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How Does Bible App 5 Work?

This is the third post in a four-part series.

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When we’re intentional in our friendships with other Christ followers, we can explore our faith and grow together. This central idea drove the Bible App 5 update. Inside, you’ll find features to explore the Bible with your closest friends, as well as some fun new improvements:

Updated Menu:

  • Instant access to most features

  • New: View your Highlights as a list

  • New: Easier access to your active Plans

Updated Home View:

  • The Verse of the Day gets front-and-center attention

  • See a stream of Bible activity that shows what you and your friends are noting, bookmarking, and highlighting

  • Comment to share your thoughts, ask questions, and have meaningful conversations in the app as you study God’s Word together

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Finding Friends & Notifications 

Friends and Notifications

Privacy Control

  • Friendships are mutual; you always control who can see your Bible activity

  • You choose whether your Plans are public or private

Every tool we build into the Bible App is designed to help you engage more with God’s Word.  Of course, we never stop working to improve the Bible App.  In the weeks and months ahead, we’ll continue adding and sharing great new features with you. You can keep using the Bible App the same ways you always have—connecting with the Bible, simply, one-on-one. But we think experiencing the Bible in community is even better, and we can’t wait for you to try it!

 

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sirma.mobile.bible.android

App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bible/id282935706?mt=8

Why Bible App 5 is a Step Forward in Bible Engagement

Since the Bible App’s launch in July 2008, we’ve seen incredible changes in the landscape of Bible engagement. Many of the numbers we look at every day are now so big that, in some ways, it’s hard to get a handle on what they even mean. But one thing is for sure: a revolution is taking place. Millions and millions of people all over the world are making the Bible a part of their everyday lives, many of them for the first time. And our mission at YouVersion remains the same: to help people fully engage with the Bible.

Up until now, the Bible App was designed mostly around you as an individual—you reading or listening to your Bible, adding your personal notes and your insights. While many people have told us that this kind of personal experience has helped them grow closer to God through His Word, we think there’s still more we can do—a lot more. The all-new Bible App 5 transforms the way you experience Scripture…from “me” to “we.”

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Historically, people were only able to experience the Bible in community. Before the printing press, very few people had personal copies of the Bible. But movable type changed everything. For the first time in history, anyone who could read could experience God’s Word with their very own printed Bible. In more recent times, audio Bibles in several languages invite even more people to enjoy God’s Word by listening—even if they can’t read.

Bible App 5 was designed from the ground up to bring the best of all these things together again. It draws the Scriptures back into community, without sacrificing personalized access. You can keep enjoying your own Bible, just as you always have. But now, for the first time, you can also easily experience it within the context of close, trusted friendships.

That’s why we are so excited about Bible App 5, the most radical update since the Bible App began. Inside, you’ll find all-new features that let you discuss and discover the Scriptures—not with just anyone, but with the people you choose, real friends that you know and trust. Bible App 5 was designed specifically to help you connect more with God’s Word than you ever have before…through your relationships.

The new Bible App 5

Update your app or download Bible App 5 for Android or iOS today.

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sirma.mobile.bible.android

App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bible/id282935706?mt=8

Introducing Bible App 5

We’re thrilled to introduce Bible App 5, our biggest update ever. Over the last five years, the Bible App has helped millions grow closer to God’s Word through a personal experience with Scripture. Now, with this latest update, you can bring some of your favorite people into the picture as you explore the Bible with your closest friends.

Introducing Bible App 5

Conversation & Discovery: Explore the Bible with your Closest Friends

Share honest conversations about Scripture with a community of people you know and trust. Learn along with them as you see what they’re discovering. Gain a new way of looking at things as you spend time together in the Bible.

Bible App 5 helps these conversations become part of our daily life—commenting on the bookmark of a friend who’s going through a tough season, getting new insight as you read a friend’s note on a familiar passage, finding common ground with a friend who just highlighted the same verse. It’s an environment for asking sincere questions, sharing struggles and a-ha moments, and living closer to each other and God.

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It’s our passion at YouVersion to equip this generation to become the most Bible-engaged in history. We believe Bible App 5 is a leap forward in that effort, and we can’t wait to hear what you think!

Update your app or download Bible App 5 for Android or iOS today. You can also experience it on the web at bible.com.

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sirma.mobile.bible.android

App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bible/id282935706?mt=8

 

The Bible App Named in Apple’s Best of 2013

Apple's Best of 2013For the fourth consecutive year, the Bible App has been ranked in the top 100 Free apps for iPhone on Apple’s “Best of” list. And for the third year in a row, the Bible App was also ranked in the top 100 for iPad.

This is just a part of the story that continues to unfold across the worldwide YouVersion community throughout 2013. What we’re seeing right now is nothing short of an amazing work of God.

  • The Bible App for Kids launched to broad acclaim, reaching an incredible 1 million installs during its first week! Many parents shared stories like this one: “Walked in on my son tearing up as he watched Jesus die on the cross on @BibleAppForKids. Praying for the call on his life this morning!” —Wade

  • The Bible App reached 100 million installs—just in time to celebrate our 5th anniversary in July. And by the time 2013 ends, we’ll have reached nearly 125 million. People all around the world are engaging with the Bible in new ways, people like Roxann, who told us she was finally able to set aside the Braille Bible that took up 5 feet of shelf space. Now she can hold her Bible in her hand.

