Quick Tips – Android Book Functionality


In this blog, we’ll learn more about the WORDsearch Android app functionality. Specifically, we’ll look at how to view your table of contents, notes, bookmarks and highlights, how to use the table of content slider, how to change your text options, how to create notes, bookmarks and highlights, and how to search within text.

Reading a Book
Here are some basics:

  • To turn the page, slide from right to left
  • Go back to your Library by tapping on the WORDsearch icon in the top left corner of the Reading Pane
  •  Touch a Bible reference in any book and instantly read the verse or jump into the full Bible text

View Your Table of Contents, Bookmarks, Highlights, and Notes
While in the Reading Pane, you’ll find a number of helpful features. To view these options, tap the Content Navigation button on the top right of the Reading Pane. This will show you the Table of Contents of the book you’re currently reading and also any bookmarks, highlights or notes that you may have created in your book.


Additionally, the Content Navigation button is where you can jump to a different verse by tapping the Verse Selector button, then tapping on the Bible book, chapter and verse you wish to view.


Table of Contents Slider
To quickly move to a different part of the book you are in, hold down the circle on the slider located at the bottom of the Reading Pane. Slide the circle and you will see the various chapters of the books above the bar. Stop where you would like to read. This bar also keeps track of your progress in the book by showing you how far along you are.


Text Options
To change the size and style of the font, paragraph settings or brightness, tap on the Text Settings icon in the bottom left corner of the Reading Pane, right next to the Table of Contents Slider. This will bring up the available options for your text. When you are finished making your changes, tap anywhere on the screen and the Text Options box will close with your changes saved.


Create a Note, Highlight or Bookmark
To create a note, highlight, or bookmark, long press on the beginning section of the text you would like to select, then drag your text selector tool to highlight the entire section of text you desire. Tap on the Note, Highlight or Bookmark icon from the bar that will pop up in the top right-hand corner of the screen.  You can then type your note, choose your highlight color, or create a bookmark for that spot and tap save. From then on, you will see a little note icon, highlight icon or bookmark icon in that location.


Search Within Text
A great feature in the new Android app is the ability to search within text. Simply tap on the Search icon, tap on Search Within Text, then type in a term and tap Search on your onscreen keyboard. Choose a category, and you’ll see the specific books in that category that mention your search term.


Tap on the book you would like to see results from.


You will now see specifically where the book mentions your term. Tap on the reference and the app will take you to that place in your Reading Pane.


You now know how to view your table of contents, notes, bookmarks, and highlights, how to use the table of content slider, how to change your text options, how to create notes, bookmarks, and highlights, and how to search within text. 

Have you figured out any tips that would help other users in the app?


  1. THANK YOU for these tips!!! They brought greater clarity and function. WS looks great on the Nexus 10 tablet! 🙂

  2. Wow, how did I not notice that one? The Search function is definitely nice… Will future updates include the ability to use operators and perhaps even select which texts to search like the PC version? (I can’t imagine the coding that goes into that, and honestly most of the time I’m happy with navigating by Naves Topics *lol*)

    I did notice a bug, but considering I’m using the Google Play release on a Kindle I imagine that might be the cause. When I try to type in something into the search box (and I use a stylus) it really likes to twerk on me and add a bunch of extra letters… I’ve heard that side-loading apps from Google Play onto the Kindle can have unexpected results like this, so unless anyone with a normal Android device has the same issue, I’d disregard it. I’m sure once you guys get to that point and release it on the Amazon store this won’t be an issue.

    • Thanks for letting us know, Michael! I will definitely tell our developers about that bug. I’m not sure at the moment what the future updates will include for the search, but I will let you know when I hear anything. Thanks so much!

  3. I like the resources I have Word SEARCH however there is a feature that the logos app had that I like a lot. It is a split pane feature, that way I can have my bible and a commentary open at the same time. Or the bible and a word studies book. It makes studying a lot easier on the Go.

  4. Anthony Wheeler says

    If I create a note on the app, will it appear on the desktop application?

    • Hi Anthony, unfortunately this is not something that will happen at the moment. Thanks so much for your patience!

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