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ESV Bible Android App review

AndroidApps.com has posted a video review of the ESV Bible Android App, available free in the Android App store. This is a helpful, quick overview of the app for Android users.

May 7, 2011 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Andrew Tebbe @ 6:00 am | (55) Comments »


  1. I absolutely agree, this is my favorite Bible app for Android. The fact that it’s ESV isn’t a restriction for me, as ESV is my “default” version.

    My ever-so-slight wish for it would be that the [Browse] button be moved to the bottom or be configurable. I often use my phone one-handed (in my right) and the location at the top left is a (literal) stretch in that case. Maybe it’s just me.

    Of course, I’d love to see integration with the esvbible.org for highlights and notes someday in the future…

    Comment by VerseOfTheDate — May 9, 2011 @ 9:15 am

  2. It’s my favorite app and I’ve downloaded many. It’s easy to share with my friends via Facebook and Twitter and it’s not bogged down with ads or anything, and you can’t beat the cost. I’ve told my friends to get it too.

    Comment by Stacy Harp — May 9, 2011 @ 10:21 am

  3. I definitely agree. The missing notes integration is a let down and major reason why I prefer the esv on the olive tree app. The olive tree app is seriously handycapped when compared to the iOS version, so crossway has a real opportunity here if they integrate.

    Comment by Brian Tate — May 9, 2011 @ 10:29 am

  4. Do you have plans to make the ESV Study Bible into an app? I like the online version, but it would be more convenient to be able to access it on my phone. Or what about a mobile version of the site?

    Comment by Jonathan — May 9, 2011 @ 10:35 am

  5. Jonathan, we’re working on getting the ESV Study Bible app (similar to what’s on iOS right now) onto the Android platform. Stay tuned for updates, but we’re hard at work.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — May 9, 2011 @ 11:08 am

  6. VerseOfTheDate, we’ve looked into syncing the notes feature between the mobile and web apps. It’s a very technically tricky and resource-intensive process, but the conversations are happening. Thank you for your patience.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — May 9, 2011 @ 11:12 am

  7. testing

    Comment by Jason Park — May 9, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

  8. Andrew, I’m more than happy to patiently wait for this to happen. I’d also love to help.

    It would completely change my study habits, and I trust I wouldn’t be the only one. Like I said, it’d be worth money — but being in the industry, I also understand that this is probably going to be a cost sink.

    Comment by VerseOfTheDate — May 17, 2011 @ 11:04 pm

  9. You can also try the very popular Daily Bible Android application.


    Comment by vl — May 23, 2011 @ 8:34 am

  10. Kinda seems like alot of us are on the same page.
    1) The app is incredible
    2)The addition of it syncing with esv onine notes would make this absolutely flawless.
    I really hope this becomes an update in a later version of the app!

    Comment by PastorTyler — June 7, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

  11. Thanks for providing this! Looking forward to the ESV Study Bible version for Android. This would be the one app I would gladly pay for. Any word on when it might be coming?

    Comment by serge — August 10, 2011 @ 9:38 am

  12. Serge,

    We’re currently working hard on it! I’m reluctant to give you a date, but it’s being developed right now.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — August 22, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

  13. Is the Android app being developed for the Honeycomb platform. To better utilize the tablets?

    Comment by Mark — August 22, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

  14. Mark, this from our Digital Media Manager – “We are committed to continuing to develop our apps to improve usability for tablets and other form factors beyond just Android Honeycomb.”

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — August 23, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

  15. As I read this one out, I go to Android store and installed it to my phone. Great app I must say!

    Comment by David — September 24, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

  16. Have you had any reports of the App slowing down, or locking up? I have had this problem on HTC Wildfire S when viewing Psalm 119.

    Comment by David D — September 28, 2011 @ 10:47 am

  17. David, I haven’t heard anything to that effect. We have an online forum for questions and problems about our ESV Digital products. I recommend posting your question there, as it will put you in direct contact with our developers.


    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — September 28, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

  18. Is there a reason the ESV app was taken off the international Android Market place, I have the buggy older version and I when i try to update i get the message “this app is not available in your region” (Region being Kenya) I’ve convinced a lot of people to try out the ESV through the app, I’m just a bit disappointed we no longer have access to it.

