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Tracking your sleep routine can often lead to insights into all sorts of habits or quirks detrimental to a good night’s sleep. Before Apple Watch, apps promising to analyze your nightly resting patterns and devise remedies to improve on them were already plentiful. Yet after the release of the wrist-worn gadget, a new surge in the category ensued for its ease of use on watch and enhanced precision in measuring body movements at night.

In order to single out the creme de la creme of applications, we have put through their paces both standalone sleep trackers on iPhone and an array of apps requiring the assistance of Apple Watch.

No matter if you rock iPhone and Apple Watch together or solo, find out below which sleep trackers are worthwhile your time and money.

The best sleep trackers for iPhone

To cover all the bases we have contrived two sections: the first one is going to be dedicated to iPhone only applications whereas the subsequent one will revolve around all sleep trackers harnessing the power of iPhone and Apple Watch. If you’re here for Watch apps and don’t regard the first half as exhaustive, do make sure to read on as many of the watch compatible apps also function on their own.

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock is one of the most comprehensive apps in the field, posing an effective merger of alarm clock and sleep tracker. Notwithstanding their ultimate goal to get you hooked on the premium subscription service, the basic offer is available entirely free of charge to you, and that one alone is conceptualised well enough to make the cut.

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock not only looks elegant but also houses a bevy of features such as intelligent alarms (so as not to rattle you when you are in a deep sleep phase) in the morning. The flagship feature however is the sleep tracking, for which Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock in fact offers two different methods of motion detection: your iPhone’s accelerometer or the microphone.

UI wise the colors and animations are chosen well and when activated at night, your iPhone’s wake screen fades in and out softly and very easy on the eye.

Some of the more elaborate statistics are sadly hidden behind the premium subscription fee ($29 a year), but your arm isn’t twisted too badly by the developers at Northcube as the free ones sure enough fulfil their job. If you’re in the market for a sleep tracker that does not have to sit in the corner of your mattress while you sleep, this is one of the best out there.

Device support: iPhone, iPad

Notable features: Microphone motion detection, intelligent alarms, sleep quality and activity analytics (Premium)

Cost: Free (in-app subscription service)

Good Morning Alarm Clock

For one, the home screen comprises an alarm clock and a weather extension, making the hub of the app somewhat more informative.

Upside number two comes in the form of an under the hood feature that should be regarded indispensable by anyone (but unfortunately is not): HealthKit integration.

Device support: iPhone, iPad

Notable features: HealthKit Integration, Weather extension, Intelligent alarms


By and large you have two solid options in Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock and Good Morning Alarm Clock, two apps that are similar enough to be mentioned in the same breath but at the same time different enough for two seperate entries.

Honorable Mention

Stock Clock App: Bedtime

Despite the somehow differing value proposition, we can’t brush past this one without at least mentioning it. Since the introduction of iOS 10, Apple has seriously ramped up their own efforts at providing guidance for healthy sleeping habits.

Despite the somehow differing value proposition, we can’t brush past this one without at least mentioning it. Since the introduction of iOS 10, Apple has seriously ramped up their own efforts at providing guidance for healthy sleeping habits.

As a consequence, the bedtime feature inside your stock Clock app now boasts smart bedtime alerts and morning alarms based on your desired sleep duration. It also has a tentative go at sleep analytics, which tie nicely into your Health app. If you’re satisfied with an assistant that pushes you towards a healthier sleep cycle this could be up your alley, but don’t expect it to supplant a refined sleep tracker app. Find out more about Bedtime here.

The best sleep trackers for Apple Watch

With Apple Watch, the days of carefully planting your iPhone on the mattress are over. In fact in many cases your iPhone is no longer required at all, until you want a closer look or breakdown of your accrued sleep stats that is. Such being the case, here are the best trackers available on both iOS and watchOS that work in tandem to shoulder the workload intelligently.


Condensed in one word, Sleep++ is minimalist. This is a good thing in a sea of apps clamoring for your details, your money or even third party tracking devices that exclusively work with the sleep tracker you just downloaded.

Sleep++ does away with all the clutter and delivers an experience stripped to the bare minimum, but in doing so, fashions a reliable symbiosis between watch and iPhone plus easy to read statistics.

If you are quick to worry about your watch’s battery life, you will appreciate the fact that Sleep++ launches and tracks completely disconnected from your iPhone, meaning you can toggle on Airplane Mode before starting your snooze and your watch will emerge relatively undrained in the morning.

