Smiling Mind app

An app aimed at children, adolescents and adults who want to learn how to practice mindfulness and meditation.

Smiling Mind Basic features
  • No in-app purchases
  • WiFi/Mobile data is needed for the app updates and downloading mediation podcasts
  • Data cannot be exported
  • No data sharing available
  • No online support community

What does the app do?

This is a mindfulness and meditation app. It comprises a selection of meditation programs to meet varying needs — some programs targeted to specific age ranges for example 10-12 years, 16-18 years, adult, etc, while others are specific situations such as workplace or school. Each programme has a specified number of sessions, ranging from 4 sessions to 70 sessions, with each session comprising a podcast that gives the user details of the lesson, activity or meditation to undertake. 

For the complete app description, go to Google Play (android) or App Store (apple) 

Pros     ✔     Cons   ✘    
  • Comprehensive app, catering for a range of needs.
  • Numerous options for customisation — programs can be removed, users can rate how they feel, create a favourites list and set up reminders or notifications. 
  • Clustered, unattractive dashboard. 
  • Voice used in the session is male with an Australian accent. No feature to select other voice options.
  • Some sessions are quite long.  
  • Australian-based app, so the contacts mentioned in Support point to Australian agencies.  
Date of this review: May 2017

References

The following references relate to articles about apps for mindfulness.

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.