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How to download a Bible for offline reading on iOS

Last Updated: Dec 24, 2016 12:19PM CST

After you have downloaded a Bible to your device, that Bible version will be available to read offline, i.e. when you have no network connection.

In preparation to download a Bible, you need to:

  • have a YouVersion account (see information here), and
  • be signed in to the Bible on your mobile device, and
  • have a strong mobile data or WiFi connection

Not all Bibles are available for download.  As you are looking at the list of Bible versions, those available for download will say Download to the right of the version name in the list. After you download a Bible, a check mark will appear to indicate that it is available for offline use.

To download a Bible

  1. iPhone users - tap Read on the bottom navigation bar to open the Bible, if necessary
  2. Tap the version code at the top of the screen (i.e., KJV)
  3. Scroll through the list to find the version you want to download
  4. Tap Download to begin the download process
  5. You can use your device for other things while the download completes

Now, anytime you open that downloaded version, you will be seeing the text of the downloaded file, whether you are online or offline.  Audio is not downloaded for offline use.
 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

It is a good idea to download at least one Bible version so that you have Bible access when there is no connection.

Each downloaded Bible takes less than  0.2 GB of storage on your device.

If the download “times out” or says “needs connection,” even though you can access the Internet with other apps, you will need to reset the app either by powering your device off/on, or using the quick reset directions. After resetting the app, relaunch the Bible app and you should be able to complete your download.

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