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Forest - stay focused
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## Top productivity app in 126 countries. More than 2 million satisfied paying users. Featured in Apple's "Amazing Apps" TV commercial. ## staying focused with the cutest gamified timer. ## Over 380,000 real trees were planted on Earth by our users. "Forest works well, and if your goal is to be more in the moment, ignore your phone and actually talk to your friends when you are with them, this is the app for you."— The New York Times "In order to establish new, better habits, it's helpful to engage with tools that make it easier to reinforce them. For anyone looking to curtail their phone usage, the forest app might be for you."— Business Insider If you want to temporarily put down your phone and focus on what’s more important in real life, you can plant a seed in Forest. As time goes by, this seed will gradually grow into a tree. However, if you cannot resist the temptation of using your phone and leave the app, your tree will wither. The sense of achievement and responsibility will encourage you to stay away from your phone, and will help you make better use of your time. Stop getting distracted by your phone, make you self-motivated and get more things done. stay focused. Be present! stay focused • A interesting way to help you beat phone addiction and overcome distraction • Turn your focused moments into a lush forest. GET MOTIVATED • Earn rewards and unlock more than 30 new tree species and white noises. • Share your forest and compete with friends and users around the world. • Plant trees along with friends & family. • Unlock achievements and earn extra rewards. • Plant real trees on Earth and protect the environment with tree-planting organization Trees for the Future. STATISTICS • Manage your own tags and view detailed statistics of your time distribution. • Browse your weekly, monthly and even your yearly big forest. • Track your focused time in the Apple Health App. • Track your daily phone usage and screen time. • Recall memories of your planting journey with our brand new Forest Timeline! It's never to late to build up productive habits! NOTICE • Forest is an app available for both iPhone and iPad, and can be accessed across all iOS devices with a one-time purchase. To download or unlock non iOS version of Forest, this requires a separate purchase. However, by logging into the same account, the account data can be synchronized across all platforms. • Due to budget constraint, the number of real trees each user can plant is limited to five. We will be introducing limited time events that will allow users to plant more real trees. Please follow our social media page or check the in-app announcement for more updates. • There is only one version of Forest on the App Store. Other apps that are similar and mimics Forest are not developed by the Forest team. Thank you for your support! Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forestapp.cc/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/forestapp_cc Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/forest_app/ We also provide browser extensions. Find out more on www.forestapp.cc!
Great!
by taybaytime on 2019/04/18 23:25
I’ve never been able to focus as much as I do with this app! And all the trees are so cute!!
Effective
by Jshishy on 2019/04/18 23:20
I get distracted very easily and this is perfect for getting me off my phone when I need to study. It doesn't take away the option to listen to music while doing work which is great, and it plants actual trees which I didn't know when I bought the app!
Plant a Tree, Increase Productivity ✨🌱
by Sammmm,SCSI on 2019/04/18 23:15
I love this app so much!!! Keeps me off my phone while studying.
Life Saver
by Zappagal on 2019/04/18 22:54
Forest has helped keep me sane in a cell phone world. I’ve got my family talking Forest lingo. They’ll want my phone or for me to look up something and I say I can’t because I’m growing a tree. My students see me growing trees, too. Today one asked me how many trees I’d killed this year. I told him but I grew so many more! It’s a life changing app.
This app help me to focus
by Atlanvalier on 2019/04/18 22:44
Definitely helps to reduce my phone usage!
Great app, really improved my focus!
by CoolRunnings8 on 2019/04/18 22:38
I use this app when I’m studying so that way I can actually be forced off my phone. I found that it helps me focus longer and that I easily surpass the time goal!
喜欢这个app
by Bravaangie on 2019/04/18 22:30
自从下载了这个app, screen time大大减少~慢慢养成好习惯
Best productivity app
by Emily addict on 2019/04/18 22:21
I get so much more done with this app. Helps me stay off my phone when I should be working.
Lifesaver, but there’s always room for improvements
by Nufile on 2019/04/18 22:02
Recently found out that Android users get the advantage of watching ads to double their rewards. It is sorta saddening? Because we’d love the same features too. Also, Android users can whitelist apps and their stats still count towards the leaderboard, is that it? When I have work with phone and I have to use it for the task I’m handling I can’t because I’ll get half the rewards, so it impedes me sometimes. Other than that I really really love the app.
Great study companion app
by CrazyGamerIoS on 2019/04/18 21:33
Great study companion app
Love this app!
by Nikkigggggggggg on 2019/04/18 21:32
I really love this app! I love how this app is giving back to society and am definitely a strong supporter of their goals. :) Reason I have it four rather than five stars is because I'm still hoping to see a larger variety of trees or bushes to become available to earn and grow with the timer. I would love to make a tropical rainforest since they are so beautiful :) maybe even earning waterfalls or biomes would be a cool addition to the app!
Winning
by kyliedabaddest on 2019/04/18 21:25
Wouldn’t get anything done without this app
Helps me focus on studying
by Rocío Salinas on 2019/04/18 21:06
I am currently learning two languages (Finnish and French), and I’ve always had a hard time dedicating a specific amount of time to studying. I would just pick up a book and do a couple of exercises here and there. This app has forced to spend an allotted amount on studying. If I set it for 45 minutes then I know I will spend the entirety of that time studying. Also keeping track of the time I study is very motivating.
Amazingly effective and beautifully designed
by cranstonbern on 2019/04/18 20:28
This is perhaps one of the best apps for curbing phone usage. The format of the app is incredibly simple, yet very effective.
Helps me focus
by Elaine97 on 2019/04/18 20:23
💕
Very helpful app!
by ChuChu and Dumdumb on 2019/04/18 20:18
First time management app I have used. It has been very helpful so far.
Great app helps with time and planting real trees
by Fan elevate fan on 2019/04/18 20:14
This is a lovely app. Helps me focus and avoiding using my phone . I’ve already planted 5 real trees! I love the Earth day plant and that they will plant real trees. I’d like to have the option to follow friends if they have android and that they would not need to pay the full version of the app, as years ago.
Good
by Jojojo332 on 2019/04/18 20:05
This app helps me a lot
Being productive
by LunitaLiu on 2019/04/18 19:59
I like how you can check the stats to analyze your study pattern. I was able to identify a better way to plan my study.
So helpful
by sakahu on 2019/04/18 19:49
I’m trying to quit my mobile addiction. Forest is helping. I’ve picked a different tree for each activity I do and it’s a great visual way to see how I’m spending my time.
Great app, great motivation. Have been using for 2 years
by LingQi89 on 2019/04/18 19:48
Have been using for 2 years
Awesome Little App
by asterrid on 2019/04/18 19:45
This app is one of my favorite apps on my phone. Its simplistic design allows me to easily use it and prevents me from getting distracted on my phone. I’d definitely say it does its job and it has its fun little reward system that keeps me wanting to stay focused. I would recommend to anyone who has a habit of picking up their phone purely out of habit. This is also a good tool to see how much time I spend on certain activities. Overall, it is fantastic easy to use productivity app.
Love it!
by ChiaCG on 2019/04/18 19:40
Amazing app!
Keep me focusing on my work!
by 咕噜沫沫 on 2019/04/18 19:39
Forest is effective and just what I want
Amazing tool for productivity
by Randomuser53728162 on 2019/04/18 19:37
Forest has helped me to keep track of my progress, and has definitely made focusing much more fun. Always happy to show my 'forest' to friends and family. I have designated one tree for a particular type of task; at the end of the week, I can get a general sense of how I used my time, and where I need improvement. Love it!
Helped me with ADHD!
by dubhlinn2 on 2019/04/18 19:37
As an adult with ADHD that can’t be medicated due to a heart condition, this app has really revolutionized my productivity! I have been using it for over a year now and the novelty has not worn off!
very helpful for focusing
by beckymb on 2019/04/18 19:24
i use forest whenever im about to do work/study bc i often find myself distracted on my phone. it’s a good way to get rid of that distraction and the trees are really cute so it offers a bit of motivation for using the app.
good
by 诶嘿11111111 on 2019/04/18 19:07
for the new tree. But I do love this app;)
Keeps Me Focused Like Nothing Else!
by raisin_brann95 on 2019/04/18 19:03
This app has kept me off my phone for a specific period that I set, and I love how pretty the trees are :)
Worth it!
by eatingn00dles on 2019/04/18 18:58
I love this app so much. Suggestion: when inviting friends, it sends a notification to their phone. If it already does that, disregard. 😅
Great for focus
by cats( creepy cats) on 2019/04/18 18:52
I like using this for the fun and just how easy it is to use
Great app
by ArsenalArsene on 2019/04/18 18:32
Very useful device to keep attention where it should be. Wish there were more new trees to pick from.
The BEST study app!
by gonzvles on 2019/04/18 18:22
I’ve been using Forest for 4 years and it is my favorite study app. I love everything about this cute lil app 🌱
Like the app
by coolguywsyishere on 2019/04/18 18:19
Same
Best productivity app!
by Cat face animal on 2019/04/18 18:07
Often it’s hard to focus on studying. This app helps get rid of distractions. I love the sound effects, like the Paris cafe and the London street, but I wish there were more! The plants are super cute and I’m looking to collecting them all. It’s hard to save up enough coins to unlock things, maybe more rewards would help? Thank you ! 🌱🌎
Wanna see trees more clearly and closely!
by Ally wex on 2019/04/18 18:05
It would be more fascinating if users can zoom in to see the plants more clearly on the daily, weekly and monthly overview.
It’s okay.
by Gil2/9/1886 on 2019/04/18 17:59
It works well, and it does what it's supposed to do. However, I haven’t been able to buy any real trees now for years. It was good when I first got it though.
Super helpful
by mvannort on 2019/04/18 17:52
Provides just the right amount of incentive not to use my phone while studying. Kinda addictive, which is, for once, a good thing - I actually WANT to study while using this app.
so cute
by @@@socute on 2019/04/18 17:48
sooo cute. and you can plant with your friends.
Love it!!
by Iramra on 2019/04/18 17:46
It's the only app that can help me focus when it time to study! I originally got this app for my android phone and when I switched to the iPhone it was one of the first apps I downloaded.
Love
by BellaPerkin on 2019/04/18 17:43
Very motivational
Love forest!
by Drewmp2006 on 2019/04/18 17:20
Forest is a great app and motivates me to stay off my phone while doing homework. The different tree species are awesome and I am so glad that I got this app!
Very good app
by HanchenXu on 2019/04/18 17:17
This is an excellent app to keep you away from your smart phones
Pretty Helpful
by Smackyblue on 2019/04/18 17:10
This app is great at getting me to focus and use my phone less. In the end it’s up to you to decide to use your phone less but this app definitely helps!
🌱🌳🌸
by amaliachimera on 2019/04/18 16:57
I use this app every day, and it’s a lovely simple way to stay off my phone. It’s also good to use for the Pomodoro method of doing focused work in short stints. I just wish I could still use my points to plant real trees! I have so many points from using this app for years, but maxed out the trees I could plant early on.
Gets me in the zone
by RyeGuyDryGuy on 2019/04/18 16:57
It’s far too easy to get distracted by Snapchat and Instagram. This let’s me put my work first.
Great app!
by Alice Nutting on 2019/04/18 16:53
The interface is gorgeous! It really motivates me to stay focused. I highly recommend it!
Love!
by Hehehehehhheeheh on 2019/04/18 16:51
This is my favorite app. It’s made me so much more productive.
So helpful!
by cvpoteet on 2019/04/18 16:44
I use this all the time- it is a huge help to be productive and just put the stupid phone down.
Love it
by Seema09 on 2019/04/18 16:42
If you’re a pathological procrastinator then this is the app for you.
Easy to use and help me focus!!
by 咪窝 on 2019/04/18 16:40
It gives me the rewards for my focus time so i can keep using it and boost my efficiency!
A very helpful app
by baxsnax on 2019/04/18 16:40
Forest helps me disconnect from my phone when I really need to focus on important tasks. In a time where we are all on a screen for most of the day, this app helps me regain my attention span.
Amazing Focus Power
by ajd027 on 2019/04/18 16:39
As a writer, distractions can eat away at my focus, taking away precious writing time. My word counts suffer. I’ve found this app to my one of my important tools for productivity. With both the timer and the option to add notes to each session, I’m able to track how much I’m doing. The difference in not using the app and using it is very obvious. Thanks for making such a useful, clean app that doesn’t require a whole textbook to learn how to use.
swag
by Cindey :) on 2019/04/18 16:33
focus time
Great app!
by S Lj on 2019/04/18 16:33
Definitely helps me focus!
A must have!
by vaitulu on 2019/04/18 16:25
Very helpful with getting me off of my phone and I love how you can actually help plant real trees with it!
Love it!
by Demielover on 2019/04/18 16:18
This app has made me so much more productive! Love all the tree options
Love it
by 此次高峰过后 on 2019/04/18 16:15
it’s really good app, it can help you manage your time
超好用的番茄钟!
by YuHei9522 on 2019/04/18 16:11
Changed my life!
Love It
by J Noel on 2019/04/18 16:11
Before I started using Forest, I knew I wanted to spend less time on my phone but I couldn’t seem to break the addiction. Forest allows me to track how much time I am spending off my phone, which in turn makes me more aware of how much I still use it. My kids love to help me plant trees, and earning enough points to plant a real tree makes me feel like I’m actually doing something meaningful. I highly recommend this app to anyone who wants to break their technology addiction.
Stay on task
by Dawn322 on 2019/04/18 16:10
This app helps me stay on task and off my phone.
Game changer
by Snayi1993 on 2019/04/18 16:01
Never spent money on a mobile app before, so this one was the first. No regrets! I’m a visual person and the super cute interface and interactions really helps me focus and get my tasks done.
Enjoy this app!
by T472 on 2019/04/18 15:57
This app really helps me study! And I get to plant trees too! Definitely a plus plus!
Good
by Estella M on 2019/04/18 15:55
Make sure your work is not on your phone before starting this app.
Excellent for encouraging me to focus
by Wilwarin Lor on 2019/04/18 15:53
A lot of times I find myself checking my phone Just Because. I have things to do, or people to be with, but I feel that obligation from habit to check an email or text or social media. This app is a gentle smack on the hand when I lift my phone to put it down and stay present. I use it at work, at dinners, and when working at home on my side hustle. It’s a cute and sustainable way to do good.
Effective
by Caroline Y C on 2019/04/18 15:53
Really effectively reduce cell phone distraction. Which there were more background sound available.
Spectacular Focus App
by gingerherbs28 on 2019/04/18 15:52
This is such a great app, and a superb way to focus during the day. It doesn’t matter what you use it for, the interface is super easy to use, and the ability to plant a real tree from my own concentration feels like using the force. I’m so glad I have this, I use it every day. I also love the aggressive messages if you kill a tree 😂
Super helpful!
by DuoRhinehart on 2019/04/18 15:50
A fantastic time management tool! It was absolutely instrumental in getting through my dissertation-writing process, and continues to help me keep my focus!
