Have you ever thought about the impact your surroundings have on your sleep, productivity, stress levels and overall mental wellbeing?

The truth is they have a profound impact and for me (hi there, I'm Nick the Founder of Portal!) it took an episode of depression followed by a life-changing 6 weeks camping in the wilds of New Zealand to truly open my eyes to the incredible effect and power of surroundings.

It's an insight that led to a simple thought - what if we could bottle up the essence of the world's greatest locations and make them accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime?

And this is exactly what Portal does.

We harness the power of immersive technologies, including spatial audio, smart lighting and retina-quality visuals, to provide instant escapes to some of the world’s most peaceful and awe-inspiring locations.

- Instantly wash away your stresses on a tropical beach in Thailand
- Drift off under the stars high in the Himalayas
- Find your focus in the midst of a thunderstorm deep in the Amazon Rainforest
- Meditate in the beautifully remote Highlands of Scotland

Our ultimate goal is to provide an experience that's as close to actually being there as you can get, allowing you to harness the power of the world's greatest surroundings whenever you need and wherever you may be.

It's an approach inspired by a life-changing experience and backed up by a growing mountain of scientific research and evidence.

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


- 44 portals to take you to some of the most beautiful and peaceful corners of the world, captured to help improve sleep, focus and relaxation.

- Immersive true-to-life Spatial Audio recordings

- Philips Hue, HomeKit & Nanoleaf smart lighting integration to match the lighting ambience of your room with that of your chosen portal.

- Stunning retina quality ultra-high-definition motion visuals.

- Award-winning design for beautiful aesthetics and simple intuitive use.

- Sunrise wakeup alarm for a more natural and energising start to your day.

- Sleep timer that allows you to put down your device for the night and drift off to the sounds of the world.

- Simplified pomodoro focus timer to help you stay focused and inflow throughout your day.

- Meditation timer & breathing exercises to calm and relax.

- Mix audio functionality to combine nature’s ambience with your favourite podcast, audiobook, playlist, or guided meditation.

- Siri Shortcuts - deep integration for voice control or single tap shortcuts to your favourite portal.

- Family Sharing - share Portal Premium with up to 5 other family members in your Family Sharing group.

- Absolute Privacy - no third-party tracking, no targeted advertising, and no collection of your personal data. It's just you and nature. It’s peace of mind.

PLEASE NOTE: Portal makes use of some of the latest technologies available on iOS and can be demanding for older iPhones and iPads. An iPhone 6S or iPad Air 2 or newer is recommended for the best experience.

Upon downloading Portal, you will have immediate access to 6 free portals.


Portal Premium offers our best and most immersive experience with unlimited access to our entire content library, smart lighting integration and dynamic spatial audio support while you maintain an active subscription.

Our subscription options include: a monthly subscription, an annual subscription with a 7-day free trial and a Lifetime subscription, 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. You can go to your iTunes Account settings to manage your subscription and turn off auto-renew.

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What’s New

Version 3.5.3

We've got a treat for your ears...the magic of Dynamic Spatial Audio has arrived!

With Portal our ultimate goal is to deliver an experience that allows you to truly escape and "feel like you're there" in the midst of some of the world's greatest locations.

Sound has always been at the heart of this experience and we've been thrilled by recent advances in Spatial Audio technology that have allowed us to push what's possible in terms of realism and immersion.

If you own a pair of AirPods Pro, AirPods Max or 3rd generation AirPods this release adds support for Dynamic Spatial Audio which uses head tracking technology to anchor the soundscapes around you. If you turn your head your virtual surroundings will remain in place, just as they would do in real life.

It's been a labour of love and the culmination of almost 12 months of Research & Development, requiring us to completely re-engineer our entire sound production and delivery pipeline, all in the pursuit of a natural & realistic experience.

We've worked with the world's greatest Spatial Audio field recordists to re-release a large proportion of the library with full support for Dynamic Spatial Audio and we've partnered with Atmoky, a world-leading Spatial Audio R&D company, to implement state-of-the-art Spatial Audio rendering within the app that's specifically tailored for natural ambiences.

