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Online Bible Help
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Welcome

Thank you for trying our Online Bible App. We have used the very latest web technologies to create a platform which makes available the Society's reliable translations of God's holy word in digital form.

Our hope is that you will find the app intuitive and easy to use, nevertheless we have prepared the following notes to help you get the most out of the software.

Accessing the Online Bible App

The Online Bible App can be found exclusively at www.tbsonlinebible.com. It takes the form a website which can also be installed as an app on a mobile device.

Installing on a Device

On supported devices, the Online Bible can be installed as an app. If your device supports this feature, then after a while of using the website you will see a message asking if you want to Add Bible to Home screen (the same option is also available on the Menu).

Depending upon your device, an icon for the Online Bible App will be placed on your screen and/or in your app drawer. Once installed, there is no further need to visit the website, the functionality of the app is identical to the website.

Selecting a Bible

The Online Bible App should start by loading a Bible in your own language, and if none such is available, the English Authorised (King James) Version. You can switch to one of our Bible translations in another language by using the Bibles icon in the top header (or on the Menu). This brings up a list of all our translations available on the Online Bible App. You may need to click Show all to see them. Over time, in the will of God, we hope to make all our translations available in the Online Bible App.

If supported by your device, the blue cloud icon next to each Bible language allows you to download that Bible to your device for use offline when you have no internet connection. A small indicator bar shows the progress of the download. Depending upon the size of the Bible and the speed of your internet connection, downloading can take some time. You can close the Bibles window and continue to use the app while the downloading takes place in the background.

Finding a Passage

If you know where the passage is in the Bible, just click or tap on the reference in the header bar to bring up a window allowing you to select the Bible book and chapter. Alternatively use the navigation buttons either side of the reference to take you to the first chapter in that book, the previous chapter , the next chapter , or the last chapter in that book. On touch screen devices, you can also swipe right and left across the screen to move forwards and backwards by one chapter.

If you don't know where the passage is, you can look it up by clicking on the Search icon. This opens a window where you can enter a few key words from the passage. As you type, the Online Bible App will suggest words from the selected Bible. If you are unsure of the ending of your word you can finish it with an asterisk *. So, for example, to find all occurrences of the word "talk" and its variants in the English Bible, you would search for talk*. This would then find results for talk, talked, talkers, talkest, talketh, and talking. (Note - You must enter at least the first 3 letters of a word before you can use the asterisk.)

Copying & Printing

You may copy or print a selection of verses from the currently displayed chapter or from the search results. Please note that there is a limit on the number of verses which can be copied and/or printed at any one time in line with the Terms and Conditions for using the Online Bible App.

Tips & Tricks

  • On touch enabled devices swiping in from the very right of the screen will open the main menu, wherever you are on the page.
  • On a small screen device some items are hidden because of a lack of space. Often rotating the device to a landscape orientation will re-enable these. Particularly useful might be the menu button , which will stay on screen in the header bar as you scroll down the page if there is sufficient room for it.
  • Clicking or tapping the first/last chapter buttons a second time will take you to the previous/next Bible book.
  • The search suggestions which appear as you type a keyword contain all the possible words in the currently selected Bible, so that you can avoid searching using terms that won't yields results.
  • The navigation window (accessed by clicking on the refernce in the header) also contains a tab showing History. Use this list to quickly return to a previous place.
  • Search results are remembered so that you can return to them and click through to another found verse. To clear the results, click or tap the Reset icon at the bottom of the Search window.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  Can I change the colour of the text/background?
A.  Yes, open the Menu and click on Accessibility under the Settings.

Q.  I have the font size set to large but the text is still too small, can I make it larger?
A.  Yes, open the Menu and click on Accessibility under the Settings and adjust the Zoom.

Q.  Can I read the Society's translation in language xyz in the Online Bible App?
A.  We hope in the will of God, that all the Society's Bible translations will eventually be available through the Online Bible App, and are working towards that end.

Q.  Why does my iPad sometimes show on the lock screen that an Online Bible App video is playing?
A.  Unfortunately, this is side-effect of the technique used by the Online Bible App to stop the screen shutting off while you are reading the Bible. To stop this happening, please switch away from the Online Bible App before locking your iPad.

Support the Online Bible Project

If you would like to help the Society as it seeks to make the Scriptures available in this digital format, there are a number of ways to help:

  • Please PRAY for the Society and its staff involved in this initiative, and that the Online Bible App may be used by the Lord to reach people all around the world who might not have access to a printed copy of God's word.
  • Please TEST the Online Bible App by using it on your various devices and letting us know about any problems you encounter. These can be reported online here.
  • Please DONATE to help support the ongoing operation and development of the Online Bible App. Donations to the General Fund can be made here.
  • Please PROMOTE the Online Bible App by making it known to your friends and contacts. If you have a church website, please consider adding a link to our site on your page(s), or install our reference tagger widget which will automatically turn any Bible references into links like this: John 3v16. To find out how, please contact us.

Trinitarian Bible Society, William Tyndale House, 29 Deer Park Road, London SW19 3NN, England · Tel.: (020) 8543 7857
Registered Charity Number: 233082 (England) SC038379 (Scotland)