I just bought the app but it’s not user friendly. I had the non subscription version and now that I have the subscription I still can’t access the new features. Not sure why the current app didn’t update itself. If I can’t figure it out I’m going to return the subscription.
By philomena o
I love this app!!! I love everything about it!!! The dramatized version of the Bible is so awesome!!! It made me understand the Holy Bible easily like I was watching a movie, but through listening. God bless you Bible gateway!!!
Asking for money / taking away complete study’s 1/5
You were number the one bible til you started charging money and cutting off the lessons
Bible gateway The Boom.. 5/5
By Nau nau
Who ever created this bible, God bless you. This is my favorite it's beautiful useful, it's just fantastic, awesome to me.
I am telling all my iPad friends to down load this blessing. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!
Needs another fix 2/5
Your ap needs a better way for the user to go back from where they are under Resources (i.e. Matthew Henry commentary) to do a Search, or access Bible.
You have to hit the back arrow six (6) times to access the dashboard, and then once you do your search(es) or Bible reading, you have to go through the entire step by step procedure to get back to where you were in the Resource. Extremely time consuming and frustrating. Please, please fix this. I love this ap and have used it every day for years. But the last update was not an improvement.
My Bible App I Use Every Day 5/5
First the one gripe that I have. I do not like spinning the wheel to get to books chapters and verses. I much prefer pushing them. But I love the free Charles Spurgeon Devotional that comes free. Also have free access to the KJ21 bible. And overall it’s a pleasure to use. I wish that I could copy just parts of the verses instead of the whole verse sometimes but that’s not a big deal. I would definitely recommend if just for the devotional and amount of free bible versions. Please get rid of the wheels though. Thanks and God bless you for providing this much free of charge. I downloaded another app recently and it only had the KJV and it was very costly to add other versions. I usually use the Blue Letter Bible app with this one so that I don’t have to get out of the devotional to look up scripture and go back and navigate to the devotional again. Plus it has push to verse instead of the wheel.
Notes Difficulties 1/5
By Photo Bug 2013
And another comment after the last update: nothing regarding my notes below and below some more has been addressed. Please fix the issue.
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It continues to crash and the copy and paste feature within the app is not like it used to be. I have so many years of notes in this app. Please fix - see below.
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It crashed repeatedly on me this morning. I have been using this app for years and have so many notes in it. Please fix the notes issue (see below) and bug that caused it to crash.
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After last update - my complaint remains. Please bring this back. I make the notes so I can refer to them later. I don't remember when they were created, so if I can't access them when I am reading, they are of no use. This would absolutely be 5 stars
If you bring this back.
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I use the notes feature heavily. Until the last update, I was able to highlight a verse, click on the notes icon, and see my previous notes. Now I am only prompted to create a new note. I don't know when I wrote my previous note(s), so searching for them is not easy. When I am following along in a sermon or discussion, I need to access the notes immediately. Also, I used to be able to copy to the clipboard and insert verses into notes. That feature is gone, too. PLEASE bring these things back!
needs work 3/5
The only reason I use this particular app is for the NIV dramatized audio.
I am a voiceover user. The one thing I wish this app would do is sync the audio bible with the words, so that way you can follow along while listening. This would help alot in reading comprehension since i have to both see & hear the information before i can understand what I’m reading. I learned that in college. It should highlight each word or passage as its being read aloud, & scroll down as its being read so you can follow along.
haven’t decided rather I want to pay the $3.99 /mo for plus. while I’ve been considering it just to get rid of the ads, don’t see me using the study notes. especially being sight impaired. my wife & i just read the bible mostly. I also don’t like that you can’t jump to a specific verse like john 3:16. you can jump to John 3 but not 3:16. we don’t like that.
otherwise pretty decent app, but because of these issues we use the holy bible by YouVersion more that doesn’t cost $3.99/mo
Need offline access 2/5
By Nick Sterno
I downloaded this thinking I could use it offline. Since I couldn’t, there was no reason to keep it. It was deleted.
Love it! 3/5
I’ve used this app for several years, and like it fairly well for a “church Bible.” Except for one major problem: I get it all set up with maybe 3 parallel versions, or a couple versions and another passage open, then I temporarily switch over to another app—maybe a browser—and often when I switch back, my layout resets, and I have to manually restore it from scratch. I can’t live with this. The developers are good folks, but sorry... I’m moving on.
Disappointed with the new version 2/5
Disappointed in the update. In my opinion the old version was amazing. I could easily do a keyword search and easily copy and paste. This new version does not keyword search very well. It often comes back saying nothing found when I know for sure that word is in the Bible. The new copy paste version that includes the link is a nuisance. Please bring back the old version.
Used to be 5 stars until the latest update 2/5
By No Pop-up
I used to LOVE this app. Use it everyday. However, since the latest update I find it miserable searching for scriptures and switching between versions. I’m not sure why you would have made it more difficult. Please change it back. Please
Notes with update 3/5
By 100th street raider
UPDATE!! I found if I open parallel views I can take notes on one side and still see scripture on the other side. Not great but at least it's a work a round.