It works!
by FoxxyPenguin48 on 2019/04/18 15:47
I’ve always had a problem with being on my phone too much and it interfered with my work efficiency. Forest has done wonders to help me focus on my work and on more important things in my life instead of being absorbed in my phone.
Good App!
by abigailc98 on 2019/04/18 15:45
This app is so cool! It’s a great way to stay off your phone.
Love it!
by KaraSOBrien on 2019/04/18 15:42
Fantastic app that really helps me focus when I need it. Thanks!
good
by canned peanuts on 2019/04/18 15:40
very helpful but i wish that some bushes and trees matched
five stars
by m✨m on 2019/04/18 15:39
❤️❤️❤️
This app makes me feel more productive
by Starry1616 on 2019/04/18 15:39
This app makes me feel more productive by not checking my phone as often when I have the forest app on. When I have the app on, I am more likely to carry through with my school tasks instead of procrastinating.
Overall, charming productivity app!
by MyNameIsDanielle on 2019/04/18 15:34
I’ve been using this app since the early days of its inception and I am please at its growth so far. There are some feature I don’t personally use, but what I do use it for is simple. I love planting new species and while it feels like a struggle to obtain new species at this point (1000 coins) it really does help encourage me to not use my phone during times I need to concentrate. I recommend if you want something visually cute but still works well as an effective productivity app.
Great for Studying
by MsMaggles on 2019/04/18 15:32
If you are easily distracted while trying to get school work done this is the app for you!
Love it
by drblc on 2019/04/18 15:31
Using this app keeps me on task. I used or a lot while writing my dissertation.
Helpful
by Valcor13 on 2019/04/18 15:31
Helpful
Great productivity app!
by snowyspringy on 2019/04/18 15:30
This app has helped me focus so much more, but would love if all the Android functions were available for iPhone users too (eg whitelisting apps)
good app
by 毅少(☆_☆) on 2019/04/18 15:26
It really prevents me from playing phone! Nice job!
I love this app!
by sealo.tus on 2019/04/18 15:26
I love the forest app because not only does it keep me off my phone, but I get to contribute to making the earth a better place :)
Increases productivity
by Wenrl on 2019/04/18 15:25
Forest has helped me stay present over dinner, at work and in my leisure time. I didn't realize how much I actually look at my phone until I started setting time frames to leave it alone and allow trees to grow. I've even scored one real tree planted so far, which is cool. My friends who are with me in body appreciate it. My friends and family in mind who text me do not. I'm okay with that. I've read four books this month and been more efficient at life. I would like to see some upgrades such as an option to save different tree types as labeled for different activities (cherry blossom for studying, birdhouse for cleaning...etc.) and seeing a large grid of all trees ever with a zoom function. Graphics could be better. However, it serves the purpose for which it was created. Recommended! Update: I’d also like the option to grow trees for up to 8 hours at a time. Why the limit to 2 hours?
So helpful!!
by Jane Doe is Not Me on 2019/04/18 15:25
I’ve been lacking the motivation to do my schoolwork, and this really helps!
Good for focusing on my work
by Justin korea on 2019/04/18 15:21
It’s a way to focus on my work without distraction from my phone!
Great App!
by Sarauraborialis on 2019/04/18 15:20
Forest is easy to use and helps me stay focused. Love this app!
Best Productivity App Ever!
by Natasha_19 on 2019/04/18 15:20
I noticed every time I was procrastinating I was on my phone. Now when I find myself on my phone and not getting work done I just plant a tree and it motivates me to get things done. The best part of it is that after you collect a couple of coins you can donate them to plant real trees🙌🏻
Worth it!
by bonaventure2019 on 2019/04/18 15:19
I was hesitant to buy this, but I use it almost daily and it’s so worth the $2. Love how it keeps me focused and helps the planet at the same time!
A clever way to manage your screen time
by qguo1002 on 2019/04/18 15:19
This app is very helpful in managing your screen time. While focused on the real world, you also earn coins that could be converted to planting real trees on the earth! Everyday, you know you are doing something better to yourself and others in this world, which is a great feeling!
Wish trees and bushes were different prices
by ruraldream on 2019/04/18 15:18
I love the beautiful plants, but I don’t love how expensive they are to purchase new ones. In the beginning, it’s not too bad. But as you progress, all items increase in price. I don’t necessarily think that is awesome. I think the bushes should be fewer coins than the trees. Personally, I think that just makes more sense.
Love this App!
by Snickers 💜 on 2019/04/18 15:18
I love this app as it does a great job of getting me to do my schoolwork, however I wish the coins were easier to obtain.
Love it
by golden lion 101 on 2019/04/18 15:18
This app is very popular among my friends. Although it has several bugs, this is very useful for time management.
Pretty helpful
by Mr lame on 2019/04/18 15:18
It's useful 👌
Great app that keeps you on track
by Iluvmusic34567 on 2019/04/18 15:17
I find forest help keep me on track with whatever it is I should be doing off my phone.
很好
by CrystalAhhhhhha on 2019/04/18 15:15
特别好用
Love the tags!
by larslynn2020 on 2019/04/18 15:15
I love this app! I especially love the ability to “tag” your work, and the ways that data is presented! It helps me track how much time I’m spending on each project and it’s so helpful!
Essential to my senior year
by emilybartosek on 2019/04/18 15:15
As a graduating senior, this app was absolutely essential to my success this semester. With a busy schedule of classes, thesis writing, interning, and working full time, any time I sit down to work, it has to be dedicated and focused. This app helped me to achieve that level of focus unlike anything else. A 25 minute timer is my go-to, and the small reward of completing that goal and growing a cute little forest is the best. I recommend it to anyone!
Perfect
by megchristinec on 2019/04/18 15:14
Great app, helps me with studying and staying focused
好用!希望能多出点好看的树!
by 浅浅61212 on 2019/04/18 15:13
好用!希望能多出点好看的树!
So Cute!
by Jackcket on 2019/04/18 15:13
This app is great, definitely worth every penny. It really gives me a reason to stay off my phone. You wouldn’t think the threat of a dead virtual tree would motivate you so much but it DOES. I would recommend this to all of my friends who have trouble staying off their phone.
Honestly a game-changer
by KezOnDemand on 2019/02/17 18:00
Don’t get me wrong, my phone is a useful tool, and I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m addicted to it. However, it’s also a super easy way to waste time you don’t even realize you could be using on other things. I use Forest mostly in small increments, and it keeps me from picking up my phone whenever I have a few free minutes and get bored. Since I don’t actually need or want to be on my phone, the small motivation of growing little bushes and trees is enough for me to direct my attention elsewhere- and it turns out that those few free minutes throughout the day can translate into a lot of extra productivity! Otherwise: initial download price might seem a bit high, but considering that they plant real trees if you make enough coins to buy the option, the $2 is warranted. Coin prices in the app are average, but payment per tree during the week is okay and you can make enough yourself with a little effort (I personally think you should make a little more per tree than they offer, but it’s not a bad amount either). The interface is simple and intuitive, the art is charming and stylistically uniform, and my favorite part- the white noise options- are incredibly helpful for studying and neither overly expensive or so complicated that they become distracting. All in all, great app that I use frequently. $2 has never bought me so much extra productivity.
Easy, motivating, effective
by ijustgetbored on 2018/08/16 04:10
I downloaded the app for work productivity, but it’s made me hyper-aware of how often I actually pick up my phone. For any task, just having the reminder that my phone is not currently available to me is extremely helpful. I’m realizing that I waste a ton of time that stems from, say, just looking at a text that could wait until later. Moral: don’t think this app isn’t useful because you’re not at a desk all day. It has countless uses. I agree with what other users have said about gamification being a good motivator, and the user interface is very appealing. Creating and naming tags produces helpful data. For instance, if you’re concerned about work-life balance, you can see a colorful pie chart with a few simple clicks. One thing: I’m fine with how the trees become more “expensive” as time passes. However, it can take a long, long time to gain sufficient coins after awhile. I’m not asking for instant and easy gratification, because that’s contrary to the spirit of the app. I think adding more achievement bonuses (that don’t depend on having friends that use the app or on leaderboard performance) would be great. Unlocking achievements is also rewarding and something to strive for, so I’d love to see more!
Adorably Motivational
by LanthanaTitanium on 2018/11/01 19:28
The cute little trees are just so adorable that I start wanting to put down my phone so I can unlock new ones! I am eagerly awaiting new trees to be added. The user interface is very simple and aesthetic. All in all it’s a great app; the only problem is that sometimes I run into situations where I plant a tree but then end up needing to use my phone for something (like if my mom calls or I have to look up something for homework) and can’t wait for the tree to finish. There is a feature where you can have the app continue counting time after the tree finshes growing, so you can work around the problem by planting a short-time tree and then just continuing to not disturb it. But it would be really great if there was some sort of pause feature, maybe with some limitation like not earning coins if you pause it so that people don’t take advantage of it to ‘cheat’ on their time. Or maybe something where you can erase or reset the time, so you don’t have to feel bad about killing a cute little tree when you actually legitimately needed to use your phone for a minute.
This is the only app I’ve ever truly loved
by mollielarue on 2018/05/22 21:33
I’ve never reviewed an app before, but I love this app so much. I downloaded it after my previous pomodoro timer app, tide, stopped timing correctly, which was literally all it had to do. The timer on this app works, with reliable notifications, and the “gamification” of being focused may seem silly, but it adds a cute and fun element to using a pomodoro timer. Also, the ability to tag how I spend my time (ex: work vs all other things) is an easy way to stay balanced. For instance, I can see if I’m falling behind on daily meditating even if it’s something I’m not conscious of. I can also see someone using this app not necessarily to boost concentration but as a way to literally bar yourself from using your phone for periods of time when you need to be present (ex: during a meeting or with a friend). One more thing I love: I just finished a project that took two months, and I went back and looked at my little forests for that time. Each lil tree helped me get that project done. It’s such a beautiful reminder that everything big happens with many tiny steps!
Great app and idea, but could you consider adding this feature?
by SCASM on 2019/01/03 21:23
Hello, First off, I love this idea and the app is well designed and visually appealing, great job on that! If you could add the option to have an unlimited timer, and the ability to pause that timer, this app would be exceptional. I guess not so much a timer, and more of a stopwatch since it would be counting time forward. It would be really cool to have multiple trees grow in a day, maybe one tree every two hours or something. I like keeping track of how much time I spend studying, but I can't pause the app's timer if, for example, I want to grab a quick bite or use the bathroom. Maybe an option to not kill the tree if you exit the app would be nice, too. I understand that the point of the app is to get people to not use their phone and be productive, but some of us have note card apps on our phones (ex. Anki) that we use, and so I would want the time spent doing note cards on my phone to also count towards growing trees! So basically I'm asking for a stopwatch feature to the app, that would be amazing!
Where did my coins go???
by Angelacast387 on 2019/03/28 22:48
I was 1 coin away from having 900 coins, enough to buy a new tree and I was very excited. I planted a bush for 10 minutes and now I’m at 867?? You can only imagine my disappointment. Is it charging me to plant trees? If so, then it’s a dumb feature and just makes me want to stop using the app. If it was a bug on your part, then I want my coins back 😡 I worked hard for those. They’re not easy to accumulate. But overall, I’m giving this app 4 stars (5 if I get my coins back). When I was referred by a friend I thought it was silly but it’s literally the only thing that keeps from using my phone when studying. You’d think planting fake trees (you can also save up to plant a real tree) wouldn’t be motivation enough but it is!!! If you convince your friends to buy this app, you can create a room and study together and hold each other accountable! My friends and I compare the trees we have and are always eager to expand our forest. Great app! Just give me coins back 😫. A suggestion: bushes SHOULD NOT cost the same as trees. That’s ridiculous, especially when the price increases with every buy.
This app is a GODSEND
by Jram1157 on 2019/02/15 02:22
I have just the absolute worst habit of procrastination, and I have no idea what else to do to help me stop being such a sleaze-bag and stop sleazing around and shirking my homework and studying. I needed something to take my Sleaze level way down from Super Saiyan Sleaze God to, like, just a regular Super Saiyan Sleaze. One day, during my procrastination addiction, I was looking though some apps and I saw it: Forest-Stay Focused. I immediately felt drawn. “I’ll just keep procrastinating and sleazing it up while I check out this app,” I thought. Unbeknownst to my Sleazy Habits, this app would soon become the death them. I use it all the time and have gone from not studying or doing homework at all, to working on homework and studying for over 3 solid hours a day (and growing! As is my forest!). This app is awesome, and I can actually feel my Super Saiyan Sleaze Power leave me. Best $2 I ever spent. If you think about it, I’m only giving up like, a snickers bar and like, one or two 4-packs of Wrigley’s gum. Also, I can’t wait to unlock mushrooms and start sleazing it up with them.
I LOVE this app! A couple of requests...
by Ellerooful on 2017/12/04 16:09
This app is the best for those who need a little visual stimulation and extra incentive to stay productive. I truly hate exiting the app during a work session (thus killing my little sapling), and I get a lot of satisfaction from seeing my daily forest grow. The app has kept me from getting distracted by calls, texts, and web-browsing on many occasions. A couple of requests: I would love more kinds of ambient sounds to be added to the "store." Also, please create a version for Mac desktop to keep us chronic procrastinators from using distracting apps and websites there! I know that a basic version of Forest exists as a Chrome extension, but it lacks a lot of my favorite features from the app, and doesn't currently block distracting desktop apps. I'm not such a fan of Chrome, anyway (I prefer Safari). In any case, keep up the fantastic work! Oh! And go check out the SleepTown app by the same developer. It uses the same concept to help people develop better sleep habits, and I can verify that it helps with getting a good night's sleep!
Title (Haha, review is more serious than my title)
by Justreidabook on 2019/02/25 00:09
I absolutely love this app. I fee really motivated to work when I use it. Even if I’m not being productive, I’m still working on something when I use it. I love how you can cancel a tree without killing it for the first 10 seconds after planting one, but I really wish that time was longer for bigger trees. It would be pretty helpful. The biggest moment for me was when it came time for me to kill my first tree. I really didn’t want to kill it, but I hadn’t been working. If I hadn’t chopped it down, it would’ve opened the floodgates for me. The main difficulty for me is starting to grow my tree. If I don’t start it, I don’t have to be productive. I’ve had this app for under a month and I’ve already recommended it to a few people, who have all said it was really helpful. I definitely think this app is worth a try, and I really love the features available when you create an official account. I can’t wait to plant my own real tree when I get to 2500 points! Gotta go, my math homework is waiting!
