NEW! Offline Bible Versions Now Available on Android!

Yes, you read the title correctly. Offline Bible versions are now available for download through our Android Bible app!

Until now, offline Bible versions were only available to our iPhone and iPad users, but today marks a new era of Bible engagement. Now millions of Android users will be able to read the Bible anywhere, anytime, whether they are connected to the Internet or not. This is a significant update for several reasons:

  1. Our awesome (and patient) Android users finally get the feature they’ve been asking for most.
  2. Offline access means more opportunities to engage in Scripture!
  3. The growth of the Android platform means hundreds of millions of people will be given the ability to interact with the Bible all over the world, even when they are offline.
  4. The YouVersion Bible app for Android is already fast, delivering Scripture with blazing speed over a web connection. But now that you can have Bible versions stored directly on the device, loading Scripture will be faster than ever.

We hope you love this update as much as we’ve enjoyed bringing it to you. The update is available in the Android Market now.

Try it now!

To download a Bible version on Android:

  • Go to the list of Bible versions by tapping the top bar, then tap the top right box.
  • In the list of Bible versions, offline available versions are signified by small download icons on the right side. When you tap one of the download icons, the download will begin and a progress bar will appear.
  • Once the version has been downloaded, that Bible version will have a green and grey icon on the left side on the list so you know it’s available offline.

Fix for Bug in Bible App for iPhone/iPad

Good News: You are following a YouVersion Bible reading plan. Bad News: Some of you are having trouble accessing it.

If you are an iPhone/iPad user, you may be experiencing a problem when you try to access your reading plans from the app. This same bug is also affecting those of you that use the app to share Bible verses on Twitter and Facebook. We are very sorry and are working to make sure this does not happen again.

BUT, the good news is that we have a quick fix that can help get your Bible App working properly right now.

Simple instructions: Go to settings, sign out, and then sign in.

Detailed instructions:

  1. Open the Bible App on your iPhone/iPad
  2. iPhone users: Tap on the “More” button in the menu bar and then tap on “Settings”. iPad users: Tap on the gear icon next to the search box
  3. Tap on “Account”
  4. Tap “Sign-out” (this will sign out of your YouVersion account)
  5. Tap “Sign-in” (this will ask you for your YouVersion username and password)
  6. Sign-in and the problem will be fixed.

We are very sorry about any disruption you may have experienced. We want to be sure you know about the fix right away so that you can continue to make the Bible a part of your daily life.

Bookmarks for BlackBerrys

With version 2.5 of the YouVersion Bible app for BlackBerry, we’ve added the ability to bookmark verses for quick access later. Bookmarking is a popular feature on iPhone, iPad, Android and our other mobile apps, and we’re excited to deliver this feature to more than 2 million BlackBerry users.

Bookmarking a verse is simple. Just select a verse, hit the menu button, and choose “Bookmark Verse” from the menu. Now that verse will be listed among your bookmarks, which you can reach from the app dashboard.

And, since many of our mobile app users also enjoy engaging Scripture on their computer at YouVersion.com, your bookmarks will also sync with your YouVersion account so you’ll have them anywhere you use YouVersion to read the Bible.

Coming Soon
We have lots of new features coming down the pipeline for all of our mobile apps, so keep an eye out for great updates rolling out fast and furious. You’ll see things like the ability to share Bible verses via SMS (text message) and inside BlackBerry Messenger as well as faster load times and an updated dashboard design.

Also on the horizon is a revamp of YouVersion Contributions and Journals. We have big plans for them and can’t wait roll those changes out to you. Of course, that’s all we can say right now, but we know you’ll love the changes and what you’ll be able to do within your Bible app in the coming weeks.

New Update for iPhone/iPad & More Coming Soon

Apple recently approved version 2.4 of the Bible app for iPhone/iPad. This release includes better search, additional support for high-resolution Retina displays, better Chinese localization, bug fixes, and a lot of under the hood updates that prepare us for future features. [Notice: this release also seems to have a bug effecting some users. If you experience the app crashing when attempting to access your reading plan, a quick fix is go to Settings and sign-out and then sign-in again.]

