Insight Timer App Review (Updated for 2018)

I have been using the Insight Timer App on my smartphone successfully since late 2016.

Having already used the App for this long means that my Insight Timer App Review is based on real actual experience of using the App for over 649 consecutive days (over 21 months).

This App is rated as the top free meditation app on both the Android and IOS stores. Once you install it on your smartphone and use it for a while, you will understand why. If you have not, I recommend that you do. Your future self may well thank you for doing so.

Meditation has a lot of potential benefits. If you do not yet know how to meditate, you can learn how to meditate using the App. Jump to Learn Meditation Using This.

Using this App as a tool to help you meditate is a great practical idea. Here are some of the ways that I use this App as a tool to help me meditate. For instance:

  • I personally enjoy the timer aspect of the App. Different timers can be customised with different options. For example, how long in minutes, any background noises, any interval bells, the sound of the starting bell and the sound of the ending bell are some of the attributes that can be customised.
  • I personally enjoy different guided meditation sessions that are available. There are over 10,000 guided meditation sessions developed by over 2,000 different people.
  • I personally rent and enjoy the short 10-15 minute 10 session courses. I am supposed to do one session a day making these 10 day courses however the actual pace is up to me.
  • I personally note any meditation sessions that I done outside of using this App, so that all of my meditation times are noted in this App. I find this useful and helps motivate me to do meditation every day. This is good. I have done meditation for over 649 consecutive days now, so I am unlikely to miss a day now.
  • I personally listen to different talks by different people about different meditation subjects.

So you can see now that there is no way that a short review of this App would do it the justice that it deserves. Here is what you will learn in my detailed Insight Timer App Review:

My User Experience in Using The Insight Timer App

Insight Timer App 3 Minute Countdown StartMy name is David. For me since I started using this App in late 2016, I have been using this App regularly (almost every day if not every day) to help me with my meditation habit.

I use it to record my meditation sessions, using both the timer countdown function inside of the App. I also do some of the over 10,000 guided meditation sessions available online on the App on a regular basis. I also do some of the Insight Timer 10 Session Courses (one session is supposed to be done daily, however you can do as many sessions in a day that you like). More about this later.

I have a number of preset timer profiles setup and use the one that I want to do now. The nearby screen capture shows a 3 minute countdown, that sounds a bell every minute. I have configured this countdown to have no ambient sound and to use the Kangse ending bell when the 3 minutes is up.

I configured this particular preset for my personal use within the Insight Timer App to do a meditation technique called The Three Minute Breathing Space that involves three separate one minute mini meditations in the one session with my eyes closed. I need to know when to switch from one mini meditation to the next, so that is why I have the bell going off every minute in that meditation session. This is just one of the many ways I use this App.

A Personal Success Story

I suffer from stress/anxiety. I also suffer panic attacks, migraine headaches and have a heart condition. One of my brothers suggested back in late 2016 that I should look at doing meditation. At that stage, he had been doing meditation himself for about 4 months.

He pointed me to Headspace which I have also used on and off over the past while since then. I no longer use Headspace as I feel that the Insight Timer App is way better for a number of reasons. In my opinion, Headspace is good however the Insight Timer App is way better. I explain why I am of this opinion later on in this article.

I decided to give meditation a go as I felt that it could help me on the health front and I also felt that it would be useful and beneficial. Beside which, I discovered that meditation has a lot of potential benefits which I did not want to miss out on.

First, I took advantage of the offer by Headspace to learn and do my meditation sessions on their platform. I did this because one of my brothers suggested it as he uses them and finds them helpful and because they had a free trial period.

Second, I looked around a bit to see if there was a way that that I could learn meditation online on demand that covered a number of different meditation techniques. I had heard that there are quite a few different meditation techniques, so I wanted to learn a few of them quickly so that I could continue with the techniques that I like best and discard any I do not like.

I found a meditation course that ticked all those boxes for me, called the Master Your Mind – Beginner Course. I did this course back in late 2016/Early 2017. I also did it again at the start of 2018. I found the course excellent on both occasions.

That course covered doing meditation on a daily basis, so included practical advice on adding a new daily task successfully to the daily schedule along with practical advice on doing 5 different meditation techniques. Adding a new good daily habit successfully to a daily schedule is not as easy as it sounds and can be quite difficult.

With the practical information I learned from this course, I successfully done this, so there is no reason why you also could not do the same, assuming of course, that this is something that you want to do.

I have done meditation every single consecutive day since I started this course, due I think to what I learned in this course and my determination.

One of the resources mentioned in that course is the excellent Insight Timer App (which is what this detailed review covers). You can read my review of the Master Your Mind – Beginner Course by clicking here.

