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Now Available: The ESV on your iPhone/iPod Touch


For the first time, read the ESV Bible on your iPhone or iPod Touch, with or without an internet connectionfor free. Record your own notes, highlight verses, save favorites, and share with friends. Please take a look at the ESV App and tell us what you think.

Please note: For those of you using other mobile devices, we haven’t forgotten about you.  We’re working on it!

March 16, 2010 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: James Kinnard @ 6:36 pm | (58) Comments »


  1. Thanks! I just downloaded it for the iPhone and it works great! It has some great features and it’s very convenient to have the ESV with me as I travel. Thanks again!

    Comment by John — March 17, 2010 @ 10:11 am

  2. Very nice. If I didn’t already have Laridian this would be incredibly helpful. Thanks for doing this! I’m going to load it up anyway and see what I end up using more often.

    One thing you should consider adding is the ability to lock the rotation. It’s very difficult to read in bed otherwise.

    Comment by Chris — March 17, 2010 @ 3:10 pm

  3. what about an APP for us NON-IPHONE users…….. Like VERIZON DROID !!

    Comment by Mike — March 17, 2010 @ 6:15 pm

  4. I’ve actually been reading the ESV on my iPod touch while offline thanks to the Kindle edition with Amazon’s app, but it will be interesting to compare that to the dedicated app.

    Comment by natevw — March 17, 2010 @ 7:44 pm

  5. Best usability for a bible app yet! I have almost all of them, and this one is fast. I can’t wait to see more! Sermon notes on the sideswipe perhaps?

    Comment by C bryan — March 18, 2010 @ 1:52 am

  6. WOW!

    Am I wrong or is this the same edition that costs $16.75 for BibleReader?

    English Standard Version – ESV
    Publisher: Crossway Books

    I would like to see a version for WM Standard (non-touch) devices, too!

    Comment by BibleReader for iPhone — March 18, 2010 @ 6:51 am

  7. Brilliant!! Thanks so much Crossways for this blessing & free gift of your ESV iPhone App, I’m loving it!!

    Comment by Simon Field — March 18, 2010 @ 7:48 am

  8. Awesome! Congratulations on a great, useful app release. May I humbly suggest that an Android release come next?

    Comment by Tyler — March 18, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

  9. Fantastic, thanks.

    This is a nice and easy to use application – and of course a great translation.

    What would make it exceptionally useful would be to be able to sync notes with the online bible, and even (I’m dreaming now) allow access to study notes if you have bought the study bible (as you can online).

    Maybe it would be good too if it was easier to see when you had made notes on a verse too? e.g. a little symbol after the verse, or the text on the verse information screen?

    Minor points though, this is now the bible application I will use at is is quick to get to the verse you want. Thanks!

    Comment by David Sawyer — March 18, 2010 @ 2:53 pm

  10. Once again Crossway shows that they are in this for Ministry not just $. Thanks so much for making the ESV so accessible!

    Comment by M Rose — March 18, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

  11. Fantastic! Beautiful interface, excellent “fluidity,” and a decidedly pleasant user experience. And thank you, Crossway programmers, for taking the time with all the little things. It makes all the difference. And free?! Wow.

    Comment by Brandon — March 18, 2010 @ 10:32 pm

  12. I might be missing something but I don’t see any commentary button. Even if that’s not there this is an amazing app thanks so much.

    Comment by Sam DeSocio — March 18, 2010 @ 10:37 pm

  13. This is Beautiful and Elegant. I love it. Thank You! Really, Thank You!

    Comment by Jason — March 19, 2010 @ 12:49 am

  14. Loved it! It’s fast, easy on the eyes, and great for on the road. Way to go! I can see people testing the speed of looking up passages now for Bible Bowls :)

    Comment by Troy Hooper — March 19, 2010 @ 10:02 am

  15. Oh man, would I LOVE this for my DROID…!? I guess that’s more of a statement than a question. Hope you guys are putting together an Android version of the ESV.
    Many Blessings.

