Introducing: Bible iMessage app. Oh, and one more thing…

Introducing: The Bible iMessage app.

In iOS 10, Apple introduced iMessage apps, a fun, super-easy way to include all kinds of content in your text exchanges — without ever leaving the Messages app. Today we’re thrilled to announce the Bible iMessage app, designed to help you breathe life and Godly wisdom into your everyday conversations.1

Send a professionally-designed Verse Image to inspire a friend. Or tap through our pre-selected emotion keywords to help you find a Bible verse that fits what you’re discussing. Or if you already have a specific verse in mind, just tap the reference search and look it up directly.2

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1 iMessage apps are only available on Apple devices running iOS 10 or higher.
Get all the details for how to find, install, and use iMessage apps here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT206906
2For now, the Bible iMessage app is only available in English. If you’d like to be among the first to know when we introduce new features, click one of the icons at the end of this email to follow us on social media.

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There is one more thing…

We’re sure you’ll love the all-new Bible Keyboard, no matter what app you’re using — even if your iPhone or iPad doesn’t support iOS 10. Like the Bible iMessage app, Bible Keyboard also lets you quickly find a verse based on emotion or by search… but then you can insert them into any text field in your favorite chat, note-taking, and social media apps.1

Say you’re texting with a friend, and you realize they could really use a kind word. Or you’re organizing your notes to study for a big test, and you want to include a reminder to yourself not to be anxious. Or a friend posts on social media that they got the job they wanted, and you want to celebrate with them.

If you’ve ever used an emoji keyboard, then you already know how to use Bible Keyboard.2 But, even if you haven’t, it’s so simple (and fun!) that we’re sure you’ll love it.

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1 Bible Keyboard is available on Apple devices running iOS 8 or higher. Before you can start using Bible Keyboard, first you’ll need to enable it. After you’ve updated your Bible App, tap “More” (the … at the far-right side of the bottom menu), then Bible App Settings, then “Enable Keyboard,” and follow the prompts.
For now, Bible Keyboard is only available in English. If you’d like to be among the first to know when we introduce new features, click one of the icons below to follow us on social media.

Bible App Update: Compare Versions, New Plan Discovery, More…

Our mission at YouVersion has always been to help you engage with the Bible. Last year, we completely redesigned the Bible App to make it even easier to get more of God’s Word into your daily life. Today, we’re thrilled to announce our most significant update since that launch. These brand-new features — along with exciting upgrades to some old favorites — now help you do more of the things you want, even faster, and more simply than ever before.

Compare Versions

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Now, for the first time ever in the Bible App, you can quickly see how different Bible versions translate the same passage. Perhaps you’re having difficulty understanding the meaning of a passage, and you want to to see it phrased another way. Or maybe you come across a verse that feels like you’ve heard it before, but it’s just not quite the way you remember it. Tap on the verse, then tap Compare Versions, and see the same verse repeated in all of your recently used Bible translations. And as you’re comparing, you can easily add or remove which versions you’re seeing. You can even Compare Versions when you’re offline, showing your verse in any versions you’ve previously downloaded.

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New Bible Plan Discovery

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We never stop exploring new ways that we can equip you with tools to bring biblical wisdom to every aspect of your everyday life. For this release, we created several new Plan categories, then expanded the ways we categorize Plans, then completely redesigned our Plan “Discover” page to be more visual and intuitive. Struggling with stress? Looking for wisdom for your relationships? Need a dose of hope of inspiration? Now, not only is it easier to find just the right Bible Plan(s) for the season of life you’re in — it’s fun!

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New Verse Action Design

We also completely redesigned how Verse Actions work, with a handy new menu that makes it simple to Share, Bookmark, Highlight, create Verse Images, and more. When you feel inspired as you’re reading or listening, one tap slides your options into view at the bottom of the screen… without blocking your view of Scripture. One more tap starts any available action. Adding or removing a Highlight — or changing the color of an existing one — is now as easy as touching a dot on the all-new color bar. Slide the Verse Actions bar from left to right to see even more options, such as custom Highlight colors and our all-new Compare Versions feature.

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About the Bible App

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We want your Bible App experience to be as amazing as possible. So before you update or install this latest version, please check your device Settings to ensure that it’s up-to-date with the most recent release of iOS or Android available for your device. Some Bible App features may not be available on older devices, or on older versions of iOS or Android.

The Bible App has been installed on more than 231 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App offers more than 1,300 Bible versions, in more than 1,000 languages. And it’s always completely free.

