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Get Started with the Logos Bible mobile app

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Welcome to the Logos mobile app. In this article, we’ll walk you through the app, orienting you to where its tools are housed and how to access them while working with your resource(s). If you need more help with any of the features mentioned here or want to see how to accomplish specific tasks, click the links included in most sections or browse the other articles and videos available on the Logos Help Center.

 

Except for the first time you open it, the Logos mobile app opens to the last tab you viewed. From here, you can access all of the app’s tools and features with just a few taps.

 

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Initial Setup

Get oriented

What do you want to do?

 

Initial Setup

 

The first time you open the Logos mobile app, you’ll be presented with three options:

 

  1. Create my free account -- for brand new Logos users who want to create an account.
  2. Sign in -- for existing users.
  3. No thanks, I just want to read the Bible for now! -- for users who want to dive into the Bible without signing up or signing in. This option also appears on the Sign up and Sign in screens. You can Sign in or Sign up after selecting this option by tapping the More Items icon Hamburger.svg, then tapping Settings, and finally tapping Sign in.

 

Note: If you select option 3, the Initial Login screen will open every time you open the app.

 

Tapping either of the first two options will advance to a screen where you can enter your relevant details. In addition to space for your username and password, the Sign in screen also features a link you can tap if you Forgot your password.

 

After completing your registration or signing in, you’ll encounter a series of screens allowing you to customize the app’s notifications and orienting you to the app. Once you have cleared these screens, you’re ready to use the app!

 

On iOS, you can also open your preferred Bible using 3D or Haptic Touch. Simply long-tap the Logos app icon until the Haptic Touch menu appears, then tap Open the Bible. The Haptic Touch menu also allows you to jump straight into a Search, Passage Guide, or Reference Scanner.

 

Change your display settings

To adjust the way your resources are displayed, begin by tapping the Panel Menu icon Kebab_Vertical.svg at the top of your display. Note: If you don’t see it, just tap anywhere on your screen to reveal it. Then swipe to the bottom of the list and tap View Settings. From here, you can adjust the font (including type, size, and spacing), change the display brightness and background color, turn notes and highlights on or off, among other things.

 

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For more on View Settings for mobile, click here.

 

Set your preferred Bible

Next, if you haven’t already done so, take a moment to change your preferred Bible to the one you will read and study most often. When you choose a preferred Bible, you’re telling Logos which Bible to open anytime you type or tap a biblical reference.

 

To set your preferred Bible, tap and hold the Tabs icon Tab_Switcher.svg until the preferred Bible selector appears. If you’d prefer, you can also follow the steps below for changing your preferred Bible.

 

To change your preferred Bible:

 

  1. Tap the More Items icon Hamburger.svg on the bottom right.
  2. Swipe down to the bottom of the list.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap the Bible listed under Preferred Bible and select from the Bibles available to you.

 

 

Get oriented

Navigation Bar

 

No matter what kind of resource you have open, you’ll find the Navigation Bar at the bottom of your screen. The buttons in this bar give you access to most of the features contained in the mobile app.

 

  • The Home icon Home.svg reveals the mobile home screen, which contains sections for featured Faithlife content; links to popular resources on Logos.com; a dashboard giving you quick access to your reading plans, quickstart layouts, lectionaries, prayer lists, and more; and a section with recommended media for that day. To close the mobile home screen, tap Done on the upper right of your screen.
  • The Library icon Library.svg opens your Library, where you can choose the resources you want to use. All of your resources (including Notes and Highlights) sync between devices. Click here to learn more about using your Library in the Logos mobile app.
  • The Tab view icon Tab_Switcher.svg opens a new screen showing all of your open tabs. These tabs can include resources, searches, guides, and many other features.
  • The Store icon Shopping_Cart.svg opens a new screen displaying a curated list of resources for use on your mobile device.
  • The More Items icon Hamburger.svg expands a menu giving you access to all of the features available within the Logos mobile app.

 

Navigating your resources

Logos features intuitive navigation controls, just like the mobile apps you’re used to.

 

  • Swipe up or down to scroll within your resource.
  • Swipe left or right to switch between open tabs.
  • Use the resource navigation bar at the top to jump to a specific chapter or page by entering it into the location bar or by tapping the Table of Contents icon Table_of_Contents.svg.

 

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What do you want to do?

 

Study the Bible

After signing into the app, Logos opens directly to a Reading view with three open tabs: one with the Lexham English Bible, another with the Faithlife Study Bible, and one other with the Text Comparison tool.

 

 

You can dive right in with the open Bibles, or you can open your favorite Bible by tapping the Library icon, typing its title or abbreviation in the Search box, and tapping the Bible from the list that appears.

 

Note: The Bibles available to you depend on your base package (or the individual Bibles you’ve purchased). To learn more about bundles especially for Logos mobile, click here.