 
This App (the Insight Timer App) has a number of different functions, one of them is a countdown function which you can configure yourself. I have setup a number of different countdown options based on the length of the countdown, sound options, how often to make noices, and so on and so forth.

Insight Timer App PresetsIn the Master Your Mind – Beginner Course, it is recommended that you do meditation sessions for so many minutes and this is where the Insight Timer App countdown function is used. When you do meditation counting down from say 3 minutes, you need an alarm to go off when that time is up, otherwise you never end! The Insight Timer App countdown function does this brilliantly.

Of course, I used the countdown timer function on my mobile phone initially. It made me jump at the end of the meditation session when its alarm goes off, not exactly what I was aiming for!

If my mobile phone or cell phone or smartphone is in silent mode, it flashes when the countdown is complete, but with my eyes closed during meditation, I would not see that! Again, not exactly what I was aiming for!

So I had a bit of a problem. I needed a solution that was simple, workable and practical.

The countdown function within the Insight Timer looked like such a solution. It turned out that the Insight Timer countdown function works in a way I like and so I have been using it since late 2016.

As well as that, each time you record meditation sessions using that App or do meditation sessions using that App, it records that information. Those statistics can be retrieved and you can view that information.

Insight Timer App - ProfileThat is how I know that I have now at the time of writing this, that I have done meditation every single day for 650 consecutive days in a row, with an average time of meditation of 27 minutes each day. Not bad, eh!

Introduction

The Insight Timer App is an application that runs on compatible smartphones on Android and on iOS that empower people to learn about meditation, do meditation, document their meditation progress, perform various countdown functions, do guided meditation sessions online and do unguided meditation sessions along with other functionally within the App itself.

My Personal Review

I have been using the Insight Timer App on my smartphone since late 2016 and this is my take on this. These are my own personal insights on the Insight Timer App, pun not intended!

What Is This?

Insight Timer is a top rated free meditation app on both the Android and iOS stores.

This is a great handy app for empowering you to do meditation related tasks at anytime. The app can operate in offline mode for some of its functions.

I connect my smartphone using WiFi connected to a router which in turn is connected to the internet. I then use the Insight Timer App on my smartphone to select and listen to their guided meditation session online and this works very well for me.

The App itself has a number of features which I find great.

Here’s a brilliant short video outlining what this is all about, which was developed by someone else. This video shows the Insight Timer App in action going through using the App at that point in time. The format and layout of the screens in the current most up to date version of the app will be different as the App is updated on a regular basis by the developers behind the scenes.

Who Is This For?

This is for anyone interested in learning more about meditation or interested in recording their meditation sessions or interested in listening to guided meditation sessions.

How Is This Helping Me?

This helps me in a number of ways. I can do guided meditation sessions using the App. I can do unguided meditation sessions using the Timer countdown function inside of the App. The number of guided meditations available is quite large and covers a large range of topics relating to meditation.

It helps me to keep my current meditation streak active. In meditation “speak”, the meditation streak refers to the number of consecutive days that a person has done meditation in a row.

What Do I Like?

Insight Timer App - Meditations

  • Simple to use.
  • Timer Countdown function is great.
  • It is free. Note that chargeable things are being added.
  • The “My progress” section within the App shows some interesting statistical information showing your progress over time.
  • There are always more meditations to listen to.
  • Bookmark favourites.
  • There are over 10,000 guided meditations available.
  • There are over 2,000 meditation teachers and musicians adding applicable guided meditations and other great content.

What Do I Not Like?

  • Updating the App takes some time every time that an update is available.
  • When doing online guided meditations, on occasion the sound has to be turned up or down. There does not seem to be a standard sound level that is the same level across all online guided meditations. This is more a minor inconvenience rather than anything else.

Insight Timer App - Meditations - Get Help - Start of ListI can not think of anything else that I do not like with this. The Insight Timer App is free. I have used it regularly since late 2016. I am not limited to listening to guided meditations from one person like Headspace, but over 2,000 different people. The range of guided meditations covers a large range of different topics in the meditation space.

How Can I Use This?

Here’s a brilliant short video outlining how to use this.

This video was developed by someone else, and he talks about using the Headspace App briefly in the video. My take with Headspace is that it is also good. However the Insight Timer App is way better. I explain why elsewhere within this article.

You can use the Insight Timer App for free. The Insight Timer App does have a few optional paid features which are completely optional. I have been using the Insight Timer App for free since late 2016 until August 2018. Since August 2018, I have started to rent and enjoy the short 10-15 minute 10 session courses. Jump to In-Depth 10 Session Insight Timer Courses. I continue to enjoy the other Insight Timer App functions for free.

Learn Meditation Using This

There are a number of different ways to learn how to meditate using the Insight Timer App.

A recent offering within the App is a new seven day course. The course is called Learn How To Meditate In Seven Days and it is currently free within this App. Each of these lessons with a guided meditation session lasts about 10 to 12 minutes per day for each of the seven days.

