How do you connect with God?

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. - James 4:8 - Verse Image

How do you connect with God?

This is the question that drives us at YouVersion. We’re constantly praying, studying, collaborating, creating, and testing ways we can help you draw closer to God. What’s the easiest way for you to take advantage of all these resources? Create your completely free YouVersion account,* which gives you all of these, and more:

Start Here:

In the Bible App: Tap the person icon in the top right corner, then tap Sign Up, and follow the prompts. It’s fast and easy, with your Google, Facebook, Apple, or email account.*

To create an account now, click here:

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* YouVersion does not share or sell your information. We use it solely to provide you with the best Bible App experience we can. You can read our complete Privacy Policy here.


How YouVersion Manages Your Permissions, Data, and Privacy

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Who we are. YouVersion is a digital ministry of Life.Church, a multi-site church based in Oklahoma that meets in multiple locations across the United States and globally at Church Online. We are Christ followers who create biblically centered, culturally relevant experiences to help other people grow closer to God.

Why we do what we do. For us, this work is personal. Our lives have been changed by God’s Word, and we want to share it with others. While still in college, our Senior Pastor, Craig Groeschel, read Ephesians 2:8 for the first time after being given a free Bible. Reading this verse led Craig to experience God’s love and forgiveness for the first time—changing the trajectory of his life.

Later, in 2006, our team at Life.Church realized that it was a struggle for us to read the Bible consistently. Our Innovation Leader, Bobby Gruenewald, wondered if there was a way technology could help. As a result, the idea for YouVersion was born.

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We introduced YouVersion.com (later becoming bible.com) in 2007 as a website designed to help people engage more with the Bible. In 2008, we adapted the website for mobile devices, then developed it as the Bible App, one of the first 200 free apps available in Apple’s iPhone App Store when it launched that July. Today, YouVersion remains a relatively small team of software developers, systems engineers, designers, data analysts, marketers, copywriters, managers, and support staff. Many of us left corporate careers to pursue our passion of leading people to become fully devoted to Christ.

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Who works with us. We couldn’t do this work alone. We partner with Bible societies and Bible publishers, with content producers from other ministries, and with a global network of passionate volunteers. All of us are united in a single vision: to help people pursue intimacy with God.

How we’re funded. Our work is supported financially by Life.Church, as well as by donations from our worldwide YouVersion Community. YouVersion is not a business; we have never had plans to monetize our app, nor to sell data or ads, nor will we. YouVersion, and the organizations we partner with, make our app and content available for free because we are a ministry whose sole mission is to help people draw closer to God.

We Respect Your Privacy

We value, respect, and protect the privacy of every person in the YouVersion Community. In order to enable the full set of features that YouVersion offers, you can choose to offer access to certain permissions in the app settings for your particular platform.

The Bible App is more than just a reading tool. Every feature in the Bible App is designed to help people grow in their relationship with God, within a trusted community. That’s why we have features like Verse Images, Plans, and Events—to help people seek God every day. To enable some of these functions, certain permissions are required:

Connect and Disconnect from Wi-Fi

The Bible App checks WIFI_STATE to see whether a device is connected to a cellular network (such as 2G or 3G) or to a wireless network (Wi-Fi). If the device is connected to a cellular network, the Bible App sends only low-resolution images, to minimize the amount of data used. But, if the device is connected to Wi-Fi, the Bible App sends high-resolution images, to create the best experience possible. (You can adjust these settings under More, Settings, Download Image.) The Bible App also checks Wi-Fi permissions when you want to watch video on another device using “casting” (such as Chromecast). This information is not stored or shared by YouVersion.

Modify Content Stored on Device

By default, every Bible version that YouVersion offers resides on our servers, with content sent to your device only when you request it (such as by selecting a different Bible version, or by tapping to see the next chapter). This means that, by default, you can only access Bibles when you have an internet connection (through Wi-Fi or on a cellular network). Thanks to special agreements with our partners—and by enabling this permission—you can choose to download certain individual Bible versions to your device, so that they are always available to you, even offline. (To see available Bible versions, tap the abbreviation code at the top of the reader, i.e., NIV, ESV, KJV, etc.)

Device Location

Although your device’s operating system refers to this permission as “track device location,” the Bible App does not actively track your device’s location. With this permission, the Bible App’s Events feature allows you to see if any live Events are taking place near you (such as local church services). This location-based feature is entirely optional, and is activated only when you specifically select the Events discovery feature (by tapping More, Events). Location information is stored for approximately seven days for troubleshooting purposes, but is never stored in our database in association with your account. Once your session ends, we will cease to receive information related to your location unless you access the Events feature again.

