A Little Sterile and Redundant 3/5
By Brandy Shea
As a notorious meditation sceptic, I was really drawn to the concept of this app. I’m thankful that it at least got me started with meditation, but have found it to be a bit boring. I know meditation isn’t supposed to be exciting or fun, but many of the guided meditations are just the same things being said in a different way. There’s talk of “awareness” in nearly each one, but no one really expands on what it means to be aware, or how to reach a state of awareness. The instructors are also a bit more sterile then I prefer — less of the relaxing, slow tone of voice and more scientific. Regardless, I’m still thankful that it got me going, but considering that it’s a bit more pricey than other meditation apps, I just don’t feel like it’s totally worth it.
Everything locked behind a paywall 1/5
I’m not going to pay for guided meditations before I even get to try them. There’s plenty of free mindfulness stuff out there. Move on.
All content is locked unless you pay! 2/5
I regularly meditate on my own or using apps. I downloaded this because I liked the book. When I logged in, it was an immediate sales pitch and the actual meditations are all locked unless you give them money. What a disappointment! I deleted it already.
Relax time 5/5
This really helps calm someone down it’s so relaxing and mindful the first thing i do when i get home is i pull up the app and start a new lesson everyday! You should try this really works 😃🎖❤️👍🏼🎉
"Free" app makes you pay for subscription 1/5
It tries to sell you a subscription. Deleted it.
Too expensive 3/5
By The great tom
The app offers a few really enjoyable meditations. However, most of their offerings are only available at an expensive monthly rate
By Please help me :( :( :(
My opinion is you should have to say nothing (other than basic) is free. And basic version makes you 10% sadder, No tracks or anything
An Essential Tool 5/5
This app, along with the podcast, clarifies what it means to meditate and why you should. There are so many misconceptions out there. You won’t stick with a lifestyle change if your expectations of what it is and what it does are skewed.
I’ve tried meditation countless times over the past decade, but never stuck with it more than a few days. Thanks largely because of the easy to understand courses in 10% Happier and podcast episodes, I’ve meditated daily for the past 6 months. My life has totally changed as a result. I’m way more than 10% happier.
Also, the teachers offered through the app are amazing. They give sincere, thoughtful, easy to understand answers to all of your questions. They’re an invaluable resource.
Thank you so much to all who are involved in creating and maintaining 10% Happier. You are doing so much good 🙏🏻
Nothing is free in life 1/5
It may be my shortcoming but I couldn’t find a single unlocked meditation to even attempt to look at whatever this app had to offer. If it is my shortcoming, the app may be worth more than a single star but perhaps it could be more user friendly to access those samples before frustration sets in an the app is labeled useless and deleted.
Practicing Meditation 5/5
By Loula B
Lighthearted approach that goes very deep. I’ve been a meditator for over 30 years and these instructions are very helpful in taming the mental circus animals and observing the freaky side shows, while keeping a gentle sense of humor. Recommended!
100% happier 5/5
I used to really deal with a lot of stress and isolation. My anxiety was off the charts. This app made mindful meditation so palatable. I am able to actively use it in my life.
Music never stops 2/5
One I downloaded the app the music didn’t stop until I deleted it. I closed the open applications an even power cycled the phone. The music just kept playing anytime i unlocked the phone.
That was a short lived time on my phone R.i.p
This will change your life 5/5
Just try it
Great app for meditator new and old 5/5
By Jolie from Maine
Lots of different lengths of meditations and good courses. Of course Dan’s light hearted approach and humor adds some fun to the app too!
Curated teachers makes the difference 5/5
I have tried many times to start a meditation practice, but have been unsuccessful, and quite frankly overwhelmed by, the amount of apps/meditations/books etc. to sift through. This app brings you the best teachers, and building a daily practice has quite literally changed my life.
Nothing for free users 1/5
By Rohn Patel
What's the point of the app, if the free version has only videos and no meditation at all to try? 🤦🏽♂️🤷🏽♂️👎🏽
Love this but there are some bad UX and other probs 5/5
By Stumbling Monk
Love the meditations and Dan and company’s take on meditation. Jeff Warren is the star of the app for me.
But there are inherent problems with the app. First video downloads. I off-lined one practice and somehow got 2.6 gigs of videos. Way more videos than the one course.
