The best free meditation app you will ever download

The best free meditation app

If you’ve been following the blog, you’ll know I love a good app for my phone or iPad. I’ve tried so many different apps for life enhancing performance, efficiency and enjoyment. Meditation apps are plentiful, but what is the best free meditation app you will ever download?

When you’re looking for FREE meditation apps, you’ll find apps like Head space, Calm and Awaken which are all great apps but you’ll need a subscription or in-app purchase to use them long term.

When I say FREE app, I’m now talking about not pay a penny, subscription or need an in-app purchase for it to be a great and a complete app. Check out some of my other favourite free and paid apps here.

I’ve been considering making my own meditation app for a while as there was always something missing from each meditation app I used. It was like if I merged them all together, I could have all the feature I wanted which are:

  • Built in timer with custom chime intervals and custom pre-sets
  • Access to different teachers and types of guided meditation with bookmarks I can return to
  • Different types of meditation music I could listen to instead of guides or bells
  • A tracking system to see how long and how often I meditate for
  • A meditation journal
  • Listen to inspiring talks and interviews with great meditation teachers around the world
  • A community that could connect, meditate together and share reviews of guides and info

That’s a lot of stuff to fit into an app and to do it all for FREE! Well they team and Insight Timers have built an app which has developed over time to be a polished and premium grade app which covers all the above plus more. And Yes, completely free.

This app was built by meditators, for meditators. Insight timer has magnetised 2.5 Million meditators to its greatness. Every 24 hours in over 200 countries, users collectively meditate for more than 1,500,000 minutes. That’s more than 1,000 days every single day!

At any time, you can see how many people are connected to Insight timer and are meditating. After mediation, you can thank members of the community for meditating with them. So cool.

Why are so many people using Insight timer

– Did I mention It’s free (no monthly fees or lockdowns)

– Help with Sleeping

– Dealing with Anxiety and Stress

– Getting through Recovery and Addictions

– Achieving higher levels of Selflove and Compassion

– A worldwide community of meditators

All the timer features include:

– Deeply peaceful bells with polyphonic overlay

– Ambient background sounds

– 8 different activities

– Session extensions

– Interval bells

– Personalized presets

– Synchronization between devices

– Powerful stats and milestones

– Integrates with the Apple Health app

So many guided meditations

All your favorite meditation teachers including Thich Nhat Hanh, Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield.

– 5,300 free guided meditations

– 850 free meditation music tracks

– 1,200 meditation teachers

– 20 traditions and origins

– Bookmarks

– 1m reviews and ratings

– Direct feedback from Teachers

My conclusion

After using this app for a while now, I have no intention of building my own meditation app as Insight Timer fulfils all my app desires.

Insight timer does have the option for in-app purchase some deeply peaceful bell sounds and great tracks, but this is not required and doesn’t limit any of the above cool feature.

Insight Timer is the largest community of regular meditators on the planet. Its community generates more meditation minutes than any other app. Every day more than 1,200 of the world’s best meditation teachers upload new content including free guided meditations, beautiful meditation music, talks and podcasts.

Its available on iOS and Android and has great support base.

I really appreciate the contributors to the app and the hard work they have done to produce such an epic app.

This is the best completely free (no strings attached) meditation app everyone should have on their devices.  Please download it, try it and share your feedback below.

48 Comments on The best free meditation app you will ever download

  1. I have be honest: when I read the title I had to laugh. There is an app even for that? It’s amazing to see how digitized we have become. I have mixed feelings about it, on one hand I think meditation is more effective in a electronic free environment, on the other hand the accessibility to that free environment is most of times nonexistent. Having an app could solve that problem. I’ll try it see how it goes. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Dira, I thought the same when I downloaded my first meditation but they definitely have a purpose in the modern world.
      Thanks for your comment.

  2. Hey, this is great! As a martial artist, meditation is an important part of my training. Sometimes it can be hard to get into the right frame of mind, as life can get crazy. It is hard to find an app to help since they all have such limitations. Thanks for this post. I already downloaded the app!

  3. I have sporadically been using one called Meditation Studio but never really got in the form of making it a habit the way I would like to, so I downloaded Insight Timer and am going to try and give it a better effort here to get it into my daily routine. I’ll let you know how it goes.

    – Bill

  4. I’m always downloading and deleting apps on my IPhone. Practical stuff that I use pretty frequently like GasBuddy, SkyScanner, and Pandora. I’ve not ever thought about Meditation Apps, but now I’m certainly thinking about it! I may just try out one that you’ve listed here 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thank for for the article, I am interested in dowloading the app. I love meditation music, but can never find a good one. Do you by chance know where I can go to download this app?

  6. This interesting and new to me. I would have never thought that a meditation app exists. I guess it’s because I never thought of meditation and technology together.

    I will consider trying this as I’ve been looking for a way to get through the stresses at work. What would you say are the pros / cons of using a meditation app vs classic meditation?

