Calm

4.5

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( 23 Reviews)

 

Description

Calm is a subscription-based app that promotes relaxation through meditations, sleep stories, nature images, and sounds. The guided meditations give users choices in topic (calming anxiety, deep sleep, forgiveness, gratitude, and more), length of time (from three to 25 minutes), and nature scenes. There’s a Calm Kids section of meditations that helps children to learn calming techniques like belly breaths and loving kindness, as well as sleep stories for children age 3 and up. Users can set a daily reminder and view their streaks and number of total meditation minutes.

 

Overview

To use Calm, the user first downloads the app for the free trial period and creates a user profile. The user can tap the Meditate tab to view guided and unguided meditation options. The user then chooses an individual session and taps Start Session to begin. In the Music section, a user can choose instrumental music options, and in the Sleep section, the user has access to sleep stories. In addition, the user can tap the mountain icon in the top right to choose from more than 30 nature scenes with relaxing sounds. After extended use, use can be tracked and progress can be shared on social media.

This app provides ways to relax and focus for users who are new to meditation, regular meditators, visual and auditory processors, preschoolers, teens, and adults. After subscribing to Calm, the user can explore the many options before encountering a stressful moment or sleepless night. Some of Calm’s sleep meditations are 2-minute exercises, while others can span 30 minutes or longer. The audio stories take users on everything from slow railroad rides through the countryside to imaginary worlds that are perfect for kids.

 

Meditation

The in-app instructions show how mindfulness and a focus on breathing are two primary goals of meditation. Calm teaches the necessity to remove stressful thoughts and focus on the simplicity of breathing where you are to turn down the volume of your busy life.

 

Sleep

While we all sleep, there are distinct differences between healthy and unhealthy sleep patterns. Unfortunately, many people are not aware of these differences. This is where the educational information from Calm teaches patterns and behaviors for a restful night so you can be ready to tackle the day ahead.

 

Body

Calm expands on the connection between mind and body by offering video lessons for mindful movement. It even provides gentle stretching techniques to prepare your body when you hope to relax your mind.

 

Music

The sounds of your surroundings can make a significant impact on how easily you are able to relax. Calm recognizes this truth and offers exclusive music that is carefully selected to help you focus, relax, and sleep.

 

Pros

Calm’s app is very easy to use, and the Sleep Stories section has bedtime stories for both children and adults that are read aloud by people with soothing voices, including celebrities. Calm’s breathing tool is especially serene, and it uses visual cues to guide users through inhales and exhales. There are also collections of soundtracks that are meant to be followed consecutively for a period of time such as the “7 Days of Sleep” series.

 

Cons

Only a few stories are included free, but getting a subscription unlocks a huge library of meditations made specifically for sleep. The subscription price is very high ($12.99/month or $59.99/year).

User Submitted Reviews

23 Reviews
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Erika Aragona, DO

July 9, 1:08AM

User since 2021

4.0

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What an awesome app for relaxation, and it is quite versatile so beginners to those quite familiar with meditative practice all can find options that work for what they need. I no joke passed out my first few sessions and had to take classes sitting up because they worked so well relaxing me for bedtime. Thank goodness it wasn’t an in-person class, or I would’ve been snoozing in front of people! Super chill app that lets you find the type of relaxation that works best for you—5 stars.

Pros

Diverse features Effective Expansive for all levels of meditation

Cons

Price

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Judy Hsu, DO

July 9, 12:56AM

User since 2021

4.0

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4.0

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I love the bite-sized meditation exercises that are accessible and easy to follow. Really great for people with busy schedules or who are just learning how to meditate.

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Peter Kim

October 27, 3:35PM

User since 2020

5.0

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4.0

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5.0

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The Calm app is great for meditation and mindfulness. Mental health is important!

Pros

I love all of the app's features.

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Pracha Eamranond

July 13, 5:07PM

User since 2020

5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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4.0

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Overall Comment

This is a really nice app that can help people learn to meditate and develop better sleep habits.

Pros

Calm has many great features and meditations

Cons

The benefits of the paid version might not be better than available free resources

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Alexandra Kreps

June 3, 7:42AM

User since 2020

5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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Overall Comment

This app offers a large variety of features from sleep to music to meditation, with a continuous stream of new daily content. Each feature has many subsections to find exactly what you are looking for as well. The content from celebrities actually brings the app to life and creates more relatability about why everyone can use this app to reduce stress in their life. The daily check-ins are quick and easy, maybe almost too simple. Overall the app provides several outlets of “calm” and really provides so many wonderful features if you are willing to pay for it.

