Using Audible for Android
Table of Contents
Signing In 3
Creating an Audible Account 3
My Library 4
Listening to Audio 7
Stats and Badges 12
News & Events 12
Help and Support 13
Introduction Initial Launch I’m New to Audible
Audible is the Internet’s premier provider of digital The very first time you launch the application, you’ll have If you do not have an Audible account, you can create
audiobooks and more. The Audible for Android app the option to either sign into your Audible account, one within the Audible for Android app (fig. 3). Tap the
puts the more than 75,000 audio titles available from or if do not have an Audible account to explore the image “I’m New to Audible” and you’ll get a chance to
Audible right in the palm of your hand. Once you have application and create an account from within the app. listen to some free excerpts that we’ve hand selected for
downloaded Audible for Android from the Android you. To create an Audible account, simply tap the or-
Marketplace, you’ll be ready to create a new Audible ange Create Account button at the top of the My Library
account or sign in to your existing account, and begin Signing In view. At the Create Account page, you will be able to
listening to books immediately. (fig. 1). If you have an existing Audible account, tap the Sign create a new Audible account by entering the required
In image and enter your Audible username and information.
password (fig. 2). You will then be taken to the My You can use this newly created account on the Audible.
Library view with all of your available Audible titles com website and in the Audible for Android application.
displayed for download and enjoyment.
fig. 1 fig. 2 fig. 3
Think of My Library as your handheld, mobile bookshelf. All of the audiobook titles you’ve purchased on Audible.com will be available for listening from the My Library screen
within Audible for Android.
Sorting Searching your library and only display specific genres,or locally
Once on the My Library screen, you can sort your titles You can search for a specific title inside My Library. Tap available titles (downloaded to your device). (fig. 6)
by using the Recent, Title, Author, and Length sorting the Android Menu button and then tap Search. Enter
tabs at the bottom of the screen. (fig. 4) your search term and tap “Go” to search (fig. 5). If your Refreshing
• Recent: Sorts your titles in order of recency. Titles Android device supports a dedicated search button, you You can always refresh the My Library screen by
that you’ve recently purchased, downloaded, or can tap that button to initiate a search tapping the Refresh button at the top of My Library.
listened to will rise to the top of the list. This will connect to Audible.com to ensure that your
• Title: Sorts your titles A – Z using the title name Filtering latest purchases and subscription issues are available
• Author: Sorts your titles A – Z using the authors’ To further filter your library, you can drag the gray My for download on your Android device. You must have
last name Library slider at the top of the screen downwards to an active Internet connection to actively refresh your
• Length: Sorts your titles from shortest to longest reveal additional options. This will allow you to filter library. (fig. 6)
fig. 4 fig. 5 fig. 6
Downloading Audio from My Library Copying Audible files from your PC to your
All of the audio you’ve purchased on Audible.com will Android handset 5. Disconnect your Android device from your PC
be available for wireless download from the My Library You can “sideload” files that you’ve downloaded from 6. Open the Audible for Android application
view within Audible for Android. the Audible.com website to your Android SD card, 7. Refresh the My Library screen
making them available for playback within Audible for
To begin listening, tap the Download icon image (fig. 6) next Android. To sideload Audible files: Your sideloaded files will now be available for playback.
to the title you want to hear. Once the icon is expanded,
tap the orange Download image (fig. 7) to begin wire- 1. Plug your Android device into a PC using a USB cable * Note you can only transfer Format 4 or Enhanced for-
lessly transferring your audio. After you have download- 2. Mount your Android device by selecting “USB mat files for playback using the Audible for Android app.
ed a small portion of your title, you can begin listening connected” from the Android task bar
by tapping the Play image (fig. 8) next to your title. 3. Locate your downloaded audio on your PC (the
file(s) generally reside in the /audible/download
You can always pause or cancel your download by folder of your PC and must contain a .AA* or .AAX
performing a long tap on the download progress bar. extension). Do not rename the files
A paused download can always be resumed by tap- 4. Drag the desired file(s) to the /Audible folder on
ping the progress bar again. your SD card
fig. 6 fig. 7 fig. 8
Removing Downloaded Audio Subscriptions
Audio titles that are stored on your device will be dis- handset. Removing a title does not remove it from My Subscriptions are audio titles that publish frequently
played with a black background within My Library. Library; it simply removes the downloaded audio from over time, such as daily or monthly. If you have pur-
your device’s memory. chased a subscription (such as The New York Times),
If you would like to remove a downloaded title from you will be able to view it in My Library. Tapping on
My Library, perform a long tap on the title to reveal You will always be able to re-download the titles the Subscription title in My Library will display the
the Remove from Device option (fig. 9). Tapping the you’ve purchased from Audible.com from the My issues, (such as The New York Times: 02-23-2010)
Remove from Device button will remove it from your Library screen. that are available for download and playback.