    Comment by David Hoffman — March 20, 2010 @ 3:09 am

  16. It’s great but the only thing it lacks is a back button so after checking a cross-reference you can go back to your original text. Thanks.

    Comment by Clive Buultjens — March 20, 2010 @ 8:47 am

  17. Excellent App! I am glad I procrastinated long enough to get this first! This is one more example in a long list of things Crossway is getting right. Kudos to all of you. Someone deserves a raise.

    Comment by Brad — March 20, 2010 @ 9:36 am

  18. Very nicely implemented and seems to be extremely stable so far. Nevertheless, it is insufficient
    for my purposes. Firstly, it is a single-translation-app. Secondly, it doesn’t support split-screen simultaneous viewing of multiple versions and commentaries, or highly complex searching, or bookmark folders, or any number of other things.

    To the commenter above, I’ve found Olive Tree’s biblereader to be worth every cent, especially with the full ESV Study Bible and a whole host of resources that are available for free and for purchase.

    For anyone who can’t, or doesn’t want to pay, this version from Crossway represents a fantastic alternative, and it will only improve further no doubt.

    Comment by Jools — March 20, 2010 @ 10:44 am

  19. The ESV bible App really knocks it out of the park.
    The book menu is refreshingly unique compared to the
    other readers out there. One request: to have the ability
    to turn off all headings and sub-headings.

    Comment by Jonathan S — March 21, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

  20. Awesome! Will you be adding support for following the reading plans from within the app? It would be great to be able to pull up today’s reading for the day all in one place without needing to manually navigate to each section or using the website (which is only accessible with an Internet connection.

    Comment by Will — March 21, 2010 @ 10:42 pm

  21. Great news! Thanks.

    I will be eagerly awaiting the Android release. :

    Comment by William — March 22, 2010 @ 11:09 am

  22. Any chance of getting the Study Bible with all the notes? Now that I would even pay money for!

    Comment by phunkysai — March 22, 2010 @ 2:19 pm

  23. Awesome, y’all. Thanks so much. Would love to see, though, a ‘back’ button or similar when checking cross references, etc.
    Thanks again though!

    Comment by Will — March 22, 2010 @ 3:06 pm

  24. Any hopes of publishing Android apps? We’re left out of the awesomeness!

    Comment by ryan — March 22, 2010 @ 5:03 pm

  25. Will we see an Android version of this app anytime soon?

    Comment by Richie — March 23, 2010 @ 1:00 pm

  26. Very nice app. A bit simpler that Olive Tree’s offering, but definitely a better interface imo! Love the full screen reading mode and very smooth scrolling that I do not have with Olive Tree at the moment. I should say that their software is also excellent and under heavy development, and they are a pleasure to deal with. Keep it up guys, I love and use both of these applications!

    Comment by Rob — March 23, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

  27. This is great but I don’t own an iPhone, nor an iTouch. Any chance this will be available on Android any time soon? I am planning to get the iPad, but it would be nice to have it on my Android.

    Comment by Robert Jimenez — March 23, 2010 @ 4:47 pm

  28. Very nicely done app. Definitely recommended.

    Suggestions for new features:
    - custom foreground and background colors
    - visual feedback when search returns no hits


    Comment by Gerald Winslow — March 24, 2010 @ 2:48 pm

  29. One other suggestion:
    - for footnotes, I don’t like having to press
    the link twice. And it would be nice if the footnotes
    would appear in a pop-up window.

    Comment by Gerald Winslow — March 24, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

  30. Wow, beautiful interface! I especially like the design of the “book” function…fast and elegant! I would second two comments above…support for reading plans and the ability to go “back” after checking a cross reference. I use the history button right now but perhaps a side swipe to go back to your original verse from the cross reference could be done?
    Overall, it’s the perfect mix of single translation, note taking and design for the iPhone!! Bravo!!

