Category: App Tips

8 Tips for Audio in the Olive Tree Bible App

Posted by on 09/28/2018 in:

When we released the audio update, it was important that we taught you the basics first. But now, a bit of time has passed, and we have a few tips on how to make the most of the new features. Here are 8 tips and tricks for audio in the Olive Tree Bible App.


The audio update wasn’t just an audio update. We changed up a few things in the library! The largest improvement is the book covers. By turning on Grid View from the menu in the top-right, you can see all your resources in a more visually-appealing way, as seen below.

We love this layout because it communicates the value behind the products you have in your library. They may not go on a bookshelf, but you’ve still built a collection worth admiring!


We were able to add over 1,300 new audio products in preparation of this release. It’s very exciting, but also very challenging to decide how to organize that many titles.

Here’s a tip on how to find audio books that are up your alley. Instead of click on the audio tab, still go to the genre you’re interested in. Then select the box “only audio.”

You might be surprised by the kinds of audio books that are out there! Some aren’t even books, but lectures and interviews with authors. We wrote a different blog that shows you some of the genres of audio books we offer. Check it out if you’re interested in learning more!


Once you get your audio Bible or book playing in the app, you don’t have to stay there. In fact, we encourage you to let the audio play in the background while you take notes, read commentary, check out cross-references, and even respond to a text or two if you need. It’s all possible.


When you see Drive Mode and the Connect button at the bottom, it can be hard to think outside the box. Obviously, connect is for connecting to your bluetooth car speaker, right?

Actually, the possibilities are endless. You can discover new ways and times to get God’s Word into your day. Connect your device with your Apple TV, the wireless speaker you usually use to listen to music while you get ready in the morning, or anything else you can think of.


First, you can take inventory of how much space our app is taking on your phone… by resource. Now, you can see exactly how large a resource is and easily choose to offload it. All you need to do is open the library and tap the menu in the top-right. Next, choose “Manage Storage.” Then tap on “Offload Resources.” Now you can tap on any resource, followed by “Offload Book” to remove it from your device.

If you made any notes or highlights in the resource, those won’t be removed. They will be saved for you, and the next time you re-download the resource, you can access them again.

When you want to download a resource, you typically tap the green arrow next to it in the library, right? Well now, audio Bibles have a blue arrow. Instead of initiating a download, you are taken to another menu where you can choose which books of the Bible you’d like to download. This is because audio Bibles are rather large files. We didn’t want you accidentally downloading something that would take up lots of precious space on your device.


If you’re listening to a resource, tap the menu in the top-right of the audio player. This is where you can access the sleep timer.

You can choose to have your audio automatically turn off after 8, 15, 30, 45, or 60 minutes—or, just choose to have it end at the end of a chapter. To me, the most obvious time to use the sleep timer is if you are listening right before bed. That’s probably just because the word “sleep” is in there… but don’t be fooled! This is about the audio going to sleep, not you!

So, here are a few unique ideas for how you could use the sleep timer:

  • Make a goal of listening for exactly 15 or 30 minutes each day. You won’t have to watch the clock when you use the sleep timer. Simply focus on listening and we’ll let you know when you’re done.
  • Do you have a time-goal for running? Put in your headphones and pick how long you want the audio and you to run.
  • Just put your kids in time-out? Use a timer that also instills some godly patience in you. [I’m joking… kinda]

Can you think of any other ideas? Let us know in the comments.


Or slower, if that’s how you like your audio. Either way, tap speed at the bottom of the audio player to get the narrator talking at the rate you want. This is definitely helpful if you only have so much time and your audio book or Bible is a little slow-going.


One last change in the library is the ability to toggle between books only, audio only, and books & audio. Just tap at the top of the library to get started.


Ready to start listening to God’s Word? Visit our website to see all the new audio Bibles we’ve made available.