And the UX is clunky and restrictive. No search function (search by name, type, person leading it). There are categories but that’s a lot to scroll through.
And then categories are in reverse chronological order. As in newer come first, like a podcast. But some categories build off the earlier ones. The uncensored meditations for instance. So you really want to start with the first which comes up as the last on the category.
Simple changes would make this amazing but I still give it 5 because it helped me. I’m currently 6.7% happier. Hey dev team, I shot you an email about the changes. Find me. Let’s chat.
An essential to my daily routine, but... 3/5
The latest release crashes on my iPhone X as soon as the app is opened. I've contacted app support and received no response. It's hard to accept that level of service as a annual paying customer.
Update: going to 3 stars. I had to uninstall/reinstall which lost all my favorites. Releasing a bug of that magnitude says something about the QA/testing improvements needed. I do love the app though. The content quality is unparalleled.
Game changer 5/5
Everyone has told me that I need to meditate my whole life - but I had some discomfort with it - that it might be in some conflict with my faith - and I always felt Like I failed when I tried. This app makes it completely doable and secular and it has made me a better person in every way. I can feel a difference in myself when I don’t use this app. Especially love Joseph!
Excellent for Beginners 5/5
Came to this app through the book Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics. There are many free guided meditations and you can sign up for the newsletter which also offers free advice and guidance as you develop and grow in your practice.
If you’ve never meditated before this is the place to start. The teachers are encouraging and there are meditations for all aspects of your body and psyche. Give it a try - you won’t be sorry.
The best meditation app! 5/5
This is definitely the best meditation app I have found. Absolutely love it!! If you’ve been wanting to try meditation but didn’t know where to start give this app a try. If you’ve been meditating for a while but haven’t really gotten into it yet, this could be your perfect solution! If you have been meditating for ever and love everything about your practice but want to freshen it up - this app is awesome! Seriously, try it.
Great Introduction, but worthless beyond that 1/5
By Barbarian at the Gate
Once you open this app, it has a pretty good introduction and the great value of meditation.
However after only a few days the app becomes absolutely useless, unless your willing to pay the subscription fee. At the price you would pay for even one months fee, you would be better served using that money instead to purchase any material on the subject matter on any media.
Really is what it says 5/5
There are many meditation apps that are great. I have a couple of others that I have used. I can get stuck in the mass volume of it all and also find myself switching meditation focus frequently. The focus nature of this app provides a very simple teaching and a very simple sit. It would likely bore more experienced meditators but that’s not really why it exists. It helps those of us learning to meditate. I am glad to have it. It helps.
Most Useful App You Didn’t Know You Needed 5/5
I’ve used this app everyday for the past two months. It’s helped me establish a routine that I look forward to every day. With the diversity of instructors, it’s easy to find a course and/or meditation to meet the need of the moment. I’d love to see more meditations that use sound as the object, as well as an overview course on loving kindness meditation. Thanks so much for all you do - the app, the podcast, the books! Speaking of books, I think one of the podcasts mentioned the team was percolating on a book on mediation with and for kids. Yes, please! Kudos on such a wonderful product that makes a difference everyday!
Very good meditation app for all skill levels! 2/5
I’ve been meditating regularly for over a year now and I have tried several different guided meditation apps and this is among the best. It has a plethora of options for meditations in terms of length, style, instructor, and purpose. There really is something for everyone in this app. The Price is a little steep (at least compared to every other similar service I’ve seen) at $15/ month. My biggest complaint is the inability to sort or categorize any of the different meditations wether it be an individual session or a course. There is no way to organize or create a playlist or even a bookmarks section. This is almost a deal breaker. Having an expansive library without a way to Organize or sort through it makes it really difficult to navigate the app.
I’ll keep it simple this app has helped me to improve my overall quality of life. Easy to use and full of meditations for people from all walks of life, it has been designed perfectly.
Is anything free? 3/5
I saw the unguided but that was it. Does the app have any free options besides that?
Waste of time 1/5
Not only is the dudes voice super irritating while you’re trying to meditate, but the only one that’s free is 1 minute. To use the others you have to give them $99.99 to listen to the annoying man... apparently his name is Joseph.
Enjoy the meditations. I only wish there were a few more available on the free app.
