The Church has released a major update to the Gospel Library mobile app for both Apple iOS and Android, as well as a beta version for Windows 10. Version 4 of the app is available from the Apple app store and Google Play. If you already have the app on your device, it should update automatically.
With the Gospel Library mobile app, you can study the scriptures, conference talks, and other materials.
All content can now be annotated
You can highlight, link, tag, and add comments to all content. Previously, you couldn’t annotate some things, like chapter headings, study helps, bulleted and numbered lists in lesson manuals, hymns, and videos. You can also organize all content into notebooks.
Study tools are more intuitive
- Your annotation notes can now include rich text formatting, including bold, italics, and lists.
- It’s easier to save passages into custom notebooks and share your notes with others.
- When you create a link between two passages, the app now creates bidirectional links (links that go in both directions between sources).
- Easily access footnotes by directly displaying the related scripture references in the redesigned sidebar.
Features are more unified between Apple iOS and Android
Now, whether your device is an Apple iOS or Android, the features and functions will work more the same. For example, footnotes on phones are now located on the side like tablets, the text selection buttons on iOS and Android have the same icons in the same order, and the redesigned Notes section looks more the same on iOS and Android.
In 2017, similar changes will be made to the Windows version of Gospel Library and the study tools on LDS.org to provide a further consistent multi-screen experience. For Windows users who have upgraded their desktop or mobile device to Windows 10, a 4.0 beta release can be downloaded from the Windows store.
Below are the specific enhancements you’ll find in iOS:
- Enabled split-screen support for iPads
- Reverted to text-selection buttons
- Added a “clear” highlight style
- Added black and sepia color themes
Below are the specific enhancements you’ll find in Android:
- Redesigned audio playback experiences
- Redesigned bookmarks and screens
- Provided calling-based content delivery
- Added blue color theme
New video tutorials
See the What’s New feature within the Gospel Library app to learn about ongoing improvements. The short videos under the Tips collection (located at the bottom of the home library screen) can help you learn to use the app in powerful new ways and discover features you might have missed. More video tips will be added over time.
Once you learn about these new features, please share them with your friends and family using the hashtag #GospelLibrary.
Three items have been added in the Church History collection to support your study of the Doctrine and Covenants in 2017:
- Gospel Topic Essays
- Revelations in Context
- Joseph Smith’s Accounts of the First Vision. (Learn more about the new study materials for 2017.)
New beta app for Windows 10
For Windows users who have upgraded their desktop or mobile device to Windows 10, a 4.0 beta release can be downloaded from the Windows store.
When you use the app, be sure to log in with your LDS Account so that everything you do will be backed up and synced across all your devices.
For people with older Android devices: To run the new Gospel Library 4.0, you must have the Android 4.0.3 operating system or higher. Therefore, some older devices, such as a first generation Kindle Fire, won’t be able to run the new version of the Gospel Library.
Learn how you can download Gospel Library at GospelLibrary.lds.org.