Insight Timer is a meditation app with over 6,000 available meditations, which can be filtered based on various criteria, e.g. meditation type and topic, popularity, age, etc. While the app can be used without creating an account, users can create an account to connect with friends, track progress and bookmark meditations. In the profile section of the app, users can track their progress, for example the number of consecutive days spent meditating. In the home section, the number of users currently meditating using Insight Timer is shown and users can see activity of friends who they have connected with on the app. Personalized meditation tracks can be created by customizing the background ambient sound, bells, etc. Discussion forums can also be accessed via the app. The app is free but there are in-app purchases; additional background sounds and bells for customized meditations must be purchased.

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Overall Score: 2.50/5.00

Research base 0/3
Research support 0/2
Specificity of proposed intervention 2/3
Number of consumer ratings 3/3
Product advisory support 0/1
Software support 2/2

Total 7/14

date of rating:  September 2017

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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 4.73/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 5.00
Functionality: 4.50
Aesthetics: 5.00
Information: 4.40

Subjective quality score: 4.75

Perceived impact score: 4.50

Rating date: February 2018
Rated by: Queensland University

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Overall Score: Unacceptable

Does the app have a privacy policy?: Yes

Does the privacy policy describe the information storage and sharing procedures related to user entered information?: Yes

Does the privacy policy state that the app/server encrypts OR de-identifies the entered data?: No/Can’t Tell

Does the app provide the option of a pin entry or log-in process to view and enter user data?: Yes

Does the privacy policy state that users can use the app WITHOUT entering identifiable information?: No/Can’t Tell

Does the privacy policy state that users can delete entered information?: No/Can’t Tell

Does the privacy policy state that users can edit entered information?: No/Can’t Tell

Overall Score: Unacceptable

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More Information

Available for: iOS 9.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch),Android 4.0 (e.g. 2.3)
Company Name: Insight Network Inc.
Classification (Type of Treatment): Mindfulness
Targeted conditions: Stress & Anxiety
Target demographics: Not specified
Special provider necessary: No
Languages Available in: App in English; meditations available in various languages
Where to get it:
Google Play