DreamLab - Powering Research 4+

Fast-track health research


    • 4.7 • 23 Ratings
    • Free


***Temporarily, DreamLab is being used to support research to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19.***

Imagine if you could really make a difference and help to speed up time in the fight against Covid-19 and cancer.

DreamLab is a multi-award winning app from the Vodafone Foundation, in partnership with Imperial College London, which uses the collective power of mobile phones to fast track Covid-19 and cancer research. DreamLab exists to help find answers quicker and the more people who use DreamLab, the faster it works.

Medical research currently generates huge volumes of health data around the world every day, but access to computing power to crunch and make sense of this data is limited. Your mobile device contains a huge amount of computing power needed to run everything from email to music and video streaming apps, but is mostly dormant while you plug it in to charge overnight. DreamLab harnesses this processing power, of yours and thousands of other mobile phones, to examine such health data to look specifically at how existing drugs can be repurposed to help in the fight against cancer.

DreamLab taps into this invaluable resource to find more effective combinations of drugs that can be tailored to patients to improve treatments and save lives. As a Dreamer you can even choose which project to support and also select how much mobile data the app uses every month (or only on WiFi). Just one PC running 24 hours a day would need 300 years to process the data required to complete the project. However, 100,000 smartphones running DreamLab for six hours a night could fast track the job in just three months.

Download the DreamLab app today and start making a difference to lives in the fight against cancer.


Download the DreamLab app, choose a project to support and each time your phone is plugged in, charged and connected to the internet, you’ll be helping to save lives in the fight against Covid-19 and cancer.


Charge your phone overnight and while you #SleepLikeAHero, DreamLab taps into its unused processing power to support vital cancer research.

Fight Covid-19 and Cancer
Alongside thousands of other DreamLab users, while you sleep you’ll be using your phone to power a virtual supercomputer, capable of processing billions of calculations – and helping fast track research into better ways to fight Covid-19 and cancer.

When you plug your phone in and power DreamLab, it downloads tiny parts of a huge research project from the cloud to calculate and sends the results back to the team at Imperial College London. The more people who power DreamLab, the faster we can find the right drugs and treatments to beat cancer. All you need to do is set up DreamLab once and it will get to work each time you plug your phone in.

To help the fight against Covid-19 and cancer, and find the drugs and treatments needed to fight them, simply download the app (#) and choose which Project you’d like to support. You can also track the contribution you’ve made and keep up to date with news.

DreamLab supports cancer research globally and is powered by the Vodafone Foundation.


* A compatible handset is required. Downloading DreamLab will consume mobile data. Once downloaded, DreamLab can be used when your device (i) is connected to a charging source and (ii) has mobile network or WiFi connectivity. 

# By downloading, installing or otherwise using the DreamLab application on your device, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions found at https://www.vodafone.co.uk/mobile/dreamlab

If you do not agree to be bound by these Terms, you should not download, install or otherwise use DreamLab Application.

What’s New

Version 2.6.8

Minor bug fixes and enhancements

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Randomnick3333 ,

Best app ever

Tapping into the power of our idle smart phones, dreamlabs aim is to use millions of idle smart phones to calculate millions of mini tasks and submits the data back to dreamlabs for review. Their limited access to supercomputers means critical cancer research is being bottlenecked by processing power...power that sits in our pockets doing nothing most of the time. I have set up my old devices to help, and even found that I play less phone games and instead choose to donate my processing power to cancer research during the day and at night while I sleep. You can still receive calls and texts, you just can’t play games or browse the web as the app has to be open. Put your smartphone to use for the greater good and do your part to help fight cancer around the globe.

TepidNeptune2 ,

One issue on OLED iPhones

I like how DreamLab allows people to donate their spare processing power to scientific research, but leaving the display on poses an issue with OLED devices. A static DreamLab logo will permanently burn its way into the display within two years, and it’s because of this that I don’t feel comfortable using the app on my new phone.

I’m hoping there can be an option to turn the logo off so the screen can be completely dark. I’d love to use my new device with its increased power and efficiency compared to my older devices, but not at the expense of the screen’s longevity. Until then, my older LCD devices will continue to do work.

Georget48864 ,

Great app, zero communication

The app is terrific! However, I have tried contacting them via their Feedback email system and I get no reply. I have tried to locate a human to ask some questions and OFFER my support and resources and there is nobody associated with this app. There is no community or forums. No phone number (and this is funded by a phone company!!!). No twitter or other social media account.

Very sad.

They took the time to build this system and tens of thousands of us are giving them free cpu resources and they cannot even be bothered to communicate when people reach out to offer ideas and support.

App Privacy

The developer, THE VODAFONE FOUNDATION, 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 Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Identifiers
  • Diagnostics

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

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