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July 11th, 2008

by Bobby Gruenewald

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YouVersion Powers the Bible App on iPhone

The wait is over. As the web is buzzing with reports of the new iPhone 3G and iPhone 2.0 update, we’re adding to the excitement with the debut of a Bible App for the iPhone, powered by

The ease of use you’ve come to expect from now fit in the palm of your hand. We’re thrilled to launch this new application that iPhone and iPod Touch users will be able to download for free. It’s called the Bible App and it’s available now from Apple’s built-in App Store.

Here’s a video that shows you the Bible App in action and points out a few key features:

I’m also including some screen shots to show you what users can expect from the Bible App.

Read: As you read, you can easily scroll through the chapter with a simple upward or downward flick of your finger. In the navigation bar area, you’ll find buttons to move forward or back a chapter. When you’re done reading and close out the application, it will automatically save your last spot in the Bible view andDaily Read this will be your starting point the next time you start up the Bible application.

Daily Read: The One-Year Reading Plan provides daily selections to keep you on track with your Bible reading when you’re on the go.

User ContributionsUser Contributions: Since the Bible application is powered by, you are only a few taps away from an online community of people experiencing the Bible in a new way. Expand your perspective by checking out relevant notes, video, images, and links users have contributed—just tap the number next to the verse. You can also tap the Contribs icon located in the tab bar to view a list of recently shared items.Search

Search: Search the entire Bible for a word, phrase, or verse, and you’ll get your results in seconds. It’s never been easier to find your way around the Bible!

There are 15 different translations (including Spanish versions) available in the Bible App. You can pick your favorite and make it your default.

iPhone users can now have the Bible via with you no matter where you are, whether you need help remembering a verse while talking to a friend or you want to make the most of your time stuck in line.

Take a look at it and download it from the app store. Do us a favor and write a review if you have a chance.

Let me know if you downloaded the app and what your thoughts are.

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  1. Jul 11, 2008 at 10:03 am

    The link is not working for me in the iTunes store. It says that it is no longer available. Please advise me on how to get it.

  2. 2Mark Dawson
    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:03 am

    This is awesome. Great job to the team. Again is ahead of the curve. Keep up the great work.

  3. Jul 11, 2008 at 11:13 am

    I am going to load this right now. Oh wait, I have a sanyo, piece of junk, phone.
    Ps. I accept donations in the form of iphones and sprint contract buy outs.

  4. Jul 11, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    [...] has figured out a way to connect phones to Bibles and [...]

  5. Jul 11, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Sweeeet. Downloading now.

  6. Jul 11, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    I also tried to download it and found that it was no longer available. I’m looking forward to having this! Thanks for putting it together!

  7. 8Zachary Foster
    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Jeremiah, I just downloaded it on my iPhone and it all worked fine. If you are still having an issue you can go to and at the bottom click the “Need Support for the iPhone App?” and fill it out.

    My guess is that Apple is having issues on and off today with the iTunes store. I have noticed that you can only read the reviews on your iPhone. BTW, currently 19 reviews for the Bible app, all GREAT…5 stars!

  8. Jul 11, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Truly an innovative app that I am excited to use. So now what is your favorite bible verse on iPhone?

  9. Jul 11, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    I tried again this evening, and the app downloaded fine. I haven’t had much time to check it out, but initial impressions are that it ROCKS! Thanks, guys! Stay on the cutting edge for us!

  10. Jul 11, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Once again guys, good work. You’re already on the top of my list… there is no where else to go.

  11. Jul 12, 2008 at 9:38 am

    It ROCKS! Had my morning devotion on it. Love the speed. Wish it would do stand alone so I could use it on the plane - but it rocks. All the other bible apps are expensive on the app store. Lifechurch does it for free - not peddling the gospel. I LOVE IT!

  12. Jul 12, 2008 at 11:36 am

    I saw this on the app store and I was so excited! My church is SO AWESOME! You guys rock!!!

    I second how awesome it is that it is free and in spanish too! You guys are doing a great job making the gospel available to all!