Coming Soon
We’re especially excited about some great features we’ll be rolling out in the next couple releases. Soon, you can expect to be able to sync your bookmarks between your Bible app and your YouVersion account . That means you’ll have access to the same bookmarks on your iPhone, iPad, and online at YouVersion.com.

Also on the horizon is a major update to Contributions and Journals. We can’t spill all the beans just yet, but we can say that you’ll love the changes and you’ll love what you’ll be able to do through your Bible app in the coming weeks.

YouVersion’s Amazing Growth & Challenges

September has been a challenging month for YouVersion’s awesome users and our team. Over the past few weeks we have seen more downtime than we would want. YouVersion’s reliability is very important to us and we are working hard to make sure you can always access God’s Word through YouVersion.com or any of its mobile apps.

We’re passionate about Scripture engagement and our dream is to see YouVersion grow exponentially as people around the world gain access to the Bible. That kind of growth is accompanied by technical hurdles, and they often come in waves.

When YouVersion experienced a large spike in growth earlier this year, we gathered all of our resources to make sure YouVersion could handle the increase. We’re doing the same now, dedicating our development team to strengthen our infrastructure and handle the masses of new people discovering YouVersion for the first time.

As you may remember, our growing pains in January were the result of hitting a milestone of 4 million YouVersion users, which we celebrated in February. Just 8 months later, YouVersion is now up to almost 9 million users and we’re beginning to see the strain on our infrastructure once again. And with a growth rate of about 900,000 new users each month, fortifying YouVersion is going to be an ongoing task.

YouVersion is blessed with an amazing community of passionate users. We’re thankful for your patience and your prayers as we aim to reach the world with God’s Word. With a global population of about 6.9 billion people, we have a long way to go, but we serve a big God!

What is impossible with men is possible with God. Luke 18:23

Bible App for Android gets updated!

We’re extremely excited to share all the details of the new Android Bible app with you today. This release (2.2) represents two months of re-imagining, redesigning, and development by our entire team and we think the investment has paid off with a one-of-a-kind Bible reading experience. In this release, you’ll find:

  • a complete redesign of the entire interface of the app
  • a brand new dashboard for quick navigation of key areas
  • dozens of small enhancements that make a big difference
Let’s jump into the fun details and take a look at some screenshots along the way.

Complete Redesign
Two months ago, we went back to the drawing board with the Android Bible app design to make reading the Bible an even more pleasing experience on your Android device. We thought through every element, menu item, and button to make sure you you could get around in the app easily and focus on Scripture.

The redesign is too extensive to detail here, so take a peek at a couple screenshots and download the 2.2 release to experience the real thing. The biggest enhancements can be found in the Bible reader and reading plans.


New Dashboard
When we released the Palm webOS Bible app, we saw the benefit for our users to have a dashboard to act as a central hub for the main components of the app. The Android Bible app’s dashboard now includes a news section where you’ll find announcements about YouVersion, warnings about scheduled server maintenance, ways to connect with the YouVersion team on Twitter and Facebook, and a few splashes of color for your visual enjoyment.

Lots of Small Tweaks
We love to enhance the little things that make your experience the best it can be. Our team made over 70 changes to the Android Bible app for this release (some seen and some unseen) including tweaks that will improve the speed of the app, better communication with the user, and small design adjustments. Here are a few samples:

  • double-tap the header to scroll to the top
  • progress bars in the reading plans list for plans you’ve started
  • sharing multiple verses at one time
  • your bookmarks sync automatically with YouVersion.com
  • donate to YouVersion inside the app
  • more helpful error messages when something goes wrong
  • lots of little bug fixes

We know you’ll enjoy the changes in release 2.2 of the Android Bible app, so download it now and engage with Scripture like never before.

Where do you read the Bible?

We always love hearing about how YouVersion users read the Bible. Whether you find us at a conference or just send us an email, it makes us happy to know that you are finding new ways to engage Scripture with YouVersion. Today we’re curious about where you read the Bible, so let us know by answering the poll below.