Start and finish your sleeping session on your wrist and at the next opportunity, your watch will transmit the data recorded to your iPhone for a pretty simplistic but sufficient visualization of your night.

The implications of minimalist in this instance are no weekly analytics or trends, no heartbeat monitoring and also no notifications or widgets on your iPhone. It does however tie nicely into HealthKit, which is the minimum bar to clear considering Apple’s push for Health in iOS 10.

Device support: iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch

Notable features: HealthKit integration, lets you use Airplane Mode on watch

Cost: Free (in-app purchase)

Sleep Diary

In terms of feature density, Sleep Diary is a whole different animal. While the mechanics of the tracking process remain the same (start and stop your bedtime manually on your watch), the core function is embedded in a slew of complementary features ranging from dispensable to pretty quintessential.

On the negligible end of the scale we can find stuff like a bedtime countdown widget for your iPhone, which will strike most as a little gimmicky, then again on the other end of the aisle, Sleep Diary boasts sage settings such as wake up and bedtime alerts (pushed to your wrist) based on your set sleep duration and a box for ‘sleep onset latency’ – because most people don’t fall asleep without delay.

Most importantly though, the watch is capable of capturing your heartbeat data in addition to the movement tracking, which makes for another enticing layer of data to analyze in the statistics. Sudden spikes in your heart rate at night can be indicative of various circumstances or conditions, and the ability to monitor that is hands down a big plus.

Once on your wrist, the app also operates entirely disconnected from your iPhone. Whenever connected next, it will feed the app and HealthKit with the intel. There is very little to gripe about here, so let’s not grasp at straws just for the sake of it, especially considering Sleep Diary is available to download for free. If you want a comprehensive tracker that also helps you maintain a healthy sleep rhythm, by all means give this one a go.

Device support: iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch

Notable features: HealthKit integration, use Airplane Mode on watch

Cost: Free (in-app purchase)

Sleep Tracker (SleepMatic)

Dipping our toes into sleep trackers hiding behind a paywall, SleepMatic ($1.99) sticks out for two defining reasons. Interestingly, these are features hard to find amongst the freebies hence if you can pony up the money equivalent to a cup of coffee, this investment will undoubtedly be the more wholesome one for your sleep.

As far as hitting the ground running, paid-for apps are generally unmatched in their experience in that the minute they are downloaded, you are good to go. This holds true for SleepMatic too, which will not pry into your personal details or data but is ready to serve from the get-go. This positive aside, the two standout features here are automatic sleep tracking (meaning no manual start and stop sleep button on watch) and a movement sensitivity lever to better tailor the recorded data to your sleeping type for improved measuring accuracy.

Both of these treats make SleepMatic a more effortless tracker in their own way: the perks of not having to remember enabling and disabling sleep tracking every night and morning respectively are self-evident, while scrubbing the sensitivity scale up and down can retrospectively edit results for the better or worse to precisely capture your sleep quality.

To give you one example of how this works, when the app detected me waking up seven times (because I like to toss, turn and kick in my sleep) but I only recall two incidents, I can dial down sensitivity until that count has shrunken accordingly. This allows for continuous adjustments until you have found a sensitivity level that reconciles data and real life experience, something that will give you great confidence in future results.

In addition to the showpiece features, SleepMatic keeps tabs on your heart rate as well. Furthermore it boasts a neat widget on your iPhone, bedtime alerts, works untethered on your watch (which displays a great deal of information) and of course also features seamless integration with HealthKit.

Device support: iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch

Notable features: Automatic sleep tracking, sensitivity settings, HealthKit integration, lets you use Airplane mode on watch

Cost: $1.99


Pillow is visually stunning on both iOS and your Apple Watch, but it is more than just a pretty facade. Under the hood, Pillow offers solid sleep and heart rate tracking (however manually initiated every evening) and on top of that, an audio layer to record snoring or other anomalies at night.

The utility of such feature strongly hinges on the type of sleeper, even so it can prove vital for users (unknowingly) suffering from pesky conditions like sleep apnea or less grave issues. Having this additional layer and the option to correlate noise spikes with your heart rate or sleep phases is straight up terrific.

Next to noise recordings and the neat looks, Pillow promotes sleep goals and derives smart bed and wakeup times from it. Laudably, it bolsters a function called ‘sleep aid’ that will play calming sounds from your iPhone until your watch determines you have fallen asleep. By the same token, ‘smart wakeup’ functions conversely, ensuring the alarm will not go off before you have ascended from a deep sleep phase and entered the territory of light sleep.