    Comment by Andrew — November 9, 2011 @ 4:02 am

  19. Andrew, I talked to our digital media manager and he said he’s reestablished sales of the app in Kenya. He suggests you recheck in 24 hours. Hope that helps!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — November 9, 2011 @ 9:23 am

  20. I am running this app on a Galaxy Tab running Honeycomb, and a Nexus S running Gingerbread. On the Tab, if I try to browse to a chapter in a book that I am currently reading, the browser choices jump down to a different book. For example, when I am reading Proverbs, and want to go to another chapter, if I press “browse, Proverbs, ” I get choices in Colossians. On the phone, the same selections will crash the application. Is there a better place for filing bug reports?

    I love the app. Thank you for making it available for free!

    Comment by Diana Murphy — December 1, 2011 @ 10:37 am

  21. Diana, for those kinds of problems you’ll probably get a quicker answer by interacting directly with our developers on our online forum: http://community.crossway.org/crossway/products/crossway_esvbibleorg

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — December 23, 2011 @ 2:46 am

  22. Just wondering if there was a tentative release date for the Android ESV Study Bible app. It’s been nearly 18 months since it was made available for Apple.

    Comment by Matt — December 28, 2011 @ 10:33 pm

  23. We really appreciate your interest in an Android ESVSB app. We’re actively working towards a mobile framework that will enable us to deliver many of our resources to all major mobile platforms. Please continue to check back with us on our blog and on Facebook for future updates.

    Comment by James Kinnard — December 29, 2011 @ 11:54 am

  24. Here is a link from Olive Tree for the ESVSB android app (http://www.olivetree.com/store/product.php?productid=17242)

    Comment by Bob — January 3, 2012 @ 5:54 am

  25. Verse Box Scripture Memory is a very good app. It is available on the android market. Just search “Verse Box”. Please review this app when you get a chance.

    Comment by Mike — January 13, 2012 @ 11:30 am

  26. https://market.android.com/details?id=net.faithbox.scripturememory&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsIm5ldC5mYWl0aGJveC5zY3JpcHR1cmVtZW1vcnkiXQ

    Verse Box

    Comment by Faith — January 13, 2012 @ 11:32 am

  27. Is there a way to copy a verse from the app in order to use it in an SMS message? Sorry if it’s a daft question?

    Comment by Cristi — March 3, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

  28. Cristi, you should be able to copy the text of a verse (at least I can on my iPhone) and paste it into an SMS message. The process should be the same for copying and pasting any text you’d find in an android app.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — March 7, 2012 @ 9:13 am

  29. My favorite thing is that is shows the book and chapter on each page. Really like the browse and especially that it holds your place while you run references. ESV seems to be the version of choice in CBS, BGEA, and many churches.

    Comment by Ann — March 11, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

  30. i don’t see the beta version of this app on the new android market- Google Play- is it there?

    Comment by Andrew — March 13, 2012 @ 12:35 am

  31. Andrew, I asked around and it should be there. Let me know if you’re still having trouble finding it.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — March 13, 2012 @ 8:32 am

  32. yeah i found it, thanks! is there going to be a study bible version?

    Comment by Andrew — March 13, 2012 @ 9:35 am

  33. Andrew, one’s in the works!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — March 13, 2012 @ 10:32 am

  34. Question, is there an app for Android for ESV With notes as in the hard copy?

    Comment by Ed Sewell — June 16, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

  35. Ed, we’re currently working on an ESV app that will include study materials from the ESV Study Bible. I can’t give a firm time frame yet, but we’ll be sure to get the word out when it’s ready!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — June 18, 2012 @ 8:34 am

  36. Will the android app cost $14.99 like the iPhone version?

    Comment by Jonathan — June 22, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

  37. Jonathan, I don’t think a final decision has been made, but I would say it’s very likely to be comparably priced.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — June 22, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

  38. Unfortunately ESV bible has stopped is the message I get on my Google Nexus android phone when I try to use my ESV app. No problems for about 18 months and then this happens. I have deleted and reinstalled but the result is the same. Any suggestions?

    Comment by Jonathan — September 2, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

  39. I asked a while back about synch’ing the notes with a PC or some other way to upload them and was told synch’ing was only on a wish list. Is it any nearer, because it is a major drawback. Using the notes verse by verse has revolutionised my bible reading – not overstated – but this inability to upload to a computer is a real pity. What’s the latest please?

