Waking Up: Meditation & Wisdom 4+

Insights for a Better Life

Waking Up Course, LLC

    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


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.

***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—plus, Waking Up allows you to save all of your meditation sessions to your Apple Health app.

“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 Apple account settings. Payment will be charged to your Apple 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.

What’s New

Version 2.20.0

- You can now rename your downloaded—not just your saved—Daily Meditations and Moments.
- We’ve added the option to mark all sessions and series as played.
- Bug fixes and feature improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
262 Ratings

262 Ratings

ariel.levin ,

Life changing

After almost 2.5 years of using Waking up, it’s still very hard to describe how much it affected my life. Combining neuroscience, spirituality, philosophy, mindfulness and more- Sam provides life changing and mind opening knowledge and tools, that can be implemented in your daily lives. You will learn how to not only direct your attention and watch the content of consciousness, but also understand that you are the content itself, in a non-dual way. I can genuinely say that all of the above (and a lot more)- really improved my life and the people around me. It’s one of the most important skills and understanding that one can obtain.

Ali G. ,

Truly life changing

I heard about this app through Sam Harris’s podcast and was very excited about the idea but skeptical that it had any added value to offer considering I’ve been using Headspace for almost a year now.
I am now on day 13 and have listened to most of the lessons and feel that the Waking Up app is absolutely contributing immensely to my mediation practice and understanding of my own mind and experience.
Sam is truly an incredible teacher who presents his teachings a precise and eloquent manner.
For anyone wanting to starting learning meditation as well as anyone looking to take their practice to the next level, I can’t recommend this app highly enough.

andy347 ,

Thank you

It is difficult to put into words my gratitude for this ap. I am a beginner in meditation. Before this ap, I was trying what I believed was mediation, on and off for 6 months. Thankfully I listen to Sam Harris's podcast and learnt about his ap! It has completely changed my understanding of meditation. When I do the exercises provided, I feel as if I have a personal teacher. Thank you to Sam and his team for allowing me to access this incredible knowledge. I look forward to my journey ahead.

App Privacy

The developer, Waking Up Course, LLC, 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 Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Purchases
  • Location
  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary based on, for example, the features you use or your age. Learn More


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    Some in‑app purchases, including subscriptions, may be shareable with your family group when Family Sharing is enabled.

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