Listening to Audio
The Audible for Android Player view provides a rich collection of features designed to deliver the best audiobook listening experience available for Android. To
choose the title you’d like to listen to, tap it on the My Library screen. If it is not yet ready for listening, follow the instructions in the “Downloading Audio from My
Library” section to do so.
The following features are available within the Audible for Android Player view.
(and the ability to
seek/scrub to a
Share Title Button Free Mode
Back 30 seconds Create Bookmark
Previous Chapter Next Chapter Sleep Timer
Rewind Fast Forward Rate Title
Listening Controls Adjust View Timeline and Scrubbing
The default Player view allows you to play and pause The Default Player View displays the title name, cover The timeline displays your current listening position
your selected audio, as well as Jump Backwards 30 art, author, and narrator of the title you are listening within the title you’re listening to. You can slide your
Seconds from your current listening position. to. Tapping the cover enlarges the cover art of the finger left or right within the timeline to scrub (fig. 14)—or
title, hiding the detailed information. (fig. 13) quickly move to a different position within the chapter.
You can expand the playback console to reveal addi-
tional listening controls by sliding your finger upwards Tapping the cover art again will return you to the To slow down your scrubbing speed, slide your finger
anywhere within the player screen. The additional Default View. If you’re listening to an Audible downward—away from the timeline—while scrubbing.
features allow you to Rewind, Fast Forward, go to Enhanced title with synced images, we suggest Similarly, you can slide your finger upward—towards
Previous Chapter, and go to Next Chapter. (fig. 12) using the Enlarged View. the timeline—to increase your scrubbing speed.
fig. 12 fig. 13 fig. 14
Playback Position Widget
Audible for Android will always remember the playback Audible for Android contains a widget that can be
position of the audio you are listening to. Whether you used for controlling the Audible app while it is not in the
pause the audio playback using the listening controls, foreground. To add the Audible widget to your Android
close the Audible for Android application, or receive an desktop, perform a long-tap on your Android desktop >
incoming phone call or SMS message, the last location tap Widgets (fig. 15), > tap Audible (fig. 16).
of the audio timeline will be preserved so that you can
always pick up where you left off when you return.
fig. 15 fig. 16 fig. 17
Button-Free Mode Share Title
The app offers a button-free control of audio playback player screen and selecting Sleep. Tap the desired Audible for Android allows you to share what you’re
using gestures. You can access the button-free mode amount of time you would like the audio to continue listening to with your friends and social media net-
(fig. 18) by tapping the Android menu button while on playing back. works. To share a title, Tap the Android menu button
the player screen and selecting Button-Free. (fig. 20) (fig. 20) while on the player screen and select Share.
Audio will now automatically end when you’ve
Notes: (fig. 19)
reached the limit that was set. You can wake from Once on the Share Title menu screen, you can select
• Swipe Up or Down to play/pause
sleep mode by tapping the screen to resume play- to share the title you’re listening to with your friends
• Swipe left to forward 30 seconds
back. via email, Twitter, or Facebook. To support this fea-
• Swipe right to rewind 30 seconds
ture, you must first install the appropriate Android ap-
• Double-tap to add bookmark
plication and login with your credentials. For example,
Rate Title to support posting on Facebook, you must first install
Sleep Timer You can rate a title directly within Audible for Android. and register your account using the Facebook for
The Sleep Timer allows you to set a period of time to Tap the Android menu button while on the player Android application.
cease audio playback. You can access sleep mode screen and select Rate Title (fig. 20). Simply select
by tapping the Android menu button while on the your rating and it will be added to the player screen.
fig. 18 fig. 19 fig. 20
Create and Annotate Bookmarks Details Chapters
The Create Bookmarks function allows you to book- To view details about the title you are listening to, tap To view chapter information, tap the Chapters tab on
mark your current listening position, just like you would the Details tab on the Player Screen (fig. 22). This will the Player screen. Selecting a chapter within this menu
in a book. While listening to audio, tap the Bookmarks enable you to view the author and narrator informa- will begin playing audio from the beginning of that
menu item to mark your current listening position. tion, file size, publisher information, and summary of chapter.
the title you are listening to.
