The JW app, released by the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization for both the iOS and Google Android, helps users study and read the Bible. It offers several translations such as the New World Translation, King James Version, American Standard Version, Bible in Living English and the Kingdom Interlinear.
For: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Find it on: Google Play, iTunes
The Navigation board offers you five main options: Bible, Publications, Daily Text, Online, and Media. With the Bible option, tap a book and the chapter and start reading. The Study pane also offers various translations of what you are reading. With the Publications options, you can check articles, videos and audio posted on the JW website. The Navigation Drawer will show you the various publications available. In the Online section, you will get links to the official JW website. You can also place bookmarks on any verse or chapter to quickly resume your reading, or use the History feature to check your recent content. Click on footnotes and other references, and use the Search feature in case you know the exact text that you want to read.
The app will also give you a list of 20 common questions asked about the Bible and the possible verses that answer those questions.
JW Library compatibility varies with the Android device. The IPA requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Ease of Use
The app is fairly simple to use, and everything is laid out in neat tiles and panels, from the various menu options to the Bible books. The frequent updates help out Android users who experience crashes with this app. The latest version even lets you highlight text and take notes.
The app offers a simple and intuitive design based on a Navigation Drawer which you can easily access when you swipe the left edge of the screen or which you can access by clicking on the Menu icon on the top left corner. The design is optimized for the landscape mode or large devices and tablets. The Bible view is simple and consists of clear dark text against a white themed background, and you also have a Study pane with the various translations.
You can get the Android app as well as iOS version free of charge, and there are no in-app purchases for both versions.
- Useful for research;
- Neatly designed and simple to use;
- Responsive support.
- Some saved publications aren’t accessible;
- Android mobile users who switch downloads to SD card have a problem accessing those media;
- Frequent crashes. The Android app is more unstable than the iOS version.
This Bible study app offers really helpful tools not just for JW members but for anyone looking to do research. Certain features, mainly on the Google Play app, are quite unstable especially on devices with lower storage capacity and processing power. Some users have also suggested adding the possibility of linking the app to your email or Google Drive account which then syncs downloads and other media. This would eliminate the need to download the same files repeatedly. Overall it’s a great app, and I’d recommend it.