Fantastic!
by w0zbunny on 2017/12/17 20:36
This app has truly assisted me in staying focused on all my homework that i’m getting as i’ve got a lot going on between ap classes, music dedications & the track season coming up. i’ve always had a really bad habit of playing on my phone instead of completing the assignments i should. it’s caused me to loose a lot of sleep and this app has definitely helped with that. overall i totally recommend this app for anyone who has that annoying habit to procrastinate when you shouldn’t. on a side note though my friends and i typically converse about homework and check our answers with one another trough texting and after i’ve planted a tree i cannot respond back, which is the whole point, but id like to see a way i could pause the growth of my tree for say 5 minutes to allow myself to review the information that’s being passed on to me. it kinda goes against what this app is for but i feel it would be beneficial especially for students who regularly converse over their assignments
Idea
by Atari3d on 2018/03/19 14:32
This app is great. What would be really awesome too is if it could have a feature that allows users to track what they spend their time on —it would be a great thing for freelance billing and for getting an overview in general of how much time certain tasks are costing people. For instance, it would be so useful if I could set the timer for say, 25 minutes, and before hitting “Plant,” if I also had an option to name that 25-minute planting session “Storyboard illustration project 01,” or something. And then also to be able to save these task names on a list if such a storyboarding project is going to take me numerous planting sessions, so that I can just select it from a list instead of typing it ever time. With such a feature, I’d be able to look back and see how much time I tracked —good to know for my own productivity, and also to be able to track my work hours all in the same app. Either way, the app is amazing and I’ve already been able to have a real tree planted :)
Really keeps me off of my phone
by Gells128 on 2018/09/15 16:35
A few years ago I downloaded this app on my tablet and loved it. So as soon as I got a device capable of installing the app again, I did! There is just something so rewarding about growing a tree while doing something I actually need to do. I have been known to turn it on in serious study mode or when out with friends so I can really be in the moment. Since the last time I used this, they have added some new capabilities. You can tag trees to say what you were doing while growing your tree. You can use the app with your friends to really make your group focus or actually spend time with each other. And, one of my favorites, you can use the virtual coins you earn from growing trees to plant a tree in real life. If I have one criticism, it is that they set point values for new trees and real trees entirely too high. It is very hard to raise enough coins to unlock even one new tree type let alone get the funds to plant a tree in real life!
Engaging, creative and fun time mgmt tool
by JLeon86 on 2018/12/04 17:02
I usually use an online Pomodoro timer to help me focus and stay on task. However on my new IPad I was unable to get their notifications plus I was still playing on my phone. As a first year medical student my new lifestyle is mainly studying. I needed a time management and focus tool that would help make studying less painful. 😩 I heard about Forest and was skeptical at first. I did not want to pay for the app since I am cheap and thought I could do it on my own using alternative ways. However I was not successful and decided to buy this app. Since purchasing Forest I have no regrets! 😊 I enjoy the ability to track and visually see my progress. I am a visual learner and am positively reinforced by the forest I am growing and enjoy earning money to unlock more features of the app. What sold me was the social impact of the app where you can plant a tree. Love it! Highly recommend and so worth the money spent. Would definitely buy it again.
Love it!! Please add forest animals
by H VanB on 2019/01/25 07:35
This mom is completely addicted to this app, I’ve been using it since July, and so have my kids. I love the idea of this app and find it so helpful to just tell the kids to Go Grow a Tree if they need a break or need to finish homework. Here’s my problem - I’ve unlocked almost everything except for a couple trees I really don’t like. While I could just keep growing different combinations of trees and bushes, what I really wish I could do is to add forest animals. I’d like to be able to earn various forest animals to my existing forests, or maybe start with the animals some times and then add the trees, or add a couple trees and sprinkle animals in. For the shorter time frames smaller animals like birds, butterflies, bunnies, lizards, squirrels, bats, etc. and for the longer time animals like deer, elk, wild pigs, and other regular animals found in the forest. I think the animal options here are endless and also would really make the forests look cool. The animals would just “grow” exactly like the trees and bushes do. The animals should match the various kinds of trees that are available. Some regular, some tropical (for palm tree), etc. Any chance of animals coming soon? Also the smaller animals should cost less coins and the bigger ones more coins. I find it annoying that currently the bushes cost the same as the trees. They are smaller and therefore shouldn’t cost the same as the larger trees.
Life changer!
by crailtap250 on 2018/06/07 15:00
I love Forest! I’m a huge procrastinator and often have issues focusing on work, staying present-minded, or sleeping due to the major distraction that is my phone. Forest has been crucial to breaking my phone addiction and I consider myself better off since I’ve been using it daily. I started using it to plant a 2-hour tree at bedtime to avoid looking at my phone, but I now use it constantly throughout my day to keep things on track. I love the ability to see all the nice “trees” I’ve planted, the coin earning system to unlock additional varieties of trees, and the option to plant a real-life tree as part of reforestation efforts. It took me a while but I was finally able to plant a real tree last month with all the coins I had saved! Thank you so much for making such a positive, life-improving app! To the Developer: I would love it if you added a widget to forest so that I can view my sapling’s progress even when my phone is locked 😊
Solid App, would like some more information from tags
by RGTeal on 2019/04/11 01:32
I love the concept and visuals of this app, but I have two suggestions for improvements and a complaint. I use this to help me keep on track with my schoolwork, so sometimes an assignment takes me less time then expected, so my choices become either to hit “give up” or make a note of what time I moved on to my next task or took a break. A potential solution would being able to put multiple tags on a tree. Speaking of tags, I really appreciate that you can make specific categories and see the breakdown in a daily graph(though I would like the total minutes along with the percentage). I would really appreciate if you could access an graph for individual tags-how many hours you’ve logged in a tag, what time of day did you typically do it, what average percentages of your forest does it make up, etc. The multiple tags thing would also be amazing for this, as I would be able to view schoolwork as a whole, but also by class. Finally, one complaint. I recently got this app, so maybe this is simply user error. I didn’t realize that to spend coins, you had to make an account. So when I did so to purchase a tree species, I found that it had wiped out all my custom tags! All my hours were tagged “unset”. This was extremely frustrating, as I don’t trust my memory to accurately retag them all. Otherwise, this app has been extremely helpful for increasing productivity.
Most adorable and fun way to beat procrastination
by stephkb27 on 2018/11/16 01:00
I use the Pomodoro technique (25 min focus, 5 min break, repeat) because I know myself and I will be paralyzed with procrastination anxiety if I remind myself “I need to study for 7 hrs today. That is 420 minutes.” Cutting the studying up into manageable chunks of time worked for me after I overcame the hardest part: starting. I needed the Forest app to incentivize me. The Forest app keeps track of the number of minutes I stayed focused for that day (reminds me that I am accomplishing more than I give myself credit for and 420 minutes of focusing is conquerable) along with keeping me accountable for my lovely garden filled with various whimsical trees. I cannot bear to see a dead tree caused by my utter lack of focus (exiting out of the app) in my lovely garden. Who would have known the guilt brought upon by killing a tree would be powerful enough to beat my years of procrastination? 5/5 great productivity app!
The updates and tree variety keep me hooked
by Immaculate Misconception on 2017/12/03 01:34
I have a newborn son, and we have a routine. He wakes me up about an hour to two hours before I’d normally be up for work. I plant a two-hour tree with Forest and I play with my boy. It was hard at first, because babies don’t appear terribly interesting at times, and I’ve had such a long-time habit of checking the morning news on my phone. But when I plant a tree in the morning, I am so focused on my boy and no longer tempted to read or check my phone. He has my complete attention. My wife and I also plant trees right before we sit down to dinner with our kids or watch a movie with them. Forest really helps us to be and stay present with our family. I’ve tried other apps that had similar concepts of growing plants and trees, and when they stopped updating I got bored. Forest has a wonderful variety and updates that have kept me hooked and interested.
Motivation
by DealzYo on 2019/01/29 04:15
This app has been great for keeping me on track with my studies. Getting a tree to put in your forest gives me just a little extra nudge to do my work uninterrupted. Where I used to easily get sidetracked, there is just something about having that tree growing that stops me if I want to google some random fact or click on a news article. Even though the app is on my phone (so my computer is still available), I have no desire to “cheat”. What is the point in a forest full of trees you didn’t earn? One overall suggestion I will make is that the sky is the limit with an app like this. How about a building? A town? A farm? An amusement park? There is definitely a lot of potential here if a talented group of programers want to expand on this whole idea. For immediate improvements I would like more it the shop. I have a feeling that will keep coming though.
My Favorite App!
by Rosie015 on 2018/07/08 04:35
Forest has made a hugely positive impact on my studies and productivity. The main focus of this app is to stop you from getting distracted, which is already amazing on its own. However, there are also other great things about it. It MOTIVATES me to study because the ability to view how many minutes of work I did in a day/week makes me feel so happy and proud of myself, and it encourages me to plant more and more trees. It also encourages me to continue studying even when the timer is done since you can get more coins. Being able to study with friends is really fun, too! The different trees/bushes you can buy with coins you earn from focusing are all super cute as well. Lastly, I LOVE the idea of being able to plant a REAL tree! (It takes a TON of coins, though, so it takes a while to save up for.) Overall, I love this app so much, and every penny was worth it!
Great app!
by Apostate_Mage on 2019/04/07 18:36
I have ADHD and this app has been incredibly helpful! It’s greatly improved my ability to stay on task and off my phone. My biggest problem when working is I don’t realize I’ve gotten distracted. Before it was easy to just pick up my phone and spend hours not doing anything. Now when I pick up my phone I see the forest app I realize I’m distracted. It’s an amazing mental stop and is usually enough to get me to go back on task. If not the little trees are cute and I know it sounds silly but I don’t want to kill a tree to check reddit. If you do kill a tree it also will put a dead tree in your forest. You can also unlock new trees with coins. You get coins by putting more trees in your forest so it’s kinda a motivational thing to focus more to unlock more trees. (You can also unlock sounds to listen to while you focus.) The app is a great tool for anyone who gets mindlessly distracted and doesn’t realize. It’ll keep your phone from being a distraction point at a minimum. (It’s not magic unfortunately and won’t stop other distractions). If you’re the kinda person who deliberately procrastinates or realizes that you are distracted it may or may not help. It depends how much you can bring yourself to care about the app. It’s helped me an incredible amount and I am thankful for the app.
Thank you so much!
by Kojance on 2018/03/17 02:50
My time has been saved by this! Hi! I love what you have created. I've already gotten things done I wouldn't have otherwise. It would really help though if there were a cumulative forest that you could zoom out and see all the trees you've managed to plant as it grows from a thicket, to a woods to a great forest eventually. I'm a collectionist, so being able to see a visual of overall progress like that would be so inspiring, and something to be able to show other people, so that they can be inspired to get the app. Like something with topography if possible would be amazing, and you could tweet or Facebook, or share your progress if you wanted, and to share the app with other people. Thanks for listening. Love this app! Update. Still live this app and grow a tree any time I need time away from my phone, and the big forest is great.
Loving it so far!
by IndigoMist on 2019/01/16 01:23
I’ve only just gotten this app but it’s helped my productivity loads! The only problem is when I’m trying to use my phone as a calculator or texting a reply and suddenly my trees die, I wish there was a sort of a pause button on it (even though it’s fine the way it is). I also love how you can buy different trees but I wish there were more achievements that one could unlock, I find myself not having enough money to buy items (especially as the price goes up by 100 coins after every purchase). I also wish there was a setting for longer than 2 hours (I usually go out for longer than that but don’t bring my phone with me and I can’t help but lament the amount of coins I wasn’t getting). Besides that, everything is awesome and this app is definitely worth its price.
Need a timer ding
by Britt05142 on 2019/01/27 19:07
So far I’m loving the app it’s really helping me stay on task and focused. The only things I think could make this app that much better are if you set your timer for 30 mins maybe have it make a “ding” sound when you’ve reached your 30 mins at the end of your timer. Or if your still studying after the timer has been set have the app count up and those extra 5 or 10 minutes that you were studying could count toward something bc what happens is I’ll tend to keep looking at my phone when the end is near (bc my phone locks and goes to sleep to save the battery so I can’t see the countdown timer) to make sure I’m not going over my timer bc what’s the point of studying if it’s not being counted and getting points for it. Right?! 😜 Seriously, I’m loving the app though and I’m loving the little tags that you can write your own notes on.
Not ideal for Pomodoros but cute
by Uniquenickname227 on 2019/01/29 16:30
I purchased this app hoping that this could help improve focus on my tasks and support use of the Pomodoro method. The idea of having a visual outcome of a virtual forest to show a productive day sounded great. The issue is, while you can certainly set the timer to 25 min blocks of time, this means you can only get the less ornamental (just above the base-model/bush) version of trees since the fanciest versions require setting the timer to longer stretches of time. Over time, this has led to me having to use a second timer to break down a 2 hour block into the 25 min/5 min Pomodoro segments, which ultimately shows the app’s limited usefulness as a fun, standalone task timer. As a result, my use of the app has gradually fallen off (still trying though). One thing that revived my interest was the developers putting holiday themes for the trees/bushes in December. It was a nice touch.
Excellent for resisting distractions
by PetratoRomiou on 2018/08/04 19:43
This app really works for me. I’m not sure I really care about growing a forest, to be honest, and there are plenty of distractions out there that do not use my phone, so it would be easy to cheat. But the point of this app is to set a 25 minute timer to stay focused, and then to “nudge” you mentally back on task when your mind starts to wander, or if you think of other things to do—check email, get up and get a glass of water, whatever. This app is a reminder that whatever you think you need to do immediately, it can wait and it’s not that hard to stay focused for the time remaining in your 25 minute work session—and if you succeed you will be rewarded with a new “tree” for your forest (if that is important to you). It’s also good to see your progress day by day and week by week.
Absolutely lovely and effective, worth $2
by LucaSunDawn on 2018/04/13 20:30
I have really really really been enjoying this app. I have spent considerably more time off my smart devices and in my real life simply by planting virtual trees :). Everything is perfect about it, it has daily forest growth squares that adds into the larger grid of your long term forest and keep the data for when and how you were of you smart phone. If that isn’t complete enough, it has a setting to turn on to track your phone usage, very compare his experience and pretty, if not horrifying data haha. It’s really just been a joy, and very effective. Haven’t made an account or even explored the online factors, oh and get earned only (non purchasable 😌) coins to buy a super fun variety of trees and bushes, which I hope continues to be built up. Okay, worth two dollars, bye.
One of my favorite apps...
by EyeSeeEwe on 2017/12/03 23:02
Update: I mistakenly said this app was missing a feature which it actually does have. I wouldn’t have noticed if it wasn’t for the quick and friendly response by the app developer. That just goes to show that these guys really do care about their users’ experience. ... This is a great app. It helps keep me away from the phone. The previous version gave you extra coins if you stayed off your phone longer than your set time. Now it only gives you coins based on your set time. The drawback to this is that you have to repeatedly go back and set a new goal once the time is up if you want to be rewarded. That means being distracted by having to reach your phone. Overall, a useful app, just a little less than before.