    Comment by MattJ — March 25, 2010 @ 7:03 am

  31. i. Thank you for delivering an app that excels in design (instead of doing just enough to get by). It’s creative, innovative, helpful, beautiful.

    ii. Thank you for not trying to pack a million little features into it like some apps, but instead following Apple’s philosophy for the mobile platform that the app should be clear, simple, and exceptional at one thing– in this case delivering the ESV text beautifully formatted for reading and accessing on the go.

    iii. Thank you for making the text seamless when reading, instead of requiring me to navigate back to view subsequent chapters. Your design is how the Scriptures should be… unified… connected.

    i. iPad. Please.
    ii. When we view a cross reference, could you give us a back button to get back to our reading? This may have just been a overlook.
    iii. Just a little more criteria in the search would be helpful. When we search a word now, and we know its in John, we have to scroll through at least 2 results for each book of the Scriptures, displayed in canonical order, until we reach John’s results. It just takes a lot of flicking. May if we could jump to, or filter to, a book or at least a testament, it will make that a bit faster.

    Beautifully executed product. Thank You.

    Comment by Amy Carter — March 25, 2010 @ 12:14 pm

  32. Hi there,

    THanks for this great free app!

    Excellent resource.

    Wondering if there is something similar for Blackberry….please.
    It would absolutely be wonderful.

    Comment by CL Loh — March 27, 2010 @ 8:40 pm

  33. I just realized that the notes feature will now most likely replace pen and paper for me as I jotted down notes during a sermon this weekend. Can you add a feature that exports these notes to either “notes” on the iphone or to a text file?

    Comment by Troy Hooper — March 29, 2010 @ 10:21 am

  34. Hang in there and stick around the ESV blog! The Crossway Lab is hard at work and we have a few things cooking that I think you’ll like!

    Comment by bkrueger — April 8, 2010 @ 11:30 pm

  35. I’m with Troy Hooper comment #36, an export option would be AWESOME. It would be especially great if you could somehow export all your personal notes into one file. This may not be as easily done on the app, but it would be awesome on the online version. I’d like to take notes on the app and the online version more, but it feels somewhat temporary, like one glitch and you’ve lost all your notes. If I could export, I’d be in a wonderland of digital Bible love :)

    Comment by James Ellis — April 14, 2010 @ 12:28 am

  36. Oh, almost forgot, the app is awesome as it is now too :) I’m very thankful to have it, an ESV always with me. The fact you made it free is an incredible blessing too (I’ve got at least 3 personal hard copies around, including my main study Bible, the ESV is my favorite translation).

    Comment by James Ellis — April 14, 2010 @ 12:31 am

  37. I have posted a link to here from http://manawatu.christian-apologetics.org :-)

    Comment by Rob — April 15, 2010 @ 12:34 am

  38. Can you post some information on upcoming availability of the Android version of this app?

    Comment by David — May 6, 2010 @ 1:26 pm

  39. David– Thanks for your question. The guys in the Crossway lab are working hard on an Android app as we speak. Projected launch date? Late summer 2010.

    Comment by bkrueger — May 7, 2010 @ 9:21 am

  40. ESV app was great but stopped working right–perhaps when my iPod Touch had a software update to 4.0. I touch the text and the app crashes. Cannot highlight text. Anyone else have this problem?

    Comment by Mark — June 27, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

  41. Thank you very much for this life changing app.
    one request is whether favorites can be sorted to the order of bible.
    I want to use this for memory verse, but some time later when I try to find certain verse, I barely remember the book of bible.
    Thank you.

    Comment by Joseph Lee — August 29, 2010 @ 8:52 pm

  42. Actually I just found out how to sort the verses to the order of Book.
    Thank you.

    Comment by Joseph Lee — August 29, 2010 @ 8:54 pm

  43. Highlighted verses are great to attract my attention and it is displayed in the order of books of bible. it is great.

