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19 Baha’i Apps for Android and iPhone

December 11, 2017, in Articles > Baha'i Life, by

With the number of people using mobile phones growing globally every day, we thought it was time to update our list of Baha’i-inspired apps currently available for download and use. This list isn’t comprehensive; there are many other apps available, and many that offer similar functions to those we’ve listed below but in different languages or tailored to different countries. Nevertheless, we hope this list of 19 Baha’i-inspired apps gives you a good idea of what’s out there for iPhone and Android users and that it proves helpful to you. We’d love to hear what apps you find useful for you personally, or in your community building endeavours!

1. Baha’i Library – One Ocean 4.0

This iPhone app features 30 texts ranging from the Writings of the Bab, to recent letters from the Universal House of Justice and it allows you save quotations in categories of your making.

View the “Baha’i Library – One Ocean 4.0” app in iTunes.


2. Prayer Book

Having a prayer book on your device can be very handy and this app features prayers in Czech, Dutch, English, Fijian, French, German, Icelandic, Persian, Slovak and Spanish!

View the “Prayer Book” app in iTunes.

View the “Prayer Book” app for Android on Google Play.


3. Baha’i Prayers

Similar to the app described above, this iPhone app also boasts a customizable push notification reminder for saying “Allah’u’Abha” 95 times and for reciting your Obligatory Prayer, an RSS feed of stories released by the Baha’i World News Service, a compass so you can find the Qiblih, a Baha’i calendar and local sunrise and sunset times.

View the “Baha’i Prayers” app in iTunes.


4. Baha’i Feasts and Holy Days

This great little app tells you when the next Feast or Holy Day will occur.

View the “Baha’i Feasts and Holy Days” app in iTunes.

View the “Baha’i Feasts and Holy Days” app for Android on Google Play.


5. The Baha’i World News Service

If you’d like to keep up-to-date with news stories released by the Baha’i World News Service, the official news source of the International Baha’i Community, then this is the app for you! Some of their recent reports of the endeavours of Baha’is around the world have included videos, audio recordings and stunning photographs.

View the “The Baha’i World News Service” app in iTunes.

View the “Baha’i World News Service” app for Android on Google Play.


6. Baha’i Today

This app is designed to help further incorporate the Baha’i (or Badi) calendar into our daily lives. Each day it’ll show you where we are in the Baha’i calendar, provides the time of sunset so you know when the new day begins, informs you of which holy days work should be suspended, and gives a daily quotation for study and mediation.

View the “Baha’i Today” app in iTunes.

View the “Baha’i Today” app for Android on Google Play.


7. 9 Quotes

9 Quotes is designed to help you explore the Baha’i Writings. Its creators say: “if you ever take a book and open it just to read any passage your eye falls on – this app is for you.”

View the “9 Quotes” app in iTunes.


8. Virtues (Baha’i Text)

To assist you with your spiritual development, this app offers a list of common and essential virtues which have personal and societal implications. Each virtue is accompanied with a set of relevant quotes from the Baha’i Writings.

View the “Virtues (Baha’i Text)” app for Android on Google Play.


9. Baha’i Daily Quotes

Baha’i Daily Quotes gives you access to hundreds of short powerful quotes from Baha’u’llah and the Bab to assist in fulfilling our obligation to “Recite ye the verses of God every morn and eventide…” This app is great when you’re travelling, and unlike many similar apps out there, you don’t need an internet connection to use it.

View the “Baha’i Daily Quotes” app in iTunes.

View the “Baha’i Daily Quotes” app for Android on Google Play.


10. 95 Taps

As part of Baha’i obligatory prayer, it’s necessary to repeat the Greatest Name (Allah-u-Abha) 95 times. Of course remembering where you are up to in your sequence of 95 can be tricky. People often use prayer beads to help keep track, but for the tech Baha’i, you can now use the 95 taps app to get the number right.

View the “95 Taps” app in iTunes.

View the “95 Taps” app for Android on Google Play.


11. Baha’i Song Project

Remember Dayyan and Nadine from Baha’i Song Project from this interview? Well, here’s their iPhone app! Like the website, the app provides videos of the Writings put to music, the chords and the text sung.

View the “Baha’i Song Project” app in iTunes.


12. Baha’i Daily

This app provides a Baha’i historical “on this day” fact – in other words, whatever day of the year you open this app, it will tell you what occurred in Baha’i history on that same day, only years or decades prior. It also provides a quotation from the Writings for study and reflection.

View the “Baha’i Daily” app in iTunes.

View the “Baha’i Daily” app for Android on Google Play.


13. Baha’i Songbook

Another Baha’i musical iPhone app! This one features 130 Baha’i-inspired songs to enrich community life. The app includes the song lyrics, scores, guitar fingering, and chords.

View the “Baha’i Songbook” app in iTunes.


14. Ridvan Messages

With this app you can explore Ridvan messages, recent guidance, and statements from the Baha’i International Community in many languages.

View the “Ridvan Messages” app in iTunes.

View the “Ridvan Message” app for Android on Google Play.


15. Baha’i Core Activity StatHelper

You can record (and then export!) statistics for core activities, such as the number of participants and when activities were held, with this handy app.

View the “Baha’i Core Activity StatHelper” app for Android on Google Play.



16. iMemorize

Whether you need to remember a quote for your Ruhi study circle, or you’re just broadening your repertoire of Baha’i quotations, the iMemorize app will prove very handy. The app provides a word omission tool to help you practice memorizing quotes. And not only does it come with a library of quotes including Baha’i ones, it has a function to let you add your own.

View the “iMemorize” app in iTunes.