Although I do not consider myself as a meditation beginner or as a meditation guru I actually started this course recently. I learned something new as the approach adapted by the meditation teacher was different to what others say. I think that it is important to expose yourself to different meditation approaches, so that you are better able to determine which approaches work best for you.

If you are a meditation beginner or not yet a meditation guru, I suggest that you download the Insight Timer App and start this course. After all, you have nothing to lose (the 7 day course to learn meditation within the App is free), except maybe some time and potentially, you have a lot to gain.

This option within the Insight Timer App was not there when I started learning meditation back in late 2016 as this is new. I suggest the following approach:

Get the Insight Timer App. Begin the free seven day course within the App to learn about meditation. This is about 10 to 12 minutes per day. You know pretty quick if you like it or not.

Then start the Master Your Mind Course to learn more and do more about meditation to get more exposure to a few different meditation techniques when you want to learn more.

In the meantime, you can always do any number of the guided meditations online within the Insight Timer App. There are over 10,000 of them to select from, so you should find some that you like.

Why Is It Free?

“At Insight Timer we believe everyone deserves access to a free meditation practice. That’s why we offer the largest library of guided meditations on earth for free, and the world’s most loved meditation Timer, for free. You can meditate for as long as you want on Insight Timer without ever paying a cent.”
Source: Insight Timer App within the “Learn why we’re free” section in late July 2018.

They have a few optional paid features which are completely optional:
1. Insight Premium which covers offline mode, high quality audio and their advanced audio player.
I will not be discussing this additional optional paid feature further in this article, as I do not use this and have never used it, so I cannot discuss my experiences of using it because I have not.

2. Insight Courses which are in-depth 10 session courses.
This is discussed further on in more depth later on in this article.

Insight Timer have make the following commitment:
“If you’re someone who isn’t interested in our paid features, you remain a loved member of community with free lifetime access to 10,000 guided meditations, 2,000 teachers and our Timer. That’s been our commitment from Day 1, and will remain so forever.”
Source: Insight Timer App within the “Learn why we’re free” section in late July 2018.

I expect that over time that some of the information may change however I expect never to have to pay for the lifetime access to 10,000 guided meditations, 2,000 teachers and their Timer.

In-Depth 10 Session Insight Timer Courses

Insight Timer App - CoursesA recent development has been the creation of In-Depth 10 Session Insight Timer Courses. I have done a few of them, so I can comment on how I found those courses. These courses are designed and provided by different teachers within the Insight Timer platform.

These courses are divided up into 10 to 15 minute sessions that people are supposed to do over 10 days. Doing it quicker or slower is totally up to you. The information is provided as an on-line audio lecture/discussion where the teacher provides more information about the subject matter.

The subject matter could include more introductory detail about some life improvement topic. When using the App itself to search for guided meditation sessions, if the teacher of that guided meditation session has developed one of these In-depth 10 session Insight Timer course, the course image and title are displayed as a link. Clicking on that link provides more detail about that course.

The new seven day Learn How To Meditate In Seven Days Insight Timer course is an example of one of these courses. Note that at the time of writing this, this was free within the App. Jump to Learn How To Meditate In Seven Days.

The paid for In-depth Insight Timer courses that I am aware of within the App consist of 10 sessions. Each session usually lasts 10 to 15 minutes for the audio component which is an on-line audio lecture/discussion where the teacher provides more information about the subject matter. One great advantage is that you can rewind or forward this audio component. I find this very useful and would be lost without it!

Some of the sessions involve doing ‘homework’ which are designed to help you understand the subject matter better and get additional benefit from doing the course. Rather you do the ‘homework’ or not is totally up to you.

In September 2018, Insight Timer have two options for payment here – you can either rent the course for a one time use. This is pretty generous as the rental period expires 48 hours after you start session 10 for the first time. I found that I could play the other sessions (sessions 1 to 9) numerous times under the rent the course for a one time use option. Or you can buy for course for multi time use.

Within the ‘rent the course for a one time use’ option, you can upgrade to buy the course for ‘multi time use’. You only pay the difference between them to upgrade. Note that this is only available when the rental is still active and the rental period has not expired. If you let the rental period expire, you have to pay the full rental charge for another rental period or you have to pay the full price for multi time use if you want to do the course again. No big deal, just something to know in advance.

My suggestion here is simple. Rent the course for a ‘one time use’. And if you want to use the course for ‘multi time use’, upgrade just before doing session 10 for the first time. Technically, you will have almost another 48 hours to do this, however if you know you are going to upgrade, you may as well do it before you start session 10 for the first time.

