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Audio support

Can I listen to the Bible Lesson without downloading it?

Yes. Just click on the headphones icon to listen to the audio edition of this week’s Bible Lesson. To find the headphones icon, see the FAQs: How do I navigate the Digital Edition on a computer? or How do I navigate the Digital Edition on a mobile device?

I’m having difficulty with streaming audio content on my mobile device. What should I do?

Be sure your device’s operating system and browsers are current, and that you have a good internet connection. Try a different browser if you have more than one installed. For Android users, you may want to try the Chrome or Firefox browsers, which can improve your audio experience.

Can I listen to the Bible Lesson on Amazon Echo or Google Home?

It's possible to play the Bible Lesson audio through Amazon Echo by pairing it with your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. You'll have to set up and start the audio through your device, but once it's running you can pause, resume, and control the volume with the Echo's voice commands. You can find more information about this on this Echo help page.

You can also stream the Bible Lesson audio through Google Home using Bluetooth. More information is available on Google Home's help center.

Does an MP3 audio file work on any device?

Yes, the MP3 audio format is a universal file type that works on any device.

How can I download an MP3 audio file to my computer?

First, you should review What are the general steps for downloading a Bible Lesson so I can study it offline?, which describes how to download all Bible Lesson formats, including mp3s.

Once the MP3 sound file is downloaded to your computer, you can move it to your music library for listening on your computer or you can transfer it to an audio device. Some music libraries, like iTunes, have a setting to automatically sync the MP3 files you added on your computer to show up on your mobile device.

How can I download an MP3 audio file to my mobile device?

In addition to the options below for Android and iOS, you can always download the MP3 file onto your computer and transfer it to your mobile device.

On Android:

On the Digital Edition website, tap Menu>MP3.  This will either bring up a pane prompting you to confirm you’d like to download the file, or  automatically start the download (depending on your browser and device settings) . You’ll see a notification at the top when it is complete. If you swipe down, you can select the “Download complete” notification card to play the MP3 file. 

If you want to play the MP3 file later, you can open your device’s built-in audio player app (this locats all MP3s on your phone) or File Manager and select the file. If you have trouble locating your MP3, check out the instructions on this external site, or use a search engine to find instructions for your particular device.

On iOS:

To download audio directly to your iPhone or iPad, you can use the Safari browser, or Mozilla Firefox browser. The Chrome browser will not download files to your device. 

For Safari, use these steps: On the Digital Edition website, tap on Menu>MP3. You will get a message that asks you to confirm the download. You will also see a circle with a down arrow in the top right corner of the screen. A line under the circle will show the progress of the download. Once the download is complete, tap on the circle to access and view the file that you have downloaded. Tap on the file name to open the file.  

Once a file is downloaded using Safari, you can find the file in the Files app.  Use the “Recents” tab to locate the file. If you don’t have the Files app on your phone, you can download it for free from the App Store.

For Mozilla Firefox, tap on the Menu button. Then  press and hold “MP3” until another menu appears. Select “Download link” to begin the download.

If you used the Firefox app to download the mp3 on your iOS device , tap on the “Browse” tab in the Files app, then look in “On My iPhone -> Firefox -> Downloads to locate the file.

Notes:

  • iOS does not currently provide a way to move mp3s from the device’s storage into iTunes. If you’d like to add the mp3 into iTunes, please download the mp3 to your computer and transfer to iTunes using these instructions.
  • If you are using iOS version 12 or older you will need to download a 3rd party app to open downloaded files. (The Files app is only available starting with iOS 13.) Look for apps that include built-in browsers that support the download, storage, and audio play of MP3 files.

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