I loved the old app, but I can't find a way to see the scripture when I'm taking notes since the update. Very frustrating and disappointing. Please consider a fix for this issue.
Updates aren’t always improvements 4/5
By Mount Ranch
This is a wonderful app, but I like OT and NT reference to be shown at the beginning of the daily reading, the way it used to be.
App will not refresh the daily verse 4/5
Using an iPhone 7 Plus the app stays stored in memory keeping it from changing the verse of the day. It should be made to check for the verse if it’s opened at or after midnight when it the new verse goes up if possible.
This is a good bible app, but it has problems.
1) Whenever I open this app when I’m like over 50%, my battery plummets and I’m down to 20%. Just when I open the app.
2) This app constantly goes black, doesn’t respond, or kicks me out. Recently it’s gettin worse.
I have deleted this app, and until these problems are fixed, I won’t re-down load it.
Needs interface improvements 2/5
There is a lot of potential here in this app, but the developers need to spend time using it from a readers perspective. For example, when you want to jump from a Bible verse to an associated entry in a study Bible that you own, you must first select the study Bible from a long list of references that include titles that you don't have full access to. That's irritating, especially when the one you want is way down the list. There should be a way to designate your desired study Bible as the "preferred" or "default" reference title and have it automatically link to the passage you are reading.
Also, there is no way to directly read and browse in a reference book (e.g. a study Bible) that you own. Everything seems designed to be accessed from a Bible translation first. When I open a study resource, I'm given a list of verses beginning with Genesis 1:1. If I want to read a study Bible note from Hebrews, I either have to scroll down through every Bible verse until I get to the book of Hebrews, or I have to back out and go to the Bible translation, highlight the verse I want to read the note for, jump to Hebrews, and then pull up the entire list of study references and select my study Bible from the long list.
The app seems to be more focused on showcasing and selling people new books than using the ones we already have for effective study.
Take away ads 3/5
We either need to ability to remove the ads by purchase or simply get rid of them, Devs. Honestly, I’m surprised to see them in the first place but the fact that they’re there brings the appeal of this app down. YouVersion is also a free app and doesn’t have ads, which is what I’ve been using and may continue to use if this doesn’t change.
I decided to pay the $, upgrade the app and now it crashes and can't even use it.☹️
Gateway app 1/5
Too many steps to use. Complicated. Too many choices, ahhhh.
Very thorough! 5/5
With dozens of translations and features galore, my favorite is the ability to listen to audio in a variety of versions, this app is the best!
Complainers GO AWAY 4/5
By Chad Hogan
The app is free for crying out loud! You get the Bible in multiple versions for FREE! Thank you Olive Tree and Bible gateway! The app has some small glitches, but in light of it being FREE, and working with ANY platform, it is a blessing. When did followers of "The Way," become such complainers!?
I love this app 5/5
I wish that they would dramatize all the versions instead of just KJV
Difficult to scroll 3/5
When trying to go to different verse, chapter or book the window at top narrows and won’t let you scroll. After many tries the window will widen allowing me to choose new verse etc.
Minor fix needed 1/5
It is valuable to me as a user of the bible gateway app to have access to the text. It is not valuable to me that the chapter and verse header disappears when scrolling through the text. That the header disappears and causes the text to jump suddenly is annoying, more so because it is a feature that can not be disabled. Please fix it.
One request 4/5
I really do enjoy this app and have used it regularly for years. One thing I would love to see improved is the reading plan function. I’d like to be able to use side by side while in reading plan mode. Also, I’d like to be able to highlight & add notes.
By Pastor Daren
I use to love this app but since they have changed and updated the format and looks, this has become one of my least used least apps. It is not very "user friendly". Please fix this!
New version does not allow scrolling ahead or back on daily read 4/5
I still think this is the best app out there, it includes many features and versions like NIV, which others don't include. I like the ability to save my notes and verses that are meaningful, and the fact that I can choose many features without signing up for emails. However, I have a few suggestions:
The book and verse scroll is not quick enough if your using it to keep up with a speaker. I'm still scrolling when others have quickly found the verse in a hard copy. A quick choice option for the verse and book choice would be better.
Also they changed the Daily Bible reading so you can't scroll back a chapter or forward to the next chapter to keep reading without going out or in from the Daily Reading section. It's cumbersome, and stops the flow of study. It should be easier to delve deeper in a your Bible Study. I don't know why they would have changed that feature, as it was not an improvement.
This is one of the best apps for reading or audio about the bible. A+
App could be so much better 2/5
Randomly crashes and can only highlight in one color and cannot alternate. Please let’s fix this
Very disappointed in the last update. The App locks up anytime I try to switch from one scripture to another. Before I recommended this app to others, now I’m looking for a better one.
Love this app 5/5
By Hugh Min Yang
Love this app
Audio Bible crashes 5/5
By Eagle Man2
Overall as a reading Bible I like this app. The audio Bible consistently crashes though.
Picking up verses that I know are in the Bible in your search can't find them 1/5
Crashing when looking up verse search.
