Best Liturgy of the Hours apps for your phone or tablet

[Updated for 2024] No more page flipping, ribbon setting, book hauling or calendar watching for you! Whether you pray this regularly already or are just starting out, the benefit to having Liturgy of the Hours on your mobile device over reading from the traditional printed breviary book is substantial. It’s at your fingertips wherever you are. The backlight and ability to zoom text allows for easier reading. The day’s hours are all laid out for you.

Below are our top picks for Liturgy of the Hours apps (also known as Breviary or Divine Office). We include versions for non-Roman Rite as well as Roman Rite, depending on the app. We also include in our list apps for both Ordinary and Extraordinary (Latin 1962) Roman Rite liturgies.

When using these apps in a group setting, keep in mind that the single volume Christian Prayer book has a longer reading than the reading taken from the 4-volume breviary. Most breviary apps include the shorter reading.

Need a free online Liturgy of the Hours for the Latin Rite? This site has each day of the year linked. Need to learn how to pray the Liturgy of the Hours? Go to the blog, Coffee and Canticles,  for excellent instruction and resources for laypeople.

iBreviary (Free) – for Apple|Android| Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD  This is a Breviary AND Missal bundled into one full-service app. You get:

  • Liturgy of the Hours (Roman and Ambrosian Rite)
  • 8 Languages: English, Italian, French, Latin, Spanish, Romanian, Arabic, Portuguese, Latin, Turkish
  • Breviary for the celebrations of the Saints (also the commons)
  • Load up to one week of Hours so you don’t need to have internet access if you think to do this ahead of time.
  • Instruction for praying Liturgy of the Hours
  • a complete Missal (including priest’s sacramentary), text for various Rites (not just Roman) –all the rituals and texts for various Catholic celebrations like Sacraments, Eucharistic Adoration, Blessings, etc.
  • Includes the new English translation of prayers from the Roman Missal (3rd edition) This is noticeable in the Breviary in the closing prayer and penitential rite in Compline. It includes an optional closing prayer in the “old” (2nd edition ) English translation which is useful if you are praying with others using print Breviaries.
  • Apple iOS version includes a spiritual diary wherein you can jot down your personal thoughts and share liturgical texts via social media.
  • Previous day’s Compline is an option each day.

Pros: A beautiful digital version of the print version you are used to, complete with “church font” and rubrics.

Cons: Doesn’t match the print version entirely –the readings are often much shorter than those in the print breviary (make note of this when you pray with others using the print version) Calendars aren’t biased to United States saints/feasts. Hymns do not match with the printed books here in the U.S. Annoying when you’re trying to pray with a group using print books and iBreviary.

This world-class app also includes blessings and a fine selection of Catholic prayers. This is the best app our priests have tested for use as a Sacramentary when saying Mass using a tablet. See our review under Missal Apps.  Its web interface makes the app accessible from anything with a browser (gaming device, etc.). The iPhone version has nice updates like an automatic download of the day’s prayers when you open the app, choice of fonts, Compline for the previous day (in case you want to pray in the middle of the night). You might also like the fact that they include an automatic text scroll option so you don’t have to constantly scroll with your thumb while you pray. Set the font to a larger size if it scrolls too fast for you. Finally, audio is also an option in settings. It’s ok as long as you don’t mind your liturgy prayed in a robot voice. Here’s a video demonstrating how the audio option works:

Proper texts for religious orders are included as an option: Augustinians, Franciscans, Holy Land, Mercedarians, Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Passionists, and Salesians.

Note for Android users: If your phone is not compatible with the app offered on the Android market, download the APK and install it manually on your smartphone.

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Divine Office (Free) This is a full-feature audio and text App for Apple | Android phones and tablets.

Other ways to access this content:

Divine Office offers the approved texts for United States (from the four-volume set) and, unlike iBreviary app, its text are biased towards the U.S. calendar. You get all the principal hours of the day in text AND audio with introduction about the day. Download includes the entire day’s worth of prayers, so you cannot select the hours you wish to download.

