Meditation App Development — Main Features and Steps

Life has become stressful as ever in the past decades. The pandemic did not make things better either: almost 67% of workers reported having a higher stress level than before.

People are dealing with stress and anxiety in different ways, but meditation is mentioned in every single article on this subject.

An impressive number of over 52 million people have downloaded one of the most popular meditation apps in 2019. The usage of meditation apps is exponentially growing and its marker is expected to be valued at US$341.9 million by 2029.

If you want to hop on the hot trend and develop your own meditation app, read on to find out:

  • why meditation apps have been gaining popularity recently
  • features that meditation mobile apps should have
  • how to make a meditation app step by step

Why Now Is a Great Time to Build Mindfulness Applications?

Let’s see what are other factors contributing to the growing demand for meditation and mindfulness applications.

Higher Level Of Day-To-Day Stress

  • the pressure to both raise children and take care of parents
  • economic instability
  • overwhelming amount of information brought by technology
  • increase in divorces
  • multitasking
  • fear of missing out caused by social media
  • environment problems

People have more stress, notice it, and start discussing it on all the available platforms. No wonder that mental health awareness became a new trend.


Such mental health problems were caused by:

  • loneliness
  • the stress of facing your partner/people you live with all the time
  • restriction of personal freedom
  • increase in domestic violence
  • racism, particularly towards Asians
  • lost jobs and closed businesses
  • a growing number of bad news

Moreover, many people found more spare time to reflect on their life and mental health and research the topic more thoroughly.

Meditation Does Not Require Equipment

Because of the pandemic, people can’t visit gyms, but they also don’t have decent knowledge on how to exercise at home. Add to this the fact that 20,6 million US citizens lost their jobs in the first month of quarantine and most of them are not willing to invest in pricey home gym equipment. Meditation can become a real saver in such a situation as it helps people release stress and muscle tension.

Meditation Is More Than A Stress Relief

  • spark creativity
  • be more compassionate and kind towards others
  • fight both chronic and acute stress
  • increase attention span
  • prevent age-related memory loss
  • listen to the body and mind better

A person does one thing and gets the whole package that affects their life both long- and short-term.

What Are The Meditation App’s Features?


User experience also depends on the onboarding process because it is where you explain how to navigate this big system of courses, motivation quotes, and progress pages.

User Profiles

Trainer’s Voice

Content Library

Ideally, an app’s content library has to contain meditations for every mood, tactic, or time. It is essential to create a clear navigation system too.

Favorite Sounds


Offline Playback

Trackers And Statistics


Push Notifications

Wearables Integration


7 Steps to Create a Meditation App

#1 Conduct a Profound Market Research

Focusing on a specific target audience would help you better serve their needs and consequently become a leader in the niche.

#2 Pick Your Platform

If you want to have an app on both iOS and Android, developers have to do extra work and you have to pay extra. So when you are just testing waters, you might want to launch an app on one platform and decide on whether you want to develop a version for the second one. One platform is also suitable for startups who have a small budget.

When deciding on the platform, keep that in mind:

  • iOS apps will be available to Apple users only
  • Android apps reach a wider range of devices. At the same time, devices differ in size and resolution and developers have to work extra to create versions for different devices
  • Apple users are more likely to buy an app or subscription
  • Apple apps are harder to customize

#3 Select The App Features

#4 Choose The Monetization Tactic

  • Subscription: user gains access to a limited amount of meditation sessions or enjoys a one-week free trial. Then they are asked to buy a subscription to continue using the app or have access to further mindfulness sessions. This is the most common monetization tactic among meditation apps.
  • In-app purchases: some courses or lessons with instructors are labeled as premium and users have to pay for them.

Some of the popular app monetization models don’t work well for meditation apps and here some of them:

  • Paid downloads: it is unlikely that users will buy an app in the PlayStore or AppleStore without trying it first, but some businesses still use paid downloads.
  • Advertisements: other categories of apps use this way actively but it is not common within meditation apps. Meditation means full concentration on inner thoughts and the absence of distractions. A loud ad in the middle of the session or a violently bright banner on the interface will not help users reach concentration and relaxation.

#5 Work On UX/UI

It is a common practice for such apps like Inscape or Buddhify to use a minimalistic design with pastel or blue-ish colors. Floral and other nature-related design elements may be embedded into the interface as well.

#6 Build An MVP Model

MVP is needed to test whether the assumptions were true or not. After seeing how users interact with the minimum functionality of the meditation app and give feedback, businesses often change a product dramatically and get new ideas about what to add. Sometimes they refuse to develop a product at all.

Usually, an MVP of a meditation app includes:

  • signing up
  • user profile
  • progress bar
  • introduction to meditation
  • a couple of mindfulness practices

MVP ensures that you deliver a great product that can meet market needs and not spend thousands of dollars on a project that will never be successful.

#7 App Launch and Improvement

The Bottom Line

Meditation app should be a platform that has everything so that users should not browse for additional resources on the internet: big content library, relaxing sounds, recommendations, and trainer’s voice, motivation boosters as notifications, wearables, and trackers, etc.

The steps mentioned in this article would help you find a great idea for a meditation app and successfully develop it:

  • Research competitors and market
  • Choose the platform
  • Decide on features
  • Develop monetization model
  • Refine UX/UI design
  • Work on MVP
  • Launch and improve your app

If you fancy the idea of developing a meditation application that is no worse than Calm or Headspace, please do not hesitate to reach out to Onix! Our team of experienced developers, talented designers, and innovative product managers will help you complete every stage of meditation app development with the best results.

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