How to Add Audiobooks to iPhone Without iTunes

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Natali Solovyova Jun 19, 2020

This guide will help you transfer audiobooks to iPhone without iTunes in various formats.


When I got my first iPhone, I wanted to have everything in it – from good photo editors, lots of music, and all Apple audiobooks I could find.

Previously, I used to listen to audiobooks on a CD player, because I was unsure how to add audiobooks to iPhone and unaware of how convenient it was.

Of course, like most iPhone users, I felt really confused while syncing audiobooks with iTunes and I couldn’t understand the difference between MP3 audiobooks and M4B audiobooks.

So, I went to the great lengths to find the perfect solution and make it an easy ride for you once and for all.

Watch this super short video tutorial right below:

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M4B vs. MP3

Before we explore how to add audiobooks to iPhone, it’s key to understand the difference between the two most common formats – MP3 audiobooks and M4B audiobooks.

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

Essentially, M4B is the native format of audiobooks on iPhone or any other iOS device.

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, but still choose to listen to audiobooks in MP3, you can check out our in-depth article with 5 simple ways how to add MP3 to iPhone.

How to add audiobooks to iPhone without iTunes

The simplest and quickest way to transfer audiobooks to iPhone is to use an awesome utility app called WALTR 2. The entire process won’t take you more than a minute and you’ll learn the struggle-free way to add audiobooks to iPhone.

WALTR 2 is a macOS and Windows friendly application developed by Softorino. It has a stylish user interface and you can get almost any file on your device with a straightforward drag and drop mechanic.

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.

Step 1. Download & Launch

To transfer audiobooks between iPhone and computer, you’ll need to start by downloading WALTR 2, which you can do by clicking the green button below.

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Then, open WALTR 2 on your desktop and connect your iPhone to the computer.

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After connecting your iPhone via USB cable for the first time, every next time you would want to send audiobook to iPhone, you will be able to use the Wi-Fi for connection.

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 on your iPhone in a few seconds.

WALTR 2 is transferring Audiobooks into iPhone

Step 3. Enjoy listening!

After the transfer is complete, you are done. That’s all it takes to add audiobooks to iPhone.

You can now start listening to the best audiobooks the internet has to offer on an iPhone. Remember, that if you add M4B to iPhone, it will land in your Apple Books app. If you add MP3 to iPhone, it will land into your Apple Music app.

How to put audiobooks on iPod without iTunes

The steps required to add audiobooks to iPod are similar to the ones for an iPhone. It is also very common to listen to audiobooks on an iPod, simply due to its convenience.

WALTR 2 remains as the perfect solution for this task as it supports every single generation of iPods out there.

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

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.

WALTR 2 is a great option if you want to transfer the audiobook to iPhone (iPod) without iTunes. It doesn’t matter which format you choose, as WALTR 2 supports all. Obviously, if you choose to add M4B audiobooks to iPhone, you will get all the benefits mentioned in our M4B vs MP3 comparison.

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.

How to download audible books?

If you are looking for a solution on how to add audiobooks to iPhone for free, we’ve got a few recommendations that might come in handy.

Apple’s library offers a good variety of so-called “free iTunes books”, but it’s far from what the internet has to offer. The websites that I found to have the most diverse collection of best audiobooks are Lit2Go, LibriVox, and Mindwebs. My current go-to is certainly LibriVox.

After you got yourself an eCopy of the desired book, you can quickly drop it to the device of your choice using WALTR 2.

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.

I sincerely hope I was able to get you up to speed on how to transfer audiobooks to iPhone without iTunes. Enjoy!

Natali Solovyova
Natali Solovyova

Apple junkie at Softorino

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