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Available inEnglish, interface available in 60 languages
Launched2008; 13 years ago (2008)

YouVersion (also known as or the Bible App) is an online and mobile Bible platform published for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and many other operating systems; it also supports a variety of other platforms. In 2020, according to YouVersion, its Bible App features 2,062 Bible versions in 1,372 languages,[1] audio Bibles for popular versions, offline capabilities, as well as over 800 Bible Plans on specific topics, portions of the Bible, the entire Bible, and devotionals.


YouVersion was founded by Bobby Gruenewald and Life.Church in 2008.[2][3][4]

At least since 2012, Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. billionaire founder/owner David Green has sponsored the YouVersion Bible app for mobile phones.[5]

In April 2014, YouVersion released version 5 of the Bible App, which added features for community engagement and scripture discussion.[6][7]

In April 2015, The Bible App became available on the Apple Watch[8] and included functionality for reading the Verse of the Day, viewing trending verses, as well as the ability to jump to your own Verse Images, Bookmarks, and Highlights.[9]

By April 2017, YouVersion had been downloaded over 268 million times. The app had 1492 versions of the Bible, in 1074 languages.[10]

In March 2017, YouVersion launched a service using Google Assistant on Google Home devices that enabled users to ask for Bible verses based on moods and emotions.[11]


  1. ^ "The Bible App". YouVersion. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  2. ^ Bill Sherman,'s Bible app attracts millions of users,, USA, January 4, 2011
  3. ^ Katherine T. Phan, YouVersion Bible App Creator Makes 100 Most Creative People List,, May 31, 2011
  4. ^ Amy O'Leary, In the Beginning Was the Word; Now the Word Is on an App, USA,, July 26, 2013
  5. ^ Solomon, Brian (October 8, 2012). "Meet David Green: Hobby Lobby's Biblical Billionaire". Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  6. ^ Alex Murashako, Bible App 5 Shows YouVersion Still on Track to Engage the World in Scripture,, USA, April 23, 2014
  7. ^ Suzanne Arpin, YouVersion Upgrades Bible App to Build Community,, USA, April 14, 2014
  8. ^ Klett, Leah (April 10, 2015). "YouVersion to Release Updated Version of Bible App for Apple Watch". Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  9. ^ "Now Available: The Bible App for Apple Watch | YouVersion". Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  10. ^ Jean Hopfensperger, God on the go: Bible apps offer mobile inspiration,, USA, May 13, 2017
  11. ^ "Google Assistant can now read Bible passages to fit your mood". VentureBeat. April 1, 2017. Retrieved April 2, 2017.

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