The definitive mobile meditation app directory – updated for 2023
We’ve put together this directory of the top most popular and unique meditation and mindfulness apps. Use the filters below to narrow down the list. Find a free or premium subscription app, for beginners or experts, anxiety or sleep, whatever it is you are looking for, here you can discover the best meditation app for you!
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Plum Village: Zen Meditation
- Official Plum Village app. Guided meditations, songs, talks, text resources. Bell of mindfulness.
Insight Timer–Meditate & Sleep
- Meditation timer, community-contributed guided meditations, paid courses
- Free; optional paid membership and courses
Waking Up: Meditation & Wisdom
- Sam Harris meditation course, guided meditations, talks, timer
- Annual subscription $119.99 or monthly $19.99. Limited free content
#Mindful - Positive Reminders
- Offers a daily mindful message and photo
- Free, optional patronage subscription
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Meditation & Relaxation: Guided Meditation
- Guided meditation sessions and 7/14 day programs
- Subscription $14.99/year, $20 lifetime. Limited free content
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- Simple meditation timer with interval bells
- Free (donations accepted)
Mindfulness with Petit BamBou
- Guided meditations arranged in courses, available in English, French, German, and Spanish.
- Subscription: $8.49 monthly, $38.99 half-yearly, $280 lifetime. Limited free content
Gaia: Streaming Consciousness
- Video streaming service available via website or app, known to some as the "Netflix of spirituality". Includes hundreds of guided meditation videos.
- $11.99 / month, $99.99 / year
Headspace: Meditation & Sleep
- Guided meditations
- Monthly ($12.99) or annual ($69.99) subscription. Limited free content.
Ten Percent Happier Meditation
- Meditation courses, single guided meditations
- Annual subscription ($99.99). Limited free content.
The Mindfulness App: relax, calm, focus and sleep
Breethe: Meditation & Sleep
- Guided meditations, music, nature sounds, sleep stories
- Subscription $12.95 monthly, $89.95 yearly, $149.99 lifetime. Limited free content
Sattva Meditations & Mantras
Calm - Meditate, Sleep, Relax
- Guided meditations, sleep stories, music, masterclasses
- Subscription $69.99 annual, $399.99 lifetime. Limited free content
buddhify - mindfulness meditation on the go
- Guided meditations, meditation timer, karaoke-style meditation
- $4.99 plus optional membership $29.99/year
Aura: Meditation & Sleep, CBT
MindBell (Mindfulness Bell & Meditation Timer)
- Meditation timer, periodic mindfulness bell
- Free (but not maintained and no longer available in Google Play)
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How to find the best meditation & mindfulness app for you
Using the filtering and sorting options, you can narrow down the selection to discover the best apps for you.
How much do meditation apps cost?
You needn’t pay anything to meditate. Experienced meditators may need nothing at all – even a cushion may be dispensed with on occasion.
But when you are first beginning meditation, or need some support, it’s really helpful have guidance and structure. Whilst you can find guided audio meditations online for free, a well designed app can make it so much easier to integrate into your life.
When your budget allows, it can make sense to pay for an app that has had thousands of hours of work put into it to help you get the most out of the time you can put aside to practice meditation.
Our pricing filters allow you to narrow down the list to one of the following:
- Free – these apps allow you to use most of the features and access much of the content at no cost. In some cases, you can support free apps by making a donation on their website. In other cases, they offer paid upgrades for extra features or content.
- Free to try – these are primarily paid apps, but offer some limited amount of free content or a trial period, so you can get a taste of the experience you will have with that app.
- Paid apps – these require an up-front payment before you can use any of the features (or alternatively, they require an in-app purchase before accessing most of the features). This is not common in meditation apps sector.
- Subscription apps – these include some features or content that you must pay for on a regular basis. This is often via an in-app purchase, but sometimes you can also subscribe on the app’s website. A yearly subscription period is commonly offered, but monthly subscriptions are also frequently available at a higher overall cost. Some apps offer a lifetime subscription option equivalent to a few years of subscribing. Some apps allow you to buy a gift subscription for a friend or family member, which can be redeemed by entering a redemption code.
Which features are available in meditation and mindfulness apps?
Meditation and mindfulness apps may include a range of features to support dedicated meditation practice, mindfulness during the day, and a good night’s sleep.
Our feature filters allow you to discover apps which offer the most common features:
- Guided meditations are audio recordings that guide you through a meditation for a set time. Many different styles of meditation can be offered. Typically these have some particular focus: on breathing, on the body, or on sound. Alternatively they may be open awareness meditations which allow the attention to drift somewhat but with a heightened sense of awareness about where one’s attention is direction. They may follow a particular tradition, for example a strand of Buddhism or Hinduism, or they may be modern and secular. Some guided meditations are designed for practical scenarios in your life: to calm your mind before sleep, to understand your emotions, or to help you improve your usage of digital devices.
- Courses typically offer a series of guided meditations in a progression. This is helpful if you are new to meditation, but can also be used for improving your meditation practice, or getting back into a regular routine with your practice. Some apps also offer video lessons or interviews with meditation teachers.
- A solo timer feature is typically used for silent meditation without guidance. It is usually advisable to set a time limit so that you won’t be constantly deliberating on whether to end your meditation session or continue for longer. You could just set an alarm on your phone for this purpose, but a dedicated meditation timer typically offers a few special features designed for meditation. A common feature is to use interval bells, so for example if you will meditate for 20 minutes you could have an interval bell every 4 minutes. This is a helpful reminder to keep your on track with your meditation. Another feature sometimes offered is ambience: for those who prefer some gentle background sounds instead of complete silence.
- Mood tracking is offered by some mindfulness apps. By asking some questions about your mood and emotions each day, you become more aware of them, plus you can keep a record to determine how to improve your mood in future.
What other factors to consider when selecting a meditation app?
Other than pricing and features, we provide some other filters:
- Open source – apps which make the source code available for viewing and reuse. Many people prefer to use open source software because it may contribute to the world in ways which are beyond the capabilities of the organisation that originally created it.
- Non profit – apps run by non profit organisations may be able to provide an experience that is more in line with the interests of the users of the app, because they are free from some of the constraints of working for shareholders who expect a return on their investment.