I listened to a number of guided meditation sessions by Kenneth Soares and found that I like them and resonate with his approach. I discovered that he created the Manifest Your Ultimate Goals & Dreams Insight Timer 10 session course. I decided to give the course a go.

I rented this course for a one time use, found that I liked it and brought the course for ‘multi time use’.

When researching the Insight Timer 10 session courses, I came across the Unwind Your Anxious Mind Insight Timer 10 session course. The author of that course has a few guided meditation sessions and a few talks within the App, so I listened to some of that content. I discovered that I liked and resonated with this content, so I decided to give the course a go.

I rented this course for a one time use, found that I liked it and upgraded the course for ‘multi time use’. I found that my anxiety increased when doing this course as part of the course content has the listener focusing on anxiety and doing anxiety related ‘homework’. If I focus on things that make me anxious, I get more anxious. This is a common thread with people who suffer from anxiety.

The author of the course knows that his audience would get more anxious in doing this course and should in my opinion devise his course content in such a way that they do not get more anxious. He talks quite a bit about this in session 5. I just think that the course content should be presented in such a way that people who feel anxious do not feel more anxious. This may be a tall order.

Some people would say that you cannot have an omelette without breaking eggs.

However if someone suffers from anxiety, they want ways to reduce anxiety, not ways to increase anxiety. If you do not suffer from anxiety, you may think I am making a fuss. However if you do suffer from anxiety, you know exactly what I mean.

This course is good, however if you suffer from anxiety, you may find that your anxiety levels go up when doing this course. If you do the suggested ‘homework’ and practice his solutions, and keep doing them, I would be hopeful that it would help your anxiety although of course I can not guarantee that it would help your anxiety. Again, some people would say that you cannot have an omelette without breaking eggs.

Insight Timer and Headspace

I hinted at the start of this article, that in my opinion, Headspace is good however the Insight Timer App is way better. There I also hinted I explain why:

Since late 2016, I have used Headspace on and off. I no longer use it as I feel that they limit you in what you can do with your meditation practice. Headspace use the same meditator all of the time in all of their meditation sessions for all of their meditation packs.

This guy does a good job and has a good calm strong voice. Headspace use the concept of packs, which are split up into single packs or 10 day packs or 30 day packs. These packs cover different topics, for example, stress is one, and anxiety is another. They have many other packs and are always adding additional recordings.

Each meditation session recording is different for each of those days within a pack, sometimes the differences are very minor, sometimes minor and sometimes not so minor. I feel that when the differences are very minor per day that the instruction should be to repeat a certain recording for a few days in a row, rather than having a larger number of recordings with very minor differences between them.

If you miss doing at least one daily meditation session in Headspace, your meditation streak (in meditation “speak”, a meditation streak is the number of consecutive days in a row that you have done meditation) goes back to one when you complete another Headspace meditation session. However you lose the number of days that you have done meditation up to this point information. This may or may not be important to you.

Technically you could have done a meditation session that day, just not using Headspace. Your meditation streak is the number of consecutive days in a row you have done meditation, not the number of number of days that you have used Headspace to do your meditation.

Insight Timer App - My Progress - All Time ScreenWith the Insight Timer App, you can see the current consecutive days and your best consecutive days as noted in the nearby screen shot, that I captured earlier when I was using the Insight Timer App.

It is important to me to know these statistics. I use these statistics to empower me to do meditation every day. I find them helpful.

I no longer use Headspace as I feel that the Insight Timer App is way better for a number of reasons:

1. It is possible to use the Insight Timer App for nothing. With Headspace, after the initial trial period is up, you have to subscribe to continue.

2. With Headspace, all of your meditation sessions are effectively guided. You do not have the option using Headspace to follow an unguided meditation session. With the Insight Timer App, you can do both guided meditation sessions and unguided meditation sessions. Also with the Insight Timer App, you can add additional information about other times you have done meditation not using the App (this is explored further in a following point).

3. When I was using Headspace, I was using my laptop. In order to do a meditation session I had to be online as all of their meditation sessions are guided meditation sessions. With the Insight Timer App, I can do meditation sessions offline. I use the Countdown Timer function within the Insight Timer App to do this. These are noted when I am offline, then when I am online, I can synch this data so that my meditation history is updated.

4. With the Insight Timer App, there is a function that allows you to add any meditation sessions manually. You might have listened to a meditation session on your laptop and need to add this information to your meditation history to add to your meditation streak. Headspace does not recognise non Headspace meditations as adding to your meditation streak within Headspace.

You might do meditation sessions from other sources and need to note your meditation sessions in one place. I really like this idea of being able to add this information manually: Date, time and length of these meditation sessions that were done outside of the App.

5. With the Insight Timer App, you have access to over 10,000 free guided meditations, music tracks, talks and courses that are provided by other 2,000 different meditation teachers and musicians. So you have variety between different people and a wide range of topics. With Headspace, all of their guided meditation sessions are done by one man.

