The Best Meditation iPhone & Android Apps of the Year

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  • Find Your Calm, Then Carry On

    Find Your Calm, Then Carry On

    A plethora of “Keep Calm” posters have cropped up recently. But for a stressed or anxious person, those posters don’t help much. In order to keep your calm, you have to find it first.

    That’s where anti-anxiety and anti-stress practices can help. Chief among them is meditation. Meditation is an ancient practice, but its benefits are just as relevant today as they were centuries ago. Now, the answer to your stress and anxiety problem may be as close as your smartphone. Use these meditation apps to find a more relaxed — and healthier — state of mind.

  • The Mindfulness App

    The Mindfulness App

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 336 ratings – $1.99

    Android – 4.2 stars with 124 ratings – $1.99

    With meditation apps, as with life sometimes, the bells and whistles can get in your way. The Mindfulness App is straightforward and simple. Guided meditation sessions can span from 3 to 30 minutes.

    Silent meditation sessions alert you with gentle bells. You can personalize your own meditation session too. The app even reminds you when it’s time to meditate, so you can keep up a regular practice.

  • Simply Being

    Simply Being

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 1,069 ratings – $0.99

    Android – 4.3 stars with 323 ratings – $0.99

    One of the biggest distractions when trying to meditate is the stream of thoughts running through your head. Pushing thoughts out of your mind requires skill and practice. Having someone — in this case, a calming voice from the app — guide you through your meditation session may help you find calm more quickly.

    With this app, you can pick a session length, choose to have a guide or not, and even add soothing, natural sounds to the end of your meditation session.

  • Get Some Headspace

    Get Some Headspace

    iPhone – 4 stars with 240 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.4 stars with 4,288 ratings – Free

    Being proficient at meditation requires practice and dedication. The app Get Some Headspace can help you with both. Use the guided meditation programs to help you focus, relieve stress, and even fall asleep faster. Record your meditation sessions in the app and monitor your progress. “I have always flirted with meditation and mindfulness on and off, but having a companion like this, anytime, anywhere, has really helped me to make it a regular part of my day,” says Android user Chris Moore. This app will even send you a reminder, so you can continue to improve.

  • Meditate

    Meditate

    Android – 4.4 stars with 121 ratings – $2.49

    One of the most beautiful parts of meditating in meditation centers is the ambiance and environment you can enjoy. In part, the Meditate app helps you experience that in the comfort of your own home or office—thanks to the sounds of Tibetan singing bowls.

    Let pre-recorded sessions guide you through your daily meditation and help you fall asleep or find affirmation. Both beginners and experienced meditators can use the app. Plans start at just two minutes and build. Record your sessions and watch as you increase in duration and strength over time.

  • Mindfulness Meditation

    Mindfulness Meditation

    iPhone – 3.5 stars with 202 ratings – $1.99

    Android – 3.6 stars with 80 ratings – Free

    Learn how to meditate with help from the Mindfulness Meditation app and Stephan Bodian, author of the book “Meditation for Dummies.” This app is designed to introduce beginners to the basics of meditating through an eight-week program. Voice-guided sessions range from 5 to 40 minutes.

    When you’re ready to expand, download the full version and experience additional programs from world-renowned meditation experts. These programs can help you quit smoking, sleep better and more easily, and even improve your social skills.

  • Calm

    Calm

    iPhone – 3.5 stars with 488 ratings – Free app (subscription prices start at $4.99)

    Every day is its own kind of hectic. Between meetings and emails, deadlines and duties, carving out time to be calm can be difficult. That’s where the Calm app can help.

    Guided sessions range from 2 to 30 minutes. Sneak in your meditation between meetings, or sit down for a longer session when you have the time. Let the relaxing sounds and picturesque nature scenes transport you — if only for a moment — to a place of Zen.   

  • Breathe2Relax

    Breathe2Relax

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 284 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.1 stars with 234 ratings – Free

    When you were upset or mad as a child, you may have been told to breathe deeply and count to 10. Breathing is a powerful tool over your mind and body, so the same idea may help you deal with stress and anxiety as an adult.