    Comment by Joseph Lee — August 29, 2010 @ 10:00 pm

  44. bkrueger: any update on android app?? Summers ending. ;)

    Comment by Mardochee — September 1, 2010 @ 6:00 am

  45. Summer is officially over. Any updates on the Android app?

    Comment by Casey — September 26, 2010 @ 4:39 pm

  46. I’ve used the ESV and ESV Study + app for ages, and love them both!

    Suddenly, after a recent update, they both crash as soon as I touch them.

    Has anyone else seen this? I’m running an iPod Touch Gen1, iOS 3.1.3.

    Comment by Marcus Davage — November 18, 2010 @ 4:29 pm

  47. Any thoughts on what’s going to be released in time for Christmas? If you guessed “an ESV Android app,” you’d be correct.

    How much are we charging for it? Nothing. It’s a gift.

    You know what you can do to show us your appreciation? Share it with your friends — through your blog, through Twitter, through Facebook, through emails, through water cooler chat, through messages on blimps. Share the love.

    Why are we giving away for free something that’s taken countless hours to bring into being? In all truth, we love God’s powerful Word. And it’s an honor to make it freely available through all the world, through all technologies.

    If you have any comments or questions, leave them here or send them directly to me at tslater [at] crossway.org

    Comment by Ted Slater — December 14, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

  48. IЎЇve recently started a blog, the information you provide on this site has helped me tremendously. Thank you for all of your time & work.

    Comment by miu miu shoes — August 11, 2011 @ 6:13 am

  49. ESV Study+ is crashing (iPhone) when I do a search. Any ideas??

    Comment by Tomas — November 13, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

  50. Thanks so much for your comment Thomas. We are working actively to provide a fix asap.

    Comment by Angie Cheatham — November 14, 2011 @ 8:41 am

  51. Night time reading. Please, please, please add night time reading option (i.e. dark background/light font). The white background with black font is too bright to read in the dark… even at lowest brightness setting. Hurts the eyes. See Kindle app or You Version app for examples.

    Comment by Allen — July 9, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

  52. In an age of fast-paced technology, this app is a handy tool for reading the Bible on the go.

    If you like bible study on the go, then you will enjoy over 20 FREE Christian Resources available at http://knowingthelord.com

    You can share this website with your brethren, family & friends and download our FREE Evangelism Tract available on the homepage.

    I pray that we will continue to be enlightened by The Word of God as it enriches our inner man (spirit) and follow on to Know The LORD.

    God bless you all in your Christian Growth!

    Comment by Free Christian Resources — April 25, 2013 @ 11:57 am

  53. Just uploaded newest version of ESV Bible for iPhone (on my iPhone 5) and it kees crashing. Please help.

    Comment by Richard Chase — December 14, 2013 @ 7:31 am

  54. This used to be my go to Bible app. When I first updated it a few days ago, it would crash upon startup. Today, crash time extended by about 15 seconds. But it still crashes within 15-20 seconds after startup every time.

    Comment by Joe Swords — December 16, 2013 @ 10:22 am

  55. Hi Joe – I’m sorry for the problem that you’re experiencing. We’re expecting an update to the free ESV Bible app soon that should fix the crashing problem.

    Comment by Lizzy Jeffers — December 16, 2013 @ 10:31 am

  56. Hi Richard – I’m sorry for the problem that you’re experiencing. We’re expecting an update to the free ESV Bible app soon that should fix the crashing problem.

    Comment by Lizzy Jeffers — December 16, 2013 @ 10:32 am

  57. I updated the app on my Iphone Saturday & now it won’t open. If I delete it and re-install it will I lose all my hi-lighted passages and notes?

    Comment by Bob Dykema — December 16, 2013 @ 4:37 pm

  58. Hi Bob – Your notes and highlighted passages should have transferred, and this is something we’ve confirmed on our own devices here in the office. As you may already know, we’re expecting an update to the free ESV Bible app soon that should fix the crashing problem that you’re experiencing.

    Comment by Lizzy Jeffers — December 18, 2013 @ 9:08 am

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