  • Each of these milestones represents people spending time in God’s Word, people like Andrew: “YouVersion allowed me to, for the first time, read the Bible cover to cover. I listened to a 1yr Bible plan in my car every day for a year. I consider it one of my most important life accomplishments.”

Because you never stop sharing how the Bible is shaping your life on Facebook, on Twitter, and face to face, many more people all over the world continue to discover the Bible App and experience the powerful love of God.

4 Tips for Using the Bible App with iOS 7

Today, Apple released the newest version of their mobile operating system, iOS 7. To help you fully leverage the latest technology as you engage with God’s Word, here are four tips for using the Bible App with iOS 7:

  • Full support for the iPhone 5 and the new Videos feature are here!Make Space…and Keep the Bible App. If you haven’t upgraded to iOS 7 yet, you may temporarily need to make room for the update on your device by deleting photos, music, or apps. If you need additional space, you can simply remove a few offline Bible versions, and then re-download those versions again later when you have more space available.

  • A Fresh Start. For some people, updating to the newest operating system is a chance to get a fresh start. If you’ve fallen behind on your Bible Plan, or simply haven’t used the Bible App in a while, this can be a great chance for you to start fresh, sign up for a new Plan, and get back on track.

  • Let the Bible App Do the Talking. Many users tell us how much they love using audio Bibles. During your commute, in the kitchen, or even when you’re exercising, audio Bibles take advantage of being able to engage with Scripture in a hands-free way, and in places we may not otherwise be able to.

  • New Languages. In iOS 7, Apple introduced two new default language options: Mexican Spanish and Australian English. If you happen to switch your device to either of those languages, it’s possible you may not be able to launch the Bible App. We’ve submitted a fix to Apple for this bug. In the meantime, you can switch your phone back to English or Spanish and continue using the app until the new update is available.

As always, YouVersion will continue to take advantage of new technology and new ideas, with the goal of seeing this generation become the most Bible-engaged generation in history.

 

Easy Ways to Help the Bible App Reach 100 Million

If you’ve been keeping up with the Bible App lately, then you probably already know that the worldwide YouVersion community is approaching an extraordinary milestone:

100 million installs!

While we’d love to get there by YouVersion’s 5th birthday on July 10, 2013, we need your help to make it happen. Here are 3 easy things you can do right now to let people know about the Bible App:

  1. Share from the Bible App. If you have the most current version of the Bible App for your Android or iOS device, open the main menu and select Share. Then just tap the button and follow the simple instructions. (But even if you can’t get to your Bible App right now, you can still visit our special page, bible.com/100million, where we make it easy to share.)

  2. Show your support. Change your profile picture and cover photos to let your friends and followers know you love the Bible App. Just visit us on Twitter and Facebook, save one of our images, and make it your profile or cover photo. It’s fast and easy!

  3. Watch for opportunities. Wherever you are—hanging out with friends, in line at the grocery story, even at church—keep your eyes open for anyone using a smartphone. Ask them if they like their phone, then ask them if they know about the Bible App. Show them how to find it at bible.com/app or in their app store or, even better, install it for them (with permission, of course).

100 million may sound like a lot, but there are more than 7 billion people on the earth today. We’ve seen God do amazing things in the last 5 years, more than we could have ever asked or imagined. So we believe this is really just the very beginning. We believe that this could be the most Bible-engaged generation in history. And you can help!

Share and Win

Once a week, every Wednesday between now and July 10, we’ll be giving away prizes like iPads, iPad minis, T-shirts, and gift cards* to people who have shared the Bible App. All you need to do be entered in a prize drawing is share from inside the Bible App. Check in with us right here on our blog, and on Twitter and Facebook, for details and winners!

*Certain restrictions apply. Not all prizes are available to be shipped to all countries and all territories.

Latest iOS Bible App Update Adds New Features

You can get version 4.3 of the Bible App™ for iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) in the iTunes App Store, available now*. While you’ll find improvements in responsiveness and other adjustments, we’ve also managed to squeeze several new features into this release:

  • Full iPhone 5 support. One of the most common requests we’ve been hearing from YouVersion’s iOS community is support for the iPhone 5’s larger display. It’s here!
  • All-New “Videos” feature. On the Bible App’s main menu—right alongside Reading Plans, Bookmarks, and Notes—you’ll find the brand-new “Videos” option. You’ve already let us know you enjoy watching video with Reading Plans. Now you can experience even more of God’s Word in this new way! Watch and share video content based directly on Scripture, like clips from History channel miniseries The Bible, Big Book Media and Toy Gun Productions’ The Lumo Project, and Jesus Film Media’s JESUS movie.
  • New “Getting Started” experience. When you first install the Bible App on your device, this handy tutorial walks you through everything you need to know, from setting up your free  ouVersion account to signing up for your first Reading Plan. Even if you’re already a long-time Bible App user, you might want to check out this great tool to see if you’ve been missing anything. Inside the Bible App, simply tap Help, Getting Started.
  • Show/Hide cross references and footnotes. Some Bible versions include additional supporting material that expands on the Bible text you’re currently reading. Now you can see these cross references and footnotes directly inline with your text. When you’re in the Bible Reader, just tap the Settings icon (the gear) and check the features you want to see. Hiding them is just as easy — simply uncheck.
  • Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements. We never stop working to improve your experience with the Bible App for iOS and YouVersion. Each new update allows us to pass several of these adjustments on to you, whether they came from issues you reported through our Support website or our own in-house testing and development.