    Comment by Piers Young — October 2, 2012 @ 3:11 am

  40. I completely agree with Piers. I don’t use the app for that reason and the fact that there’s no study bible for android. Right now I use youversion because it stinks notes and highlights.

    Comment by Josh — October 2, 2012 @ 4:42 am

  41. Josh and Piers, we’re currently working on a cloud synching solution that would link the apps with ESVBible.org. I know everyone has been waiting a long time, and we’re grateful for continued patience. This kind of app development is not cheap, and we’ve had to build a brand new platform to which we’ll eventually link the other apps. Sorry I can’t provide more specifics at this time.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — October 2, 2012 @ 8:31 am

  42. Thanks for your continued work on that. I look forward to the day when we will have the ability to sync notes/highlights and have the study bible on Android

    Comment by Josh — October 2, 2012 @ 8:40 am

  43. Andrew,

    How’s that Android ESVSB app coming? *insert snarky joke about Christ returning before its release*


    Comment by Steve — March 24, 2013 @ 7:09 pm

  44. Steve, I know it’s been in the works for a while! Needless to say, we’ve encountered some unanticipated delays with that project. I know it’s in the queue, but couldn’t tell you at what priority. Our developers are a small team with limited resources, so thanks so much for your patience.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — March 25, 2013 @ 9:09 am

  45. “I know it’s in the queue, but couldn’t tell you at what priority.” — then could you ask? I know software development well and am well aware of the complexities, but I also know that any software project has milestones and development timelines… that is, any project being worked. Can I just guess now that you’re being coy because it’s currently a dead effort?

    Comment by Steve — March 26, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

  46. Steve, no I’m not being coy. And it’s not a dead effort – I’ve asked. I’d simply reiterate that our developers are a small team with limited resources. Realizing our development (and related public communication) isn’t perfect, please believe me when I say we’re doing the best we can. If you’re tired of waiting, there are other Study Bible android apps on the market, including this one recently released: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.acrodesign.esvstudybible. Thanks for your concern and continued understanding, Steve.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — March 27, 2013 @ 10:21 am

  47. I too have been patiently waiting for Crossway to bring us their ESV Study Bible app for Android. Since it looks like this is not going to happen any time soon, has anyone purchased the the newly released ESVSB by Acrodesign Technologies? Is it worth the money? If I buy this app and Crossway releases their app a month from now, will Crossway reimberse me the cost of their competitor’s app? :-)

    Seriously, if I purchase app from Acrodesign, I won’t be buying the one from Crossway. So, should I keep waiting or…

    Thanks for any feedback!

    Comment by Jeff — April 13, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

  48. The water problem in the Crossway offices have probably slowed things to a standstill. I love their ESV app for android – the only thing I wish they would add is the ability to select more than one verse for sharing/copying and pasting.

    Comment by Jesse — May 15, 2013 @ 9:32 am

  49. Hello. I was wondering. Are you planning to add ESV Study Bible funcionality to this Android App, just like you did in the ESV Online Bible (http://www.esvbible.org/)?

    That will be such an amazing help.

    God bless.

    Comment by Jose Vargas — July 28, 2013 @ 6:50 am

  50. Jose,

    Yes, that’s in the works. Can’t give you a firm timeframe yet, but I know we have it planned.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — July 30, 2013 @ 9:36 am

  51. Hey, maybe you’ve answered this already, but once the ESV Study Bible is out, will I be able to access it for free due to my having purchased a “real-life” study Bible? I got the iOS app for free, but have since switched over to android. I’m excited to hear things are progressing!

    Comment by Bryan — September 30, 2013 @ 9:26 am

  52. Bryan,

    Thanks for the question. The ESV Study Bible is already available online via esvonline.org. You should have received a card in the back of your physical ESV Study Bible with a code to activate the module for free. Hope that answers your question!


    Comment by Matt Tully — September 30, 2013 @ 10:36 am

  53. You didn’t answer his question. You answered a different question of your own choosing.

    Comment by Steve — September 30, 2013 @ 10:42 pm

  54. Hi Bryan, I’m afraid print editions of the ESV Study Bible aren’t tied to any of the mobile apps, so you won’t be able to access the ESV Study Bible on Android for free. Sorry to disappoint!

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — October 3, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

  55. Why has my esv bible stopped? Thanks

    Comment by Ed Faris — June 2, 2014 @ 7:48 am

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