 

Another handy option to quickly get into your study of the Bible is to use one of the Logos Quickstart Layouts on the Home page. Simply tap the Home icon Home.svg and swipe down to the Dashboard section. From here you can tap the Bible and Study Bible layout or the Bible and Commentary layout. Both layout cards show thumbnails of the resources that will open.

 

 

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Add Notes and Highlights

Original Language Study

Open additional resources

View two resources in one tab

Link resources

Save your open resources as a Layout

Search

Use Guides

Compare text

Use the Reference Scanner

 

Add Notes and Highlights

When you come across a passage you want to make note of, you can highlight text by tapping the first word and dragging to the final word. Tap the highlight again to open the Selection Menu which contains six default highlighting styles (five colors and one underlining), a panel menu Kebab_Vertical.svg containing the full range of highlighting styles, and the New Note icon Compose.svg.

 

Tap the highlighting style you want to use or tap the New Note icon to record your thoughts on the passage. This note is anchored to the passage you’ve highlighted.

 

You can also add a new note by tapping the panel menu icon Kebab_Vertical.svg on the resource navigation bar and then tapping Make a Note.

 

Visit the Logos Help Center for more on working with Notes and Highlights.

 

Original Language Study

Now that you’re starting to dig into your Bible reading and study, it’s time to examine interesting words in the original biblical languages. The mobile app makes it incredibly easy. Simply double-tap a word to open the language study pop up.

 

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As you can see, this pop up contains helpful information on the word you’ve selected. It also features three links to help you dig in even deeper: Look up, Search, and Study.

 

  • Tap Look up to open a lexicon entry on your selected word in a new tab.
  • Tap Search to open a new search tab pre-populated with a lemma (the dictionary form of your word) query.
  • Tap Study to open a new Bible Word Study on that word’s original language lemma.

 

Open additional resources

If you tapped any of the links mentioned above, you’ll have opened additional tabs to help your study of a biblical passage. But you may also want to open additional resources (such as commentaries or Bible encyclopedias). Begin by tapping the Tab view icon Tab_Switcher.svg at the bottom of the screen. From here, there are two ways to open a new tab:

 

  1. Swiping left or right past the open tabs reveals a large plus icon. Tapping this icon lets you open a resource, tool, or document in that particular location.
  2. Tapping the plus icon at the bottom of the screen lets you open a new tab to the right of the resource currently centered on your display.

 

 

Don’t worry, you can always reorder your tabs. Simply tap and hold the tab you want to move, then drag it to the position you want it to occupy.

 

View two resources in one tab

If you want to view two resources simultaneously:

 

  1. Open the Tab view and swipe to the resource you want to view on top.
  2. Tap the Split view icon.

 

 

  1. Select another resource from your Library to open it below the first resource.

 

 

Link resources

You can also set your tabs to follow each other using the link tabs icon {icon]. When your tabs are linked, they’ll scroll together so you can quickly jump from your Bible to the linked commentary for more information on the passage you’re studying.

 

Save your open resources as a Layout

Once you have your preferred resources open and linked, take a few moments to save your current layout of tabs for future use. This allows you to change the resources you have open for various kinds of study without opening and closing each resource every time you want to switch your set of resources.

 

  1. Tap the Layouts icon Layouts.svg
  2. Tap the plus plus.svg in the upper left
  3. Give your layout a recognizable name.

 

 

Search

In addition to the search method outlined above, you can also open a new search tab through the panel menu Kebab_Vertical.svg. Opening a search in this way tells Logos that you want to search within your current Bible. Simply type your search terms in the bar at the top and let Logos find the verses that match.

 

You can even run advanced searches using search operators like AND, OR, and AFTER. For more information on using search operators, check out the Advanced Searching section of the Logos help file.

 

Note: Search is also available on iOS through 3D and Haptic Touch.

Use Guides

The Bible Word Study Guide isn’t the only helpful guide for biblical study. Tap the panel menu Kebab_Vertical.svg to find quick links to run a Passage Guide or an Exegetical Guide on your current passage.

 

 

  • The Passage Guide is a powerful tool that helps you discover where a passage is referenced or discussed in the other resources in your Library. It provides fast access to commentaries, cross-references, parallel passages, literary typing, interesting words, and more.

 

Note: The Passage Guide is also available on iOS through 3D and Haptic Touch.

 

 

  • The Exegetical Guide provides detailed information regarding the underlying Greek or Hebrew text in a biblical passage. It provides a discussion of grammatical details, visualization of clause structures, and details of each word in the text.

 

Use these guides to help you dig into your passage even deeper.

