Announcing Plans with Friends: Grow together in God’s Word…daily

Plans connect you with God’s Word:

Bible Plans, Reading Plans, Devotionals — whatever you call them, you probably already know that Plans are a proven way that you can get the Bible into the flow of your everyday life, by giving you just a little to read (or listen to) each day.

And the Bible is better with Friends:

When we spend time with friends, we often end up chatting about trivial things (movies or TV shows, sporting events, or recent purchases, as just a few examples). But, when we share our spiritual lives with trusted friends, those more meaningful conversations typically draw us closer to one another. Also, getting someone else’s perspective often helps us see things in God’s Word that we might not have noticed on our own.

Plans with Friends brings together the best of both.

Plans with Friends
Address a challenging issue in your life by inviting one or two close Friends to join you in a Plan. You’ll see one another’s progress as you complete days, and you can talk over each day’s reading in a private discussion area.

Discussion View

Kick off a group Bible study by inviting a few of your friends — or several — to start a Plan with you. As you complete each day on a shared schedule, you’ll likely see things in God’s Word that you’ve never noticed before, learning from one another’s perspectives in a group-text style of conversation.

Plans with Friends Process

Getting started is easy:

  1. Update your app
  2. Start any Plan
  3. Select “With Friends”
  4. Choose a start date
  5. Invite your Friends

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Announcing Streaks: Get the Bible habit you’ve always wanted

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Oh, how I love your teachings!
I talk about them all the time.

Psalm 119:97

The Bible is God’s Word to us, the spiritual food that we need to live each day with love, wisdom, and purpose. That’s why today we’re thrilled to announce Streaks. We designed Streaks specifically to help you build your habit of connecting with God through His Word.

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The strongest habit starts small.

Whether you’re refreshing your existing Bible habit, or building a brand new one from scratch, consistency is key. Streaks show you how many days in a row you’ve opened the Bible App, right at the top of your Home feed.1

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Streaks help you take it one day at a time.

Streaks encourage you with push notifications: short, gentle reminders to connect that help you build momentum over time. And along the way, each time you reach a new milestone — such as engaging with God’s Word for 7 days in a row or beating your previous record — Streaks reward your accomplishments with special, mini-celebrations.

Current Streak

It’s just three simple steps:

  1. Update your app. (Now is good.)
  2. Connect today. (Just open the app.)
  3. Come back tomorrow. (Repeat Step 2.)

That’s it! Once you have our latest release, every day you open the Bible App, you’ll be building a Streak… which means you’ll be building your habit. Read or listen to Scripture. Enjoy today’s selection for one of your Bible Plans. Watch a Bible App Video, such as “What is the Bible?” or “Matthew 5:1-16” (the Sermon on the Mount) or “Bread of Life.” Find Friends in the Bible App and grow your Bible community.

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1 Streaks require a network connection, and that you be signed in to your YouVersion account.

Quickly explore one verse in many versions.

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See every Bible verse in a new way.

What do you do when you have trouble understanding a verse? What about when you read a verse that feels familiar, but it’s worded differently than you remember? How do you dig deeper into a verse… really meditate on it and unlock its treasures?

“Compare” lets you easily view a verse in different versions at the same time.

Tap any verse, then tap Compare. You’ll see the same verse repeated in all of the Bible versions you’ve used recently — even offline.1 To add more versions to your list, tap the plus button ( plus button ). To remove versions from your list, or to rearrange the order, tap Edit ( settings button on Android).

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(On mobile devices, opens the Bible App in Read mode. Not available at Bible.com.)


1 To have more than one Bible version when you’re offline, you’ll first need to download some to your device when you’re online. Sometime when you have a good connection, tap the 3-letter version code at the top of the Bible Reader. Tap Download next to the Bibles you’d like. (Some Bibles not available for offline use.)

YouVersion’s 2017 21-Day Challenge: You could win an Amazon Fire Tablet!

If you’re like most people who download the Bible App, you installed it because you believe that reading the Bible is important, and you intend to read it more. One of the best ways we’ve found to start a daily discipline is to complete one short Plan after another in the Bible App.

That’s what our annual 21-Day Challenge is all about: helping you start building a daily habit of connecting with God’s Word.

Also, you could win prizes…

To inspire you, between February 1 and February 21, we’ll be holding drawings where we’ll give away YouVersion T-shirts, stickers, drinkware, and even 7-inch Amazon Fire tablets!1 To be eligible for a drawing, just share a link to the Plan you’re reading that day on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, using the hashtag #BibleFor21. We’ll be searching for #BibleFor21 to build our list of entries each day, so make sure you mark your post “Public” so we can see it. (See the Official Rules below.)

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…and maybe even the Grand Prize!

If you complete the day’s selections from at least one Bible Plan each day from February 1 to February 21, you’ll be entered in a special drawing for our grand prize: one of everything — one T-shirt, one sticker pack, one mug, AND an Amazon Fire tablet! (Plus whatever other fun things we can find that will fit in your shipping box.)

