Learn to meditate for free with these apps

Originally published on 22 Oct 2015, Updated on 28 April 2018. 

Meditation helps to calm the mind. We all seem to be stressed and anxious and meditation offers some calm. The most common question when it comes to meditation is “How do I do it” and “Am I doing it right”. There is no wrong or right way. All that matters is sitting quietly for a few minutes every other day and observing your breath. And in a world we are more stressed than ever before, meditation can be a welcomed tool to ease anxiety.

Here are 4 apps that will teach you how to meditate for free

I used to switch between Calm and Headspace, but for the last few months, I have only been using Headspace. The free version gives you 10 sessions which I repeat. Calm is great (especially the Sleep Stories) but it does come at a cost. Give the 7-day free trial a go to decide if it worth investing in. All of the apps below have paid for versions but take the trials first before signing up. For most, you’ll find the free versions are perfect. Master meditating at least three times a week before spending money.

1.Simple Habit

Select an item on the wheel and in as little as 5 minutes you will feel better. Whether you want to improve sleep or just calm down, there is a meditation tailored to you.

meditation apps simple habit

Why Simple Habit 

  • Can use the website to access some lessons
  • Free 7 day courses to get you started
  • I love this 1-minute shift meditation that can be done quickly and easily while at work

Cost: $11.99 monthly, $95.99 annually and $299.99 for lifetime access

Get it on Android or iOS

2. Headspace

Start with the free basic programme, where you’ll learn the basics of meditation in just 10 minutes a day.

meditation apps headspace

Why Headspace

  • Learn how to meditate with bite-sized lessons
  • Easy to follow lessons based on how you are feeling or what you want to fix (i.e. insomnia)
  • Easily track your progress and get reminders
  • While the paid for version has more features, you can still learn to meditate with the free version as you get 10 free sessions that you can listen to repeatedly

Cost: Free or $12.99 per month or $7.99 per month billed annually

Get it on Android or iOS

The singles library has a meditation for when you’re about to have a mini meltdown as well as an on-the-go meditation, which helps you clear your mind in a hurry. I use these if I’m having a bad day at work (seriously you can do these while in a bathroom cubicle in less than two minutes!)

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3. Calm

Discover how simple meditation really is, and how taking a few moments out of your day can make you happier and healthier.

meditation apps calm

Why Calm:

  • Choose from programmes and guided meditations
  • A selection of music to help you focus, sleep or relax
  • Sleep Stories from Audible that help you fall asleep (Stephen Fry even narrates one)

Cost: $59.99 billed annually or $399.99 for lifetime access. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, but this app shines with the paid for version.

Get it for Android or iOS

4. Stop, Breathe & Think

This app starts with your current emotions and gives you recommendations that will help improve them.

meditation apps stop breath think

Why Stop, Breathe & Think

Cost: $9.99 per month, $58.99 per annum and $249 lifetime

Get it on Android or iOS


  • Reply Her Highness the Hipster October 22, 2015 at 10:07

    hahahahahahahahaha, clear your mind in a hurry! see, this is why modern life and meditation don’t go together, but i love that people will still try.

    • Reply Tech Girl October 22, 2015 at 11:39

      Everyone thinks they’ll make a million from an app :/

  • Reply Don October 22, 2015 at 10:08

    Nice find! There used to be some fairly decent yoga apps out there as well, and now that tablets are fully part of culture…hint hint 😉

  • Reply Megan Kelly Botha October 22, 2015 at 18:58

    Have to admit that I am not usually one who likes app recommendations, but lately yours have been so great!

    • Reply Tech Girl October 23, 2015 at 07:39

      Yay! all Jade. She’s an app demon!

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