The purchase of Divine Office app provides you with the same content available on the website. English only.

The hallmark of this app is its “community” voicing with several readers to give you a real sense of praying with others in a virtual monastic environment–complete with music, chimes, etc. that add to the beauty and the time (approx 20 min).

While Some criticize the pious recitation of the prayers as a little on the sappy side, I personally appreciate this version of an audio Liturgy of the Hours. The cast of readers (and singers when they chant) brings the listener into a community atmosphere of prayer. Over time you get familiarized with their voices which further adds to the familiarity of the experience. You will value the app’s tasteful and elegant interface to go with excellent studio production quality.

You can upload up to a week ahead (and one day behind). The app will automatically download the day’s audio and text Liturgy. The iOS version offers the ability to download up to 21 days in advance; ability to download religious art for the day’s feast; a Roman liturgical calendar.

On iPhone/iPad only you get a tracking component so that you can see a graphic of the globe with little points of light that indicate who is praying the Hours with you in real time around the world! How cool is that?  Watch the video demo explaining all the many aspects of this well-developed program.

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Laudate  (Free) Apple | Android Kindle Fire This probably is the #1 free Catholic app because it is the most comprehensive. Available in English, Español, Português, Italiano, Bahasa and Polski, Slovenian. Among other features it offers Liturgy of the Hours. In English, it is the British version, so it may not match up with the text of others in a group setting.

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UniversalisUniversalis ($9.99) Apple including Apple Watch | ($12.60) GooglePlay including Kindle and Kindle Fire– A full breviary offline or online. You get the Roman Calendar, Liturgy of the Hours, Roman Missal (English 3rd Edition), Saint of the Day, and more!  View the calendar and the Mass readings on the Apple Watch. For other platforms, you can go to their web site where they suggest setting up the daily email service of whatever texts you want each day (Mass readings, Breviary etc) or  creating your own e-book of their extensive offerings to read on your device. Of course, you can view everything on line for free; it is set up for mobile viewing.

Once you download the App, you get it all forever–equivalent of 5,000 pages! And this one-time subscription covers all your devices. YOU GET… liturgical calendar for every year from 1970 to 2300 and beyond. Feasts and celebrations according to the General Calendar and the local calendars of the UK, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, Ireland, and others. Those calendars also dial down to local regional calendars. Also features “About Today” pages giving more information about the saint of the day. You get all 7 daily prayers for the Liturgy of the Hours; the Mass readings for yesterday, today and the future and the Roman Missal (updated 3rd edition in English). You also get Mass Today  A single page that gives you the whole of the Mass of the day: the Order of Mass with all the readings, antiphons and prayers filled in.

For about $30 you can get a registration code that allows you to download all their text on demand in addition to the two app formats to download. This one-time payment is a great price considering you’ll have all that text available in perpetuity to print as you wish. This includes the e-books and the daily email service.

The downside? While the language is English, the Breviary, Mass readings and psalms are not necessarily the approved translation for your country. In the app version, you can choose which translations of scripture you wish to use (to get the texts approved for your country). The app is strictly text (which you can bump up to larger sizes), however, for a subscription for about $30/year you can get the audio turned on. This gives you English audio for every hour of the day, Latin audio for some hours and also includes hymns including Latin hymns.

Yes, this app is more expensive than most other Liturgy of the Hours apps in the market; nevertheless, it’s complete and there’s nothing more to download as it comes loaded. Does not require internet connection to operate, so this app comes in handy when in a pinch. It is my last-ditch emergency app for the breviary.