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Sherri S

February 9, 11:39AM

User since 2020

5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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Overall Comment

This is a really great app for calming the nerves. It taps into music, meditation and breathing exercises and really helps to integrate body and soul. And much cheaper than taking a meditation class!

Pros

Sleep sounds are one of my favorite ways to fall asleep!

Cons

N/A

Newton W.

February 9, 8:56AM

User since 2020

4.5

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5.0

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4.0

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4.0

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Overall Comment

Very nicely designed features. I enjoy the daily calm meditations everyday and continue the vibe with the perfect music they have in the app. Last fall when stress was starting to trouble my sleep I relaxed with the beautiful and calming sleep stories. Very good app.

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Victorine A.

February 4, 8:19AM

User since 2020

5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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Overall Comment

'Calm' app fills me with... calm! As I write this review I'm currently listening to the "Humpback whale" sound which is, in fact, my favorite. I love rains sounds as well and it was awesome to find them here. I always use YouTube to play rain sounds for me to fall asleep without difficulties, but having it on here is better. The app is versatile lets me find my calm in a bunch of different ways.

Pros

1. It is easy to navigate 2. It has different sounds for relaxing and meditation. 3. The audio books put you to sleep 4. The free version does not limit you to only a fee options 5. You can download the sounds or tracks and listen to them while offline

Cons

I do not have any complaints about the app!

Okenye O.

February 4, 7:02AM

User since 2020

3.5

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Ease of Use

4.0

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5.0

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2.0

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5.0

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Overall Comment

It's great that there is a free trial but, just when I get used to meditating using it, my free trial ends and I need to pay $70 a year to subscribe! For me that's way too much for an app, even a good one. So I'm going to end up deleting it which is a shame as it's an app which I'd actually like to keep using. If it wasn't for the expensive price point I would have given it 5 stars.

Pros

Tons of content, a really comprehensive meditation app.

Cons

Too expensive. I can't bring myself to spend anywhere near this amount for an app.

Joseph W

February 3, 1:07PM

User since 2020

5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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Overall Comment

This is a really legit app. Sometimes I find myself stressed over everything and can have outbursts towards those around me. It became too much and I know its not sustainable. Calm is set to be a life saver to say the least. It has great meditation and scenery that induces a feeling of relaxation and calmness. It's early days but I have high hopes for this app. I'm not normally one to pay for apps but this one is worth it. The bedtime stories are also surprisingly good!!

Pros

Well made, relaxing scenery and meditation, awesome bedtime stories, really helps with anxiety!

Cons

You have to pay (but it's worth it)

Ayisha Y.

February 3, 12:56PM

User since 2020

5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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Overall Comment

Such an amazing app!! Using an app that opens with a message just reminding me to breathe! On its face it seems like such an insignificant or little thing but it really made me stop to think. Like, I've been going through my whole day and I have been breathing - of course because its kind of an involuntary action right? But seeing that message show up just kind of jolted me awake to the fact that I am alive and then that helped me make the decision to be present in a moment. Because up until then my passage through time was just this shambolic trudge with every other thing just shut out. This app drew me out into consciousness but not just any consciousness. It was this beautiful world inside of it where everything was thoughtfully placed to make me and my mind feel better and its working so well. I actually had a restful night's sleep my first use and I hadn't had that since forever. This is certainly not the first app of this nature that I have downloaded but this is the time I know that I will definitely be keeping this app.

Pros

The soothing background sound of water. I give this app major points for it because personally, I have always found water to be really relaxing and it gave a feeling reminiscent of relaxing in cool waters. I enjoyed it so much that at some point I just closed my eyes and focused on forgetting about all of the other features of the app I was yet to explore until my phone went to standby from the lack of activity and the sounds stopped. I grinned and unlocked my phone again to check out all of the other features. I loved the graphics, the music, the mood check in with actual emojis was a nice touch. I love emojis and getting to use them to express my mood I think has become such a cultural thing for my generation so it was really great to see the developer take that into consideration. There are so many awesome features on this app that it would take me a novel to talk about them all and the coolest part about it is that a lot of it is available to you for free. I was surprised to see just how much you can benefit from this app without even needing to upgrade. I felt like the developer really cares about helping the user instead of just profiting and call me crazy but that really made me feel like I matter. Meditation was on point. The bedtime story! The music! The lullabies! And thats not even all of it. Ah best app ever.

Cons

None. None at all. Absolutely perfect.

