ESV Bible 4+

Read, Listen, Study, Reflect


Designed for iPad

    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



The ESV Bible app allows you to easily read, study, and engage with God’s Word wherever you go, making it the best possible Bible reading experience for your phone or tablet.

Listen to Scripture with audio Bibles and meditate on God’s Word with instrumental background music. Customize your experience with a wide variety of reading plans and thematic playlist options, helping you make daily Bible reading a habit every day.

• Toggle display options to a streamlined, distraction-free reader's mode
• Search tools allow you to quickly search the Bible by reference, keyword, or phrase
• Quick access to cross-references

• Listen to the Bible read aloud by acclaimed Christian artists, pastors, and Bible teachers
• Voices include Kristyn Getty, Ray Ortlund, Jackie Hill Perry, Michael Reeves, and more
• Instrumental background music to help you meditate as you listen
• A diverse selection of musical styles, artists, and genres
• Individual volume controls allow you to adjust the music and Bible audio separately

• Choose from over 50 Bible reading plans
• One-year, devotional, and topical plans offer a wide variety of options to fit your lifestyle and reading goals

• Access the ESV Global Study Bible for free
• Subscribe to unlock a full library of study resources, including the ESV Study Bible, ESV Archaeology Study Bible, Preaching the Word commentary series, ESV Expository Commentary series, and more

• Record your personal reflections using the easy-to-use notes feature
• Highlight and bookmark favorite portions of Scripture
• All content saved via a free account is synced with—giving you access to personal notes, bookmarks, and highlights from any device
• Adjust dozens of layout and text settings including font size, red letter, background color, and more

• Access to the full range of study Bibles, commentaries, and playlists available online and in the app
• Over 50 playlists compile thematic verses to guide you through a particular mood, topic, or season

Deepen your time in God’s Word with customizable study and audio features available with the ESV Bible app. Download for free today!


What’s New

Version 5.0.8

• Cross references now display in a sheet allowing for full-screen reading.
• Search now includes filtering by testament and a history of recent searches.
• Search now preserves the most recently viewed results upon returning.

• Improved the accuracy of search results.
• Fixed an issue related to text formatting in personal notes.
• General design tweaks and updates.

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
2.5K Ratings

2.5K Ratings

scttnrrs ,

New update has issues

Update: Thank you for fixing both the issues that I mentioned in my last review. For me this app is almost perfect. I don’t love the subscription model but it doesn’t affect the way I use the app. I wish the “To the Word” Bible reading challenge was available in your reading plans but that’s not a huge deal. I also wish that in addition to the subscription model you would add one-time purchases. We would gladly buy Kristyn Getty’s voice but can’t pay a subscription just for that. I’m old school. I prefer to own things rather than rent them. This is not a slight to those who like the subscription model. I’m just saying that you’re missing out on financial support by not having any offerings for people like me. I still love the app though and use it every day. These are just suggestions. Thank you!

I use this app multiple times a day everyday. It is one of the most used apps on my phone. The new update is very frustrating. You close the app, it starts you back over at Genesis 1. Why won’t it just open back up to where I was when I closed it??? Also when go to a chapter the audio starts in the previous chapter. Why won’t it start in the chapter so selected? In psalms it starts at the beginning of the psalm prior to the one I selected!?! I’m not sure what’s going upon but this major update is majorly glitchy. I loved this app. Please fix these and other issues asap and I will return to review to 5 stars.

Mhbeanstalk22 ,

Just started using

I am trying out a new app because the You version Bible app has become bogged down with countless features and too many gimmicks that don’t really enhance the read of Gods word. It is hard to navigate with all the different things it does. It’s fine for some people just not me. I needed something simple so I found this app. So far I like the simplicity of the app and the features are easy to figure out with a little playing around with them. The one thing I feel like I will miss however is notifications with the verse of the day and widgets that can place on my phone to see the verse of the day without having to open up the app. The widget serves as a reminder to me to read and to contemplate on Gods word. I’m not sure if those are features in the subscriptions which I can tell you in a world of subscriptions I am not fond of nor can I afford another one. I would be willing to pay a 1 time fee for more features like notifications and widgets as well as the option to share verses or study plans with others via text, email etc. other than this I am excited to try this app out and come closer to God.

Rhumba Jones ,

New version has problem

Updated: thanks for the follow-up! It appears that my problem with the update has been resolved. I may have had to delete the digging deep into the Bible plan and the reload it into the new version of the app to get it resolved. Or they fixed it. Either way I like the updated app now it tracks my daily reading. And while I don’t like having to pay for something I used to get for free (Kristyn Getty reading) I do believe “a worker deserves their wages” so I paid. I hope they keep improving the app with the funding. It is a really good way to get your Bible study in daily. And the ESV Bible is the best translation in my view.

——- old review:

One star for the app update. I’ve used this app for years and was using the “digging deep into the Bible plan” that allowed me to go through the Bible in a year. It has a problem now that it checks off the days readings without ever doing the readings. It would be nice if it stopped doing that. Also I don’t like how I have to pay for a voice. Used to be free. Oh well. Everyone has to make money I suppose. At least one voice is free.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for reporting this issue. If you’re able to send us a "Feedback" email from the app by clicking on the ESV logo in the top left of the app? That will give us some info that should help us look into this issue for you. Please add "Requested via App review” so we can keep track of them.

App Privacy

The developer, Crossway, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Purchases
  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Identifiers

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

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  • Family Sharing

    Some in‑app purchases, including subscriptions, may be shareable with your family group when Family Sharing is enabled.

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