PocketBible enhances your walk with God by putting resources and features at your disposal to improve your understanding of Scripture, empower your teaching and ministry, and keep you in the Word every day.

PocketBible couldn't be simpler to use! Go anywhere in the Bible by selecting book, chapter, and verse. Split the screen to view Bibles and commentaries side-by-side. Select the "Today" button to read today's devotional or Bible reading plan.

When you install PocketBible, you'll have instant access to the KJV Bible. Upon registration, you'll get access to over 40 other free Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, devotionals, and more. Hundreds of additional Bibles and contemporary reference books available via in-app purchase. Bibles and reference books reside on your device. No Internet connection is required once they've been downloaded.

Are you already a PocketBible user? PocketBible for iOS can access any of your previously purchased books and Bibles. And the notes, highlights, or bookmarks you've created on another platform will sync seamlessly to PocketBible on your iOS device!


* Easy book, chapter, and verse selection. Show books of the Bible in alphabetical order if that makes them easier for you to find.
* Quickly find any word or phrase in your entire library.
* Choose from several through-the-Bible reading plans and daily devotionals. Track your progress as you read each day.
* Keep track of what you learn with highlights, notes and bookmarks; sync to the Laridian Cloud for sharing with PocketBible on all your other devices.
* Study the Bible anywhere. No Internet access required after download.


Choose from hundreds of popular Bibles and Bible reference titles including NIV, ESV, Spanish Bibles, Catholic Bibles, Study Bible notes, Greek and interlinear Bibles, plus dozens of commentaries, dictionaries, and other reference books.


* Split the screen to open multiple Bibles and/or reference books side-by-side.
* Supports "interlinear" and parsed Greek Bibles (sold separately)
* Supports multitasking (split view) on iPad - open another app beside PocketBible.
* Copy and paste verses to clipboard and to other apps.
* Choose from a variety of color schemes, fonts, text sizes, and margin settings to create a custom reading experience.
* Extensive built-in help.


* Let PocketBible read to you! Synthesized voice reads the text even while the display is off, or turn on autoscrolling and follow along as it reads.
* Full-screen Reading Mode clears the screen of buttons and controls so you can use the full screen for text.
* Journal feature lets you create named notes not attached to a Bible verse.
* Name your highlight colors to remind you what a particular color means.
* Unique "Autostudy" reports give you instant access to everything in your library related to a selected verse, word, or today's devotional reading.
* Display book panes "tiled" or as tabs.
* Additional color schemes, ability to hide verse numbers, disable sleep-on-idle, print directly from your device, and more.

The Advanced Feature Set is an automatically renewing subscription service, available through in-app purchase at $0.99/month or $9.99/year, depending on the term you choose. Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase. Subscription automatically renews at the same rate as the initial subscription unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period. Subscriptions may be managed and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to your Account Settings after purchase. This subscription does not include a "free trial period". Laridian agrees to provide the features of the Advanced Feature Set as described above during the entire subscription period. Laridian's privacy policy can be found here:

What’s New

Version 4.0.11

• Moved the "Expand Toolbox" button so that it doesn't interfere with editing notes or other Toolbox content.
• Addressed an issue where the note viewer and editor did not do kinetic scrolling on a "fling" gesture.
• Addressed cosmetic issues when running on newer iPads.

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
170 Ratings
170 Ratings
Gary Cantwell ,

This is why I’m a loyal user of PocketBible

I have used various versions of this app since the Palm Pilot days of the 1990s. I have had continual access to the NIV bible translation that I bought then through all of the different platforms and upgrades, along with dozens of other translations and commentaries. This is a tool that I have used weekly, usually daily, for about 20 years. I can’t say that about too many other apps.

The original developer is still leading the charge. He is creative, innovative, and knows his stuff. He thinks carefully about how people use the software, and is regularly making helpful improvements that accelerate our study of the Word.

One of my favorite features of PocketBible is the personal notes, bookmarks and highlights. Notes that I added to a verse while in seminary in the 1990s are still there today, helping me to see how God has continually been working in my life.

