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How This Free Bible App Can Help You Study the Bible Better

Reading the Bible on an app

I’d bet for most people reading this article, time for reading and studying the Bible may often feel crunched (even though we know we should be prioritizing it).

But this isn’t an article to shame—it’s an article to equip. To help all followers of Jesus to be able to study God’s Word so their faith is strengthened. To learn to study the Bible differently. Effectively.

And it’s through a wonderful free piece of technology called a Bible app.

Keep reading to learn more, or skip to what interests you.

Why do people like free Bible apps?
Who should use a free Bible app?
What’s the best free Bible app?
What is the Logos Bible app?
How the free Logos Bible app can benefit you
5 tips for studying with the Logos Bible app
How to get started with Logos’ free Bible app

Why do people like free Bible apps?

Besides the obvious (they’re free, and who doesn’t like free!), people like Bible apps because after downloading one to a smartphone or tablet, the entirety of Scripture is a couple of taps away. It’s available anywhere, at any time—in a car, a waiting room, at home, or on an airplane. Most Bible apps save your place where you are reading, so when you open it, you can pick up where you left off. And many allow you to read different Bible translations side by side.

And because they’re on your smartphone, they’re compact and lightweight—much easier to carry around in a pocket or purse than a heavy print Bible.

And a lovely little plus? For those with aging eyes like me, you can increase the font to make reading easier. (Let’s be honest . . . the words in print Bibles tend to be very, very small.)

Who should use a free Bible app?

Anyone who wants to read and study the Bible better

Whether you are a seasoned Bible study leader or brand-new to Bible reading, Bible apps are powerful tools that allow you to access the Bible on the go. That means if you are a busy mom, you can catch up on your reading in the car while waiting to pick up kids from school. Bible study leaders can prepare at a coffee shop or while in a doctor’s office waiting room. College students can read during a break in classes.

If you want to read and study the Bible better but don’t want to be limited to where you do it, a free Bible app is for you.

Pastors who want to make sermon prep portable

But they’re also indispensable tools for pastors. Pastors typically use several Bibles in different translations when planning their messages. Many Bible apps bring all those translations under one “roof” and make it much easier to toggle between them. Some Bible apps have original language tools, a sermon library, and study resources like commentaries, dictionaries, maps, and parallel reading options. They’re much faster than pulling out print resources, save space and the burden of lugging books around, and are powerful.

(Spoiler alert: The Logos Bible app even has sermon prep tools, which means you can take your sermon prep with you wherever you go. Oh, did that catch your attention? Then keep reading!)

What’s the best free Bible app?

Though there are numerous Bible apps on the market, several features make the free Logos Bible app the best there is.

  • To start, unlike some free Bible apps that are solely focused on reading the Bible, the Logos app helps you go below the surface by giving you resources and tools (like commentaries, lexicons, and reference works) to help you do deeper, more meaningful Bible study.
  • It comes preloaded with 95 free resources to kick off your Bible study. (Yes, that number is right—95. FREE.). You’ll have dictionaries like the Lexham Bible Dictionary and the Faithlife Study Bible, as well as commentaries, lexicons, and more at your fingertips. You won’t get a library like this anywhere else, and you can add your favorite resources—even audio Bibles—to your library so all your Bible study and theology books live in one place.
  • The free Logos Bible app also comes with robust tools for Bible study that you can use right away, like the Bible Word Study Guide and a split-screen feature that allows you to dive into another resource (like devotionals or commentaries) side by side with your preferred Bible.
  • Built-in Bible reading plans help you stay on track with Bible reading—you can even create a reading plan for other books. (Skip ahead to learn how.) The Notes Tool lets you attach comments or questions to any Bible verse or book.

On top of all this, everything you can do on mobile you can also do on the web or desktop—and everything syncs across each device. The Logos Bible app grows as you do—when you want to learn or study something new, you can invest in a resource to add to your Logos library, and it’s immediately added to your app. It’s a tool to help you explore biblical insights you wouldn’t discover simply by reading a few verses a day.

But the best thing about the free Logos Bible app? You won’t have to cart around piles of reference works or your Bible or wait until you’re home at the kitchen table to study the Word. The app allows you to study wherever you are.

Download the free Logos Bible app to any device on the Apple App Store, Kindle Fire, or Google Play to get started right away—or keep reading to learn more.

What is the Logos Bible app?

Now that you’ve been introduced to the Logos Bible app, let’s talk about what it is.

The Logos Bible app is a comprehensive and incredibly powerful application for Bible study. It’s like having a research library with a personal research assistant in your pocket or on your computer. With it you can do in-depth biblical study anywhere with an internet connection, using many of the powerful Logos features, without downloading anything. The mobile app allows you to study the Bible on the go, right on your phone.

There’s so much you can do with it to deepen your study of the Bible. However, for this post, we’ll answer some basic questions about the free Logos Bible mobile app and explore some of the pretty amazing things you could be doing in just minutes after installing it.

(But if you’re itching to download the app now, hop over here.)

Once the app is downloaded, watch this video to learn some of the basics—then explore the rest of this article to see how Logos can help you study the Word.

How the free Logos Bible app can benefit you

1. The Logos Bible app can help strengthen your faith.

Too often the busyness of life (or, yes, even ministry) gets in the way of peoples’ daily walk with the Lord. But a couple of resources within the free Logos Bible app can provide structure to your daily walk and strengthen your faith—with just a tap.

Classic and modern devotional readings

You’ll find encouragement waiting for you each day with two free devotionals within the app: Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional and Morning and Evening: Daily Readings. They’ll provide Scripture, commentary, and action steps to help you in your daily pursuit of God.

