Insight Timer - Meditation App

Last modified
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Description of App

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.

  • 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 eight 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 (or random) 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 will run in the background. You can start the timer, then run other apps and the bells will continue to ring. When the timer is finished, a message will pop up to alert you.
  • Insight Timer is geared toward meditation, but it also works great for yoga, Reiki, exercise or any other activity that you wish to time.
  • Optional labels for interval bells. Each bell's label will be displayed on the screen when it rings. You can use this to guide you though the different phases of your routine.
  • 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.
  • Optionally vibrate with or instead of bells.
  • iPod tracks will continue to play while the timer is running. 
  • Bells will ring even if silent switch is on.



Free or Paid


Apple Watch Support

Not Known

Device(s) App Was Tested On


Accessibility Comments

Pretty straight forward. On the timer screen, the unlabeled button comes before the setting it changes.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

Most buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.


1 people have recommended this app



Submitted by Sandra on Thursday, March 15, 2012

Are you sure this is "fully accessible with VoiceOver"? I am not sure how it would be possible to set the type of bel you want to use for a timer with VoiceOver. How do you do it?

Submitted by Austin Seraphin on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

In reply to by Sandra

Partially true. The timer screen has three unlabeled buttons. The first sets the timer duration. The second sets the beginning bell. The third sets interval bells. I don't know how to set the ending bell. I'll email the developer. Other than that it works great.

Submitted by Dan Lococo on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

I used this app for more than five years but have given up on it. Each update to the app appears to have more unlabeled buttons and is harder to navigate with Voice Over. I've contacted the developers on a number of occasions but they don't appear to be concerned with accessibility.

Submitted by mendi on Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Unfortunately, I am having the same experience. For a brief moment, after I had contacted the developer, it appeared things might be headed the right direction, but now, it seems to be getting worse again, and like you, when I did say something, the developers only seemed to give a half hearted response. This is too bad, as it was one of the better free meditation apps. I have since deleted it from my device.

Submitted by Lauren T on Sunday, November 18, 2018

I'm actually finding, surprisingly, with each update that the app is becoming more accessible. What I still cannot do is select the bell I want. Apparently there are eight choices but I have no idea how to toggle between them with VoiceOver.

Submitted by Marc on Wednesday, May 5, 2021

It seems as if this app was very accessible but over the last week or two there have been regressions. After searching, it is not possible to swipe right to hear search results. Dragging a finger around seems to work but is inconsistent. Anybody else out there using this app with any success?

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