Now I have literally 5000 of these personal notations that give this app the feel of my very own well-worn print Bible with lots of underlining, highlighting and notes scribbled in the margins. Plus, it’s all always available on all my devices! With this latest update, I can easily (and quickly) search through these notes (e.g. search “barnacles” to find that C.H. Sturgeon illustration I added many years ago).

This is why I’m a loyal user of PocketBible.

Developer Response ,

We love you too, Gary. :-) Thanks for sticking with us for so many years.

Joefl57 ,

The Best Bible app!

I have been using this program since I had my PalmPilot back in the 90s. I’ve tried some of the other apps however I have not found them to be as useful and versatile as this program.
I love the ability to bookmark and highlight verses, add notes to verses, and autostudy verses.

One of the most useful features is the ability to sync my Bible to my devotional reading plan and my commentaries. This causes the commentaries to follow along with me and match whatever portion of the Bible I happen to be reading at the time. Then, there’s the tabbed panes, which allowed me to have many books open at the same time.

Some of these features are available in the Advanced Feature set which is a very minimal cost. However the basic program comes with many free books, and many of my friends have started using it as well. It seems anytime I use it in a class people start asking me which program I’m using.

Also, this developer has a buy once/own it policy. Once you buy a book or devotional through this app you own it. The books I bought when I was using a palm pilot 17 years ago........I still own! I was able to download them free when I upgraded to my iPhone and then my iPad several years later.

By far the best Bible app.

ChapApp ,

The jury is still out for version 4- revised

I’ll put the revision here at the top:
Thanks, Craig, for your quick response.
The look and feel are different, and I’m not as young as I used to be, so change takes work. It will take me a while to get used to the lack of the old navigation touch zones, but I’ll get it.
If I run across things I can’t do, that I used to be able to do, I’ll contact support. In the meantime, keep up the good work.

I’ve used this app ever since my palm pilot days, and I love it! However, when I opened the upgrade on my iPhone, I was surprised and not happy. It’s still a great app; now, I have to relearn how to use it. It also seems to have shifted some features I was used to to a subscription level. Bummer. This does not feel like the Craig who would respond personally when I had questions or issues.
I have spent a lot of money on bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, etc. for this app. Now I may have to pay a fee to get full use again? Maybe I’m missing something?
I’m definitely not going to upgrade my iPad yet, and compare the two versions.
Still a great app, but a “heads-up” would have been nice to all of us who have been loyal customers for years.

Developer Response ,

Hi ChapApp. Craig here, replying personally to your questions and issues. :-)

No features have been shifted to a subscription. All features that were in the free version before continue to be free. In addition, no features that were in the paid Advanced Feature Set have been moved to the AFS subscription. The additional features in the AFS subscription, such as full-screen reading mode and "autostudy today", are all new.

Unfortunately, the trend of modern app distribution is toward users and software publishers no longer having control over upgrades. Most people have automatic upgrades turned on and get whatever the software publisher uploads to the App Store. If users ignore upgrades, the rapid pace of change of operating systems means that your old version of an app will very quickly stop working as the operating system itself evolves in ways that are incompatible with apps. This seems "normal" to us today but consider the fact that the "Windows Desktop" version of PocketBible was built in 2006 to be compatible with Windows XP using tools that were current around 1998, and that program will still run just fine today, 20 years later, under Windows 10. Meanwhile we can't even build (let alone run) version 1 of PocketBible for iOS, released in 2008, due to changes in the tools and operating system.

Thanks for taking time to post a review. If you have any specific concerns about how to use PocketBible, please feel free to contact tech support.


Laridian, Inc.
24.7 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 by Craig Rairdin. All Rights Reserved.
In-App Purchases
  1. PocketBible Upgrade to Version 2 Feature Set $5.99
  2. New International Version (NIV) $11.99
  3. Advanced Feature Set - 1 Year $9.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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