Calm (Version 1.07)

Platform and Price
Free download + subscription: Apple, Web

RDN Score
4 out of 5

Synopsis of the App
Calm promises to teach you to bring some calm into your life. It delivers scenic backgrounds, soundscapes and meditation guidance to help you meditate, sleep and relax anywhere, anytime.


  • Simple design.
  • Choose what you see and hear for a custom escape using any of the 10 nature scenes and 16 meditation music tracks.  
  • Meditate, fall asleep or simply decompress to the sound of a thunderstorm.
  • Use the basic body scan meditation to help get started.
  • Learn the “7 steps of Calm,” a program that teaches how to meditate.
  • Enjoy guided meditations that fit your lifestyle with sessions ranging 2-30 minutes.
  • Subscribers can unlock a variety of premium meditations including anxiety release, confidence, compassion, creativity, gratitude, motivation, energy and more. New content is added every month.
  • Sleep mode turns off all audio at the end of the session.
  • App automatically records activity to track completed meditations.
  • Access meditation sessions without an internet or cellular connection.


  • Sound quality is not always crystal clear.
  • With basic fonts and graphics, the app is not as polished as some others on the market.
  • Available on the Apple platform only.  

Bottom Line
Calm puts a momentary respite at your fingertips. Subscribers will get the most from Calm but anyone can download the app and access the free content for a quick escape. 

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Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD, is based in Atlanta and specializes in culinary nutrition, communications and consulting. She blogs at Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.