5 meditation apps to find focus, de-stress & more
Last updated: April 9, 2020
Whether you’re looking for more focus, less stress, or simply contentment, a little meditation can go a long way. These powerful apps can help you start or maintain a meditation practice, and live more mindfully each day.
Headspace: Mindful Meditation
Headspace for Meditation, Mindfulness and Sleep
In-app purchases
Headspace will draw in even the most distracted minds with its playful, intuitive design and free 10-session “Basics” pack. Subscribe to stoke your creativity, quell anxieties, increase productivity, and dive into other topics. There’s only one teacher, so make sure you enjoy listening to him before you subscribe.
4.4
274K reviews
10M+
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Everyone
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Headspace will draw in even the most distracted minds with its playful, intuitive design and free 10-session “Basics” pack. Subscribe to stoke your creativity, quell anxieties, increase productivity, and dive into other topics. There’s only one teacher, so make sure you enjoy listening to him before you subscribe.
Sanvello: Anxiety & Depression
Sanvello Health Inc.
In-app purchases
Choose your goals — like “feel happier” or “build confidence” — and Sanvello will take you on a guided path, with audio lessons and activities like tracking health habits. The introductory path is free, but others require a subscription. Join private groups to discuss everything from divorce to body positivity.
4.6
23.3K reviews
1M+
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Content rating
Teen
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Choose your goals — like “feel happier” or “build confidence” — and Sanvello will take you on a guided path, with audio lessons and activities like tracking health habits. The introductory path is free, but others require a subscription. Join private groups to discuss everything from divorce to body positivity.
Simple Habit: Meditation
Simple Habit, Inc.
In-app purchases
Simple Habit makes meditation approachable with a range of relatable themes, from commuting to feeling lonely. There’s also an unguided series, with a simple timer and nature sounds. Plenty of sessions are free, but a subscription unlocks over 1,000 additional sessions, offline listening, and more.
4.6
43.8K reviews
1M+
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Everyone
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Simple Habit makes meditation approachable with a range of relatable themes, from commuting to feeling lonely. There’s also an unguided series, with a simple timer and nature sounds. Plenty of sessions are free, but a subscription unlocks over 1,000 additional sessions, offline listening, and more.
Insight Timer - Meditation App
Insight Network Inc
In-app purchases
While Insight Timer isn’t the slickest-looking meditation app, it may be the most generous: A massive collection of free sessions includes a 365-day playlist with unique daily meditations and weekly themes. You can search for (and follow) specific topics or teachers, and filter by duration, voice (male or female), and more.
4.8
192K reviews
5M+
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Everyone
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While Insight Timer isn’t the slickest-looking meditation app, it may be the most generous: A massive collection of free sessions includes a 365-day playlist with unique daily meditations and weekly themes. You can search for (and follow) specific topics or teachers, and filter by duration, voice (male or female), and more.
Calm - Meditate, Sleep, Relax
Calm.com, Inc.
In-app purchases
Calm is your key to relaxation, from waking up to winding down. Explore music, nature sounds, sleep aids, and meditations – and even bring mindful movement into your day with the “Calm Body” video series. You can start all series for free, though you’ll need to pay to access most sessions and stories.
4.3
495K reviews
10M+
Downloads
Content rating
Everyone
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Calm is your key to relaxation, from waking up to winding down. Explore music, nature sounds, sleep aids, and meditations – and even bring mindful movement into your day with the “Calm Body” video series. You can start all series for free, though you’ll need to pay to access most sessions and stories.