key and tap Notifications). Next, tap USB connected and then tap Mount.
3. Locate your downloaded audio on your computer. Your file(s) generally reside in the following locations on your computer:
• Windows XP Users: \Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\Audible\Downloads
• Windows Vista/7 Users: \Users\Public\Documents\Audible\Downloads
• Mac OS Users: Location will vary depending on settings
4. Drag the desired file(s) to the /Audible folder on your Android device.
5. Safely eject your Android device from the computer.
On Devices with Android OS version 3.0 and higher:• Windows Users: Follow the steps described above
• Mac Users:
1. Install Android File Transfer from http://www.android.com/filetransfer/
2. Connect your Android device into your computer using a USB cable
3. Wait for the files and folders on your Android device to be displayed by Android File Transfer
4. Locate your downloaded audio file on your computer
5. Drag the desired file(s) to the /Audible folder on your Android device
6. Safely eject your Android device from the computer
Once the files are transferred:Open the Audible application and then refresh the My Library screen. Your transferred files will now be available for playback. Audio titles that are stored on your device will be displayed with a black background.
(Only side-loaded files with .AA* or .AAX file extensions are supported in the Audible for Android app.)
Subscriptions are collections of audio titles that publish frequently over time, such as daily newspapers or monthly magazines. If you have purchased a subscription (such as The New York Times Audio Digest), you will be able to view it in My Library.
Tapping on the Subscription title in My Library will display the most recent the issues that are available for download and playback. (fig. 9)
The Player page provides a rich collection of features designed to deliver the best audiobook listening experience available for Android. To start listening, tap on a downloaded title on the My Library screen. If it is not yet ready for listening, follow
the instructions in the "Downloading" section above.
Listening ControlsThe default Player view allows you to play and pause the active title, as well as Jump Backwards 30 Seconds from your current listening position and add a bookmark that will allow you to return to the bookmarked position at a later time.
You can reveal additional listening controls by swiping upward in the center of the Player screen or by dragging up the player controls drawer. The listening controls revealed by opening the drawer allow you to Rewind, Fast Forward, go to Previous Chapter, and go to Next Chapter. (fig. 10)
Figure 10Adjust ViewThe default Player view displays the title name, cover art, author, and narrator of the title you are listening to. Tapping the cover enlarges the cover art of the title, hiding the detailed information. (fig. 11)
Tapping the cover art again will return you to the default view. If you're listening to an Audible Enhanced title with synchronized images, we suggest using the enlarged-cover view.
Player Progress BarThe progress bar displays your current listening position within the current chapter of the active title. You can slide the position indicator from left to right within the progress bar to adjust your listening position within the current chapter or quickly move to a different position within the chapter. (fig. 11)
Figure 11To make a small adjustment to your listening position, while moving the position indicator slide your finger down the page away from the progress bar and then swipe from left to right.
The progress bar can be adjusted to display the current position in the full title by changing the "Progress Bar" option in Playback Settings to "Full-book".
Playback PositionAudible for Android will always remember the playback position within the Now Playing title. Whether you pause the audio playback using the listening controls, close the Audible for Android application, or receive an incoming phone call or text message, your last audio position will be preserved so that you can pick up where you left off when you return.
Button-Free ModeThe app offers access to basic player controls using simple gestures. You can access the button-free mode by opening the Android menu while on the player screen and selecting Button-Free. (fig. 12)
Tap Anywhere to Play and Pause
Long Press to add a Bookmark
Swipe left to forward 30 seconds
Swipe right to rewind 30 seconds
Figure 12Sleep TimerThe Sleep Timer allows you to pause audio automatically after a specified amount of time. You can access sleep mode by tapping the Android menu button while on the player screen and selecting Sleep. In the menu, tap the desired amount of time you would like the audio to continue playing. Audio will now automatically end when you've reached the limit that was set. You can wake from sleep mode by tapping the screen to resume playback.
Share TitleAudible for Android allows you to share what you're listening to with your social network. To share a title, while on the Player screen tap the Share icon in the action bar.
Once on the Share Title menu screen, you can select to share the title you're listening to with your friends via email, or through another social network. To support this feature, you must first install the appropriate social application and login with your credentials. For example, to support posting on Facebook, you must first install and register your account using the Facebook for Android app.
Create and Annotate BookmarksThe Create Bookmark feature allows you to bookmark your current listening position, just like you would in a book. While listening to audio, tap the Bookmark icon in the player controls to mark your current listening position.
If you would like to annotate your bookmarked position, select "Add a note" when prompted and add your desired text.
You will be able to access and manage bookmarks in the Bookmarks section of the Player screen. To access the Bookmarks section of the player, expand the drop-down menu by tapping on the name of the area of the player that you are currently viewing (e.g., "Now Playing") then tap the "Bookmarks" option. (fig. 13) The menu contains a link to the Bookmarks section of the player. In the bookmarks page you move your playback position to one of your bookmarks, or you can edit, or delete an existing bookmark.
DetailsTo view details about the title you are listening to, expand the drop-down menu by tapping on the name of the area of the player that you are currently viewing (e.g., "Now Playing") then tap the "Details" option. (fig. 13) On the Details page, you can view the author and narrator information, file size, publisher information, and summary of the Now Playing title.
You'll also find the option to remove the Now Playing title from your device at the bottom of the Details section of the Player screen.
ChaptersTo view the list of available chapters, expand the drop-down menu by tapping on the name of the area of the player that you are currently viewing (e.g., "Now Playing") then tap the "Chapters" option. (fig. 13). Selecting a chapter within this menu will begin playing audio from the beginning of that chapter.
Note: Chapter markers in Audible titles may not correspond directly to a chapter in the book you are listening to. This is how the audiobook was processed and not specific to the Audible for Android app.
Figure 13Now Playing BannerIn order to quickly return to the Player screen from anywhere in the Audible app, tap on the banner that appears at the bottom of the screen that displays information about the Now Playing title. (fig. 14)
Audible for Android contains a widget that can be used for controlling the Audible app while it is not in the foreground. To add the Audible widget to your Android desktop, perform a long-tap on your Android desktop, tap Widgets, then tap Audible.Stats and Badges
The Stats portion of Audible for Android is a fun way to track your audiobook listening. The information tracked includes:
Daily, Monthly, and Total Listening Time
Your App Listening Level. Are you an AppNewbie or an AppMaster?
Your Total Number of Audible Titles
In addition to tracking your listening stats, performing certain actions on Audible for Android will allow you to earn badges. (fig. 15)
To access stats, tap the Android menu button from the My Library screen and tap Stats.
Note: If you delete the application, you will lose your listening stats and badges. Only upgrades will ensure that your listening stats and badges are preserved.
The News section is the best way to get the latest information on your favorite authors, narrators, Audible events, and more. (fig. 16) News is updated often, and in real-time, so keep checking back!
To access News, tap the Android menu button from the My Library screen and tap News.
To access the Settings screen, tap the Android menu button from the My Library screen and tap Settings. Settings allow you to set various preferences within the Audible for Android application.
About This Application:Access information about the Audible for Android app including version information and legal notices..
General Settings• Disable 'Auto Lock': Prevents auto-lock from engaging while audio is playing, so you can have full access to the application window (for audio control, bookmarking, etc). Note: Your battery life will be reduced while this setting is enabled.
• Shop in Browser: When checked, all links to the Audible.com store will open in your default browser rather than opening in a page displayed within the Audible for Android app.
• Status Bar Notifications: Choose when Audible notifications will be displayed in your device's notification bar.
Playback Settings• Progress Bar: Change the behavior of the progress bar in the Player page to display either the progress within the complete audiobook or progress within a single chapter.'
• Jump Back / Jump Forward Button: Configure the length that the jump back button will move within the Now Playing title.
Download Settings• Only on WI-FI: If selected, Audible for Android will only download titles from My Library when connected to a Wi-Fi network. This option is recommended for users without an unlimited data plan.
• Download Format: High Quality audio is Audible's highest audio format. Standard Quality audio takes up less space on your Android memory card and will download more quickly than High Quality. The default setting is Standard Quality.
• Download by Parts: Change the behavior of title so titles will be downloaded as separate parts rather than as a single file.
Headset SettingsChange the behaviors of playback controls a headset or on the device lock screen.
Sign OutAllows you to sign out of the Audible account you are currently using. By signing out, you will still have full access to the books you've downloaded locally to your device. You will continue to earn badges and listening stats, however, they will not be attributed to your Audible account.
Help and Support• Call Customer Care: Begins a phone call with the Audible Customer Care Team.
• Email Customer Care: Delivers an email for delivery to the Audible Customer Care Team.
• Feedback & Request Feature: Delivers an email directly to the Audible Wireless product team. All feedback will be read and tracked to make improvements in future versions of the app. Not all feedback will be personally responded to.
• Reset Application: Removes all temporary and cached data in the application. Please use this option if you are experiencing a glitch in the application. Your existing downloads, listening stats, and badges will be preserved.
• Send Bug Report: Initiates a bug submission directly to the Audible Wireless development team. All reports will be examined to track bugs and work on solutions, but not all submissions will be responded back to.
The following resources provide additional information that may not be covered in this guide.
Audible for Android Homepage:http://www.audible.com/wireless/android
Audible Customer Care Website:http://www.audible.com/helpcenter/
Audible Customer Care Phone Support:888-283-5051 (USA & Canada)
24 hours a day, 7 days a week