In conclusion, my comparison between Headspace and the Insight Timer App shows a number of differences. I think that it is possible if someone uses Headspace first, subscribes, starts paying the regular recurring fee and only uses Headspace as their source for meditation that that would work for them.

If you are using Headspace and not yet using the Insight Timer App, I would suggest that you give the Insight Timer App a go and see if you can include it in your meditation practice.

The Headspace solution is good in my opinion. However once you become aware of the Insight Timer App and the functionally within that, that is in my opinion, a much better solution. The more time I spend using the Insight Timer App the more grateful I am.

Why Do I Recommend This?

For me and my experience so far with the Insight Timer App, I personally find that this is a brilliant tool that helps me to maintain my meditation daily habit. It also helps me to expand my meditation practice in different ways.

There are a number of different ways to use this App. I found that for the first 18 months that I had this App, that I was mainly using the Timer function inside of the App to record my sessions and how long that they last. I learned when starting meditation that it is a great idea to try to do meditation every day, and this App helped me to do that so far.

After about month 18 I started to also listen a lot more to the guided meditation sessions that the App gives me access to. I am enjoying looking up, selecting and doing those guided meditation sessions. I am enjoying these. I am starting to build up my list of favourite guided meditations along with a list of favourite teachers.

For instance, some of the guided meditation sessions I done recently inside of the Insight Timer App include:
– Anxiety and Stress reduction binaural beats meditation
– Relax and Recharge in 6 Minutes
– Self Confidence 1: Re-Awaken the Confident You – Night Program
– Deeply Letting Go
– It’s Not Me It’s You Meditation
– “Theta Dimensions 20” – Binaural Music
– Affirmations: “I Am So Blessed”
– Manifesting Abundance & Success on Your Terms

As far as I recall, none of these were provided by the same meditator teacher. Each of them I found useful and helpful.

Here are some more guided meditation sessions that I like, you may like them too:

Deep Relaxation and Anchoring Confidence: There is nice relaxing background music and the meditation teacher guides you through a process to relax you. This includes a number of positive affirmations and other guided mental activities which are mainly designed to build your confidence.

Morning Meditation with Music: There is nice relaxing background music and the meditation teacher guides you through a process to relax you and get you ready mentally for the coming day. This includes a number of positive affirmations which are mainly designed to get you ready for the coming day.

There are over 10,000 more guided meditation sessions available from within the Insight Timer App!

I find with some of the guided meditation sessions that I listen to using the Insight Timer App that I gain additional insights. Pun not intended. 🙂

You might start using the Insight Timer App yourself one way and find that over time that you actually use it in different ways, like I am. The thing to bear in mind is to use it in the way that helps you and that you enjoy the experiences and find them of benefit. Otherwise, why bother?

I recommend it because for me I am finding it of value and of use.

My Personal Rating

I rate the Insight Timer App as 5.0 stars out of 5.0 stars.

My Product Overview

Product: Insight Timer App.

  • Simple to use.
  • Timer Countdown function is great.
  • It is free. There are a few additional paid features which are completely optional.
  • The “My progress” section within the App shows some interesting statistical information showing your progress over time.
  • There are over 10,000 guided meditations available.
  • There are over 2,000 meditation teachers and musicians.

My Rating: 5.0 stars out of 5.0 stars.

Recommended:
Yes.

You can learn more about the Insight Timer App at the Insight Timer website.
Click Here To Go To The Insight Timer Website.

NB: I have no affiliate association with this organisation. I do not get paid for recommending you to this organisation. I do not get any monies, any commissions, bonuses or any commercial benefit from recommending you to this organisation. My only association with this organisation is as a user only.

My Closing Conclusions

I hope that you enjoyed my take of the Insight Timer App, which I wrote and updated in 2018. As I said at the beginning of this review I have been using this since late 2016, so I waited about 20 months before writing this review so that you could appreciate it from the point of view of someone who actually uses this App on a regular basis and who has been using it for over 20 months now.

For the first 18 to 19 months, I hardly listened to the guided meditation sessions that the App gives me access to, as I was mainly using the timer function built in the App. Since about month 18 or month 19, I have started to listen a lot more to the guided meditation sessions that the App gives me access to, and I am finding that I love these too. I am starting to build up my list of favourite guided meditation sessions along with a list of favourite teachers.

Since about month 22, I have started to do some of the short 10-15 minute 10 session courses (supposed to do these sessions daily, actual pace is up to you of course). I usually take the option to rent them for ‘one time use’ and then later take the option to rent them for ‘multi time use’. Pity book sellers don’t adapt this pricing model!

