Mindfulness Tools for Smartphones

The Mindfulness App by Mindapps: The app comes with guided meditation practices of 3, 5, 15, and 30 minutes in length. There’s also a silent meditation option and a brief body-scan practice. Like most meditation apps, you can customize your meditation and track your progress. You can set location alerts to remind you to stop and meditate at a particular time or day of the week, or when you enter a certain location. ($1.99)

Buddify: Clear, simple design and relaxing guided meditations. Customize your meditation to your location: It offers tailored guides for when you’re at home, walking or at the gym. ($2.99)

Simply Being: Short guided meditations, with or without music and nature sounds, for relaxation and presence are the focus of this app. Perfect for beginners looking for something simple. Simply Being is highly rated for being user-friendly and customizable. ($0.99)

Headspace (on-the-go): The comprehensive guided meditation sessions offer clear and straight-forward mindfulness instruction for beginners.Ten day starter program available free of charge. You can continue to access videos and audio meditations by subscribing for a monthly fee.

Smiling Mind: Designed specifically for young people, this app makes meditation fun, easy and accessible. Created by a team of psychologists who specialize in adolescent therapy, the app offers programs catered to different age groups, from 7-11 years old to adult, and also includes reminders.

Mindfulness Meditation by Mental Workout: Provides guided meditations for both beginners and more experienced mindfulness practitioners. The app features an eight-week program, inspiration talks, body scans and relaxation instructions. Designed by renowned meditation teacher and psychotherapist Stephan Bodian.

Walking Meditations: This app by Meditation Oasis, the makers of Simply Being, is geared toward mediation on-the-go with three different guided walking meditations.The app comes with a diary for users to keep track of their progress.

Meditate – Meditation Timer: A basic meditation timer app that allows you to follow your own practice, either silently or accompanied by bells. The statistics feature also allows users to track their practice and chart progress.

Online Mindfulness Bell: Can be used to support your mindfulness meditation practice by setting the intervals at which you want the bell to ring. It can also be set to ring at regular intervals through out the day as a reminder to stretch, take a few conscious breaths, smile, express gratitude, or whatever it is you need to do remind you to be present.

Mindfulness Bell for Android Phone: Works similarly to the online bell above – you can set it up to ring periodically as a reminder to be present.

Mind: A simple iPhone app that lets you set the number of minutes you want to mediate for, and rings a gong to signal the end. (Free)

Insight Timer: Tibetan singing bowl bells that can be set for various lengths of time. Best for those who prefer silent meditations. ($2.99)