There are more whistles and bells (a sleep lab, power-nap mode, in-depth statistics, etc) available for an in-app purchase valued at $4.99 – yet the basic outfit of Pillow is more than serviceable on its own.

As always, the service interlocks hassle-free with HealthKit and iCloud synchronisation is offered to relay your data to the even larger screen of your iPad. In turn, it passes on a widget for your iOS devices, which is not a major loss in our book as most apps haven’t been able to provide additional value through that window anyway. If you are not religiously opposed to creating a profile with Pillow (the downside of free apps) and want form over function, this one is absolutely worth a shot.

Device support: iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch

Notable features: Noise recording, sleep aid and smart alarm, HealthKit integration, Airplane mode on watch, power nap (premium).

Cost: Free (in-app purchase)


AutoSleep is one of the behemoths in the sleep tracker category: powerful, rich in features, available across all your devices. By the same token, the app is arguably unrivalled when it comes to the level of sophistication in measurements and handoff capabilities between devices. That is, it deploys elaborate algorithms to track your sleep on either iPhone or Apple Watch and clocks your bedtime accurately, most of the time without you even noticing.

Instead, the app is capable of displaying so many (nifty) data points and information that ironically it is likely to feel smothering or daunting to the large, laid-back constituency on iOS. In other words, this ain’t your gateway drug to sleep tracking, it’s the endgame.

Device support: iPhone, Apple Watch

Notable features: HealthKit integration, daily, weekly and monthly sleep analysis, Activity Ring like visualization of results including rings for sleep, move, heart rate, device charge, daylight.

Cost: $2.99

Honorable Mentions

Sleep Watch (Free, in app purchase)

Like SleepMatic, Sleep Watch does a great job at tracking and archiving your sleep all week around, and like SleepMatic it is going to cost you a little bit of money upfront. In this case we are talking about five bucks, which is why it took a back seat to the comparatively cheaper SleepMatic.

Cost: Free

SleepRate – Sleep Therapy (Free, in app purchase) 

At the onset, SleepRate was a sure candidate for the winners’ list, but during the time of testing, it occasionally failed to transfer data to the iPhone in the morning, which is naturally extremely frustrating.

Whenever it works, the data provided on iPhone is great and offers a refreshing twist in that before and after starting the tracking on Apple Watch, you will have to answer a couple of questions on iPhone about naps and fatigue throughout the day and sleep quality after your night. This data is subsequently taken into account in the evaluation of your watch records and overall sleep ratings – a clever means to make the data more reliable and personal.

Regrettably, your patience might start wearing thin if the data transmission fails repeatedly in the morning. If you’re a risk taker, try your luck.

It ain’t over till the fat lady sings!

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The Best Mileage Tracking Apps For Iphone

If you need to keep track of your mileage for work or for your taxes, then there’s no better way to do it than with a mobile app. You know you’ll have your phone with you when you’re driving, so there’s no reason to keep a pen and paper in the glove box anymore.

These are the best mileage tracking apps for iPhone that let you log your miles automatically as you drive or manually if needed.

MileIQ: Mileage Tracker & Log

MileIQ: Mileage Tracker & Log offers both manual and automatic trip logging which is very handy. So, you can just jump in the car and go or enter your starting and ending locations for the log.

MileIQ: Mileage Tracker & Log notable features:

View mileage and reports on clear charts and graphs for the month or year.

Categorize trips by business or personal and use subcategories within each.

Add and save different vehicles, frequently-visited locations, and mileage rates.

Receive regular mileage reports via email or push notification per week or month.

MileIQ: Mileage Tracker & Log is a terrific mileage tracking app that gives you 40 trips per month for free and unlimited trips with a subscription plan.

Availability: iPhone and Android

Cost: Free with a subscription upgrade that offers unlimited trip tracking.

TripLog Mileage & Gas Tracker

TripLog Mileage & Gas Tracker lets you track your trip using GPS, the AutoStart feature (paid), or by entering your trip details manually.

TripLog Mileage & Gas Tracker notable features:

View mileage and reports with both charts and graphs for most any time period, by vehicle, or by activity.

Categorize trips by your business or by personal, medical, or commute. Plus, you can add your own.

Log your fuel expenses separately with all of the details like date, vehicle, price, tax, odometer, and more.

