Headspace app

An app for people who want to learn and practice meditation.

Headspace

 

By Headspace Inc

Features
  • Guided meditation
  • Meditation reminders
  • Meditation tracking

 

Clinical review

 

User reviews

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Available from

App website              iTunes           Google Play

Cost

Free trial version
Subscription needed for full content NZD$18.99 per month or $139.99 per year

What does the app do?

Users are guided through a short tutorial on how to use the app and a ‘basics’ section with 10 short audio files to be listened to over 10 days. After this users select themes such as ‘anxiety’ and ‘regret’ and each theme contains a series of guided meditation sessions. Users can set up meditation reminders and turn on daily mindfulness messages. The app also allows users to keep track of their meditation sessions. The free trial includes 1 meditation session from each theme. Users can subscribe monthly or yearly for full content (including a children’s section). For a more detailed description of the app, see Google Play or iTunes and for a detailed review, see Reviews.

Pros

Cons  

✔ Easy to use (users are run through a simple easy tutorial on first use)

✔ Paid version includes meditations for children

✔ Users can set up meditation reminders 

✔ Visually appealing

✔ Meditations can be downloaded for use offline (only for paid subscriptions)

✘  Full content only available with paid subscription

Privacy and security

Users create an account and log on via their email address, via Facebook or Spotify. No personal information apart from name, email address, and payment details (if subscribed) appears to be collected via the app. The privacy policy states that they may collect name, email address, payment details, app usage information, Facebook profile information, device information and information collected via tracking technologies such as cookies but they do not provide personal information to third parties. For more information go the the app privacy policy under 'settings'. Read more about things you can do to improve your safety and security when using apps.

Review details

Date of review: November 2017
Platform reviewed: Android
App version: 3.2.0
Download size: 29.63 MB

Learn More

Mani M, Kavanagh DJ, Hides L, Stoyanov SR. Review and Evaluation of Mindfulness-Based iPhone Apps. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2015 Aug 19;3(3):e82.
Coulon SM, Monroe CM, West DS. A Systematic, Multi-domain Review of Mobile Smartphone Apps for Evidence-Based Stress Management. Am J Prev Med. 2016 Jul;51(1):95-105.