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How to listen to Bible audio on iOS

Last Updated: Apr 12, 2017 08:37PM CDT

The audio function plays voice recordings made available by the publisher of that Bible version.  It is not synthesized speech generated from the text.  Audio is available for several Bible versions but not all.  Audio may be partially available for some versions (e.g., New Testament only).  When you select the version short code (e.g. KJV) to see the list of versions, those with audio available will have a speaker icon just behind the version short code. Not all versions with audio available have audio for all books of the Bible.  In the book list for a particular version, books with audio have a speaker icon next to them.

The audio is not available for offline use, downloading for offline use only downloads the text, not the audio.

You must have a strong, stable internet connection for audio to work.

To play audio

  1. Open one of the Bible versions that has a speaker icon
  2. Tap the speaker icon (top right)
  3. Tap the play/pause button to start, tap the same button to pause (stop) audio
  4. If audio is playing, it will normally continue to play even if you navigate away from the audio control panel to do something else on your device.  However, the app can also “get stuck” if you try to do other things while audio is playing​​.
Using the audio control panel
  • Move the slider bar button to navigate to specific verses
  • To adjust volume use the hardware volume buttons on your device or the iOS control center
  • Select the play/pause button to stop audio.  Note: If the audio panel is not showing, you will need to follow steps 1 and 2 (above) to reopen the panel
  • Select the left/right buttons beside the passage (iPad) or or to either side of the play/pause button or in the bottom menu (iPhone) to skip back/ahead by chapter (audio will always start at the beginning of a chapter)
  • To change reading speed, select the 1x in the bottom left corner of the audio control panel
  • To set the audio timer, select 'Timer' in the bottom right corner of the audio control panel
Using audio with a reading plan 
  • For most versions, audio always starts playing on verse 1 of a chapter, whereas many reading plans reference a particular passage rather than a whole chapter
  • At this time audio has only been "versified" for a few versions, meaning it can't be broken down by verse. This is why it always starts on verse 1 of a chapter unless you are using a versified version.
  • Audio is not connected to individual reading plans, but is a separate feature of the app.


The Bible App does not download audio to your device for playback.  Instead, it streams the audio from dedicated servers all over the world.  To ensure the best audio experience possible, we strongly recommend that you connect using WiFi (a wireless network) for listening.  While the data network for your mobile device may be fast enough, most networks may cause delays or “stuttering".    Since any change in the network connection can cause an interruption, audio may not work well in a moving vehicle

If you have a limited data plan with your cell provider, using audio without WiFi could cause you to reach your limit quickly, and trigger extra charges.

If you notice delays or hiccups, try pausing the audio, wait several seconds to allow the audio to buffer, then resume play.
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