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Bible app YouVersion celebrates 500 million installs but looks ahead to 1 billion

by Cara Bentley

The Bible app YouVersion is rejoicing in 500 million installs but says they are not done yet.  

The current figure is at 500,171,744 downloads and the company said of its success: “Today we’re celebrating 500 million installs…but we’re not just reflecting on what God has done, we’re looking forward to what He’ll do next.

“Imagine a day in the near future when 1 billion people have installed YouVersion.”

It is popular for being able to bookmark, highlight and share verses and access so many versions on the go. 

The app, which allows people with a smartphone or tablet to access Scripture in more than 60 languages, has been going since 2008 and was one of the first 200 free apps on the App Store.

Users can access every book of the Bible in 67 different English versions and can also do devotionals or reading plans based on particular books or themes.

As part of marking the achievement, they are promoting Hebrews 4:12: “For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword…”

YouVersion is also encouraging readers to take its ‘The Bible is Alive’ course which looks at how Scripture changes people’s lives and introduces people to the gospel.

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