Here is the all important link:
Insight Timer

NB: I have no affiliate association with this organisation. I do not get paid for recommending you to this organisation. I do not get any monies, any commissions, bonuses or any commercial benefit from recommending you to this organisation. My only association with this organisation is as a user only.

Did I Miss Anything?

Now I would like to hear from you:

Are you going to use the Insight Timer App on your smartphone?

Which meditation teachers are you going to listen to?

Which guided meditation sessions are you going to listen to?

Which 10 session Insight Timer Courses are you going to listen to?

Or maybe you are already using this App and I did not mention one of your own favourite meditation teachers or one of your own favourite guided meditation sessions or one of your own favourite 10 session Insight Timer Courses.

Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.


 

 

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28 Comments on “Insight Timer App Review (Updated for 2018)”

  1. Andrea says:

    The article is very useful, I discover something very new.I will use this in my meditation sessions. The course looks very interesting also and I will take notice to learn new ways for relaxing.
    I didn ‘t expect also there was so many ways for meditation!

    Thank you very much for sharing this!

    1. David says:

      Hi Andrea,

      The more time I spend using the Insight Timer App with the different options available within, the more happy and thrilled that I was pointed to this App a while back. The person who pointed me to the Insight Timer App just wrote a book called Practical Meditation, which I have just brought. It is going to take a few days for it to be delivered to me. I am looking forward to reading that book. 

      Peace,

      David

  2. Thabo says:

    Wow I never knew that their was a meditation app. Insight-timer seems good as it is free and I can perhaps use it to learn my meditation.

    This is a very good and thorough review. Thanx

    1. David says:

      Hi Thabo,

      This is a brilliant App to learn how to do meditation. Now they even have a free 7 day meditation course within the App to learn practicing meditation. Although I do not consider myself as a meditation beginner I actually started this course today. I learned something new as the approach adapted by the teacher was different to what other teachers say.

      If you are about to learn meditation yourself, I would suggest that you download the Insight Timer App and start this course. After all, you have nothing to lose (the 7 day course to learn meditation within the App is free), except maybe some time and potentially, you have a lot to gain.

      There are a number of Apps that focus in on meditation. I talked about Headspace which is also an App in the meditation space as well that is recommended by a lot of people, as well as the Insight Timer App which is also in this space which is used by a lot of people.

      According to the Insight Timer website, this App is home to 4,750,000 meditators, people who do meditation using the Insight Timer App which I think is pretty impressive. I wonder how many of these are regular daily meditators, and how many are irregular meditators. Still that is a very impressive number.

      Peace,
      David

  3. Furkan says:

    I think master your mind course is suitable for me as I am just a newbie about this stuff. I will also use the app for medication but as I said I am a total beginner. Do you have any extra recommendations?

    1. David says:

      Hi Furkan,

      I agree with you. Using the “Master Your Mind” course is a brilliant way to learn meditation. After all, that is how I started to learn meditation myself.

      I should point out that the Insight Timer App now have a free 7 day meditation course within the App to learn practicing meditation. Although I do not consider myself as a meditation beginner I actually started this course today. I learned something new as the approach adapted by the teacher was different to what other teachers say.

      If you are about to learn meditation yourself, I would suggest that you download the Insight Timer App and start this course. After all, you have nothing to lose (the 7 day course to learn meditation within the App is free), except maybe some time and potentially, you have a lot to gain.

      This option within the Insight Timer App was not there when I started learning meditation back in late 2016 so I think that it is a recent offering within the App. I would suggest the following approach:

      Get the Insight Timer App. Begin the free 7 day course within the App to learn about meditation. This is about 10-12 minutes per day. You know pretty quick if you like it or not.

      Then start the “Master Your Mind” course to learn more and do more about meditation to get more exposure to a few different meditation techniques when you want to learn more.

      In the meantime, you can always do any number of the guided meditations online within the Insight Timer App.

      There are some related books I also recommend, “Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding peace in a Frantic World” (see my review here) and “Practical Meditation” (learn more here).

      I think that you would deepen your meditation practice when you do the “Master Your Mind – Beginner Course” (see my review here). This potentially has a lot of benefits for you over time as you do meditation and deepen your meditation practice.

      Any or all of the suggestions above should help you well on your way in your meditation journey.

      Peace,
      David

  4. David,

    Thank you so much for this informative article. I have been trying to get into the meditation habit and I have tried Breethe and Headspace. Both were ok but I stopped after the free trials because I did not think it was worth it to pay for those subscriptions. After a while, the guided meditations felt ‘old’ already.

    I will definitely download Insight Timer App after reading this review. The statistics that it provides will be motivational I think. If I see that I have been doing it for 3 months, I will hesitate to break my streak.

    Thanks again for letting me know about this app.

