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Top 8 Best Mindfulness Apps For 2023

Best Mindfulness Apps

Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment—and accepting it without judgment. It’s a simple concept, but mindfulness can be challenging to master. That’s where mindfulness apps come in.

Mindfulness apps offer a variety of ways to help you learn and practice mindfulness. They can guide you through meditation exercises, provide you with helpful tips and articles, or help you keep track of your progress.

There are dozens of mindfulness apps available, so it can be tough to know which one is right for you. To help you find the best mindfulness app for your needs, we’ve rounded up our favorite options below. Om.


Calm is the big name in the business and deservedly so. 

Not only does it have one of the largest ranges of guided meditations but they have also recently released other efforts such as their guided video instructions for stretching exercises to complement their main range.

If you want to be able to stay in the present, then Calm can help you do it.
Check it out here.

Insight Timer

If you’re short on cash but want to get mindful, Insight Timer has a beginner’s course for free and then 45,000 free meditations to use before you pay a thing!

We like that you can sort the meditations on Insight Timer by the benefits you want to reap from them, it’s very easy to resolve issues like this.

Gisele Bündchen is one of the instructors! She’s a mother, author, philanthropist, and global environmentalist.

Check it out here.


If you struggle with focusing enough to meditate, then Headspace might be the right app for you, it’s the perfect companion at the end of the day when you’re about to sleep. 

Get into bed, switch headspace on (it even dims your phone screen to ensure no distractions) and then work through any of the exercises or meditations or even wind-down practices to get going.

You get the app for free, which is nice, but the “sleepcasts” program is only open to those with an active subscription.

Check it out here.

Ten Percent Happier

Sometimes, it all feels like work. Strength training, mental training, meditation, etc. all take their toll and Ten Percent Happier makes mediation fun rather than work. 

If you haven’t read Dan Harris’ book Ten Percent Happier that might be a good place to start, so that you’ll know what to expect when you get into this one.

This app also featured on our list of free meditation apps but the subscription program is worth its weight in gold, we think.

Check it out here.


The habit of mindfulness is drawn from Buddhism which is not so much a religion as a philosophy of life and it’s no surprise that it has inspired an app too.

With over 200 laser targeted meditations, you simply can’t go wrong with Buddhify, and with meditations lasting as little as four minutes, you can always fit them in to your busy day!

Check it out here.


Unplug is all about the time-pushed.

If you’ve only got 5 minutes to spare each day, Unplug wants to fill them with life affirming and life improving meditations.

We love their 30-day program which helps you turn meditation into the habit of a lifetime.

Mindfulness has never been so easy.

Check it out here.

Simple Habit

The thing we like most about Simple Habit is that it works even when you’re offline (as long as you download what you want first) and that’s a big deal in places with poor cell reception (like our neighborhood). 

The other thing that we love about this app is its focus on our mental wellbeing and the meditations that help you tackle panic attacks are superb!

Check it out here.

Waking Up

Sam Harris is the godfather of the current rise in popularity of mindfulness and Waking Up is his podcast and his app.

While it’s not cheap, it is excellent and we love that there’s a scholarship (easy to apply and gain with a single e-mail) for those that can’t afford it but want the benefits of mindfulness.

Waking Up is absolutely brilliant. 

Check it out here.

Final Thoughts

Mindfulness has so many proven benefits that it seems a shame not to take advantage of them.

Mindfulness apps can be a great way to start or continue your mindfulness journey. They are easy to use, convenient, and offer a variety of features to choose from. Whether you are looking for a basic meditation timer or a more comprehensive mindfulness program, there is an app out there for you. So why not give one a try?

Each one of these apps can help you remain in the present and become more successful at achieving your goals, no matter what they may be.

Stephen Oliver
Stephen Oliver
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