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insight Timer - meditation App
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* Apps of the Year Winner - TIME magazine and Womens Health * * More time is spent meditating on insight Timer than all other meditation apps * * Happiest App in the World - Tristan Harris * The number 1 free meditation app. Guided meditations and talks led by the world's top meditation and mindfulness experts, neuroscientists, psychologists and teachers from Stanford, Harvard, the University of Oxford and more. Music tracks from world-renowned artists. Join millions learning to meditate on insight Timer to help calm the mind, reduce anxiety, manage stress, sleep deeply and improve happiness. With 80+ new free guided meditations added daily, more meditation is practiced on insight Timer than anywhere else. Great for both beginners and experienced practitioners. FREE FEATURES: * Thousands of guided meditations * Select by time for short meditations when on the go, helping you to build a simple daily habit * Thousands of music tracks and ambient sounds to calm the mind, focus, sleep better and relax * The world's most popular meditation Timer * Follow your favourite teachers * Thousands of discussion groups and community features * Stats and milestones for tracking your progress * Integration with Apple Health Mindful Minutes Browse popular topics including: * Sleep deeply * Dealing with Anxiety and Reducing Stress * Getting through Recovery and Addictions * Self-love and Compassion * Focus and Concentration * Leadership * Better Relationships * Loving-Kindness * And much more.. Join leading meditation teachers and musicians including: * Tara Brach, Ph.D, founder of insight meditation Community of Washington * Mark Williams, Emeritus Professor at Oxford University * Jack Kornfield, Dartmouth, co-founder of the insight meditation Society alongside fellow insight Timer teachers Sharon Salzberg, and Joseph Goldstein of Columbia * Gil Fronsdal, Ph.D. at Stanford University * Ram Das aka Dr Richard Alpert, Doctorate at Stanford and Harvard University teacher * Sadhguru, Indian yogi, founder of non-profit Isha Foundation * Mooji, disciple of Papaji, and devotee of the master Ramana Maharshi * Moby, international recording artist, DJ, record producer, singer, songwriter * As well as Sarah Blondin, Mary Maddux, Ajahn Achalo, Melissa Ambrosini, Bodhipaksa, Jonathan Lehmann, Jennifer Piercy, Bethany Auriel-Hagan, Kate James and many more.. Practice the following meditation types: * Secular Mindfulness * Buddhist Mindfulness * Zen * insight meditation * Vipassana * MBSR * Walking meditation * Breathing meditation * Kundalini Yoga * Metta * Advaita Vedanta * And many more.. Join community groups for: * Beginners * Poetry * Atheism * Christianity * Hinduism * Transcendental meditation * And many more.. PAID FEATURE - insight PREMIUM meditation We have one optional in-app subscription. * insight Courses * Listen offline (download guided meditations to your device) * Advanced Player (Repeat mode, Fast forward and Rewind, Pick-up where you left off) * High-Quality audio The subscription is available annually for US$59.99/year, or monthly for US$9.99/month. Payment will be charged through your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase, and will automatically renew at the end of each term unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. You can turn off auto-renew at any time from your iTunes account settings, but refunds will not be provided for unused portions of the term. Prices and currency will vary by location. Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription, where applicable. The subscription will renew at the same cost. If you have any questions please send an email help@insight.co (not .com). Privacy Policy - https://insighttimer.com/privacypolicy Terms and Conditions - https://insighttimer.com/terms
Has helped me so much with my practice
by theonlywayoutisin on 2020/10/23 18:45
This is one of my favorite apps. There is a free version that’s great and you can add onto that with a yearly membership to have access to more programs and offline listening. Both are definitely worth it. There is a high quality guided sessions from various teachers. You just have to sift a little and find the ones that resonate for you. It has supported me in my practice, staying consistent and having data to show me how much time I’m actually spending sitting. It’s been a source of support, encouragement and accountability. Can’t recommend it enough. Try it for yourself with the free version first. Hopefully it helps you on your path as well.
Super Dissappinted
by wmdb on 2020/10/23 18:13
I’ve been using this app off and on for a while now and decided to start using courses to deepen my meditation practice, particularly in regards to managing anxiety. I was really disappointed in the Day 5 program of the Learn to Meditate in 7 Days course, Exploring Emotions. I don’t need to explore where stress and anxiety live in my body—I feel it everyday. Furthermore, it is IRRESPONSIBLE for a faceless teacher to ask users to explore that emotion out of the myriad of emotions that can be used. That is for myself and a qualified medical professional to do. She goes as far to state not to think of anything traumatizing or painful, which is presumptuous at best, as she has no idea what my experience with anxiety in my life has been. This is an extremely bad look, Insight Timer. Putting that course in a beginning meditation course for anyone to access without knowledge or forewarning of what it entails does not bode well for bringing people to meditation, especially those who may need it most.
Best Meditation App EVER!
by meditativeyogi on 2020/10/23 15:49
My therapist a few years ago recommended I download this app, and after years of on and off use, I really have to say this is the best meditation app ever! So many different teachers and features you truly can make this your own! My fav thing is that these are recorded by actual people with beautiful music and not strange robotic guidance like you can find with some other apps. Best part is it’s free unless you want to pay for a course or donate! LOVE insight timer!!
Best free meditation app!!!
by Lolsofunny17 on 2020/10/23 13:23
I’m so grateful that this app has tons of guided resources-for free!! It’s very helpful that you can save your favorites and search exactly what you’re looking for. And now they’ve introduced yoga?! It’s amazing.
The best meditation plus so much more APP
by Aclovesdj on 2020/10/23 13:06
I love this app so much! It’s like everything all in one place!
Bree melanson ( breathwork for healing)
by Diana_CB on 2020/10/23 10:46
This meditation has been a gift to me. I cannot put into words what i feel everytime i do this❤️ thank you.
Stretching
by jmhaber4 on 2020/10/23 03:16
Each night I enjoy soothing music to stretch by as I prepare for bed.
Awesome!
by RIC JXW on 2020/10/22 19:38
Leveraging scripture in guided meditation...a winning combination for sure!
Revolutionary
by Reverand Artichoke on 2020/10/22 16:26
Sitting is the fresh bread Insight Timer is the jam
Empowering!
by Pathway Home on 2020/10/22 13:40
Nhi has it going on! She knows how to tap into abundance. Take every word she says literally and it works like magic. 🙏🏼Thank you!
Insight Timer excellent
by funnylib on 2020/10/22 12:16
I’ve been using the insight timer app for years. It has only gotten better. The variety of programs is truly amazing. The quality of teachers is great. There is a place for new content to see some starting out practitioners and there are the famous people too. I feel such gratitude for this app and have learned so much. There are courses that I’ve just begun to dip into and now a tab for yoga. Thank you insight timer!
Insight Time is a wonderful app.
by Sherman6031 on 2020/10/22 12:16
So rich in programming and so flexible, I use it every day. I recommend Insight Timer all the time.
Love it
by Ch1265 on 2020/10/22 11:28
I love this app. Largest conscious community on the planet.
Insight Timer is a gift!
by Derosacamp on 2020/10/22 09:12
I can’t begin to thank Insight Timer for the variety and quality of their meditations. It has allowed me to begin and sustain a meditation practice. I adore the categories including:anxiety,stress,sleep,relationships etc. I use this APP. daily and my life has benefited from this gem.I even use this APP with my therapy clients. I highly recommend and would give more than 5 stars if I could! I don’t know what I’ddo without it. It has helped me through the distress of having my mom put in a nursing home and stepped put into hospice. Thank you thank you Insight Timer!!!!💕💕💕💕
Game Changer!
by Eve H F on 2020/10/21 21:54
This app is the best meditation app I’ve come across. It’s full of so much valuable information and tons of guided meditations. I can always find what I need, here. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Changed my life
by Velinator1 on 2020/10/21 21:38
2020 has been a crazy & stressful year (feels like 100 years, no?) I spent hours searching for an app to help me cope. Insight Timer has been a sanity-saver. The FREE VERSION has 60,000 meditations, thousands of music genres, many courses, and some live events. I deleted other sub-standard apps immediately. Nothing even comes close. I recommend it to everyone I know. Guess I can’t get a commission for using the free version, huh? 🤓
Too clickable time wasting app
by HelenaRomaniovaDarnova on 2020/10/21 20:12
I love the lessons but the app is HORRIBLE. Too clickable and disorganized. Everything takes time. To close or to switch to another lesson, you need to do zillion clicks. I don't need any more complicate and time consuming app in my life please! Especially that suppose to be for calming down.
Insight Timer is a gift
by Desiree LCSW on 2020/10/21 19:28
With insight timer one can choose the type of meditation and how long one wants to meditate. The guides are wonderful and the variety and quality is unparalleled. Thank you Insight Timer
Thankful
by kitty 52! on 2020/10/21 16:36
I have always wanted to be able to mediate. My instructor on a class on well being recommended this app and it is truly helping me control my wandering thoughts. Thank you so much
No response from customer service
by EarthMamaV on 2020/10/21 15:47
I was told by one of my clients that I should be a teacher on InsightTimer. I hadn’t heard of it, but I was excited to join up, being a healer and guide for astral meditations, and putting on live events is something I’ve been called to do. Upon joining up, downloading the app, it became clear that something was off. The instructions for going live aren’t valid. On both my iPhone and desktop. On the app there’s no teacher controls, and on the desktop there isn’t a live event tab, making it impossible to go live. It is 10.21.2020, I sent my first request for help on 10.13, and have yet to receive any response other than the automated one I got right after sending my request for help. I sent another one on 10.17, thinking that maybe the first request got lost and to try again, only to have the same thing happen. Still no response other than “we’ll get back to you shortly”. 8 days and counting isn’t shortly by anyone’s standards. This has left a really bad impression with me and I’m truly disappointed in the customer service, and I’m giving up on working through InsightTimer.
Calm
by StaceyCPL on 2020/10/21 15:41
Starting my day with and Insight Timer meditation is a must. I love the eclectic selections and that I can find either music or guided meditations for what I need.
Fabulous meditation session
by jhb2242 on 2020/10/21 15:01
We listen to this meditation several times a week. It’s creative, soothing and enriches our practice. Thank you for including this!
Pop up ads in the middle of a meditation!
by HkhYoga on 2020/10/21 13:59
That is messed up!I paid $60 for this app! And I’m getting yoga pop-up ads during meditation!
Favorite APp
by mamagj on 2020/10/21 13:40
I’ve been enjoying insight timer for years now. There’s such a diversity of offerings and they’re continually adding new choices such as live classes!
Morning Gratitude meditation
by sammy mama on 2020/10/21 13:36
I love how hands-on this meditation is. Thank you ! My mornings aren’t the same without doing a gratitude meditation.
Insight Timer is a haven where I can rest
by ShellyNosbisch on 2020/10/21 13:35
Insight timer has helped me grow in my meditation practice. I love the depth of recordings to choose from and I wouldn’t go anywhere else.
Awesome App
by Ol' Ranger on 2020/10/21 12:26
This app has so much for everyone and it’s offered at no cost. If you are able, donate what you can to keep this app free for those who are unable to make a financial contribution. I would be lost without the meditations in this app to guide me. Try it. It will become an essential part of your health regimen.
Love!
by Pig88:) on 2020/10/21 11:40
This app is such a gift! I use it for my personal meditation, for my yoga classes, for daily events that I want to keep on time. It is soothing! It is calming! It’s sooo good!
Good for little ones
by h fu8ffgumftk on 2020/10/21 02:51
Well I’ll say it’s better for littler ones than adults the teachers are so nice and their voices are so soothing for kids that like cats should do hidi cherry and vaya just letting you now God bless you and your family
Love this app but unable to get to any meditation anymore
by Vatsi1482 on 2020/10/21 02:44
I have loved this meditation app for the longest time this gael’s helped me through tough times and sleepless nights, but recently i have started using the app in mobile network and god knows it gives more anxiety then relaxation i am unable to play any meditation it just keep loading. And i am not in any bad mobile network as well . I checked and my friends are facing the same issue. I am forced to delete this app just because i can’t use it anymore.
THE BEST!
by KathySpFR on 2020/10/21 02:26
My favorite App in the whole wide word. Amazing teachers of various styles accessible for free/donation based.
Player stops after a few seconds
by JetsetJordan on 2020/10/20 16:15
Normally I love this app, but I can’t get any meditations to play fir more than 2 seconds. Please fix.
Kindness to myself
by zunilm on 2020/10/20 16:06
This was an awesome meditation that was shared with me exactly when I needed it. Thank you
Best app
by Atlactr on 2020/10/20 14:28
I’ve used Insight Time daily for over 2 years and it has transformed my life. I do a course every day and also guided and/or unguided meditations. I recommend this app for getting and keeping your life on a positive course.
Thank you
by InnerPeace&Love on 2020/10/20 13:53
It has been a great help to my spiritual journey with your meditation app. I have been using it daily for a few years now. Thank you so much! Keep up with your good work! Inner peace, love and joy for all!
Stay grounded with Insight Time
by Baltic Amber on 2020/10/20 13:35
Life can be hard. Especially during a pandemic. Insight Timer’s vast inventory of FREE meditations has kept me sane, calm, and introspective through it all. You can find a meditation for about anything you are going through or just find clarity in the moment. Truly a gift.
App de meditacion, excelente herramienta
by zumnic on 2020/10/20 09:21
Excelente meditación guiadas
A must have!
by Dominicka on 2020/10/20 05:23
I’ve been using this app almost every single day. When I’m going to be or waking up in the morning. Driving or even in prayer. This is hands down the best mediation app// overall inspiring app to have.
Great!
by joeynotes on 2020/10/19 22:33
What a moving meditation. Many thanks
Free, flexible, necessary
by Vivikeg on 2020/10/19 20:04
I'm so appreciative of this ever-changing collection of thoughtful meditations. I wake up and go to sleep with this app. I love being able to follow and support my favorite contributors. Thanks for all the work that goes into this app! Feedback: The iPad version seems less intuitive and I was disappointed that my progress did not update to my account between devices. I'd appreciate a quicker path to similarly timed guided sessions so I can get started while groggy and fit mediation into my day.
Life changing
by lauraf222 on 2020/10/19 18:41
Endless meditations and courses and talks to explore. It’s helped expand and support me in developing a daily practice. I’m so grateful. The yearly subscription is not required to access meditations, but I have found it worth it for the additional courses and rewind and download functions.
I turn within 🙏
by Gurujop on 2020/10/19 15:09
I look forward to starting my day with Insight Timer. As I sip on my morning Matcha, I am listening to Mantra Music or some talk of my choice, through my ear buds, as my partner works from home these days. I am at peace within, as a result, I am covered with Teflon, moving through my day with ease and grace. I love having insight timer at my fingertips 24-7-365, what a way to connect to the world, inhale hold, exhale relax. And so it is ❤️
Problems
by snow leopard on fire on 2020/10/19 13:59
I need to be able to use this app all night for sleep but it keeps shutting off it won’t play the track continuously. So two nights lost sleep due to trying to make this thing work after having bought premium.
Always welcome
by jopoke H on 2020/10/19 13:16
Insight timer has been welcome in my life for years. I use it daily for myself and recommend it to all of my patients struggling with addiction & emotional stability. Whether it’s teachings, stories, sleep assistance or music to fill the house it’s a true gift. Thank you!!🙏🏻❤️
Greatness
by JdotKing on 2020/10/19 12:50
Enjoy being able to search so many options to find a meditation, a talk or just about anything to fit my mood.
Great support
by PrimeWAVL on 2020/10/19 10:46
InsightTimer has jump started my practice and provided depth, guidance and results in the personal development of my meditation practice! Thank you !
Favorite App
by Figueroma on 2020/10/19 02:39
I love this app so much! I like tracking my meditation practice and just having so much knowledge at the top of my fingertips.
Getting kicked out
by abdwr on 2020/10/19 02:13
Just tried to access 3 guided sessions - all ended after 2-3 sessions
A Life Saver!!
by JFAFW on 2020/10/18 17:00
I have used many apps for meditation, but Insight Timer is by far the best. I love the wide range of options and the instructors. The upgrade is definitely worth it too. It’s my daily go to for everything that keeps me happy and healthy.
Review
by Nina GET on 2020/10/18 16:49
Insight Timer has been a gift from God! I’m very thankful because I have been able to connect to my inner self and have discovered wonders within. Forgiveness, peace, security, compassion Love...endless love. A wonderful connection with myself, God and others! Every day is a Joy!
Love this App
by VegFest on 2020/10/18 15:47
Although I have a few favorites there are several great artist to meet your everyday calming or inspirational needs. This is a must have app .
Peace and stability
by ShannaFL on 2020/10/18 15:23
Thank you for this nourishing meditation. ❤️🙏🏻
Customer service virtually nonexistent
by Invez on 2020/10/18 15:13
My favorites page is not loading. I’ve am working I’m trying to get it up for 30 minutes now. Their support page has changed and is virtually nonexistent. I don’t know why they make it so difficult to ask a question. I am in the middle of a 40 day course and cannot access it. Insight Timer used to be much more accessible. I pay $35.99 for a subscription, but I can’t get any help. I am not going to renew.
Reformed citizen
by millionaire mack on 2020/10/18 14:21
This Is hands down the best meditation app I have ever tried this app has changed my life in so many ways I feel like I sound corny saying this but I refer this app to everyone I know
Excellent app
by JennyRaeS on 2020/10/18 14:16
Update: Did I just get a pop up about new live yoga right after I started my meditation timer? Yes. Yes, I did. Um, can’t the ads wait until after I’ve done my sitting practice? Updated review: some of the changes are good, but I think now that I've been using guided meditations more I've noticed places for improvement. First - it no longer switches to landscape view on the iPad - that's a small thing but it used to so now it's just frustrating. More importantly, to get to my bookmarked meditations, I have to go through something like 5 screens, many of them with very bright white backgrounds. In the dark morning this is very off putting. Finally, still, no download option means you have to be connected to the internet. I still love Insight Timer. The changes are great! One thing I would change: you can't rate a guided mediation unless you listen all the way thru. This means that 1)of course all the ratings are high bc who's going to sit thru 60 minutes of a bad mediation to rate it? and 2) there's no way to track those I've tried and didn't like. I wish there was some way to track negative ones as well as good ones. Older: This app has really helped me develop a meditation routine. Very dedicated customer service.
