The Mindfulness App is aimed to help users increase mindfulness and improve life satisfaction through guided meditation. The app begins with five days of introductory guided meditations. The user can create a personalized “Timed Session”, choosing length of session, guided by voice, and type of background sound. The “My profile” feature provides an overview of weekly meditation practices, providing data on total and average time meditating, numbers of sessions and number of courses. Other features include setting reminders to meditate based on the time of the week or current location. The app is free, but users can pay to upgrade to “Premium”, which offers specialized guided meditations, courses, and challenges for purchase to target a specific symptom (i.e., sleep quality, stress, etc).
Research base 0/3
Research support 1/2
Specificity of proposed intervention 2/3
Number of consumer ratings 3/3
Product advisory support 0/1
Software support 2/2
date of rating: July 2017
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Subjective quality score: 2.50
Perceived impact score: 3.20
Rating date: August 2015
Rated by: Mani, M., Kavanagh, D. J., Hides, L., & Stoyanov, S. R. (2015). Review and Evaluation of Mindfulness-Based iPhone Apps. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 3(3), e82. https://doi.org/10.2196/mhealth.4328
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Available for: iOS 10.2 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)
Android 4.1 or later
Type of Treatment: Mindfulness
Targeted Conditions: Stress and anxiety
Target Audience: Adults
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional: No
Languages available: English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Norwegian, Bokmal, Spanish, and Swedish
Cost: Free with in-app purchases
Get it on: iTunes, Google Play
Mindfulness-based therapy is empirically supported as an intervention for a variety of mental health problems. A meta-analysis considering 209 studies found that Mindfulness-based therapy reduced severity of anxiety, stress and depressive symptoms amongst adults (Khoury et al., 2013). This smartphone application has not been investigated in an RCT, however a meta-analysis reviewed 15 RCTs of adults receiving workbook and audio CD or web-based self-help mindfulness or acceptance-based intervention, with no or reduced therapist support (Cavanagh et al., 2014). They found that mindfulness-or acceptance-based self-help interventions resulted in fewer anxiety and depressive symptoms as compared to the control groups.
- Khoury, B., Lecomte, T., Fortin, G., Masse, M., Therien, P., Bouchard, V., Chapleau, M.A., Paquin, K., Hofmann, S.G. (2013). Mindfulness-based therapy: a comprehensive meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 33(6), 763-771.
- Cavanagh, K., Strauss, C., Forder, L., Jones, F. (2014). Can mindfulness and acceptance be learnt by self-help? A systematic review and meta-analysis of mindfulness and acceptance-based self-help interventions. Clinical Psychology Review 34(2), 118-129.