Track income and expenses, connect a bank or credit card, and view all transactions easily.

TripLog Mileage & Gas Tracker is the ideal app if you’re looking for more than trip tracking. Along with the notable features you can add locations, include mileage rates, and invite your accountant to access your reports directly from the app.

Availability: iPhone and Android

Cost: Free with a subscription upgrade for automatic tracking, unlimited vehicles, customizable reports, and more.

Mileage Tracker by Driversnote

Mileage Tracker by Driversnote is another app that lets you track your miles easily. Hit the plus button at the bottom to start tracking a trip or create a trip manually. You can also add an odometer reading if you’re logging that as well.

Mileage Tracker by Driversnote notable features:

View mileage on an easy-to-read graph by day, week, month, or year.

Categorize trips by business, personal, medical, or charity.

Review your mileage report by date range or trip type and then download it as a PDF or export it to Excel.

Add and save different vehicles, workplaces, and frequently-visited locations.

Mileage Tracker by Driversnote is a good app with nice extra features. If you want to use automatic trip tracking, you can upgrade the app an order an iBeacon. Otherwise, the ability to track a trip with a tap works just fine.

Availability: iPhone and Android

Cost: Free with a subscription upgrade that works with the iBeacon for automatic tracking.

All automatic mileage trackers

If you don’t want the ability to add trips manually or start them when you head out the door, you might like Simple Mileage Tracker (free) or MileLogger (free). They work with a drive detection feature, so every trip is automatically tracked.

Wrapping it up

And, take a look at some of our other app lists for iPhone.

The Best Expense Tracking Apps For Iphone

When you are self-employed, run your own business, or get sent out of town for work, keeping track of what you spend is very important. If you don’t report how much money you spent on a cup of coffee to keep you awake during that presentation, you won’t be reimbursed for it later.

Whether you file a 1099 each year, are a member of the Frequent Flier Club, or only travel once or twice per year, we’ve got a list of the best expense tracking apps for iPhone that are perfect for work-related travel and business-related finance…


If you are lucky enough (or unlucky, depending on your viewpoint) to have your daily driving expenses reimbursed, having a good mileage tracker is a must-have. Self-employed business owners would benefit from tracking mileage for tax purposes. This app tracks your drive using GPS and estimates fuel costs with a few simple inputs. This app is available for $0.99.

This is another app that is incredibly useful for keeping track of mileage and expenses for your car. It was specifically designed to adhere to the IRS guidelines for using transportation as a write-off. Users input information and expenses are displayed on an Excel-compatible graph. Sync with Dropbox for easy access when you are doing your taxes. This app is available for $2.99.

Instead of walking around with a wallet full of business receipts that get crumpled and messy, why not take a quick scan and send it directly to your accountant. Readdle’s scanner app is perfect for making copies of documents and quickly storing or sharing them. You’ll never have to worry about what you did with that lunch receipt again. This app is available for $2.99.

This expense organizer is perfect for the businessperson who needs to keep everything consolidated in one location. You can organize data based on frequently used expenses, customize input data fields to reflect your specific needs, and mark when an expense has been submitted and reimbursed. It includes a camera feature to capture receipts and tag and filter options for easy searching of items. This app is available for $4.99.

For companies already invested in the popular expense tracking software from Concur, it is now easier than ever for employees to manage and track expenditures from business trips. You can itemize hotel charges, submit and approve expense reports, and even keep track of meetings with the in-app calendar. Book airfare and hotels with TripIt integration. This app is available for free.

Some people love keeping track of every detail of a business trip. Others would rather be enjoying happy hour than filling out tedious reports about money spending. This app makes expense reporting easy with the in-app scanner. Create file folders for various expense reports. Then, take a snapshot of a receipt and send it to one of the report folders. You won’t miss another happy hour again. This app is available for free.

The best way to keep track of receipts is to take pictures. That way, if something happens, there is always a digital backup. Even with receipts, you would normally still have to enter expense information manually somewhere. Not with this app. It features an OCR scanner that translates images into text so you won’t have to type out everything you’ve purchased on your business trip. The scanner populates the information for you. This app is available for free.

Don’t forget to check out some of our previous Best Apps lists.

Now you don’t have any excuse for not taking care of your expense report. Your accountant will thank you for it. What are your favorite expense tracking apps?

The Best Camera Apps For The Iphone X

One of the best features on the iPhone X is the camera. It is the best iPhone camera to date, with exclusive features like the wider aperture and OIS on the tele lens. We scourged the App Store to find the best apps for shooting photos and videos that have been updated for the iPhone X, and this is what we found.

