ESV Bible

ESV Bible

  • Category: Reference
  • Release Date:
  • Current Version: 3.3.3
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • Developer: Crossway
  • Compatibility: Android
3.5
3.5
4,722 Ratings
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ESV Bible App

The ESV Bible app was designed to be the most beautiful and intuitive Bible app available. The app includes free resources such as interactive reading plans, audio streaming, and free access to the ESV Global Study Bible. • Read. Dig into God's Word via an elegant interface designed specifically for mobile devices. Quick access to cross-references, split-screen reading, and an innovative reader’s mode make it easy to engage with God’s Word on a deeper level. • Study. Read the ESV Global Study Bible alongside the biblical text for free. Create a free account to access additional in-app study resources for a limited time. • Audio. Stream a free audio reading of any passage (internet connection required). • Reading Plans. Start an interactive Bible reading plan and track your progress. • Search. Search the Bible by reference, keyword, or phrase with lightning speed. • Write. Capture your ideas and reflections while listening to a sermon or during Bible study in personal notes attached to specific passages. • Highlight. Highlight and bookmark favorite verses with just two taps. • Sync. Sync your highlighted verses and personal notes with ESV.org—giving you access to all of your content from any browser. • Share. Share verses with friends and family via text message, email, Facebook, and Twitter. • Apple Watch. Interact with God’s Word on your wrist with integrated reading plan support, custom reminders, audio, and more.

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ESV Bible app reviews

  • Nearly perfect, except... 2/5

    By Nevets815
    This app was perfect until they made the study notes all bold. It used to be that the study notes were a normal font, and the words/phrases quoting the scripture reference was the only part that was bold. The new notes format is difficult to follow and downright ugly.
  • ESV Bible App 5/5

    By ?&@!
    Wonderful!!! What a great resource and service by Crossway to all. Thank you!!!
  • Helpful and user friendly 5/5

    By Youth Pastor at CHS
    The easiest to use Bible app I’ve seen. I love the cross reference feature, which allows you to look at cross references in a smaller window without leaving your current passage.
  • Exactly what I’ve been looking for! 5/5

    By ClayCool
    I’ve owned an ESV Study Bible —which I call The Brick because it’s so heavy — for years and I’m extremely happy to see that the app brings all the great commentary, maps, charts, and other information in a MUCH more portable version right to my phone. It’s a small feature, but the biggest “wow” factor for me was when I tapped on a cross reference and the verse popped up in a small window on the bottom of the screen. The only thing I would like to see is the Discipleship Journal Reading Plan. Thank you for such a great resource for studying God’s Word!
  • Best Bible App 3/5

    By ricmoseley
    I've seen & used tons of bible apps. This is one of the best I've seen among both the free and paid bible apps. Simple and clean design, plus I love you can highlight the verses. ***needs to updated to fit the iPhone X
  • Great app, needs iPhone X support 4/5

    By sfrancis928
    This has been my go-to Bible app for years. Nothing comes close to it's user experience for me. Only major issue is that developer support has lagged over the years. The iPhone X has been out for a few months now, and no updates have been made. I consider this crucial for most apps, especially scrolling readers like this. If X support comes it's a 5-star app.
  • Needs iPhone X support 2/5

    By h.chris
    iPhone X needs to be supported
  • Please release iphonex version 2/5

    By robinstree
    Great app but display is very clunky on the iphone x. Please release an iphone x compatible version
  • Weak support 2/5

    By bhaughery
    The ESV app was great in the early years. Seems, as of late that it isn’t getting much attention from developers. Couple problems have persisted for more than a year. These two changes having to do with the Bible reading plan interface would greatly improve this app for daily users. One, the Bible reading plan of choice has to be reopened and reselected from a scrolling list of plans every day, and, even if you are moving around in and out of it on the day of use. Two, if you’re in a reading plan and go to use audio, the audio scrolling will not maintain the reading plan sequence. Instead it reverts to the book of the Bible of which that chapter is a part. It would be an improvement if audio would scroll through the entire reading plan for the day, moving seamlessly through each chapter selection.
  • My favorite Bible app 5/5

    By [[[Nickname]]
    I’m very impressed with the design and the simplicity of this app. Granted, I use a couple that provide different tools but what strikes me about this is that when I first open it, it jumps straight to the text - no additional menus to hack through or anything, just straight to whatever I was last reading. Because that’s why I’m using it - to read the Bible. And of course the app is just beautifully designed and enjoyable to use. Thank you all so much for understanding that the primary focus of a Bible app is to read the Bible, and thank you for delivering on the goal so well. 👍
  • Clean, beautiful and stable 2/5

    By RH3458
    Love how the app gets out of the way of the word, yet does so elegantly. The cross-referenced scripture pop-outs are brilliantly done and a joy to use. I also love that the lettering in 'night' mode is a grey tone and less of a harsh white - makes it so much easier on the eyes! Have knocked off some stars as the app really needs a typeface update for iOS 11 (fonts haven’t looked right since the update). Also needs an update for the iPhone X screen (now has large, black bars on top and bottom)
  • Great potential 2/5