Access Contacts

The Bible App allows you to share the app with friends and invite others to join you in the app, only requesting access to your Contacts when you initiate one one of these actions. Granting the Bible App access to your Contacts is completely optional, and the Bible App never sends, shares, or transmits anything on your behalf without your specific consent.

We Value Your Safety

Scripture is filled with examples of people walking out their faith in the context of community. With the Friends feature, we’ve put extensive measures in place to make the Bible App a safe space where you can explore your questions, surround yourself with people you trust, and enjoy conversations centered around God’s Word.

When you ask someone to be your friend in the Bible App, they must accept your request before you can connect. And when someone invites you to be their friend, use your own best judgment about whether to accept. If you choose to reject a friend request or remove someone as a friend, they will not be notified. You are the owner of your Bible App friendships: if someone posts something inappropriate, you can report and/or block them using those tools inside the app anytime you want.

Still Have Questions?

You can find more information in our Privacy Policy and in our Terms of Use.

Why Isn’t the Bible App Optimized for iPhone 5?

We hope you’ve already downloaded the latest update of the Bible App™ for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), available now in the iTunes App Store. With each release, we try to bring you with the best experience possible on the device of your choice.

If you have an iPhone 5, while the newest release of the Bible App will work just fine on your device, you’ll probably notice that it doesn’t fill your new, larger screen. But all of the features you know and love in the Bible App are still there, along with a few improvements.

Unfortunately, if we update the Bible App to add support for the iPhone 5’s taller screen, Apple requires us to drop support for many iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches with older operating systems. That would mean that the 700–900 people who are installing the Bible App on these older devices every day wouldn’t be able to get it at all. It also means that many thousands of others wouldn’t be able to upgrade the Bible App they already have installed.

More than 69 million people have installed the Bible App so far. While that number includes Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and many other types of devices, almost 30 million people are using the Bible App on Apple devices. We simply can’t justify compromising simple, free access to God’s Word for so many people just because they have older devices.

Now, we’re constantly reviewing downloads, how often and how long people interact with the Bible App, and what devices they’re using to connect. We take very seriously our responsibility to position our development resources where they’ll have the greatest impact. And our simple mission remains the same: To help as many people as possible engage with the Bible, no matter where they live or what language they prefer—or even which Apple device they happen to have.

The Bible App and YouVersion.com Add Several New Languages

YouVersion Versions and LanguagesTo help as many people as possible connect with God’s Word, YouVersion offers the Bible App™ and the YouVersion.com website in several languages. But we don’t translate anything… So how could that be possible?

You.

That’s right. YouVersion has an incredible community of passionate volunteers—people just like you—all over the world. And thanks to their vision, their devotion, and their translation work, more people than ever now have the opportunity to easily explore the Bible for themselves…in the language of their choosing! Here’s just some of what these amazing world-changers have been up to recently:

Mobile Updates

The following languages are now available on these mobile platforms:

  • Afrikaans on BlackBerry
  • Brazilian Portuguese on Windows Phone
  • British English on iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)
  • Chinese (both Simplified and Traditional) on Windows Phone
  • European Portuguese on Android
  • Hungarian on iOS
  • Turkish on iOS and Android

YouVersion.com

Many of these languages are already available on select mobile platforms, and now they’re also available at YouVersion.com:

Finally, you can find this language now at YouVersion.com, even though we don’t offer it (yet) for the Bible App on mobile devices:

Don’t see a language that you wish we had? Could you translate from English into it? Let us know what you can do. And join a very special global team of people who are changing the world together—one language at a time.

We Want to Do Better

Recently, you may have occasionally noticed outages as you tried to connect to the Bible App™ or the all-new YouVersion.com, whether you were trying to follow along in church, to access one of your Reading Plans, or even simply to read your favorite version of the Bible.

Please accept our apology.

If you’ve been an active part of the YouVersion community, then you probably know our simple mission: To help as many people as possible read the Bible, no matter where they live or what language they prefer. And with your passion to share God’s Word, the continuing success of that mission has eclipsed our highest hopes: the Bible App has been installed on more than 40 million unique devices.

Let us assure you: The connection problems you’ve experienced lately are entirely unacceptable to us. We’re taking aggressive steps not only to ensure that you won’t have simply a basic connection, but full, reliable access to all of the many tools and services that the Bible App and YouVersion have to offer.

We’re doing everything we can to make sure the Bible App will be there… whenever and wherever you want to connect with God’s Word.