How to: Ask Your Friends for Help Reading the Bible

Yesterday we talked about the value of telling the people in your life about your goals. Today we’ll talk about taking that even further.

Ecclesiastes 4:9–10 says, “Two are better off than one, because together they can work more effectively. If one of them falls down, the other can help him up. But if someone is alone and falls, it’s just too bad, because there is no one to help him.”
(Good News Translation)
Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.”
(New Living Translation)

We need our friends. YouVersion makes it easy to recruit your friends and family to help you. When you sign up for a Reading Plan, consider taking just a minute to set up progress update emails that can be sent to a friend. (You can send them to yourself, too!):

  1. Sign in at
  2. Select My > Reading Plans.
  3. Click the link or the [Plan Overview] button for the plan you want help with.
  4. Click the Accountability tab (lower right).
  5. Turn Accountability on (lower left).
  6. Add each friend you want to receive updates.
    Note: They’ll need a free account, and they need to be following you.
  7. Check your box if you also want to receive updates.
  8. Click [Save].

That’s it! Of course, things happen. If you happen to miss a day, it’s easy to get back on track. Just pick back up where you left off. You can even go to your plan at and click the “Catch Me Up!” link at the bottom of the page, or go to your plan on your mobile device, view the Plan Info page, and tap the [Catch Me Up] button.

We hope you have a great year diving in to God’s Word!

5 Replies to “How to: Ask Your Friends for Help Reading the Bible”

  1. I’ve tried using the accountability feature but it never saves. I check the boxes, select friends and click save. Every time I return it says accountability is off.

  2. I’ve had some problems with this feature. When I save it sometimes switches the toggle from on to off. Also, when I add people, I expect their names to remain there if I decide to come back and add folks later. At this point I do not know if anyone is receiving my accountability communications.

    In my opinion, the UX of this feature should be improved – and the feature should be elevated (not so buried).


  3. When I hit save after adding my Youversion friend, it does not save. It does not show that he is getting my live feeds. Is this me or something else.

  4. How can I get support questions answered? I’ve sent three and they are still awaiting assignment to a technician; it’s bee over a week. We started the 345 Plan at church and need to get it coordinated for those who are doing it online and those who are not; we need to all be on the same chapter and I have several questions. Thanks if you can help.

  5. I and many other users (everyone I know) and lots others can’t use this feature. We’ve followed the directions exactly. There are many comments in a thread on the support forums saying the same thing. This would be a great feature. Please look into it. Thanks

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