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Insight Timer - Meditation Timer
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Insight Timer - Meditation Timer

by Spotlight Six Software, LLC
Platform: Android Rated: Guidance Suggested
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)

Price: $2.99
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 9.7.8
  • + Fixed problem with Vibrate setting.

Product Details

  • ASIN: B006HL9G10
  • Original Release Date: December 3, 2011
  • Rated: Guidance Suggested This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,876 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • The world's most popular meditation timer app
  • Seven incredibly realistic bells
  • Simple and easy to use
  • Built in meditation journal
  • Connect with a global meditation community (and your friends too)

Product Description

Imagine the sound of beautiful Tibetan singing bowls, gently and peacefully guiding you through your meditation session. Your attention focused inward with no need to worry about the clock…

Insight Timer gives you this and much more. It's simple enough to get started with just a few taps, yet powerful enough to handle the most sophisticated meditation routines with advanced features such as interval bells, presets and a meditation journal.

With the Insight Connect feature, you can become part of a global meditation community - seeing at a glance people around the world who are meditating with you. Link your Facebook or Twitter account and you and your friends can follow and support one another's practice. You can also make new friends who share your love of meditation.

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- You'll love our bells! Recorded with high quality digital audio equipment at a famous meditation center, these new bell samples are amazing. Crystal clear with extra long fade outs. They sound great with the built-in speaker, but to get the full effect, try using headphones or external speakers.

- Choose from seven different bells of varying size and metal compositions - from bright and clean to deep and complex with lovely overtones. A wood block sound is also included.

- Bells can be configured to ring at the start, the end, and at specified times during your session. Each bell can be set to ring once, twice or three times. The delay between strikes is configurable from 1 to 20 seconds.

- Powerful logging and statistics features allow you to track your progress over time. Multiple charts, a complete session log and helpful statistics give you a complete picture of how your practice is evolving.

- Presets allow you to save an unlimited number of configurations and assign names to them. If you have multiple meditation routines (such as Morning and Evening), this makes it easy to switch between them without any configuration changes.

- You may set a background image from your own photo album. While the timer is running, your image is shown full screen. Optionally, the time display and controls can be hidden so that they are shown only when the image is tapped.

- Meditation Journal: You may enter notes about each session when the timer ends - a practice that many people find to be helpful and therapeutic. Your journal entries can be exported via an email attachment. Journal access may be password protected to ensure privacy.

- Insight Timer is geared toward meditation, but it also works great for yoga, Reiki, exercise or any other activity that you wish to time.

- Pause and resume your timer session.

- Bells will ring even when the device is locked so you can turn off the screen to save power and eliminate ambient light.

Technical Details

  • Size: 10.5MB
  • Version: 9.7.8
  • Developed By: Spotlight Six Software, LLC
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Allows sending in-app billing requests and managing in-app billing transactions
    • Open network sockets
    • Write to external storage
    • Read or write the system settings
    • Access the vibration feature
    • Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
    • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
    • Allows an application to receive messages via Google Cloud Messaging
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.0
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 90 seconds

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
54 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sound! March 5, 2013
By jb
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This is a great app for meditation or those just looking for a nice sound for a timer. i use it for meditation, for cooking, and for other activities requiring some kind of time limit. Several different chime offerings, plus a choice of one, two, or three bells, a pre-meditation bell to begin, interval timer bells, and a journal feature as well. Lots of really good features for an incredibly low price. Compared to the $100 timer I received for Christmas a few years ago, this does more and sounds better! I love it and use it daily!
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89 of 116 people found the following review helpful
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Not a suspicious permission! To those that are calling the permission "Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service" suspicious, you really should learn what permissions are before posting this cr&p. This permission is needed to get the list of accounts associated with the device so you can connect on Facebook, Google+, or whatever. It is only the list, not access to those services. You still need to tell the service, i.e Google, that you are allowing the program to have access. List, not access.
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195 of 271 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice features, but does not work well on Kindle Fire February 13, 2012
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I love the timers and the sounds in this app. When I got it I wanted to set a short soft timer at 5 second intervals, a 1 minute timer to measuring progress, and a timer at the end to mark completion. This is very easy and intuitive to set up. The problem on the Kindle Fire is before every sound is played the audio circuit is turned on resulting in an audible "pop". My nice wood block sound every five seconds is preceded by this really irritating "pop". Irritation is not compatible with meditation. Completing apps like "At Ease" run a continuous sound track and don't suffer from this problem. I know this is one small blemish on an otherwise fine program, but I find it to be a show stopper. If the developers figure a way around this issue I'll amend this review.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Screen dimmer does not work March 8, 2013
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I haven't read the other reviews so I don't know if this is happening on all phones, but on my Galaxy Nexus the "screen dimmer" option does not work, which means I cannot use this app. The app also does not work if the screen is manually shut off, which is why I assume they added what was supposed to be a dimmer.