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Introducing Events, the Newest Feature in the Bible App

If you’ve ever used the “Live” tab in the Bible App, then you’ll love the all-new feature we’re introducing today that replaces it. It’s called Events. Here’s what Events will do for you:

Discover

Don’t miss a thing.

The Discover tab helps you find services happening at your church, as well as other special events taking place nearby.

 

Follow-Along

Keep up with the action.

As you attend an Event, you’ll be able to follow along with its main points, Bible references, and more… all from inside the Bible App!

 

Notes

Capture the moment.

When God’s Word begins speaking to you through a message, take notes in your own copy of that Event, saved and synced to your free YouVersion account.

 

Share

Get the Word out.

Share the what, where, and when about an Event to invite your friends to it. Share portions of an Event you’re attending—key points, Bible verses, artwork, and more—to your social networks. Even export the entire contents of an Event, with or without your notes, to apps like Evernote or to your email.

 

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Take church with you.

Save an Event to your YouVersion account (including your notes) so you can study it more deeply later and still have the context. Revisit all your favorite Events whenever you want on your Saved Events tab.

 

Plans

Get it all.

Discover Bible Reading Plans and Devotionals that can help you go further with the messages that resonate with you. Start a new Plan, or save it for later… all from inside an Event.

 


What if my church isn’t using Events?

YouVersion Events is an all-new service, so it’s likely that the leadership at your church hasn’t heard about it yet. Just as with YouVersion Live, Events is a completely free service that we’re happy to provide to churches. If you’d like your church to use Events, click below to let your church leadership know about it.

Tell Your Church About Events
 


How do I get Events?

Events is a free feature in the Bible App. Events is all-new, so you need to make sure that you have the Bible App on your Apple or Android device updated to the latest version.

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Tell your friends about Events!

We hope that you’re connecting with the Bible every day, and that you’re involved in a local church. If you’re actively engaged in biblical community, then you already know how much those relationships can help transform your life. Help other people discover those same connections. Join us in spreading the Word:

 

 


Events: Frequently Asked Questions

What is Events?

Events is a completely free feature inside the YouVersion Bible App that helps you easily connect with church events that you’re attending. Events can also help you discover other church and special events happening nearby. If your church isn’t using Events yet, you can direct your church leadership to bible.com/features/events, where they can sign up for a free YouVersion account to begin creating their own Events. Our free administrative tools for Events make it easy for your church to share key message points, Bible references, artwork, external links, important church news, and more.

 

I don’t see Events in my Bible App. Where is it?

iOS: Events is under the More view (…) on your toolbar, after Videos. Android: Events is in the main menu, under Videos (tap the menu icon at the top left corner). If you don’t see Events, but you see a “Live” tab, then you are running an older version of the Bible App. Please update your Bible App to the latest version by visiting http://bible.com/app.

 

Do I have to update my Bible App to get Events?

Yes. Because Events is an all-new feature, you must update the Bible App to get it. (We recommend that you configure your device to receive automatic updates.)

 

Do I have to have a YouVersion account to use Events?

You can search for and view Events without a YouVersion account. But, if you would like to take notes or save an Event, you must have a YouVersion account. Signing up is simple, and YouVersion accounts are completely free. A YouVersion account gives you access to all of the most powerful features of the Bible App — Bible Plans, Verse Images, Highlights, Notes, and more — synced across all your devices. Visit bible.com/sign-up to get your free account now.

 

Does it cost anything to use Events?

No. The Bible App has always been free, and it always will be. Although Events is an all-new service, it’s an integral part of the Bible App.

 

How can I find an Event?

The Bible App needs access to location services on your device to find Events near you. If you’re looking for a specific Event and you know what it’s called, you can search using part of its title.

 

Do I have to attend an Event to see it in the app?

No. If you know an Event’s title or its location, you can search for it that way. But, the purpose of our Events feature is to help you engage more with Events that you attend.

 

Can I see Events that have already ended?

Yes, if you have saved the Event, or if you have a direct link to it. However, once an event has ended, it will no longer appear in Events search.

Listen to your Bible.

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Let the Bible App read to you.

51 times every second, people from all over the world click “Play” on another audio chapter of the Bible inside the Bible App. Just imagine: listening to God’s Word while you exercise, while you get ready for work, during your commute — or whenever you want.* You might even enjoy listening as you read along. It’s easy… Continue reading “Listen to your Bible.”