Amazing meditation app 5/5
I never pay for apps, but doing these mediation’s has been life changing. Excellent, down to earth courses to really help your grow in your meditation practice. Free version is good, paid version worth every penny
I love it! 5/5
I was doing guided meditations from YouTube when I discovered 10% happier. I keep coming back, day after day. I actually bought the whole year. I found it really useful right away. I have a lot of problems with letting my emotion mind run my inner landscape. I am awesome at ruminating! However, the day or two after I started, I actually noticed myself beginning to ruminate about something and automatically told myself to come back to the present. What the what???? I have never been able to embrace any mindfulness practice so naturally, and I have taken a lot of mindfulness classes in my past.
I have had a terrible time with depression and anxiety. It has been excruciating for me to stay out of hating myself. All of a sudden I see why meditation is so good for people. Before, it was just a nice quiet time for myself if I was willing to be nice to myself that day. I finally get it.
I love that there are multiple courses and access to practitioners if I have questions. I have a lot of hope for the future now. I’m still struggling, but I think this is going to be part of the solution.
I am thrilled to have found this app.
10% Happier 5/5
I thought meditation was something for hippies, and that it couldn’t possibly do anything for my Type A personality. This app (and Dan Harris’ book) totally changed my mind. I’ve actually been doing this daily, and I can actually tell the difference.
Yes, this is a good app 5/5
I have tried different meditation apps in an attempt to assimilate it into my daily life or at least make use of it.
This app standards out from other, with its discussion on how to it meditate, as well as addressing the difficulties, challenges and life getting in the way meditation.
Great introduction to meditation 5/5
I’ve been meditating for several years and have a strong practice, but I found this to be one of the most accessible meditation tools I’ve ever encountered. A great place for beginners to get started!
Get ready to Pay $99 1/5
By Doesn’t Play Captions
The only way to truly demo their content is to signup for a trial which if you don’t immediately cancel has you paying $99.
The one meditation I did get to listen to was pretty good, but I like what I find off YouTube better.
I wish companies would move away from these automatic subscriptions after trial periods. Just cancel the trial and then ask us if we want to sign up. Yeah I’m sure you’d lose money on those who forgot, and so it’s not likely you’d ever change that.
10% happier is thoughtful practical and efficient 5/5
This makes it easy. And enjoyable. And personal. I am a big fan.
You get to start meditating first and second day and they it asks you to pay for the membership to keep going. Should just sell it upfront instead making one waste their time like this. If they have it free the. Have a balance between what you pay for and what is free, but not make it completely useless after two sessions.
Love this meditation App! 5/5
I’ve tried a few meditation apps but this is by far the best. The videos with all the different teachers brings a dynamic quality and the opportunity for deep learning.
Joseph Goldstein is wonderful. Every time I hear his voice it brings a smile to my face and I am reminded to be mindful of love and appreciation.
Thanks Dan Harris. You too bring a smile to my face with your humor.
Meditation for Everyone 5/5
They make meditation easier, much less of a chore, no hard fast rules about how long or how to. Learning about the specific benefits of mindfulness has motivated me to want to continue. I was someone who learned to meditate many years ago and this first time I’ve been consistent with it. I am very happy about that.
What a waste! (Amended review) 3/5
By Rev Jim D
I lead a busy life and thought that this app might help me find periods of calm, which would refresh and refocus me. I downloaded the app and when I tried to use it I couldn’t do anything until I signed up with Facebook (which I don’t have) or my email (which I do have, but already get enough unsolicited email).
I have other relaxation apps and they work well, but don’t have a guided meditation feature. I thought this might be a good add-on but I don’t understand why I need to provide my personal data before I can even try it out.
That seems like going to see a car that you might be interested in buying and having to fill out a credit app before they will even let you look at it, much less drive it. The app my be great but I’ll never know because I’ll be deleting it after I finish writing this review.
I want to commend the developers for promptly responding to my review. That’s more than most of them do. They explained that the reason for registration was to be able to receive guided meditations. Makes sense!
I may give the app another try. Between then and now I’m raising my rating from one star to three. If I decode to register and try the app I’ll write a new review based on my experience.
I’ve practiced meditation for many years with varying degrees of commitment. I’ve gone to classes, used timers, other apps, and I have to say that with this App, I actually look forward to meditation rather than seeing it as something to muster through. The instructions are always clear, the vibe is lighthearted and encouraging. I did the free version then the free trial and now pay for the service. At first I hesitated then thought about how I pay for a bunch of other media subscriptions and then I had no excuse. So now I can read the paper without my head exploding.