Great app for meditations
by LT in VA on 2020/10/18 13:16
This is an amazing app with thousands of meditations, which can be sorted by time or by type. You can use it for free, donate to your favorite meditation guides, or you can pay for more features.
I use Insight Timer every single day! It’s a treasure trove!
by dharmasis on 2020/10/18 12:51
Insight Timer has so much to offer! I've only just begun to share the possibilities😊 It surely is helpful for consistent practice. I use it every morning, a great way to begin the day.
Meditation
by j uthe on 2020/10/18 12:16
This is the best . Meditation helps me to start the day. It gets me prepared.
5⭐️
by Mirandamay22 on 2020/10/18 05:04
Keeps getting better. Thank you to all of the amazing teachers on Insight Timer. The mediations, talks, and music have been transformative for me. I’m truly grateful for all your love and energy you put into your work. Thank you IT team for creating this platform 💫
OMG
by shdhjshx on 2020/10/18 03:46
My mom said to loose weight and told me this app would helps with loosing weight so I downloaded this app and I was like really mom befor I could text her a video made me pass out I was so mad cuz it was my work time and I fell asleep and then I got fired >:(.
Been using since 2015-great!
by caitlinheg on 2020/10/18 03:12
I have seen using Insight Timer since 2015. I’ve logged over 500 hours of meditation using this platform. I continue to use it because it is simple, easy to use, provides free and amazing guided meditations, and a connection to local and international meditators. I would highly recommend this app!
I Highly recommend this app!
by Hummingbird Enlightenment on 2020/10/18 01:48
I use this app at least once a day, it is a great tool. Allow yourself to take time out of your day for you! Everyone you interact with will benefit, especially you. Francesca
Best app ever!!!
by MoreTide on 2020/10/17 15:19
Amazing app. I deeply appreciate the opportunities it provides me to connect and improve my meditation.
Essential
by ari. Law. on 2020/10/17 13:18
I
Loving kindness with Ashley Baer
by Cape cod Sal on 2020/10/17 12:04
Thoroughly enjoyed this meditation. Her voicing is soothing, her words inspire.
Usually love but...
by crankynancy on 2020/10/17 10:25
I’ve used this timer for years. But today during meditation an ad popped up. Really? That is the last thing anyone needs during meditation and runs counter to the entire process. Please fix this. Or I’m going to shop for a new timer. That’s just ridiculous.
Yoga on Insight
by mamsof4 on 2020/10/17 10:15
Insight timer has everything you need to find some peace. Guidance to start my day with positive energy and soothing sounds to help me sleep at night and anything love and light in between. But now there’s more!! Yoga starts at the end of this month.
Good
by tealnedwicke on 2020/10/17 04:07
Very good app maybe one of the best but one thing I really want is for a update like more sections
Review
by Wainesh on 2020/10/17 02:27
Great teachers!👏
BEST App!!
by SueDav1023 on 2020/10/17 01:09
I’ve been using the Insight Timer for 5 years now. Tried other apps and you just can’t find the same kinds of excellent guided and Live meditations like the ones here on Insight. Keep up the great work!! Love this App!💜
Peaceful friend
by fae_gratitude_! on 2020/10/16 21:58
I use insight timer every day without fail. Music meditations are my favorite.
I love insight timer, it is my respite and sanctuary!
by Satori B on 2020/10/16 19:03
It reminds me of a future where the Power of Love will overcome the love for power and then open a new portal to a World of Happiness and Harmony! Satori B
Life saver
by Mot7715 on 2020/10/16 14:04
This app has changed my life forever! I will use it until the day I die. I’m not overreacting. Meditation has changed how I see everything in this universe and the ones beyond ours. Thank you Insight Timer for opening my mind and heart to a whole to world.
Still use the app...but don’t like all changes
by otterki on 2020/10/16 12:04
Below is my review from several years ago when I just started using the app. I still use the app, but am frustrated by all the extra screens and added content. I used the app primarily for the timer and found the bonus of seeing other people meditating along with me, or adding journal entries or offline sessions an easy an pleasurable extra. I can still easily use the timer and, really that’s all I really need. But I miss the easy ability to do the other things in a click. There are too many places and different screens now so I just don’t bother. I think this app is easy to understand and use right away. I had gone to a meditation weekend retreat and worried I wouldn't be able to carry over the practice in daily life, but this app was recommended and I have used it every day to meditate.
Best meditation app
by DMarieisMe on 2020/10/16 05:43
I love Insight timer and I really enjoy the guided mediations.
Great app!! Lots of options
by Pippilngs on 2020/10/16 02:16
Not only do I use it myself, I’ve often recommended it to friends and to my patients, since I’m a PA.
The best meditation app ever!
by LazeRock on 2020/10/15 21:29
I love insight timer! It has so many features and great meditations to choose from. Highly recommended!!!
Amazing app, skip the others!
by SaucerfulOfBooks on 2020/10/15 17:31
So I’ve tried out headspace, calm, and a few others over the past year but insight timer just can’t be beat! It feels like money is the primary goal of most of these kinds of apps. They give you a very limited amount of functionality and dangle a subscription in your face. Insight timer has a premium option but it doesn’t feel forced at all and most features your average person would want are freely available. I rarely bother to rate apps on the AppStore but this one is truly worth the 5 stars!
Amazing app
by loriotr on 2020/10/15 14:04
This is an amazing app with so many awesome meditations. I highly recommend!!
Sleep meditations are great!
by judelor on 2020/10/15 11:58
I’ve used the sleep meditations a few times now. When I can afford a premium membership I’m getting one!. Thanks for a few great hours of solid sleep guys!
Idk much about meditation
by Theroxbaby1 on 2020/10/15 11:03
I do know that this is effective and it’s just what I needed. I’ll inform you of my progress.
Amazing App
by rachelvm25 on 2020/10/14 11:05
This app is truly above board, far beyond any other meditation app that I’ve tried. The range and selection of free meditations available, both with and without narration, music, etc. is truly astounding. Insight Timer has been instrumental in helping me develop my meditation practice and skills.
La herramienta perfecta para meditación
by Yarasaez on 2020/10/14 10:36
Entre todas las app de meditación la más seria. Generan contenido constante y avanzan en tecnología, actualizaciones constantemente.
Godsend
by Danielle Eleni W on 2020/10/14 04:36
I love the diversity in this app - from talks, courses, music and meditations/hypnosis. It has helped me through many difficult times, and is there to bring me back to my true nature, which is peaceful and full of love and appreciation, despite how my mind can loop negatively. It is ok - and there is help, and this is an excellent tool for healing. Thank you. 💖🙏🏼
Wonderful app for all levels of meditation
by Synonym Junkie on 2020/10/14 00:35
This app has helped change my life. I downloaded the free version to time my sittings when i began meditating about 4 years ago, used it fairly regularly for casual/non-structured meditation for a few years, then upgraded to the paid version and began using it’s courses over the last year to more seriously practice meditation. The changes i have seen in my life since starting to meditate have been both numerous and dramatic, and this app facilitated those changes. Had i realized just how much my life was going to change for the better when i downloaded this app, i would have been willing to pay absurd sums of money. The fact that the basic version is free (very helpful in itself), and that the paid version is well worth the cost (great structured daily courses) makes me wish i could rate this app six out of five stars.
Helpful
by omgitsberee on 2020/10/13 18:00
Just try it out
Love it 💕
by Mamimichelle on 2020/10/13 16:13
I had been only using one exclusive app but I am so thankful that I now know and are using this one too 💞
Fantastic Meditations
by Tyus Maximus on 2020/10/13 15:19
The guided meditations are great, but the background music is distracting for me.
Outstanding Meditation App
by Ten2oneisright on 2020/10/13 11:46
Fantastic selection of meditations. What I love is the number of free available guided meditations that are included. Also, the ability to do timed silent meditation as well. Only one fault I have run across - you cannot change your personal information after setting it. Once I make a change and click Save, nothing happens! Please fix this!
Best sleep ever!
by tfbambi on 2020/10/13 04:06
I love Jennifer Piercy! So soothing. I sleep so well after listening to anything she offers
Great options!
by s.dk on 2020/10/13 03:51
I’ve been using this app for years and have appreciated the ability to customize sessions and the data collection. Recently, I’ve been exploring the guided sessions, which also have some good options. It can be hard to find guided sessions I like - there’s a lot of fluff. But there’s a lot to appreciate, too. I started subscribing at some point, and it’s been worth it.
Meditation
by Maganda67 on 2020/10/12 22:56
I think it makes one relax and less thinking. Puts your mind into focusing
Great meditation App
by rickygski on 2020/10/12 20:01
This was refereed to me by my psychiatrist. I can't tell you how much this site and the different people they feature have help me with my anxiety and sleeping problems. This is the best meditation app out there. Thank you Insight Timer
Apple Watch app doesn’t sync
by Hawkryger on 2020/10/12 19:08
Overall it’s a pretty good app. However, after the most recent update, the Apple Watch app does not sync with the app. I emailed the company but received no response. So, like I said it’s overall good - but some functionality is broken.
Player is stopping in between
by namasteyogiii on 2020/10/12 17:26
Player is not reliable and stops playing after few seconds.
Best App
by eellwa on 2020/10/12 16:55
I’ve tried several of the meditation apps and this one is by far the best available.
Difficult interface
by fshopper on 2020/10/12 16:54
Difficult interface, too many icons without labels. Requires memory of interface tree to navigate, trial & error to find the way to functions. Last-viewed should not be tagged with a heart; an item that was unpleasant should not haunt your favorites list just because you tried it. Live events pop up without any indication of start or run time. No help section supporting live events.
Magic!
by Pompom99 on 2020/10/12 11:47
I primarily use this for assistance when falling asleep. I found a voice and guidance I like and it works like magic! Yoga Nidra for sleep is the one for me.
Self love
by Macurtis87 on 2020/10/12 11:05
Just what I needed to hear today. Perfect way to start my morning. Thank you for this!
Life Changer ~ Highly Recommend!
by skycat319 on 2018/05/19 13:58
I am so glad I ran across this app last year! I never thought I would say that an app has had an impact on my life, but this one certainly has -a very positive impact! For many years, I wanted to get into mediation- I knew the benefits. However, I had a difficult time getting my mind to slow down enough to concentrate on being “present in the moment”, I was, instead, thinking of what all was on my To Do list for the day or week! I also never felt like I had time to meditate. Now, I’ve learned to incorporate meditation into my day - often twice a day. It’s actually something that I truly look forward to, NOT a chore. You can tailor this app to see or suggest only specific categories of guided meditations that interest you. Or if you are on you break at work or perhaps, you are finally getting a breather when the baby is napping but you are short on time, you can search for meditations that are 1 minute, 2 minutes, 5 minutes... the possibilities are endless. And yes, even a couple minutes (if that’s all you can spare) can be just what you needed some days-it CAN make a difference. This site has some extraordinary teachers as well as members. It is truly beautiful to see so many people from all over the world sharing positive energy and uplifting stories. I highly recommend trying out this app! Peace✌🏽☮️, ❤️ Love, & 🤗 Hugs! 🧘🏻‍♀️ 🙏🏿 Namaste 🙏🏽 🧘🏽‍♀️
Old Business Owner’s Perspective
by Avid exerciser on 2019/11/10 13:57
Running a $6 million a year engineering company & dealing with everything else in life took me to a place where my mind never stopped racing thinking about the problem from yesterday and the possible problem tomorrow. After looking at the free app on my IPAD for many, many years, I decided to go for the premium edition & do some on-line meditation classes. Now I get it. I still think about the problems from yesterday and I still plan for tomorrow’s problems, but it is done when I decide it is time to do it, not continuously. I am calmer, more focused, & far better equipped to handle whatever comes my way. But the best part is, I can now fully enjoy going for a run, pumping heavy iron in the gym, spending time with my wife, watching a movie, picking up the phone to reconnect with a friend, and all the other things that are so important in addition to work. All the hype in the wellness literature is correct - meditation done properly ( which to me doesn’t mean rigidly and hardcore with a specific set of rules beyond doing it and being open ) is life changing. Give yourself a real gift this year, sign up for premium, pay the money, take a beginner’s class, and buckle up for an amazing adventure. As the add on TV says, “I’m a member for life”, because it has given me a new one and I love the benefits of a 10 to 15 minute a day guided meditation practice.
What a resource!!
by LaurelT on 2018/02/17 17:51
I initially downloaded this app for the timer - a nice variety of authentic sounding bowls, blocks, and chimes. Fast forward four years and I'm continually blown away by the incredible amount and quality of the guided meditation content now available here! All for free!! With new recordings arriving each day, there's everything from basic breath work and mindfulness practices, to creative visualization and hypnotherapy, Yoga Nidra, meditations on specific topics (I've noticed everything from improving your ball game to having a healthy pregnancy!), children's meditations, meditations in a variety of foreign languages, music, and spiritual talks. While most of the offerings seem to be pretty secular, there are some which might appeal more specifically to people with backgrounds in Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and probably other religions as well. There's everything from world renown spiritual leaders to up and coming teachers from around the world. I've found some real gems here and have bookmarked many more than I'll probably ever get to as I keep coming back to some favorites. I haven't gotten into the social aspect of this app, but that is also there for people who want that. I do enjoy seeing the charts of my practice over time and feel more centered and able to cope with life as I enjoy realizing the personal goals I've set. Thank you!!
I TEACH MEDITATION
by Macmamamarie on 2019/03/07 15:38
As a teacher, I’ve been recommending different apps and music for my students and patients over the years and I can honestly say that I have switched and I use Insight Timer EVERY DAY without fail and have done so since the day I found it! I recommend it to everyone! I’m so impressed with the content and how it’s broken down by category and by time. If you only have a few minutes, you still can access a mind space to breathe. There is so much to explore and do within this little app. You can choose to approach meditation from a spiritual or scientific angle, you can simply use it to breathe or listen to lectures and learn something new, you can use it as a meditation timer or go into a chat room and discuss meditation or philosophy with other like minded people. The option to join and become part of a community and connect with other people on the journey of learning and discovery is wonderful, and it’s international platform makes it uniquely powerful. I can’t say enough about this because it’s so much more than an app, it’s an idea that came together in an app and created an international community of meditators and made it accessible to even the newest beginner. I have passed this app on to over a hundred people and will continue to do so! I can’t recommend this enough!!
The BEST meditation app there is!
by pooooowjerhchvheirh on 2018/01/04 13:51
I've been through quite a few meditation apps, but Insight Timer is by far the best and the one I've been using consistently for months now and plan to continue using. Unlike other apps that only feature their own meditations or require you to pay to access all of them, Insight Timer allows users to upload their own meditations and there is an enormous catalog with more added each day. Also, you can choose from the amount of time to the category of meditation you want and see/leave ratings and reviews on anything. As if this weren't great enough, it also has the best meditation timer I've seen in any app. Set any amount of time or infinite time, add the bell of your choice from one to three times, beginning and/or end and/or intervals. AND beyond these wonderful things, it offers groups to enter for support or kind messages, and it logs your progress! It's so great to be able to see how many days consecutively you've meditated and for me this is a huge motivator not to miss a day. It's also interesting to see your days and weeks compared and how much time total you've spent on the timer vs guided meditations. Recommend this app to anyone and everyone who enjoys being relaxed and grounded!(I.e. Every human being)
Best meditation app hands down!
by sober mama on 2020/07/30 11:19
I don’t write reviews for apps. I felt compelled to do so for this one. First off, i have been trying to get into the practice of meditation for several years now. I’ve tried classes, doing it on my own, and various other apps: Calm, HeadSpace, etc. Problem with those apps is they all charge you a monthly fee after the trial period. This is the only truly free app for meditation. Once I got into it, it’s laid out so beautifully, easy to find specific meditations, and its so user friendly. I really found myself looking forward to meditating after the first couple of days. It is now a part of my morning routine and i could not imagine my life without it. They do offer courses in addition to the over 45,000 free meditations. I fell in love with one meditation guide in particular who led a Smiling Meditation which literally brought happy tears to my eyes while meditating! I found that she offered a 10-day self-confidence workshop. I wound up going ahead and purchasing the yearly membership for $65. Well worth it to me bc i don’t think I could run out of courses or premium content on this app! Could not recommend enough! If you have had other apps collecting space on your phone, do yourself a favor and delete them! Get Insight Timer!
single most important app in my iphone!!
by ramak444 on 2019/09/28 08:08
sighhhh. this app is everything. using insight timer consistently, i have 135 total days meditated & 66 consecutive days completed. i use the app from the moment i wake up, work on my laptop, in an uber, when i’m home reading or cooking, and finally when i sleep. i can’t believe there’s a FREE app like this that houses so many wonderful meditation tracks. you can choose music or guided meditation. i ‘ve even played the kid meditations for my little nephew to fall asleep. in the settings area, it has a full chart of your progress and how many total minutes etc you’ve meditated. seeing the numbers really motivates you to keep the streak going & meditate daily. if you don’t like guided meditation, there’s a simple timer you can use, which is the original purpose of the app. thank you to the creators of insight timer & the teachers who provide their guidance & positive energy. i’ve tagged them on instagram stories in the past & they always reply and like. i love an interactive company. i see myself purchasing their ‘member plus’ version which has a lot of cool features. i rarely write app store reviews but this platform has truly helped me in my daily life. THANK YOU! sending peace & love your way. download this dang app i tell ya! ~Ra
Self Acceptance
by Wrisque on 2019/04/16 10:42
A message I wrote to just one of the many teachers available to you with Insight Timer: Thank you Paz. For the 30 day mantra challenge❤️. I am 55 years and meditation is new to me. I gave myself permission to pursue this challenge using the body and mind I currently have (busy and distracted with many joys, passions and concerns) and so I started the challenge laying down in bed in the morning (cozy), I enjoyed it so much I sometimes did 5 sessions a day as I washed dishes and did the laundry and walked the dog❤️. I let myself be who I am at this moment, someone entirely new to mantras and meditation, and so added the challenge to my life without trying to do it perfectly. Sometimes I sang along. Sometimes I just listened. Sometimes I picked up after my dog. —-> it didn’t matter, I came out the other side of the challenge a more calm, present, peaceful person. I was fascinated to be able to feel the vibration of my singing in my heart with my hand set on my chest. It’s so exciting to be learning something so extraordinary at this time in my life. I am listening and participating again now with my quieter mind. This has improved every aspect of my life. I also listen often to your album Inner Light. Thank you Paz for this gift. Thank you Insight Timer❤️
The PERFECT Library of Meditations at My Fingertips
by Im4everjyoung on 2018/11/05 14:44
I cannot say enough about how much I enjoy this app. It doesn’t have any advertisements, like in other free apps, and I can pull up any type, at any moment, for as long as I need, and for what purpose I need it for, and VIOLA!! Poof!! 💥There it displays many many choices! I am so thrilled, there is such a treasure chest of talented gems, and I am really learning so much! It not only helps me learn how to meditate, but how to continue putting into practice what I’ve learned. Prior to this app, I had restless sleep. I am experiencing the joys of menopause, so there are a lot of sleepless nights. However, when I used the sleeping meditations, I’m sound asleep in minutes! 😴 I wake refreshed & ready to take on the day! I’ve even done morning meditations, during acupuncture, for a power nap, waiting for an appointment... anywhere at any time of the day. I’ve gained an abundance mindset and have truly felt the confidence, clarity, pleasure, self-love, healing, cleansing, serenity, gratefulness, openness to love, self-care, inspiration, rejuvenation, motivation, fun, and receptivity to enjoy discovery and new challenges... and truly living life. Very powerful and well organized app. Thank you for the developers & beautiful contributions. The BEST APP EVER!! Life changing!!