Please tell your friends on Facebook and Twitter about this latest release, and let us know what you think. Your feedback plays a critical role in helping us determine what features we should be focusing our resources on.

 

UPDATE:

*We are aware of an issue affecting some users – if your app will not open or move past the YouVersion opening screen after you update, deleting and reinstalling the app will resolve this issue. Don’t worry about losing your info—your plans, notes, bookmarks, etc. will still be there for you when you sign in again. Our apologies for any inconvenience. Still need help? Head over to our Help Website and contact our team. Or find us on Twitter – @YouVersionHelp


Get Your Bible App Update Now:

If you already have the Bible App installed:

  1. On your Apple device, tap the App Store icon.
  2. When the App Store opens, tap the Updates icon.
  3. Tap Update for the Bible App.
    OR
    Tap Update All.


If this is your first time installing the Bible App:

  1. On your Apple device, tap the App Store icon.
  2. When the App Store opens, tap the Search icon.
  3. Search for “Bible”.
  4. Tap the Bible App from LifeChurch.tv.
  5. Tap the FREE button.

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Videos Feature Comes to the Bible App

We’re excited to announce the launch of a brand-new feature in the Bible App: Videos! You can immediately start engaging with the Bible through this new feature on the latest version of the Bible App for iOS, Android, and at Bible.com.

Now you can use the Bible App to watch and share Bible video content, generously provided by YouVersion partners. You’ll find clips from the History channel miniseries The Bible, which made a big splash during it’s premiere last night. You will also find  The Lumo Project from Big Book Media and Toy Gun Productions, as well as JESUS, the Jesus Film Media movie about Jesus’ life that’s already been shown more than 6 billion times worldwide!

At YouVersion, we’re constantly looking for new ways to help you engage with God’s Word. We believe Videos will help people connect with the Bible by letting them visually experience stories and concepts from the Bible—even if reading isn’t your favorite thing. Sharing video clips will also present new opportunities for you to invite discussion about your faith. And all video content is linked directly to the passages that inspired it, so you can jump straight to the original source!

To check out the Bible App’s new Videos feature, first make sure you have the most recent version of the Bible App on your iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) or Android device*. Then simply go to the Bible App’s main menu and select “Videos.”(Wi-Fi access recommended for the best experience.) You can even see the new Videos feature on Bible.com!

 

*The latest version of the Bible App for Android (4.2) is currently only available in the Google Play store. This version will make it’s way to Amazon and other Android markets around the world later this week.

Big Features, Updates Coming to the Bible App

Video is the newest addition to the Bible App, coming in the next release for iPhone/iPad, Android, and even at Bible.com!

“Videos” will be on the Bible App’s main menu, right alongside the tools you already love, like Reading Plans and Bookmarks. Watch high-quality clips from brand-new miniseries The Bible, the world-renowned JESUS movie, and The Lumo Project. Engage with God’s Word in new ways, as video brings Bible stories and concepts to life for you. And of course, sharing videos will also mean more opportunities to share your faith with others.

Another exciting update coming to the Bible App for iPhone in our next release: Full support for the iPhone 5’s larger display. Ever since the iPhone 5’s introduction, the YouVersion iOS community has been asking when the Bible App would support it. It’s here!

Please let your friends know about these exciting new Bible App features on Facebook and Twitter. And watch for release announcements, so you can be the first to get the new update as soon as it’s available for your device!

NIV Available for Download from YouVersion until January 21

Green Download Button from the Bible App™For a limited time, you can now download the New International Version (NIV) for offline use in the Bible App.

What does offline mean?  When you download a version, you can read it literally anytime, anyplace, even when you can’t connect to your service provider or to the Internet. On a plane, in church, or even when you just can’t get a good signal – offline versions help you stay connected and reading the Bible wherever you go.

If you missed your chance last time, have a new mobile device, or if you know someone who would be excited about this offer, spread the word and make sure you take advantage of this opportunity. Special thanks go to Biblica and Zondervan for making the NIV available to the YouVersion community!

This limited time offer will end at 11:59PM on Monday, January 21 Central Time U.S. (GMT -6)


Note: When you look at the available versions on your device, remember to hit the “Refresh” button, to ensure that the list you’re seeing is the most current.


Downloading offline versions:

Many versions in the Bible App™ are available to download to your mobile device, generously provided by Bible publishers free to the YouVersion community. (And several of these are available all the time—not just during promotions.)

Below are links to detailed instructions on how you can download the NIV, or any version that is available for offline download. Be sure you don’t miss this opportunity!

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