    1. David says:

      Hi Maria,

      You will love the guided meditation sessions that the different meditation teachers within the Insight Timer App provide. There are over 10,000 different guided meditation sessions online there. In my experience, I almost 100% of the time select ones that I do like. The handful so far that I just did not like I just simply stopped it, and discarded that session and selected another one.

      I like that different meditation teachers have different takes on the same subject and approach them from different angles, which of course, means that the guided meditation sessions are unique.

      You may have noticed that I mentioned that they have a new free course within the App itself to learn meditation in seven days. The course is called Learn How To Meditate In Seven Days and each day is a lesion and guided meditation session lasting in total about 10 to 12 minutes. Doing that course for the first 7 days will help to get you into the meditation habit and you will learn some pretty interesting insights about doing meditation as well.

      Regarding the meditation streak, my approach is to build that up on a daily basis, use the idea that I have done meditation for a specified number of days, and no way am I not going to do meditation today and break that meditation streak. Even doing a meditation session for one minute on a really busy day will help to not break the meditation streak and you get the benefit of doing meditation for that one minute.

      Peace,
      David

  5. JohnHB says:

    I’ve downloaded and try to many meditation apps from my iPhone. And then they just sit there and I end up deleting them and not using them. I will definitely check out the insight timer meditation app. 

    I like the fact that he keeps track of how long you been meditating overtime. Are the in app purchases subscription or a one time fee?

    1. David says:

      Hi John,

      I downloaded the Insight Timer App to my smartphone in late 2016, and have used it most days since then. A few days I did meditation sessions outside of the App, which I noted later in the Insight Timer App. 

      Access to over 10,000 guided meditation in online mode is currently free and Insight Timer Inc the company behind the app have indicated that this will be the case for the next while, so no worries there.

      You can use the “Basic” functions within the App for free. The “Premium” functions within the App attract small fees. Personally I used the “Basic” function for almost 2 years before I was attracted to some of the 10 day/session courses. 

      They have a number of 10 day/session courses, you pay a small fee to “rent that individual course for a one time use” or you pay a bigger fee (still a smallish fee in my opinion) to “use that individual course for as often as you like”.

      They also have an option to use a premium version of their recorder which allows you to download guided meditations which you select yourself so that you can listen to those downloaded guided meditations in offline mode. You pay for this monthly or yearly. The yearly price is cheaper than the monthly price multiplied by 12.

      In my opinion, it is well worth the time to download the App and give it a go. 

      Peace,
      David

  6. Kit says:

    I can’t say enough good things about insight timer. What a wonderful group of teachers, great info and a community filled of positive beautiful people around the world.Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful app. I’m on the final day of the 7 day course and have really enjoyed it. The narrator’s voice is so soothing, could listen to her for hours!

    1. David says:

      Hi Kit,

      Thank you for your comments. I am thrilled that you have decided to give this a go and you are on the final day of the 7 day course to learn how to meditate. That course is a recent addition to their offerings. It was not there when I started using this App in late 2016. I did that 7 day course myself a few weeks ago and loved it, and learned a few more things about meditation. I believe that you can do this particular 7 day course again if you want to.

      Just so you know, I have no relationship with this App apart from being a happy satisfied user. I believe very much that everyone should at least give meditation a go and see if they find it of value in their lives. I for one am a strong believer in meditation. 

      Peace,
      David

  7. Emmanuel Buysse says:

    What a good article! I have to say that I’m not a believer that meditation is the best way to find your inner peace and remove stress.

    Personally I have suffered from stress due to work, little by little I have been improving doing other techniques, but really this shared experience about meditation, has attracted my attention, besides it has many advantages and I start to have curious to try it for a while and see the difference.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. David says:

      Hi Emmanuel,

      I am sorry to hear that you suffered from stress due to work. I am glad to hear that you are improving doing different techniques. You might find the following article of help where I outline a number of different stress management techniques:

      https://letstalkmanagingstress.com/stress-management-techniques/

      Back to meditation and the Insight Timer App, there are many guided meditation sessions within the App that may help. 

      I recently did the following 10 day/session course which may help.

      Protect Your Body From Daily Stress – Train your mind and body to relax and bring about lasting change in your life:

      http://insig.ht/course_protect-your-body-from-daily-stress 

      As you suffered from stress due to work, I would suggest that you keep using a number of different techniques. I suffer from anxiety/stress, so I do an amount of reading, walking, affirmations and meditation amongst other things to help me to manage it. 

      Peace,
      David

  8. Victor says:

    I’ve heard and read that meditation can really raise your vibration to a higher frequency and allow you to be more open to the universe. I’ve tried to meditate but I found that I can’t be still waiting in silence or to a humming sound. I think I just have to keep trying until I’m in tune with myself and body. This app sounds great and I like that it has guided meditation. 

    1. David says:

      Hi Victor,

      There are many different meditation techniques that do not involve you being still waiting in silence or to a humming sound. 