Searching up verses that I know are in the Bible and
your search can't find them. Please fix this bugs
Could use improvement 3/5
I haven’t used this long, but for the most part I like it.
2 things I would like changed:
a) the top tool bar disappears when you scroll down and reappears when you scroll back up. Sometimes I go up and down as I read and the toolbar thing makes it a bit jumpy- I lose my place. There’s no setting option to freeze it in place.
b) I would prefer to start and end at each chapter and swipe or click to continue to the next chapter.
Update issues.. 1/5
The last time I updated this app, Ive not been able to use it for any length of time without it shutting down constantly. Had to start using a different app.
It’s hard to move to different verses (usually shuts itself off) and I do not the highlight color.
Hope this gets fixed, I used to like this app. I have a good iPad, so it’s not my iPad.
Trying to read through the Bible is impossible. Every time I open the app it has changed passages and I have to search for where I left off. Searching is slow and cumbersome. I gave it one star because I love Max McLean's voice. I am deleting this app.
Flawed update 2/5
Since the new update, my previous notes are marked on verses but I cannot pull up those notes. I can only go to the notes section and look through in chronological order. Their is no way to search for notes. Before the update I could choose a verse and see what notes were attached to that verse. But I do like the look of the update but the notes are broken.
Bible App 2/5
I am deeply saddened that we would have to pay so much for what used to be a wonderful free app. I used to use it for my Bible study but it is virtually useless now.
Good app... not great, but good 4/5
I like Bible Gateway's app. It's very useful like their website, in that, as long as you have a screen, you have a Bible.
THINGS I LIKE: favorites section, notes, reading plan reminders, night mode, and of course all the different translations they have.
THINGS I DON'T LIKE: No ability to rearrange favorite verses. They're stuck in the order they were added. I suggested this change one version ago, but still nothing. Also, no ability to read parallel versions or multiple passages, like the website. With the app, you have to read one passage in one version at a time.
Not an ergonomic app 2/5
By Big Papa 10th
- Restarts to main page every time you leave app or lock phone. This requires you to search for your place each time the app closes. Ver time consuming.
- Terribly difficult to search versus. If searching one verse that is all you get. It took me a long while to figure out how to get the rest of the page where the verse was. Then it restarts you to the home page.
- NKJV is still the KJV wording
Please add back things as they used to be 3/5
By Ch Ed
When you click on Bible you have the ability to switch back and forth on the translations, but not so on the reading plans such as Chronological Reading Plan...we used to be able to do that. This is just one thing on how it used to be
Lots of Bible Versions, but UI Needs Work 3/5
Lots of versions to read, over easy to navigate and lots of study guides and commentaries.
However, the user interface has gotten worse over time. There are two main problems. One, the app does not stay at the place where you left-off. It often returns to the home screen after being closed for a while. Apple Store requires that apps maintain the same state, but they clearly are not following this rule. And two, the navigation bar bounces up and down while reading at the top of the screen. This behavior is very distracting.
A third ding is that you need to setup an account to download offline bible versions. I can understand their desire to get people to setup accounts, so I don't fault them too much on this point.
The search feature could be expanded to search all Bible versions.
Simple, clean, always improving 4/5
I like the ease of navigation with this app. It's simple and timely. It would be fabulous if you had a way to pin or save a favorite verse.
Between App & Online Version 5/5
Always Biblegateway; easy navigation, and many languages, versions. Only missing version syncing; when looking at 2 or 3 different versions it would be awesome if they would sync and not interrupt the flow of the study. Also, it’s much easier to use Google to search for scriptures by keyword or partial phrase and the search engine points here or bible hub. If gateway could partner with Google...BOMB!👊🏽
Crashes and jumps around in chapters 1/5
Went from awesome to annoying in one update. Frequent crashes on my iPhone 6+ running iOS 10.3.3. Also, as it loads a chapter, or just randomly, it will jump to the beginning of the chapter or to another chapter and I lose my place.
Switching to my iBooks Bible until issues are worked out.
I’m sick of the glitch 2/5
I know many people not just myself who have had problems with this app. It will glitch and turn off in the middle of using it. It deletes all my notes and I have to shut off my phone completely just to get it back on. I used to love this app but it really irritating me.
Keeps changing chapter 2/5
Welcome are the new features, especially split screen, but every time you select a chapter, it takes you to the previous one instead. Also the new interface is so ugly and unappealing, like a website from the 90s, and paragraphs are so wide making it harder to read; but I’ll let that pass. Fix the bug, get more stars.
Used to be good...:( 3/5
This app used to be the most amazing app on my phone! I like to begin my day by reading the verse of the day and doing a notes reflection. It was so handy because if I had already made notes on a particular verse I could see the reflection from years before. But now whenever scripture that I have made a note on comes up I can’t read my previous reflection on the note. I can’t track my spiritual growth. This makes me sad. Please change it back to where we can see our original notes and make notes under those original notes please This has come to be my daily routine. I know that change is constant but it seriously affects how I start my day now.
Very helpful in various languages; many versions in English which I have never seen in print. Thank you!