While the screen shots in this article are from an Android smartphone it works almost identically in iOS (iPad/iPhone). 

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  1. In the Online Bible app there is a "Quick help" overview.
    This can be found in the "Info & Settings" screen. It gives a very brief overview of the functionality behind the various icons.

  2. View a short demo of the functionality:
    Demo using commentaries in the Online Bible
    (Please note: this demo is on an earlier version of the app. The appearance of the button to open the second screen has changed. )

  3. You can also read a step for step overview of the different functions that are available in the Online Bible:

Main features of the Online Bible:

  1. Reading a Bible verse in different translations. 

    In the main screen you see the open Bible.

    In the grey bar at the top you see on the left which Bible is open. By selecting this you get a dropdown list of other installed translations, and (at the bottom of the list) a link to the store where other translations can be purchased.

    The icons you see to the right of the selected translation vary depending on what is available. By selecting the first (grey book) you can choose a Bible reference.

  2. Opening a commentary

    In the Online Bijbel various commentaries are available (and again, more can be purchased in the store). Commentaries are shown in the "Reference screen". You can open this by clicking on the green bar at the bottom of the screen.

    On the left in this Reference screen you see a open module. By selecting this you get a drop-down list. Various categories of material can be shown here: commentaries, lexicons, dictionaries and other books. Ensure you are looking at the relevant category. In this case, select a commentary

    The commentary now opens in this bottom screen. You can change the size by sliding the bar up and down. By clicking on the two squares (so the top one turns blue) it is possible to synchronise top and bottom screen.

  3. Opening a dictionary

    The Online Bible also contains a number of Bible dictionaries. These can be found in the same way as commentaries. And words within the dictionary can be found by clicking on the book icon.

    However, it is also possible to click on a word in the Bible text (top screen). In a pop-up screen you then get a list of all installed dictionaries which contain that word.

    By clicking one you get that entry in the Reference screen.

  4. Using Strong numbers

    Strong numbers can be a great help when you are not really familiar with Greek or Hebrew. A number of translations have been linked to Strong numbers. With these Strong numbers you can see lexicon entries in the Reference Screen. Several translations contain Strong numbers, such as the AV and RWebster. When a translation has been linked, you will see the "Strong number" icon (S#) at the top of the screen

    You can find out more here:

  5. Viewing different translations simultaneously (Interlinear)

    At present this is not possible in the apps. It is on the wish-list.

  6. Searching in the Online Bible

    A very useful function is the ability to search for specific words or phrases.

    In the iOS app the search icon (looking glass) is visible in the main screen. In the Android app you first have to go to the menu (three vertical dots top right). You then get the search pop-up screen.

    On this screen you can enter a search term. Default the open translation is selected.

    The search functionality offers quite a few possibilities. For details refer the following article: Searching in the Bible

  7. Opening a book:

    Apart from Bibles, dictionaries, lexicons and commentaries, the Online Bibles also contains Books. The difference with commentaries is that they are not indexed by Bible verse. They are intended to be read as books. They do contain hyperlinks to be able to see quoted verses etc.

    These books are also shown in the Reference screen.

    The book icon (on the grey bar) now shows the index of the book, so the chapters. his way the chapters can be read in a similar way to e-books.

  8. Adding your own notes

    This function is not available in the apps yet. It is high on the wish-list.

  9. Cross References

    The Online Bible contains a large number of cross references. These are not linked to a specific translation.

    By clicking on a verse number (left of the Bible text) you get a pop-up menu, of which one item is Cross References. By clicking on this you get a pop-up with these verses. Click on one and it will open in the main screen.

  10. Foot notes (Inline notes)

    Some translations contain footnotes or inline notes. On paper some are in the text while others are at the bottom of the page. Within the Online Bible these are always shown in the text, in a different font, and {between these}.


    Putting a bookmark against a verse can be useful to find a specific verse back again.

    A bookmark can be created by clicking on a verse number and choosing Bookmark from the menu. That will automatically create a bookmark.

    If you are a premium user you can create categories (with colours) of bookmarks so that multiple bookmarks can be arranged in logical groups. Once these groups are created, that verse number will show with the selected colour. You can also go to the "Info and Settings" section, select Premium user, and then use the option "Edit categories". If you are not a premium user, you have two fixed categories to use.

    Bookmarks can be retrieved again from the bookmark icon (ribbon) at the top of the screen. Bookmarks can be removed by swiping left. Premium users have the option to edit the bookmark (swipe right) but also to select which categories (or groups of categories) they wish to see at that point in time. Swiping a specific bookmark to the right gives some editing options.

    Bookmarks are only available for Bibles, not for items in the Reference screen.

  12. Highlighting

    When selecting a few words, next to a copy function, you also get a highlighting icon at the top of the screen. The same categories for Bookmarks are available to store highlighted text (so also the added functionality when a premium user. Once highlighted, those words will show with the selected colour. For the functionality available refer Bookmarks as they are treated the same. Swiping to the right gives some editing options.

  13. Backups

    It is possible to make a backup of both Bookmarks and Highlights. You can make a backup manually or choose the automatic option which will create a backup when you make changes. Five versions of backups are kept. The next one will automatically delete the first.

    Backups are stored in the cloud (Cross Link Services). If you don't have internet access when a backup is created, it will be uploaded next time you start the app and do have a connection.

    Backups are stored per account, not per device. The five backups are therefore all devices together. In this way bookmarks and highlighting can be synchronised between devices. In the list of backups you can see both the date and the device on which it was made.

    When you restore a backup, it does not wipe out all bookmarks and highlighting, but merge with what is already present on the device. So what was already on the device stays unaltered. However, it is not possible to have two items for the same verse. When restoring highlighting for a verse where there is already something on that device for the same verse, it will be replaced. Categories will be changed if a verse was in a different category in the backup. With this functionality it is possible to copy everything to a new device.

    Backups from an Android device can also be restored on an iOS device and vice versa. At this moment it is not possible to restore these backups on a Mac or Windows devvice.

  14. Dark theme

    Premium users also have the option to reverse the colours, so while letters on a dark background. TO select this, go to "Info and setting", select "Premium Account" and choose the option "Dark theme"