1. tcuprof's Avatar
    I listen to audiobooks at least an hour a day while walking or running. I've usually had to carry my phone to do this because while you can transfer Audible or Apple-purchased audiobooks to your watch, I didn't know how to get a library audiobook onto the watch. And since I get the vast majority of my audiobooks from the library, I really wanted to be able to do this. After extensive research, I found a couple of articles that give me the advice I needed to be able to do this. Apologies to the author of a VERY useful article on this topic that I cannot find now and so can't give him or her credit.

    Here's how you can listen to free library audiobooks on your Apple Watch:

    1. Download and install OverDrive 3.8 for Windows PC from the Microsoft Store. (Two notes. 1. I could not get any other version of OverDrive to do what I wanted. 2. I have a Windows PC, but surely there is a mac version of OverDrive that will work.)
    2. Using OverDrive, connect to your local library and download an audiobook to your PC.
    3. Connect your iPhone to your PC and open iTunes.
    4. In OverDrive, click on the audiobook. In the upper righthand corner of the screen it opens, there will be a Transfer button. When you click on Transfer, it opens the OverDrive Transfer Wizard.
    5. In the OverDrive Transfer Wizard, click on Next. Under player, you will have the option to transfer the book to any device connected to your PC via USB (e.g., your iPhone, a USB drive, etc.) or to iTunes. To transfer directly to the iPhone, you must have the option "Manually manage music and videos" selected under Summary/Options. This option is a little flaky and sometimes takes multiple tries. You may find it easier to just transfer direct to iTunes.
    6. If you chose the transfer to iTunes option, select the mp3 tracks of the book and transfer them to your iPhone. (NOTE: The book will appear as an album, i.e. music, on your iPhone.)
    7. Add the audiobook album to your Apple Watch using these instructions:
    https://support.apple.com/guide/watc...798d11/watchos
    8. To play the audiobook on your watch, use the music app. Unfortunately, you won't have some controls you're used to such as 15 second skip/reverse, or bookmarks, or chapter selection. BUT hey, free audiobooks!

    I realize this sounds long and complicated, but after you've done it once, you'll find you can do it quite easily. The only somewhat lengthy step is transferring the book from phone to watch. And by the way, if you have two Apple Watches, turn the one you won't be listening to OFF before attempting the transfer (that was a painful lesson!).

    Enjoy listening to free audiobooks without having to carry your phone!
    Just_Me_D, ksassy and doogald like this.
    09-15-2021 03:59 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Thank you for sharing this tip, sir. It is appreciated.
    tcuprof likes this.
    09-15-2021 07:43 PM
  3. Ed7789's Avatar
    Wooooow. That’s an amazing tip and nice write up
    tcuprof likes this.
    09-15-2021 10:28 PM
  4. tcuprof's Avatar
    Thanks guys. I’m hoping others can benefit. Actually, I’m hoping it will show up on a Google search because I spent a lot of time looking for ideas on how to do this.
    09-16-2021 10:05 PM

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