  13. Jul 12, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    [...] * Now that’s cool. Well done! You can sign up on iTunes HERE or read more about it HERE. [...]

  14. Jul 12, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    [...] yesterday’s launch people have spent a total of 186,894 minutes reading the Bible on their iPhones using the [...]

  15. 16Bob
    Jul 20, 2008 at 6:32 am

    I downloaded “youversion” on my iphone last week, and it worked great, tried to show it to some friends last night and it would not come up. I have tried it several times since and it still will not come up on the iphone.
    Is there a problem with the site?
    Thanks for a great product,

  16. Jul 20, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Thanks so much for the awesome App it’s UI is amazing, only wish there was some wayto download a complete version, slot if times u get a “cannot connect to” . Wonderful application but yall may need to boost the server/amount. All the availlable versions are awesome thanks again!

  17. 19John
    Jul 21, 2008 at 10:39 am

    It’s great but I’m REALLY looking foward to the offline version!!!

  18. 20Allan Schroeder
    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    This is a great bible. I really like the online NIV version. I am greatly anticipating an offline version of the NIV bible in the near future. I assume the offline versions will be the same format??


  19. 21Jean Quintella
    Jul 22, 2008 at 8:31 am

    I´m very sad because I can´t have my Bible app to the Iphone. I live in Brazil and we can´t download it or buy it from Itunes.

  20. Jul 24, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    [...] wrote that the future is mobile. The greatest book in history appears to be proving that. The Bible made its debut on the iPhone almost two weeks ago. In just the first 12 days, we have seen over 130,000 people [...]

  21. Jul 25, 2008 at 7:09 am

    [...] wrote that the future is mobile. The greatest book in history appears to be proving that. The Bible made its debut on the iPhone almost two weeks ago. In just the first 12 days, we have seen over 130,000 people [...]

  22. 24Charles Lewis
    Aug 23, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Search does not seem to be working completely. For instance, did a search on “clouds”. Not only are the results not sorted, but it did not bring back all the results. For example, it did not include Rev 1:7 “Behold, he is coming with clouds…” NKJV

  23. Oct 13, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Hi - nicely done iphone application. Is the development team considering a bookmark and highlight feature that can be used to store bookmarks with comments and retain highlighted portions?

  24. Oct 13, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    Charles- we are continually trying to improve search and other features. A release coming up in v1.6 will make a big leap forward with paging, and sorting.

    Tim- the upcoming v1.6 will include bookmarks. Current plan is not with comments, but that is a good idea.

  25. 27TrevJohnny
    Nov 11, 2010 at 5:04 am

    I’ve downloaded the Android version and have a problem with scrolling - text in the verse touched disappears and then become highlighted, which I then have to clear. Anyone else have this?

  26. Mar 14, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    I want to be able to post to facebook

  27. Mar 14, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    I’m having trouble loading My scripture on facebook

  28. Apr 19, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Would like to know of the mobile version of the Bible that you have for the iphone will be available for Android phones any time soon,

    Thanks in advance,

  29. 31Linda
    May 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Would love to have the Bible app for my LG900G Net10 phone!

  30. 32DebbieH
    Oct 3, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Has anyone been successful at DLing this to your Kindle? I can get it on my cell and iPad but for some reason, it doesn’t show up on my Kindle??? Thanks for any help! (Great APP!)

  31. 33Russell
    Nov 3, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Every time I try to set up an account it tells me that the app is unable to communicate with the server. I have tried several different methods but nothing seems to work.

  32. 34John
    Jan 12, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I’m getting the same ‘unable to connect of server’ error. too bad, it used to work well

  33. 35HUMBERTO
    Apr 14, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I’m having the same problem “unable to communicate with the server” , any help? :)

  34. 36earshell
    May 30, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Im having the same problem unable to communicate with the server, half way on the reading plan, Help

  35. 37Tom
    Jun 19, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Same issue with not being able to download Bible for offline viewing.

  36. 38Jay
    Jul 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    So no fix in the problem with connecting to server???