My Favorite App
by Tljane on 2019/06/03 16:10
I have been using the free version of Insight Timer since 2011 and other than my standard mail, text and calendar apps, this is the app I use most consistently. I recently upgraded to the paid version thinking that at the very least, I should support this dedicated staff and I’m really glad I did. I’m enjoying the courses and other paid features. I’m an executive coach and for years, have been recommending Insight Timer to every one of my clients, most of whom have never meditated before. There are so many options to help beginners get started, from short meditations that can help busy clients dip their toes in the water and build their meditation muscles to guided meditations that really help people learn to calm their minds. I’m really looking forward to exploring more of the courses. It would be fantastic if there was a way to build a favorites list, then easily share that with my clients. I’ve found that anything I can do to lower the barriers to getting started (one of which can be an overwhelming array of choices), the higher the likelihood that a client will try something. Maybe this option already exists. Guess I need to do some exploring. Thanks Insight Timer for developing my favorite app!
Great app with several limitations
by shineylewis on 2019/10/11 14:45
I love this app, I really do, but unfortunately there’s some limitations that make it difficult to use under certain situations. I paid for the upgrade. There are many Courses included with the premium membership that are fabulous. The daily Insights are also wonderful. The problem is not with the content. The limitation is that The Course tracks and the Daily Insights don’t repeat. So you’ll be trying to fall asleep while listening to a 10 minute meditation and when it’s over, if you haven’t fallen asleep, you’ll need to dig around for your glasses in the dark (if you’re like me) then find your phone, to manually restart the meditation. Or like yesterday, after the start of a migraine the same thing. I’m getting very frustrated, having to continually do this with each meditation. They have the ‘repeat’ function on the regular guided meditations, but just not on Course tracks or Daily Insights. Why? I’m really sorry to bash such a great app, and it truly is a great app but again, those limitations really knock it down a few stars for me. In addition, there is no way to bookmark Course tracks or Daily Insights or download them as a Premium member, like you can do with the regular guided meditations. Not sure if I can find a better meditation app, but these limitations are going to make me try to seek one out.
I came back, only to turn away again.
by ShamanYeho on 2019/12/06 13:53
I remember using this app a couple years ago to help keep me on track with a consistent meditation practice. The app was smooth and supportive of the user, without being too intrusive. I was happy for them and teachers everywhere who could later offer guided courses for a fee; they should be compensated for their effort and time to provide such courses. Yet, you could remain a free user, without pressure to buy in to courses or subscriptions. I re-downloaded it today. I intended to remain a free user as I always had before. I was disappointed to see that the landing page (the earth icon at the bottom) showed their own advertisement for Member Plus, effectively forcing free users to see the ad every time they use the app for the timer feature, as there is no way to hide the ad that is part of the page itself. I understand the app has to evolve and grow to sustain itself and survive; that’s the basis (and unfortunate consequence) of capitalism. Still, I recall the message sent to users before subscriptions and other paid services rolled out, promising to not force users to pay to use the app, that it would always be optional, and that they would stay true to that freedom. And while indeed they’ve kept the free timer in place, it feels not without constant marketed persuasion.
Wonderful app, evolving conscientiously
by flaminywen on 2018/05/05 11:13
Insight Timer has been with me since way before it became a source of so much varied and wonderful material. I used to use it just to time my own meditations or the holding of my yin postures, when all it was was a timer! Even then it felt like a treasure on my iPad. I lost my thread with meditation for a while and when I returned I found a new world in the making on this app, with a most inspiring talk from the CEO to kick off my appreciation, respect, and enthusiasm. I came back as a regular and haven’t scratched the surface, in spite of using it nearly daily. It helped me through a two year battle of my husband’s with cancer that would eventually take him out. Most remarkably, my husband, never having been a meditator himself, found his way to using this app for desperately needed help in sleeping the last few months of his life. He listened so much the last few weeks that all we caregivers needed to know how to access his favorites, day and night. And now I’m returning to this wealth of help to work with my grief and move forward. I can see that it will be a godsend yet again. Thank you for a remarkable product, conceived and conducted with great heart and smarts. Still a treasure for me. w
Almost Perfect
by Braveorchid on 2020/04/12 06:55
I love this app and use it daily. There are so many content options it’s a bit two sided—it’s a lot to sort through. My biggest pretty please wish is that it return to saving my preference to sort my bookmarks from short to long. It used to remember the last sort setting, but for some reason it was taken away (and the bookmarks kind of buried) a couple of versions ago. Edit: I still enjoy this app, but with each new version I’m a little disappointed. I had liked the opening screen with the map of where people were meditating, but also that it wasn’t more than that, as meditation is a private thing. A quiet connection felt much more comfortable. It feels much more commercial now—I’m constantly being advertised at with smiling headshots. I doubt that would change if I subscribed, and I’d prefer to buy rather than rent the app anyway. It’s also constantly being redesigned, making it hard to know where to find things. And the last update completely took away the ability for me to sort my bookmarked meditations from shortest to longest, which I really preferred as my default and used to be able to set it to.
70+ days in and still LOVE this app!
by KonaHIMike on 2020/10/10 04:03
Update — now three years in & would prefer it stop being so commercial. Meditation is not complicated, does not require going to class for the rest of your life. Those of us who just want to use the timer function — it gets put in with constant ads in your face. It is shameful actually that an organization that says it wants to make your life better pushes you to do routines and classes that actually detract from getting from point A to point B. Oh well, if the times keep getting stuck behind commercialization, at least I’m not addicted to these classes at all, I can use alternative timers or none at all. I still mostly use it for the great sounding sequential timers. Who wants to be blasted out of their session? Not me, and this app provides quality sounds to let me first relax, sound so I know to move into my first part, then when that time has passed, sound, so I know to move into my second (rest) part, then a nice gentle sound to let me know I can comfortably open my eyes and end my "meditation". Works perfect -- and is all I need to use -- I can add friends when I have extra time or browse the "forums" but totally not necessary to do Turning Within meditation (Kelvin Chin) -- a sort of hybrid of TM, a sort of mantra meditation. It has made a world of difference and this app helps me keep my place and incidentally tracks the days that turn to weeks and months. Very happy with this app!
Yeah, this app is the best. Period.
by tineydancer on 2019/06/02 15:27
Like many other reviewers, I have tried and tested many different forms of meditation. I tried Headspace (and liked it!), but it never stuck. I am a YOGA TEACHER, and yet, to my disappointment, I simply couldn’t turn a personal meditation practice into a daily habit. Skeptical but re-inspired, I downloaded Insight Timer. I tried a 5-minute loving-kindness mediation and felt invigorated. I’ve had the app for four days and have meditated everyday since (sometimes twice in one day!). It’s easily become habit - suddenly - given the great magnitude and variety of resources on this app. I LOVE how you can search for anything (and find it, no doubt), listen to different voices and techniques every time, AND it’s free. There is a premium option, but unlike many other apps, the abundance of free perks on this one makes it easy and simple to use without concern to upgrade — they’re not trying to trick you one bit! (Thank you, Insight Timer, for making this app free and accessible to all folks with smart phones.) I love this app. And for the first time in my life, I not only turn inward regularly - rather, I eagerly look forward meditating every day.
Thank you for this wonderful resource 🦋🌺
by 2 Peace on 2018/07/01 14:45
This app offers so much to so many people—Much more than a meditation timer! It offers free and low cost talks on many aspects of life, guided meditations, groups, short courses, connections to other meditators, inspiration and more. Need help with relaxing? Or calming anxiety, working with depression, chronic pain, sleeplessness, body image? All of these and more are here. The teachers include those who are enlightened and share their peace, wise and humble teachers who share their understanding from years on the path, beloved for their human qualities of sincerity, vulnerability and compassion. Since there are many facets to inner deepening and many places to begin or delve deeply—this is a wonderful tool/app and I thank its creators and all who participate as guides and as participants. I do have a few requests. Is it possible to get a pure clear tone on the timer? An example would be Eckhart Tolle’s perfectly tuned and light, ringing chime. A second suggestion is an option for an array of seconds of a large quartz crystal singing bowl being toned around its perimeter. Both of these would be cleansing and beautiful to hear. Thank you.
I use this daily, Excellent app, great tool
by mr.raines on 2017/10/07 18:45
I continue to use it daily, to time my zazen. The developers continue to improve the experience. It supports meditation of all sorts and all faiths. Very flexible, allowing me to choose timings to fit my day. I take it when I am on the road. It allows social connections to other meditators, if you wish, but that's far from necessary to get value. The reminder feature is nice, as are the record keeping features. Really appreciate the efforts to upgrade after seeking users' input. The newest version offers a great deal of customizable features so that practitioners can create an individual experience. I don't use the guided meditations, though those are plentiful and varied. The "groups" feature supports community of practice in a very customizable manner. There are Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, and non-denominational groups, as well as inter-faith and even humor groups. There is considerable support to maintain a daily practice, including a 365 group, with a goal to sit each day in 2017. It has earned a spot at the bottom of my iPhone screen, along with the phone app, mail, and safari.
All the features you could want and then some
by Flamingjellyfish on 2020/01/28 02:22
I like that it's versatile enough that I can also use it when I want to do yin yoga where I hold each pose for five minutes. Over time I've been starting to use features I thought I didn't even want at first, like joining groups and listening to guided meditations. This app has everything. (And if you just want a timer that starts and ends with a gong sound, it can do that too, although it does take long enough to load that if you just want a timer you might want something simpler.) Really I'm kind of astonished that subscription-based meditation apps even exist, given how good Insight Timer is. One minor complaint...I do wish there was a way to opt out of being shown your “streak” at the end of every meditation session. I realize many people appreciate the feature, but I would really, really like to be able to opt out of it. It’s like a little guilt-trip when I miss a day or just...meditate or do yoga without using the app. Or, when I do have a good streak going, I’m still irritated because I don’t want to be “rewarded” for using the app each time.
Preferred the older version
by megcrough on 2018/08/03 12:52
I enjoy and appreciate Insight Timer very much. The one “upgrade” I would like less of are the photos that dominate the first screen when app opens. Meditation is most often a private experience...and less a public one...and in a growing culture of rabid oversharing, privacy is the luxury. I enjoyed seeing how many hundreds of thousands of people had meditated each day, and I love the world map pulsing dots—these were the features that made me feel a part of a larger whole. Now that there are always smiling carefully-cultivated “happy” photos occupying half the screen upon opening the app...it’s distracting and seems off track for this app’s audience and intention to provide a digital quiet place to BE. To take a short break from the comparison/competition mindset and instead further develop the inner channel of self care, wellness (each-on-our-own-terms) and the time and space to nurture our innermost depths, honoring the beauty and diversity of those processes. Meditate because it nurtures the essential YOU and welcome That Person into the larger conversation of sharing this planet. I ask the developers to consider a photo-free or photo-lite alternative👍🏽😊. Thanks!
Deep Gratitude for Insight Timer & its Creators
by Heart Werk on 2020/05/15 10:32
I began using Insight Timer about four years ago before I became a certified mindfulness instructor. Each day my kindergarten class and I would sit down after recess to meditate with the timer. We gradually worked our way up to 10 minute meditations which gave them a sense of gratification. Often times we would try out the different background music and they often requested the monks chanting. 😊 Each day a different student would start us out by saying “please sit tall like a mountain, still like a frog on a log, and close your eyes gently”, and then ring our chime. Insight Timer was our daily companion in the classroom. I also created a group on Insight Timer for my fellow faculty members who became interested in meditating. I am now retired from teaching kindergarten and teach Mindfulness to adults in cancer recovery and have created our own group on Insight Timer. My heart is so full of gratitude for your commitment to keeping Insight Timer free and also offering a paid option for courses. I will continue to use Insight Timer for my own personal practice. Namasté 🙏🏼 Janet
I’ve been using this app for years
by Psychojenn1223 on 2018/02/22 15:31
Like the title says, I have been using this app on and off for year! I’ve tried other apps and always come back to this one. I used it before the current owners took over and the changes in the app continue to support and inspire my journey. When people recommend other apps, I turn around and offer this one and rave about it. A long time ago a told a doctor about one of my life theories and she told me to look into Buddhism. From there I turned to meditation. It helps to control my symptoms better than most medications and there are no negative side effects! Since I’ve come back to the app lately, I love that I can find something that I need to work on in the moment by a simple search and that I can refer to my library. I also love that I can pick a guided meditation based on the amount of time I have to dedicate so that I don’t have to skip a day or I can go deeper if I have the time! I love the evolution the app has taken and look forward to all that is yet to come. I will continue to tell people about this app. Thank you for such a great app!
Insight Timer
by eileen789 on 2019/11/04 12:21
Excellent app with well organized meditations. I use the guided meditation for sleep, bookmarking those that are most pleasing and effective for me. Sometimes just the music for relaxation or stress reduction or healing is soothing, calming and enjoyable and helps me fall asleep. There are more features on this app than I can quickly bring to mind, like ambient sound and music, a timer function with an array of gentle closing sounds, courses on clearing away guilt or shame, dealing with pain, learning to meditate, etc—-with interactive features for questions and comments with the teachers. There is a social feature, connecting mediators with one another. There is a user rating for each offering that is extremely helpful because the number of choices are so large that I read the ratings before I try something. The amazing thing about this high quality app is that it is free. I pay a small annual fee because I want to support the venture and be able to download my courses and favorite meditations so I can listen offline. I would give this app as a whole the highest rating possible.
One of my favorite apps!
by IndieMusicNerdGirl on 2018/03/07 13:50
First off I love the low monthly price compared to all the other Meditation apps like headspace and such. And even without the monthly subscription there’s already so much more available to you compared to the other apps. Even with the newer extra packs you can buy the price is still low and you get so much more for your money! I downloaded it for the guided meditations, have yet to use it as I love the calming music so much and my presets. But I love the fact that it’s available to me when I decide I need it. And there’s so many different people and meditations to choose from! I also love that I’m able to turn off messages from others if I don’t want you use that feature. The only thing that’s hard for me is the lay out. But for the most part I’ve figured everything out. So that’s more of an annoyance than a problem. But I would like to be able to find the types of music and music for sleeping, peace etc. easier. That would be awesome. Beside the music keep up the amazing work! You’re doing awesome and I will never not recommend your app.
Best meditation app (vs Calm and Headspace)
by krose55 on 2018/08/10 15:10
I’ve tried and enjoyed both Calm and Headspace, but I adore Insight. It really allows you to have a complete practice— they have a great and a customizable bell/sound when you feel independent and wanting a free-form meditation experience, and a huge library of diverse guided meditations. I came for Tara Brach, and will absolutely stay because her meditations and classes are here, but also because this app is exactly what I was looking for. It still tracks your days and minutes meditated, like Headspace, but is a much superior user experience because you can use it for free without getting aggressive up selling and the timing of the meditations are true to what they say. The former beats out Calm for me, the latter beats out Headspace. I never really could get over the fact that a 5 minute meditation on Headspace was like 2 minutes of the dude talking and 4 minutes of meditation. None of that in Insight! And what’s more, you could do an hour+ long meditation if you wanted too :) you aren’t limited to their guided meditations.
A quality app, but could use some upgrades
by NataleeDara on 2017/08/23 19:12
I love this app- it gives you access to hundreds and hundreds and of options for your personal meditation needs. You can browse by topic, 'teacher' or guide, or see tracks that are similar or related to ones you're using. When you find tracks that you like or want to remember to try you can bookmark them, but it would be so helpful if you could create playlists. Or maybe if you were able to group tracks together so you don't have to interrupt your session if you want to play more than one. This would be especially helpful for the sleep tracks. Many are very good and effective, but can be short in length causing you to wake when it ends before or just as you're about to drift off. Having the ability to play tracks back to back would eliminate this. It would also help if you could leave notes or comments on the tracks as a reminder to yourself. Sometimes there is something I want to remember about a track but I don't want others to see it. Having a function aside from the shared review to make notes would be great.
Could be very five stars if a few areas were improved
by TerryB. on 2019/01/05 05:02
I've used this app daily for over five years and found it invaluable. Like many things there's a lot of good and bad. Good - statistics are far more detailed than other apps. Bad - they are inaccurate and have been for over three years. Good - customer service responds immediately. Bad - they copy and paste such helpful advice as telling you your iOS is out of date (it isn't). Good - it has a social feature built in which could be motivating for some. Bad - you need to turn it off or receive creepy message. Good - they have courses they offer for a price. Bad - teachers have more detailed courses elsewhere and many are 'lay down and open your third chakra to the infinite possibility of the unknown' type of courses. I would pay for an identical app with no courses that didn't have a pop up requesting me to enroll in paid courses each time I opened it. Though this review sounds negative, I really would like to see the app succeed which works be easy enough to do if they paused and improved a few basic parts of it instead of focusing on getting you to buy something each time you opened it.
