Bible App Surpasses 250 Million Downloads

Bible App Surpasses 250 Million Downloads

OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 5, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ -- With users in every country of the world, the YouVersion Bible App has reached a quarter of a billion downloads. The Bible App was one of the first 200 apps in Apple's App Store debut eight years ago, and this year has been the biggest year yet for Bible engagement through the app.

"We are humbled by how many people use the Bible App on a regular basis," said Bobby Gruenewald, Life.Church Innovation Pastor and YouVersion Bible App founder. "When we decided to make the Bible available as an app, we never could have imagined how much it would revolutionize the way people engage with Scripture." 

Use of the Bible App continues to grow with significant increases in downloads in several countries across the globe, from Argentina to Tanzania to Palestine, and some countries like Mozambique, Nepal, and Bangladesh are growing by triple digits.

Along with the increase in downloads, the app saw higher engagement with Scripture in these countries. As a whole, the YouVersion community read and listened to more than 13 billion Bible chapters this year, and created more than one billion highlights, bookmarks, and notes.

Bible verse sharing reached a record 230 million shares this year, including 2016's most popular verse, Romans 8:28: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

Many users also began reading the Bible in their primary language for the first time. In July, the Bible App became the first app ever offered in 1,000 text languages, and Gruenewald says it's only the beginning. 

"We're thrilled to partner with the many Bible societies and translation groups that make it possible for us to offer the Bible in more and more languages every month. Our goal is that every person with a mobile device will have access to the Bible in their native language through the Bible App," said Gruenewald. 

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