There are many great apps in the App Store for manually shooting, but only a few have been updated to support the iPhone X’s display, the HEIF supported in iOS 11, and depth features of the amazing dual-camera setup.

We will be looking at apps to shoot video, photos, and even editing in our roundup. To get the best idea and see them for yourself, check out our hands-on video.

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FiLMiC Pro

FiLMiC Pro is the only app on our list that focuses purely on videography. It has been around for quite a while, and is generally regarded as the best app, hands down, for shooting professional video on your iPhone.

There is everything you would need from a video shooting app. A few of my favorite features include the ability to set stop points and animate the zoom while shooting, the custom white balance configurator, and the overlaid live analytics.

Best for: Shooting professional quality video on your iPhone


Darkroom got a bunch of new features in its 3.2 update. It has Metal 2 graphics support, support for wide color gamut, and a new UI for the iPhone X.

Darkroom is best for editing your photos, with minute levels of detail. You can easily crop your photos, apply filters, adjust via sliders, user curves, and more.

They’ve updated the app to utilize all of that beautiful display, even adding buttons to the “ears” on either side of the notch.

Best for: Editing and adjusting your photos


Halide is another fo my favorite apps that got updated for the iPhone X. It has a whole new UI that really focuses on having everything usable with one hand.

There are ton of manual shooting options, such as manual focus, RAW support, depth support, exposure adjustment, and more.

Just like FiLMiC Pro highlights the focus area, Halide will put a live layover on the screen to help you decipher which parts of your photo are sharp. It is a really handy feature when shooting, especially when you are using a manual focus.

Best for: Manually shooting photos


If you are looking for exceptionally high resolution images, low light shots, or HDR photos, Hydra is a smart choice.

HDR photos are created by taking a series of photos, at different exposures, then combining them into one shot that has a properly exposed background, and foreground. Hydra does just that. It will shoot a series of photos, and combine them into a great looking HDR photo, then gives you three options of B/W, medium effect, or strong effect.

Additionally, you can shoot lo-light photos, zoom, and hi-res. The hi-res photos are especially cool. It takes between 50-60 photos, then combines them into a photo that can be up to 32mp. Significantly more than the default resolution of your iPhone’s images. When you zoom in, photos are still surprisingly sharp.

Best for: Shooting stunning HDR, low light, and high resolution photos


ProCamera is another manual photo app that has an easy-to-use interface. Compared to Halide, it also has controls for shooting in video.

The interface is a bit simpler than Halide too, with only a couple controls visible while shooting, but still having the options available inside a menu. The main aspects, like independent focus, exposure controls, and exposure compensation, are easily accessed right away.

Best for: Shooting manual photos


Probably one of the coolest and unique apps out there is Focos. There are a number of really neat features available on this app, and they all utilize the dual camera setup of the iPhone X.

To start, you are able to snap a photo, then adjust which part is in focus after the fact. This is similar to those Lytro cameras that cost hundreds of dollars.

Aside from the post-shooting focus adjustments, you can also adjust the amount of blur and bokeh in your photo. For pro users, you can change the shape of the aperture’s diaphragm, so that the bokeh in the background have specific shapes.

What is exceptionally cool, is how you can apply different effects to different parts of the image. They take the image, create a 3D sliced model of it, and display it from the side.

You can adjust the amount that gets the back bokeh, and how much of the front. Then you can apply any number of different edits, filters, or effects.

My favorite effects are those reserved for the pro tier. Namely, snow, rain, sandstorm, and fog. They are shockingly good effects, and even use the depth of the image in the overlay.

Here is a moody portrait photo of my cat using the rain effect. Fog is also quite cool, and would look really stunning in some outdoor photos.

Best for: Adjusting focus and applying effects using the dual cameras

Wrap up

There are so many other great camera apps out there, and overtime, I’m sure more will be updated for the standout features of the iPhone X.

9 Calming Mobile Apps For Sleep Meditation

Usually, it’s recommended to put your phone away to sleep better, but apps for sleep meditation may lead to a better quality of night rest. These offer guided and unguided meditation that often has soothing sounds to help you drift off easier. The goal is to help you relax and leave the stress of the day behind.

Tip: keep your mind active with these brain training apps for Android and iOS.