Latoya D

February 3, 9:35AM

User since 2020

4.5

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5.0

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5.0

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4.0

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5.0

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Overall Comment

This is a really well made app, its such a find!! Love the take a deep breathe intro because we often forget to just do that when depression hits. This app is very very helpful and I love the easy guided process breakdown to build up my calmness. Only downside is its pretty expensive once the free trial ends.

Pros

Great app for helping with calmness, serenity and meditation. It's really well made and easy to use. Absolutely love it for calming my anxiety.

Cons

'd love it to be free - but alas not. It's worth the money though.

Mikol T.

February 3, 9:02AM

User since 2020

5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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Overall Comment

Really great relaxation app. Calm offers great meditation and helps with feeling relaxed for even your worst anxiety periods. It offers meditation sessions, calming music, as well as action plans to organize your future life goals. It really does allow you to be calm and maintain yourself in hectic situations. The images and videos are also very peaceful.

Pros

The quiet and calming music is the best for anytime of day. The library of sleep stories is pretty massive, with new stories being added everyday. The mental fitness sessions also allow you to return to a peaceful state.

Cons

I like everything about this app. I wish it was more dedicated to keeping track of your long term goals.

Suz K.

January 30, 7:32AM

User since 2020

5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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Overall Comment

Calm is the best cure for depression through meditation. It's awesome for both beginners and experienced meditators - because actually there's no state you can achieve and say you are perfectly fine. It's helpful!

Pros

This app has an amazing meditation feature.

Cons

No cons.

Jeffrey M

January 27, 9:48AM

User since 2020

3.0

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5.0

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5.0

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4.0

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4.0

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Overall Comment

This app is so relaxing it first opens up with a beautiful relaxing picture and sounds. It has sleep stories to help you fall asleep better at night. I also like the music section, nice music. Good meditation section and it also teaches you how to meditate if you don't know how to.

Pros

Great stress reliever tips Great music Relaxing app

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Braidley A

January 27, 9:47AM

User since 2020

5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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Overall Comment

Just like the name suggests you experience a different kind of calmness when using this app. The music on this app calms me down and it helps me when I have had a bad day. Helps me sleep well and the colors on the app bring a great feeling of happiness when I open the app. It has been a great guide through my meditation.

Pros

Easy to use

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Melyne G

January 27, 9:05AM

User since 2020

5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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This is an exciting and interesting app. It has great lesson and features to help one relax, be calm and focus. I am a meditator and this app has really added great tips. The sounds in this app makes the body and mind relax and feel calm. I highly recommend this app.

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Melyne G

January 27, 9:05AM

User since 2020

5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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This is an exciting and interesting app. It has great lessons and features to help one relax, be calm and focus. I am a meditator and this app has really added great tips. The sound in this app makes body and mind relax. I highly recommend this app.

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Dominic O.

January 27, 9:04AM

User since 2020

5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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Overall Comment

This app focuses on making us relax and also improve our meditation methods. With the help of the app we gain knowledge on how to maintain calmness and how to react calmly to tough situations.

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Anne M

January 27, 9:01AM

User since 2020

0.0

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5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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4.0

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I highly recommend this app especially when someone is feeling down. I loved the sounds, made me feel relaxed and the meditation advice was interesting It is amazing!

Pros

Easy to use and amazing meditation advice

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Golan G

January 21, 7:44AM

User since 2020

4.0

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5.0

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4.0

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3.0

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5.0

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Overall Comment

I just started to use this app, the first thing I noticed was the calming sounds and the calm colors. I myself started doing meditation daily and i think as a meditator myself it’s a great app to get tips and just to help you meditate. All the train your mind sessions are recorded with great quality and alot of calmth. I can definitely recommend this to people who need a little push in the right direction and who are searching for a way to relax without having to go places.

Pros

Great quality and easy to use

Cons

You have to register a debit card in the trial version.

Jamie C.

January 15, 7:42AM

User since 2020

5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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4.0

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5.0

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Very interesting app! There's a lot of good stuff in here that can help you relax your mind and body, and help you achieve focus. I really loved the music they have on here, or sounds, because it was very mind relaxing. I also like the meditation advice embedded in the app as well.

Pros

Good music, interesting advice for meditation

Cons

Requires you to provide your debit card in order to do the 7 day trial. I thought we could still do the trial without having to provide that information.

Iambinder

January 15, 7:40AM

User since 2020

5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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5.0

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I love the different calming sounds on this app and I love that you can set timers. I also really like the mood check ins . I can see myself using this app. There are so many things to do on it that I know will help me when I need to feel calm. Highly recommend this app.

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