This video explains some of the more salient features of Universalis:

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Breviary ($2.99) Apple | ($2.49) GooglePlay If you want a simple, clean offline breviary, here it is. You get the complete Breviary offline in English (North America). All the texts are all yours forever at one low price. Nothing more to download. They are always available to you. The daily texts are also available free online at

In Breviary, you get the Roman Catholic Breviary with all the texts for Office of Readings, Morning Prayer, Daytime Prayer (based on the time you access it) Evening Prayer and Compline. You also get the common of Saints and Solemnities. Hymns are in text form. The calendar allows you to access hours for any day of the year–a feature not available with most Liturgy of the Hours apps.

The drawback is lack of options concerning the day’s texts. You do not get to choose whether to use Common of one Martyer or Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary or texts of the day, for example. It will serve up to you what the app developers choose, and that is likely tailored to the celebration of the day–be it saint or Ordinary Time etc. Normally, for a solo setting, that is fine.

Functionally, Breviary app offers black text on a white screen–gold standard for easy reading. While simplicity is its hallmark, this app still allows you to select full screen, night mode, option of Morning Prayer first, Ascension Thursday (on or off). You can also resize the font for easier reading. It does not offer information about the saint of the day or the particular feast day. If you’re like me and occasionally traveling with no internet access, this is a great go-to app for easy access to the day’s hours.

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E-Breviary pdf download ($29.95 annual subscription) This isn’t an app but …it’s another way to read Liturgy of the Hours on your computer or mobile device. E-Breviary is a service that offers downloads of .pdf files of the principle hours of prayer:  Morning, Day, Evening, Night and Office of Readings. You can also read them on line on your computer’s browser but NOT your mobile device unless you download the pdf files first. These approved texts (North America) are offered in a format just as they are printed in your breviary (“church” font with red rubrics). Very nice to read on your computer screen, mobile device or as print-out. Because these are pdf files, you can zoom in for easier reading. Great for dark situations where you can’t have light on. Nice to have available on my laptop or mobile device, especially when traveling. For mobile device you need to download a week’s worth of pdf files to your computer and then transfer them to your mobile device as most mobile browsers do not support e-Breviary’s pages. Visit to subscribe. You can make payment on line via PayPal.

iMass  ($1.99) for Apple | GooglePlay. This app contains traditional (NOT the current) versions of the Breviary in Latin. These versions include Tridentine Monastic, Tridentine 1570, Tridentine 1910, Divino Afflatu, Reduced 1955, Rubrics 1960 and 1960 New Calendar.  Zoom pinch feature can be used for the missal and breviary text which is offered in split-page English/Latin. You can set preferences for type in text and rubrics. The breviary text is also online,. Brought to you by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, this app is supremely easy to use. As its name suggests, it also provides a complete missal– the text of the Mass of the day according to the 1962 Missal (Latin on left side and English on right side in landscape format)–so you can use it for participation at Mass. BUT you must have internet connection to use this app. See our Missal Apps page for more information on that feature of this app.

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Praystation Portable Podcast (Free)

Listen on their web site, or podcasts on Apple | SpotifyGoogle

This is a podcast of Liturgy of the Hours for every day of the week. It uses the approved English translations for the United States of America. If all you want is a simple dry read–including the hymn!–this is a great choice. You can download the Hours up to three or four days ahead. Ideal when I’m on the road (literally) or at night when I don’t want to have light on to read or when I just want to close my eyes to pray. The downside to this podcast is that some listeners find that the reader reads too fast and would prefer hymns to be sung. If you need reading to be at a slower pace, Divine Office podcast is your best option. How to activate podcasts on your mobile device.

Liturgia Horarum – (Free) Current Divine Office in Latin; it is available on-line only on an interactive web site.