Where do you read the Bible?
At home
At work
Outside
Other


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If you have a few moments, leave a comment describing your favorite reading spot and why it’s perfect for engaging with Scripture.

Bible21: Nejnovější český překlad Bible

Read in English.

Jsme velmi nadšeni z rostoucí nabídky překladů Bible na YouVersion, a náš nejnovější přírůstek, Bible21, přináší skvělé možnosti pro česky mluvící komunitu.

Nárůst světového čtení Bible
Zatímco český překlad Bible už je na YouVersion dostupný už delší dobu, chtěli jsme do naší nabídky přidat moderní překlad. Bible21 je přesně tím – umožňuje snadné čtení Písma. Toto je součást našeho neustálého úsilí poskytovat nejlepší a nejaktuálnější překlady Bible ve všech jazycích na světě.

Kde málokdo zná Krista
Naše partnerství s Biblionem, který nám dodává překlad Bible21, oslovuje Českou republiku, kde většina populace je ateistická. Tento článek z roku 2006 dobře vystihuje současnou náboženskou situaci v srdci Evropy.

Naší čeští přátelé mohou začít číst překlad Bible21 na YouVersion.com a na jejich mobilních zařízeních už dnes.

Bible21: The Newest Czech Bible Translation

Přečtěte si tento článek v angličtině.

We’re pretty excited about the growing list of Bible translations available on YouVersion, and the latest brings a great option for the Czech-speaking community: Bible21.

An Increase in International Engagement with the Bible
While a Czech translation of the Bible has been available on YouVersion for some time, we’ve wanted to offer an updated translation in the Czech common language. Bible21 is exactly that, and helps make Scripture more accessible. It’s part of our continuing effort to provide the best, most up-to-date Bible translations in every language on earth.

Where Few Know Christ
Our partnership with Biblion to provide the Bible21 translation reaches out to the Czech Republic, a nation with a largely atheist population. This article from 2006 does an excellent job of explaining the current religious temperature in the heart of Europe.

Our Czech friends can start reading the Bible21 translation on YouVersion.com or in your Bible app today.

New for iPhone/iPad: Verse History, Copy, & SMS Sharing

The newest update to the YouVersion Bible app for iPhone/iPad (2.3.3) is ready and waiting in the App Store. Download it now by going to http://youversion.com/download from your device or search for “Bible” in the App Store. If you’re a fan of the app, please take a moment to rate it and leave a comment in the App Store.

This release includes some long-awaited feature additions that I can’t wait to tell you about, so let’s jump in.

Verse History
The new History feature is cool. It’ll help you navigate more quickly to verses you were reading recently. It’s great for when you want to share a verse with a friend, but can’t remember where it was. Or use it to keep up with your pastor when he’s jumping back-and-forth between two or more verses during a sermon.

To start using the History feature, go to the More section and tap “Edit” in the top right corner. Drag the “History” icon into the dock at the bottom to replace one of the icons that are already there. Now, after you’ve navigated to a verse using the Search function, the reference for that verse will show up in your History. (You can also access History directly inside the More section if the History icon isn’t in your dock. History only works with verses you’ve navigated to via Search right now. We’ll expand it in the future as we get feedback from you, our awesome users.)


Copy Bible Verses
You’ve been asking for the ability to copy Bible verses to your phone’s clipboard for a while. While it seems like a simple feature, actually executing that feature properly was not so simple. Now when you select a verse in the Bible reader you’ll have the choice to copy it to your clipboard, along with the other options to share or see contributions.

SMS Sharing (iPhone Only)
SMS (text messaging) is the #1 form of communication for an entire generation. It’s a great way to share quick thoughts through small snippets of text. Now you can easily share Bible verses via text message with anyone in your phone’s Contacts. Just select a verse and choose SMS from the list of sharing options that appear.

We also redesigned the UI when you interact with a verse.


Bug Fixes
We fixed the issue that some folks were having enabling the connection between their YouVersion account and Twitter or Facebook. We also squashed a few bugs related to network connectivity.

We’d love to hear your thoughts about this release so connect with us on Twitter (@youversion) or on our Facebook page (facebook.com/youversion) and let us know what you think.