Meditation? Yes there's an app for that. From improving sleep to reducing anxiety, it is well-known that investing time in the practise of meditation pays huge dividends in improving both physical and mental health. With a simple tap of a screen, users can easily invest a few minutes learning this vital life skill from a wide range of experts. Detach from your stress with soothing background music or idyllic nature sounds, and get your Zen on with these terrific picks.
The best meditation apps for iPhone and iPad
16 Apr 2020, by Christine Pamintuan
Get happy. Stress less. Sleep soundly. Headspace is your guide to everyday mindfulness in just a few minutes a day. Choose from hundreds of guided meditations on everything from managing stress and anxiety to sleep, productivity, exercise, and physical health — including short SOS meditations for when you’re on the go.
- Hundreds of guided meditations on subjects like focus, exercise, and sleep
- Sleep by Headspace to help you drift off
- “Mindful Moments” to keep you present throughout the day
- “SOS” sessions for moments of panic, anxiety, and stress.
Stop, Breathe and Think app is an award winning app that’s been downloaded 2,000,000 times. Promising users a personal forcefield of calm and peace, the app opens with a short mood survey to facilitate users’ self awareness. Customize a list of guided meditations and keep track of your progress. Stop, Breathe and Think encourages the daily mindfulness that is critical to well being. Track your settledness and motivate yourself to chill out daily with the Daily Streak and Weekly Settledness features. The design is ultra smooth and easy to use, which is exactly what you want in a meditation assist.
- Award winning
- Self-awareness survey
- Easy to use
- Free with in-app purchases
This time can help you get the most out of your meditation sessions and it’s loaded with features that make it worthy of a spot on your iDevice. Enjoy features like a meditation schedule, timer functions like cool down, start or stop meditation, background pictures, various sounds for different portions of the meditation, hide the time, password protection, create unlimited reminders, plenty of support features and more. Download this app and take your meditation sessions to a whole new level.
- Fantastic meditation timer
- Start and Stop function, Cool down
- Meditation schedule, Background pictures
- Sounds, Create unlimited reminders
- Various support features, Share on Facebook
Take a Break! is a gorgeous meditation app by the chill folks behind the Meditation Oasis podcast. A must-have lifestyle app, this one allows you to choose between a brief Work Break meditation or a deeper Stress Relief session. The meditation includes a soothing voice for step-by-step guidance, and the option to toggle music or nature sounds on or off, with a quick tap of your finger. Includes meditation instructions to maximize the mindfulness experience. Sound choices are the ultimate in soothing, and can be allowed to continue as background ambience, even after your session concludes.
- Choose Work Break or Stress Relief
- Toggle music and nature on/off
- Includes meditation instructions
- Soothing sound choices
- Free meditation app for iPhone and iPad
Mix up your meditation practise with Calm. The app comes with three different options, including guided or unguided sessions, and long-term programs. The narrator’s voice is so relaxing, it’s impossible not to emerge refreshed after chilling with this one. Choose from ultra short sessions, or go into your deep calm with a longer 20-minute session. Keep your practice fresh by choosing from a variety of background scenes and sounds. The app includes a premium sleep program for those who want to extend the zen on the way to dreamland. This app is refreshingly free of mysticism. While the app is free to download and use, in-app purchase options vary with subscription options.
- Relaxing narrator
- Different background scenes and sounds
- Guided or unguided
- Variety of session length
- Free with in-app purchases
Marketed primarily as a sleep aid, Relax Melodies has been regularly featured in the mainstream health press. This Apple Watch app is useful for a variety of applications, from sleep or yoga, to relaxation and meditation, although it really shines as an insomnia solution. The app boasts 52 ambient sounds, and is preloaded with eight of the best to get you started. Other features include the ability to mix sounds or shift gears altogether and select brainwave beats. Relax Melodies offers a gateway to a community of users for easy sharing of mixes, as well as blog access for health tips and tricks.
- Insomia solution
- 52 ambient sounds
- Brainwave beats
- Custom mix sounds and share
- Access to community and blog
OMG. I Can Meditate. This funky little app is the official inflight meditation program on Delta Airlines and Air Canada. Connect to your inner chill with daily guided meditations from a personal meditation coach. Users can select special meditations for particular issues including anxiety, success, or channeling the law of attraction. Progress can be synced across multiple devices. Simple enough for a child to use. Also includes on-the-go option for power naps or a quick recharge at work. Apple Watch app has realtime information about the user's vitals so you can easily quantify your relaxation.
- In-flight program with major airlines
- Daily guided meditations
- Special meditations for particular Issues new line
- Syncs to multiple devices
- View real-time vitals with Apple Watch
Created by yoga giant Gaiam Inc., Meditation Studio offers more than 200 guided meditations. What sets this app apart is its ability to select different teachers and meditation styles. Select from a curated collection of meditations or customize by creating your own meditation studio. The app includes how-to courses, searchable by subject or expert. Intentionally schedule meditation time into your busy life, and track your progress. Collections include meditations on health, mood, kindness, and curiosity. This app was developed by leading experts in the field, and there’s no subscription required, just a one-time fee of $2.99
- More than 200 guided meditations
- Select different teachers and meditation styles
- Includes how-to courses
- Schedule and track progress
- Fully customizable
Sleek and simple, ZenFriend is a global meditation community as well as a guided meditation app. The app is geared towards serious practitioners but it's so elegant and easy-to-use anyone would love it. Inspired by Buddhist Meditation, the app has no unnecessary frills. Meditation sessions can be customized with bells or chimes. There is even a feature to allow logging of your experience after each meditation. Record-keeping is smooth and easy. Stay motivated by making use of the My Stats page to chart your progress, as your meditation muscles grow. The app track a number of metrics, including total daily minutes, as well as average time spent meditating. Get connected to 40,000 like minded meditators with a quick tap of the community button.
- Guided meditation app
- For serious practitioners or beginners
- Logs your experience after each session
- Tracks total daily minutes and average time spent
- Connect to community
Oasis Relax & Rest app is an award-winning sleep and anxiety app. Users have three options for guided meditation: deep breathing, deep rest, or a whole body relaxation. The meditation experience is fully customizable, with an easy tap to select or remove music or nature sounds. Choose a soothing sound from three music tracks or five award-winning nature recordings. Sound is also customizable with independent volume controls for both voice and background sound. Users can toggle through a selection of calming background graphics to enhance their experience, and background sound can be extended beyond the meditation to avoid a jarring silence.
- Award-winning sleep and anxiety app
- Three options for guided meditation
- Select or remove music or nature sounds
- Independent volume control for voice or background
- Soothing background graphics
Complete relaxation: Guided Meditation for a Calm, Stress Free Life is the premium version of the highly rated app of the same name. The app is so effective it comes with a warning that it should not be used unless you can do so where you can close your eyes and relax. Includes a full 27-minute extended meditation. Choose between awake and asleep endings, so that you can start your day centered or end it peacefully. Alternate between male and female guides to keep your experience fresh. Users can keep track of their statistics and set reminders to meditate.
- 27-minute extended meditation
- Awake or asleep endings
- Music and nature sounds
- Male or female voice
- Set reminders to meditate