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10 Things to Know About Olive Tree Audio

Posted by on 09/17/2018 in:

During a meeting a few months ago, the head of our development team showed us a chart. But this was not a normal chart. A gamut of colors, lines, and words, mostly indiscernible to non-developers, filled the screen like a jumbled mess of colorful spaghetti. This, we were told, is our new goal. After many pots of coffee, inspirational meetings, and finally putting a legend on the chart, a brand-new feature emerged from this tangled web: Olive Tree audio Bibles and books.

After months of hard work, we have finally released this new feature in our app. 

You can get this new feature as soon as the update hits your device.
For iOS devices, you’ll need to have iOS 10 or higher.
For Android, you’ll need to be running 5.0 or higher.

But, like most things we do, we want to go above and beyond expectations. We don’t want people to use our app to only read the Bible. We want people to study the Bible. So, why would our audio experience only consist of listening to the Bible? That would be too easy.

Here are 10 ways the Olive Tree audio feature will raise the bar.

Rather watch a video? Scroll to the bottom.

Olive Tree Audio 1


If you’ve tried to listen to the Bible in an app not built by Christians, for Christians, then you know the pain of always starting audio at the beginning of a chapter (or worse, the beginning of a book!). What if you want to start at verse 43?

Enter Olive Tree’s verse-level navigation for audio Bibles. With the same familiarity of choosing where you want to start reading the Bible, you can choose where to start listening.

Olive Tree Audio 2


Want to read as you listen? No problem. We’ll have the verse display on your device while the audio is running so you can read along.

Olive Tree Audio 3


You get to be in charge of how fast or slow the audio plays. Speed controls can get those slow-talking narrators to pick up the pace.

Olive Tree Audio 4


We have been working hard to get some of the best audio Bibles and books out there. Our store currently has over 12,000 different digital books and resources, and we are equally dedicated to providing as much quality, audio content as possible.

Here are some of our favorites:

NKJV Word of Promise Audio Bible

NIV Listener’s Audio Bible

ESV Hear the Word Audio Bible

KJV Audio Bible — Voice Only

Olive Tree Audio 5


Most audio apps offer either streaming or downloading. A survey of our users taught us that having both options is the crowd favorite. So, we decided to give the people what they want.

We’ll even let you download individual books of the Bible to conserve space. We wouldn’t want you deleting all those cute pictures of your dog from your phone.

Olive Tree Audio 6


Want to remember your favorite parts without scrolling through audio? Easy. Create a bookmark or short clip of the audio for safekeeping.

Olive Tree Audio 7


You’re free to stop listening and later continue where you left off. You shouldn’t have to start over just because you began listening on your iPhone in the car and can’t start again until tomorrow.

Olive Tree Audio 8


Want to listen while you drive? We’ve included a driving mode that provides you with an easy-to-tap design. Being in God’s Word is important, but we would hate for you to be distracted behind the wheel.


If you’re a multi-tasker, you’ll love this feature. Using audio in our app won’t prevent you from accessing all your other resources. Instead, continue opening maps, comparing translations, reading commentaries, and taking notes.


Lastly, this feature is added to our already popular, free app: the Olive Tree Bible App. There won’t be a separate app for audio. We want to keep everything easy to access, all in one place.


See all the new audio Bibles and books available on our store!

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Organize Your Notes [VIDEO]

Posted by on 05/22/2018 in:

Organize your notes

Want to organize your notes? It can be a big task, especially if you’ve been note-taking for years without much of a structure. Below is a video and some instructions on how I like to structure my notes. As an example, I’m showing you how to organize notes you take during sermons—but the steps can be applied in other ways.


First step of organizing your notes is… opening up your notes. Big surprise there!


Categories are my best friend. Again, calling it “sermons” is just my example. You could call it “My Notes on Matthew,” “SOAP Studies,” “Unanswered Prayers,” or “Grocery Lists.” Although, we don’t recommend keeping your grocery lists in the app. There’s probably a better app for those types of notes.