Great, but I wIsh they’d stop with the unnecessary updates
by Gabriel B's mom on 2019/07/23 03:45
I’ve used this app for over a year and for the most part I love it. Thousands of meditations on practically any topic you can imagine, and it’s free. You can pay, but you don’t have to in order to access some outstanding content. However, like so many apps, Insight Timer makes way too many unnecessary updates. The app has changed multiple times in the last year, to the point that I don’t even recognize it. It used to be so easy to search for a topic and then see results conveniently sorted into categories - meditations, courses, music, talks. I found some amazing meditations this way. Enter the unnecessary updates. Now I search for a topic and it’s a vomit of results that I can’t make sense of. Ugh. Thank goodness I have 15 or 20 bookmarked meditations from the good old days that I rely on, and I’ve given up searching for anything new because it’s so frustrating. I so wish they would bring back the simple, user-friendly interface that led to some amazing discoveries. That said, if you want a free meditation app, IMHO this is the best one out there.
Why Insight Timer is my favorite app
by Moxie Carol on 2020/05/16 07:26
Insight Timer is wonderful. I love the variety of offerings, teachers who the reflect the cultures in our world, the many approaches, from mindfulness to music. I learned about something new to help me fall asleep, Yoga Nidra. Sometimes I just try something or someone completely new, and through that have discovered some favorite teachers and readers. I tried some other meditation apps before I found Insight Timer. This is the best meditation app in my opinion, because there’s plenty of content to explore and it’s free. I did buy the Premium membership when it was on sale, so that I could take some courses and also to support IT, their staff and teachers. I listen to a meditation every night and sometimes during the day. The coronavirus talks and meditations have been outstanding and full of variety. Not everything is to my taste or needs, but it’s all such high quality that I know I can find what I need at a given time. I recommend Insight Timer frequently. Thank you for creating it.
“Could Not Update Password” - three separate times
by machineinthestudio on 2018/08/14 15:11
I thought Insight Timer was a decent meditation app, and I use(d) all of them as part of my personal life as well as my professional life. I work in higher ed and develop strategies for undergrad students to help manage stress. All apps are different so I look for the ones that are easy to use, different content on regular basis, well-made and offers solutions as part of tech support. I will not recommend this app based on my latest experience just trying to change my password. Last night I was denied a password change three separate times; I used three different browsers, accepted cookies, used the URL in the password request emails, and still received “Could Not Update Password.” Had I been someone who was having a very traumatic moment, having a panic or anxiety attack, or just needed to meditate to help with a difficult moment, Insight Timer would not have been able to provide the very service that the app is supposed to provide. Those aren’t imagined scenarios - those are actual scenarios from my life and my students. TL;DR I would not recommend this app because the UX and tech isn’t equipped to help people in times of urgent moments, often the times that meditative practices are most warranted.
Best all around meditation app in the store
by Hamlinsw on 2019/05/21 02:05
I have been using Headspace for guided mindfulness practice, but you can't beat Insight for flexibility and the community. I like the combination of a great timer and a diverse selection of guided meditations. No matter what style of meditation you want to practice, you will probably find something that you like in the guided meditation section. There is one feature that I hope will never go away. You can start music or other audio file and use Insight's timer at the same time. Insight doesn't exclusively take over the audio output like some other apps. I use this app daily and plan to continue. I'm currently doing the 365 day playlist. Update: after 800+ hours of use, I have a feature request. I would like to be able to import from the health app as well as export. That way, any meditation that syncs with Apple Health would add time to Insight timer which is my master tracker. I love this app so much that I have purchased a paid subscription. Please, keep up the good work.
All You Could Ask For
by Dharmamama on 2020/09/17 07:40
This app is wonderful! I downloaded it to help me get to sleep, and there are many meditations here (guided, nature sounds, music) that have helped immensely with that. A life-changing bonus has been starting my day, rather than with news or social media, with uplifting, positive meditations - there are even some that talk you through stretching or other gentle exercises. This has really improved my outlook, which affects my whole day in a good way, and that, of course, positively affects those around me, which, hopefully, they then share... I appreciate that the teachers and guides receive payment for their work via the app, and additionally, the app makes it easy to donate to them. I’m not yet able to afford the paid version, but plan to make that purchase as soon as possible to do my part to support them & the developers. My previous review was very critical of the free version not offering rewind & fast-forward; I don’t even miss that now because of how many great things this app offers.
What a gift?!
by Anagos6 on 2018/05/26 18:03
I use this incredible app everyday, usually multiple times a day. It’s easy to navigate and is excellent for the newest of novices to advanced long-time practitioners..and everyone in between! There is a myriad of styles (including secular and religious based) and teachers available...something for every individual. Many of the teachers/Spiritual leaders hold various degrees in mental/emotional health and are well-known globally. There’s also many beautiful instrumental pieces, some with binaural beats and Solfeggio frequencies..that are said to help your brain arrive at a receptive, meditative state. This would be a phenomenal tool as is...but what makes it even better, is that it’s totally free..and yet still the best meditation app I’ve ever come across. You will not be disappointed, and your life will absolutely witness positive development! The more you use it, the more it will do for your whole life. Extremely helpful for depression and anxiety (both of which I’ve been clinically diagnosed with for almost my whole life).
More choice in notifications, please
by CandyceInCincy on 2017/08/28 14:11
I mostly love this app. I like being able to choose between guided meditations or just a timer (and love the option for using vibrate instead of audible bells for the timer). Lots of variety and tradition types for the guided meditations. But the latest version changed so that push notifications now include notifications that new guided meditations have been uploaded. I find that distracting. (If I want to see new content, I can when I open the app to meditate.) Maybe people who want to meditate also want to be able to focus a little better and be more mindful, without random stuff popping up on their devices? I use other means to remind myself to practice meditation, so I turned all notifications for the app off in Notification Center. But I can see this potentially being frustrating for someone using Insight Timer's notifications as a reminder to practice but not wanting lots of notifications that aren't reminders to practice. So some settings to choose what kinds of notifications get pushed would be helpful.
Meditation Changed (is changing) My life
by Reeleejay on 2018/11/29 15:01
I’ve had the sleepless nights worrying about everything from what to cook for dinner tomorrow to “I hate myself, why am I alive?”. I never thought sitting still for 10-20 min per day could possibly change my whole world. Thank god I was wrong. This app is amazing, they have guided meditations, a simple timer with multiple settings, music, and courses. The app is free and 90% of the guided meditations I am interested in are free. All the courses I’ve purchased were $4.99... I could easily spend more on coffee in a day. The mission of the creators of this app really come through. There are no hidden fees or content walls. It’s just an app that helps you make a habit out of meditating. Did I mention you can see all the other users of the app in your area! You are not alone!! If you’ve tried everything except meditation, download this app and use it every day for 1 week. I guarantee meditation and this app will change your brain and your life.
Rewind; ratings issue
by DrKate aka The Rock Doctor on 2018/01/14 00:28
I've used this app for several years since it had a different name. It's by far my favorite meditation app and I've recommended it to many others. The variety of guided meditations is outstanding and I use the timer weekly for a group meditation I lead. Here are two criticisms with explanations: 1) I understand the decision to start a paid version with features such as downloads, playlists and repeat mode but I'm very disappointed that rewind/fast forward requires a subscription. Actually, I'd settle for offering rewind alone for free while keeping FF as a premium feature. It's so frustrating to miss instructions or part of a lecture but then not be able to go back. This seems like a really basic feature and one that should have been built in a long time ago. 2) Please give us the opportunity to rate meditations/lectures we did not finish BECAUSE WE DISLIKED THEM. Skewed sampling causes grade inflation and is why most sessions are rated between 4.6-4.9. Has anyone seen, say, a 3.5? I have not, but I've abandoned quite a few I would have rated as such.
Updated version took away what was good
by Dura matter on 2019/10/31 14:06
As a long time user, I would have written a different review once. Now you can’t sort by user reviews. The pictures that go with each meditation are generic instead of giving you some sense of what the meditation creator was trying to share. You can breeze through dozens meditations with landscape pictures that are about “clarity” and no easily visible descriptions. Courses, which you pay for, are now featured prominently and repetitively. (I bought the unlimited access to these and you can’t delete them if it becomes clear that the course is not a fit - so “my courses is cluttered with these zombies. The courses have generally seemed like 10 days of talks and meditations covered in their other free talks and meditations and only 15% of them have had depth or substance to them. After using it for years, I’m now looking for alternatives. It makes me sad. I have formed connections with people all over the world over time, but it’s primary use as a meditation app is not as useful. I hope this is an experiment in process and they will address these.
Best App I have ever used
by Joelwwx on 2019/05/26 14:39
Insight timer has given me everything I need to build my meditation practice. I was skeptical at first, because I am really picky about adding something especially an app when it comes to my meditation practice. But I am so happy that I gave it a try. I have used it nearly every day for a year and a half now and it has every tool I could ask for. I use a few different practices in each meditation and the ability to set timers anywhere I want allows me to seamlessly switch between practices. On those days that I just don’t have the spirit to do my own meditation the timer, I can choose a guided meditation from one of my Favorite teachers. And on days when I am struggling with something specific, I know that insight will have a meditation for it that I can find. All in all, this app is nothing short of amazing. I recommend it to anyone looking to get started or build their meditation practice and honestly I recommend it to everyone else too! Joel
This app is everything!
by Happyiphonegrl on 2020/03/13 09:17
I started using this app along with a few others. I’ve really been recently working to improve my mindfulness and practice stress management. As a new mom, that’s SO HARD. I’ve had relationship stress and mom guilt. I’ve even had insomnia. For some reason after having my daughter, I couldn’t sleep through the night. Everything was always out of wack despite her sleeping 11-12 hours (happy she’s at least rested). Since I’ve been using this app and practicing morning gratitude, I have actually been sleeping amazing. It’s progress I’m looking for and going from multiple night wakings and feeling stressed during the day to only maybe 1 night waking to use the bathroom and being more productive at work, I can say this app works. If you put in the work and take the courses and do the meditations to break up your day, you will see changes for the better. I don’t actually ever leave reviews, but health and wellness are everything to me.
Great App
by Furfull on 2020/05/29 17:20
I’ve been using this app for a few years now and really like it. Nice timer, wonderful selection of guided meditations covering the gamut of interests and disciplines, good music for meditation, stretching, sleep, etc. It’s fun to see who my fellow Insight meditators are in my area and l actually found a local sangha this way. I also particularly like the opportunity to participate in interest groups. My current favorite is the group led by Australian meditation teacher Stephen Proctor. Stephen provides weekly guidance and is on hand to answer any meditation questions that arise, which is enormously helpful. Our group encompasses meditators from all over the world, which is interesting in its own right. There are innumerable meditation apps available these days and several are very good. Finding one that appeals to you and sparks an interest in creating a daily practice is the thing - so try several! l continue to explore, but enjoy anchoring my daily practice with Insight Timer.
The (formerly) Best Meditation App!
by Evagrius Pontikus on 2019/09/12 19:54
***Update*** The heart of most meditation practices is to detach our attention from the ordinary thought flow of the mind—what Theresa of Avila called, “the ravings of a madman”—to be present to the space that opens between the thoughts. I wish there were a standalone timer app, as was the case for many years. I would gladly pay good money for that. Now this is a community focused, meditation course driven platform that happens to include the original timer. This may work for some people, but I find all the pictures and courses distracting from my purpose: to be quiet for a set amount of time. I wish the developers could split this in to two apps—one with supporting content; and the other, a good old fashioned timer, as before. ***original 5 star review*** I have used this app for years--for thousands of hours. It allows me to have precise control over meditation times, beginning, ending, and interval bells, and has a log and statistics to boot! Additionally it has a variety of beautiful bell (singing bowl) tones and allows me to have preset times with specific interval and bell settings. Thanks to the developers for reverting to the original icon with this update!! This is an excellent app.
Money money
by Polar Midnight on 2019/11/03 10:00
Looks like a nice app... but don’t make people pay for basic things like skipping/fast-forwarding as a premium feature. I’m considering meditation apps. Friends recommended Calm & Headspace. Reddit mentioned Insight Timer and said “it’s completely free” (a couple of years ago). The website (today) makes a big deal about how “magic happens when you give meditation away for free”. However, as soon as I opened the app, it prompted me to subscribe $60/year. Every tab seemed to be locked, and the main tab is one giant advert asking you to subscribe. I found the one free tab; I started playing a meditation, and wanted to skip the intro to get a feel for it. Instant prompt for $60/year - yes, even fast-forwarding costs money. I’m a developer myself, and quality apps ain’t free. You need to pay your salaries, and I’ve no qualms paying $60/year. However, advertising this app as “free” when it clearly isn’t is click-bait to take advantage of familiarity/inertia once installed - should I expect similar business tactics once I’m a customer? In contrast, Calm & Headspace were both much more tactful - and one of them will be getting my money.
Loving Community of Meditators
by Tara Lee- on 2020/05/01 14:02
Insight Timer not only helps to create a consistent meditation practice, it offers thousands of opportunities to learn from the best teachers. It allows anyone to access meditation and guidance free of charge. I used the free app version for well over a year before I purchased a subscription. The subscription is well worth the money as it connects you to daily insight and guided course work to work on personal development and spiritual growth in a wide range of areas. I think the biggest benefit is the community. You can literally see your not meditating alone, this connection to meditators world wide spreads the truth of unity, connection to all and lifts our planet into a state of peace and grace. There is support here in a wide variety of groups and positive friendships. I’m a Soul Coach and highly recommend Insight to all of my clients. Customer service/support is also very responsive if any glitches arise in app use(which is rare). Thank you Insight 🙏🥰
So excellent and diverse, many choices
by indiasoup on 2018/02/09 07:39
If you’re looking for a meditation app, try this. Even if you’re freaked out by the idea of meditation, check it out. There are SO many options, genres, easily searched with filter options. It’s not all “om”, or “inner child meditation”. There’s tech detox, white noise, guided, unguided, sound healing, etc- I gush about this app frequently. I’m not a huge fan of guided meditations, but this app has THOUSANDS of meditations, music tracks, very short to very long, etc. I think there really is something here for anyone- including babies. Yes, all ages. Insight team/development- No criticism here! Just please please please add playlists soon- I’m waiting for them like a little kid waiting for Santa to come on Christmas! I really hope you can get this in an update soon. The app is TREMENDOUS. It’s helped me immensely. Thank you so much for all the work and constant efforts and improvements- I’ve never had a single issue with the app, it’s super reliable.
Love this app; love the app developers
by laughing in portland on 2017/09/30 15:03
UPDATE: A year later and I continue to use this app twice per day for my meditation practice. There have been several big updates to the app this year and the integration and transitions have been seamless. The app continues to get better over time. I highly recommend the Insight Timer. Previous review: If you are looking for a simple meditation timer, this is a great app for you. There are a variety of bells and gongs to signal you during or at the beginning and end of your meditation. But this app can be more than a timer if you so desire. It can log your meditation if so you can keep track of your practice. It gives different colored stars for reaching milestones. Or if you hate the idea of getting stars you don't have to use that part of the app! There is a nice selection of guided meditations to choose from if you like getting some guidance. But you don't have to use them. There is a journal feature and tons of forums you can join and participate in with like minded people. Or not. You can reach out to members and make friends. Or not. Am I painting a picture here? I hope so. This app can simply be a meditation timer or it can offer a portal to a community. And to top it off I feel like the developers really listen to what the community says. It can be a wonderful community for you or it can simply be a meditation timer. The choice is yours.
1 of My 8 Most Frequently Used Apps
by Mr. Asia Lawrence on 2017/10/28 15:29
In the past I would practiced meditation using various platforms that were never really easy to keep up with. I have to thank The Friend Zone podcast for putting me on this this great human creation. #LifeChanging. It’s pretty flawless (outside of my connection in Beijing), but if there was a way that we could get a 10 or 15 second rewind option during our sessions... I know we are suppose to be focused during however, some of the available talks or even the meditation sessions mention things that are hard to hear or maybe I, like others I’m sure, missed what was said. The only way to go back is to restart the entire session, and that’s a nuance where you’re 30-45 minuets into it. Most web streaming platforms and podcasts for sure have the option to rewind on less meaningful things. Let’s make this a five star app and add this little feature. Love this app. I’m sure it’s a driving factor in keeping my positivity level at a cool daily average of 93%.
Guided meditations need cleaned up
by noshedo on 2018/08/19 13:31
A great way of logging your meditations and seeing trends over time. The bell/timer feature works great too. However, the guided meditations have completely devolved into nonsensical flowery new age audios with little substance, and there are very few meditations that accurately teach basic principles of a practice. If you search “concentration” meditation, you instead get open awareness or letting go style meditations. This is a major problem for beginners, who will either be totally misled about the types of practice, or will conclude that the whole meditative enterprise is a total sham. The app needs to make a harder line between meditation styles, and give a means for people to learn about the core techniques. Make courses that introduce mindfulness, one-pointedness, vipassana, open awareness, etc, and maybe even throw some science in too. For those who take this topic seriously, it is frustrating to see the lack of care and attention here, and it makes it very hard to recommend this app to anyone interested in starting a meditation habit.
Hooray!
by GoodEveningEmily on 2020/05/14 15:58
Edit: Upped it to five stars. (Now you can remove courses that you no longer want!) I love the huge selection and variety of meditations. Premium membership is worth it, with access to lots of really wonderful and valuable courses. I want to give this lovely app five stars, but had to subtract one because of this issue: you can’t DROP courses. I purchased a membership because I wanted to listen to and participate in some of the courses- they sounded interesting and helpful. I signed up for a course and listened to the first couple of classes, but decided it wasn’t for me. Too bad, nothing I can do, it will continue showing up on all my lists, I will keep receiving reminders about it, and it will haunt me forever. LOL It seems like such a simple fix, but it’s been over a year and they still haven’t been able to make this change. Pretty annoying- but other than that, great meditations and teachers and community.
Capitalist “Spirituality”
by snorkmaiden2 on 2019/09/10 08:58
I used to love this app, but recent changes have pushed me to leave my first-ever app review. Newly added features include a prominent request for money after every meditation, and links to pay on nearly every page. The financial demands are considerably more in-your-face than other apps that include in-app purchases. There seems to be no way to opt out of the post-meditation payment request/demand. This is NOT how I want to finish my meditations. I understand that people put work into making this app available and they need to make a living. That’s fine. I would love to support them! However I don’t believe this is a respectful way to handle this issue. It’s not in keeping with the spirit of the practice and it makes the company look greedy - especially because the execution is so much more disruptive than in other apps. In fact it makes me far less likely to buy the paid version of the app. Some of the new courses look GREAT and I would really like to take those programs and support those teachers. But I can’t see my way to spending any money at all with this company until they go back to letting me meditate in peace.