If you would like to annotate your bookmarked Note: Chapter markers in Audible titles may not
position, select “Add notes” when prompted and You’ll also find the option to delete the locally stored correspond directly to a chapter in the book you are
add your desired text. copy of this Audible title from your device from the listening to. This is how the audiobook was processed
bottom of the Details tab on the Player screen. and not specific to the Audible for Android app.
You will be able to access and manage bookmarks in
the Bookmarks tab on the Player screen (fig. 21). You
can later edit, share, or delete these bookmarks via
the Bookmarks tab.
fig. 21 fig. 22 fig. 23
Stats and Badges News & Events
The Stats portion (fig. 24) of Audible for Android is a Audible for Android and the Audible.com website will The News section (fig. 26) is the best way to get the
fun way to track all sorts of audiobook listening infor- allow you to earn badges. (fig. 25) latest information on your favorite authors, narrators,
mation, including: Audible events, and more. News is updated often, and
From badges for listening activities to other actions in real-time, so keep checking back! You’ll be notified
• Daily, Monthly, and Total Listening Time you can take on your phone while using Audible for when there are newly added News feed items by a red
• Your App Listening Level. Are you an AppNewbie Android, we encourage you to experiment with the numeric badge appended to the New Feed icon.
or an AppMaster? application and uncover them all!
• Total Number of Audible Titles To access News, tap the Android menu button from
To access stats, tap the Android menu button from the My Library screen and tap News.
In addition to Stats, performing certain actions on the My Library screen and tap Stats.
Note: If you delete the application, you will lose your lis-
tening stats and badges. Only upgrades will ensure that
your listening stats and badges are preserved.
fig. 24 fig. 25 fig. 26
To access the Settings screen, tap the Android menu About this Application Additional Help and Support
button from the My Library screen and tap Settings. Check for Updates: The following resources provide additional
Settings allow you to set various preferences within Search for updates to the Audible for Android app information that may not be covered in this guide.
the Audible for Android application.
Share this App: Audible for Android Homepage
Share a link to download the Audible for Android app http://www.audible.com/wireless/android
General Settings with your friends and social networks
Disable ‘Auto Lock’:
Prevents auto-lock from engaging while audio is Audible Customer Care Website
playing, so you can have full access to the application http://www.audible.com/helpcenter/
window (for audio control, bookmarking, etc). Note: Help & Support
Your battery life will be reduced while this setting is Call Customer Care: Audible Customer Care Phone Support
enabled. Begins a phone call with the Audible Customer Care 888-283-5051 (USA & Canada)
Team. 1-973-820-0400 (Intl.)
Sign Out: Monday-Friday 9AM-10PM EST
Allows you to sign out of the Audible account you Email Customer Care: Saturday 10AM-7PM EST
are currently using. By signing out, you will still have Delivers an email for delivery to the Audible Customer
full access to the books you’ve downloaded locally Care Team.
to your device. You will continue to earn badges and
listening stats, however, they will not be attributed to Feedback & Request Feature:
your Audible account. 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 feed-
Download Settings back will be personally responded to.
Only on WI-FI:
If selected, Audible for Android will only download
titles from My Library when connected to a Wi-Fi Reset Application:
network. This option is recommended for users Removes all temporary and cached data in the appli-
without an unlimited data plan. cation. Please use this option if you are experiencing
a glitch in the application. Your existing downloads,
listening stats, and badges will be preserved.
High Quality audio is Audible’s highest audio format.
Standard Quality audio takes up less space on your An- Send Bug Report:
droid memory card and will download more quickly than Initiates a bug submission directly to the Audible
High Quality. The default setting is Standard Quality. Wireless development team. All reports will be exam-
ined to track bugs and work on solutions, but not all
submissions will be responded back to.