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 full ESV Global Study Bible. • Read.
Dig into the English Standard Version via an elegant...
Great app but...
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!!!!
I’ve given this app 4/5 stars ONLY because since they’ve recently updated it, for some reason now my search does not work.. I can type in the verse I want to read (ex: Luke 1:1) but when I click the verse, it just takes me right back to where I was before the search.. Almost as if clicking the newly searched verse is as though I’m clicking the “back” button.. very frustrating. I’m in a bible study with a group of guys I work with so it is very important to have that work properly. It is more convenient to use my youversion Holy Bible app to do my studies now and there is no comparison between the two apps.. ESV is much better for my use and needs. This is my only complaint and the single reason for the 4 star rating. I fear if I delete the app and download it again, all of my progress and work will be lost so I’ve not tried that yet. Thank you for the otherwise wonderful app! No other issues except the one listed above.
I’ve used the ESV Bible app for over a year now and love how easy it is to navigate to and/or search for scripture passages, and I love the Bible reading plans, and the ability to listen to passages as well. A couple suggestions for improvements though: 1. Add the ability to select a specific passage and play that passage’s audio recording on a repeat loop. This would be helpful for Scripture memorization. 2. I listen to the audio in my car using a Bluetooth speaker that is not very powerful. Most podcasts output a sound level that I can hear just fine, but this app outputs a lower sound level that makes me have to strain my ears to hear. Maybe I’m the only one with this problem though. 3. It would be nice if I could push play and have the audio play my daily Bible reading plan passages. As it stands, if I have 4 separate passages, it starts at the begging but keeps on going past the end of the first passage until I stop it and find the next passage and push play.
Lost progress, but they restored it
This last update restored my progress in the chronological reading plan, loosing just what I had done since the last update reset it. Thanks for fixing this. Original post: Like the other reviewer mentioned, after the update, I lost all my progress in the chronological reading plan. It also changed a little bit, moving Job from sometime in Genesis to later in the Old Testament. The change is fine but it makes picking up we’re I left off impossible. I’m sure that a digital record of my progress is completely lost but it would be nice if, the next time an update like this occurs, they are a bit more careful with the migration. Last suggestion. The reading plan portion is kinda bloated after this last update. It would be much easier to navigate if there were sub folders or reading plans (“Thru the Bible”, “What to read when…”, etc.) Overall, a great app.
I was thankful to find this app because it allows me to stay in track with reading the Bible throughout the year. Apparently when the app updated the plan I was using was erased and all my progress along with it. I’m very disappointed. THANK YOU for addressing my concerns. One other thing is that while reading the passages for the day and scrolling to each passage it used to change to be able to see what passage I was in with out returning to the check off section. Please put that back in! Also, I like that it just shows today’s date because if for some reason I don’t finish the reading one day then it’s still there and there is not a feeling of being behind! Thanks!
Reading is Great
I’ve had this app a few years it’s my go to when I new quick reference I also enjoy reading it’s easy to read and understand. I do still love and read my Bible I love holding it and turning the pages and looking for books and chapters, but I do love this App As well it is a wonderful tool to have . I’m still learning all the features it has I love that I can mark verses I love and I can highlight things and it show the words in Red as well. If you don’t have your bible it right here and you can follow along. So Many positives. Thank you The only this I would change is I wish the numbers where by the verses. I use this sometime whit my devotional to read scriptures and it makes it hard to find if you looking for a verse or two in the chapter.
A new year, another ill-planned update
Sigh. First off, I get it. It’s a free app. And it’s a great app...for about 6mo of the year. At the end of the year, the developers decide to reinvent the wheel and roll out a huge update and jazz it up and it’s then 4-6mo of fixing what didn’t need to be fixed in the first place. I see that with 2020 here, they did not miss a chance to do another one of those horrible revamps. My daily bible reading plan completely changed formats overnight, and there is no other plan that offers the format it was using for the past several years. It was a great plan because my church uses the same schedule to go through the Bible in one year and the ease of having it on my iPad was so wonderful. Again, I get it, I’ll just keep the hard copy handouts my church puts in the bulletin at the end of every year and just read off those and manually keep track, but what a bummer to wake up Jan 1 and find the change. But then again, I shouldn’t be surprised. It happens EVERY. YEAR.
Don’t use the reading plans
First, this works well as a bible. The highlights and notes are saved on your account and go with you when you change devices. The main problem is with the reading plans. This past year I’ve read through the Bible using the Chronological plan. Several times during the year the plan was revised and I had to find passages I’d “misses” and read them. (Ex. the whole book of job moved) The kicker was today, December 20, the plan changed again and all the progress was lost. I can figure out manually and by memory what I haven’t read yet and put my own plan together for the last twelve days of the year, but it’s frustrating to need to do that so near the end. The developers need to allow a reading plan to be frozen once a reader has subscribed. That way they can make improvements for new readers without disrupting those already on the plan.
Can copy and paste into Notability and GoodNotes 5 app
When listening to lectures and taking notes on ipad, I LOVE the fact that i can split screen the ESV app on the right and have Notability or GoodNotes 5 on the left. Tap the Book at the top...say it says Genesis...tap it and the other books appear and tap them, then the chapters appear and scroll with your finger to the passage very fast tap the text you want, the highlight box appears, tap again to place how much text you want to copy into your note taking app. Copy and paste into the app! No need to upload to any other apps . Just copy and paste...and guess what! You can type and edit the text!! The KJV app is ok but it will NOT split screen.
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.
Thanks for all that you do in providing an app for the translation of the Bible that has grown to be my favorite and the one I trust the most. I appreciate Crossway in many ways, especially for the resources that you provide that strengthen my walk. I enjoy the app but... When I read or am studying the word, I mark my Bible up, even using the app I love to highlight but I like to focus on key words within a verse that being a greater depth and meaning to the verse. A lot hinges on keys words, right? Even as I look at Piper and his videos, he is marking up the Bible where he is focusing on key words and phrases within the verse. It makes things standout and gives the already living Word more life. Yes, I can change the app I use and get a different app with these features but why? I trust Crossway and I don't want to go anywhere else. I'm committed to Crossway. Seriously! It's been life giving and has been a means of Grace in my life. Just please consider modifying the markups portion. Again, in all sincerity, thanks for what you do in leading us closer to the Lord. Mike
Best designed Bible app
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.
Need improvement on study plans
Everything is great and I love that we can customize the appearance of the pages (text, dark mode, etc.). I also really love the variety of study plans that the app offers! One confusing thing is that the plans do not let you filter out certain kinds of plan (like plans for a whole year or just a few weeks). And it gets tedious when you have to scroll through every plan to find the one that you are studying. Even the plans that I have finished are still there so that makes it a bit mundane. Great app and I’m looking forward to more improvements!
My favorite Bible app
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. 👍
Look is nice but reading plan is frustrating
As others report, the look of the interface is nice. You can also listen along. I use the search often, though I wish a cursor showed up when you click the search field. Instead you have to click and start typing whilst hoping you clicked the search field. However, the reading plan section needs an UPDATE! It seems to reset each day. I started a reading plan Jan 1 and set my preferences, but every day I go to the reading plan and it asks me to choose which plan and it doesn’t remember what day I’m on (not to mention what I’ve already read. ) I am reverting to a paper plan to read thru the Bible this year. :(
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