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* Apps of the Year Winner - TIME magazine and Womens Health * * More time is spent meditating on insight Timer than all other meditation apps * * Happiest App in the World - Tristan Harris * The number 1 free meditation app. Guided meditations and talks led by the world's top meditation and mindfulness experts, neuroscientists, psychologists and teachers from Stanford, Harvard, the University of Oxford and more. Music tracks from world-renowned artists. Join millions learning to meditate on insight Timer to help calm the mind, reduce anxiety, manage stress, sleep deeply and improve happiness. With 80+ new free guided meditations added daily, more meditation is practiced on insight Timer than anywhere else. Great for both beginners and experienced practitioners. FREE FEATURES: * Thousands of guided meditations * Select by time for short meditations when on the go, helping you to build a simple daily habit * Thousands of music tracks and ambient sounds to calm the mind, focus, sleep better and relax * The world's most popular meditation Timer * Follow your favourite teachers * Thousands of discussion groups and community features * Stats and milestones for tracking your progress * Integration with Apple Health Mindful Minutes Browse popular topics including: * Sleep deeply * Dealing with Anxiety and Reducing Stress * Getting through Recovery and Addictions * Self-love and Compassion * Focus and Concentration * Leadership * Better Relationships * Loving-Kindness * And much more.. Join leading meditation teachers and musicians including: * Tara Brach, Ph.D, founder of insight meditation Community of Washington * Mark Williams, Emeritus Professor at Oxford University * Jack Kornfield, Dartmouth, co-founder of the insight meditation Society alongside fellow insight Timer teachers Sharon Salzberg, and Joseph Goldstein of Columbia * Gil Fronsdal, Ph.D. at Stanford University * Ram Das aka Dr Richard Alpert, Doctorate at Stanford and Harvard University teacher * Sadhguru, Indian yogi, founder of non-profit Isha Foundation * Mooji, disciple of Papaji, and devotee of the master Ramana Maharshi * Moby, international recording artist, DJ, record producer, singer, songwriter * As well as Sarah Blondin, Mary Maddux, Ajahn Achalo, Melissa Ambrosini, Bodhipaksa, Jonathan Lehmann, Jennifer Piercy, Bethany Auriel-Hagan, Kate James and many more.. Practice the following meditation types: * Secular Mindfulness * Buddhist Mindfulness * Zen * insight meditation * Vipassana * MBSR * Walking meditation * Breathing meditation * Kundalini Yoga * Metta * Advaita Vedanta * And many more.. Join community groups for: * Beginners * Poetry * Atheism * Christianity * Hinduism * Transcendental meditation * And many more.. PAID FEATURE - insight PREMIUM meditation We have one optional in-app subscription. * insight Courses * Listen offline (download guided meditations to your device) * Advanced Player (Repeat mode, Fast forward and Rewind, Pick-up where you left off) * High-Quality audio The subscription is available annually for US$59.99/year, or monthly for US$9.99/month. Payment will be charged through your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase, and will automatically renew at the end of each term unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. You can turn off auto-renew at any time from your iTunes account settings, but refunds will not be provided for unused portions of the term. Prices and currency will vary by location. Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription, where applicable. The subscription will renew at the same cost. If you have any questions please send an email help@insight.co (not .com). Privacy Policy - https://insighttimer.com/privacypolicy Terms and Conditions - https://insighttimer.com/terms
Has helped me so much with my practice
by theonlywayoutisin on 2020/10/23 18:45
This is one of my favorite apps. There is a free version that’s great and you can add onto that with a yearly membership to have access to more programs and offline listening. Both are definitely worth it. There is a high quality guided sessions from various teachers. You just have to sift a little and find the ones that resonate for you. It has supported me in my practice, staying consistent and having data to show me how much time I’m actually spending sitting. It’s been a source of support, encouragement and accountability. Can’t recommend it enough. Try it for yourself with the free version first. Hopefully it helps you on your path as well.
Super Dissappinted
by wmdb on 2020/10/23 18:13
I’ve been using this app off and on for a while now and decided to start using courses to deepen my meditation practice, particularly in regards to managing anxiety. I was really disappointed in the Day 5 program of the Learn to Meditate in 7 Days course, Exploring Emotions. I don’t need to explore where stress and anxiety live in my body—I feel it everyday. Furthermore, it is IRRESPONSIBLE for a faceless teacher to ask users to explore that emotion out of the myriad of emotions that can be used. That is for myself and a qualified medical professional to do. She goes as far to state not to think of anything traumatizing or painful, which is presumptuous at best, as she has no idea what my experience with anxiety in my life has been. This is an extremely bad look, Insight Timer. Putting that course in a beginning meditation course for anyone to access without knowledge or forewarning of what it entails does not bode well for bringing people to meditation, especially those who may need it most.
Best Meditation App EVER!
by meditativeyogi on 2020/10/23 15:49
My therapist a few years ago recommended I download this app, and after years of on and off use, I really have to say this is the best meditation app ever! So many different teachers and features you truly can make this your own! My fav thing is that these are recorded by actual people with beautiful music and not strange robotic guidance like you can find with some other apps. Best part is it’s free unless you want to pay for a course or donate! LOVE insight timer!!
Best free meditation app!!!
by Lolsofunny17 on 2020/10/23 13:23
I’m so grateful that this app has tons of guided resources-for free!! It’s very helpful that you can save your favorites and search exactly what you’re looking for. And now they’ve introduced yoga?! It’s amazing.
The best meditation plus so much more APP
by Aclovesdj on 2020/10/23 13:06
I love this app so much! It’s like everything all in one place!
Bree melanson ( breathwork for healing)
by Diana_CB on 2020/10/23 10:46
This meditation has been a gift to me. I cannot put into words what i feel everytime i do this❤️ thank you.
Stretching
by jmhaber4 on 2020/10/23 03:16
Each night I enjoy soothing music to stretch by as I prepare for bed.
Awesome!
by RIC JXW on 2020/10/22 19:38
Leveraging scripture in guided meditation...a winning combination for sure!
Revolutionary
by Reverand Artichoke on 2020/10/22 16:26
Sitting is the fresh bread Insight Timer is the jam
Empowering!
by Pathway Home on 2020/10/22 13:40
Nhi has it going on! She knows how to tap into abundance. Take every word she says literally and it works like magic. 🙏🏼Thank you!
Insight Timer excellent
by funnylib on 2020/10/22 12:16
I’ve been using the insight timer app for years. It has only gotten better. The variety of programs is truly amazing. The quality of teachers is great. There is a place for new content to see some starting out practitioners and there are the famous people too. I feel such gratitude for this app and have learned so much. There are courses that I’ve just begun to dip into and now a tab for yoga. Thank you insight timer!
Insight Time is a wonderful app.
by Sherman6031 on 2020/10/22 12:16
So rich in programming and so flexible, I use it every day. I recommend Insight Timer all the time.
Love it
by Ch1265 on 2020/10/22 11:28
I love this app. Largest conscious community on the planet.
Insight Timer is a gift!
by Derosacamp on 2020/10/22 09:12
I can’t begin to thank Insight Timer for the variety and quality of their meditations. It has allowed me to begin and sustain a meditation practice. I adore the categories including:anxiety,stress,sleep,relationships etc. I use this APP. daily and my life has benefited from this gem.I even use this APP with my therapy clients. I highly recommend and would give more than 5 stars if I could! I don’t know what I’ddo without it. It has helped me through the distress of having my mom put in a nursing home and stepped put into hospice. Thank you thank you Insight Timer!!!!💕💕💕💕
Game Changer!
by Eve H F on 2020/10/21 21:54
This app is the best meditation app I’ve come across. It’s full of so much valuable information and tons of guided meditations. I can always find what I need, here. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Changed my life
by Velinator1 on 2020/10/21 21:38
2020 has been a crazy & stressful year (feels like 100 years, no?) I spent hours searching for an app to help me cope. Insight Timer has been a sanity-saver. The FREE VERSION has 60,000 meditations, thousands of music genres, many courses, and some live events. I deleted other sub-standard apps immediately. Nothing even comes close. I recommend it to everyone I know. Guess I can’t get a commission for using the free version, huh? 🤓
Too clickable time wasting app
by HelenaRomaniovaDarnova on 2020/10/21 20:12
I love the lessons but the app is HORRIBLE. Too clickable and disorganized. Everything takes time. To close or to switch to another lesson, you need to do zillion clicks. I don't need any more complicate and time consuming app in my life please! Especially that suppose to be for calming down.
Insight Timer is a gift
by Desiree LCSW on 2020/10/21 19:28
With insight timer one can choose the type of meditation and how long one wants to meditate. The guides are wonderful and the variety and quality is unparalleled. Thank you Insight Timer
Thankful
by kitty 52! on 2020/10/21 16:36
I have always wanted to be able to mediate. My instructor on a class on well being recommended this app and it is truly helping me control my wandering thoughts. Thank you so much
No response from customer service
by EarthMamaV on 2020/10/21 15:47
I was told by one of my clients that I should be a teacher on InsightTimer. I hadn’t heard of it, but I was excited to join up, being a healer and guide for astral meditations, and putting on live events is something I’ve been called to do. Upon joining up, downloading the app, it became clear that something was off. The instructions for going live aren’t valid. On both my iPhone and desktop. On the app there’s no teacher controls, and on the desktop there isn’t a live event tab, making it impossible to go live. It is 10.21.2020, I sent my first request for help on 10.13, and have yet to receive any response other than the automated one I got right after sending my request for help. I sent another one on 10.17, thinking that maybe the first request got lost and to try again, only to have the same thing happen. Still no response other than “we’ll get back to you shortly”. 8 days and counting isn’t shortly by anyone’s standards. This has left a really bad impression with me and I’m truly disappointed in the customer service, and I’m giving up on working through InsightTimer.
Calm
by StaceyCPL on 2020/10/21 15:41
Starting my day with and Insight Timer meditation is a must. I love the eclectic selections and that I can find either music or guided meditations for what I need.
Fabulous meditation session
by jhb2242 on 2020/10/21 15:01
We listen to this meditation several times a week. It’s creative, soothing and enriches our practice. Thank you for including this!
Pop up ads in the middle of a meditation!
by HkhYoga on 2020/10/21 13:59
That is messed up!I paid $60 for this app! And I’m getting yoga pop-up ads during meditation!
Favorite APp
by mamagj on 2020/10/21 13:40
I’ve been enjoying insight timer for years now. There’s such a diversity of offerings and they’re continually adding new choices such as live classes!
Morning Gratitude meditation
by sammy mama on 2020/10/21 13:36
I love how hands-on this meditation is. Thank you ! My mornings aren’t the same without doing a gratitude meditation.
Insight Timer is a haven where I can rest
by ShellyNosbisch on 2020/10/21 13:35
Insight timer has helped me grow in my meditation practice. I love the depth of recordings to choose from and I wouldn’t go anywhere else.
Awesome App
by Ol' Ranger on 2020/10/21 12:26
This app has so much for everyone and it’s offered at no cost. If you are able, donate what you can to keep this app free for those who are unable to make a financial contribution. I would be lost without the meditations in this app to guide me. Try it. It will become an essential part of your health regimen.
Love!
by Pig88:) on 2020/10/21 11:40
This app is such a gift! I use it for my personal meditation, for my yoga classes, for daily events that I want to keep on time. It is soothing! It is calming! It’s sooo good!
Good for little ones
by h fu8ffgumftk on 2020/10/21 02:51
Well I’ll say it’s better for littler ones than adults the teachers are so nice and their voices are so soothing for kids that like cats should do hidi cherry and vaya just letting you now God bless you and your family
Love this app but unable to get to any meditation anymore
by Vatsi1482 on 2020/10/21 02:44
I have loved this meditation app for the longest time this gael’s helped me through tough times and sleepless nights, but recently i have started using the app in mobile network and god knows it gives more anxiety then relaxation i am unable to play any meditation it just keep loading. And i am not in any bad mobile network as well . I checked and my friends are facing the same issue. I am forced to delete this app just because i can’t use it anymore.
THE BEST!
by KathySpFR on 2020/10/21 02:26
My favorite App in the whole wide word. Amazing teachers of various styles accessible for free/donation based.
Player stops after a few seconds
by JetsetJordan on 2020/10/20 16:15
Normally I love this app, but I can’t get any meditations to play fir more than 2 seconds. Please fix.
Kindness to myself
by zunilm on 2020/10/20 16:06
This was an awesome meditation that was shared with me exactly when I needed it. Thank you
Best app
by Atlactr on 2020/10/20 14:28
I’ve used Insight Time daily for over 2 years and it has transformed my life. I do a course every day and also guided and/or unguided meditations. I recommend this app for getting and keeping your life on a positive course.
Thank you
by InnerPeace&Love on 2020/10/20 13:53
It has been a great help to my spiritual journey with your meditation app. I have been using it daily for a few years now. Thank you so much! Keep up with your good work! Inner peace, love and joy for all!
Stay grounded with Insight Time
by Baltic Amber on 2020/10/20 13:35
Life can be hard. Especially during a pandemic. Insight Timer’s vast inventory of FREE meditations has kept me sane, calm, and introspective through it all. You can find a meditation for about anything you are going through or just find clarity in the moment. Truly a gift.
App de meditacion, excelente herramienta
by zumnic on 2020/10/20 09:21
Excelente meditación guiadas
A must have!
by Dominicka on 2020/10/20 05:23
I’ve been using this app almost every single day. When I’m going to be or waking up in the morning. Driving or even in prayer. This is hands down the best mediation app// overall inspiring app to have.
Great!
by joeynotes on 2020/10/19 22:33
What a moving meditation. Many thanks
Free, flexible, necessary
by Vivikeg on 2020/10/19 20:04
I'm so appreciative of this ever-changing collection of thoughtful meditations. I wake up and go to sleep with this app. I love being able to follow and support my favorite contributors. Thanks for all the work that goes into this app! Feedback: The iPad version seems less intuitive and I was disappointed that my progress did not update to my account between devices. I'd appreciate a quicker path to similarly timed guided sessions so I can get started while groggy and fit mediation into my day.
Life changing
by lauraf222 on 2020/10/19 18:41
Endless meditations and courses and talks to explore. It’s helped expand and support me in developing a daily practice. I’m so grateful. The yearly subscription is not required to access meditations, but I have found it worth it for the additional courses and rewind and download functions.
I turn within 🙏
by Gurujop on 2020/10/19 15:09
I look forward to starting my day with Insight Timer. As I sip on my morning Matcha, I am listening to Mantra Music or some talk of my choice, through my ear buds, as my partner works from home these days. I am at peace within, as a result, I am covered with Teflon, moving through my day with ease and grace. I love having insight timer at my fingertips 24-7-365, what a way to connect to the world, inhale hold, exhale relax. And so it is ❤️
Problems
by snow leopard on fire on 2020/10/19 13:59
I need to be able to use this app all night for sleep but it keeps shutting off it won’t play the track continuously. So two nights lost sleep due to trying to make this thing work after having bought premium.
Always welcome
by jopoke H on 2020/10/19 13:16
Insight timer has been welcome in my life for years. I use it daily for myself and recommend it to all of my patients struggling with addiction & emotional stability. Whether it’s teachings, stories, sleep assistance or music to fill the house it’s a true gift. Thank you!!🙏🏻❤️
Greatness
by JdotKing on 2020/10/19 12:50
Enjoy being able to search so many options to find a meditation, a talk or just about anything to fit my mood.
Great support
by PrimeWAVL on 2020/10/19 10:46
InsightTimer has jump started my practice and provided depth, guidance and results in the personal development of my meditation practice! Thank you !
Favorite App
by Figueroma on 2020/10/19 02:39
I love this app so much! I like tracking my meditation practice and just having so much knowledge at the top of my fingertips.
Getting kicked out
by abdwr on 2020/10/19 02:13
Just tried to access 3 guided sessions - all ended after 2-3 sessions
A Life Saver!!
by JFAFW on 2020/10/18 17:00
I have used many apps for meditation, but Insight Timer is by far the best. I love the wide range of options and the instructors. The upgrade is definitely worth it too. It’s my daily go to for everything that keeps me happy and healthy.
Review
by Nina GET on 2020/10/18 16:49
Insight Timer has been a gift from God! I’m very thankful because I have been able to connect to my inner self and have discovered wonders within. Forgiveness, peace, security, compassion Love...endless love. A wonderful connection with myself, God and others! Every day is a Joy!
Love this App
by VegFest on 2020/10/18 15:47
Although I have a few favorites there are several great artist to meet your everyday calming or inspirational needs. This is a must have app .
Peace and stability
by ShannaFL on 2020/10/18 15:23
Thank you for this nourishing meditation. ❤️🙏🏻
Customer service virtually nonexistent
by Invez on 2020/10/18 15:13
My favorites page is not loading. I’ve am working I’m trying to get it up for 30 minutes now. Their support page has changed and is virtually nonexistent. I don’t know why they make it so difficult to ask a question. I am in the middle of a 40 day course and cannot access it. Insight Timer used to be much more accessible. I pay $35.99 for a subscription, but I can’t get any help. I am not going to renew.
Reformed citizen
by millionaire mack on 2020/10/18 14:21
This Is hands down the best meditation app I have ever tried this app has changed my life in so many ways I feel like I sound corny saying this but I refer this app to everyone I know
Excellent app
by JennyRaeS on 2020/10/18 14:16
Update: Did I just get a pop up about new live yoga right after I started my meditation timer? Yes. Yes, I did. Um, can’t the ads wait until after I’ve done my sitting practice? Updated review: some of the changes are good, but I think now that I've been using guided meditations more I've noticed places for improvement. First - it no longer switches to landscape view on the iPad - that's a small thing but it used to so now it's just frustrating. More importantly, to get to my bookmarked meditations, I have to go through something like 5 screens, many of them with very bright white backgrounds. In the dark morning this is very off putting. Finally, still, no download option means you have to be connected to the internet. I still love Insight Timer. The changes are great! One thing I would change: you can't rate a guided mediation unless you listen all the way thru. This means that 1)of course all the ratings are high bc who's going to sit thru 60 minutes of a bad mediation to rate it? and 2) there's no way to track those I've tried and didn't like. I wish there was some way to track negative ones as well as good ones. Older: This app has really helped me develop a meditation routine. Very dedicated customer service.
