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2016 Year in Review
quarter of a billion installs
As of December 5, the Bible App has now been installed on a quarter of a billion unique devices. Many apps come and go. But thanks to you, the worldwide YouVersion community, the Bible App continues to thrive and grow. The Bible App was one of the first 200 apps in Apple's app store debut, and still more people come to rely on the Bible App every day, all around the world.

We thank God for the truth and life that the Bible promises:

It is the same with my word.
I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
Isaiah 55:11 NLT

How much is 250 million? If you laid 250 million iPhone 7 Pluses end to end, they would almost encircle the earth.

If you laid 250 million iPhone 7 Pluses end to end, they would almost encircle the earth

2016 Year in Review

2016
was our
biggest
year ever. Again.

2016
was our
biggest
year ever. Again.

Our mission is to help people engage more with the Bible, no matter where they live or what language they prefer.

Together with visionary partners such as Bible publishers and societies, Bible translators, and content providers, we are privileged to be able to offer more opportunities for people to experience the Bible than ever before. In fact, in every category that we measure, the global YouVersion community has been more engaged with the Bible throughout 2016 than in any previous year.

Verse
of the
Year

This is the Bible verse that was shared, bookmarked, and highlighted most often by Bible App users during 2016.

ROMANS 8:28

And we know that in all
things God works for the
good of those who love him,
who have been called
according to his purpose.

Verse
of the
Year

Top Verses
by Country

China
Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Saudi Arabia
Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Zambia
Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you” — this is the Lord ’s declaration — “plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Korea
Philippians 4:13

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

Ecuador
Joshua 1:9

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the L ord your God is with you wherever you go."

Indonesia
Luke 24:45

Then Jesus opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.

Israel
Zechariah 14:9

And the Lord shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be— “The Lord is one,” And His name one.

Brazil
Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Afghanistan
Zechariah 14:9

God will be king over all the earth, one God and only one. What a Day that will be!

Top Verses
by Country

World
Reach

World
Reach

The Bible App is the first app in history to offer text content in over 1,000 languages.

1,055 Languages
Bible Engagement Increasing Worldwide

More people are turning to the Bible App to explore God's Word, even in some places you might not expect.

Nepal
Nepal 117.7%
Indonesia
Indonesia 81.2%
Iraq
Iraq 38.5%
Tunisia
Tunisia 47.1%
Cameroon
Cameroon 96.9%
Tanzania
Tanzania 72.4%
Mozambique
Mozambique 171.3%
bangladesh
Bangladesh 116.2%
Brazil
Brazil 36.3%
Bolivia
Bolivia 41.5%
Argentina
Argentina 99.1%
Israel
Palestine 53.7%
  • Shortly after the Nepali New Revised Version and the New Testament in Eastern Tamang became available in the Bible App, users in Nepal began discovering them, prompting one of the most rapid increases in Bible reading in a heart language that we've ever seen.
  • Although the Bible App features 26 Bibles in languages commonly spoken in Indonesia, the four that we offer in the Bahasa Indonesian language are by far the most popular. Usage for the most popular version, Indonesian New Translation, is almost evenly split between online and offline.
  • Usage of Bibles in both Arabic and English increased during 2016. More than half of users engaging with the New Van Dyck Arabic Bible did so offline. Also very popular was the audio version of Ketab El Hayat.
  • Most Tunisian Bible App users engage with Scripture in French, English, or Arabic. Within Tunisia alone, usage of all three of these languages grew at a rate of 50% or more during 2016.
  • While Cameroon's highest usage is split between its official languages — French (50%), and English (47%) — Bibles in regional languages such as Fulfulde, Bulu, and Mandang are increasing in popularity.
  • Bible App use in Tanzania is increasing, both in installs and in daily active use. Reliable network access can be a challenge, so almost half of that use is offline. Usage of Swahili language Bibles increased during 2016, from 15% of total usage to 40%.
  • Even as users continue engaging with Scripture in Portuguese (the official language of Mozambique) and in English, Bibles in Tsonga, Chichewa, and Sena are also seeing significant growth.
  • With the addition of three Bibles in Bengali (two with audio) — and the new offline option for Kitabul Muqaddas (BACIB) — users engaging with Scripture in the native language of Bangladesh increased from 5% to 30%.
  • Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest in land and population in the world. Being the only country in the Americas with Portuguese as the official language, the increase in Bible engagement and commitment from our partners to provide these translations has been nothing short of astounding.
  • Bolivia recognizes 36 official languages, with Spanish being the language primarily spoken. With access to internet and mobile subscriptions growing, the 41.5% growth in Bible engagement shows the exciting move of God that continues in Bolivia.
  • Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world and the second largest in Latin America, making the near-triple digit growth an amazing move of God.
  • The official language of Palestine is Arabic, in which we offer six Bibles (three with audio). We also offer two Bibles in Hebrew (one with audio).

11 Billion

Chapters Read

2.1 Billion

Audio Chapters Listened To

1 Billion

Highlights, Bookmarks, and Notes Created

230 Million

Verses Shared

48 Million

Verse Images Created

27.5 Million

Bible Plans Completed

In a
Second

In 1 second

On average, here's what happened during every second of every day in 2016, as people used the Bible App to engage with Scripture:

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In 1 second
2
App
Installs
1
Bookmarks
Created
2
Verse Images
Shared
1
Plans
Completed
5
Verses
Shared
16
Highlights
Created
20
Audio
Chapters
125
App
Opens
373
Chapters
Read

All over the world, people open the Bible App 125 times per second.

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2016 Year in Review

Verse
of the
Year

This is the Bible verse that was shared, bookmarked, and highlighted most often by Bible App users during 2016.

Top Verses
by Country

hand

World
Reach

The Bible App is the first app in history to offer text content in over 1,000 languages.

2016
was our
biggest
year ever. Again.