If categories are my BF then subcategories are my BFFL (best friend for life… if you don’t get 2000’s text lingo).

One way to stay organized is to make folders than take you from very broad topics to narrow topics. In the example, I use subcategories to delineate different sermon series that I have heard.

ADD NOTE (title it content)

Inside the sermon series subcategory, I add notes. Make sure to title them something obvious-sounding. You want to be able to read the title and know exactly what is inside the note later.


Tags are unsung heroes. You can create and add tags to notes—but why? So that later you can search for information about a certain topic and we can show you resources AND notes that discuss what you’re looking for.


My favorite feature of our notes: hyperlinked verses. Just type a verse reference and.. WHAM! You can tap the hyperlinked verse just like you do in resources all the time. So much power.

One creative way I have used this is when I’m going to read several passages of Scripture aloud. I don’t necessarily save this note for later use, but in the moment, it’s super helpful to have all the passages you need to access right there.


There are two ways to make notes in our app: in the notes section and in a resource.

So, if you’re taking notes in your Bible, and it’s on a Sunday morning, you can add a pulpit icon to your note. Later, when you’re reading on your own, use a heart icon to mark a note you make about God’s love. There are tons of icons (and different colors!) and you can apply them as you see fit.

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Mix & Match Study Bibles

Posted by on 04/11/2018 in:

Mix & Match Study Bibles

When you buy a paper study Bible, you have the Bible text and study notes. Because there is just one Bible text, that means you are limited to that translation if you want to refer to those study notes. Here are some problems that may arise:

You want to use a different translation. 

Paper solution? Open another Bible. Now you have two books open: twice the flipping, twice the confusion, and twice the time.

You want to look at two sets of study Bible notes.

Paper solution? Same as above. Now you have THREE books open! And that’s just the beginning.

There is another way.

With digital study Bibles at Olive Tree, we give you two resources: the Bible text and the study notes. This way you can mix and match translations and study notes as often as you’d like. The options are ENDLESS.

Study Bible Example 1

Also, if you take advantage of the Parallel tab, you can have two resources open in the Study Center. That means double the study notes or even creating your own parallel Bible.

You’ll never need to spread out a bunch of books on a table ever again… unless you get a thrill from that kind of thing. Then I suppose we wouldn’t stop you!


Ready to start mixing and matching your favorite Bible translations and study Bible notes? Head on over to

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Interlinear Bibles in the App

Posted by on 04/07/2018 in:

Interlinear Bibles in the App

Learning Greek can be a difficult task. It takes years of study and countless hours of practice before you reach the point of reading the Greek New Testament without the help of additional resources. Unless your aim is to be a New Testament scholar, most will not achieve that level of comfort with the Greek text. But that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from using the Greek New Testament in your studies. Whether you’re someone who can read Greek proficiently or have only ever used a Strong’s Bible, Olive Tree’s Interlinear Bibles are here to meet your needs.

Here’s a look at some of the top features of interlinear Bibles in the Olive Tree Bible App.

Not only can our app display the text in an Interlinear format, we’ve tagged the Greek word with the Greek Parsing and Strong’s Definition: Simply tap a word to get more details on that Greek word.

We’ve also tagged the English Word:

And the Strong’s Number:

Searching for this Greek word in the text? No problem. Tap “search” and the app will bring you a list of results for that Greek Word:

You can also tap “lookup” to find dictionaries already downloaded to your device. This list contains dictionaries that have more information on the selected Greek word:

You can also search the Greek word itself:


Go here to see the available Interlinear Bibles based on top English translations!

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3 Time Management Tips

Posted by on 03/07/2018 in:

3 Time Management Tips

Here are 3 time management tips to help you be more efficient as you study the Bible.


The Study Center has four tabs: Resource Guide, Parallel, Notes, and Lookup. Have you discovered how to take advantage of these tabs all at once?

Here’s our tip:

Use the Resource Guide as you normally do. Use it to jump between commentaries, maps, outlines, and more.