As Effective as You Are Honest With It
by Daeryu on 2019/04/14 02:49
Forest has been a good tool for preserving both my productivity and phone battery. The pie chart it provides (after you tag each session with a category) also helps break down where your time on Forest is going. As a more competitive person, having a ranking system between my friends and I is helpful. Having more trees and bushes is something I enjoy looking forward to; the last update was a fun experience. While I understand the idea of an increasing 100 coin cost with each tree bought, I found myself taking a mental L after prices started going beyond 1000. Otherwise animated trees. That’d be amazing, and I wouldn’t mind earning a ton for coins for those. Something that might be fun to see in the future are personal challenges. I enjoy the achievements and their rewards offered by the app (i.e. X consecutive days rewards and X many days’ worth of focus time for coins), and it would be nice to see more of them. Reward variety in the form of exclusive trees/bushes or planting actual trees is also something that’d be cool to have. TL;DR: effective app. More trees (animated trees? ✨) and bushes to purchase/earn and more achievements with rewards would be cool.
This app is charging my life
by Kittykat710 on 2018/06/02 03:26
First, I would like to say thank you to the creators of Forest. I am a highly distractible person, and my life has been a battle for focus (often a losing one). I honestly didn’t think this app was going to work so well. I’ve tried many techniques to attempt to focus, including the Pomodoro technique that this app employs, but have never been successful. Forest is the perfect blend of Pomodoro timer + game. The reason it works so well for me is that I love trees and flowers. Thus, it provides me a reward that I actually want, that convinces me to not just give up and let the tree die in order to indulge my Pinterest addiction. I have a feeling that if wanting to “grow a forest” isn’t something that interests you, this may not work as well. It does help that you have the opportunity to grow real trees, thus adding an altruistic reason to succeed in focusing. Forest is also simple to use, has adorable art, and sports a decent selection of trees and bushes to work toward for continued motivation to use the app. I hope they continue to add new types of flora as once I “complete” the game aspect of this app I may not feel as compelled to use it. All in all, an elegant solution to phone obsession.
Great App for Focused Production!
by Obscure Table on 2018/12/26 00:41
I find that Forest helps me maintain productivity and lends a solid framework to getting things done. I currently use it while I learn programming, specifically JavaScript. I would tend to either cram to much or get infinitely distracted and not do enough, and through consistent practice I’ve managed to improve my abilities through repeated 30 minute sessions with 5-8 minute breaks in between. I’m not saying the app is a magic cure all - really, it adds a gamified framework that rewards you slightly with points when you complete your timed sessions. However, this importantly makes the act of training your mind into solid shape more focused and fun, and has helped me at least get more productive at work I found very boring at first. I highly recommend this app!
Helpful/inspiring app
by Redbluesky on 2019/03/03 21:31
This is fun to use and inspires me to not only focus but to get things done. I’m strangely inspired to get digital trees planted. It’s probably due to the colorful interface. My suggestions are when I start planting a tree give me 2 options. 1) is to allow me to select whether i can interact with my phone during the planting. I know the app is about focusing and ignoring my phone but sometimes my focus involves working on my phone and sometimes it doesn't. I know this is in my settings but it would be nice to have a toggle available to select when I start planting my tree. 2) the app works by setting a predetermined time which counts down. It would be nice to start planting with no set time limit and I just tell the app when I’m done and the app determines how large of a tree I grew. Overall, I’m loving this app.
Changed The Way I Spend My Day!
by Makhailla Morris on 2018/02/04 18:53
I’m very easily distracted, a habitual phone checker and struggle with my ability to focus. I used to pick my phone up every 2 minutes, even less, just clicking the phone screen to see if anything new had happened or just to check the time (even if I jut checked 45 seconds ago). When I downloaded Forest, it took some time for me to actually get the ball rolling and utilising it as much as I can. I love knowing how I spend the minutes in my day. I love the productivity I feel when I’m in a flow state and am not distracted by a cellphone going off, I love how much work I get done when I’m not spending one minute refreshing all my apps for every five minutes I’m working on something. I use it to time things I hate doing, like the dishes or studying or mopping. I use it for things I love, like yoga, running and reading. Plus, every few minutes I spend allows me to receive a coin, which will eventually build up until I’m able to plant a REAL tree. This inspires and drives me to spend mindful minutes in order to have the reward of doing something good. All in all, I LOVE Forest. I do wish we could customise our dashboard, though. 10/10
Best app for self-controll and study
by Gina J Rosebug on 2019/04/12 13:32
I usually do not write a review for an app, yet this app is one of the only ones that I am continuously using for almost 3 years and never regret purchasing. (To add more credit, I’m currently a graduate student, so there you go.) Not only collecting and planting trees give you a satisfaction that you did something meaningful without seeing your phone, yet also this app can actually donate the “real” trees—so, your money actually goes somewhere that is needed. One thing that I have in mind, though: I want to donate more than 5 trees. Please, like, we want to donate more. It’s a good thing, isn’t it? Overall, if you want to focusly do something without phone distraction, I highly recommend you to purchase and try this app. :)
Amazing app!
by Monica Orozco on 2018/08/04 21:35
I have been able to read countless of pages for school using this app. Not only does it have a friendly interface, but it also has lots of cute features such as being able to use coins collected to add to an array of plant life. If you choose not to use your coins like myself and save up, you can also help out a nonprofit organization by giving them coins to plant trees in 3rd world countries. I have tried many pomoduro timing apps before this, even my own Apple timer. But nothing seemed to work. This app has truly be able to save me from failing classes, but also helps me manage my school and social life. I was hesitant about investing money in this app at first but it truly has been a lifesaver. 10/10 would purchase. 👍
Great Just one Issue
by Tiffanypup11 on 2018/07/21 04:24
This app is great! I started using it a year ago for school and it has helped me a ton since I’ve always been the procrastinating type. I never want to kill the cute little trees and always feel so proud after I’ve stayed focused for the time. I also love the option to take a couple minute break in between timers. It helps me calm down but not forget to get back to work.... However I have just ONE issue. The problem for me is I sometimes over estimate how much time I will need to get my work done. Usually it’s fine but on the rare occasion where I do finish early there is no way for me to stop it without killing the tree. I simply wish there was a way you could tell the app you completed your work and no longer need the timer without murdering an innocent tree.
Amazing!
by Ryan32801 on 2018/04/01 17:04
Update: After the developer responded to my review not more than 1 day after I left it, I wanted to update my review. Just as I state below, the app is wonderful. I forgot to mention they also offer a program where you can spend your earned coins to have an organization plant a REAL tree. It’s a really great app. I totally recommend!! I absolutely love this app. I’ve tried every other anti-procrastination app out there, and none have worked for until I found Forest. The fact that it still plants your dead tree makes you feel guilty because you’ll be able to see it. I feel like that’s the key right there. The saying “out of sight out of mind” really applies here. It’s NOT out of sight so it’s NOT out of mind. I really like this app, it is definitely worth the price Also, there’s a chrome extension. You manually put in which websites you are NOT allowed to go to, so you can still use your computer for work (blacklist), or you put in the specific websites you ARE allowed to visit, and anything else will kill your tree (whitelist). All in all, this is a great app and totally worth the money if you really need help with procrastination.
LOVE LOVE LOVE😍😍
by Ilovesoren on 2018/09/18 23:02
Forest is one of my absolute favorite apps. I use it every day when I am doing my homework to help me get rid of my distractions. The tag feature is really cool and lets me see just how much time I am spending on certain subjects. I have just recently started using Forest to lock down my phone and track my other activities such as soccer practice, family dinners, and school. The only thing I wish would be different is if Forest would be more customizable so there would be more things you could do with the leaf coins you earn. More things to buy with the coins would give me A LOT more incentive to earn them. Even still this app most definitely completes its purpose and I will continue to build my forest.
Incredible! I’m amazed.
by thaesino on 2019/01/26 15:07
In the first stage, you ignore the app. You continue procrastinating and slacking, the app serving only as a reminder of your ideal, more focused self. In the second stage, you open the app. You fail numerous times and your efforts come to little fruition, until finally one day, after a week of focus, you reach stage three. In this stage, you rely on the app to guide your focus. Things are actually getting done and you’re amazed at how such a simple thing has reigned in your potential for productivity. And the one day... One day, you reach the fourth and penultimate stage. You no longer need the app. Simply having the icon on your phone is enough to deter you from using your precious time doing anything extracurricular... including even using the app. All focus had finally become internalized, and the app, being a mere external vehicle, also seems to waste your potential for focus. In the final stage, your phone vanishes, app and all. I’ve obviously not reached this stage as I’m reviewing from my phone, but you get the point. App really does work, if you’re willing to put in the work yourself. Otherwise, it’s useless.
Fantastic!
by Jüliá B on 2019/01/06 02:45
I use it to get some study time in. I have a huge procrastination problem and had my doubts since I never spend money on apps, but i caved in and spent the two dollars and THANK GOD I DID. One, if I don’t use the app i feel guilty since i spent money on it. Two, there are goals within the app, like growing a real tree and customizing the trees you plant in your forest which makes it kind of fun. Three, you see all of your focus progress and it makes you feel like a focus BEAST. It makes you really appreciate the effort you put into your work, whether it be school or your job or whatever. Definitely recommend, coming from a big cheapo! Thank you forest team for promoting healthy habits, I could never be more grateful
Arboricide a great deterrent against slacking
by Arveras on 2019/01/02 03:06
Forest has been my go-to solution for making my phone inaccessible when I need to buckle down and work, or when I just need a break from my phone. The threat of killing a digital tree before it’s had time to grow is real! I love the variety and number of different tree and bush types - it keeps me eager to unlock more - and I love even more so that you can use your points to plant real trees. My only complaints are the limited range of times you can choose and how long it takes to accumulate points for smaller intervals, but these are minuscule gripes. I would highly recommend Forest to everyone looking to gamify putting down their phone to live a better, fuller life!
This keeps me so productive!!
by marcbear9 on 2019/01/08 01:26
Every time I would download this app I would delete it because I never opened it. About 2 months ago I decided that I was on my phone way to much and I wanted to challenge myself to do better. I re-downloaded this app and it has been going great! The layout is fantastic and the motivation tactic works like a charm. It is 100% worth the $2 and I recommend this app to everyone. Even without the extra trees/bushes this app is great to help you stay focused on your tasks. The cute extras are just an added bonus. In short, this app is great for getting what you need to get done, done. All you have to do is find how this app works for you and get in a routine for using it.
App-tastic!
by synthase on 2019/04/10 12:16
Absolutely love this app! Finally a productivity app that doesn’t require me to use my phone MORE! One of my biggest issues with other productivity apps is, when I get notifications and reminders from them, it encourages me to USE my phone and before I know it, one little reminder to be productive turns into me scrolling Twitter or Pinterest for half an hour or something like that. This one rewards me for NOT being on my phone, and the rewards add up! I especially love that if I earn enough rewards I can have a REAL LIFE TREE planted. So it not only benefits ME to be off my phone, it benefits the environment! Thanks so much for helping me make the most of the time in my days, and for being earth-conscious.
Works amazingly well, even if it’s painful, haha
by Rhomy777 on 2018/12/03 05:05
Really, this app made me painfully aware of how much I pick up my phone. I didn’t realize it had practically become subconscious for me to pick up my phone to do something literally every few minutes. Like, it was shocking for me. I do wish there was an ‘allowed app’ feature or something, because I love to use this at work, but in my work team it’s pretty common to use texts to communicate, so I usually end up setting it for short 30 minute bursts, and then checking for team member texts. I get it would somewhat defeat the purpose of the app, but it really would make it more work friendly. 10/10, would recommend though
Effective focus app
by Mmacmahon on 2018/03/19 17:52
Far better than you typical Pomodoro style app. Having the consequences of “killing” a tree is more potent than just cancelling a study timer. You’re motivated to rack up more focus time, and thus coins, to buy more types of trees to grow! Letting you focus with and compete against friends is a smart feature too. Have played with loads of productivity apps and this is simple, charming, and extremely effective. One idea—have a “hardcore” mode where you put money down on a focus timer. If you complete the time, you get your money back. If not, it goes to the tree-planting charity in the app. As a reward for completing the time successfully, you get 1.5x or 2x the number of coins as your normal focus session!
Fantastic!
by myomg1234 on 2019/03/03 18:47
I struggle with managing my time from studying, cleaning, exercising, etc. This app has definitely helped me to manage my time, and I 100% recommend this app to anyone who needs help managing time or even if you just want to pay more attention to whatever task it is that you are doing. I also love the fact that you don’t just get coins for nothing it makes you work to get them so you can earn new adorable plants or really relaxing background sounds (I adore the background noise feature) whilst also getting tasks that you need to get completed, completed. I overall love the relaxing vibe that this app lets off! And again I recommend that you get this app! :)
Fun!
by jessqtran on 2018/09/23 20:48
App motivates me to just hang on for just a few more minutes and keeps track of all the work I do! It makes it feel like 25 minutes (the min for a tree) isn’t soo brutal and I definitely try to fit in some assignments whenever I have down time! However, the global competition is ridiculous! I don’t think I’d ever be able to get on to the top 100 unless I’m whitelisting all apps and constantly refreshing the minute it’s done! It seems people are doing 24 hours a day 😂 and thats kind of unfortunate because I want more accomplishments to get trees. Still love the app! It’s obviously not that important if I can still rate the app 5 stars; More accomplishments in general would be nice :) 🤷‍♀️
Best concentration app out there
by MaddieTheReviewer on 2018/07/28 23:03
I’ve tried several methods to focus on studying or schoolwork, and this is the only thing that works for me. Even though the tree isn’t real, the thought of killing it hurts me worse than I would like to admit, and it really helps me focus!! And the sounds are so nice to listen to, it’s wonderful. I do have a suggestion though!! I wish that when we have our phone locked to preserve battery, we could see how much time we have left without unlocking our phone. That way, we don’t have to unlock our phone every time we wanna see how much time remains and we don’t break focus as easily. Just a suggestion!! The app is fantastic and I love it to death, good job
I LOVE THIS APP !!!!
by PJ Manou on 2018/03/24 11:51
The only bad thing about this app is that it costs money, but it was worth it! I always plant a tree while I'm in class, doing homework, at work, or while I'm sleeping or out! It's addictive to watch you beat your own personal best daily scores and to see where you rank every week, globally. I think one of the main reasons I chose to pay for this app is the way that it immediately is giving back to our environment and to people across the globe! How cool is it to be able to log out of our social world and sit back and provide something so basic, but so useful to groups of people who are struggling? This app is amazing and I am committed to using this app for over 400 minutes a day!!!
