How to Add M4B Audiobooks to iPhone without Syncing

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Natali Solovyova Mar 17, 2020

This guide will help you transfer M4B audiobooks to iPhone without syncing! Yes, you guessed it – there’s no iTunes required.

When I got my first iPhone, I wanted to have everything in it – from good photo editors to .m4b audiobooks.

Previously, I used to listen to audiobooks on a CD player, but that wasn’t as convenient as listening M4B on iPhone.

Of course, like all iPhone users, I felt really confused while syncing audiobooks with iTunes. But now, I have a perfect solution. This article will show you how to add M4B audiobooks to iPhone without syncing.

Watch this super short video tutorial right below:

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How to add audiobooks to iPhone without iTunes

Recently, I started using a cool WALTR 2 app. It’s a go-to solution for everyone who wants to transfer audiobooks to iPhone.

It’s a macOS and Windows friendly application developed by Softorino. WALTR 2 is very simple to use. It has a stylish user interface – it will look classy on your desktop! What’s more – it’s extremely simple to use! For example, if you want to transfer M4B to iPhone – you just need to drag into the srop zone.

Download the app on the official Softorino website. It has a free trial so that you could test all the features of WALTR 2 before purchase.

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Requirements: Windows 8 and higher
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Before you start, download an audiobook. One or a dozen – doesn’t matter. You can transfer a single file or a whole folder to your iPhone at once.

I’m going to download The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. By the way, here are some excellent websites to download audiobooks from Lit2Go, LibriVox, Mindwebs, and others. I chose LibriVox.

Step 1. Launch & Connect

Open WALTR 2 on your desktop and connect your iPhone to the computer.

WALTR 2 is the right app to help transfer audiobooks to iphone

With WALTR, you can transfer any audiobook to your iPhone without iTunes syncing

No worries if you don’t have a USB cord – you can transfer files via Wi-Fi as well. Just be sure you connected an iPhone to the same network.

Step 2. Drag & Drop

Then, move a file on a desktop or open Finder (i.e., My Computer on a Windows PC). Drag an audiobook and drop it into WALTR.

Your audiobook will appear in your iPhone in a few seconds.

WALTR 2 is transferring Audiobooks into iPhone

WALTR will transfer all your favorite audiobooks in seconds

Step 3. Enjoy listening!

After the transfer is complete, you can now start listening to an M4B on iPhone. See? Nothing difficult!

Where are audiobooks on iPhone?

Both ebooks and audiobooks are in a pre-installed iBooks app. Launch the app, go to the Audiobooks section and check – your file is there.

M4b Audiobook iPhone

An audiobook will land in the default iBooks app

So, now you know how to put audiobooks to iPhone without iTunes. Finally, you can play M4B on iPhone without a hitch.

But I’m sure some of you still use an iPod, like me. And that’s great, ‘cause you can listen to audiobooks on them as well.

How to put audiobooks on iPod without iTunes

Let’s download A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens to be sure WALTR 2 works for iPods as well. And now, just follow these three quick steps.

Step 1. Launch WALTR 2 and connect an iPod

Plug your iPod in using a USB-cord. If you have an iPod Touch, you can connect your device via WI-FI.

Add audiobooks to iPhone without iTunes

WALTR supports any iPod ever created

Step 2. Drag & Drop

Pick your file from a Finder or a desktop. Drop it into WALTR.

Waaait for several seconds…

Step 3. Play M4B on iPhone

After you see “Transfer Complete”, you can listen to an audiobook. If you have an iPod Touch, open a default iBooks app and go to the Audiobooks section.

On an iPod Nano, go to the Music app and scroll down to Audiobooks. As you see, WALTR 2 automatically transfers all your files to the appropriate default app.

So, WALTR 2 is a good option if you want to transfer the audiobook to iPhone (iPod) without iTunes. What’s more pleasant, your audiobooks in M4B will always be stored in the iBooks app.

Congrats! You’ve just learned how to transfer audiobooks to iPhone or iPod without iTunes.

How to purchase M4B in iBooks?

You can buy an audio version in iBooks Store, but they’re not available for all the books. Alternatively, you can go to iTunes Store and search for audiobooks there and purchase them.

M4b iBooks

You can find most of the audio versions for the books in the iTunes Store

I’ve found out a neat trick that helps you play iBooks texts aloud without buying an audio version. You can do it with Siri. Just follow the instructions below!

  • Go to General Settings, Accessibility

  • Tap Speak Selection and choose the speaking rate (to make Siri read clearly)

  • Go to iBooks, select Scroll in Themes (a button)

  • Select a word from which to make Siri start and scroll to any part you want

  • As the menu appears, tap Speak. Siri starts reading a book!

That’s somewhat weird but worth trying. Just for fun.

M4B vs. MP3

Many times, people are using MP3 for audiobooks, instead of M4B. Is there a difference?

YES. M4B is perfect for listening on iOS devices, but it’s not supported by Android devices. Meanwhile, MP3 is accepted by most media players ever known. It’s the most popular audio format so you won’t face compatibility problems.

But there’s also a big perk of listening to M4B audiobooks instead of MP3. You can mark a point where you stopped a file. This means that, as you pause your audiobook, you’ll start from that point next time you open it.

M4B vs MP3

M4B is actually better for playing on iOS devices

Audiobook marking was made for simplicity. Don’t you find it annoying, when you always have to look for the moment you stopped listening? Believe me: remembering the time you paused won’t work that well. What’s more: you can even divide an audiobook into chapters using markers.

The last thing: M4B stays in iBooks, but MP3 files go to the Music app. This is probably the most crucial difference. So, if you’re using an iPhone, M4B is a perfect choice.

In conclusion

It looks like people are becoming more familiar with the technology. Many of us now replace paper books with electronic ones. E-books are easy to carry with yourself and don’t need too much space.

Since we’re all different, some of us prefer listening to reading. So if you’re such a person, audiobooks are what you need. Luckily, WALTR 2 is the perfect app to add audiobooks to iPhone without iTunes. It’s very simple and powerful.

It’s cool that you can listen to audiobooks anywhere from your iPhone. Your hands are always free, and you don’t collect more dust at home on bookshelves.

Natali Solovyova
Natali Solovyova

Apple junkie at Softorino

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