    Let the Breathe2Relax app guide you through breathing sessions. You’ll be more relaxed, have less anger, and find a better mood. “It is able to take me from considerably tense to relaxed in just 4 minutes,” says Apple user Craig1234.

  • Buddhist Meditation Trainer

    Buddhist Meditation Trainer

    Android – 4.6 stars with 13,586 ratings – Free

    Meditation has become a secular way of connecting with yourself and your environment. Its origins, however, are in the ancient religion Buddhism. The ultimate goal of Buddhist meditation is to reach enlightenment, a place of greater understanding and knowledge.

    With a daily reminder, this app is designed to help you remain accountable to your meditation practice. It also provides enlightening quotes you can use to guide your meditation. The app’s meditation levels help you progress by challenging you with longer sessions.

  • Omvana

    Omvana

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 1,505 ratings – Free

    What’s relaxing and calming to one person may be aggravating and irritating to another. That’s why Omvana lets you customize your meditation sessions with the sounds, noises, and quotes that inspire and relax you.

    This app contains thousands of audio tracks, beats, and sounds that you can blend together in the app’s mixing board. If a stranger’s voice is unsettling, you can even record your own voice and use it to guide your meditation sessions instead. This app is fully customizable to help you create a more relaxing, enjoyable meditation experience.

  • Take a Break!

    Take a Break!

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 544 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.2 stars with 483 ratings – Free

    In the middle of a busy day, sometimes you just need to take a break! This app is designed to help you do just that. It offers two meditation sessions: one is 7 minutes, and the other is 13.

    Slip into a place of calm amidst the chaos and let the world’s worries slip away, at least for a little bit. “The few minutes spent listening to this app gives me the rejuvenation needed for the rest of my busy day,” says Apple user Michaella Parlor.

  • Relax Melodies

    Relax Melodies

    iPhone – 5 stars with 1,664 ratings – Free

    Let the world wash away as you fall into a deep sleep with soothing sounds from the Relax Melodies app. Gentle tunes and relaxing sounds help lull you to sleep. Use the app’s original tracks or make your own.

    You can customize your sleeping soundtrack, name it, and save it for future use. The app even provides relaxing images of scenery and nature to help calm your brain and drift off into slumber.

  • MINDBODY Connect

    MINDBODY Connect

    iPhone—4 stars with 397 ratings—Free

    Android—3.3 stars with 895 ratings—Free

    If you’re a meditator on the move, MINDBODY helps you connect with local studios and centers offering meditation centers. Whether you’re home and have a favorite or traveling and need to find one to visit for a session or two, this app can help.

    Simply enter the activity you want to do, and let the app populate a list of options. You can then book and even pay for your session right from the app. The app also syncs with your calendar, so you won’t forget.

  • Buddhify 2

    Buddhify 2

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 115 ratings – $1.99

    If you’ve ever used the excuse that you can’t meditate because you don’t have the space, buddhify 2 proves you wrong. This app comes with 14 location and activity settings that can help you meditate at any point and in almost any place during the day.

    Are you walking in the city? There’s a meditation for you. Can’t sleep? There’s one for that, too. “The down-to-earth guided meditations are awesome, and they’re for real people. I love hearing the gentle affirmations at the close of each session — who doesn't like a little encouragement?” says Apple user Descanta.

  • Find Some Zen in Your Day

    Find Some Zen in Your Day

    Stress can prevent adequate rest, increase blood pressure, damage your heart, and may even cause depression. But preventing and easing stress can restore your health, help you feel better, and give you more energy.

    These smartphone apps can introduce you to meditation, help you grow in your practice, and hold you accountable. Unplug from the world for a little bit. You only need a few minutes each day, and you may soon find that your stress and anxiety have melted away. 

  • Methodology

    Methodology

    We selected these meditation apps based on their potential to aid people in a number of ways. Additional factors considered in selecting these apps included user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to meditation and its community's needs. Together, this collection represents the gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are successfully designed to make meditation easier.

     

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