But, use the Parallel tab to keep that other resource you know you REALLY want to use open. It could be a commentary or study notes. Or, you could use this tab the traditional way, keeping another translation available at all times.

Then, open up a fresh note in the Notes tab and get to typing! You can quickly copy and paste what you find into a note to save for later. Also, you can search through your notes to remember what you learned in the past.

Lastly, use Lookup to search for topics. You want to know more about Berea, so search for it! We’ll show you what information you have in your dictionaries and concordances.


Can’t stress this tip enough: stay organized!

You can create categories AND subcategories for your notes. For my personal study, I have folders for prayers, sermons, and quiet time. Inside these I separate types of prayers and if they are answered, different sermon series, and books of the Bible I’m reading.

Not all of my notes are tagged within my Bible text, either.

With your notes organized (with great titles and headers), then you should always be able to quickly search and find what you’re looking for.

Remember when we used to flip through endless pages to find what we wrote three months ago? Never. Again.


A fun setting I like to adjust inside my iOS apps are the gestures. Under Advanced Settings, you can select “Gestures/Shortcuts” to see all your options.

Brainstorm your most common actions within the app and set them up to happen just a tap or swipe!

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A Feature to Keep You Focused

Posted by on 02/23/2018 in:

When I was in Bible college, my homiletics professor said that for every minute you preach, you should spend one hour studying. I would sit down, ready to put a few good hours of research in… and I would get distracted. The worst part is that I wasn’t primarily distracted by people, or noise, or daydreaming.

I was distracted by all the resources.

Maybe you’ve experienced this, too. Your table is full of commentaries. You’re unsure which one to crack open first. Will it have the type of information you’re looking for?

Before you know it, you opened four more commentaries, went down six rabbit holes, and spent most of your time flipping pages. You’ve lost focus on your sermon. And you’re drowning in all the information. At least, that’s how I always felt by the end of it!


Imagine that you’re sitting at that table full of commentaries. As you flip through your Bible, all the commentaries automatically turn their pages as well. You can stand up and get a bird’s eye view of all the content you have on a passage at once.

Then, you can easily focus on what’s vital and relevant to your study.


Well, not with paper resources… that would defy laws of nature. But with digital resources, we’ve found a way to work smarter, not harder.


Underneath the list of features on the Life Application Study Bible, you’ll see that “Commentary / Study Notes” is listed. This means that the commentary or study Bible notes in the resource are enhanced. They will follow along with your Bible reading. It looks like this:

Even when you switch books of the Bible, the commentary or study Bible notes will keep up with you.

Also, this feature will help you make the preliminary decision of which resource to open up. When you have a Bible open, look at the Resource Guide to see which commentaries or study Bibles have related content.

Even if you aren’t doing hard research, this feature is useful. Picture yourself in small group and you’re about to start reading 1 Kings. You wonder if there’s any quick insights you could get about the passage before everyone starts asking questions.

You open up the Study Center and check out the list of applicable commentary the Resource Guide has found for you:

Now you can focus on what’s important (the passage, the conversation in the room, and questions being asked) instead of flipping pages, trying to find something relevant to share.


We recently published a blog about ALL of our different features: what they are, how they work, and what they look like in the app. If you want to see a list of our top-selling enhanced resources, visit our website by clicking here.

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What’s an Enhanced Resource?

Posted by on 02/19/2018 in: ,

At least once a year, we like to highlight our enhanced resources: resources that we’ve enriched so that it’s more useful inside our app. Instead of our resources simply being eBooks that you only scroll and read, we’ve made the content discoverable by search and the Resource Guide, hyperlinked verses, activated cross references, and more.

Digital resources have their perks!

Truth is, most of our resources are enhanced in some way now. This is great for you… but only if you know how they are enhanced! So, first let’s look at where to find which enhancements a product has. Then, we will go through all the different enhancements we are currently implementing and how they work.


