Download an offline bible on iOS

Updated 3 months ago by Wayne L Harms

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 (for account info select link here), and
  • be signed in to the Bible App 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 replace the word download to indicate that it is available for offline use.
To download a Bible
  1. Open the Bible reader
  2. Select 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. Select 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. 

Use plans Offline

For more information on how to use plans offline, select link here


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. For more info use Troubleshooting directions. After resetting the app, relaunch the Bible app and you should be able to complete your download.

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