Using the OverDrive app with the Apple Watch
As you may have heard, Apple made some news recently by adding a new product to their line of devices, the Apple Watch. Wearable technology has been trending lately ever since fitness trackers like the FitBit and the Nike+ Fuelband became
popular and Apple has joined the market by providing a watch that pairs with your iPhone and allows you to access your apps, calendars and much more right on your wrist.
One of the exciting pieces to the Apple Watch is that app developers now have a chance to create new experiences for users to interact with. We are currently in the process of looking into developing a unique experience for OverDrive users but in the meantime you can use Apple’s “Now Playing” feature to use our app with your brand new Apple Watch! Simply open the app on your phone and start playing your audiobook of choice. Your iPhone and Watch are synced via Bluetooth meaning that you can then control your playback options right on your watch.
It’s never been easier to enjoy free audiobooks from your library and the Apple Watch provides an even more convenient way to access these titles.
mahana53 March 31, 2020 at 9:17 pm
There is a way, but it takes a little time. Basically, you transfer overdrive titles on your desktop app to itunes, then from your iphone to apple watch through the music app. 1. Download the overdrive app to your desktop and download your overdrive selections. 2. Open itunes on your desktop and connect your phone as if you’re going to sync it. 3. On the desktop overdrive app, with your titles loaded, select a title and transfer it to your iphone. 4. Look on your phone and find the title in your music app as a newly added item. 5. Select it on your phone and transfer it to a new playlist (label it audiobooks or something). 6. Open the apple watch app on your phone. 7. Select music, select Add Music, select Playlist, select Audiobooks
* This can be time consuming if you prefer spontaneous. The downside is you have to delete it from your playlist and replace new titles when the time comes. Hope this helps.
Marie December 27, 2019 at 2:11 pm
Same. I would like to be able to listen to audiobooks without having my phone with me.
Steve Ray October 7, 2019 at 9:00 pm
I also would definitely appreciate the ability to store a Libby book on the Apple Watch. I workout every day and would love to leave the iPhone behind.
Marge September 24, 2019 at 8:31 am
Is it possible to use overdrive with your Apple Watch without carrying your phone yet?
Rebecca September 8, 2019 at 1:14 am
I am also eagerly awaiting an option to be able to listen to audio books on my iWatch without having to carry my phone with me.
Judith Henry June 6, 2019 at 2:37 pm
I use audibles iWatch app to upload audio books to my iWatch. This allows me to walk and listen without taking my phone. I’m hoping your new app will have that capability. Thanks for being in the race to providing new options.
Rachel May 12, 2019 at 12:11 am
Hello I am eager to know when I can use overdrive on my Apple Watch. Thanks for efforts to make people’s lives more convenient in advance!
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Would also love the ability to listen to audiobooks directly on my watch so I can leave the phone behind, especially now that the Overdrive app is discontinued on Catalina.