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 Rating
  • 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

★★★☆☆ Technical score
pending Clinical score
pending User score
Formal review (MARS): 3.8 out of 5

What does the app do?

This is a mindfulness and meditation app. It has a selection of programs for use in different circumstances (sport, workplace etc) and for different age groups. Each programme has a number of modules or sessions designed to be worked through over a period of time. Each session has 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   ✘    
  • Has programmes targeted to different age groups
  • Programs can be removed or added to favourites list
  • Users can set up reminders 
  • Dashboard is not user-friendly 
  • Australian male voice - no feature to select other voice options
  • Australian app so support contacts provided are Australian agencies
  • Workplace programme is locked for restricted access  
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.