I cannot use the app with the screen on for multiple reasons - I have an Super AMOLED screen, which this app, if the screen is left on, can cause screen burn-in permanently damaging my display, it also drains battery life quickly with the screen on, and I meditate at night and the glare even with my eyes closed is irritating.

My system screen timeout is set to 30 seconds and works fine when this app is not running but this app keeps the screen on at all times and overrides the set timeout. I have the app option checked to dim the screen, which is supposed to shut off the backlight, but as I said, it does not shut it off or dim it even slightly.

I've tried resetting the settings several times, rebooting, using the app both on battery and plugged in, but it never works. I let it go for 15 minutes to see if it had it's own dimmer timer set but it never shut off. I couldn't let it go any longer for fear of damaging my display. Not to mention that the amount of time was already too long for it to kick in and still be useful. If I manually turn off the display, the app stops, so there is simply no way to use it.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does not require internet to run March 8, 2013
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On Kindle Fire HD 8.9" I heard no popping sound that others mentioned; the pop when the speaker turns on may be device specific, and were it my kindle doing that, I would call Kindle support. The app opened the first time while I had wireless off and operated fine. When I later enabled internet, then the map appeared. The list of people meditating only includes those who have deliberately signed in to the app's network, not just anyone with the program and a facebook app; very non-invasive, and what I wanted to know.

The sound would play along with an audiobook I had going as an experiment, without any 'argument'. I very much like that the volume levels for the individual bells can be individually set separate from the system volume. I do like that the timer continues to run when I go to the Fire home screen or access settings; I do not like that the bells do not sound if I am anywhere other than the running timer screen. Any other sound producing app I have continues to function while doing other things, including turning the Fire 'off' - a very useful feature which prevents accidental button presses and preserves battery life. While one is unlikely to be using other android features while meditating, this peculiarity of this timer limits its other possible usefulness to timing only off-device activities. I also was not impressed with the hide display function as it only 'erased' the timer's display, the Fire's display was still active though dimmer and likely using almost as much battery; also once hide the display was chosen within the running timer there was no way to make it stop auto-dimming the Fire without stopping the timer. I suggest the developer figure out how everyone else manages to allow their sounds to keep playing when a device is 'off' and make that work instead.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meditation April 24, 2012
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Excellent timer. Best one I have ever used. More flexibility that anything I have ever seen. Well worth the $2. I am recommending it to all my meditation friends. I wish there was a desktop version.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I Use It Everyday
I downloaded this to my Kindle & use it everyday. It helps keep me on track with regular meditation sessions, as well as a connection with the meditation community.
Published 3 days ago by Susan J. Becque
5.0 out of 5 stars Love that gong!
How nice to be able to sit meditating when you are on a time schedule and not have to worry about how many minutes you have left. Read more
Published 16 days ago by frugalnista
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to change settings
I was recommended this app to time my 2 minute qi gung exercises. I tried one sound for the timer and decided I would rather have a different one. It would not let me change. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Lyn Solander
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Timer - Drains Battery
It does exactly what I need it to do and is simple to setup and use. Unfortunately, I find it really drains the battery. Read more
Published 18 days ago by DL
5.0 out of 5 stars Making the meditation HABIT easierl
Much popular writing on psychology today focuses on the importance of habits, those virtually automatic behavorial routines that we perform without cognitive effort. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Elissa Wurf
4.0 out of 5 stars meditation timer = insights
This gives us a starting place for our daily meditations along with a stopping place. ! Very.good for those of us who are just learning our meditation techniques.
Published 21 days ago by Iolani A. Tedesco
5.0 out of 5 stars authentic sound
Would highly recommend this app. You can set timer for any number of minutes, keep a journal, and see how many people are meditating
Published 24 days ago by Andrew Tupper
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite meditation timer
I feel like I've tried every meditation timer app released for android... this one is by far my favorite. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Easy to use with great features. Great tones that can be used. I use it daily and I love it.
Published 1 month ago by Tracey
5.0 out of 5 stars Met my expectations
User friendly. Very useful when timing meditation. Also like the choice of bells and the map of the world showing where others are meditating.
Published 1 month ago by Carol Skierka
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Can you silence all other options and leave just the timer on?
In the company description it says " Bells will ring even when the device is locked so you can turn off the screen to save power and eliminate ambient light." So perhaps if you locked the device the only other app that could ring would be one that can override the lock. The other choice... Read more
Nov 7, 2013 by Sioban Lanigan |  See all 2 posts
is it possible to dim the community screen. Be the first to reply
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