And, regardless of whether you win a prize, everyone who completes all 21 days will earn our special, commemorative 2017 21-Day Challenge Badge on their YouVersion profile:

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(See the Official Rules below.)


Spread the Word.

We’ll be giving away prizes each week all throughout the 21-Day Challenge. Tell your friends, and invite them to join you in the Bible App!

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Official Rules

📲  Get the Bible App

Make sure you have the Bible App installed on a device (or devices), or on the web at Bible.com, that you will be able to use every day from February 1 to February 21.

✔  Sign Up for a Free Account

If you haven’t already, create your own free YouVersion account (or sign in with Facebook or Google).

📑  Start a Bible Plan

Sign up for a Bible Plan — or for several. We recommend that you browse through Plans that interest you and use Save for Later to collect the ones you want to use for the 21-Day Challenge.

Note: You don’t have to begin a new Plan on February 1. If you already started a Plan before February 1 — or more than one — that’s great! Just keep going, and don’t miss any days. (Keep reading for more.)

🗓  Read Each Day

At least once a day, every day from February 1 to February 21, go to your Plans > My Plans and complete the daily selection for at least one of the Plans you’re subscribed to.

IMPORTANT! Each day when you complete your selections, make sure they get checked off. (More on this in a moment.)

👏🏽  Share Your Progress, Be Entered to Win Prizes

After you complete a day’s reading, inside the Bible App, go to that Plan’s Info page (More icon > Plan Info), tap the share icon (Android Share icon or iOS Share icon) and share your Plan to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, and include the hashtag #BibleFor21. Sharing is not necessary to earn your Badge, but it is required to be entered to win one of many prizes we’ll be giving away.

IMPORTANT! When you post on social media, we cannot see posts that are “Friends,” “Private,” or “Only Me.” Make sure that you mark your social media post as “Public” — AND that you include #BibleFor21 — or we won’t be able to see your entry.

1Prizes include YouVersion-branded items such as a T-shirt, stickers, drinkware, tablets, and more. Prizes are subject to change or substitution based on availability. Winners will be contacted with details about how to receive their prizes. Because of some limitations with international shipping, not all items will be available to ship to all countries.

🏅  Earn a Badge!

All users who complete the 21-Day Challenge — reading the day’s selections from at least one Bible Plan each day for all 21 days (February 1 to February 21) — will receive their special commemorative badge in the Bible App. (No Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram posts required.)

IMPORTANT! Badges will be automatically awarded based upon days checked off each day during the Challenge. This is why it is so important that you ensure that each day’s reading is ACTUALLY CHECKED OFF, EACH AND EVERY DAY of the Challenge. We cannot award badges to users who miss checking off any days DURING THE CHALLENGE.

Note: If you already started a Bible Plan before the 21-Day Challenge begins on February 1, that’s great! Just keep going, and make sure you complete at least one day, every day, between February 1 and February 21 — and that each day gets checked off.


Now let’s get you started.

If you haven’t signed up for your next Bible Plan yet, this year’s 21-Day Challenge is just one more great reason to start! With thousands of Plans to choose from, we know that you’ll discover several that you’ll enjoy.

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Listen to your Bible.

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Let the Bible App read to you.

Twenty 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.1 You might even enjoy listening as you read along. It’s easy:

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Tap the speaker icon.

Inside the Bible App, when you see a speaker icon in the menu above the Bible text, tap it, then tap Play. If you don’t see a speaker icon above the Bible version you’re reading…

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Switch versions.

Tap the version abbreviation at the top of the app. Select any version with a speaker icon next to it. When you return to the Bible reader, tap the speaker icon.

Start Listening

1 Listening while connected to Wi-Fi does not use your mobile data plan. All Bibles that feature audio have a speaker icon next to them. To see all available versions, just tap your current Bible version.

Even one verse at a time.

Several of the audio Bibles we feature can read to you one verse at a time (many play only one chapter at a time). Try listening to the daily passages from one of your subscribed Plans with one of these audio Bible versions:

American Standard Version
Biblica English NIV-UK
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision 1752
English Standard Version
Good News Translation
Good News Translation (US Version)
Holman Christian Standard Bible
King James Version
Lexham English Bible
New International Version
New Living Translation
New American Standard Bible
World English Bible


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Get more from audio.

Select Bible App platforms even offer advanced audio playback features:

On your Apple device:

You can:

  • Select the playback speed you want.
  • Skip backward or forward 30 seconds.
  • Set the playback Timer, and make God’s Word the soundtrack to whatever you’re doing.

On your Android device:

When you select a Bible version that features audio, a play/pause button appears at the bottom, “floating” above the Bible text, to let you begin listening with just one tap. (Choose whether to show or hide this floating button with the “Show Controls” switch.)