Waking Up: Beyond Meditation

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About this app

Don’t think of Waking Up as a conventional meditation app—think of it as a new operating system for your mind, and a guide to living a better life.

We aim to offer a far deeper approach to mindfulness than you’ll find elsewhere—one that fundamentally transforms how you see yourself, and the world around you.

But you’ll also discover life-changing, secular wisdom from top scholars and experts, on everything from sleep and doing good in the world to time management and happiness.

Waking Up is free for anyone who can’t afford it. We never want money to be the reason why someone can’t benefit from what we’ve built.

**Created by Sam Harris
Sam Harris, neuroscientist and best-selling author, built Waking Up to be the resource he wished he’d had when he began exploring meditation over 30 years ago.

Sam only includes those practices and insights he’s found to be utterly life-changing. The same is true for the many teachers, scholars, and experts you’ll meet throughout the app.

**A step-by-step approach to mindfulness
We’ve heard from thousands of members who say they never really understood meditation until they took our 28-part Introductory Course.

Whether you’re a beginner or advanced practitioner, you’ll dive straight into the deep end of real mindfulness, so you don’t waste any time on the surface.

**Learn the true purpose of meditation
Meditation is about more than just relieving stress, sleeping better, or improving your focus. While it can help you do all of that, our goal is ultimately to help you open the door to a deeper understanding of yourself.

Here, you won’t just uncover simple relaxation techniques —and you won’t find any New Age fluff or religious dogma.

**A place for serious seekers
Explore some of life’s most important questions, on topics like neuroscience, psychedelics, enlightenment, ethics, and Stoicism—from renowned authors and professors like Oliver Burkeman, Michael Pollan, Laurie Santos, Arthur C. Brooks, James Clear, and others.

**In-depth theory and practice
Waking Up explains both the theory and the practice of meditation —so you don’t just learn the “how” of mindfulness, but also the “why.”

You’ll be guided by prominent figures like Joseph Goldstein, Diana Winston, Adyashanti, Jayasāra, and Henry Shukman, who teach a wide range of contemplative practices, including Vipassana, Zen, Dzogchen, Advaita Vedanta, and more.

**Timeless insights, modern lens
Within Waking Up, you’ll find some of the most profound spiritual teachings from throughout history—those that have stood the test of time. And you’ll hear from historic voices like Alan Watts.

But we also pressure-test ancient wisdom against modern science, so you won’t find outlandish claims or anything we haven’t found to be empirically true.

**A comprehensive guide
Waking Up supports your growth and development in a number of different ways. You’ll find an abundance of useful features, like meditation timers, in-app support messages, an ever-growing audio library, and daily reminders to help bring your mindfulness practice into your life.

“Waking Up is, hands down, the most important meditation guide I’ve ever used.” Physician Peter Attia

“If you’ve had trouble getting into meditation, this app is your answer!” -Susan Cain, best-selling author

“Waking Up is not an app, it’s a path. It is equal parts a meditation guide, a philosophy master-class and a highly-focused TED Conference.” -Eric Hirschberg, former CEO of ACTIVISION

Subscriptions automatically renew, unless auto-renew is disabled at least 24 hours before the current period ends. Manage your subscription from your Google Play account settings. Payment will be charged to your Google account.

Terms of service: https://wakingup.com/terms-of-service/
Privacy policy: https://wakingup.com/privacy-policy/
Satisfaction guarantee: If you don’t find the app valuable, email us at support@wakingup.com for a full refund.
Updated on
28 May 2024

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region and age The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
No data shared with third parties
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Location, Personal info and 4 others
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

39.4K reviews
Mark Konitzer
30 May 2024
This can be a truly life-changing app if you put in the short amount of time each day, or even every 3rd day. The guided meditation practices, the theory and the conversations are what set Waking Up apart from the other mediation apps. Sam is really giving you the tools needed to make lasting changes in your life. I can't recommend it enough. Big fan here, big fan.
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Malcolm Martelon
31 January 2024
An amazing meditation app. One of the best features to me is that the app will become buggy and the playback pauses if your phone is not left on the waking up app ie. if you switch to messages or Instagram. It is unclear if this is intentional, however it has been a fun addition to my practice which allows me to remain even more present in my meditations. :)
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Waking Up LLC
1 February 2024
We apologize for the inconvenience. Kindly check our FAQ on battery optimization and potential network issues. If the issue still persists, please email us at support@wakingup.com and we will help you out.
Shannon Touhy
1 January 2024
I've been "wanting" so badly to have a regular meditation practice but struggled to stay still, keep a onsistent daily practice, and when I actually did set the time my "body mind" seemed to come up with endless tasks that needed immediate attention. But since downloading this app I've found it easy, even exciting to keep my daily practice. I find myslef looking forward to them now. My favorite part is the customization feature to change duration, background noise, ect.
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What's new

- Waking Up isn’t just another meditation app—it’s a new operating system for your mind. In our latest release, we fixed some bugs and made some performance improvements, so nothing major to report here.