    By JCinMI
    Finding an app that was based upon the ESV Bible was a tremendous thing for me. Unfortunately the app, as is well described with the other comments on this page, struggles to provide baseline functionality. As a result I am having to return to using the YouVersion app, one that I was hoping to not use for number of reasons. I hope that this app will get the updates it requires, and I will be able to use it another day.
  • Great app but... 3/5

    By scttnrrs
    I love this app. I love that I can get my ESV Study Bible notes on it. I love that it has my ESV Gospel Transformation Bible notes in it as well. I love the aesthetic appeal...I just looks simple and classy. It would have 5 stars except that the reading plan section is a mess. It is fine if you only read what you are supposed to read that day. However if you read ahead it tends to forget my check marks. If you get behind it’s hard to know how much behind you are. And the audio reading feature is almost un-usable in the reading plan section as it messes everything up...boxes get checked off that shouldn’t be, it reads sections not in the plan, it crashes occasionally, etc. I’m currently reading the ESV Study Bible plan and there is no way to tell what day I’m supposed to be on because each day’s reading shows only the current day’s date, not the day you should have read a particular set of passages. Could you please give some attention to the reading plan section? It is such a big part of my day, and if it can’t stay on track I don’t know if I can continue to use this app. Also, I’m happy to financially support good apps so if there is a way we as your users can help you make this app better please let us know. Thank you for all your hard work so far!!!!
  • Please optimize for iPhone X 4/5

    By mboustany
    Love the app and the resources it provides me whenever I have my phone around- but recently got a new phone and found it to be distracting to not have the app updated.
  • Where is the study bible? 3/5

    By blacmat
    Ever since I go the new iPhone8 and new iOS my ESV study bible app is gone and only this version is downloadable in the App Store??????
  • The New ESV 1/5

    By dlcatftwin
    Where once all the resources of my Scripture were readily available, now I have to acquire them on my own. The new version was an unfortunate result of Crossway not willing to keep up the olde reversion to match the upgraded iOS (11). I loved the old version, and had a mild of personal notes and cross-references. Suddenly, unannounced, they are no longer accessible. Some sort of notice from Crossway would have been helpful, and frankly, courteous. Bad form, Crossway, bad form. The new design is far less accessible and intuitive. I will look elsewhere for my virtual Scripture needs from now on!
  • Great app 5/5

    By preachdrummer
    Great app and information. I love to get in-depth in God’s word, and this has plenty of resources.
  • Broken Audio 1/5

    By msliviak
    iPhone X 11.2.1 Deleted and reinstalled with no effect.
  • Loved it when it used to work 2/5

    By JRoper65
    I love this app when it works. The Daily Office reading plan keeps going blank. I deleted and reinstalled app and that fixed it for the day but today it was blank again.
  • Waiting on an iPhone X update 4/5

    By Kruegz92
    I use this app almost daily. It has read well on my previous devices. Really great user interface! On the iPhone X, though, there’s a large black space on the top and bottom of the screen. Other apps have already offered updates for this issue. It’s been 7 weeks now and haven’t seen this fixed yet here. :/ Thanks for doing what you do! (:
  • Audio reading problems 3/5

    By Bossmode404004
    I'm trying to do the "Daily Reading" plan by listening to the audio version. When I go to my current day it shows each passage for that day but as I'm listening to it it gets all screwed up! If the days calls for 2 chapters of Genesis, then a chapter in Psalms and then a chapter in Matthew it will read the two chapters in Genesis and then keep going with a third! It's so frustrating because I have to keep going back to the day and clicking on each selection. Waste of time. Wish it read the day's selection in its entirety and I could stop wasting my time :(
  • Needs Update 4/5

    By Angry-Albino
    I love the ESV and this app is beautiful, however it does need to be updated and optimized for the iPhone X.
  • ESV - Great App 5/5

    By Live is nice!
    This is a great app. I really like the ESV version, the voice of the narrator in the NT, and the chronological reading plan. One request — I’d like to re-start the chronological plan. I don’t see that as an option. Thank you.
  • Not good! 2/5

    By Bwright59
    Some of the notes don’t show up. I am rating this app 3 stars since the last update. It is no longer easy to get around in. You made some changes that were not good in my eyes! Will have to find a new app. Sorry. 😥
  • Best designed Bible app 5/5

    By m1bohon
    This app primarily focuses on what a Bible is primarily for—reading. If only more translations were available in an app this good. I have noticed one minor issue though. I don’t know if it’s a bug or if it’s intentional, but the sans serif font is much bolder than it used to be, which just looks a bit strange to me. And if I can request a feature, I would love to be able to remove section headings without going into reader’s mode. I like having numbers and footnotes most of the time, but I find that sections headings seriously diminish the continuity of the text, especially in the gospels, and they aren’t very useful to me.
  • Great! Please fix reading plan 4/5

    By muchthanks
    Got to month 6, days 12+ in ESV study plan and Philemon text has wrong numerals causing app to load improperly. Thanks for providing these resources!
  • Pretty good 5/5