View the “iMemorize” app for Android on Google Play.


17. Qiblih

Every day Baha’is turn to the Qiblih to say our Obligatory Prayers. Fixed at the Shrine of Baha’u’llah, near Akka, in present day Israel, it can sometimes be a bit tricky to figure out exactly where to turn to face this spot. That’s where this simple iPhone app comes in handy. Using the compass function in your phone, it’ll point you in the right direction.

View the “Qiblih” app in iTunes.


18. Baha’i International Community United Nations Office

Access all the Baha’i International Community United Nations Office news, videos and statements in one place. This app includes office locations, contact information, maps, representative bios, and a listing of the Office’s 150+ national affiliates.

View the “Baha’i International Community United Nations Office” app in iTunes.

View the “Baha’i International Community United Nations Office” app for Android on Google Play.


19. The Baha’i Fast

This nifty little app helps you with sunrise and sunset times for the Fast based on your exact location. You can choose from over 350 cities, or let your device geo-locate you. It also includes detailed information on the Fast (in English only) as well as prayers in several languages.

View the “The Baha’i Fast” app in iTunes.


We’d love to hear what Baha’i-inspired apps you find useful for you personally, or in your community building endeavours in the comments section below!

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Sonjel Vreeland

In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a stay-at-home parent and a bookworm with a maxed out library card but professionally she is a museologist with a background in English Literature. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.
Sonjel Vreeland

Discussion 21 Comments

Here’s a “progressive web app” (PWA) I’ve made that combines many functions in an app for all phones. On Android, it can show an icon and banner so you always know today’s date! https://wondrous-badi.today

Glen Little

Glen Little (December 12, 2017 at 5:45 AM)

Thanks for sharing, Glen!

Sonjel Vreeland

Sonjel Vreeland (December 12, 2017 at 11:35 PM)

Great list of apps!
Also the Badi Calendar is pretty handy: it shows sunset, solar noon etc for a given day, upcoming feasts and holidays, fast times for your location, an overview of the Vahid and Kullishay (which I can’t spell 😉 ) and has an integrated Qiblih compass. It’s available for free for android and iOS.

Stephanie Greis

Stephanie Greis (December 12, 2017 at 6:08 AM)

Awesome! Thanks for sharing, Stephanie!

Sonjel Vreeland

Sonjel Vreeland (December 12, 2017 at 11:35 PM)

Another good app is Ian Vink’s Baha’i Prayers app, which includes prayers (including the Obligatory Prayers), a Qiblih compass and a 95 Allah’u’Abha counter: bahaiprayers.net

Ahmed

Ahmed (December 12, 2017 at 6:08 AM)

Thanks for letting us know, Ahmed!

Sonjel Vreeland

Sonjel Vreeland (December 12, 2017 at 11:35 PM)

Exactly! And then it is with 70+ languages 🙂

Martin Chemnitz

Martin Chemnitz (December 12, 2017 at 4:45 AM)

Ganz toll App. Ich habe Sie fast alle auf den iPad und bin begeistert. So soll es im Baha’i Glauben sein, auf dass kein Gläubiger – vor Gott eimal sagen kann: DAS HABE ICH NICHT GEWUSST? DANKE NAYSAN, DANKE FINN

Margrit HURNI

Margrit HURNI (December 12, 2017 at 8:45 AM)

Jan

Jan (December 12, 2017 at 6:39 PM)

Thanks for the information, Jan!

Sonjel Vreeland

Sonjel Vreeland (December 12, 2017 at 11:38 PM)

#9 Baha’i daily quotes need updating for ios11 as it will not work as is. I used this app regularly ,would love to have it available again. Thank you

Maureen Andersen

Maureen Andersen (December 12, 2017 at 11:25 PM)

That’s helpful to know. Thanks, Maureen!

Sonjel Vreeland

Sonjel Vreeland (December 12, 2017 at 11:40 PM)

Bahaiprayers.net app is the most popular one by far

Ian

Ian (December 12, 2017 at 3:20 AM)

I used to use imemorize all the time, till my iPhone updated to ios11. It too needs updating. So sad! Any other place all the Ruhi book memorization quotations are easily collected in one app?

Vicki

Vicki (December 12, 2017 at 2:54 PM)

Does anyone know if there is a lilting intonement of the, “Long Healing Prayer” by Red Grammercy. I love his, acoustic guitar playing and his voice and style performing, “The Tablet of Armand”. Mo

Mo Green

Mo Green (June 6, 2018 at 4:23 PM)

I want to download the complete Baha’i download app with all prayers , some answered prayers etc. Any help?

Mwape Mulubwa

Mwape Mulubwa (July 7, 2018 at 2:50 PM)

One ocean any version available for Android phones?

Thanks,
Peter

Peter Godin

Peter Godin (August 8, 2018 at 2:40 PM)

Here is a recent app that we worked on,
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.elna.holyday

Gives notifications to upcoming Bahai Holy day and also countdown widgets. Hope it is useful.

Elham Naimi Q

Elham Naimi Q (October 10, 2018 at 11:57 PM)

Thank you for sharing this with us, Elham!

Sonjel Vreeland

Sonjel Vreeland (October 10, 2018 at 10:42 PM)

https://bahaiprayers.net/app is a web-based fully mobile and PC friendly tool as well as a phone app

ian vink

ian vink (November 11, 2018 at 4:26 PM)

I hope someone will make an app for ridvan messages. The earlier ridvan app cannot be used after the new apple software updates. The app should have note taking features so we can make notes on the messages especially during study classes.

Krishnamuthy

Krishnamuthy (July 7, 2019 at 3:03 PM)

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