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## Top productivity app in 126 countries. More than 2 million satisfied paying users. Featured in Apple's "Amazing Apps" TV commercial. ## staying focused with the cutest gamified timer. ## Over 380,000 real trees were planted on Earth by our users. "Forest works well, and if your goal is to be more in the moment, ignore your phone and actually talk to your friends when you are with them, this is the app for you."— The New York Times "In order to establish new, better habits, it's helpful to engage with tools that make it easier to reinforce them. For anyone looking to curtail their phone usage, the forest app might be for you."— Business Insider If you want to temporarily put down your phone and focus on what’s more important in real life, you can plant a seed in Forest. As time goes by, this seed will gradually grow into a tree. However, if you cannot resist the temptation of using your phone and leave the app, your tree will wither. The sense of achievement and responsibility will encourage you to stay away from your phone, and will help you make better use of your time. Stop getting distracted by your phone, make you self-motivated and get more things done. stay focused. Be present! stay focused • A interesting way to help you beat phone addiction and overcome distraction • Turn your focused moments into a lush forest. GET MOTIVATED • Earn rewards and unlock more than 30 new tree species and white noises. • Share your forest and compete with friends and users around the world. • Plant trees along with friends & family. • Unlock achievements and earn extra rewards. • Plant real trees on Earth and protect the environment with tree-planting organization Trees for the Future. STATISTICS • Manage your own tags and view detailed statistics of your time distribution. • Browse your weekly, monthly and even your yearly big forest. • Track your focused time in the Apple Health App. • Track your daily phone usage and screen time. • Recall memories of your planting journey with our brand new Forest Timeline! It's never to late to build up productive habits! NOTICE • Forest is an app available for both iPhone and iPad, and can be accessed across all iOS devices with a one-time purchase. To download or unlock non iOS version of Forest, this requires a separate purchase. However, by logging into the same account, the account data can be synchronized across all platforms. • Due to budget constraint, the number of real trees each user can plant is limited to five. We will be introducing limited time events that will allow users to plant more real trees. Please follow our social media page or check the in-app announcement for more updates. • There is only one version of Forest on the App Store. Other apps that are similar and mimics Forest are not developed by the Forest team. Thank you for your support! Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forestapp.cc/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/forestapp_cc Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/forest_app/ We also provide browser extensions. Find out more on www.forestapp.cc!
Great!
by taybaytime on 2019/04/18 23:25
I’ve never been able to focus as much as I do with this app! And all the trees are so cute!!
Effective
by Jshishy on 2019/04/18 23:20
I get distracted very easily and this is perfect for getting me off my phone when I need to study. It doesn't take away the option to listen to music while doing work which is great, and it plants actual trees which I didn't know when I bought the app!
Plant a Tree, Increase Productivity ✨🌱
by Sammmm,SCSI on 2019/04/18 23:15
I love this app so much!!! Keeps me off my phone while studying.
Life Saver
by Zappagal on 2019/04/18 22:54
Forest has helped keep me sane in a cell phone world. I’ve got my family talking Forest lingo. They’ll want my phone or for me to look up something and I say I can’t because I’m growing a tree. My students see me growing trees, too. Today one asked me how many trees I’d killed this year. I told him but I grew so many more! It’s a life changing app.
This app help me to focus
by Atlanvalier on 2019/04/18 22:44
Definitely helps to reduce my phone usage!
Great app, really improved my focus!
by CoolRunnings8 on 2019/04/18 22:38
I use this app when I’m studying so that way I can actually be forced off my phone. I found that it helps me focus longer and that I easily surpass the time goal!
喜欢这个app
by Bravaangie on 2019/04/18 22:30
自从下载了这个app, screen time大大减少~慢慢养成好习惯
Best productivity app
by Emily addict on 2019/04/18 22:21
I get so much more done with this app. Helps me stay off my phone when I should be working.
Lifesaver, but there’s always room for improvements
by Nufile on 2019/04/18 22:02
Recently found out that Android users get the advantage of watching ads to double their rewards. It is sorta saddening? Because we’d love the same features too. Also, Android users can whitelist apps and their stats still count towards the leaderboard, is that it? When I have work with phone and I have to use it for the task I’m handling I can’t because I’ll get half the rewards, so it impedes me sometimes. Other than that I really really love the app.
Great study companion app
by CrazyGamerIoS on 2019/04/18 21:33
Great study companion app
Love this app!
by Nikkigggggggggg on 2019/04/18 21:32
I really love this app! I love how this app is giving back to society and am definitely a strong supporter of their goals. :) Reason I have it four rather than five stars is because I'm still hoping to see a larger variety of trees or bushes to become available to earn and grow with the timer. I would love to make a tropical rainforest since they are so beautiful :) maybe even earning waterfalls or biomes would be a cool addition to the app!
Winning
by kyliedabaddest on 2019/04/18 21:25
Wouldn’t get anything done without this app
Helps me focus on studying
by Rocío Salinas on 2019/04/18 21:06
I am currently learning two languages (Finnish and French), and I’ve always had a hard time dedicating a specific amount of time to studying. I would just pick up a book and do a couple of exercises here and there. This app has forced to spend an allotted amount on studying. If I set it for 45 minutes then I know I will spend the entirety of that time studying. Also keeping track of the time I study is very motivating.
Amazingly effective and beautifully designed
by cranstonbern on 2019/04/18 20:28
This is perhaps one of the best apps for curbing phone usage. The format of the app is incredibly simple, yet very effective.
Helps me focus
by Elaine97 on 2019/04/18 20:23
💕
Very helpful app!
by ChuChu and Dumdumb on 2019/04/18 20:18
First time management app I have used. It has been very helpful so far.
Great app helps with time and planting real trees
by Fan elevate fan on 2019/04/18 20:14
This is a lovely app. Helps me focus and avoiding using my phone . I’ve already planted 5 real trees! I love the Earth day plant and that they will plant real trees. I’d like to have the option to follow friends if they have android and that they would not need to pay the full version of the app, as years ago.
Good
by Jojojo332 on 2019/04/18 20:05
This app helps me a lot
Being productive
by LunitaLiu on 2019/04/18 19:59
I like how you can check the stats to analyze your study pattern. I was able to identify a better way to plan my study.
So helpful
by sakahu on 2019/04/18 19:49
I’m trying to quit my mobile addiction. Forest is helping. I’ve picked a different tree for each activity I do and it’s a great visual way to see how I’m spending my time.
Great app, great motivation. Have been using for 2 years
by LingQi89 on 2019/04/18 19:48
Have been using for 2 years
Awesome Little App
by asterrid on 2019/04/18 19:45
This app is one of my favorite apps on my phone. Its simplistic design allows me to easily use it and prevents me from getting distracted on my phone. I’d definitely say it does its job and it has its fun little reward system that keeps me wanting to stay focused. I would recommend to anyone who has a habit of picking up their phone purely out of habit. This is also a good tool to see how much time I spend on certain activities. Overall, it is fantastic easy to use productivity app.
Love it!
by ChiaCG on 2019/04/18 19:40
Amazing app!
Keep me focusing on my work!
by 咕噜沫沫 on 2019/04/18 19:39
Forest is effective and just what I want
Amazing tool for productivity
by Randomuser53728162 on 2019/04/18 19:37
Forest has helped me to keep track of my progress, and has definitely made focusing much more fun. Always happy to show my 'forest' to friends and family. I have designated one tree for a particular type of task; at the end of the week, I can get a general sense of how I used my time, and where I need improvement. Love it!
Helped me with ADHD!
by dubhlinn2 on 2019/04/18 19:37
As an adult with ADHD that can’t be medicated due to a heart condition, this app has really revolutionized my productivity! I have been using it for over a year now and the novelty has not worn off!
very helpful for focusing
by beckymb on 2019/04/18 19:24
i use forest whenever im about to do work/study bc i often find myself distracted on my phone. it’s a good way to get rid of that distraction and the trees are really cute so it offers a bit of motivation for using the app.
good
by 诶嘿11111111 on 2019/04/18 19:07
for the new tree. But I do love this app;)
Keeps Me Focused Like Nothing Else!
by raisin_brann95 on 2019/04/18 19:03
This app has kept me off my phone for a specific period that I set, and I love how pretty the trees are :)
Worth it!
by eatingn00dles on 2019/04/18 18:58
I love this app so much. Suggestion: when inviting friends, it sends a notification to their phone. If it already does that, disregard. 😅
Great for focus
by cats( creepy cats) on 2019/04/18 18:52
I like using this for the fun and just how easy it is to use
Great app
by ArsenalArsene on 2019/04/18 18:32
Very useful device to keep attention where it should be. Wish there were more new trees to pick from.
The BEST study app!
by gonzvles on 2019/04/18 18:22
I’ve been using Forest for 4 years and it is my favorite study app. I love everything about this cute lil app 🌱
Like the app
by coolguywsyishere on 2019/04/18 18:19
Same
Best productivity app!
by Cat face animal on 2019/04/18 18:07
Often it’s hard to focus on studying. This app helps get rid of distractions. I love the sound effects, like the Paris cafe and the London street, but I wish there were more! The plants are super cute and I’m looking to collecting them all. It’s hard to save up enough coins to unlock things, maybe more rewards would help? Thank you ! 🌱🌎
Wanna see trees more clearly and closely!
by Ally wex on 2019/04/18 18:05
It would be more fascinating if users can zoom in to see the plants more clearly on the daily, weekly and monthly overview.
It’s okay.
by Gil2/9/1886 on 2019/04/18 17:59
It works well, and it does what it's supposed to do. However, I haven’t been able to buy any real trees now for years. It was good when I first got it though.
Super helpful
by mvannort on 2019/04/18 17:52
Provides just the right amount of incentive not to use my phone while studying. Kinda addictive, which is, for once, a good thing - I actually WANT to study while using this app.
so cute
by @@@socute on 2019/04/18 17:48
sooo cute. and you can plant with your friends.
Love it!!
by Iramra on 2019/04/18 17:46
It's the only app that can help me focus when it time to study! I originally got this app for my android phone and when I switched to the iPhone it was one of the first apps I downloaded.
Love
by BellaPerkin on 2019/04/18 17:43
Very motivational
Love forest!
by Drewmp2006 on 2019/04/18 17:20
Forest is a great app and motivates me to stay off my phone while doing homework. The different tree species are awesome and I am so glad that I got this app!
Very good app
by HanchenXu on 2019/04/18 17:17
This is an excellent app to keep you away from your smart phones
Pretty Helpful
by Smackyblue on 2019/04/18 17:10
This app is great at getting me to focus and use my phone less. In the end it’s up to you to decide to use your phone less but this app definitely helps!
🌱🌳🌸
by amaliachimera on 2019/04/18 16:57
I use this app every day, and it’s a lovely simple way to stay off my phone. It’s also good to use for the Pomodoro method of doing focused work in short stints. I just wish I could still use my points to plant real trees! I have so many points from using this app for years, but maxed out the trees I could plant early on.
Gets me in the zone
by RyeGuyDryGuy on 2019/04/18 16:57
It’s far too easy to get distracted by Snapchat and Instagram. This let’s me put my work first.
Great app!
by Alice Nutting on 2019/04/18 16:53
The interface is gorgeous! It really motivates me to stay focused. I highly recommend it!
Love!
by Hehehehehhheeheh on 2019/04/18 16:51
This is my favorite app. It’s made me so much more productive.
So helpful!
by cvpoteet on 2019/04/18 16:44
I use this all the time- it is a huge help to be productive and just put the stupid phone down.
Love it
by Seema09 on 2019/04/18 16:42
If you’re a pathological procrastinator then this is the app for you.
Easy to use and help me focus!!
by 咪窝 on 2019/04/18 16:40
It gives me the rewards for my focus time so i can keep using it and boost my efficiency!
A very helpful app
by baxsnax on 2019/04/18 16:40
Forest helps me disconnect from my phone when I really need to focus on important tasks. In a time where we are all on a screen for most of the day, this app helps me regain my attention span.
Amazing Focus Power
by ajd027 on 2019/04/18 16:39
As a writer, distractions can eat away at my focus, taking away precious writing time. My word counts suffer. I’ve found this app to my one of my important tools for productivity. With both the timer and the option to add notes to each session, I’m able to track how much I’m doing. The difference in not using the app and using it is very obvious. Thanks for making such a useful, clean app that doesn’t require a whole textbook to learn how to use.
swag
by Cindey :) on 2019/04/18 16:33
focus time
Great app!
by S Lj on 2019/04/18 16:33
Definitely helps me focus!
A must have!
by vaitulu on 2019/04/18 16:25
Very helpful with getting me off of my phone and I love how you can actually help plant real trees with it!
Love it!
by Demielover on 2019/04/18 16:18
This app has made me so much more productive! Love all the tree options
Love it
by 此次高峰过后 on 2019/04/18 16:15
it’s really good app, it can help you manage your time
超好用的番茄钟!
by YuHei9522 on 2019/04/18 16:11
Changed my life!
Love It
by J Noel on 2019/04/18 16:11
Before I started using Forest, I knew I wanted to spend less time on my phone but I couldn’t seem to break the addiction. Forest allows me to track how much time I am spending off my phone, which in turn makes me more aware of how much I still use it. My kids love to help me plant trees, and earning enough points to plant a real tree makes me feel like I’m actually doing something meaningful. I highly recommend this app to anyone who wants to break their technology addiction.
Stay on task
by Dawn322 on 2019/04/18 16:10
This app helps me stay on task and off my phone.
Game changer
by Snayi1993 on 2019/04/18 16:01
Never spent money on a mobile app before, so this one was the first. No regrets! I’m a visual person and the super cute interface and interactions really helps me focus and get my tasks done.
Enjoy this app!
by T472 on 2019/04/18 15:57
This app really helps me study! And I get to plant trees too! Definitely a plus plus!
Good
by Estella M on 2019/04/18 15:55
Make sure your work is not on your phone before starting this app.
Excellent for encouraging me to focus
by Wilwarin Lor on 2019/04/18 15:53
A lot of times I find myself checking my phone Just Because. I have things to do, or people to be with, but I feel that obligation from habit to check an email or text or social media. This app is a gentle smack on the hand when I lift my phone to put it down and stay present. I use it at work, at dinners, and when working at home on my side hustle. It’s a cute and sustainable way to do good.
Effective
by Caroline Y C on 2019/04/18 15:53
Really effectively reduce cell phone distraction. Which there were more background sound available.
Spectacular Focus App
by gingerherbs28 on 2019/04/18 15:52
This is such a great app, and a superb way to focus during the day. It doesn’t matter what you use it for, the interface is super easy to use, and the ability to plant a real tree from my own concentration feels like using the force. I’m so glad I have this, I use it every day. I also love the aggressive messages if you kill a tree 😂
Super helpful!
by DuoRhinehart on 2019/04/18 15:50
A fantastic time management tool! It was absolutely instrumental in getting through my dissertation-writing process, and continues to help me keep my focus!