Great app for meditations
by LT in VA on 2020/10/18 13:16
This is an amazing app with thousands of meditations, which can be sorted by time or by type. You can use it for free, donate to your favorite meditation guides, or you can pay for more features.
I use Insight Timer every single day! It’s a treasure trove!
by dharmasis on 2020/10/18 12:51
Insight Timer has so much to offer! I've only just begun to share the possibilities😊 It surely is helpful for consistent practice. I use it every morning, a great way to begin the day.
Meditation
by j uthe on 2020/10/18 12:16
This is the best . Meditation helps me to start the day. It gets me prepared.
5⭐️
by Mirandamay22 on 2020/10/18 05:04
Keeps getting better. Thank you to all of the amazing teachers on Insight Timer. The mediations, talks, and music have been transformative for me. I’m truly grateful for all your love and energy you put into your work. Thank you IT team for creating this platform 💫
OMG
by shdhjshx on 2020/10/18 03:46
My mom said to loose weight and told me this app would helps with loosing weight so I downloaded this app and I was like really mom befor I could text her a video made me pass out I was so mad cuz it was my work time and I fell asleep and then I got fired >:(.
Been using since 2015-great!
by caitlinheg on 2020/10/18 03:12
I have seen using Insight Timer since 2015. I’ve logged over 500 hours of meditation using this platform. I continue to use it because it is simple, easy to use, provides free and amazing guided meditations, and a connection to local and international meditators. I would highly recommend this app!
I Highly recommend this app!
by Hummingbird Enlightenment on 2020/10/18 01:48
I use this app at least once a day, it is a great tool. Allow yourself to take time out of your day for you! Everyone you interact with will benefit, especially you. Francesca
Best app ever!!!
by MoreTide on 2020/10/17 15:19
Amazing app. I deeply appreciate the opportunities it provides me to connect and improve my meditation.
Essential
by ari. Law. on 2020/10/17 13:18
I
Loving kindness with Ashley Baer
by Cape cod Sal on 2020/10/17 12:04
Thoroughly enjoyed this meditation. Her voicing is soothing, her words inspire.
Usually love but...
by crankynancy on 2020/10/17 10:25
I’ve used this timer for years. But today during meditation an ad popped up. Really? That is the last thing anyone needs during meditation and runs counter to the entire process. Please fix this. Or I’m going to shop for a new timer. That’s just ridiculous.
Yoga on Insight
by mamsof4 on 2020/10/17 10:15
Insight timer has everything you need to find some peace. Guidance to start my day with positive energy and soothing sounds to help me sleep at night and anything love and light in between. But now there’s more!! Yoga starts at the end of this month.
Good
by tealnedwicke on 2020/10/17 04:07
Very good app maybe one of the best but one thing I really want is for a update like more sections
Review
by Wainesh on 2020/10/17 02:27
Great teachers!👏
BEST App!!
by SueDav1023 on 2020/10/17 01:09
I’ve been using the Insight Timer for 5 years now. Tried other apps and you just can’t find the same kinds of excellent guided and Live meditations like the ones here on Insight. Keep up the great work!! Love this App!💜
Peaceful friend
by fae_gratitude_! on 2020/10/16 21:58
I use insight timer every day without fail. Music meditations are my favorite.
I love insight timer, it is my respite and sanctuary!
by Satori B on 2020/10/16 19:03
It reminds me of a future where the Power of Love will overcome the love for power and then open a new portal to a World of Happiness and Harmony! Satori B
Life saver
by Mot7715 on 2020/10/16 14:04
This app has changed my life forever! I will use it until the day I die. I’m not overreacting. Meditation has changed how I see everything in this universe and the ones beyond ours. Thank you Insight Timer for opening my mind and heart to a whole to world.
Still use the app...but don’t like all changes
by otterki on 2020/10/16 12:04
Below is my review from several years ago when I just started using the app. I still use the app, but am frustrated by all the extra screens and added content. I used the app primarily for the timer and found the bonus of seeing other people meditating along with me, or adding journal entries or offline sessions an easy an pleasurable extra. I can still easily use the timer and, really that’s all I really need. But I miss the easy ability to do the other things in a click. There are too many places and different screens now so I just don’t bother. I think this app is easy to understand and use right away. I had gone to a meditation weekend retreat and worried I wouldn't be able to carry over the practice in daily life, but this app was recommended and I have used it every day to meditate.
Best meditation app
by DMarieisMe on 2020/10/16 05:43
I love Insight timer and I really enjoy the guided mediations.
Great app!! Lots of options
by Pippilngs on 2020/10/16 02:16
Not only do I use it myself, I’ve often recommended it to friends and to my patients, since I’m a PA.
The best meditation app ever!
by LazeRock on 2020/10/15 21:29
I love insight timer! It has so many features and great meditations to choose from. Highly recommended!!!
Amazing app, skip the others!
by SaucerfulOfBooks on 2020/10/15 17:31
So I’ve tried out headspace, calm, and a few others over the past year but insight timer just can’t be beat! It feels like money is the primary goal of most of these kinds of apps. They give you a very limited amount of functionality and dangle a subscription in your face. Insight timer has a premium option but it doesn’t feel forced at all and most features your average person would want are freely available. I rarely bother to rate apps on the AppStore but this one is truly worth the 5 stars!
Amazing app
by loriotr on 2020/10/15 14:04
This is an amazing app with so many awesome meditations. I highly recommend!!
Sleep meditations are great!
by judelor on 2020/10/15 11:58
I’ve used the sleep meditations a few times now. When I can afford a premium membership I’m getting one!. Thanks for a few great hours of solid sleep guys!
Idk much about meditation
by Theroxbaby1 on 2020/10/15 11:03
I do know that this is effective and it’s just what I needed. I’ll inform you of my progress.
Amazing App
by rachelvm25 on 2020/10/14 11:05
This app is truly above board, far beyond any other meditation app that I’ve tried. The range and selection of free meditations available, both with and without narration, music, etc. is truly astounding. Insight Timer has been instrumental in helping me develop my meditation practice and skills.
La herramienta perfecta para meditación
by Yarasaez on 2020/10/14 10:36
Entre todas las app de meditación la más seria. Generan contenido constante y avanzan en tecnología, actualizaciones constantemente.
Godsend
by Danielle Eleni W on 2020/10/14 04:36
I love the diversity in this app - from talks, courses, music and meditations/hypnosis. It has helped me through many difficult times, and is there to bring me back to my true nature, which is peaceful and full of love and appreciation, despite how my mind can loop negatively. It is ok - and there is help, and this is an excellent tool for healing. Thank you. 💖🙏🏼
Wonderful app for all levels of meditation
by Synonym Junkie on 2020/10/14 00:35
This app has helped change my life. I downloaded the free version to time my sittings when i began meditating about 4 years ago, used it fairly regularly for casual/non-structured meditation for a few years, then upgraded to the paid version and began using it’s courses over the last year to more seriously practice meditation. The changes i have seen in my life since starting to meditate have been both numerous and dramatic, and this app facilitated those changes. Had i realized just how much my life was going to change for the better when i downloaded this app, i would have been willing to pay absurd sums of money. The fact that the basic version is free (very helpful in itself), and that the paid version is well worth the cost (great structured daily courses) makes me wish i could rate this app six out of five stars.
Helpful
by omgitsberee on 2020/10/13 18:00
Just try it out
Love it 💕
by Mamimichelle on 2020/10/13 16:13
I had been only using one exclusive app but I am so thankful that I now know and are using this one too 💞
Fantastic Meditations
by Tyus Maximus on 2020/10/13 15:19
The guided meditations are great, but the background music is distracting for me.
Outstanding Meditation App
by Ten2oneisright on 2020/10/13 11:46
Fantastic selection of meditations. What I love is the number of free available guided meditations that are included. Also, the ability to do timed silent meditation as well. Only one fault I have run across - you cannot change your personal information after setting it. Once I make a change and click Save, nothing happens! Please fix this!
Best sleep ever!
by tfbambi on 2020/10/13 04:06
I love Jennifer Piercy! So soothing. I sleep so well after listening to anything she offers
Great options!
by s.dk on 2020/10/13 03:51
I’ve been using this app for years and have appreciated the ability to customize sessions and the data collection. Recently, I’ve been exploring the guided sessions, which also have some good options. It can be hard to find guided sessions I like - there’s a lot of fluff. But there’s a lot to appreciate, too. I started subscribing at some point, and it’s been worth it.
Meditation
by Maganda67 on 2020/10/12 22:56
I think it makes one relax and less thinking. Puts your mind into focusing
Great meditation App
by rickygski on 2020/10/12 20:01
This was refereed to me by my psychiatrist. I can't tell you how much this site and the different people they feature have help me with my anxiety and sleeping problems. This is the best meditation app out there. Thank you Insight Timer
Apple Watch app doesn’t sync
by Hawkryger on 2020/10/12 19:08
Overall it’s a pretty good app. However, after the most recent update, the Apple Watch app does not sync with the app. I emailed the company but received no response. So, like I said it’s overall good - but some functionality is broken.
Player is stopping in between
by namasteyogiii on 2020/10/12 17:26
Player is not reliable and stops playing after few seconds.
Best App
by eellwa on 2020/10/12 16:55
I’ve tried several of the meditation apps and this one is by far the best available.
Difficult interface
by fshopper on 2020/10/12 16:54
Difficult interface, too many icons without labels. Requires memory of interface tree to navigate, trial & error to find the way to functions. Last-viewed should not be tagged with a heart; an item that was unpleasant should not haunt your favorites list just because you tried it. Live events pop up without any indication of start or run time. No help section supporting live events.
Magic!
by Pompom99 on 2020/10/12 11:47
I primarily use this for assistance when falling asleep. I found a voice and guidance I like and it works like magic! Yoga Nidra for sleep is the one for me.
Self love
by Macurtis87 on 2020/10/12 11:05
Just what I needed to hear today. Perfect way to start my morning. Thank you for this!
Life Changer ~ Highly Recommend!
by skycat319 on 2018/05/19 13:58
I am so glad I ran across this app last year! I never thought I would say that an app has had an impact on my life, but this one certainly has -a very positive impact! For many years, I wanted to get into mediation- I knew the benefits. However, I had a difficult time getting my mind to slow down enough to concentrate on being “present in the moment”, I was, instead, thinking of what all was on my To Do list for the day or week! I also never felt like I had time to meditate. Now, I’ve learned to incorporate meditation into my day - often twice a day. It’s actually something that I truly look forward to, NOT a chore. You can tailor this app to see or suggest only specific categories of guided meditations that interest you. Or if you are on you break at work or perhaps, you are finally getting a breather when the baby is napping but you are short on time, you can search for meditations that are 1 minute, 2 minutes, 5 minutes... the possibilities are endless. And yes, even a couple minutes (if that’s all you can spare) can be just what you needed some days-it CAN make a difference. This site has some extraordinary teachers as well as members. It is truly beautiful to see so many people from all over the world sharing positive energy and uplifting stories. I highly recommend trying out this app! Peace✌🏽☮️, ❤️ Love, & 🤗 Hugs! 🧘🏻‍♀️ 🙏🏿 Namaste 🙏🏽 🧘🏽‍♀️
Old Business Owner’s Perspective
by Avid exerciser on 2019/11/10 13:57
Running a $6 million a year engineering company & dealing with everything else in life took me to a place where my mind never stopped racing thinking about the problem from yesterday and the possible problem tomorrow. After looking at the free app on my IPAD for many, many years, I decided to go for the premium edition & do some on-line meditation classes. Now I get it. I still think about the problems from yesterday and I still plan for tomorrow’s problems, but it is done when I decide it is time to do it, not continuously. I am calmer, more focused, & far better equipped to handle whatever comes my way. But the best part is, I can now fully enjoy going for a run, pumping heavy iron in the gym, spending time with my wife, watching a movie, picking up the phone to reconnect with a friend, and all the other things that are so important in addition to work. All the hype in the wellness literature is correct - meditation done properly ( which to me doesn’t mean rigidly and hardcore with a specific set of rules beyond doing it and being open ) is life changing. Give yourself a real gift this year, sign up for premium, pay the money, take a beginner’s class, and buckle up for an amazing adventure. As the add on TV says, “I’m a member for life”, because it has given me a new one and I love the benefits of a 10 to 15 minute a day guided meditation practice.
What a resource!!
by LaurelT on 2018/02/17 17:51
I initially downloaded this app for the timer - a nice variety of authentic sounding bowls, blocks, and chimes. Fast forward four years and I'm continually blown away by the incredible amount and quality of the guided meditation content now available here! All for free!! With new recordings arriving each day, there's everything from basic breath work and mindfulness practices, to creative visualization and hypnotherapy, Yoga Nidra, meditations on specific topics (I've noticed everything from improving your ball game to having a healthy pregnancy!), children's meditations, meditations in a variety of foreign languages, music, and spiritual talks. While most of the offerings seem to be pretty secular, there are some which might appeal more specifically to people with backgrounds in Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and probably other religions as well. There's everything from world renown spiritual leaders to up and coming teachers from around the world. I've found some real gems here and have bookmarked many more than I'll probably ever get to as I keep coming back to some favorites. I haven't gotten into the social aspect of this app, but that is also there for people who want that. I do enjoy seeing the charts of my practice over time and feel more centered and able to cope with life as I enjoy realizing the personal goals I've set. Thank you!!
I TEACH MEDITATION
by Macmamamarie on 2019/03/07 15:38
As a teacher, I’ve been recommending different apps and music for my students and patients over the years and I can honestly say that I have switched and I use Insight Timer EVERY DAY without fail and have done so since the day I found it! I recommend it to everyone! I’m so impressed with the content and how it’s broken down by category and by time. If you only have a few minutes, you still can access a mind space to breathe. There is so much to explore and do within this little app. You can choose to approach meditation from a spiritual or scientific angle, you can simply use it to breathe or listen to lectures and learn something new, you can use it as a meditation timer or go into a chat room and discuss meditation or philosophy with other like minded people. The option to join and become part of a community and connect with other people on the journey of learning and discovery is wonderful, and it’s international platform makes it uniquely powerful. I can’t say enough about this because it’s so much more than an app, it’s an idea that came together in an app and created an international community of meditators and made it accessible to even the newest beginner. I have passed this app on to over a hundred people and will continue to do so! I can’t recommend this enough!!
The BEST meditation app there is!
by pooooowjerhchvheirh on 2018/01/04 13:51
I've been through quite a few meditation apps, but Insight Timer is by far the best and the one I've been using consistently for months now and plan to continue using. Unlike other apps that only feature their own meditations or require you to pay to access all of them, Insight Timer allows users to upload their own meditations and there is an enormous catalog with more added each day. Also, you can choose from the amount of time to the category of meditation you want and see/leave ratings and reviews on anything. As if this weren't great enough, it also has the best meditation timer I've seen in any app. Set any amount of time or infinite time, add the bell of your choice from one to three times, beginning and/or end and/or intervals. AND beyond these wonderful things, it offers groups to enter for support or kind messages, and it logs your progress! It's so great to be able to see how many days consecutively you've meditated and for me this is a huge motivator not to miss a day. It's also interesting to see your days and weeks compared and how much time total you've spent on the timer vs guided meditations. Recommend this app to anyone and everyone who enjoys being relaxed and grounded!(I.e. Every human being)
Best meditation app hands down!
by sober mama on 2020/07/30 11:19
I don’t write reviews for apps. I felt compelled to do so for this one. First off, i have been trying to get into the practice of meditation for several years now. I’ve tried classes, doing it on my own, and various other apps: Calm, HeadSpace, etc. Problem with those apps is they all charge you a monthly fee after the trial period. This is the only truly free app for meditation. Once I got into it, it’s laid out so beautifully, easy to find specific meditations, and its so user friendly. I really found myself looking forward to meditating after the first couple of days. It is now a part of my morning routine and i could not imagine my life without it. They do offer courses in addition to the over 45,000 free meditations. I fell in love with one meditation guide in particular who led a Smiling Meditation which literally brought happy tears to my eyes while meditating! I found that she offered a 10-day self-confidence workshop. I wound up going ahead and purchasing the yearly membership for $65. Well worth it to me bc i don’t think I could run out of courses or premium content on this app! Could not recommend enough! If you have had other apps collecting space on your phone, do yourself a favor and delete them! Get Insight Timer!
single most important app in my iphone!!
by ramak444 on 2019/09/28 08:08
sighhhh. this app is everything. using insight timer consistently, i have 135 total days meditated & 66 consecutive days completed. i use the app from the moment i wake up, work on my laptop, in an uber, when i’m home reading or cooking, and finally when i sleep. i can’t believe there’s a FREE app like this that houses so many wonderful meditation tracks. you can choose music or guided meditation. i ‘ve even played the kid meditations for my little nephew to fall asleep. in the settings area, it has a full chart of your progress and how many total minutes etc you’ve meditated. seeing the numbers really motivates you to keep the streak going & meditate daily. if you don’t like guided meditation, there’s a simple timer you can use, which is the original purpose of the app. thank you to the creators of insight timer & the teachers who provide their guidance & positive energy. i’ve tagged them on instagram stories in the past & they always reply and like. i love an interactive company. i see myself purchasing their ‘member plus’ version which has a lot of cool features. i rarely write app store reviews but this platform has truly helped me in my daily life. THANK YOU! sending peace & love your way. download this dang app i tell ya! ~Ra
Self Acceptance
by Wrisque on 2019/04/16 10:42
A message I wrote to just one of the many teachers available to you with Insight Timer: Thank you Paz. For the 30 day mantra challenge❤️. I am 55 years and meditation is new to me. I gave myself permission to pursue this challenge using the body and mind I currently have (busy and distracted with many joys, passions and concerns) and so I started the challenge laying down in bed in the morning (cozy), I enjoyed it so much I sometimes did 5 sessions a day as I washed dishes and did the laundry and walked the dog❤️. I let myself be who I am at this moment, someone entirely new to mantras and meditation, and so added the challenge to my life without trying to do it perfectly. Sometimes I sang along. Sometimes I just listened. Sometimes I picked up after my dog. —-> it didn’t matter, I came out the other side of the challenge a more calm, present, peaceful person. I was fascinated to be able to feel the vibration of my singing in my heart with my hand set on my chest. It’s so exciting to be learning something so extraordinary at this time in my life. I am listening and participating again now with my quieter mind. This has improved every aspect of my life. I also listen often to your album Inner Light. Thank you Paz for this gift. Thank you Insight Timer❤️
The PERFECT Library of Meditations at My Fingertips
by Im4everjyoung on 2018/11/05 14:44
I cannot say enough about how much I enjoy this app. It doesn’t have any advertisements, like in other free apps, and I can pull up any type, at any moment, for as long as I need, and for what purpose I need it for, and VIOLA!! Poof!! 💥There it displays many many choices! I am so thrilled, there is such a treasure chest of talented gems, and I am really learning so much! It not only helps me learn how to meditate, but how to continue putting into practice what I’ve learned. Prior to this app, I had restless sleep. I am experiencing the joys of menopause, so there are a lot of sleepless nights. However, when I used the sleeping meditations, I’m sound asleep in minutes! 😴 I wake refreshed & ready to take on the day! I’ve even done morning meditations, during acupuncture, for a power nap, waiting for an appointment... anywhere at any time of the day. I’ve gained an abundance mindset and have truly felt the confidence, clarity, pleasure, self-love, healing, cleansing, serenity, gratefulness, openness to love, self-care, inspiration, rejuvenation, motivation, fun, and receptivity to enjoy discovery and new challenges... and truly living life. Very powerful and well organized app. Thank you for the developers & beautiful contributions. The BEST APP EVER!! Life changing!!
