How to See and Remove Downloaded Audible Audiobooks from iPhone, iPad or Android Device


If you’re a long-time Audible customer, you’ve probably got a crazy-long list of audiobooks in your Audible library. By default, every time you start listening to an audiobook, that entire file is downloaded to your mobile device. And while this is great for convenience, the downside is that unless you adjust your Audible settings to remove finished books, that audiobook will sit on your device until you delete it. Because Audible audiobooks average 30 megabytes in size per one hour of audio, it’s easy to see how they can quickly consume valuable storage space on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. Thankfully, Audible makes it easy to see audiobooks downloaded to your mobile device and then delete them.

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Steps to See and Remove Downloaded Audible Audiobooks from iPhone, iPad or Android Device

  1. Launch the Audible app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. You’ll land on your Audible account home screen.
  2. Tap “Library” in the menu along the bottom of this screen. A screen displaying all of the titles associated with your Audible account is shown.
Tap Library on the Audible home screen.
  1. Tap “Downloaded” in the list of options along the top of this screen. All of the Audible audiobooks you see in this list will be titles you’ve downloaded to your iPhone, iPad or Android device.
Tap Downloaded.
  1. Find one of the Audible audiobooks that you want to remove, and then tap the ellipses next to that book. A menu pops up.
Find one of the Audible audiobooks that you want to remove, and then tap the ellipses next to that book.
  1. Tap “Remove from Device” in this menu. That audiobook will be removed immediately. Repeat this process for any other Audible audiobooks you want to remove from your iPhone, iPad or Android device.
Tap Remove from Device in this menu. That audiobook will be removed immediately.

Reasons to Remove Audible Audiobooks from iPhone, iPad or Android

1. Storage Space Issues

Audiobooks, with their length and quality, can consume significant storage. With many competing apps and files, space can quickly dwindle. Removing audiobooks can be a handy solution, instantly freeing up storage. Users may then utilize this space for other vital apps, cherished photographs, favorite music tracks, or necessary documents. It becomes especially vital for those who frequently download new content. Removing an audiobook might just provide the room they need.

2. Finished Listening

Once the final words of an audiobook resonate through the headphones, some users prefer to remove the file. Their literary journey with that story has ended. Deleting it signifies this conclusion and allows for new stories to take its place. It’s about keeping their library fresh and dynamic, reflecting their current interests and reading progress. Remember, every completed audiobook indicates a stepping stone in their personal journey of exploration.

3. Not Enjoying the Book

Enjoyment is subjective. A book that captivates one listener might not resonate with another. In such cases, the ‘stop’ button is hit and the book becomes a dormant file. Removing it then becomes a good option. This way, the library remains a curated collection of preferred stories, each one reflecting the user’s unique taste. Eliminating uninteresting books also declutters the library, making it more visually appealing and easier to navigate.

4. Organizational Purposes

An organized library can create a serene listening environment. Some people prefer having a tidy, curated library on their device, with only current or planned reads. A clutter-free library can have a positive impact on the overall user experience. Deleting audiobooks that are not of immediate interest can enhance this environment. It’s not about losing access to these books, but rather creating an orderly and streamlined library that’s easy to navigate.

5. Duplicated Files

Due to syncing errors, duplicate files may occur, creating unnecessary clutter. These replicated files can be confusing and consume additional storage. In this scenario, it’s practical to delete these duplicates. By doing so, users eliminate potential confusion and create a more streamlined library. This maintains the integrity of their collection, ensuring each title is unique and has its place within their audiobook lineup.

6. Content Changes

Books may go through revisions or updates post-publication. In audiobook form, users may need to remove the old version to make way for the updated one. This ensures they are always listening to the most accurate and current edition of the book. It reflects the commitment of users to stay updated, and their respect for authors who strive to provide the best possible version of their work.

7. Switching Devices or Accounts

Change is a constant in the digital world. Devices get upgraded, and users may switch between Audible accounts. During these transitions, removing audiobooks from the current device can be beneficial. It signifies a fresh start on a new device or with a new account. It’s not about leaving behind loved titles, but about initiating a new chapter in their Audible experience.

8. Privacy

Sharing devices or the possibility of others accessing one’s device can be a concern for some users. In such cases, removing certain audiobooks might be desirable to maintain privacy. It ensures that their literary preferences remain personal. Each book reflects a user’s tastes, ideas, and sometimes, their secrets. Hence, privacy-conscious users might prefer to remove certain titles from their devices.

9. Device Performance

Audiobooks are often large files, which can contribute to slower device performance. By removing them, users can enhance their device’s operational speed and responsiveness. This provides a more efficient user experience, whether they’re browsing the internet, playing a game, or exploring new apps. A smoother-running device can enrich all digital activities, with the benefit of improved performance extending beyond the Audible app.

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