Meditation App Development: Everything You Need to Know

Meditation app market overview

  • In 2019, mobile users spent around $195 million on meditation apps. (Sensor Tower)
  • The total value of the meditation and mindfulness app market is expected to reach $180 million by 2032. (Fact.MR)
  • Searches like “mindfulness apps” or “yoga for beginners app” grew 65% year on year. (Google)
  • Downloads of the top ten English-language meditation apps surged by 20 million when the pandemic began. (Sensor Tower)
  • The most popular meditation apps (Headspace and Calm) have around 70% of the market share. (CompareCamp)

Types of meditation apps

Sleep meditation apps

Anxiety-calming apps

Breath meditation apps

Stress management apps

Focus apps

Yoga apps

Top meditation apps

  • Headspace
Source: Headspace
  • Calm
Source: Calm
  • Insight Timer
Source: Insight Timer
  • Aura
Source: Aura
  • Sattva
Source: Sattva

Features of a meditation app

  • Sign up/Sign in: Users should be able to register via social media profiles, email, or phone numbers. The whole procedure should be quick and easy so they can start meditating as soon as possible.
  • User profile: Users should be able to track their progress and manage their preferences and subscriptions here.
  • Onboarding: Any application needs a short and simple introduction to its functions so users will be able to easily navigate the various operations.
  • Navigation menu: This is a feature every application should have. It helps users easily navigate inside the app.
  • Discovery screen: In this section, you can recommend the most popular meditations and provide personalized recommendations based on individual user data.
  • Meditation and music library: You can offer various types of content like guided meditations, natural sounds, relaxing music, and sleep stories. Also, implementing filters to enable users to organize the library the way they want is a nice feature.
  • Search: If the library is large, you should implement search functionality so users can find the exact meditation or song they want.
  • Favorite list: This function allows users can list their favorite tracks and meditations in the order they find the most relaxing.
  • Countdown timer: Allows users to set a timer for meditation sessions. This helps people adjust meditations to their pace of life.
  • Audio player: As with any functional element of a meditation app, it should be simple and intuitive, so users can listen to sounds and music and pause them if necessary.
  • Push notifications: Used to remind users about sessions and keep them updated.

How to make a meditation app: Steps to follow

1. Decide on a type and target audience

2. Research your competitors

3. Hire a team

4. Design

5. Develop

6. Add integration

7. Test

8. Release and support

9. Track and analyze user engagement

Tips and practices to consider

  • Use AR/VR
  • Make it fun with gamification
  • Be transparent
  • Try e-commerce

Challenges to overcome

  • Combining simplicity and speed: In order to retain the audience, you will need to update your app’s library frequently with new content like sounds and music. This can significantly impact the loading speed and simplicity of usage, so you will have to be careful to balance these two aspects.
  • Expensive subscription plans: Since a lot of digital meditation solutions are completely free or have free versions, charging more than average for a new app will drive away potential users. To win their attention, you can start with a free MVP and then, as you add more functions, you can implement paid options.
  • Localization: If you want to go global, you should think about translating all the content into other languages. To do this, you will have to hire experts that can help you since sloppy translations will make a bad impression on international users.
  • Smartwatch compatibility: Creating an app for smartwatches can be quite challenging since there are a lot of devices on which it can be installed, but it’s also a good opportunity to reach a wider audience.

Tech stack & team composition

  • Programming languages: Kotlin, Java, Swift, Laravel, React.js
  • Hosting: AWS
  • Payment gateway: Stripe, Braintree PayPal
  • DevOps: Parcel
  • Push notifications: Firebase
  • Utilities: Google Analytics, Twilio
  • Project manager — to ensure all processes are moving forward exactly as they should.
  • Business analyst — to estimate the chances of success for your idea and analyze the market.
  • Designers — to make your app both user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing.
  • Backend engineers — to create a solid and functional back end.
  • Frontend engineers — to develop the client side of your app.
  • QA engineers — to check the app for bugs and errors before the release.

Cost to build a meditation app

  • Preparatory stage (business analysis, market research, documentation) — 70–100
  • Prototyping — 100
  • Design — 100–150
  • Backend development — 200–250
  • Frontend development — 150–200
  • QA — 150–200

Ways to monetize a meditation app like Calm

  • Pay-to-download
  • Subscription
  • Ads
  • In-app purchases

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