It works!
by FoxxyPenguin48 on 2019/04/18 15:47
I’ve always had a problem with being on my phone too much and it interfered with my work efficiency. Forest has done wonders to help me focus on my work and on more important things in my life instead of being absorbed in my phone.
Good App!
by abigailc98 on 2019/04/18 15:45
This app is so cool! It’s a great way to stay off your phone.
Love it!
by KaraSOBrien on 2019/04/18 15:42
Fantastic app that really helps me focus when I need it. Thanks!
good
by canned peanuts on 2019/04/18 15:40
very helpful but i wish that some bushes and trees matched
five stars
by m✨m on 2019/04/18 15:39
❤️❤️❤️
This app makes me feel more productive
by Starry1616 on 2019/04/18 15:39
This app makes me feel more productive by not checking my phone as often when I have the forest app on. When I have the app on, I am more likely to carry through with my school tasks instead of procrastinating.
Overall, charming productivity app!
by MyNameIsDanielle on 2019/04/18 15:34
I’ve been using this app since the early days of its inception and I am please at its growth so far. There are some feature I don’t personally use, but what I do use it for is simple. I love planting new species and while it feels like a struggle to obtain new species at this point (1000 coins) it really does help encourage me to not use my phone during times I need to concentrate. I recommend if you want something visually cute but still works well as an effective productivity app.
Great for Studying
by MsMaggles on 2019/04/18 15:32
If you are easily distracted while trying to get school work done this is the app for you!
Love it
by drblc on 2019/04/18 15:31
Using this app keeps me on task. I used or a lot while writing my dissertation.
Helpful
by Valcor13 on 2019/04/18 15:31
Helpful
Great productivity app!
by snowyspringy on 2019/04/18 15:30
This app has helped me focus so much more, but would love if all the Android functions were available for iPhone users too (eg whitelisting apps)
good app
by 毅少(☆_☆) on 2019/04/18 15:26
It really prevents me from playing phone! Nice job!
I love this app!
by sealo.tus on 2019/04/18 15:26
I love the forest app because not only does it keep me off my phone, but I get to contribute to making the earth a better place :)
Increases productivity
by Wenrl on 2019/04/18 15:25
Forest has helped me stay present over dinner, at work and in my leisure time. I didn't realize how much I actually look at my phone until I started setting time frames to leave it alone and allow trees to grow. I've even scored one real tree planted so far, which is cool. My friends who are with me in body appreciate it. My friends and family in mind who text me do not. I'm okay with that. I've read four books this month and been more efficient at life. I would like to see some upgrades such as an option to save different tree types as labeled for different activities (cherry blossom for studying, birdhouse for cleaning...etc.) and seeing a large grid of all trees ever with a zoom function. Graphics could be better. However, it serves the purpose for which it was created. Recommended! Update: I’d also like the option to grow trees for up to 8 hours at a time. Why the limit to 2 hours?
So helpful!!
by Jane Doe is Not Me on 2019/04/18 15:25
I’ve been lacking the motivation to do my schoolwork, and this really helps!
Good for focusing on my work
by Justin korea on 2019/04/18 15:21
It’s a way to focus on my work without distraction from my phone!
Great App!
by Sarauraborialis on 2019/04/18 15:20
Forest is easy to use and helps me stay focused. Love this app!
Best Productivity App Ever!
by Natasha_19 on 2019/04/18 15:20
I noticed every time I was procrastinating I was on my phone. Now when I find myself on my phone and not getting work done I just plant a tree and it motivates me to get things done. The best part of it is that after you collect a couple of coins you can donate them to plant real trees🙌🏻
Worth it!
by bonaventure2019 on 2019/04/18 15:19
I was hesitant to buy this, but I use it almost daily and it’s so worth the $2. Love how it keeps me focused and helps the planet at the same time!
A clever way to manage your screen time
by qguo1002 on 2019/04/18 15:19
This app is very helpful in managing your screen time. While focused on the real world, you also earn coins that could be converted to planting real trees on the earth! Everyday, you know you are doing something better to yourself and others in this world, which is a great feeling!
Wish trees and bushes were different prices
by ruraldream on 2019/04/18 15:18
I love the beautiful plants, but I don’t love how expensive they are to purchase new ones. In the beginning, it’s not too bad. But as you progress, all items increase in price. I don’t necessarily think that is awesome. I think the bushes should be fewer coins than the trees. Personally, I think that just makes more sense.
Love this App!
by Snickers 💜 on 2019/04/18 15:18
I love this app as it does a great job of getting me to do my schoolwork, however I wish the coins were easier to obtain.
Love it
by golden lion 101 on 2019/04/18 15:18
This app is very popular among my friends. Although it has several bugs, this is very useful for time management.
Pretty helpful
by Mr lame on 2019/04/18 15:18
It's useful 👌
Great app that keeps you on track
by Iluvmusic34567 on 2019/04/18 15:17
I find forest help keep me on track with whatever it is I should be doing off my phone.
很好
by CrystalAhhhhhha on 2019/04/18 15:15
特别好用
Love the tags!
by larslynn2020 on 2019/04/18 15:15
I love this app! I especially love the ability to “tag” your work, and the ways that data is presented! It helps me track how much time I’m spending on each project and it’s so helpful!
Essential to my senior year
by emilybartosek on 2019/04/18 15:15
As a graduating senior, this app was absolutely essential to my success this semester. With a busy schedule of classes, thesis writing, interning, and working full time, any time I sit down to work, it has to be dedicated and focused. This app helped me to achieve that level of focus unlike anything else. A 25 minute timer is my go-to, and the small reward of completing that goal and growing a cute little forest is the best. I recommend it to anyone!
Perfect
by megchristinec on 2019/04/18 15:14
Great app, helps me with studying and staying focused
好用!希望能多出点好看的树!
by 浅浅61212 on 2019/04/18 15:13
好用!希望能多出点好看的树!
So Cute!
by Jackcket on 2019/04/18 15:13
This app is great, definitely worth every penny. It really gives me a reason to stay off my phone. You wouldn’t think the threat of a dead virtual tree would motivate you so much but it DOES. I would recommend this to all of my friends who have trouble staying off their phone.
Honestly a game-changer
by KezOnDemand on 2019/02/17 18:00
Don’t get me wrong, my phone is a useful tool, and I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m addicted to it. However, it’s also a super easy way to waste time you don’t even realize you could be using on other things. I use Forest mostly in small increments, and it keeps me from picking up my phone whenever I have a few free minutes and get bored. Since I don’t actually need or want to be on my phone, the small motivation of growing little bushes and trees is enough for me to direct my attention elsewhere- and it turns out that those few free minutes throughout the day can translate into a lot of extra productivity! Otherwise: initial download price might seem a bit high, but considering that they plant real trees if you make enough coins to buy the option, the $2 is warranted. Coin prices in the app are average, but payment per tree during the week is okay and you can make enough yourself with a little effort (I personally think you should make a little more per tree than they offer, but it’s not a bad amount either). The interface is simple and intuitive, the art is charming and stylistically uniform, and my favorite part- the white noise options- are incredibly helpful for studying and neither overly expensive or so complicated that they become distracting. All in all, great app that I use frequently. $2 has never bought me so much extra productivity.
Easy, motivating, effective
by ijustgetbored on 2018/08/16 04:10
I downloaded the app for work productivity, but it’s made me hyper-aware of how often I actually pick up my phone. For any task, just having the reminder that my phone is not currently available to me is extremely helpful. I’m realizing that I waste a ton of time that stems from, say, just looking at a text that could wait until later. Moral: don’t think this app isn’t useful because you’re not at a desk all day. It has countless uses. I agree with what other users have said about gamification being a good motivator, and the user interface is very appealing. Creating and naming tags produces helpful data. For instance, if you’re concerned about work-life balance, you can see a colorful pie chart with a few simple clicks. One thing: I’m fine with how the trees become more “expensive” as time passes. However, it can take a long, long time to gain sufficient coins after awhile. I’m not asking for instant and easy gratification, because that’s contrary to the spirit of the app. I think adding more achievement bonuses (that don’t depend on having friends that use the app or on leaderboard performance) would be great. Unlocking achievements is also rewarding and something to strive for, so I’d love to see more!
Adorably Motivational
by LanthanaTitanium on 2018/11/01 19:28
The cute little trees are just so adorable that I start wanting to put down my phone so I can unlock new ones! I am eagerly awaiting new trees to be added. The user interface is very simple and aesthetic. All in all it’s a great app; the only problem is that sometimes I run into situations where I plant a tree but then end up needing to use my phone for something (like if my mom calls or I have to look up something for homework) and can’t wait for the tree to finish. There is a feature where you can have the app continue counting time after the tree finshes growing, so you can work around the problem by planting a short-time tree and then just continuing to not disturb it. But it would be really great if there was some sort of pause feature, maybe with some limitation like not earning coins if you pause it so that people don’t take advantage of it to ‘cheat’ on their time. Or maybe something where you can erase or reset the time, so you don’t have to feel bad about killing a cute little tree when you actually legitimately needed to use your phone for a minute.
This is the only app I’ve ever truly loved
by mollielarue on 2018/05/22 21:33
I’ve never reviewed an app before, but I love this app so much. I downloaded it after my previous pomodoro timer app, tide, stopped timing correctly, which was literally all it had to do. The timer on this app works, with reliable notifications, and the “gamification” of being focused may seem silly, but it adds a cute and fun element to using a pomodoro timer. Also, the ability to tag how I spend my time (ex: work vs all other things) is an easy way to stay balanced. For instance, I can see if I’m falling behind on daily meditating even if it’s something I’m not conscious of. I can also see someone using this app not necessarily to boost concentration but as a way to literally bar yourself from using your phone for periods of time when you need to be present (ex: during a meeting or with a friend). One more thing I love: I just finished a project that took two months, and I went back and looked at my little forests for that time. Each lil tree helped me get that project done. It’s such a beautiful reminder that everything big happens with many tiny steps!
Great app and idea, but could you consider adding this feature?
by SCASM on 2019/01/03 21:23
Hello, First off, I love this idea and the app is well designed and visually appealing, great job on that! If you could add the option to have an unlimited timer, and the ability to pause that timer, this app would be exceptional. I guess not so much a timer, and more of a stopwatch since it would be counting time forward. It would be really cool to have multiple trees grow in a day, maybe one tree every two hours or something. I like keeping track of how much time I spend studying, but I can't pause the app's timer if, for example, I want to grab a quick bite or use the bathroom. Maybe an option to not kill the tree if you exit the app would be nice, too. I understand that the point of the app is to get people to not use their phone and be productive, but some of us have note card apps on our phones (ex. Anki) that we use, and so I would want the time spent doing note cards on my phone to also count towards growing trees! So basically I'm asking for a stopwatch feature to the app, that would be amazing!
Where did my coins go???
by Angelacast387 on 2019/03/28 22:48
I was 1 coin away from having 900 coins, enough to buy a new tree and I was very excited. I planted a bush for 10 minutes and now I’m at 867?? You can only imagine my disappointment. Is it charging me to plant trees? If so, then it’s a dumb feature and just makes me want to stop using the app. If it was a bug on your part, then I want my coins back 😡 I worked hard for those. They’re not easy to accumulate. But overall, I’m giving this app 4 stars (5 if I get my coins back). When I was referred by a friend I thought it was silly but it’s literally the only thing that keeps from using my phone when studying. You’d think planting fake trees (you can also save up to plant a real tree) wouldn’t be motivation enough but it is!!! If you convince your friends to buy this app, you can create a room and study together and hold each other accountable! My friends and I compare the trees we have and are always eager to expand our forest. Great app! Just give me coins back 😫. A suggestion: bushes SHOULD NOT cost the same as trees. That’s ridiculous, especially when the price increases with every buy.
This app is a GODSEND
by Jram1157 on 2019/02/15 02:22
I have just the absolute worst habit of procrastination, and I have no idea what else to do to help me stop being such a sleaze-bag and stop sleazing around and shirking my homework and studying. I needed something to take my Sleaze level way down from Super Saiyan Sleaze God to, like, just a regular Super Saiyan Sleaze. One day, during my procrastination addiction, I was looking though some apps and I saw it: Forest-Stay Focused. I immediately felt drawn. “I’ll just keep procrastinating and sleazing it up while I check out this app,” I thought. Unbeknownst to my Sleazy Habits, this app would soon become the death them. I use it all the time and have gone from not studying or doing homework at all, to working on homework and studying for over 3 solid hours a day (and growing! As is my forest!). This app is awesome, and I can actually feel my Super Saiyan Sleaze Power leave me. Best $2 I ever spent. If you think about it, I’m only giving up like, a snickers bar and like, one or two 4-packs of Wrigley’s gum. Also, I can’t wait to unlock mushrooms and start sleazing it up with them.
I LOVE this app! A couple of requests...
by Ellerooful on 2017/12/04 16:09
This app is the best for those who need a little visual stimulation and extra incentive to stay productive. I truly hate exiting the app during a work session (thus killing my little sapling), and I get a lot of satisfaction from seeing my daily forest grow. The app has kept me from getting distracted by calls, texts, and web-browsing on many occasions. A couple of requests: I would love more kinds of ambient sounds to be added to the "store." Also, please create a version for Mac desktop to keep us chronic procrastinators from using distracting apps and websites there! I know that a basic version of Forest exists as a Chrome extension, but it lacks a lot of my favorite features from the app, and doesn't currently block distracting desktop apps. I'm not such a fan of Chrome, anyway (I prefer Safari). In any case, keep up the fantastic work! Oh! And go check out the SleepTown app by the same developer. It uses the same concept to help people develop better sleep habits, and I can verify that it helps with getting a good night's sleep!
Title (Haha, review is more serious than my title)
by Justreidabook on 2019/02/25 00:09
I absolutely love this app. I fee really motivated to work when I use it. Even if I’m not being productive, I’m still working on something when I use it. I love how you can cancel a tree without killing it for the first 10 seconds after planting one, but I really wish that time was longer for bigger trees. It would be pretty helpful. The biggest moment for me was when it came time for me to kill my first tree. I really didn’t want to kill it, but I hadn’t been working. If I hadn’t chopped it down, it would’ve opened the floodgates for me. The main difficulty for me is starting to grow my tree. If I don’t start it, I don’t have to be productive. I’ve had this app for under a month and I’ve already recommended it to a few people, who have all said it was really helpful. I definitely think this app is worth a try, and I really love the features available when you create an official account. I can’t wait to plant my own real tree when I get to 2500 points! Gotta go, my math homework is waiting!
