Using Audio Bibles

Listening to Scripture read aloud can help in comprehension and immersion, which makes audio Bibles an excellent tool. There are two ways to listen to audio Bible content in the Olive Tree Bible App:

Streaming: This saves space on your device so you can listen whenever you're connected to the Internet without having to download the audio. We recommend this option if you have limited space on your device.

Downloading: This allows you to listen to the audio Bible offline, any time, anywhere. This is the best choice if you will be listening to your audio Bible without an internet connection.

In the steps below, learn how to stream and/or download the audio Bible and make use of its functionality in the app. The screenshots are from an iPad, but the functionality will be similar in all our other apps which support audio.

Stream your Audio Bible

Open the Olive Tree Bible App on your device and tap the Library icon.


Locate and tap on your Audio Bible in the Library. You can be either on the 'Cloud' or 'Device' tab to access your Audio Bible.


To get started, you can navigate to any location in the Bible using the navigation menu at the top of the screen.


When the Verse Chooser is open, tap on any Bible book.


Next, tap on any number to choose a chapter from the Bible book you tapped on.


Finally, tap on any verse number. As soon as you tap on the number, the audio Bible will jump to that spot and begin to play. 


If you have the corresponding Bible text downloaded within the Olive Tree Bible App, you'll note that the text will display in conjunction with the audio, as seen below.


Download your Audio Bible

To download the audio Bible for offline use, tap the options icon in the upper right corner of the audio player. Then, select 'Manage Download'.


Now, you can tap the green download arrow to download individual books of the Bible or select Download All. In this way, you can manage your device storage and only download what you need to.


In this example, I am downloading Genesis only. You will see the progress as it downloads.


Once the download is completed, you will see that the green download arrow is gone for Genesis.


When the audio Bible has been downloaded, you can now listen to the downloaded content without access to the Internet, such as when you are camping, exercising, or driving!

Manage Download

If you decide you would like to uninstall some or all of the audio Bible after it has been downloaded, you can tap the Options (three-dot) icon in the upper right corner and select Manage Download.


Tap Edit.


This will reveal a "minus" symbol, which gives you the option to Delete the download when you tap it.



You will be asked to confirm the deletion of the download by tapping Delete on the pop-up window:


When you confirm the deletion, you will no longer be able to listen to that audio Bible content offline. However, it is still available for streaming, and you are always welcome to download it again in the future.

Audio Bible Features

The features of the audio Bible are found on the Audio Player screen. Each feature on this screen has been circled with a number so you can learn what each feature does.


1. The 'X' allows you to close the audio player screen to return to your Bible text.

2. The arrow allows you to minimize the audio player screen so you can see text on the screen and listen to the Bible at the same time. You can tap the minimized audio player anytime to reopen it to the full player.


3. The Options icon allows you to see and sort your bookmarks for the audio Bible, set a Sleep Timer, and view the book details, like the publisher, duration, and edition type (abridged or unabridged). 

4. The bookmark icon allows you to add a bookmark to the audio at any time. You can see the list of your bookmarks and sort them in the Options icon (#3 above). 

5. The Play/Pause icon allows you to play and pause the audio.

6. These buttons allow you to move the text back 30 seconds and forward 30 seconds.

7. The volume allows you to change how loud the audio plays.

8. The speed tab allows you to change how fast or slow the audio text is read to you.

9. On some devices, Connect will allow you to play the audio through a connected speaker set or Bluetooth device.


We hope that this introduction to using Audio Bibles in the Olive Tree Bible App has been helpful for you. You can find all of our Audio Bibles on our website!

Please note that we do not support audio on Mac devices at this time. If you have any more questions, please submit a request to our Customer Support team here. They are happy to help!

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