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How to Add Audiobooks to iTunes Library? [2 Solutions]

Q: How do I transfer audiobooks purchased on iPhone to iTunes on my computer?

"Why can not I sync audio books I purchased on my iPhone onto my computer? Is there any way to transfer audiobooks from iPhone to iTunes Library? Any suggestion is appreciated. Thanks in advance." -- From Apple forum

add audiobooks to itunes library There are many tutorials on Google about how to sync audiobooks to iPhone/iPad/iPod, maybe it is because many users prefer to listen to audiobooks with the portable iPhone/iPad/iPod device anywhere and anytime. However, for some users who purchased audiobooks on iPhone, they also want to sync audiobooks to iTunes for backup or share with other devices easily as well. To resolve this problem, this post will show you 2 ways to transfer audiobooks from iPhone to iTunes for your reference: transferring audiobooks to iTunes Library with/without iTunes.

Method 1. Import Audiobooks to iTunes Library from computer with iTunes App
Method 2. Transfer Audiobooks to iTunes Library from iPhone via iOS Audiobooks Transfer

Method 1. Import Audiobooks to iTunes Library from computer with iTunes App

iTunes allows users to transfer media files to iTunes Library, such as photos, videos, music, podcasts and also audiobooks as well. However, please be noted that iTunes only allows to transfer purchased files and won't transfer non-purchased files due to copyright issue, so please make sure your audiobooks are purchased from iTunes Store.

Besides, you can only transfer audiobooks from one iTunes Library to iPhone, or your phone data will be erased. So it is quite import to backup important data on iPhone before using iTunes to transfer data. Now, let's see how to back up audiobooks to iTunes Library using iTunes.

Here's how:

Step 1. Firstly, if you want to transfer audiobooks from iPhone to iTunes Library using iTunes, you'd better transfer audiobooks from iPhone to computer at first. (See how to transfer media files from iPhone to computer >>)

Step 2. Launch iTunes on your computer. To avoid unexpected iTunes errors, please make sure you are running the latest iTunes on your PC, or go to "Help" > "Check for update" on iTunes to get the newest iTunes version.

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Step 3. On your Windows PC, please click "File" > "Add Folder to Library" on the left of iTunes window.

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Step 4. Now, on the opened dialog box, please search and select audiobook file folder on your computer, and click "Select Folder" to confirm it and start to import audiobooks to iTunes Library right away.

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Method 2. Transfer Audiobooks to iTunes Library from iPhone via iOS Audiobooks Transfer

To effectively copy audiobooks from iPhone to iTunes Library, it is recommended a professional iPhone audiobooks transfer tool - iOS Data Transfer (Windows/Mac) for you. With it, you are able to transfer audiobooks from iPhone/iPad/iPod to iTunes Library without running iTunes, including the purchased audiobooks and non-purchased audiobooks.

What's more, this iOS Data Transfer can help you complete transferring work with multiple features as follows:

- Export everything from iPhone/iPad/iPod to computer;
- Import data from computer to iPhone/iPad/iPod;
- Transfer files from iOS device to another iPhone/iPad/iPod;
- Sync data from iPhone/iPad/iPod to iTunes;
- Selectively choose data before transferring without deleting the existing data;
- Transferable files: audiobooks, books, ePub, PDF, iTunes U, text messages, photos, albums, camera shot, music, ringtones, movies, TV shows, music videos, podcasts, playlists, contacts, voice memo and etc.
- Supported devices: iPhone X/8 Plus/8/7 Plus/7/6s Plus/6s/6 Plus/6/5S/5/SE, iPad Pro, the new iPad, iPad Air, iPad 2/1, iPad mini, iPad with Retina display, iPod touch/Shuffle/Nano/Classic and etc.

Below are the free trials of the program in Windows and Mac version, please download the right version of it on your computer and start to transfer audiobooks from iPhone to iTunes library with ease.

[User Guide] Steps to Sync Audiobooks from iPhone to iTunes without iTunes:

This tutorial takes Windows version of the program as an example, Mac users can download the Mac version on your Macbook and refer to the following steps to transfer audiobooks.

Step 1. Make your iPhone detected by the program.

Launch the iOS Data Transfer program on your computer after downloading and installing, then connect your iPhone to PC with a USB cable. Thus your device will automatically recognize your mobile phone soon and show the interface as below.

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Step 2. Preview and select Audiobooks on iPhone.

When your iPhone is detected by the program, please click "Media" tab on the left panel, and click "Audio Books" tab on the top. This will show all the audiobooks on your iPhone. While previewing, please check the box next to the audiobook name to select them according to your need.

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Step 3. Import audiobooks into iTunes Library from iPhone.

After selecting all audiobooks you need, please click "Export to" > "Export to iTunes Library" option to add audiobooks from iPhone to iTunes Library immediately. Before soon, you can listen to audiobooks with iTunes as you like.

By the way, you can also select "Export to PC", which allows you to save your audiobooks to anywhere on your computer. (Also learn how to transfer iPod audiobooks to PC or Mac.)

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Words in the End:

Now you have two solutions to sync audiobooks to iTunes Library, you can choose one of them to complete the task. Personally I think that it is cost-efficient to rely on the iOS Data Transfer to transfer both of the purchased audiobooks and non-purchased audiobooks to iTunes Library, you can also easily manage the other data on your iPhone/iPad/iPod without so much restrictions and difficulty like iTunes. So why not have a try on it?

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