 

Compare text

Even if you’ve never studied the original biblical languages and the discussion of lemmas and clause structures is all Greek to you, there’s one final indispensable tool for your biblical study: the Text Comparison tool. This tool, which is also housed in the panel menu Kebab_Vertical.svg, displays the English text of your selected passage from each of your top Bibles. This will help you get a sense of how the original languages can be translated and understood in different ways.

 

 

Use the Reference Scanner

Want to quickly scan print media for Bible verses and open them in your app? Look no further than the Reference Scanner tool. Using your camera, Logos will find the biblical references in any physical media and open them in your preferred Bible.

 

 

Note: On iOS, Reference Scanner is also available using 3D or Haptic Touch.

Read your other books

After signing into the app, Logos opens directly to a Reading view with three open tabs: one with the Lexham English Bible, another with the Faithlife Study Bible, and one other with the Text Comparison tool. But if there’s a particular resource you want to read, you only need to tap the Library icon Library.svg on the bottom navigation bar. Use the library’s search bar to find your resource, then tap to open it.

 

Skip ahead to:

Create and access Reading Plans

Add Notes and Highlights

Open additional resources

View two resources in one tab

Link resources

Save your open resources as a Layout

Study words

Search

Access mobile education content

 

Create and access Reading Plans

Logos gives you the ability to create custom reading plans for your resources and take advantage of plans that others have made. With Reading Plans all you need to do is choose the resource, decide how long you want your plan to last, and select others (or no one) to read with. Logos will then remind you (unless you’ve disabled notifications) to read according to the schedule you’ve set.

 

 

Add Notes and Highlights

When you come across a passage you want to make note of, you can highlight text by tapping the first word and dragging to the final word. Tap the highlight again to open the Selection Menu which contains six default highlighting styles (five colors and one underlining), a panel menu Kebab_Vertical.svg containing the full range of highlighting styles, and the New Note icon Compose.svg.

 

Tap the highlighting style you want to use or tap the New Note icon to record your thoughts on the passage. This note is anchored to the passage you’ve highlighted.

 

You can also add a new note by tapping the panel menu icon Kebab_Vertical.svg on the resource navigation bar and then tapping Make a Note.

 

Visit the Logos Help Center for more on working with Notes and Highlights.

 

Open additional resources

If you tapped any of the links mentioned above, you’ll have opened additional tabs to help your study of a biblical passage. But you may also want to open additional resources (such as commentaries or Bible encyclopedias). Begin by tapping the Tab view icon Tab_Switcher.svg at the bottom of the screen. From here, there are two ways to open a new tab:

 

  1. Swiping left or right past the open tabs reveals a large plus icon. Tapping this icon lets you open a resource, tool, or document in that particular location.
  2. Tapping the plus icon at the bottom of the screen lets you open a new tab to the right of the resource currently centered on your display.

 

 

Don’t worry, you can always reorder your tabs. Simply tap and hold the tab you want to move, then drag it to the position you want it to occupy.

 

View two resources in one tab

If you want to view two resources simultaneously:

 

  1. Open the Tab view and swipe to the resource you want to view on top.
  2. Tap the Split view icon.

 

 

  1. Select another resource from your Library to open it below the first resource.

 

 

Link resources

You can also set your tabs to follow each other using the link tabs icon {icon]. When your tabs are linked, they’ll scroll together so you can quickly jump from your Bible to the linked commentary for more information on the passage you’re studying.

 

Save your open resources as a Layout

Once you have your preferred resources open and linked, take a few moments to save your current layout of tabs for future use. This allows you to change the resources you have open for various kinds of study without opening and closing each resource every time you want to switch your set of resources.

 

  1. Tap the Layouts icon Layouts.svg
  2. Tap the plus icon plus.svg in the upper left
  3. Give your layout a recognizable name.

 

 

Study words

Logos also puts practical language tools at your disposal. Simply double-tap a word to open the language study pop up.

 

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As you can see, this pop up contains helpful information on the word you’ve selected. It also features three links to help you gather more information: Look up, Search, and Study.

 

  • Tap Look up to open a dictionary entry on your selected word.
  • Tap Search to open a new search tab pre-populated with your selected word.
  • Tap Study to open a new Bible Word Study on where that word appears in the Bible.

 

Search

In addition to the search method mentioned above, you can also open a new search tab through the panel menu Kebab_Vertical.svg. Opening a search in this way tells Logos that you want to search within the current resource. Simply type your search terms in the bar at the top and let Logos find the passages that match.

 

You can even run advanced searches using search operators like AND, OR, and AFTER. For more information on using search operators, check out the Advanced Searching section of the Logos help file.

 

Access mobile education content

All of your Logos mEd content is available within the mobile app and is readily accessible within your Library. In the Library search bar, enter type:course to view and download the ones you want.

 

 

If you just want to listen to the audio of your courses, tap the More Items icon Hamburger.svg, then tap Audio, and search for the course you want to listen to.

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