My Favorite App
by Tljane on 2019/06/03 16:10
I have been using the free version of Insight Timer since 2011 and other than my standard mail, text and calendar apps, this is the app I use most consistently. I recently upgraded to the paid version thinking that at the very least, I should support this dedicated staff and I’m really glad I did. I’m enjoying the courses and other paid features. I’m an executive coach and for years, have been recommending Insight Timer to every one of my clients, most of whom have never meditated before. There are so many options to help beginners get started, from short meditations that can help busy clients dip their toes in the water and build their meditation muscles to guided meditations that really help people learn to calm their minds. I’m really looking forward to exploring more of the courses. It would be fantastic if there was a way to build a favorites list, then easily share that with my clients. I’ve found that anything I can do to lower the barriers to getting started (one of which can be an overwhelming array of choices), the higher the likelihood that a client will try something. Maybe this option already exists. Guess I need to do some exploring. Thanks Insight Timer for developing my favorite app!
Great app with several limitations
by shineylewis on 2019/10/11 14:45
I love this app, I really do, but unfortunately there’s some limitations that make it difficult to use under certain situations. I paid for the upgrade. There are many Courses included with the premium membership that are fabulous. The daily Insights are also wonderful. The problem is not with the content. The limitation is that The Course tracks and the Daily Insights don’t repeat. So you’ll be trying to fall asleep while listening to a 10 minute meditation and when it’s over, if you haven’t fallen asleep, you’ll need to dig around for your glasses in the dark (if you’re like me) then find your phone, to manually restart the meditation. Or like yesterday, after the start of a migraine the same thing. I’m getting very frustrated, having to continually do this with each meditation. They have the ‘repeat’ function on the regular guided meditations, but just not on Course tracks or Daily Insights. Why? I’m really sorry to bash such a great app, and it truly is a great app but again, those limitations really knock it down a few stars for me. In addition, there is no way to bookmark Course tracks or Daily Insights or download them as a Premium member, like you can do with the regular guided meditations. Not sure if I can find a better meditation app, but these limitations are going to make me try to seek one out.
I came back, only to turn away again.
by ShamanYeho on 2019/12/06 13:53
I remember using this app a couple years ago to help keep me on track with a consistent meditation practice. The app was smooth and supportive of the user, without being too intrusive. I was happy for them and teachers everywhere who could later offer guided courses for a fee; they should be compensated for their effort and time to provide such courses. Yet, you could remain a free user, without pressure to buy in to courses or subscriptions. I re-downloaded it today. I intended to remain a free user as I always had before. I was disappointed to see that the landing page (the earth icon at the bottom) showed their own advertisement for Member Plus, effectively forcing free users to see the ad every time they use the app for the timer feature, as there is no way to hide the ad that is part of the page itself. I understand the app has to evolve and grow to sustain itself and survive; that’s the basis (and unfortunate consequence) of capitalism. Still, I recall the message sent to users before subscriptions and other paid services rolled out, promising to not force users to pay to use the app, that it would always be optional, and that they would stay true to that freedom. And while indeed they’ve kept the free timer in place, it feels not without constant marketed persuasion.
Wonderful app, evolving conscientiously
by flaminywen on 2018/05/05 11:13
Insight Timer has been with me since way before it became a source of so much varied and wonderful material. I used to use it just to time my own meditations or the holding of my yin postures, when all it was was a timer! Even then it felt like a treasure on my iPad. I lost my thread with meditation for a while and when I returned I found a new world in the making on this app, with a most inspiring talk from the CEO to kick off my appreciation, respect, and enthusiasm. I came back as a regular and haven’t scratched the surface, in spite of using it nearly daily. It helped me through a two year battle of my husband’s with cancer that would eventually take him out. Most remarkably, my husband, never having been a meditator himself, found his way to using this app for desperately needed help in sleeping the last few months of his life. He listened so much the last few weeks that all we caregivers needed to know how to access his favorites, day and night. And now I’m returning to this wealth of help to work with my grief and move forward. I can see that it will be a godsend yet again. Thank you for a remarkable product, conceived and conducted with great heart and smarts. Still a treasure for me. w
Almost Perfect
by Braveorchid on 2020/04/12 06:55
I love this app and use it daily. There are so many content options it’s a bit two sided—it’s a lot to sort through. My biggest pretty please wish is that it return to saving my preference to sort my bookmarks from short to long. It used to remember the last sort setting, but for some reason it was taken away (and the bookmarks kind of buried) a couple of versions ago. Edit: I still enjoy this app, but with each new version I’m a little disappointed. I had liked the opening screen with the map of where people were meditating, but also that it wasn’t more than that, as meditation is a private thing. A quiet connection felt much more comfortable. It feels much more commercial now—I’m constantly being advertised at with smiling headshots. I doubt that would change if I subscribed, and I’d prefer to buy rather than rent the app anyway. It’s also constantly being redesigned, making it hard to know where to find things. And the last update completely took away the ability for me to sort my bookmarked meditations from shortest to longest, which I really preferred as my default and used to be able to set it to.
70+ days in and still LOVE this app!
by KonaHIMike on 2020/10/10 04:03
Update — now three years in & would prefer it stop being so commercial. Meditation is not complicated, does not require going to class for the rest of your life. Those of us who just want to use the timer function — it gets put in with constant ads in your face. It is shameful actually that an organization that says it wants to make your life better pushes you to do routines and classes that actually detract from getting from point A to point B. Oh well, if the times keep getting stuck behind commercialization, at least I’m not addicted to these classes at all, I can use alternative timers or none at all. I still mostly use it for the great sounding sequential timers. Who wants to be blasted out of their session? Not me, and this app provides quality sounds to let me first relax, sound so I know to move into my first part, then when that time has passed, sound, so I know to move into my second (rest) part, then a nice gentle sound to let me know I can comfortably open my eyes and end my "meditation". Works perfect -- and is all I need to use -- I can add friends when I have extra time or browse the "forums" but totally not necessary to do Turning Within meditation (Kelvin Chin) -- a sort of hybrid of TM, a sort of mantra meditation. It has made a world of difference and this app helps me keep my place and incidentally tracks the days that turn to weeks and months. Very happy with this app!
Yeah, this app is the best. Period.
by tineydancer on 2019/06/02 15:27
Like many other reviewers, I have tried and tested many different forms of meditation. I tried Headspace (and liked it!), but it never stuck. I am a YOGA TEACHER, and yet, to my disappointment, I simply couldn’t turn a personal meditation practice into a daily habit. Skeptical but re-inspired, I downloaded Insight Timer. I tried a 5-minute loving-kindness mediation and felt invigorated. I’ve had the app for four days and have meditated everyday since (sometimes twice in one day!). It’s easily become habit - suddenly - given the great magnitude and variety of resources on this app. I LOVE how you can search for anything (and find it, no doubt), listen to different voices and techniques every time, AND it’s free. There is a premium option, but unlike many other apps, the abundance of free perks on this one makes it easy and simple to use without concern to upgrade — they’re not trying to trick you one bit! (Thank you, Insight Timer, for making this app free and accessible to all folks with smart phones.) I love this app. And for the first time in my life, I not only turn inward regularly - rather, I eagerly look forward meditating every day.
Thank you for this wonderful resource 🦋🌺
by 2 Peace on 2018/07/01 14:45
This app offers so much to so many people—Much more than a meditation timer! It offers free and low cost talks on many aspects of life, guided meditations, groups, short courses, connections to other meditators, inspiration and more. Need help with relaxing? Or calming anxiety, working with depression, chronic pain, sleeplessness, body image? All of these and more are here. The teachers include those who are enlightened and share their peace, wise and humble teachers who share their understanding from years on the path, beloved for their human qualities of sincerity, vulnerability and compassion. Since there are many facets to inner deepening and many places to begin or delve deeply—this is a wonderful tool/app and I thank its creators and all who participate as guides and as participants. I do have a few requests. Is it possible to get a pure clear tone on the timer? An example would be Eckhart Tolle’s perfectly tuned and light, ringing chime. A second suggestion is an option for an array of seconds of a large quartz crystal singing bowl being toned around its perimeter. Both of these would be cleansing and beautiful to hear. Thank you.
I use this daily, Excellent app, great tool
by mr.raines on 2017/10/07 18:45
I continue to use it daily, to time my zazen. The developers continue to improve the experience. It supports meditation of all sorts and all faiths. Very flexible, allowing me to choose timings to fit my day. I take it when I am on the road. It allows social connections to other meditators, if you wish, but that's far from necessary to get value. The reminder feature is nice, as are the record keeping features. Really appreciate the efforts to upgrade after seeking users' input. The newest version offers a great deal of customizable features so that practitioners can create an individual experience. I don't use the guided meditations, though those are plentiful and varied. The "groups" feature supports community of practice in a very customizable manner. There are Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, and non-denominational groups, as well as inter-faith and even humor groups. There is considerable support to maintain a daily practice, including a 365 group, with a goal to sit each day in 2017. It has earned a spot at the bottom of my iPhone screen, along with the phone app, mail, and safari.
All the features you could want and then some
by Flamingjellyfish on 2020/01/28 02:22
I like that it's versatile enough that I can also use it when I want to do yin yoga where I hold each pose for five minutes. Over time I've been starting to use features I thought I didn't even want at first, like joining groups and listening to guided meditations. This app has everything. (And if you just want a timer that starts and ends with a gong sound, it can do that too, although it does take long enough to load that if you just want a timer you might want something simpler.) Really I'm kind of astonished that subscription-based meditation apps even exist, given how good Insight Timer is. One minor complaint...I do wish there was a way to opt out of being shown your “streak” at the end of every meditation session. I realize many people appreciate the feature, but I would really, really like to be able to opt out of it. It’s like a little guilt-trip when I miss a day or just...meditate or do yoga without using the app. Or, when I do have a good streak going, I’m still irritated because I don’t want to be “rewarded” for using the app each time.
Preferred the older version
by megcrough on 2018/08/03 12:52
I enjoy and appreciate Insight Timer very much. The one “upgrade” I would like less of are the photos that dominate the first screen when app opens. Meditation is most often a private experience...and less a public one...and in a growing culture of rabid oversharing, privacy is the luxury. I enjoyed seeing how many hundreds of thousands of people had meditated each day, and I love the world map pulsing dots—these were the features that made me feel a part of a larger whole. Now that there are always smiling carefully-cultivated “happy” photos occupying half the screen upon opening the app...it’s distracting and seems off track for this app’s audience and intention to provide a digital quiet place to BE. To take a short break from the comparison/competition mindset and instead further develop the inner channel of self care, wellness (each-on-our-own-terms) and the time and space to nurture our innermost depths, honoring the beauty and diversity of those processes. Meditate because it nurtures the essential YOU and welcome That Person into the larger conversation of sharing this planet. I ask the developers to consider a photo-free or photo-lite alternative👍🏽😊. Thanks!
Deep Gratitude for Insight Timer & its Creators
by Heart Werk on 2020/05/15 10:32
I began using Insight Timer about four years ago before I became a certified mindfulness instructor. Each day my kindergarten class and I would sit down after recess to meditate with the timer. We gradually worked our way up to 10 minute meditations which gave them a sense of gratification. Often times we would try out the different background music and they often requested the monks chanting. 😊 Each day a different student would start us out by saying “please sit tall like a mountain, still like a frog on a log, and close your eyes gently”, and then ring our chime. Insight Timer was our daily companion in the classroom. I also created a group on Insight Timer for my fellow faculty members who became interested in meditating. I am now retired from teaching kindergarten and teach Mindfulness to adults in cancer recovery and have created our own group on Insight Timer. My heart is so full of gratitude for your commitment to keeping Insight Timer free and also offering a paid option for courses. I will continue to use Insight Timer for my own personal practice. Namasté 🙏🏼 Janet
I’ve been using this app for years
by Psychojenn1223 on 2018/02/22 15:31
Like the title says, I have been using this app on and off for year! I’ve tried other apps and always come back to this one. I used it before the current owners took over and the changes in the app continue to support and inspire my journey. When people recommend other apps, I turn around and offer this one and rave about it. A long time ago a told a doctor about one of my life theories and she told me to look into Buddhism. From there I turned to meditation. It helps to control my symptoms better than most medications and there are no negative side effects! Since I’ve come back to the app lately, I love that I can find something that I need to work on in the moment by a simple search and that I can refer to my library. I also love that I can pick a guided meditation based on the amount of time I have to dedicate so that I don’t have to skip a day or I can go deeper if I have the time! I love the evolution the app has taken and look forward to all that is yet to come. I will continue to tell people about this app. Thank you for such a great app!
Insight Timer
by eileen789 on 2019/11/04 12:21
Excellent app with well organized meditations. I use the guided meditation for sleep, bookmarking those that are most pleasing and effective for me. Sometimes just the music for relaxation or stress reduction or healing is soothing, calming and enjoyable and helps me fall asleep. There are more features on this app than I can quickly bring to mind, like ambient sound and music, a timer function with an array of gentle closing sounds, courses on clearing away guilt or shame, dealing with pain, learning to meditate, etc—-with interactive features for questions and comments with the teachers. There is a social feature, connecting mediators with one another. There is a user rating for each offering that is extremely helpful because the number of choices are so large that I read the ratings before I try something. The amazing thing about this high quality app is that it is free. I pay a small annual fee because I want to support the venture and be able to download my courses and favorite meditations so I can listen offline. I would give this app as a whole the highest rating possible.
One of my favorite apps!
by IndieMusicNerdGirl on 2018/03/07 13:50
First off I love the low monthly price compared to all the other Meditation apps like headspace and such. And even without the monthly subscription there’s already so much more available to you compared to the other apps. Even with the newer extra packs you can buy the price is still low and you get so much more for your money! I downloaded it for the guided meditations, have yet to use it as I love the calming music so much and my presets. But I love the fact that it’s available to me when I decide I need it. And there’s so many different people and meditations to choose from! I also love that I’m able to turn off messages from others if I don’t want you use that feature. The only thing that’s hard for me is the lay out. But for the most part I’ve figured everything out. So that’s more of an annoyance than a problem. But I would like to be able to find the types of music and music for sleeping, peace etc. easier. That would be awesome. Beside the music keep up the amazing work! You’re doing awesome and I will never not recommend your app.
Best meditation app (vs Calm and Headspace)
by krose55 on 2018/08/10 15:10
I’ve tried and enjoyed both Calm and Headspace, but I adore Insight. It really allows you to have a complete practice— they have a great and a customizable bell/sound when you feel independent and wanting a free-form meditation experience, and a huge library of diverse guided meditations. I came for Tara Brach, and will absolutely stay because her meditations and classes are here, but also because this app is exactly what I was looking for. It still tracks your days and minutes meditated, like Headspace, but is a much superior user experience because you can use it for free without getting aggressive up selling and the timing of the meditations are true to what they say. The former beats out Calm for me, the latter beats out Headspace. I never really could get over the fact that a 5 minute meditation on Headspace was like 2 minutes of the dude talking and 4 minutes of meditation. None of that in Insight! And what’s more, you could do an hour+ long meditation if you wanted too :) you aren’t limited to their guided meditations.
A quality app, but could use some upgrades
by NataleeDara on 2017/08/23 19:12
I love this app- it gives you access to hundreds and hundreds and of options for your personal meditation needs. You can browse by topic, 'teacher' or guide, or see tracks that are similar or related to ones you're using. When you find tracks that you like or want to remember to try you can bookmark them, but it would be so helpful if you could create playlists. Or maybe if you were able to group tracks together so you don't have to interrupt your session if you want to play more than one. This would be especially helpful for the sleep tracks. Many are very good and effective, but can be short in length causing you to wake when it ends before or just as you're about to drift off. Having the ability to play tracks back to back would eliminate this. It would also help if you could leave notes or comments on the tracks as a reminder to yourself. Sometimes there is something I want to remember about a track but I don't want others to see it. Having a function aside from the shared review to make notes would be great.
Could be very five stars if a few areas were improved
by TerryB. on 2019/01/05 05:02
I've used this app daily for over five years and found it invaluable. Like many things there's a lot of good and bad. Good - statistics are far more detailed than other apps. Bad - they are inaccurate and have been for over three years. Good - customer service responds immediately. Bad - they copy and paste such helpful advice as telling you your iOS is out of date (it isn't). Good - it has a social feature built in which could be motivating for some. Bad - you need to turn it off or receive creepy message. Good - they have courses they offer for a price. Bad - teachers have more detailed courses elsewhere and many are 'lay down and open your third chakra to the infinite possibility of the unknown' type of courses. I would pay for an identical app with no courses that didn't have a pop up requesting me to enroll in paid courses each time I opened it. Though this review sounds negative, I really would like to see the app succeed which works be easy enough to do if they paused and improved a few basic parts of it instead of focusing on getting you to buy something each time you opened it.