Inspiring and beautiful Verse of the Day art

Every day you’ll also find new, inspiring Verse of the Day art in your app created by an amazing team of professional designers. You can even make the Verse of the Day art part of your daily devotional by getting it emailed to you every morning.

(If you set up a Bible reading plan, then, after you complete your daily reading, it automatically provides a verse art from those verses!)

2. The Logos Bible app can broaden your study of the Bible.

Everything in the Logos Bible app is digital, so you can search anything in your library fast—the Bible, a specific resource, or your entire library. Logos can walk you through every step of topical Bible study and show you the books and tools to use along the way. It can also help you search for Bible passages or topics and find overviews, links to further reading, definitions, and more. In seconds.

3 easy ways to start studying the Bible with the Logos Bible app

Once you’ve installed the app and set your preferred Bible (simply tap the main menu icon This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is icon-1.png, scroll down, and choose Set preferred Bible). Find your preferred Bible version and tap Done. You’re all set! Here are three ways you can immediately start using the app.

1. Open a Bible

The first step in Bible study is, of course, to open the Bible. Logos—even our free Logos Basic package—comes with the Lexham English Bible and the King James Version, preinstalled—or you can pick up your favorite Bible for just 9.99.

2. Try a Bible reading plan

The free Logos Bible app is more than just a powerful tool for reading and studying the Bible. With it you can also create reading plans for any non-reference resource or Bible in your library. And the great thing is they are shared across platforms and devices, so you can also access your plans on the desktop or web app. Logos will then show you an automatic schedule based on your resource selection that you can easily adjust.

That reading plan will be available for you in your Library, regardless of whether you created it on the web, desktop, or mobile versions of Logos.

Here’s how to do it:

3. Do a Bible word study

The Bible Word Study Guide provides detailed information about specific words in Scripture and how they are used. It supports English words as well as original language Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic words. (Please note, however, the Bible Word Study Guide requires an internet connection.)

You can start a Bible word study from the Lookup Menu (you don’t have to know Greek or Hebrew to get original language results!). But you can also type in an original language word using the system keyboard.

You can then explore links to lexicons and dictionaries in your Library to better understand the word, see how it’s translated in your preferred Bible, and see where else your word appears in the Bible and how it’s used in context.

(Easy peasy. Deep Bible word study, no seminary required!)

Learn more about doing Bible word studies in Logos.

5 tips for studying with the Logos Bible app

Here are just a few tips to make your time using the Logos Bible app effective and productive.

1. Read and compare two resources at once.

One immensely helpful feature in the free Logos Bible app is being able to view two resources at the same time. Here’s how to use Split Screen on the mobile app:

Tap the tab management icon at the bottom of the screen.

Tap the Split Screen icon at the top-right of the tab where you’d like the split-screen to display.

Select a resource to appear in the second pane from your library.

If you like, link your panes together so they scroll automatically by tapping the Link icon in the upper-left—then tap the circle in the lower-right of each resource you want to keep in step. Then tap Done. (You can easily remove a Split Screen too.)

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2. Turn your Logos app into a reader’s Bible.

The Bible is meant to be read and studied. But a study Bible isn’t always a good reading Bible.

A good study Bible includes footnotes, section headings, cross-references, and sometimes study notes. All that markup is useful for Bible study, but it can get in the way of Bible reading.

A “reader’s Bible” is different—simple, containing little more than beautifully arranged, flowing text.

Toggling back and forth between studying and reading modes in Logos is easy. With a single click, you can hide all of those helpful annotations, section headings, links, and even chapter and verse numbers. Here’s how.

On your iPad or iPhone, tap the Settings menu and look for the “Bible Text Only” section. Tap that to reveal all of your options.

You can turn on or off various annotations, like chapter and verse numbers, footnote indicators, non-Bible text (like section headings), and more. Quickly turn these things on or off to make your app conducive to study or reading—whichever you’re doing at that moment.

3. Organize your reading with tabbed browsing.

It’s easy to switch between Bibles, commentaries, or even Passage Guide reports with tabbed browsing. Tabbed browsing allows you to link tabs, causing them to scroll in sync—and it’s easy to set up:

Tabbed browsing isn’t limited to books. Open a report from the Passage Guide, Exegetical Guide, Bible Word Study, or other guide or tool. They’ll all live inside a tab, giving you instant access.

Tabs are also a great way to organize your ongoing reading or study. Link your English, Greek, and Hebrew Bibles together so you can quickly reference the original languages every time you open the app. Just swipe between them.

Keep another tab open with your favorite dictionary or encyclopedia. And if you’re reading through a specific resource, just keep it open in a tab. Your place is saved automatically. No more reloading a resource or renavigating a previous page.

4. Use the reference scanner.

With the Reference Scanner, looking up a verse is as easy as snapping a photo. Just scan a biblical reference from any digital or paper surface (like a church bulletin), and Logos will automatically open to that passage.

5. Take courses.

You can access purchased seminary-level courses with any of our apps in the mobile app and learn from trusted scholars online—or even watch lectures on Faithlife TV.

How to get started with Logos’ free Bible app

When you open the Bible app after installation (simple instructions are HERE), your resources and updates will download automatically.

(And if you run into any trouble, visit our support center or call our Customer Service department, who will be glad to help: 800-875-6467.)

Then, watch this video to learn how to get oriented in Logos:

Remember, you can always check out the Logos Help Center for articles and videos to help you get the most out of your Logos Bible Software.

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Karen Engle

Karen Engle is a copy editor for Faithlife. She has a master's in biblical studies and theology from Western Seminary and frequently takes groups to Israel.

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