How does the JWS – Publisher App work?

JWS Publisher is an iOS and Android App that allows publishers to electronically see data generated in JW Scheduler. This includes upcoming Christian Life and Ministry meeting & Public Talk assignments, upcoming Duties, submit Field Service Reports, view upcoming Congregation Events and any recent Congregation Announcements, and more.

Data for JWS Publisher iOS & Android App comes from the local congregation only. Your local congregation must first use JW Scheduler (Desktop Edition) to generate and send any schedules, congregation events or announcements to the App.

The App does not store any confidential data online.

Additionally, unlike Congregation Sharing, new or updated data in JW Scheduler is not automatically sent to the App. All data must be sent manually by the person who created it. For security reasons, the App data and JW Scheduler data is never connected or synchronized.

JW Scheduler Publisher Edition iOS Android APP How it Works
  • Step 1: An elder opens JW Scheduler and enables the JWS – Publisher App.
  • Step 2: An appointed brother uses JW Scheduler to create the Christian Life and Ministry, Public Talk, Duties or cleaning schedule.
  • Step 3: That brother uses JW Scheduler to send the data to the App.
  • Step 4: A publisher downloads the JWS Publisher app from the Apple Store or Google Play Store.
  • Step 5: Using information his elders gave him, he opens the App, logs into the congregation and identifies himself.
  • Step 6: His JWS Publisher app will now receive any assignments, duties, congregation events and announcements from his local congregation.

Note: JW Scheduler (for appointed brothers) only works on a Desktop computer or laptop, whereas JWS Publisher only works on mobile devices (e.g. phones, tablets). There are no plans to change this. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

JWS Publisher app Security and Privacy

JW Scheduler takes data security and data protection very seriously and ensures the app data is fully secure at all times. We fear Jehovah and would never do anything to misuse or endanger your data.

The JWS Publisher app has been designed so that only members in your congregation can access data meant for them.

This is no way anyone else can ever see your congregation data, including JW Scheduler support or programmers.

JWS Publisher app implements the following best-practise security processes:

  1. The App server is not automatically synchronised with JW Scheduler. Data has to be manually sent by the person who created it.
  2. Access to the App requires congregation members to first Authenticate with your congregation using a Congregation PIN, and then Identify themselves using a Member PIN.
  3. The App server only stores non-confidential information usually found on the Information Board.
  4. When data is transferred from a publisher to JW Scheduler, it is permanently removed from the App server.

Are we allowed to use this app?


JWS Publisher app is used by hundreds of thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide, including elders, pioneers, missionaries and bethelites.

This is NOT an official App of Jehovah’s Witnesses and does not replace any official App. This App does not contain any misleading information, does not contain any ‘spiritual food’ and does not gather any personal data from users. All data inside this App comes from the local congregation only. Just as Skype & Zoom Apps help Jehovah’s Witnesses hold digital meetings, this App helps publishers digitally receive information from the local congregation.

After viewing the video “choose your apps wisely”, some publishers have incorrectly concluded that we should only install apps or visit websites that are officially provided by the organisation. The video did not say this. This is also both unreasonable and impossible.

For example, ringing someone else uses an app called Phone and an app called Contacts. Visiting any website uses an app called Safari or Chrome. Sending an email uses an app called Mail or Gmail. Attending a meeting uses an app called Zoom. Your phone also likely has many other apps you use every day, like a Message app, Weather app, FaceTime app, Calendar app, Reminders app, Notes app, Music app, Settings app, Photos app, Camera app and many, many more. None of these are “official apps” provided by the organization and none of these apps have been “officially approved” by the organisation.

The organisation does not and will not create a list of books, songs, movies, website or apps we can or cant use. (see w14 7/15 14)

Instead, the video actually stated that we should ‘be cautious about using apps or visiting websites not provided by the organization’. This is wise, and is something each Christian should use their bible trained conscience to do.

“Make sure of all things; hold fast to what is fine.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21)

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