Fantastic!
by w0zbunny on 2017/12/17 20:36
This app has truly assisted me in staying focused on all my homework that i’m getting as i’ve got a lot going on between ap classes, music dedications & the track season coming up. i’ve always had a really bad habit of playing on my phone instead of completing the assignments i should. it’s caused me to loose a lot of sleep and this app has definitely helped with that. overall i totally recommend this app for anyone who has that annoying habit to procrastinate when you shouldn’t. on a side note though my friends and i typically converse about homework and check our answers with one another trough texting and after i’ve planted a tree i cannot respond back, which is the whole point, but id like to see a way i could pause the growth of my tree for say 5 minutes to allow myself to review the information that’s being passed on to me. it kinda goes against what this app is for but i feel it would be beneficial especially for students who regularly converse over their assignments
Idea
by Atari3d on 2018/03/19 14:32
This app is great. What would be really awesome too is if it could have a feature that allows users to track what they spend their time on —it would be a great thing for freelance billing and for getting an overview in general of how much time certain tasks are costing people. For instance, it would be so useful if I could set the timer for say, 25 minutes, and before hitting “Plant,” if I also had an option to name that 25-minute planting session “Storyboard illustration project 01,” or something. And then also to be able to save these task names on a list if such a storyboarding project is going to take me numerous planting sessions, so that I can just select it from a list instead of typing it ever time. With such a feature, I’d be able to look back and see how much time I tracked —good to know for my own productivity, and also to be able to track my work hours all in the same app. Either way, the app is amazing and I’ve already been able to have a real tree planted :)
Really keeps me off of my phone
by Gells128 on 2018/09/15 16:35
A few years ago I downloaded this app on my tablet and loved it. So as soon as I got a device capable of installing the app again, I did! There is just something so rewarding about growing a tree while doing something I actually need to do. I have been known to turn it on in serious study mode or when out with friends so I can really be in the moment. Since the last time I used this, they have added some new capabilities. You can tag trees to say what you were doing while growing your tree. You can use the app with your friends to really make your group focus or actually spend time with each other. And, one of my favorites, you can use the virtual coins you earn from growing trees to plant a tree in real life. If I have one criticism, it is that they set point values for new trees and real trees entirely too high. It is very hard to raise enough coins to unlock even one new tree type let alone get the funds to plant a tree in real life!
Engaging, creative and fun time mgmt tool
by JLeon86 on 2018/12/04 17:02
I usually use an online Pomodoro timer to help me focus and stay on task. However on my new IPad I was unable to get their notifications plus I was still playing on my phone. As a first year medical student my new lifestyle is mainly studying. I needed a time management and focus tool that would help make studying less painful. 😩 I heard about Forest and was skeptical at first. I did not want to pay for the app since I am cheap and thought I could do it on my own using alternative ways. However I was not successful and decided to buy this app. Since purchasing Forest I have no regrets! 😊 I enjoy the ability to track and visually see my progress. I am a visual learner and am positively reinforced by the forest I am growing and enjoy earning money to unlock more features of the app. What sold me was the social impact of the app where you can plant a tree. Love it! Highly recommend and so worth the money spent. Would definitely buy it again.
Love it!! Please add forest animals
by H VanB on 2019/01/25 07:35
This mom is completely addicted to this app, I’ve been using it since July, and so have my kids. I love the idea of this app and find it so helpful to just tell the kids to Go Grow a Tree if they need a break or need to finish homework. Here’s my problem - I’ve unlocked almost everything except for a couple trees I really don’t like. While I could just keep growing different combinations of trees and bushes, what I really wish I could do is to add forest animals. I’d like to be able to earn various forest animals to my existing forests, or maybe start with the animals some times and then add the trees, or add a couple trees and sprinkle animals in. For the shorter time frames smaller animals like birds, butterflies, bunnies, lizards, squirrels, bats, etc. and for the longer time animals like deer, elk, wild pigs, and other regular animals found in the forest. I think the animal options here are endless and also would really make the forests look cool. The animals would just “grow” exactly like the trees and bushes do. The animals should match the various kinds of trees that are available. Some regular, some tropical (for palm tree), etc. Any chance of animals coming soon? Also the smaller animals should cost less coins and the bigger ones more coins. I find it annoying that currently the bushes cost the same as the trees. They are smaller and therefore shouldn’t cost the same as the larger trees.
Life changer!
by crailtap250 on 2018/06/07 15:00
I love Forest! I’m a huge procrastinator and often have issues focusing on work, staying present-minded, or sleeping due to the major distraction that is my phone. Forest has been crucial to breaking my phone addiction and I consider myself better off since I’ve been using it daily. I started using it to plant a 2-hour tree at bedtime to avoid looking at my phone, but I now use it constantly throughout my day to keep things on track. I love the ability to see all the nice “trees” I’ve planted, the coin earning system to unlock additional varieties of trees, and the option to plant a real-life tree as part of reforestation efforts. It took me a while but I was finally able to plant a real tree last month with all the coins I had saved! Thank you so much for making such a positive, life-improving app! To the Developer: I would love it if you added a widget to forest so that I can view my sapling’s progress even when my phone is locked 😊
Solid App, would like some more information from tags
by RGTeal on 2019/04/11 01:32
I love the concept and visuals of this app, but I have two suggestions for improvements and a complaint. I use this to help me keep on track with my schoolwork, so sometimes an assignment takes me less time then expected, so my choices become either to hit “give up” or make a note of what time I moved on to my next task or took a break. A potential solution would being able to put multiple tags on a tree. Speaking of tags, I really appreciate that you can make specific categories and see the breakdown in a daily graph(though I would like the total minutes along with the percentage). I would really appreciate if you could access an graph for individual tags-how many hours you’ve logged in a tag, what time of day did you typically do it, what average percentages of your forest does it make up, etc. The multiple tags thing would also be amazing for this, as I would be able to view schoolwork as a whole, but also by class. Finally, one complaint. I recently got this app, so maybe this is simply user error. I didn’t realize that to spend coins, you had to make an account. So when I did so to purchase a tree species, I found that it had wiped out all my custom tags! All my hours were tagged “unset”. This was extremely frustrating, as I don’t trust my memory to accurately retag them all. Otherwise, this app has been extremely helpful for increasing productivity.
Most adorable and fun way to beat procrastination
by stephkb27 on 2018/11/16 01:00
I use the Pomodoro technique (25 min focus, 5 min break, repeat) because I know myself and I will be paralyzed with procrastination anxiety if I remind myself “I need to study for 7 hrs today. That is 420 minutes.” Cutting the studying up into manageable chunks of time worked for me after I overcame the hardest part: starting. I needed the Forest app to incentivize me. The Forest app keeps track of the number of minutes I stayed focused for that day (reminds me that I am accomplishing more than I give myself credit for and 420 minutes of focusing is conquerable) along with keeping me accountable for my lovely garden filled with various whimsical trees. I cannot bear to see a dead tree caused by my utter lack of focus (exiting out of the app) in my lovely garden. Who would have known the guilt brought upon by killing a tree would be powerful enough to beat my years of procrastination? 5/5 great productivity app!
The updates and tree variety keep me hooked
by Immaculate Misconception on 2017/12/03 01:34
I have a newborn son, and we have a routine. He wakes me up about an hour to two hours before I’d normally be up for work. I plant a two-hour tree with Forest and I play with my boy. It was hard at first, because babies don’t appear terribly interesting at times, and I’ve had such a long-time habit of checking the morning news on my phone. But when I plant a tree in the morning, I am so focused on my boy and no longer tempted to read or check my phone. He has my complete attention. My wife and I also plant trees right before we sit down to dinner with our kids or watch a movie with them. Forest really helps us to be and stay present with our family. I’ve tried other apps that had similar concepts of growing plants and trees, and when they stopped updating I got bored. Forest has a wonderful variety and updates that have kept me hooked and interested.
Motivation
by DealzYo on 2019/01/29 04:15
This app has been great for keeping me on track with my studies. Getting a tree to put in your forest gives me just a little extra nudge to do my work uninterrupted. Where I used to easily get sidetracked, there is just something about having that tree growing that stops me if I want to google some random fact or click on a news article. Even though the app is on my phone (so my computer is still available), I have no desire to “cheat”. What is the point in a forest full of trees you didn’t earn? One overall suggestion I will make is that the sky is the limit with an app like this. How about a building? A town? A farm? An amusement park? There is definitely a lot of potential here if a talented group of programers want to expand on this whole idea. For immediate improvements I would like more it the shop. I have a feeling that will keep coming though.
My Favorite App!
by Rosie015 on 2018/07/08 04:35
Forest has made a hugely positive impact on my studies and productivity. The main focus of this app is to stop you from getting distracted, which is already amazing on its own. However, there are also other great things about it. It MOTIVATES me to study because the ability to view how many minutes of work I did in a day/week makes me feel so happy and proud of myself, and it encourages me to plant more and more trees. It also encourages me to continue studying even when the timer is done since you can get more coins. Being able to study with friends is really fun, too! The different trees/bushes you can buy with coins you earn from focusing are all super cute as well. Lastly, I LOVE the idea of being able to plant a REAL tree! (It takes a TON of coins, though, so it takes a while to save up for.) Overall, I love this app so much, and every penny was worth it!
Great app!
by Apostate_Mage on 2019/04/07 18:36
I have ADHD and this app has been incredibly helpful! It’s greatly improved my ability to stay on task and off my phone. My biggest problem when working is I don’t realize I’ve gotten distracted. Before it was easy to just pick up my phone and spend hours not doing anything. Now when I pick up my phone I see the forest app I realize I’m distracted. It’s an amazing mental stop and is usually enough to get me to go back on task. If not the little trees are cute and I know it sounds silly but I don’t want to kill a tree to check reddit. If you do kill a tree it also will put a dead tree in your forest. You can also unlock new trees with coins. You get coins by putting more trees in your forest so it’s kinda a motivational thing to focus more to unlock more trees. (You can also unlock sounds to listen to while you focus.) The app is a great tool for anyone who gets mindlessly distracted and doesn’t realize. It’ll keep your phone from being a distraction point at a minimum. (It’s not magic unfortunately and won’t stop other distractions). If you’re the kinda person who deliberately procrastinates or realizes that you are distracted it may or may not help. It depends how much you can bring yourself to care about the app. It’s helped me an incredible amount and I am thankful for the app.
Thank you so much!
by Kojance on 2018/03/17 02:50
My time has been saved by this! Hi! I love what you have created. I've already gotten things done I wouldn't have otherwise. It would really help though if there were a cumulative forest that you could zoom out and see all the trees you've managed to plant as it grows from a thicket, to a woods to a great forest eventually. I'm a collectionist, so being able to see a visual of overall progress like that would be so inspiring, and something to be able to show other people, so that they can be inspired to get the app. Like something with topography if possible would be amazing, and you could tweet or Facebook, or share your progress if you wanted, and to share the app with other people. Thanks for listening. Love this app! Update. Still live this app and grow a tree any time I need time away from my phone, and the big forest is great.
Loving it so far!
by IndigoMist on 2019/01/16 01:23
I’ve only just gotten this app but it’s helped my productivity loads! The only problem is when I’m trying to use my phone as a calculator or texting a reply and suddenly my trees die, I wish there was a sort of a pause button on it (even though it’s fine the way it is). I also love how you can buy different trees but I wish there were more achievements that one could unlock, I find myself not having enough money to buy items (especially as the price goes up by 100 coins after every purchase). I also wish there was a setting for longer than 2 hours (I usually go out for longer than that but don’t bring my phone with me and I can’t help but lament the amount of coins I wasn’t getting). Besides that, everything is awesome and this app is definitely worth its price.
Need a timer ding
by Britt05142 on 2019/01/27 19:07
So far I’m loving the app it’s really helping me stay on task and focused. The only things I think could make this app that much better are if you set your timer for 30 mins maybe have it make a “ding” sound when you’ve reached your 30 mins at the end of your timer. Or if your still studying after the timer has been set have the app count up and those extra 5 or 10 minutes that you were studying could count toward something bc what happens is I’ll tend to keep looking at my phone when the end is near (bc my phone locks and goes to sleep to save the battery so I can’t see the countdown timer) to make sure I’m not going over my timer bc what’s the point of studying if it’s not being counted and getting points for it. Right?! 😜 Seriously, I’m loving the app though and I’m loving the little tags that you can write your own notes on.
Not ideal for Pomodoros but cute
by Uniquenickname227 on 2019/01/29 16:30
I purchased this app hoping that this could help improve focus on my tasks and support use of the Pomodoro method. The idea of having a visual outcome of a virtual forest to show a productive day sounded great. The issue is, while you can certainly set the timer to 25 min blocks of time, this means you can only get the less ornamental (just above the base-model/bush) version of trees since the fanciest versions require setting the timer to longer stretches of time. Over time, this has led to me having to use a second timer to break down a 2 hour block into the 25 min/5 min Pomodoro segments, which ultimately shows the app’s limited usefulness as a fun, standalone task timer. As a result, my use of the app has gradually fallen off (still trying though). One thing that revived my interest was the developers putting holiday themes for the trees/bushes in December. It was a nice touch.
Excellent for resisting distractions
by PetratoRomiou on 2018/08/04 19:43
This app really works for me. I’m not sure I really care about growing a forest, to be honest, and there are plenty of distractions out there that do not use my phone, so it would be easy to cheat. But the point of this app is to set a 25 minute timer to stay focused, and then to “nudge” you mentally back on task when your mind starts to wander, or if you think of other things to do—check email, get up and get a glass of water, whatever. This app is a reminder that whatever you think you need to do immediately, it can wait and it’s not that hard to stay focused for the time remaining in your 25 minute work session—and if you succeed you will be rewarded with a new “tree” for your forest (if that is important to you). It’s also good to see your progress day by day and week by week.
Absolutely lovely and effective, worth $2
by LucaSunDawn on 2018/04/13 20:30
I have really really really been enjoying this app. I have spent considerably more time off my smart devices and in my real life simply by planting virtual trees :). Everything is perfect about it, it has daily forest growth squares that adds into the larger grid of your long term forest and keep the data for when and how you were of you smart phone. If that isn’t complete enough, it has a setting to turn on to track your phone usage, very compare his experience and pretty, if not horrifying data haha. It’s really just been a joy, and very effective. Haven’t made an account or even explored the online factors, oh and get earned only (non purchasable 😌) coins to buy a super fun variety of trees and bushes, which I hope continues to be built up. Okay, worth two dollars, bye.
One of my favorite apps...
by EyeSeeEwe on 2017/12/03 23:02
Update: I mistakenly said this app was missing a feature which it actually does have. I wouldn’t have noticed if it wasn’t for the quick and friendly response by the app developer. That just goes to show that these guys really do care about their users’ experience. ... This is a great app. It helps keep me away from the phone. The previous version gave you extra coins if you stayed off your phone longer than your set time. Now it only gives you coins based on your set time. The drawback to this is that you have to repeatedly go back and set a new goal once the time is up if you want to be rewarded. That means being distracted by having to reach your phone. Overall, a useful app, just a little less than before.
