How to Download a Bible for Offline Reading?

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 (it’s free), and
  • be signed-in to the app on your mobile device, and
  • have a strong 3G signal 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 have a green icon in the right margin.  After you download a Bible, the download icon will no longer have a green background, so you can tell which ones you already have downloaded.

To download a Bible:

  1. On the app’s main menu, tap Bible to open any version.
  2. Tap the version short code  e.g. KJV (on top right beside book name and chapter number).
  3. Scroll thru the list if necessary to find the version you want to download
  4. Tap the green icon next to the version you want to download.
  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.



Downloading a version only downloads the TEXT of the Bible for use offline.   Most other functions (e.g. Search, Audio, Notes, Reading Plans. etc) still require an online network connection.

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 takesless 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 at   After resetting the app,  relaunch the Bible app and you should be able to complete your download.

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