1 min Apps 5 meditation apps for iOS and Android

1 min Apps 5 meditation apps for iOS and Android

While the cell phone is widely used at work and in other everyday situations, the device is also useful when it comes to slowing down and relaxing. Meditation apps allow you to create a routine for your own well-being, with sessions tailored to your time availability.

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Practices can be set up for different goals, such as reducing stress, increasing focus or improving the night’s sleep. Overall, these apps offer guided meditation sessions and a library of relaxing sounds for sleeping or improving concentration. Check out five indications for Android and iOS below.

1. Insight Timer

  • Compatibility: Android, iOS

  • Price: free installation with paid option (R$129.90 per year)

The variety of features available is one of the main advantages of Insight Timer. In addition to the guided meditation sessions separated by duration and experience levels, the app offers courses, lives and allows you to create groups for joint sessions.

Follow lives, do meditation sessions and record your mood (Image: André Magalhães/Screenshot)

If you don’t want to do a guided session, the tip is to use the variety of timers available with different bells, background music and customization of the time used. Your favorite contents are saved in a library on the platform, with usage statistics, and the app allows you to register a daily mood check-in. On iOS, it can be connected to the Health app to keep track of daily meditation.

However, most guided sessions and courses are only available in English, with no translation into Portuguese. In the free version, the catalog is limited and requires a paid subscription to unlock all the content, offered for R$129.90 in the annual plan.

2. Headspace

  • Compatibility: Android, iOS

  • Price: free installation with paid options (R$19.90 per month or R$149.90 per year)

Headspace is aimed at teaching meditation practices and mindfulness, separated into three fronts: meditate, sleep and focus. The app develops a routine of guided meditation sessions according to your level of experience and desired practice time per day and even provides content that can help you sleep better or increase focus during work and studies.

Application has contents that help with sleep and concentration (Image: André Magalhães/Screenshot)

One of the highlights of Headspace is the presence of Sleepcasts, a kind of “sleep podcast”: they are stories combined with sound effects and music that help prepare for bed. In addition, the application has an extensive library of soundscapes and relaxing music. For concentration, it offers focus playlists curated by famous artists such as John Legend and Hans Zimmer.

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The free version of Headspace has limited access to the catalog, with only a few meditation sessions, sounds and sleepcasts. To get the full content, you must subscribe to the paid service, offered for R$19.90 a month or R$149.90 a year.

3. Positive

  • Compatibility: Android, iOS

  • Price: free installation with paid options (BRL 24.90 per month or 179.90 per year)

Positiv is another good alternative to meditate and relax with your smartphone. The app assembles a routine of guided sessions according to your objective and the determined frequency, with reminders sent by notifications so as not to lose your sequence. The playback screen of each session can be changed with different music and background images present in the catalogue.

Create a routine of meditations and reflections (Image: André Magalhães/Screenshot)

Through the app, you can answer a questionnaire to measure your stress according to the Perceived Stress Scale and compare the results after the sessions. To help, all progress is displayed on a statistics tab with average session time, highest active sequence, among other options. The app’s library even features bedtime stories, relaxing sounds, and a timer for unguided meditation.

The app also provides widget access and integrates with the Health app on iOS. To unlock all content, you must have a paid subscription, available for R$24.90 in the monthly plan or R$179.90 in the annual version.

4. Meditopia

  • Compatibility: Android, iOS

  • Price: free installation with paid options (R$24.99 per month or R$127.99 per year)

Meditopia offers different ways to track your progress with meditation. Initially, the app builds a journey following your goals and brings recommendations for sessions, stories, and other exercises on the main screen. In each activity, you can record reflections in an annotation area.

App stimulates the sequence of meditations (Image: André Magalhães/Screenshot)

This information is found in the profile area, which also provides your statistics, meditation time meter and medals for specific brands. The app features sessions focused on various topics related to everyday life, including self-confidence, anxiety, gratitude and other options. During playback, the user can choose between different soundscapes. In addition to meditations, you can find bedtime stories and breathing exercises.

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The platform has integration with Google Fit and the Health app, from iOS. To unlock the complete Meditopia collection, you must subscribe to the paid service for R$24.99 per month or R$127.99 per year.

5. Calm

  • Compatibility: Android, iOS

  • Price: free installation with paid options (BRL 28.90 per month or BRL 199.90 per year)

Calm is one of the most complete options for developing meditation habits. With guided sessions from 3 to 25 minutes, it is possible to dedicate a space to your well-being without disturbing other tasks of the day. To improve focus, the app provides attention programs from 7 to 21 days, aimed at beginners and experts, and also provides the Daily Calm, a platform with daily suggestions to prepare your morning or night’s sleep.

Calm provides suggestions based on your goals (Image: André Magalhães/Screenshot)

The catalog is very extensive, with options for guided meditation and mindfulness of different topics. In addition, it offers bedtime stories and a collection of soundscapes that help with relaxation and quick breathing exercises. If you want a shortcut to the app, you can add widgets on your device’s home screen.

A disadvantage of Calm is the free version, which limits a large part of the entire collection. To check out all the contents, you must purchase a subscription for R$28.90 per month or R$199.90 per year.

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