How to download books from Google Play

You can download ebooks from Google Play Books so you can read them anywhere, even when you don't have an internet connection.

Download books for offline reading

  1. Open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. Go to your library.
  3. Next to the book you want to download, tap Download Download.
  4. Once the book is downloaded, a Downloaded icon displays Offline.
  • On Android (version 2023.04.17.00 and up), you can download multiple books at once. Tap and hold a book, select more books, and then tap Download Download.
  • To remove downloaded books, tap and hold to select multiple books and tap Remove download .

Download using Wi-Fi only

To avoid data charges, you can download ebooks using Wi-Fi only.

  1. On your phone or tablet, open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. At the top right, tap your profile picture.
  3. Tap Play Books Settings and then Download over Wi-Fi only.

Save new downloads to an SD card

Before you start

  • The SD card must be formatted as “Internal” or “Portable Storage.” Settings and functionality vary by phone. For more information, contact your device manufacturer.
  • Check if your SD card has enough storage.

Save books to an SD card

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open Play Books Play Books.
  2. At the top right, tap your profile picture or initials.
  3. Tap Play Books settings Settings.
  4. Turn on Download new books to SD card.
  • If Play Books can’t download to your SD card, it automatically downloads to your internal storage instead.
  • Previous downloads don’t transfer to the SD card. To move previously downloaded books to the SD card, turn on SD card storage, remove the download, and then redownload the book.
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