    Thanks for sharing this – This may actually be the solution for me.

    • Thanks for your comment Marco. Traditional meditation originated from monks and holy men. In the modern day we don’t live like these origins, so meditation needs to meet the modern mind.
      The benefit of old school meditation is you learn a sense of body / mind control which take longer to achieve with audio. You also get to accept the environment around you.

      In over over stimulated lives, its difficult for beginners to find their settling place in meditation and that’s why audio is useful. Check out this post of the importance of audio with meditation.

  7. Consider the app..
    Before I read your conclusion I was thinking “DO IT!!!! MAKE THE APP!”
    And then I finished reading. lol. That’s awesome. I fortunately have a job where I can listen to music, podcasts, etc for the first couple of hours in the wee part of the morning…I’m excited about trying something new for my early morning listening:) Thanks!

  8. I am not not really familiar with meditation and dont know that I have the patience for it but with everything I am going through right now maybe this is something that I should look into lol. There truly is an app for everything these days. Very informative post

    • Thanks for you comment Nathan. Meditation can help in many aspects of life. I hope you get to try some of they many great features of this app.

  9. Nice app share! Right now I am doing a guided meditation/hypnotherapy over youtube each morning. I like the feeling of community that this app seems to have behind it…. I have written it down and I will look into it later because this is totally up my alley! Thank you so much for the share!

  10. This review has me eager to try it. The author of this post has plenty of inspirational and self-awareness articles that leave you positively energized. I know be use I follow this site and have no problem endorsing his publications.

  11. I am very familiar with using an app for meditation. While having physiotherapy for my back, I was given the Muse headset to used in conjunction with their app for breathing and relaxation. It was instrumental in controlling my breathing and teaching my body to calm down and relax. It really made a big difference. So for those who are skeptical, give it a try first and them judge!!

  12. Great job Vince! A very interesting read.
    My wife and I have downloaded the app, we both LOVED IT! 🙂

    Thanks for the amazing recommendation brother.

    Kenny Wong

  13. I have tried so many times to get into meditation but to no avail, either my children are on the laptop and I don’t have access to some great websites that teach it or I can’t go on my smart TV to watch something there because yet again my children are hogging it!
    Now it looks like I can finally download an app straight to my phone and just lock myself away in a quiet room to practice, so thanks for showing me this.

  14. Interesting stuff. How nice that they came out with an app that was exactly what you were looking for.

    I must admit, I’ve never been much into meditation. Before knowing about this app, I’d have no idea where to start if I wanted to give it a try. My life has been pretty hectic lately and it seems like the only form of relaxation I’ve had is sitting down and binge watching a show on Netflix. It’s nice to lay for a bit and turn your mind off and be entertained, but I bet I’d get more out of meditation. I think I’ll download it and give it a try.

    Thanks for the recommendation.

  15. Thanks for the review Vince. I am considering trying meditation as there is a lot going on on my life right now. So I need something to calm me and relieve the stress.

    I’ll be sure to download this and see how I go.

    Thanks again,

  16. Hello truly said this app has all the features that you could wish for in an app and all for free wow. It aids with sleep and reduce stress which are the two things I need most. Thank you for sharing this wonderful article.

    Best Regards

  17. I have found yoga exercises as a great way to meditate. I have trouble doing basic meditation such as sitting still and relaxing while listening to peaceful melodies. Maybe one day i will be able to do so and such an app would come in handy.

  18. I had to laugh when you said that you have no intention of developing an app after finding Insight Timer. It’s great when you can find an app that is exactly what you are looking for. I have thought to myself many times “maybe there is an app for that”. I love the fact that the app is free. I have, on occasion, paid a small fee for an app, just to get rid of the annoying ads. I do Yoga, so this may fall in line with that as well. Thanks for sharing, going to visit the app store now!

  19. I found your article just in time. I have been using other meditation apps and they just were not what I was after. After reading your article, I have already downloaded “Insight” Thanks for the tips.

  20. Wow, this meditation app sounds outstanding. When I meditate, I usually just listen to music of my own choice but this app sounds like a better alternative by far. Thank you for this recommendation. I think more people need to hear about this!

  21. I just downloaded the app vince. I will give it a try and see if i can get back to you in a month to comment on my thoughts. I am more of a minimalist when it comes to my meditation practices. I use a timer but even that gets annoying at times. I normally don’t use any guided meditations but i will see how it goes.

    • Thank Remy. This has a timer built in as well. You should also try the relation music available. So much free goodness in this app.

  22. Hi there. I am an avid scuba diver and there is a lot of focus on breathing and breath control. I use meditation and some yoga to practice my breathing control and now knowing that there is even an app that I can take with me to help with my meditation is just awesome. Thanks for a great and informative post. I will be looking this app up for sure. 🙂

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