Apple enables redownloads of audiobooks, iOS 9.3 to add audiobooks to Automatic Downloads

By , Mar 10, 2016

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Thanks to the iTunes in the Cloud feature, Apple customers have long been able to re-download apps, movies, TV shows, music, music videos, books, ring tones and tones purchased on the iTunes Store, but not audiobooks. As per Apple’s newly updated support document, customers in 22 countries total can now re-download any audiobook.

This feature is available in iBooks on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 8.4 or later, or in iTunes on a Mac or Windows PC. In addition, previously downloaded audiobooks, free or paid, are now listed in your Purchased history in iBooks and iTunes.

According to Apple’s “Availability of iTunes Redownloads” webpage, audiobooks can be re-downloaded in a total of 22 iTunes Store markets:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Luxembourg
  • The Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • The United Kingdom
  • The United States

To have your audiobook downloads automatically download on your other devices running iOS 9.3 or later, go to Settings → General → iTunes & App Stores and set the iBooks & Audiobooks switch below the Automatic Downloads heading to the ON position.


Keep in mind that the ability to enable Automatic Downloads for audiobooks is a new feature in the upcoming iOS 9.3 software update.

Re-downloading audiobooks on iPhone and iPad

1) Open the iBooks app on your iOS device.

2) Tap Search from the bottom navigation bar, then search for the audiobook that you want to download.

3) In your search results, tap Audiobooks.

4) Locate the audiobook that you wish to re-download, then tap it. On the audiobook’s page, tap the cloud icon to instantly re-download your purchase to this device.

Re-downloading audiobooks on Mac

1) Open iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC.

2) Click iTunes Store.

3) Use the search field, find the audiobook that you wish to re-download to your desktop.

4) Click Audiobooks from the list on the right side of the window.

5) Locate your audiobook and click the cloud icon to re-download it to your library.

By the way, iOS 9.3 also enables Family Sharing for audiobooks.

Source: Apple via MacRumors

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  • Anonymous

    Unless things have change ring tones and tones do not back up to the cloud. You have to back them up to a computer. Granted i lost all my tunes going from ios8 to ios9. Perhaps things have changed since then, but not to my knowledge…. To say the lest i learn the hard way.

    • the hood

      same here. my audiobooks also ‘disappeared’ and aren’t listed anymore in their store and i’m on ios9. It’s great when they insinuate you’re lying about a purchase and then they find you did make said purchase. i love apple phone support, they’re as good as itunes.(insert sarcastic comment)

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