Quick Tips – Home Screen Basics on iPad and iPhone


Everything  looks a little different on the new iPad and iPhone WORDsearch App, so here are some basic tips about the home screen and what you can do.

Entering Your Library

To enter your library, tap on the WORDsearch App’s icon.



The app will open to the home page, and your books will look transparent. NOTE: This is not the store like in the old app, this is the books you own. It will show All Books by default.

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The book that is selected will appear a little bigger than the others, and  scrolling down will show you a short description of the book.


Downloading a Book

To download a book, tap on the book cover. You can scroll through the books by by swiping through them , either from left-to-right or right-to-left.

When it starts downloading you will see a little blue bar appear on the cover.


When the book is finished downloading, the cover will become more solid looking.

Finding a Book in the Library

To see your books in different categories,  hold your finger on All Books and swipe left. You can swipe through all the categories. To go back, swipe right, and you can go back to an earlier category. The categories are listed in alphabetical order.


Another way to see the categories is to touch the arrow shown in the red box below.


The categories will come up in a list view that you can easily tap to view books in that category.


Another way to find a book in your library is to use the Search bar at the top of the home screen.


The Search bar will filter your books by title, author or short name so that you don’t have to look through all of your books.


List View

To see your books in list view, tap on the left icon that looks like three lines in the left of the home screen.


You books will appear in a list view, with the ones you have downloaded in bolder font. You can download books from this view as well by just touching the title of the book. In this example, I own all volumes of 52 New Testament Sermon Starters, but have only downloaded Volume One.


To go back to shelf view, tap on the first icon.


Purchasing Books

You can access the store by touching the shopping cart icon at the top of the screen.


To go back to the library from the store, touch Library.


To change settings, log-in to other accounts and sync your library, touch the little head icon in the left-hand corner of the home screen.


This is also where you can set your Default Bible (the bible that will pop-up when you touch a Bible reference in a commentary or book in the reading pane).


Touch Settings, then Default Translation to choose which one you want. It must be a downloaded Bible.


From the home screen you can also do a Search within text. This is where you can search your library’s contents for a term.


Type the term in the pop-up pop and touch Search.  It will show you how many times that term appears per category.


Tap the category to see what specific books include your term.


 Tap the book you would like to see results from to see where in the book it mentions your search term.


Tap the result, and it will take you to that part of the book in your reading pane.

SearchResOpenBookHopefully these tips will help you use your new iPad app a little better! Have you found any tips that could help out other users? Let us know! 


  1. When downloading the Ipad Classic app, must I also re-download all of my books as well to use them with that app? I have the new app and books downloaded.

    • Hi Chuck, yes you will have to download each of the books in each app because they are different. Sorry about that!

  2. Before I replaced my iPad with a newer one 2 weeks ago there was great progress on the App. It seems to have gone backwards now. I just read how to change the default Bible (which I had already figured out), but it does not work for me. I downloaded the NIV but it does not show up in the list.

    Before, the reading of the Bible text was good, I could adjust the size of the text and had the full screen. Now there is only a little 2 inch window with the Bible text and at the bottom it always says “continue reading in HCSB”. What happened? My main goal is to have the Bible, in readable format, on the device.

    • Hi Terry, so sorry you are having some issues with the app. I let our developers know the problems you are having and see what they say. I also let them know your suggestion about font size. It might also help to call our customer service team at (800) 888-9898 because they might be able to help you out. I will get back to you as soon as I hear something, thank you so much for your patience.

      • Thanks for the reply. I see the reason for not seeing my posts – moderation – cool.

        The problem with the bible images was resolved when I deleted and reloaded the app. I downloaded 2 bible translations this time and was able to set the KJV as the default. It looks like there may be a specific issue to the NIV. It still will not show up on the list for setting it as the default Bible and the reading pane is quite different from what is shown with the HCSB and KJV translations.

        The thing about the font size change and setting the NIV as default is that it was working until this last month. I upgraded the iPad from the original iPad to the new gen 4. I don’t know if the App software runs differently based on the device OS version.

        Thanks for your effort in this.

        • Hey Terry, it looks like the NIV is a known issue that is being worked on. It should be fixed soon. Sorry about the inconvenience!

  3. I don’t know what happened to my first post. I saw it posted but when I came back it was not there.
    To recap:

    I replaced my iPad and when I came back to reconfiguring the Wordsearch app it has changed from a couple of weeks ago. Right now it is failing to download any images.

    My first impression was that the reading window had changed to a small window in the middle of the screen but I realize that must be a preview window. The first time I tried downloading the NIV version it failed. I tried again the next day (yesterday) and it looked like it downloaded but it does not show up in the list for setting it as the default.

    Today, now that I am at work and am not on line, it looks like the download actually failed. I will try again to download tonight.

    Using the default HCSB I do have a request. I need to be able to increase the text size. These old eyes are getting tired and one of the main reasons of going digital for reading is the ability to increase the text size for reading.


  4. Have learn to navigate here. I don’t see my posts until I post another one.

  5. Have NIV issues been resolved for Iphone? I can’t get it to load as one of my Bibles.

  6. COLIN WRIGHT says

    Hi – I have a new iPad pro (9.7) with Wordsearch. But I cannot get two panes to show. No problem on my mac or macbook, but not on ipad. HELP!

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