1. Insight Timer – Best for Variety & Ad-Free

Price: Free / $60 per year

Insight Timer (iOS / Android) includes free meditation exercises, sleep sounds, and even sleep stories. There is some premium content, but most of what you use regularly is free. The more you use the app, the better your daily recommendations become. Or, just use the “Explore” feature to find sleep meditation exercises. What’s great is that you can filter by length of session. Of course, you can also use Insight Timer for daily meditation as well, making it a great all-in-one app for better sleep and to fight anxiety and stress. The paid version gives access to premium courses, offline listening, higher-quality audio, and the ability to rewind meditation exercises. (You can only pause and restart in the free version.)


Over 100,000 meditation exercises

Daily recommendations


No offline listening in the free version

2. Calm – Best Sleep Stories

Price: Free / $70 per year

While Calm (iOS / Android) offers meditations for better sleep, reducing anxiety, building self-esteem, and more, the app’s sleep stories might easily become your favorite way to relax before bed. Most content is locked behind a paywall, but there are a handful of free meditations to try before you buy. You also get a 7-day free trial to see if you like the premium features. If you upgrade to premium, you’ll get an original Daily Calm, over 100 guided meditation exercises, more sleep stories, and master classes. For many users, the sleep stories alone are worth the subscription.


Offers a variety of great sleep stories

Has different categories of meditation exercises

Premium version offers new content regularly


Difficult to really test the app without getting the free trial

3. Balance – Best Free Trial & Personalization

Price: Free / $70 per year

This premium app offers a 365-day free trial, which is something no other premium or freemium sleep meditation apps can beat. Balance (iOS / Android) starts by asking some questions to help personalize your experience. You can also access the full library at any time. In the free version, only a handful of meditation exercises are available. However, since 2023, Balance has offered users a free year, though you can contribute a small amount if you’d like to help support development. The premium version gives you access to everything, including Balance’s personalized programs that adjust daily based on how you’re feeling.


Offers generous free trial

Personalizes your experience

Choice of a tailored journey or anything in the library


More limited library compared to other apps

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4. Medito – Best Free Meditation App

Price: Free

Medito (iOS / Android) is a simple, yet effective app to help you learn to meditate and build a regular meditation practice. What we like about the app is that while you can just jump into a daily meditation, it also includes packs of meditation exercises, including one focused on Sleep. There’s even a section on the app’s homepage for sleep, which takes you to meditations, sleep stories, nature sounds, and meditative music, all designed to help you relax. Many of the meditations let you choose the teacher’s voice, duration, and background sounds (when applicable). If you’re not sure if sleep meditation is right for you, use Medito as a test run or make it your nightly routine.


No payment required

Different categories of meditations


Smaller meditation library

Price: Free / $13 per month


Offers soothing sleepcasts for mental journeys

New sleepcasts uploaded daily in paid version

Large variety of meditation exercises


App can sometimes become unstable

6. BetterSleep – Best for Sleep Tracking

Price: Free / $60 per year


Offers sleep tracking

Takes you through sleep exercises

Focuses mainly on sleep


Not made for general meditation

Tip: did you know that you can wake up hearing your favorite song? Learn how to set a Spotify song as your alarm on Android.

7. Loóna – Best Sleep Journeys

Price: Free / $2 per month

Loóna (iOS / Android) starts off by personalizing the app for you. From choosing what keeps you up at night to your favorite colors, the app seeks to create a soothing atmosphere from the start. What the app does best, though, is create sleep journeys for you. In Escapes, you get to color a moving diorama while listening to calming sounds. Stories fully immerses you with engaging sounds to make you forget about your stress. There are also breathing exercises and sounds to help you drift off. If you want your nightly routine to feel more like a relaxing journey versus just meditating, Loóna is perfect. A few stories and sounds are free, and there’s a seven-day free trial.


Creates a personalized experience

Uses visuals in addition to sounds for meditation

Works as an alternative to typical breathing or gratitude meditation


Some users may not appreciate the visual effects

8. Smiling Mind – Best for Families

Price: Free

While many apps just focus on adults, Smiling Mind (iOS / Android) offers meditation exercises for adults, kids (from infant and up), workplace, school, and more. The free app was created by experts to help provide Australia’s youth with free mindfulness programs. However, the idea took off, and now it’s become a popular app for mindfulness meditation around the world. While there aren’t nearly as many meditation exercises as other apps on this list, the content offered by Smiling Mind is carefully created to help users relax and find peace of mind. Everything is free, though you can donate. The app’s also ad-free, making it great for kids to use too.