    By The One To Fear
    I like to use it during Youth bc I don’t have to get up to go get a bible XD
  • 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5/5

    By 🐺📚😊
    I am loving this app! It has really helped me with my Bible homework through the years! I would totally recommend this app to anyone who is looking for a great Bible app!!!
  • Lacking iPhone X support 1/5

    By Josh Dyson
    Unfortunately the app hasn’t been updated to support the iPhone X.
  • Thank you for the free Study Bible feature 5/5

    By Stevin_wilson
    I have been using the ESV Bible for few years. The most notable feature when compared to other apps is the free downloadable Study Bibles included with this app (ESV Global Study Bible and ESV Student Bible).
  • No Bookmarks, Please Fix 4/5

    By Nick19375749201
    Hey, I use the app every day. Just switched to using it on a tablet but I can’t for the life of me figure out how to access bookmarks from the tablet (I’m using the latest model of iPad, just bought yesterday). THAAANNKSS and praise Jesus
  • Slow to Update 3/5

    By ckeith524
    Fine app. Slow to update. Bugs linger. Not updated for the iPhone X.
  • Sad 4/5

    By grizzly_folks
    Well, the app just stopped working.... Time to move on to another app.
  • Good app, could use some improvement 3/5

    By FrontierNamedJade
    LOVE LOVE LOVE the fact that it is an offline translation. There is nothing more I hate then getting a moment to enjoy the Word, only for my bible app to have connection issues. This alone makes it one of the better ones.
  • Good app but needs a little work 4/5

    By Fiklepikle2
    I’ve really enjoyed using this app and the study bible to improve my overall understanding of the Bible; however, recently, the study bible no longer separates (bold/italic) the quoted text from the explanation, which makes it difficult at times to parse through and understand the text. Besides this little bug, the app is clean and intuitive, and easy to move around.
  • Good until recently 3/5

    By Choctaw Chuck
    I have used this ESV Bible app for daily reading for nearly three years. For that daily reading I read chapters from 4 different books each day. It has worked fine in the past, however, recently the “History” option has not been reliable. Until the end of August the history of the most recent passage viewed, would update every time I changed to a different book. Something apparently changed in September, because in October the History would update only after I closed and then re opened the History tab. Now today, the History is not updating at all. What is going on?
  • My go to digital Bible 4/5

    By Dln1103
    I have used this bible app the most the last few years. I use it mostly for listening to the Bible, when I want a quick reference, searching for a verse/passage and also when I forget my Bible and need it for church or on a trip. I like that I can highlight and make notes. I have noticed a few glitches once in a while when I’m listening to it but overall, I think this is an excellent app.
  • No longer works 4/5

    By Pattyoboe
    With the new OS this no longer works on my iPad, and I paid quite a bit for it. Update: issue resolved. Whew!
  • Frustrated 2/5

    By JBikers4
    Thanks for fixing the problem with notes. But I am still frustrated because it keeps crashing. Please look at the crash logs. I have my iPad set up to send them to you. This is such a great app and is such an important part of my day. I hate to complain about something that is free, but the crashes are frustrating. I also have a feature request. When taking notes, I would love for you to figure out how to allow the scripture passage to be scrolled. In other words, I'd like to be able to scroll the passage the pastor is speaking on while I'm taking notes
  • Great app. Updates? 4/5

    By Coat89
    I love the app but cannot use with New IOS. Will we have an update soon?
  • Best 5/5

    By R0M116
    Love this app works excellent, love the ESV, thanks to Crossway for making this excellent app for free.
  • Please update! 3/5

    By M in Beijing, China
    Please update this app so that it works with IOS 11! It is a great app, but it won't work with the latest IOS version.
  • Still crashing 4/5

    By The new guy.
    The word in my very pockets are pristine yet, I can’t read if the app crashes, well, I could pick up a bible but sometimes I don’t have access to one.
  • Great content, of course but 3/5

    By macTunes07
    Please add support for split view. There could be no better implementation on the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil to take notes seamlessly in Split View. I like the integrated reading plans and hope you keep developing them for easy use each day. Keep it current!
  • Love it! 5/5

    By Nickame174993
    Favorite translation, and favorite bible app. Simple and clean. Love the night mode for reading in the dark, and the recent update that improved the night mode in the chapter selection area.
  • Great 5/5

    By chloe seavey
    Love getting to use this to have my daily devotional time👍🏻
  • Favorite 5/5

    By Nancyteamum
    This is so user-friendly. My favorite bible app. I really like the reader--having him read to me is very soothing.
  • Terrible! 1/5

    By Parkwhiz user
    The older app version is Great so glad I never updated my phone! This app has literally no easy way to find anything! I will never recommend this to anyone. Seriously with all the negative comments why hasn't anything been done to fix it?
  • Control features 3/5

    By Greyfrost
    Believe an in-app control function is needed for brightness and contrast. This would aid those whose eyes are older and not as sharp as they once were.
  • F. Koehn 5/5

    By Ferd3
    Great. Easy to use.

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