PocketBible Bookmark Basics

Posted on: July 25th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel 13 Comments

The bookmark feature in PocketBible is meant to be used the same way you would use a bookmark in your printed Bibles or books. To provide a method for easily returning to a specific place you’ve been.

Put a bookmark on a Bible verse and it will be shared between all Bibles.

Put a bookmark in a book other than the Bible and it will take you back to the start of the table of contents entry for the section of text you’re reading. So don’t be surprised when you return to a bookmark in a reference book and you find it is a few paragraphs earlier than what you remember setting it at.

How do you set a bookmark in the different versions of PocketBible?

  • iOS – Hold down your finger on a verse and you’ll get a context menu. Choose Menu and then “Bookmark Verse #”. With the iPad version, use the B’Marks button on the toolbox to easily view your bookmarked verses. If you turn your iphone or iPod touch to landscape, we use the extra room on the toolbar for a “Bookmarks” button which serves the same purpose.
  • Android OS – tap on a verse to select it and get a contextual action bar. Choose the Bookmark icon from the contextual action bar. You can delete from the Manage Bookmarks list.
  • Windows Phone – Tap-and-hold on the verse to bring up the Context menu. Select “Bookmark Verse #”.
  • Windows Store – Tap-and-hold (or right-click) on the verse to bring up the Context menu. Select “Bookmark Verse #”.
  • Windows PC – use your right-click menu to set a bookmark. You can delete it from the personalization window.

How do you delete a bookmark? Unless otherwise noted above, you can do it the same way you added it! If you try to set a bookmark on a verse or place you’ve already bookmarked, instead of an “add” option, you’ll get a “delete” option.

Do you like things organized? Use categories when you store your bookmarks. For example, you might want to organize your bookmarks by topics such as “salvation” and “repentance.”

Of course, you don’t have to use categories – you can keep your bookmarks “uncategorized.” Conversely, you can place a verse in more than one category if you’d like. Keep in mind that if you delete a bookmark from a category, it is only deleted from that specific category.

If you’ve already whole-heartedly embraced this feature and have tons of bookmarks, make sure you are synchronizing with the Laridian Cloud. There are instructions for this in the help for each version of PocketBible.

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13 Responses

  1. Liam Burns says:

    When I first used pocket bible on a palm PDA it was possible to delete a whole set of bookmarks at one go. This meant that I would create a dozen or more when listening to a talk, check them out afterwards and then dump the lot. The present method on my iPod is too slow and cumbersome to use in this way. I miss it.

    • Liam, that is certainly something for our suggestion list. I’m not personally a heavy user of bookmarks so didn’t know or remember you could do that with MyBible on the Palm. It is great to know how that would come in handy.


  2. Stephen says:

    Synchronisation doesn’t work on Windows 8 for some reason. Any plans to look at it?



    P.S. Any plans re Windows Phone 8 due in the autumn? The same code can effectively be used for both.

  3. Stephen says:

    I meant synchronizing highlights and categories, it was my mistake. I had forgotten that I needed to install the desktop provider AND the iPocketBible.com Synchronization Provider (it was the i at the beginning – I assumed it was only for iPhone or iPad or iEtc).

    I am happily synching away again.

  4. Wayne says:

    I am a heavy user of highlighting and bookmarks. When highlighting I can highlight more than one verse at a time, but when I want to bookmark three scriptures in a row, I am not able to do that.
    Example: Prov 1:1-3.
    This would sure save me a lot of time.

    • Wayne, thanks for your comments. We’ve always thought of bookmarks in the way you would use them in a real book, as a place holder. Therefore, we don’t have it built in to “bookmark” a “passage”. If you put a bookmark on Prov. 1:1, you’d be taken back to where you were or could mark a place you wanted to remember.

      We have found people don’t use bookmarks exactly as we had envisioned, which sounds like the case here, and it is something we are keeping in mind going forward.

      Michelle S.

  5. John Abitz says:

    I’ve bookmarked over a thousands verses and placed them in several categories. System bogged down. Cannot access the verses within categories. Laridian website explains this is not the way it was supposed to be used.

    Now I want to remove many of the categories and verses I entered into them to return the functionality of the category search feature. Cannot find how to delete entire categories or even a category that does not contain any verses saved to it.

    Would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks.

    • John,

      You can delete categories the same way you delete other items on your iPhone/iPad. Just swipe from right to left across the name of the category you want to delete.

  6. Andres says:

    I am happily using close to 1000 bookmarks in about 125 different categories. Speed and synchronization work fine for me on Windows Phone, Windows Store app, and Windows app. Is there any way, once a bookmark is established, to tell what category(ies) the bookmark is in? I often bookmark verses in a couple different categories, so it would be nice to know what categories a verse is bookmarked in.

    • Michelle Stramel says:

      Andres, there is a way to look at bookmarks in a category but not the reverse. We don’t have the option to look at a verse and see what categories it is in. Thank you for the request and we’ll put it on the list for consideration in future updates.


  7. Ted says:

    When I put a bookmark in, it doesn’t show up when I go to return to that place… when I try to put it in again, it shows “delete bookmark” as an option… where is my bookmark and why can’t I get to it?

    • Craig Rairdin says:

      Tech Support can help. Make sure you mention what platform you’re running PocketBible on, and explain what you mean when you say “it doesn’t show up when I go to return to that place”. Tech Support will want to know where are you looking to see the bookmark. It may be there; you may not be looking in the right place.

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