How to Fix Audible Turns Off When iPhone Locks

To ensure your audiobook continues playing when you lock your iPhone, close all other apps and update Audible and iOS. Next, open the “Settings” app to adjust Audible permissions, enable “Background App Refresh,” and clear the cache.

Hi, I’m Devansh. I listen to audiobooks on the Audible app on my iPhone 13 daily. In this article, I’ll guide you through all the steps you need to take to ensure you can listen to Audible seamlessly. I’ll also answer some common questions.

If you want to keep listening to Audible without leaving your iPhone’s screen on and draining the battery, keep reading!

First Steps

Before you try the three solutions, follow these quick steps first.

  • Step 1: Close all unnecessary apps running in the background
  • Step 2: Open the App Store, tap your account icon, and check for an update for the Audible app. If there is, install it.
  • Step 3: Open the Settings app, go to General, and Software Update. If there is an update available for iOS, download and install it.

Now, open Audible, play an audiobook, and lock the screen. If it pauses again, read the next section for more solutions.

Top 3 Solutions to Continue Playing Audible When iPhone Locks

The problem of Audible shutting down when the iPhone locks often stems from the wrong settings. So, open the Settings app and make these three changes to ensure you can listen to your audiobooks seamlessly.

Step 1: Toggle Off Media & Apple Music

In the Settings app, go to Audible, and toggle off Media & Apple Music.

According to many users in the Apple Support Community, doing this allows them to listen to Audible when their iPhone screen is locked.

Step 2: Enable Background App Refresh

When the iPhone locks, apps like Audible may pause to conserve power. To avoid this from happening, toggle on Background App Refresh for Audible.

If it is already on, toggle it off and back on again. Doing this allows the Audible app to perform tasks in the background, preventing it from pausing when you lock your iPhone.

Step 3: Clear Audible Cache and Reinstall

You can also reinstall the Audible app to eliminate any underlying glitches causing the app to pause unexpectedly. To do this, go to General > iPhone Storage > Audible, and tap Offload App.

Once done, tap Reinstall App.

Finally, verify if you can listen to audiobooks when your iPhone is locked.

Contact Audible Support

I hope you can now play Audible on your iPhone without pauses! But if the above solutions don’t work, you may need personalized assistance tailored to your device and account settings.

Visit this page to contact Audible Support or call 1-(888)-283-5051. You can also contact Apple Support for more information.


Here are some common questions about Audible turning off when iPhone locks.

What if Audible Turns Off Only When You’re Listening to Specific Audiobooks?

In that case, the audiobook file in question is likely corrupted. You can remove that audiobook and download it again. Offloading and reinstalling the app, as shown above, may also help.

Does Enabling Low Power Mode Contribute to Audible Shutting Down When iPhone Locks?

Yes, it can. According to our article about Low Power Mode, it turns off Background App Refresh. Due to this, your iPhone may turn off Audible when your screen is locked to conserve power. To turn off LPM, open Settings > Battery, and toggle off Low Power Mode.


When Audible turns off, follow these three steps: close all unnecessary apps running in the background, update Audible, and update iOS. Beyond that, open the Settings app to toggle off Media & Apple Music, enable Background App Refresh, and reinstall Audible.

By following these troubleshooting steps, I hope you can enjoy uninterrupted listening sessions of your audiobooks!

Do you have further questions about Audible turning off when the iPhone locks? Let me know in the comments!

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