Breviarium Meum – Apple (Free)  iPad formatting ($0.99) is a separate download with spectacular formatting for ease of use and easier reading on iPad. This app offers the traditional (1960 rubrics) Latin breviary of the Roman Catholic Church. The Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate have released this app which will allow you to follow along and pray the older Roman breviary on your iOS device. It is available in Latin with the ability to turn on a parallel translation in English [see screen shot]. For more on the app, read the WDTPRS review. From developers: “You can download the texts up to a week in advance, so you can pray even when you don’t have a network connection. Pray the breviary you know in a new way, or get to know for the first time the Roman Liturgy in the Usus Antiquior, considered by Summorum Pontificum as a precious treasure to be preserved and made accessible to all the faithful.”


roman breviaryThe Roman Breviary – Kindle ($3.95). Pray the Pre Vatican II, Traditional Roman Catholic Breviary in English all set up for you each day, so no ribbons or complicated figuring of which sections to access on a particular day to get propers or antiphons – just click the date and pray the Liturgy of the Hours. This works off Kindle platform, so simply download the free Kindle app for your mobile device (you don’t need an actual Kindle device) and then go to the Amazon link to download the Breviary text. The catch? You get 2 months of texts with each download. You will need to download the subsequent editions as they are released- $3.95 each time. Here’s what you get…

*Optimized Table of Contents – click the Hour you need
+ 1960 Rubrics & Latin Mass Calendar
+ Link to the Hour in the Table of Contents
+ Exclusive Full Martyrology
+ Bi-Monthly Edition with full Holy Week
+ Month of St. Joseph
+ Month of The Blessed Sacrament
+ March & April 2017 – pray entirely in order
+ Ecclesiastical English


Options for Divine Office sung in Gregorian chant- online podcasts (Free) Fr. Z and contributing commentators offer a few choices from around the world where you can access daily chants of the Divine Office on line. As Fr. Z notes: “This is part of who we are as Catholics.  We have to know this form or worship and rebuild it everywhere.  It is the Church’s preferred music for worship.  It is our patrimony.”

Finally…Here’s great video instruction on navigating/praying the Liturgy of the Hours using the classic 4-volume set.

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16 Comments on “Best Liturgy of the Hours apps for your phone or tablet”

  1. Dennis Rey Ortojan
    January 7, 2017 at 5:00 am #

    Thank u so much! Helping me a lot for my paper.

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  2. Anthony
    June 15, 2017 at 8:51 pm #

    Couldn’t find ibreviary nor laudate in Spanish. I have both in English. Didn’t find a Spanish option in settings. I also have divineoffice and universalis…

    • July 29, 2017 at 3:14 pm #

      iBreviary… To change language, on the home screen you will see a round colored language button right in the center of the screen. Click that colored button and a language menu will open up. Select language from there.

  3. Sr. Anthony
    July 29, 2017 at 9:52 am #

    I have the original version of the Divine Office but do not find Divine Office 2 in the App Store as recommended. Can you make any suggestions on how to upgrade the app?

    • July 29, 2017 at 3:09 pm #

      Because of copyright restrictions, the app is no longer available for purchase or upgrade. People who already on the app can still use it however. iBreviary would be your next best choice.

  4. Frank Henchy
    October 21, 2017 at 7:06 am #

    I updated to OS 11 and the audio on the iBreviary no longer works or I can’t find it any suggestions

    • October 21, 2017 at 7:22 am #

      My experience too. Generally updates in the future should take care of this… eventually. Audio sure helps when you’re on the road.

  5. Paul Ajiya
    February 4, 2018 at 8:24 am #

    I long for this traditional prayer book l hope to have it on my phone daily.

  6. Britt
    August 19, 2019 at 10:38 am #

    Question of ignorance: Is there a one time download I can get that is essentially the Christian Prayer: The Liturgy of the Hours, not the extended set, and never requires another download or web access?
    Let’s say, I’m going backpacking in the end days (no cell or online access) and will be traveling to the Holy Land on foot for a while. I figured this would be good to have in my pack with a Bible, in both digital and physical formats!

  7. John P Byrnes
    January 15, 2020 at 12:50 am #

    Another truly great app is the excellent Catholic Mega App..complete Liturgy of the Hours
    for each day. The Daily Mass and a host of other things.


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