accessible bibles for an IPhone
In order to download the NIV version or any other version of the Bible for offline reading with the YouVersion Bible app by LifeChurch.tv, you need to have created an account and be signed into it. If you never created an account, but just went ahead and double tapped the "start reading" button, you can change your preferred version for reading through a network connection, but you won't be able to download that version for offline reading.
- Assuming that you have page navigation controls showing on the iPhone or iPod Touch screen where you are reading, double tap the button in the top right corner that identifies the current version (e.g., "NIV" if that's your selection, or "KJV" if you're using the default selection for the app). If there are no page controls displayed, such as buttons for "menu", the chapter identification, and the bible version at the top of the screen, and buttons for "search", "bookmark", "previous chapter", "next chapter", "audio settings", and "settings" at the bottom of the screen, then do a double split tap by touching the center of the screen with one finger while double tapping with another finger to toggle the page controls on.
- Double tapping the version button in the top right corner should bring up a screen with a "Versions" heading. Flick right through a list of "Recently Used" versions listed in chronological order. If you've been reading the NIV version, it should appear first as "selected, NIV New International Version, audio enabled", and a further flick right takes you to the "Download, NIV" button. Otherwise, this will be the KJV version, and continuing to flick right will give you a list of other English language versions in alphabetical order. (For versions in other languages, double tap the "English" button and select a different language.). If a version is available for download, the second flick will show a download button that you can double tap.
- Double tapping a version's download button will bring up a screen titled "Offline Version" with the name of your selected version and a "Download" button. At this point, if you aren't signed in you'll be prompted with a screen to either "Sign In" or "Sign Up". You could also have double tapped the "Menu" button and flicked to the "Profile" button to sign in, then flicked back to the "Bible" button to return to your reading.
- You'll be on a screen that lets you monitor your download progress, with button options to cancel the download in progress or return to the "Versions" screen.
Be aware that some functions, such as the audio reading of the version, only work through an active network connection. You'll be able to read and navigate the offline version text with VoiceOver, but not with the recorded audio voice.
HTH. Here's the link to the support page's instructions for downloading offline versions: