Portal - Immersive Escapes 4+

Change Your Surroundings

Portal Labs Ltd

    • 4.6 • 79 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


Portal is a subscription app with a 7 day free trial.

A Stunning New Productivity App For Today’s Distraction-Filled World.

What is Portal?
Portal is a productivity app that uses immersive technologies to transform your surroundings into a haven for focus and creativity.

So, it’s just another productivity app, right?
Well, not exactly. It’s a totally new approach to productivity that’s shaped by the latest research in the field of environmental psychology and focuses on the impact our surroundings have on our state of mind, wellbeing and cognitive performance.

Why are our surroundings so important to our productivity?
It’s no secret that our surroundings have a huge impact on how we think and feel - it’s something architects and urban planners have understood for centuries. The surroundings in which we work are no different. Whether we’re working in an office, from home or in a coffee shop our surroundings can either support or hinder our productivity. When they work against us they make focusing and being productive an uphill struggle, leading to longer hours, stress and low morale. However, when we work in surroundings that are attuned to helping us focus and think clearly the effect is profound.

How does Portal work?
Portal uses the latest in immersive technologies, including dynamic (head tracked) spatial audio, smart lighting & retina-quality visuals, to transform your surroundings and provide instant escapes to some of the world’s most peaceful and awe-inspiring locations.

Imagine finding your focus in the midst of a thunderstorm deep in the Amazon Rainforest; discovering your next big breakthrough high in the Himalayas; or getting lost in flow in the remote Highlands of Scotland.

It’s a beautiful and effortless approach to productivity, but also one that’s incredibly effective and backed by a growing mountain of scientific evidence and research.

Who is Portal for?
Ideal for entrepreneurs, digital & creative professionals, students, but really anyone who finds being productive and creative a struggle in today’s distraction-filled world.

Join us on a journey to better surroundings, and experience a productivity app like no other.


Window To The World
Window-like visuals seamlessly integrated into your desktop instantly take your mind away.

Lifelike Sound
World-class spatial audio captured in the world’s greatest locations. It’s sound that makes you feel as though you’re there, creates a sense of space and separation whilst removing distraction and improving focus.

Immersive Lighting
Philips Hue & Nanoleaf smart lighting adds an extra depth of immersion, tuning into your circadian rhythm and allowing you to control the mood and energy of your workspace.


- Over 80 portals to some of the most beautiful and peaceful corners of the world, captured to help improve focus, concentration and relaxation
- Award-winning design for beautiful aesthetics and simple intuitive use
- Support for Shortcuts, allowing automations for power users
- Privacy conscious approach - no data harvesting, no targeted advertising; you’re not the product.

To experience dynamic (head tracked) spatial audio you will need macOS Sonoma or up, and headphones that support head tracking via Apple Core Motion, currently AirPods (3rd gen), AirPods Pro, AirPods Max & Beats Fit Pro.


Portal for Mac requires a subscription to use and offers the option of a free 7-day trial.

If you love it, our subscription options include: a monthly membership, an annual membership and a Lifetime membership, which is paid for by a one-off upfront payment.

Please note that monthly and annual subscriptions will automatically renew unless turned off in your iTunes Account Settings at least 24 hours before the end of the current subscription period. To manage your subscription go to your iTunes Account settings.

Terms of Use: https://portal.app/terms
Privacy Policy: https://portal.app/privacy

What’s New

Version 1.1.0

This release is jam packed with some fantastic new features, a host of useful improvements and an assortment of fixes that will ensure Portal is macOS Sonoma ready - enjoy :)

Dynamic (Head Tracked) Spatial Audio
Thanks to changes available in macOS Sonoma, the magic of Dynamic (head tracked) Spatial Audio can now be experienced on Mac! To get started connect your compatible AirPods or Beats headphones and open Settings > Audio > Spatial Audio > Head Tracked

Fullscreen In-Window Visuals
We've now introduced the ability to play Portal’s visuals fullscreen in-window within the app. Just select your scene, click “Set Surroundings” and then click anywhere on the scene to hide the interface, click again to go back. Now you can enjoy Portal’s visuals integrated into your desktop, in-window or both simultaneously. Pro-tip: in-window support works great when Portal’s in fullscreen mode.

Visual Improvements
For those who prefer not to have Portal’s visuals sync and replace their current wallpaper, you can now control this via Settings > Desktop > Sync Wallpaper

Audio Improvements
- Portal now better supports single channel mono audio output devices.
- We've improved the handling of situations where headphones automatically switch to mono mode when the microphone is in-use.
- The audio settings screen has been streamlined to avoid confusion and include some helpful hints.

Lighting Improvements
- You can now customise the relative brightness of each of your connected smart lighting connections, just open Settings > Lighting > Connections > i > Brightness
- Improved reliability of lighting connection checks.

Keyboard Shortcut Improvements
- Instantly exit the Library and immerse yourself in your current active scene with this new shortcut: option + space

General Improvements
- We've made some caching improvements to speed up loading times at launch and avoid issues where Portal may become unresponsive if the AppStore is unavailable.
- Portal no longer attempts to restore your desktop background on launch if desktop syncing is turned off.
- There is now a downloading message that shows on the desktop and the “Set Surroundings” button whilst video content is loading.
- A progress indicator now shows whenever “Support Info” is requested.
- We’ve made performance improvements to keep Library scrolling buttery smooth.

- Fixes an issue where the headphone status might not refresh in certain circumstances.
- Fixes a typo in "Support Info" (thanks for spotting that one Rachelle!)
- Fixes animation glitches on Sonoma.
- Fixes desktop background sizing on Sonoma.
- Fixes macOS menu bar tinting on Sonoma.
- Fixes a crash that could occur on macOS Sonoma.
- Fixes scrolling flicker that could occur in some collection screens.
- Fixes screen flashing that could occur in some rare situations.

A massive thank you goes out to our beta testers who helped road test the features, improvements and fixes included in this release. If it weren’t for their time, patience and dedication to the cause, this release would not have been possible!

If something has slipped the net or you have any suggestions on future improvements, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line at hello@portal.app - we’d love to hear from you!

Thanks as always,

Andy, Nick, Tim & Stu - Team Portal.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

Editors’ Choice

How can an app about sound look this gorgeous? Portal is part immersive audio experience and part travel companion, a way to lose yourself in lush audio environments from all corners of the globe, all through a cool minimalist UI and stunning HD visuals. Focus, study, or snooze to downpours in the Amazon, lapping waves from the lochs of Scotland, whale song from the deep blue waters of Tahiti, or thunder on the Great Plains. Tap a sound and the app transforms into an aesthetically pleasing clock; set a timer to drift off to sleep to winds on the Isle of Skye or wake to a springtime chorus in London. Bonus: Pair compatible AirPods to experience it all in spatial audio.

Sith--Lord66 ,


Absolutely amazing app! Would recommend to everyone and use it every night as a screen saver on both my phone and my iPad. Love having the gentle sound of a fire or waves in my room during the day and the beautiful live videos are brilliant for screensavers when not working with the device. I instantly purchased the upgrade for the rest of the portals because I NEEDED the others because the base ones were incredible. My only additions I'd make to the app is that I'd love a feature where the clock is the only UI piece on the screen as would love to wake up to see time and not the bottom UI, i would love to see more features added to the connectivity such as google home support and also maybe a way to choose a playlist of portals to play for different durations I would also love to see in the future a way to have this on my windows PC although this is an IOS app it would be superb on PC too! But that's just me with my ideas lol this app is a must download and I yesss it all the time! I can't get enough of this app! I can't wait to see what portals will be coming soon! Keep up the incredible work!!

Developer Response ,

Hi Sith--Lord66, thanks for taking the time to share your very kind feedback! It's great to hear you're loving using Portal :) You've made some terrific suggestions for future developments that we're very keen to explore. However, please continue to watch this space as in the meantime we've got some exciting new features and content in the pipeline that we can't wait to release! We hope you enjoy them when they come. Many thanks for your support and encouragement, Nick.

K-aWalkingupaTree ,


Awesome app, been using since version 1 and it just keeps getting better and better. Such effortless functionality coupled with beautiful design, making it a real pleasure to actually use. It’s excellent at creating immersive experiences that instantly provide headspace, calm, and simply just moments of wild otherness to a day, even if I’ve only got 10 minutes to spare. The combination of listening and focusing on the visuals at the same time seems to create a powerful synergy, resetting the body’s nervous system, so relieving any immediate stress. Adding a breathing exercise hyper charges for an instant and serious reboot when needed! Sounds to fall asleep to, sounds to sharpen focus, or sounds & visuals to escape and chill, that’s how I use it and it’s basically one really versatile app.

Clearly a lot of thought, care and passion is going into the making of this very cool app. Recently contacted the team behind it, and they couldn’t have been more helpful. Really lovely.

This is my first and only review of an any app, I can’t think of a higher recommendation.

Developer Response ,

Wow K-aWalkingupaTree, we're floored and incredibly humbled by your extremely kind words!

You're spot on too - we've put our heart and soul into Portal, but I can honestly say that it makes it well worth it knowing that people like yourself are enjoying and benefitting from using Portal and hopefully it's making a positive difference in people's lives.

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and for supporting us from V1 to now, rest assured we've got lots more planned for the future which we hope you'll love - we can't wait to share it with you!

You've made our day and put a massive smile on each of our faces :) Many thanks, Nick.

App Privacy

The developer, Portal Labs Ltd, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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