ESV Bible

ESV Bible

  • Category: Reference
  • Release Date:
  • Current Version: 3.3.3
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • Developer: Crossway
  • Compatibility: Android
4,781 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—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

  • Crashes! 4/5

    By Sirlansa
    Crashing every time I open it. It’s stuck on the “personal” page whenever it opens. Then crashes after about 5 secs!
  • Could be a lot better 3/5

    By Aaaaanson
    The daily office lectionary never opens on the right day, and there’s no easy way to get to the correct day.
  • Please please Update!! 5/5

    By Ricuronium
    Awesome app. Just needs to be updated for iPhone X users.
  • This Bible App Has Been Forgotten 3/5

    By Bored JM
    There are far too many missing references to not be bothered. It is frustrating when there is no note when a note is indicated in text. Please fix. I love the translation but not lack of attention developers have provided.
  • Almost Great 3/5

    By Cayneclay
    Like others, I think the app is very aesthetically pleasing. It’s brings a sense of elegance, beauty, and respect to God’s word on a mobile device. What I dislike is the bugs. I pay for the monthly access to study resources but nearly half of the books are missing their content within the app. I go to the “Knowing the Bible” series and find that there are only four books in it when an hour ago there were 26. They work fine if I’m in Safari but not the app. It’s frustrating. Also, several of the study materials contained in the browser version are totally missing from the app, so I have to have web access or use data to access those functions. I think the app could use an update.
  • Latest update crashes 2/5

    By Pjohns7*
    After last update, the app crashes every time . Starts up in the passage I was reading last, then goes to a Notes screen, then crashes
  • Very good app, but.. 4/5

    By adecatur
    Very good app, but why is all the ESV Study Bible commenary all in bold now?! They use to just bold the words from the text the commentary was addressing.
  • Great Bible, but lacks support for iPhone X 3/5

    By Bthetomato
    Everything else is great, but on iPhone X it is lacking full screen support.
  • Most beautiful Bible App 4/5

    By Babyboo24242424
    This is the most beautiful Bible app I’ve found thus far. Having access to multiple study Bibles (the ESV study Bible is my personal favorite) from my phone is incredibly helpful. My only complaint is the lack of updates and no IPhone X version yet.
  • 5 stars!! Just one thing! 5/5

    By dennisrromine
    I love this app so I gave it 5 stars for ease of use and for the features. Just one thing... optimize this app for the iPhone X!! Please!!
  • ESV Bible 2/5

    By VegasStrong 1
    I don’t like it because there is no table of contents. Which makes it much harder to find what I’m looking for fast. This one got a good review. I will stop using it.
  • Update 1/5

    By jarrett is my name
    Please add an update for the IPhone X!
  • Needs Updating 1/5

    By ADraperMD
    Needs to be updated for iPhone X. As someone who pays monthly for the extra material and uses their phone a lot, this is important. Continuing my subscription is contingent on this being updated.
  • Love the app!! 4/5

    By ParrisP
    This app is excellent but please update it to be compatible with the iPhone X.
  • iPhone X 3/5

    By BobTheBuilder112
    iPhone X screen support please. It’s been 5 months
  • Unusable in slide-over on iPad Pro. 2/5

    By tea2thejay
    I wish this would be updated, especially after investing into the study Bible, and now I can not use it in slide over. Great app when it works, it now it doesn’t work. Looking forward to updating my review.
  • Great app for quick off line access and highlighting, copying, clickable references 4/5

    By jerry franc
    I did find a glitch on 1.Cor 15. The app stops on the last verse and either closes or will not scroll so it has to be closed and when openning up it opens up on the same verse and will notcscroll down, inly back upwards
  • Great improvements. 5/5

    By Jabodaddy
    Crossway has done a great job with bringing in cross reference windows and a place to universally write and catalogue notes.
  • Crashing since the update! 3/5

    By ccondos
    Since the newest update it’ll open and then close by itself. I can’t use this! Please fix!
  • Can only highlight verses 2/5

    By Gil Gerretsen
    I like the ESV but this app does not show verses and only lets you highlight chunks of text (verses?) rather than a phrase your word. Other apps make study and note making easier.
  • God’s Word 5/5

    By TopDogLucky
    The app is a transformation for the Christian discipline making available to us at all times, the ability to read or hear God’s Divine Word!
  • Great App and a question 5/5

    By Cude :-)
    Love this app and have been using it for some time. I have noticed a discrepancy in my printed version and the digital one in Ephesians 1:5. The digital version adds “to himself” after “In love he predestined us for adoption.” It gets a little confusing as my kids and I are memorizing this passage and sometimes one of us will use the app while the others are using our printed version. Would love to see this corrected if this is an error. Thanks!
  • Update?? 4/5

    By SReese9
    Do you guys plan to update the app to support the iPhone X? Reverted to use another app that supports the X... 🤷🏻‍♂️
  • Great app! Can use one last thing 4/5

    By DLV27DLV72
    Love this app! However I would appreciate if it was updated for iPhone X screen aspect ratio.
  • Love this app, please keep improving! 5/5

    By DannonWarrrior56
    I love that I can jump back and forth between my physical Bible and the app and still enjoy a seamless and beautifully depicted rendering of God’s word. Thank you! I commute to work every day and the audio portion of this app is key for me. I really feel like this is one of the best audio readings of the Bible. My problem is that the audio doesn’t follow the reading plans. Is there a way to sync the daily readings with the audio? Also it would be great if there was a way to download both the text and the audio inside the app so I wasn’t dependent on an internet connection. I would be more than happy to pay for this! Thanks very much for the great work.
  • 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

    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.

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