As Effective as You Are Honest With It
by Daeryu on 2019/04/14 02:49
Forest has been a good tool for preserving both my productivity and phone battery. The pie chart it provides (after you tag each session with a category) also helps break down where your time on Forest is going. As a more competitive person, having a ranking system between my friends and I is helpful. Having more trees and bushes is something I enjoy looking forward to; the last update was a fun experience. While I understand the idea of an increasing 100 coin cost with each tree bought, I found myself taking a mental L after prices started going beyond 1000. Otherwise animated trees. That’d be amazing, and I wouldn’t mind earning a ton for coins for those. Something that might be fun to see in the future are personal challenges. I enjoy the achievements and their rewards offered by the app (i.e. X consecutive days rewards and X many days’ worth of focus time for coins), and it would be nice to see more of them. Reward variety in the form of exclusive trees/bushes or planting actual trees is also something that’d be cool to have. TL;DR: effective app. More trees (animated trees? ✨) and bushes to purchase/earn and more achievements with rewards would be cool.
This app is charging my life
by Kittykat710 on 2018/06/02 03:26
First, I would like to say thank you to the creators of Forest. I am a highly distractible person, and my life has been a battle for focus (often a losing one). I honestly didn’t think this app was going to work so well. I’ve tried many techniques to attempt to focus, including the Pomodoro technique that this app employs, but have never been successful. Forest is the perfect blend of Pomodoro timer + game. The reason it works so well for me is that I love trees and flowers. Thus, it provides me a reward that I actually want, that convinces me to not just give up and let the tree die in order to indulge my Pinterest addiction. I have a feeling that if wanting to “grow a forest” isn’t something that interests you, this may not work as well. It does help that you have the opportunity to grow real trees, thus adding an altruistic reason to succeed in focusing. Forest is also simple to use, has adorable art, and sports a decent selection of trees and bushes to work toward for continued motivation to use the app. I hope they continue to add new types of flora as once I “complete” the game aspect of this app I may not feel as compelled to use it. All in all, an elegant solution to phone obsession.
Great App for Focused Production!
by Obscure Table on 2018/12/26 00:41
I find that Forest helps me maintain productivity and lends a solid framework to getting things done. I currently use it while I learn programming, specifically JavaScript. I would tend to either cram to much or get infinitely distracted and not do enough, and through consistent practice I’ve managed to improve my abilities through repeated 30 minute sessions with 5-8 minute breaks in between. I’m not saying the app is a magic cure all - really, it adds a gamified framework that rewards you slightly with points when you complete your timed sessions. However, this importantly makes the act of training your mind into solid shape more focused and fun, and has helped me at least get more productive at work I found very boring at first. I highly recommend this app!
Helpful/inspiring app
by Redbluesky on 2019/03/03 21:31
This is fun to use and inspires me to not only focus but to get things done. I’m strangely inspired to get digital trees planted. It’s probably due to the colorful interface. My suggestions are when I start planting a tree give me 2 options. 1) is to allow me to select whether i can interact with my phone during the planting. I know the app is about focusing and ignoring my phone but sometimes my focus involves working on my phone and sometimes it doesn't. I know this is in my settings but it would be nice to have a toggle available to select when I start planting my tree. 2) the app works by setting a predetermined time which counts down. It would be nice to start planting with no set time limit and I just tell the app when I’m done and the app determines how large of a tree I grew. Overall, I’m loving this app.
Changed The Way I Spend My Day!
by Makhailla Morris on 2018/02/04 18:53
I’m very easily distracted, a habitual phone checker and struggle with my ability to focus. I used to pick my phone up every 2 minutes, even less, just clicking the phone screen to see if anything new had happened or just to check the time (even if I jut checked 45 seconds ago). When I downloaded Forest, it took some time for me to actually get the ball rolling and utilising it as much as I can. I love knowing how I spend the minutes in my day. I love the productivity I feel when I’m in a flow state and am not distracted by a cellphone going off, I love how much work I get done when I’m not spending one minute refreshing all my apps for every five minutes I’m working on something. I use it to time things I hate doing, like the dishes or studying or mopping. I use it for things I love, like yoga, running and reading. Plus, every few minutes I spend allows me to receive a coin, which will eventually build up until I’m able to plant a REAL tree. This inspires and drives me to spend mindful minutes in order to have the reward of doing something good. All in all, I LOVE Forest. I do wish we could customise our dashboard, though. 10/10
Best app for self-controll and study
by Gina J Rosebug on 2019/04/12 13:32
I usually do not write a review for an app, yet this app is one of the only ones that I am continuously using for almost 3 years and never regret purchasing. (To add more credit, I’m currently a graduate student, so there you go.) Not only collecting and planting trees give you a satisfaction that you did something meaningful without seeing your phone, yet also this app can actually donate the “real” trees—so, your money actually goes somewhere that is needed. One thing that I have in mind, though: I want to donate more than 5 trees. Please, like, we want to donate more. It’s a good thing, isn’t it? Overall, if you want to focusly do something without phone distraction, I highly recommend you to purchase and try this app. :)
Amazing app!
by Monica Orozco on 2018/08/04 21:35
I have been able to read countless of pages for school using this app. Not only does it have a friendly interface, but it also has lots of cute features such as being able to use coins collected to add to an array of plant life. If you choose not to use your coins like myself and save up, you can also help out a nonprofit organization by giving them coins to plant trees in 3rd world countries. I have tried many pomoduro timing apps before this, even my own Apple timer. But nothing seemed to work. This app has truly be able to save me from failing classes, but also helps me manage my school and social life. I was hesitant about investing money in this app at first but it truly has been a lifesaver. 10/10 would purchase. 👍
Great Just one Issue
by Tiffanypup11 on 2018/07/21 04:24
This app is great! I started using it a year ago for school and it has helped me a ton since I’ve always been the procrastinating type. I never want to kill the cute little trees and always feel so proud after I’ve stayed focused for the time. I also love the option to take a couple minute break in between timers. It helps me calm down but not forget to get back to work.... However I have just ONE issue. The problem for me is I sometimes over estimate how much time I will need to get my work done. Usually it’s fine but on the rare occasion where I do finish early there is no way for me to stop it without killing the tree. I simply wish there was a way you could tell the app you completed your work and no longer need the timer without murdering an innocent tree.
Amazing!
by Ryan32801 on 2018/04/01 17:04
Update: After the developer responded to my review not more than 1 day after I left it, I wanted to update my review. Just as I state below, the app is wonderful. I forgot to mention they also offer a program where you can spend your earned coins to have an organization plant a REAL tree. It’s a really great app. I totally recommend!! I absolutely love this app. I’ve tried every other anti-procrastination app out there, and none have worked for until I found Forest. The fact that it still plants your dead tree makes you feel guilty because you’ll be able to see it. I feel like that’s the key right there. The saying “out of sight out of mind” really applies here. It’s NOT out of sight so it’s NOT out of mind. I really like this app, it is definitely worth the price Also, there’s a chrome extension. You manually put in which websites you are NOT allowed to go to, so you can still use your computer for work (blacklist), or you put in the specific websites you ARE allowed to visit, and anything else will kill your tree (whitelist). All in all, this is a great app and totally worth the money if you really need help with procrastination.
LOVE LOVE LOVE😍😍
by Ilovesoren on 2018/09/18 23:02
Forest is one of my absolute favorite apps. I use it every day when I am doing my homework to help me get rid of my distractions. The tag feature is really cool and lets me see just how much time I am spending on certain subjects. I have just recently started using Forest to lock down my phone and track my other activities such as soccer practice, family dinners, and school. The only thing I wish would be different is if Forest would be more customizable so there would be more things you could do with the leaf coins you earn. More things to buy with the coins would give me A LOT more incentive to earn them. Even still this app most definitely completes its purpose and I will continue to build my forest.
Incredible! I’m amazed.
by thaesino on 2019/01/26 15:07
In the first stage, you ignore the app. You continue procrastinating and slacking, the app serving only as a reminder of your ideal, more focused self. In the second stage, you open the app. You fail numerous times and your efforts come to little fruition, until finally one day, after a week of focus, you reach stage three. In this stage, you rely on the app to guide your focus. Things are actually getting done and you’re amazed at how such a simple thing has reigned in your potential for productivity. And the one day... One day, you reach the fourth and penultimate stage. You no longer need the app. Simply having the icon on your phone is enough to deter you from using your precious time doing anything extracurricular... including even using the app. All focus had finally become internalized, and the app, being a mere external vehicle, also seems to waste your potential for focus. In the final stage, your phone vanishes, app and all. I’ve obviously not reached this stage as I’m reviewing from my phone, but you get the point. App really does work, if you’re willing to put in the work yourself. Otherwise, it’s useless.
Fantastic!
by Jüliá B on 2019/01/06 02:45
I use it to get some study time in. I have a huge procrastination problem and had my doubts since I never spend money on apps, but i caved in and spent the two dollars and THANK GOD I DID. One, if I don’t use the app i feel guilty since i spent money on it. Two, there are goals within the app, like growing a real tree and customizing the trees you plant in your forest which makes it kind of fun. Three, you see all of your focus progress and it makes you feel like a focus BEAST. It makes you really appreciate the effort you put into your work, whether it be school or your job or whatever. Definitely recommend, coming from a big cheapo! Thank you forest team for promoting healthy habits, I could never be more grateful
Arboricide a great deterrent against slacking
by Arveras on 2019/01/02 03:06
Forest has been my go-to solution for making my phone inaccessible when I need to buckle down and work, or when I just need a break from my phone. The threat of killing a digital tree before it’s had time to grow is real! I love the variety and number of different tree and bush types - it keeps me eager to unlock more - and I love even more so that you can use your points to plant real trees. My only complaints are the limited range of times you can choose and how long it takes to accumulate points for smaller intervals, but these are minuscule gripes. I would highly recommend Forest to everyone looking to gamify putting down their phone to live a better, fuller life!
This keeps me so productive!!
by marcbear9 on 2019/01/08 01:26
Every time I would download this app I would delete it because I never opened it. About 2 months ago I decided that I was on my phone way to much and I wanted to challenge myself to do better. I re-downloaded this app and it has been going great! The layout is fantastic and the motivation tactic works like a charm. It is 100% worth the $2 and I recommend this app to everyone. Even without the extra trees/bushes this app is great to help you stay focused on your tasks. The cute extras are just an added bonus. In short, this app is great for getting what you need to get done, done. All you have to do is find how this app works for you and get in a routine for using it.
App-tastic!
by synthase on 2019/04/10 12:16
Absolutely love this app! Finally a productivity app that doesn’t require me to use my phone MORE! One of my biggest issues with other productivity apps is, when I get notifications and reminders from them, it encourages me to USE my phone and before I know it, one little reminder to be productive turns into me scrolling Twitter or Pinterest for half an hour or something like that. This one rewards me for NOT being on my phone, and the rewards add up! I especially love that if I earn enough rewards I can have a REAL LIFE TREE planted. So it not only benefits ME to be off my phone, it benefits the environment! Thanks so much for helping me make the most of the time in my days, and for being earth-conscious.
Works amazingly well, even if it’s painful, haha
by Rhomy777 on 2018/12/03 05:05
Really, this app made me painfully aware of how much I pick up my phone. I didn’t realize it had practically become subconscious for me to pick up my phone to do something literally every few minutes. Like, it was shocking for me. I do wish there was an ‘allowed app’ feature or something, because I love to use this at work, but in my work team it’s pretty common to use texts to communicate, so I usually end up setting it for short 30 minute bursts, and then checking for team member texts. I get it would somewhat defeat the purpose of the app, but it really would make it more work friendly. 10/10, would recommend though
Effective focus app
by Mmacmahon on 2018/03/19 17:52
Far better than you typical Pomodoro style app. Having the consequences of “killing” a tree is more potent than just cancelling a study timer. You’re motivated to rack up more focus time, and thus coins, to buy more types of trees to grow! Letting you focus with and compete against friends is a smart feature too. Have played with loads of productivity apps and this is simple, charming, and extremely effective. One idea—have a “hardcore” mode where you put money down on a focus timer. If you complete the time, you get your money back. If not, it goes to the tree-planting charity in the app. As a reward for completing the time successfully, you get 1.5x or 2x the number of coins as your normal focus session!
Fantastic!
by myomg1234 on 2019/03/03 18:47
I struggle with managing my time from studying, cleaning, exercising, etc. This app has definitely helped me to manage my time, and I 100% recommend this app to anyone who needs help managing time or even if you just want to pay more attention to whatever task it is that you are doing. I also love the fact that you don’t just get coins for nothing it makes you work to get them so you can earn new adorable plants or really relaxing background sounds (I adore the background noise feature) whilst also getting tasks that you need to get completed, completed. I overall love the relaxing vibe that this app lets off! And again I recommend that you get this app! :)
Fun!
by jessqtran on 2018/09/23 20:48
App motivates me to just hang on for just a few more minutes and keeps track of all the work I do! It makes it feel like 25 minutes (the min for a tree) isn’t soo brutal and I definitely try to fit in some assignments whenever I have down time! However, the global competition is ridiculous! I don’t think I’d ever be able to get on to the top 100 unless I’m whitelisting all apps and constantly refreshing the minute it’s done! It seems people are doing 24 hours a day 😂 and thats kind of unfortunate because I want more accomplishments to get trees. Still love the app! It’s obviously not that important if I can still rate the app 5 stars; More accomplishments in general would be nice :) 🤷‍♀️
Best concentration app out there
by MaddieTheReviewer on 2018/07/28 23:03
I’ve tried several methods to focus on studying or schoolwork, and this is the only thing that works for me. Even though the tree isn’t real, the thought of killing it hurts me worse than I would like to admit, and it really helps me focus!! And the sounds are so nice to listen to, it’s wonderful. I do have a suggestion though!! I wish that when we have our phone locked to preserve battery, we could see how much time we have left without unlocking our phone. That way, we don’t have to unlock our phone every time we wanna see how much time remains and we don’t break focus as easily. Just a suggestion!! The app is fantastic and I love it to death, good job
I LOVE THIS APP !!!!
by PJ Manou on 2018/03/24 11:51
The only bad thing about this app is that it costs money, but it was worth it! I always plant a tree while I'm in class, doing homework, at work, or while I'm sleeping or out! It's addictive to watch you beat your own personal best daily scores and to see where you rank every week, globally. I think one of the main reasons I chose to pay for this app is the way that it immediately is giving back to our environment and to people across the globe! How cool is it to be able to log out of our social world and sit back and provide something so basic, but so useful to groups of people who are struggling? This app is amazing and I am committed to using this app for over 400 minutes a day!!!
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