Here is a screenshot of our website:

Inside the green circle, you can see a list of features (enhancements) that are inside this resource. If you tap the arrow, you will be able to see the full list.

Not sure what the feature means? No problem. Tap on the name of the feature and a description will appear.

These descriptions are also available in the store while you are inside the app.



Gain the insight of studying the Bible in its original language without knowing Greek or Hebrew. Simply tap a linked word and read the original definition in a pop-up window. You can also build your understanding by searching for other uses of the word in the Bible and looking up related articles.


Tap on a word and access it’s parsing instantaneously. A pop-up window will display a dictionary definition, a link to more information, a gloss, and parsings. For more advanced study, you can search on the word’s morphology as well.


Gain reliable knowledge on any passage of the Bible, exactly when you need it. The Resource Guide will let you know when information in this title is relevant to anything you’re reading in the main window. It will also conveniently track along with you as you read through the Bible.

The number inside the purple circle lets you know how many related articles a resource has on the passage you are reading.


Wondering where that ancient Israelite city is located that you just read about? Check out the maps the Resource Guide found for you, pulling in maps from all the resources you own. Then, zoom-in or make it full-screen—or both.


Quickly see all the verses relevant to the current verse you’re reading. Tap on the cross reference, a pop-up window will appear, and then you can quickly navigate to the corresponding verse—without ever leaving the passage you’re reading.


This is so much more than a traditional dictionary. While you’re reading the Bible and other titles, the Resource Guide will pull up related articles dictionaries you own. You can even select words you want clarity on, tap “Look Up”, and access any relatable information in a convenient pop-up window.

In this example, we saw that the Resource Guide suggested we see if there were any articles in our library on “Apostles.” This is what it found!


Not sure what to read during your devotional time each day? Stay committed to growing spiritually with daily readings, personalized reminders, and a calendar to track your progress.

When you see this feature on a product, it is most likely a devotional book. Instead of leaving this file as an eBook, we’ve adapted it to work like our other reading plans.


Learn more with information displayed in visually-appealing ways. Not sure what charts you have? The Resource Guide will automatically pull up charts from any relevant sources while you’re studying.

This screenshot was taken directly after tapping on a chart that the Resource Guide pulled up.


Get a feel for how books of the Bible are laid out and how your commentaries will be structured. You can also access these from the Resource Guide when it’s applicable to the passage you’re reading, providing additional context.


Quickly find information about a book of the Bible, its author, date, audience, purpose, and other topics worth keeping in mind. If you have an introduction to the book of the Bible you’re currently reading, the Resource Guide will make it easily accessible for you.


Read sermons prepared by famous pastors. If you’re reading a passage of Scripture that one of the sermons addresses, it will appear in the Resource Guide for quick access.


Reading about a person, place, or thing but don’t know what it looks like? If this book has an image of what you’re looking for, the Resource Guide will let you know. Just glance under “Image,” and tap to see the photo enlarged.


Did your resource mention a passage of Scripture, but you can’t remember what the verse says? No fear! Tap the linked verse and a pop-up window will appear, giving you quick and easy access to the verse in context.


If you are wondering which enhanced resources could be helpful for you, we’ve pulled together a list of our top-sellers! Visit our website to see the list and check out which enhancements each resource has.

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Look Inside: Maps & Atlases

Posted by on 01/01/2018 in: ,


Maps and atlases are great tools in the Olive Tree Bible App. You’ll be able to quickly see the region you’re reading about and gain more insight about the Bible. Here’s a look inside on the ESV Bible Atlas.


Enlarge a map to fill the whole screen. Zoom in and learn more!


The Resource Guide will let you know when you have a map that corresponds to the text you’re reading in the main window. Just tap and enter into the Bible lands.


By opening the atlas in the main window, you’ll find lots of articles and content surround each map to give you more insight.


Head on over to our to see all of our atlases and map resources.

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