Offers specific programs for adults, kids, and different scenarios

Also helps combat stress and anxiety


Meditation exercises are limited

9. UCLA Mindful – Best for Beginners

Price: Free

The entire UCLA Mindful (iOS / Android) app is geared toward beginners, but the meditations are relaxing, no matter how experienced you are with the practice. There’s a Getting Started section to help complete noobs understand meditation. You can also jump into the basic and wellness meditation exercsies, some of which focus on sleep. While it doesn’t have many sleep meditation exercises, the “Hammer Podcasts & Drop-Ins” lets you listen to podcasts and access themed meditation exercises. Many of the meditation exercises are available in 14 languages, so it has more accessibility. There’s even a timer feature to let you meditate on your own.


Provides introduction to meditation courses

Includes basic and themed wellness meditation



Meditation exercises are limited

Some meditation exercisess are only available by searching in podcasts

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Frequently Asked Questions

You can also use soothing sound apps on your phone or ask your Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa speaker to play relaxing sounds while you sleep.

Do sleep meditation apps actually work?

Sleep meditation can help you relax, but if you’re not having any luck, it may be time to see your doctor. Your sleep issues could stem from a medical issue or side effects from a medication. Also, give meditation apps a chance to work. It’s common to not see much results until you’ve meditated for at least a week or two. Just as with physical exercise, you need to meditate regularly to help your body and mind adjust and learn to relax more easily.

Do I need to take meditation classes before using any of these apps?

No. Apps for sleep meditation help guide you through the process. If you’ve never meditated before, start with Medito or UCLA Mindful. These two are free and guide you through the basics of how meditation works. Atom (only for Android) is also a free app that teaches meditation basics and is great for complete beginners.

Image credit: Unsplash. All screenshots by Crystal Crowder.

Crystal Crowder

Crystal Crowder has spent over 15 years working in the tech industry, first as an IT technician and then as a writer. She works to help teach others how to get the most from their devices, systems, and apps. She stays on top of the latest trends and is always finding solutions to common tech problems.

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Best Traffic Apps For Iphone And Ipad In 2023

Traffic is one of the most prevalent everyday stressors. It seems to worsen constantly, and there’s no way to avoid it. But you can use the best traffic apps on your iPhone to ease things a bit.

These keep you informed of traffic conditions and help you work out the best routes that can get you to your destination on time. Of course, they also include maps and other navigation features that add convenience to your life. So, take your pick from the list below.

1. Waze navigation & live traffic: Editor’s choice

Waze is my favorite traffic app because of the real-time traffic information provided by users. This allows you to avoid jams and adjust your route on the fly. Moreover, the data is more trustworthy because it’s from drivers rather than algorithms.

It also helps you find the cheapest gas station on your route and supports Apple CarPlay. You can even listen to music, podcasts, and more right within the Waze app to keep you company. Choose from various voices to guide you while you drive.


Real-time route changes based on traffic, accidents, construction, etc.

App gets better at

learning your frequently used routes and destinations

Constantly updated to be accurate

Compatible with CarPlay


Price: Free


2. Google Maps: Most widely available

The world’s most popular maps app provides accurate traffic information too. Use it to find the best route with automatic re-routing based on live traffic, incidents, and road closure. You can track real-time ETAs and save time with automatic re-routing based on live traffic, incidents, and road closure.

Additionally, this app is a must-have for the wealth of information it provides about places around you. You can know what’s open, find places to eat or order from, and save places to view later. You can even get an idea about the surroundings with the innovative street view.


Accurate real-time traffic and navigation information

Automatic re-routing

Clean, intuitive user interface

Many additional features such as places, street view, etc.

Compatible with CarPlay


Sometimes it cannot tell which direction the user is going, which can be confusing.

Price: Free


3. Apple Maps: Default iOS traffic app

Apple Maps is the default maps and traffic app on your iPhone and iPad. It has plenty of good features but is quite limited to certain regions. At the moment, it only works in big cities and can give incorrect directions when you try it in less popular places.

However, since it’s a stock Apple app, it’s convenient and efficient if you live in a big city. You can get real-time info about traffic, incidents, and road closures. Further, see speed limits for the road you’re driving on and get guidance on which lane you should stay in before your next move.


Consistently updated

Integrates with Siri

Attractive iOS-style interface


Maps are limited to certain regions, mostly big cities.