PURCHASE EVERYTHING 1/5
By rice piggy
Wow. After reading so many positive reviews about this app I was really pumped to give this app and meditation a try. But after watching 3 short clips about mediation, everything else after needs a premium upgrade. This app is nothing but a tease and a money maker. Such disappointment.
A Time for Peace 5/5
I am finding that my meditating is allow me a chance to slow down. I am trying to reflect on my day’s journey.
After taking a look... 1/5
Seems like a sort of knock off of Headspace, which I’ve been using for a bit. I’m a bit skeptical about the source for 10%—a TV journalist? Really?
Deleted as soon as I saw it required an account. 2/5
Update: Thanks for the response. That’s not any reason for the online account to be ‘required’. It should be optional.
I’m tired of developers ‘requiring’ unnecessary online accounts (or have to use their Cloud accounts instead of Apple’s). While they maybe good to their word about not selling or sharing your information (which you will likely never know if they did do it, which is why to keep your personal information ‘yourself’ is the best answer) but when huge corporations can’t even reliably protect personal information from hackers, how are 98% of Apple app developers going to protect it?
The word meditation does not mean anything specific as to what kind of meditation. I get the same benefit from just two (1 AM & 1 PM) 20 minute daily TM meditations. I save an hour and twenty minutes.
And don’t forget exercise. Mindful meditation is only part of the equation, as exercise is important for quality of life as eating and sleeping, especially in the last half of your life where it’s most important.
How to start 5/5
By Eagle's Aire
If you are new to meditation this is the earliest way to start. Simple explanations of what meditation is and baby steps to start. It has a timer you set to remind you to meditate. There is a live person to ask questions if you need help. My biggest takeaway is that everyone can and should meditate. Who wouldn’t want to be 10% happier? When those around you ask what you are doing tell them you are improving yourself. Happy looks good on everyone!
Drastically exceeded my expectations! 5/5
This app is extremely well executed. It’s simple and easy to use, and it’s attractive. The quality of its content is spectacular. It covers a wide range a ways to incorporate a practice of meditation into your life, coming from different peoples perspectives. I initially thought 100$ was steep, but I can say with certainty that I got my money’s worth
Promising but disappointing 3/5
I’ve read Dan’s books and was excited to try the app. It looks really good and useful. But I’ve found only three meditations that are accessible without paying $10 a month. After talking the talk about meditation being for everyone, this pricing structure sends a strong message that it is, in fact, only for the wealthy. I’m pretty disappointed, and actually feel a little betrayed. I guess that is something for me to work through in meditation- but on my own, without the app.
Review is for free version only 3/5
I like what they have created and I found a few great experiences here. The freemium design of this makes it so if you want most of the content you have to put down $45. I don’t mind doing that, but they don’t give you enough to warrant the spend so I am deleting the app after a few days. If I add $15 a month to my budget, I need more of an idea of what I am getting in terms of content. I know they have volume, but in this case it’s more about content quality.
I’m writing to express my frustration with this app and the overall 10% Happier “brand”. I am a mental health therapist and began using this app personally and recommending to several clients months ago. At that time there were many free meditations one could use without having to subscribe. As time has passed I’ve noticed fewer and fewer available and today there are only two. How disheartening! I will stop making the recommendations to clients as there are many free options out there and most cannot pay the monthly fee. My disappointment in this is that the content on this app is great; provided by true leaders in the field which offered a great educational aspect for consumers. Shouldn’t this be available to everyone without a cost? It makes me wonder who is profiting. Does Dan Harris not make enough money already? His wife is a physician, he’s obviously doing well separate from this venture. He claims to want to share his knowledge and experience so other skeptics can begin a practice but it the true motivation financial? I’ve also found the podcast to be very slanted with interviewees that have the luxuries of money, education, time and fame to focus on self actualization. What about the rest of us who live paycheck to paycheck, struggle with meeting basic needs? How do we connect with anything these individuals are saying? My initial positive impression has reversed and I’m disenchanted by the entire business and profit of this empire. Meditation is key for health and so many people would benefit from unlimited access to the education and support offered here, but the barrier of big business continues to separate the “haves and have nots”. Way to go, Dan Harris and ABC for maintaining the status quo.