Great, but I wIsh they’d stop with the unnecessary updates
by Gabriel B's mom on 2019/07/23 03:45
I’ve used this app for over a year and for the most part I love it. Thousands of meditations on practically any topic you can imagine, and it’s free. You can pay, but you don’t have to in order to access some outstanding content. However, like so many apps, Insight Timer makes way too many unnecessary updates. The app has changed multiple times in the last year, to the point that I don’t even recognize it. It used to be so easy to search for a topic and then see results conveniently sorted into categories - meditations, courses, music, talks. I found some amazing meditations this way. Enter the unnecessary updates. Now I search for a topic and it’s a vomit of results that I can’t make sense of. Ugh. Thank goodness I have 15 or 20 bookmarked meditations from the good old days that I rely on, and I’ve given up searching for anything new because it’s so frustrating. I so wish they would bring back the simple, user-friendly interface that led to some amazing discoveries. That said, if you want a free meditation app, IMHO this is the best one out there.
Why Insight Timer is my favorite app
by Moxie Carol on 2020/05/16 07:26
Insight Timer is wonderful. I love the variety of offerings, teachers who the reflect the cultures in our world, the many approaches, from mindfulness to music. I learned about something new to help me fall asleep, Yoga Nidra. Sometimes I just try something or someone completely new, and through that have discovered some favorite teachers and readers. I tried some other meditation apps before I found Insight Timer. This is the best meditation app in my opinion, because there’s plenty of content to explore and it’s free. I did buy the Premium membership when it was on sale, so that I could take some courses and also to support IT, their staff and teachers. I listen to a meditation every night and sometimes during the day. The coronavirus talks and meditations have been outstanding and full of variety. Not everything is to my taste or needs, but it’s all such high quality that I know I can find what I need at a given time. I recommend Insight Timer frequently. Thank you for creating it.
“Could Not Update Password” - three separate times
by machineinthestudio on 2018/08/14 15:11
I thought Insight Timer was a decent meditation app, and I use(d) all of them as part of my personal life as well as my professional life. I work in higher ed and develop strategies for undergrad students to help manage stress. All apps are different so I look for the ones that are easy to use, different content on regular basis, well-made and offers solutions as part of tech support. I will not recommend this app based on my latest experience just trying to change my password. Last night I was denied a password change three separate times; I used three different browsers, accepted cookies, used the URL in the password request emails, and still received “Could Not Update Password.” Had I been someone who was having a very traumatic moment, having a panic or anxiety attack, or just needed to meditate to help with a difficult moment, Insight Timer would not have been able to provide the very service that the app is supposed to provide. Those aren’t imagined scenarios - those are actual scenarios from my life and my students. TL;DR I would not recommend this app because the UX and tech isn’t equipped to help people in times of urgent moments, often the times that meditative practices are most warranted.
Best all around meditation app in the store
by Hamlinsw on 2019/05/21 02:05
I have been using Headspace for guided mindfulness practice, but you can't beat Insight for flexibility and the community. I like the combination of a great timer and a diverse selection of guided meditations. No matter what style of meditation you want to practice, you will probably find something that you like in the guided meditation section. There is one feature that I hope will never go away. You can start music or other audio file and use Insight's timer at the same time. Insight doesn't exclusively take over the audio output like some other apps. I use this app daily and plan to continue. I'm currently doing the 365 day playlist. Update: after 800+ hours of use, I have a feature request. I would like to be able to import from the health app as well as export. That way, any meditation that syncs with Apple Health would add time to Insight timer which is my master tracker. I love this app so much that I have purchased a paid subscription. Please, keep up the good work.
All You Could Ask For
by Dharmamama on 2020/09/17 07:40
This app is wonderful! I downloaded it to help me get to sleep, and there are many meditations here (guided, nature sounds, music) that have helped immensely with that. A life-changing bonus has been starting my day, rather than with news or social media, with uplifting, positive meditations - there are even some that talk you through stretching or other gentle exercises. This has really improved my outlook, which affects my whole day in a good way, and that, of course, positively affects those around me, which, hopefully, they then share... I appreciate that the teachers and guides receive payment for their work via the app, and additionally, the app makes it easy to donate to them. I’m not yet able to afford the paid version, but plan to make that purchase as soon as possible to do my part to support them & the developers. My previous review was very critical of the free version not offering rewind & fast-forward; I don’t even miss that now because of how many great things this app offers.
What a gift?!
by Anagos6 on 2018/05/26 18:03
I use this incredible app everyday, usually multiple times a day. It’s easy to navigate and is excellent for the newest of novices to advanced long-time practitioners..and everyone in between! There is a myriad of styles (including secular and religious based) and teachers available...something for every individual. Many of the teachers/Spiritual leaders hold various degrees in mental/emotional health and are well-known globally. There’s also many beautiful instrumental pieces, some with binaural beats and Solfeggio frequencies..that are said to help your brain arrive at a receptive, meditative state. This would be a phenomenal tool as is...but what makes it even better, is that it’s totally free..and yet still the best meditation app I’ve ever come across. You will not be disappointed, and your life will absolutely witness positive development! The more you use it, the more it will do for your whole life. Extremely helpful for depression and anxiety (both of which I’ve been clinically diagnosed with for almost my whole life).
More choice in notifications, please
by CandyceInCincy on 2017/08/28 14:11
I mostly love this app. I like being able to choose between guided meditations or just a timer (and love the option for using vibrate instead of audible bells for the timer). Lots of variety and tradition types for the guided meditations. But the latest version changed so that push notifications now include notifications that new guided meditations have been uploaded. I find that distracting. (If I want to see new content, I can when I open the app to meditate.) Maybe people who want to meditate also want to be able to focus a little better and be more mindful, without random stuff popping up on their devices? I use other means to remind myself to practice meditation, so I turned all notifications for the app off in Notification Center. But I can see this potentially being frustrating for someone using Insight Timer's notifications as a reminder to practice but not wanting lots of notifications that aren't reminders to practice. So some settings to choose what kinds of notifications get pushed would be helpful.
Meditation Changed (is changing) My life
by Reeleejay on 2018/11/29 15:01
I’ve had the sleepless nights worrying about everything from what to cook for dinner tomorrow to “I hate myself, why am I alive?”. I never thought sitting still for 10-20 min per day could possibly change my whole world. Thank god I was wrong. This app is amazing, they have guided meditations, a simple timer with multiple settings, music, and courses. The app is free and 90% of the guided meditations I am interested in are free. All the courses I’ve purchased were $4.99... I could easily spend more on coffee in a day. The mission of the creators of this app really come through. There are no hidden fees or content walls. It’s just an app that helps you make a habit out of meditating. Did I mention you can see all the other users of the app in your area! You are not alone!! If you’ve tried everything except meditation, download this app and use it every day for 1 week. I guarantee meditation and this app will change your brain and your life.
Rewind; ratings issue
by DrKate aka The Rock Doctor on 2018/01/14 00:28
I've used this app for several years since it had a different name. It's by far my favorite meditation app and I've recommended it to many others. The variety of guided meditations is outstanding and I use the timer weekly for a group meditation I lead. Here are two criticisms with explanations: 1) I understand the decision to start a paid version with features such as downloads, playlists and repeat mode but I'm very disappointed that rewind/fast forward requires a subscription. Actually, I'd settle for offering rewind alone for free while keeping FF as a premium feature. It's so frustrating to miss instructions or part of a lecture but then not be able to go back. This seems like a really basic feature and one that should have been built in a long time ago. 2) Please give us the opportunity to rate meditations/lectures we did not finish BECAUSE WE DISLIKED THEM. Skewed sampling causes grade inflation and is why most sessions are rated between 4.6-4.9. Has anyone seen, say, a 3.5? I have not, but I've abandoned quite a few I would have rated as such.
Updated version took away what was good
by Dura matter on 2019/10/31 14:06
As a long time user, I would have written a different review once. Now you can’t sort by user reviews. The pictures that go with each meditation are generic instead of giving you some sense of what the meditation creator was trying to share. You can breeze through dozens meditations with landscape pictures that are about “clarity” and no easily visible descriptions. Courses, which you pay for, are now featured prominently and repetitively. (I bought the unlimited access to these and you can’t delete them if it becomes clear that the course is not a fit - so “my courses is cluttered with these zombies. The courses have generally seemed like 10 days of talks and meditations covered in their other free talks and meditations and only 15% of them have had depth or substance to them. After using it for years, I’m now looking for alternatives. It makes me sad. I have formed connections with people all over the world over time, but it’s primary use as a meditation app is not as useful. I hope this is an experiment in process and they will address these.
Best App I have ever used
by Joelwwx on 2019/05/26 14:39
Insight timer has given me everything I need to build my meditation practice. I was skeptical at first, because I am really picky about adding something especially an app when it comes to my meditation practice. But I am so happy that I gave it a try. I have used it nearly every day for a year and a half now and it has every tool I could ask for. I use a few different practices in each meditation and the ability to set timers anywhere I want allows me to seamlessly switch between practices. On those days that I just don’t have the spirit to do my own meditation the timer, I can choose a guided meditation from one of my Favorite teachers. And on days when I am struggling with something specific, I know that insight will have a meditation for it that I can find. All in all, this app is nothing short of amazing. I recommend it to anyone looking to get started or build their meditation practice and honestly I recommend it to everyone else too! Joel
This app is everything!
by Happyiphonegrl on 2020/03/13 09:17
I started using this app along with a few others. I’ve really been recently working to improve my mindfulness and practice stress management. As a new mom, that’s SO HARD. I’ve had relationship stress and mom guilt. I’ve even had insomnia. For some reason after having my daughter, I couldn’t sleep through the night. Everything was always out of wack despite her sleeping 11-12 hours (happy she’s at least rested). Since I’ve been using this app and practicing morning gratitude, I have actually been sleeping amazing. It’s progress I’m looking for and going from multiple night wakings and feeling stressed during the day to only maybe 1 night waking to use the bathroom and being more productive at work, I can say this app works. If you put in the work and take the courses and do the meditations to break up your day, you will see changes for the better. I don’t actually ever leave reviews, but health and wellness are everything to me.
Great App
by Furfull on 2020/05/29 17:20
I’ve been using this app for a few years now and really like it. Nice timer, wonderful selection of guided meditations covering the gamut of interests and disciplines, good music for meditation, stretching, sleep, etc. It’s fun to see who my fellow Insight meditators are in my area and l actually found a local sangha this way. I also particularly like the opportunity to participate in interest groups. My current favorite is the group led by Australian meditation teacher Stephen Proctor. Stephen provides weekly guidance and is on hand to answer any meditation questions that arise, which is enormously helpful. Our group encompasses meditators from all over the world, which is interesting in its own right. There are innumerable meditation apps available these days and several are very good. Finding one that appeals to you and sparks an interest in creating a daily practice is the thing - so try several! l continue to explore, but enjoy anchoring my daily practice with Insight Timer.
The (formerly) Best Meditation App!
by Evagrius Pontikus on 2019/09/12 19:54
***Update*** The heart of most meditation practices is to detach our attention from the ordinary thought flow of the mind—what Theresa of Avila called, “the ravings of a madman”—to be present to the space that opens between the thoughts. I wish there were a standalone timer app, as was the case for many years. I would gladly pay good money for that. Now this is a community focused, meditation course driven platform that happens to include the original timer. This may work for some people, but I find all the pictures and courses distracting from my purpose: to be quiet for a set amount of time. I wish the developers could split this in to two apps—one with supporting content; and the other, a good old fashioned timer, as before. ***original 5 star review*** I have used this app for years--for thousands of hours. It allows me to have precise control over meditation times, beginning, ending, and interval bells, and has a log and statistics to boot! Additionally it has a variety of beautiful bell (singing bowl) tones and allows me to have preset times with specific interval and bell settings. Thanks to the developers for reverting to the original icon with this update!! This is an excellent app.
Money money
by Polar Midnight on 2019/11/03 10:00
Looks like a nice app... but don’t make people pay for basic things like skipping/fast-forwarding as a premium feature. I’m considering meditation apps. Friends recommended Calm & Headspace. Reddit mentioned Insight Timer and said “it’s completely free” (a couple of years ago). The website (today) makes a big deal about how “magic happens when you give meditation away for free”. However, as soon as I opened the app, it prompted me to subscribe $60/year. Every tab seemed to be locked, and the main tab is one giant advert asking you to subscribe. I found the one free tab; I started playing a meditation, and wanted to skip the intro to get a feel for it. Instant prompt for $60/year - yes, even fast-forwarding costs money. I’m a developer myself, and quality apps ain’t free. You need to pay your salaries, and I’ve no qualms paying $60/year. However, advertising this app as “free” when it clearly isn’t is click-bait to take advantage of familiarity/inertia once installed - should I expect similar business tactics once I’m a customer? In contrast, Calm & Headspace were both much more tactful - and one of them will be getting my money.
Loving Community of Meditators
by Tara Lee- on 2020/05/01 14:02
Insight Timer not only helps to create a consistent meditation practice, it offers thousands of opportunities to learn from the best teachers. It allows anyone to access meditation and guidance free of charge. I used the free app version for well over a year before I purchased a subscription. The subscription is well worth the money as it connects you to daily insight and guided course work to work on personal development and spiritual growth in a wide range of areas. I think the biggest benefit is the community. You can literally see your not meditating alone, this connection to meditators world wide spreads the truth of unity, connection to all and lifts our planet into a state of peace and grace. There is support here in a wide variety of groups and positive friendships. I’m a Soul Coach and highly recommend Insight to all of my clients. Customer service/support is also very responsive if any glitches arise in app use(which is rare). Thank you Insight 🙏🥰
So excellent and diverse, many choices
by indiasoup on 2018/02/09 07:39
If you’re looking for a meditation app, try this. Even if you’re freaked out by the idea of meditation, check it out. There are SO many options, genres, easily searched with filter options. It’s not all “om”, or “inner child meditation”. There’s tech detox, white noise, guided, unguided, sound healing, etc- I gush about this app frequently. I’m not a huge fan of guided meditations, but this app has THOUSANDS of meditations, music tracks, very short to very long, etc. I think there really is something here for anyone- including babies. Yes, all ages. Insight team/development- No criticism here! Just please please please add playlists soon- I’m waiting for them like a little kid waiting for Santa to come on Christmas! I really hope you can get this in an update soon. The app is TREMENDOUS. It’s helped me immensely. Thank you so much for all the work and constant efforts and improvements- I’ve never had a single issue with the app, it’s super reliable.
Love this app; love the app developers
by laughing in portland on 2017/09/30 15:03
UPDATE: A year later and I continue to use this app twice per day for my meditation practice. There have been several big updates to the app this year and the integration and transitions have been seamless. The app continues to get better over time. I highly recommend the Insight Timer. Previous review: If you are looking for a simple meditation timer, this is a great app for you. There are a variety of bells and gongs to signal you during or at the beginning and end of your meditation. But this app can be more than a timer if you so desire. It can log your meditation if so you can keep track of your practice. It gives different colored stars for reaching milestones. Or if you hate the idea of getting stars you don't have to use that part of the app! There is a nice selection of guided meditations to choose from if you like getting some guidance. But you don't have to use them. There is a journal feature and tons of forums you can join and participate in with like minded people. Or not. You can reach out to members and make friends. Or not. Am I painting a picture here? I hope so. This app can simply be a meditation timer or it can offer a portal to a community. And to top it off I feel like the developers really listen to what the community says. It can be a wonderful community for you or it can simply be a meditation timer. The choice is yours.
1 of My 8 Most Frequently Used Apps
by Mr. Asia Lawrence on 2017/10/28 15:29
In the past I would practiced meditation using various platforms that were never really easy to keep up with. I have to thank The Friend Zone podcast for putting me on this this great human creation. #LifeChanging. It’s pretty flawless (outside of my connection in Beijing), but if there was a way that we could get a 10 or 15 second rewind option during our sessions... I know we are suppose to be focused during however, some of the available talks or even the meditation sessions mention things that are hard to hear or maybe I, like others I’m sure, missed what was said. The only way to go back is to restart the entire session, and that’s a nuance where you’re 30-45 minuets into it. Most web streaming platforms and podcasts for sure have the option to rewind on less meaningful things. Let’s make this a five star app and add this little feature. Love this app. I’m sure it’s a driving factor in keeping my positivity level at a cool daily average of 93%.
Guided meditations need cleaned up
by noshedo on 2018/08/19 13:31
A great way of logging your meditations and seeing trends over time. The bell/timer feature works great too. However, the guided meditations have completely devolved into nonsensical flowery new age audios with little substance, and there are very few meditations that accurately teach basic principles of a practice. If you search “concentration” meditation, you instead get open awareness or letting go style meditations. This is a major problem for beginners, who will either be totally misled about the types of practice, or will conclude that the whole meditative enterprise is a total sham. The app needs to make a harder line between meditation styles, and give a means for people to learn about the core techniques. Make courses that introduce mindfulness, one-pointedness, vipassana, open awareness, etc, and maybe even throw some science in too. For those who take this topic seriously, it is frustrating to see the lack of care and attention here, and it makes it very hard to recommend this app to anyone interested in starting a meditation habit.
Hooray!
by GoodEveningEmily on 2020/05/14 15:58
Edit: Upped it to five stars. (Now you can remove courses that you no longer want!) I love the huge selection and variety of meditations. Premium membership is worth it, with access to lots of really wonderful and valuable courses. I want to give this lovely app five stars, but had to subtract one because of this issue: you can’t DROP courses. I purchased a membership because I wanted to listen to and participate in some of the courses- they sounded interesting and helpful. I signed up for a course and listened to the first couple of classes, but decided it wasn’t for me. Too bad, nothing I can do, it will continue showing up on all my lists, I will keep receiving reminders about it, and it will haunt me forever. LOL It seems like such a simple fix, but it’s been over a year and they still haven’t been able to make this change. Pretty annoying- but other than that, great meditations and teachers and community.
Capitalist “Spirituality”
by snorkmaiden2 on 2019/09/10 08:58
I used to love this app, but recent changes have pushed me to leave my first-ever app review. Newly added features include a prominent request for money after every meditation, and links to pay on nearly every page. The financial demands are considerably more in-your-face than other apps that include in-app purchases. There seems to be no way to opt out of the post-meditation payment request/demand. This is NOT how I want to finish my meditations. I understand that people put work into making this app available and they need to make a living. That’s fine. I would love to support them! However I don’t believe this is a respectful way to handle this issue. It’s not in keeping with the spirit of the practice and it makes the company look greedy - especially because the execution is so much more disruptive than in other apps. In fact it makes me far less likely to buy the paid version of the app. Some of the new courses look GREAT and I would really like to take those programs and support those teachers. But I can’t see my way to spending any money at all with this company until they go back to letting me meditate in peace.
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