How do I download audiobooks again on iPhone?

Apple finally fixed one of its biggest problems with audiobooks in iBooks: You can now redownload your previous purchases via iCloud rather than have them stuck on a single device. If you've ever downloaded an audiobook onto an iPhone but never backed it up onto your computer, this is a fantastic and much-needed fix.

Previously, if you didn't transfer your audiobook purchases from your iPhone onto a computer before switching to a new iPhone, you couldn't redownload those titles onto the new device: You had to purchase the title again. Not anymore.

Audiobooks are now part of iCloud, like iTunes music, movies, and ebooks. As such, all your previous purchases are waiting for you to download directly onto your new iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Here's how to find them.

System Requirements

Redownloading audiobooks requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 8.4 or later or iTunes for Mac or PC.

How to redownload an audiobook on iPhone or iPad

Unlike Apple's other iCloud-related redownload options, there is no "Purchased" menu for your old audiobooks: You unfortunately have to know the name of the title you want to download. If you can't recall the books you are missing, it will be a good deal harder to find them.

  1. Open the iBooks app.
  2. Tap Search on the lower right side of the screen.
  3. Enter the title of the audiobook you are looking for.

    Searching for titles in iBooks on iPhone

  4. Tap Audiobooks to filter the results.
  5. Scroll down to find the audiobook you have previously purchased.
  6. Tap the Download icon. It looks like a cloud with an arrow pointing downward in it.

    Filtering search results in iBooks for iPhone

How to redownload an audiobook onto your Mac

You can also download audiobooks that you've purchased on an iOS device onto your Mac without having to connect it to your computer.

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Click on iTunes Store in the upper right side of the menu bar in the iTunes window.
  3. Enter the title of the audiobook you are looking for into the search field in the upper right corner of the iTunes window.

    Open iTunes on your Mac, click on the iTunes Store button, and the enter the title of the audiobook you want to find in the search bar.

  4. Click on Audiobooks on the right side of the iTunes window to filter the results.
  5. Find the audiobook you have previously purchased.
  6. Click the Download button below the title.

    Click on the Audiobooks button, and then click the download button located under the audiobook you have previously purchased.

Anything else?

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