      One meditation teacher that I have come across within the Insight Timer App that talks about raising your vibration to a higher frequency is called Kenneth Soares. I personally resonate with his approach and with a number of his guided meditation sessions within the Insight Timer App. 

      You also might find one or more of these help you to meditate. 

      Peace,
      David

  9. Jurgen says:

    I have to admit, I have very little experience with meditation. Although I’m convinced it can be of great benefit as I often have stressful situations and find it hard to relax at the end of the day.

    I’m gonna bookmark this article (will already install this app) and first head over to your article on how to meditate.

    Another thing I’m gonna do is read your review about the Master Your Mind beginner course. Seems to be a good idea to do for myself.

    Thank you and hopefully I’ll soon have less stressful feelings.

  10. Nicki V says:

    What a great little App.  I have never heard of the Insight Timer App before.  I have tried to meditate a few times, but I found it was really hard to clear my mind and focus.  I am going to download this app right now and check it out.  I really like that it’s free and that there are guided meditations.  You did an awesome job explaining what this app is all about and you have definitely sold me on it.  Thanks!  I look forward to learning how to meditate.

    1. David says:

      Hi Nicki,

      That are a number of different meditation techniques out there. Many people learn just one, which they do not really like and so never build a meditation practice for themselves. I think that it is important to explore different meditation techniques and actually try out the ones that resonate with you. 

      Anyway this App is a great way to learn how to meditate and they even have a “learn meditation in 7 days” course which I would suggest that you do.
      https://letstalkmanagingstress.com/insight-timer-app-review/#Learn_Meditation_Using_This

      I hope that you find this App as useful as I do and that you enjoy it as much as I do. 

      Peace,
      David

  11. Daniel says:

    I must say that I have never heard about this app but I think that it is definitely worth it. I am using android so I will try it for sure. Today we live in such stressful and hard time and we don’t have time to pay attention on our body and health. I especially like that it have offline mode so it would be easier to practice.

    1. David says:

      Hi Daniel,

      It is in my opinion definitely worth it. It is a tool that helps me greatly in my meditation practice. Using it, I know that I have now done meditation for over 745 concentrative days in a row. I love the fact that it allows me to record meditation sessions that I have done outside of the App, so that I maintain my meditation streak (in meditation speak, the number of days that you have done meditation in a row).

      Happy Meditating,
      Peace,
      David

  12. Chris says:

    This really does sound like an interesting app, on a subject I have failed at SO many times before! 

    I love the idea of meditation and I have tired it on numerous occasions, but I’m really not good at it (concentration). Does this app come with any handy tutorials for people who lack concentration (like myself)? 

    I can imagine it must be wonderful to have this sort of app guide you through outdoors meditating. 

    1. David says:

      Hi Chris,

      Yes, this is a great App to do meditation, no matter what your meditation experience. They even have a free 7 day course within the App that teaches meditation. This is in effect a handy tutorial for people who lack concentration (like yourself).

      The App is a great tool to help people with their meditation. I have to say though that meditation is usually an indoor activity. There are some meditation techniques that can be safety done outside, for example, mindful walking outside. Within the App, use “outdoors” or something similar to find applicable guided meditation sessions. 🙂

      Peace,
      David

  13. Paola says:

    Hi, how are you? This was a comprehensive review of the Insight Timer App, I think it covers all aspects of the app. Personally, I have never meditated on my life, but I always wanted to do it, I have read so many testimonies from people who meditate every day for years and feel incredible, I just never knew how to start. 

    Is it really that this app offers you all this for free? If so, I will download it when I finish writing this comment. 

    I’m going to try it to see how it goes, thank you very much, if it were not for you, I would not know this app. Greetings, Pao.

    1. David says:

      Hi Paola,

      This App covers a lot for free. There are some additional totally optional paid for options, however you can use a lot of the functionally within the App for free.

      Currently, you can listen to as many of the guided meditation session in online mode for free (apart from the cost of your internet connection). And the founders and owners of the website say that this will be case for the foreseeable future. 

      Happy Meditating,
      Peace,
      David

  14. Cathy Cavarzan says:

    I think with master your mind course and the combination of the app will be beneficial to me. I tried to download the app last night and my phone froze. I had to do a complete reboot to unfreeze it. 

    I will try to download the app again I hope that is not why it froze. I like the reviews that I am seeing on this including yours. Very helpful thankyou

    1. David says:

      Hi Cathy,

      I have used the Insight Timer App for over 2 years on my smartphone now and it never froze for me. I use the smartphone in WiFi mode when using the App. I hope that you have better success downloading the App the next time you do it. If the problem persists, you can always press the help button at their website and send in a help request that way. 

      Happy Insight Timer App Meditating. 🙂

      Peace,
      David

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