Price: Free


4. Sygic GPS Navigation & Maps: Great safety features  

Sygic comes with a price tag, but it’s worth it if you want the most feature-rich traffic app. To start with, it offers all the usual traffic app features you need, such as turn-by-turn directions, offline maps, and accurate, real-time traffic information from data collected from millions of global worldwide.

There are many other safety measures, too, like real-time route sharing and a Dynamic Lane Assistant that guides you into the correct lane. You can try it free for seven days and if you love the features as much as I do, go for the premium subscription.


Global availability, so it’s great for travel

Offline maps

Compatible with CarPlay

Multiple safety features


Paid app

Search functionality needs improvement

Price: $26.99 per year (7-day free trial)


5. MapQuest: Best route options

Does the name MapQuest ring a bell? It’s been around since the 90s and was used to print out directions to take along with you when driving. Of course, the world has come a long way since then, and so has MapQuest. It’s now one of the best map and traffic iOS apps.


Real-time traffic updates and alternative routes.

Live traffic camera feature shows you how many vehicles are on the road.

Handy, colored “traffic bar” at the top to show traffic flow and route progress.


Tends to drain the battery

Location data is not as accurate as Google Maps

Price: Free


6. Scout Maps: Feature-rich

Scout helps you beat traffic jams through real-time traffic and live speed updates. It’s convenient to find the quickest routes to your destination with clear, turn-by-turn directions. However, it’s much more than just a navigation app.

For instance, you can conveniently find shops, restaurants, gas stations, etc. You can also save your customized route preference and favorite map views. Further, schedule personalized departure alerts for home and work to stay on schedule.


Real-time traffic alerts

Shortcuts to your favorite places

Intuitive interface


Too many features make it complicated to use

Price: $4.99


7. TomTom GO navigation: Audio warnings

TomTom Go is the only app that has an audio warning of speed and red-light cameras. Most of the other traffic apps only offer visual alerts, but audio ones can be extra useful because you can focus on the road.


Audio warnings of speed and red light cameras

Accurate traffic info, thanks to user-reported data


dvanced lane guidance to ensure that you stay in the correct lane


Offline maps don’t function as expected

Price: $4.99 per month (30-day free trial)


8. Traffie navigation & alerts: Great interface

Traffie alerts you instantly about traffic and road situations, including delays, construction, accidents, crashes, and more. It automatically shows alternate routes and suitable parking spots near your destination for everyday convenience.

In addition to the regular map features, it also supports Siri Shortcuts, making it quicker to start navigating. Further, the Head-up Display option projects navigation onto the windshield of your car. This makes it easier to navigate when it’s dark outside, potentially reducing the risk of using the app while behind the wheel.


Head-up Display

Supports Siri Shortcuts

Beautiful graphics


Quite pricey

No offline version

Price: $5.99 per week


9. ETA – Live traffic alert: Most versatile

With an Apple Watch and Today View widget, ETA is like your personal assistant to quickly access traffic information, travel times, and driving directions. Driving times to your locations are conveniently presented on a single screen along with the traffic situation.

The interface is well-designed and easy to use. It provides you with all the info you need to navigate your city. Moreover, the app supports Shortcuts so that you can use it in a variety of different ways.

For instance, you can launch directions to your frequently visited places from the lock screen itself. Or, you can string a shortcut with the Carrot weather app to receive traffic and weather conditions at a set time each morning. Pretty nifty!


Beautiful interface

Includes Apple Watch complication

Works with Siri Shortcuts

Today View widget for info at a glance


Somewhat pricey

Price: $9.99


10. Yandex.Navi: Useful when visiting Russia, Ukraine, and other countries

Yandex is a Google competitor in Russia. Its traffic and navigation app is better able to handle Russian searches than Google, so it’s a must-have when you’re traveling to Russia. It’s also available in Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Turkey, and France.

You can use it to beat traffic with real-time GPS routing and find alternative routes. Further, you can easily find parking spots near you, avoid accidents and construction, and stay safe with turn-by-turn directions.


Useful for Russia and Ukraine

Easy to use



Does not work as efficiently in the United States

Does not support Apple CarPlay

Price: Free ($2.99 for Yandex Plus )


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Mehak has a master’s degree in communication and over ten years of writing experience. Her passion for technology and Apple products led her to iGeeksBlog, where she specializes in writing product roundups and app recommendations for fellow Apple users. When not typing away on her MacBook Pro, she loves being lost in a book or out exploring the world.

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