Can I access Verbum in a web browser or a mobile device?
Yes—while the desktop software has the most features available, you can use Verbum in a web browser at app.verbum.com. You can also download the Verbum Bible iOS or Android app to use on your mobile device. Here is a chart comparing the available features.
|Access to your full Library*|
|Add Notes and Highlights**|
|Add Reading Plans and Prayer Lists|
|Search your entire Library|
|Passage, Exegetical, Word Study, and Topic Guides***|
|Open multiple resources|
|Read resources offline|
|Sermon Starter Guide***|
|Edit sermon documents|
|Nearly full offline functionality|
|Advanced Search functions|
*A small minority of resources may display differently on mobile and web apps, and there are currently 15 resources that are not available via mobile or web.
**Notes and highlights do not sync between web and desktop.
***Not all sections of these guides are available on the web app or mobile app.
What Devices are Supported?
As the mobile device marketplace moves forward, we are striving to keep all Faithlife mobile apps up to current standards. This may mean that certain older devices become unsupported over time. To ensure your device is supported, please verify that it has the most current possible operating system updates.
- Minimum Required Version of iOS: See Release Notes
- Minimum Required Version of Android: See Release Notes
- Microsoft Surface: *Use Desktop Software - Learn more..
If your device is up to date, the most recent, supported version of the app, will be available in the App Store or Google Play Store (also the Amazon App Store for Kindle Fire HD users).
Regarding Internet and Device Storage:
Verbum mobile apps are highly dependent on your internet connection. Mobile devices often have much less storage space and processing power than traditional computers, so our app “streams” your library resources and search results to your device from our servers. Resources are not stored on the device by default, but you can download resources for offline reading-only; even so, you must have an internet connection for searching the entire library, Passage Guide, and Bible Word Study.
This makes the Verbum Bible app a great choice for taking your study on the go; however, if you plan to be offline for an extended period (like on vacation, or going into the mission field in a developing country), or if you need the most powerful study tools, Verbum Bible Software on a laptop would be a better option.
How do I choose what device to get?
The Verbum app will work on almost any iOS or Android device (including Amazon’s Kindle Fire series), so it’s really up to you what you want in a tablet. Consider these factors:
- Screen size and resolution
- Processing power and hard drive storage
- Your budget
For more help choosing the right device for you, we recommend searching the web for “tablet buying guide.”
The Microsoft Surface runs the complete Windows operating system, so this is a full computer – just like your Windows desktop or laptop computer, but in a tablet form. The Surface and other Windows-based tablets come in a wide variety, including lower-powered models. As long as it meets our other system requirements, this will run the entire Verbum Bible Software desktop application.
(Note: Because Windows 8.1 requires 20 GB just for the operating system, we recommend a total hard drive space of at least 64 GB, to ensure space for your Verbum resources.)
Can I use Verbum on an e-reader?
E-readers are popular with book lovers because the black-and-white “e-ink” screen simulates paper, which is easier on eye fatigue, readable in sunlight, and gets excellent battery life.
For various licensing and technical reasons, we can not export Verbum resources to other formats. However, there are a number of Android e-ink devices coming to market that will run our Android app. For help finding the best device for your needs, search or post about e-ink in the Android app forum.