5 Best Calming Apps 2020

Akesh Partel


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This rating features some of the most powerful apps for meditation and chilling to keep you calm in 2020.

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Here are our five top picks for achieving peace of mind. Please mind that platform matters. While most apps are versatile, be sure to choose the version which fits your device.

1. Calm

The Calm free app will work on Apple and Android phones. It is an award-winning sleep and meditation tool that guides the user’s daily activity toward better rest and peacefulness.

What is the Calm app? It is a combination of meditation training and media such as soothing music, calming visuals, and bedtime stories. You start by choosing your goal, and the app leads you accordingly. You can also switch between different modes.

2. Waking Up with Sam Harris

Available in both iOS and Android versions, the Sam Harris meditation app stands out among competitors by explaining the theory behind mindfulness.

The father of this tool has authored some best sellers on spirituality. In his subscription app, he combines meditation practice with theoretical lessons on how to reduce stress as well as fundamental questions of ethics and philosophy.

3. Sattva

Sattva (free) is one example of the traditional, spirituality-centered approach to meditation based on Vedic culture. While free to download, it has a lot of paid content. This includes personalization tools as well as guided meditation lessons, chants, mantras, and mudras.

Sattva is a community app that lets you share playlists with your friends and take part in challenges, group meditations, and more.

4. Aura

Aura (free) is a mindfulness and meditation guide app for Apple and Android users alike that stands out due to its interactivity. This is driven by artificial intelligence. The app uses your data, such as age and level of stress to suggest customized solutions.

A journaling part is included for those who like to write down their thoughts. A mood tracker and a set of soothing sounds are included in Aura.

The app is gamified in that you’re offered a reward for upping your mindfulness level, which some people will find motivating.

5. Headspace

If building a solid habit of meditating is your primary goal, we recommend Headspace (free). The app offers guided 10-minutes sections. These are designed in a way to help you get used to it.

A subscription will open a whole new world of calming content, in particular, highly effective emergency meditations for situations loaded with stress. Some people will also appreciate the social-network-like tool that enables them to communicate with other users.


Apps for meditation might seem the same on the face of it, but they all differ in interactivity and interpretation of how calm should be achieved. Just choose the one that fits your approach best.

Please share in the Comments section if you have any experience with a guided meditation using apps. Does it help?