PocketBible for Android: What Can Advanced Features Do For you?

Posted on: February 13th, 2015 by Michelle Stramel 15 Comments

If you are using PocketBible on your Android OS device or Kindle Fire, here are some good reasons to upgrade to the Advanced Features (and how to do it).

Why upgrade?

The Advanced Features available for PocketBible on Android smartphones and tablets offers some handy additions to the basic features of PocketBible.

You can watch an overview of the Advanced Feature Set below:

Autostudy – Verse, Word or Today

Autostudy makes it easy to pull information out of your library on a specific verse or passage. Choose a verse and AutoStudy will put together information about that verse from your PocketBible Bibles, commentaries, cross-references, etc. on one page. It can even give you a definition from your installed dictionaries for every word in the verse. You can get more details on this feature in our article: Have you discovered Autostudy? You can also do a today Autostudy that puts all your Bible and devotional reading for “today” on one page.


Autoscroll will scroll the text of a Bible or book for you for easier reading. You can adjust the speed at which the text moves along. This feature is great for public or devotional reading.

Listen to the Bible

Would you like to have PocketBible read the Bible to you? The Advanced Feature Set adds the ability to do this using the text-to-speech voice already installed to your Android device. These voices are synthesized which means they are electronic and therefore not always perfect in pronunciation or inflection. However, they don’t take up as much space on your device as an “audio Bible”. There are many benefits to listening to the Bible. I have found this feature extremely handy for keeping up with my Bible reading in the car, as I clean the house, on a run — time that might otherwise be wasted can be reclaimed for a good purpose.

Journal Notes

Even if you are not a prolific note-taker, you will enjoy the new Journal feature. PocketBible already lets you add a note to any Bible verse or book passage. Now you can create multiple free-form notes not attached to any book, that can be used for any purpose you’d like.

Customize your colors

New color options include the ability to rename your highlight colors. For example, you could change the label for salmon to love and use your highlights to collect and categorize specific verses (see video of this). We’ve also added an option you can use to create your own personalized color scheme for the app (see video of this).

How to upgrade

If you are already using PocketBible 1.4.0 or later:

  1. Purchase the Advanced Feature Set at our web site for $9.99 (it is also available in-app – choose Buy/Apply upgrade from the menu).
  2. Open PocketBible on your Android device and the Advanced Features should be automatically applied – a quick message will flash across letting you know this. If you miss the message, you can double-check on the menu | About PocketBible. It will say it is using the “Advanced Feature Set” there if it is installed.

If you are still using PocketBible 1.3.0 (or earlier) for Android, you can update by visiting our Google Play Store page or following the instructions for installing from our website for Kindle Fire and other devices not connected to Google Play.

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15 Responses

  1. Larry Acord says:

    Will this feature become available for the iPad? If I purchase it for my android tablet would I have to purchase it also for the iPad if it becomes available?



    • Michelle Stramel says:

      Larry, we do have an Advanced Feature set for iOS which has similar features although some variation. You can read about it here. Advanced Feature sets are sold separately for each operating system. So for example, if you had an iPhone, iPad and Kindle fire and you wanted Advanced Features for all you’d have to make two purchases – the Advanced Features for iOS and the Advanced Features for Android OS. Your Advanced Features for iOS would work on both your iPhone and iPad since they are the same OS. Let us know if you have any questions on that.


  2. Don says:

    Thank you so much for the new Advanced Features! Are there any plans to add the ability to change the font size in the results? I’m afraid my vision isn’t what it used to be.

    • Michelle Stramel says:

      Don, you can change the fonts in the results. When you are in the autostudy window you should see an “Edit CSS” in the middle of the buttons on the bottom of the window. You can change the CSS. If you want all text to be bigger, tap on the Body option and put in font-size:125%

      The % amount can be changed to however big you want it but that is the syntax. If you have any trouble with this, send an email to support@laridian.com and we’ll help you get things formatted.


      • Don says:

        What a great tip! Thanks Michelle!

        For others who might be interested, I added font-size:125%; and then a space, just before the data that was already in the Body option section.

  3. Wayne says:

    How do you set the autoscroll speed to stay at what you previously set it at? When I start autoscroll the speed is set at 12%. I change it to 10%, close PB, reopen and the autoscroll speed is back at 12%. I would like to have it stay at whatever speed I had previously set it to. How can I do this?

    Thank you.

    • Michelle Stramel says:

      Wayne, I can’t repeat this behavior on my device. I find it stays at the speed I set last time I used it. How are you exiting PocketBible (i.e. home button, exit option, back button)?


      • Wayne says:

        I don’t even have to exit the app. I just exit the autocross feature by tapping on the X. Then I enter the feature again, tap the play arrow and it’s back to 12%. I wonder if anyone else is having this problem. I have a Samsung Galaxy Avant phone.

        • Michelle Stramel says:

          Wayne, that’s a bit different than what I understood from your first message. It is designed to save the setting as long as the control is active. If you close the autoscroll using the x, it does go back to the default.

          It sounds like that is not what you are expecting and wanting but that is how it works right now. We’ll put it on our request list to have it save until it is changed.


  4. Paul Hoyle says:

    Hi how do I set the voice to English UK. It just stays sileThankPaul

  5. Jeff Hudson says:

    The Journal feature is great! Are there any plans to make this feature available on the Windows platform?
    keep up the good work

  6. Christine Wilcock says:

    I like the advanced features very much. Thank you.
    I use Pocket Bible on my phone a Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Is it possible to have the journal open and to work on it and have a Bible open at the same time?
    If not, l’m wondering if it would be possible if l bought a Samsung Galaxy Tablet?

    • Craig Rairdin says:

      I think we may have answered this for you via tech support.

      There is not enough space on the screen to have the Journal editor open along with the Bible text when you’re using a phone. If you run PocketBible on a tablet, you’ll be able to open the note editor beside the Bible text.

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