Even if you don't have a pair of AirPods that support headtracking you'll still hear the benefits over the coming months as we release new content using the upgraded technology and further push what's possible through both headphone and speaker playback... :)


Additionally, 3.5.3 includes the following changes:
- We've added more details about what's included in Portal Premium.
- The audio controls now fit better on smaller iPad screen sizes.
- Launching Portal with 'mix with others" turned on whilst another audio source is playing no longer pauses the other App's audio.
- Shortcuts and Quick Actions now automatically start playback if Portal was previously in a paused state.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
4.3K Ratings

4.3K Ratings

QuantumElectron ,

Incredible for Sleep and Getting Work Done

This app was a game changer for me. I’ve always struggled to go to sleep. I have tried music, sleeping masks, white noise, muscle relaxation, etc. This app was really helpful in transporting me to beautiful, serene locations, putting my mind at ease, and finally allowing me to sink into the depths of unconsciousness at night, It’s soundscapes are beautifully realized visually, with varied, 3D immersive sound. I discovered that some of the soundscapes, especially the barley field and the cloud rainforest, were great aids to helping me write and work without getting distracted. Overall, the app has been a great improvement to my quality of life, which I did not expect initially.

I initially got the free version and was really satisfied with the included features, so I upgraded. I have to say the monetization model was really wonderful, encouraging me to support developers without making me feel like I had to pay for a good experience. Recently the app was updated with tons of new sounds from Scotland and Slovenia. It now includes a subscription model, but for the quantity and quality of content, it seems well worth it, especially because it will help the developers flesh out the app even more. On top of that, they gave everyone who had purchased the app free access to everything, which is incredibly generous! I look forward to great new content in the future. Thank you so much!

Developer Response ,

Hi Quantumlightgamer06, thank you so much for sharing your Portal experience and not least your incredibly kind words. Knowing that Portal has helped improve the quality of your life has put the biggest smiles on our faces - it's a goal that we hoped and dreamed Portal would achieve when we first launched and remains our driving ambition going forward! Thank you for your feedback and for being one of our early paid adopters, without your trust, support and encouragement during those early days it's unlikely we would have been able to grow Portal to where we are to-date. We hope you enjoy escaping to the beautiful Slovenian Alps and the Scottish Highlands, as well as a lifetime of escapes around the world to come! Nick.

Cerazo ,

Incredible just got better!!!

I originally was overjoyed to come across an app that I loved that actually had a one time payment fee. The design and elegance of this app along with the amazingly rendered sounds and visuals sold me instantly! It’s been an incredible experience sleeping and working to these sounds. Today I open my app to realize that there’s been an update and a huge one at that! This app that I already love just blew me out of the water again! I’m guessing since I was one of the original purchasers I got the whole new library of sounds for free as there is a subscription model now. I went through each new sound seeing which ones I wanted to pick to download and by the end of it I pretty much downloaded all of them because they were so good! To anyone reading this, this is easily worth the price of subscription at this point since it seems like there’s going to be more and more sounds that are going to be put out.

In summary keep up the great work and I really appreciate the team taking care of their original customers instead of pushing them out like some other apps that transition to subscriptions have done. Also was this a one time promotion for original purchasers or would I be a lifetime subscriber? If it’s the latter then I’m going to be incredibly happy 😆.

Developer Response ,

Wow! Thank you so very much for you incredibly kind words Cerazo - we're incredibly humbled! As a small independent team we've really appreciated everyone who's supported us in the early days by purchasing the app and wanted to show our appreciation, especially in these uncertain times, by providing all our existing paid users a free upgrade to Lifetime Membership - we hope you enjoy escaping to the Slovenian Alps and the Scottish Highlands in this update and a lifetime more escapes in the future! Here's hoping we'll be able to blow you out of the water a few more times to come :) Many thanks for all your support and encouragement, Nick.

V713321 ,

Love this App. Gorgeous and Relaxing.

LOVING this app. I love that it was a one time purchase for DLC rather than subscription. Seriously thank you. i wouldn’t have been able to pull the trigger for a subscription but happy to buy DLC. The sound is exquisite and the video footage is gorgeous without obvious loops. The feature that got me the most excited and convinced me to buy the full version of the app was the ability to mix it with audiobooks and other apps. I’ve been looking for a way to add background sound to my Audible app when i listen to audiobooks for forever! Now this is my absolute Go-To for ambient sound. I leave my ipad by my bed with the ocean soundscape running while i fall asleep and i’m out. A great feature to add would be the ability to airplay it to an apple TV. Right now you can mirror your screen to the TV like you would with any other app but there’s not a built in casting feature. Still that’s just a wish list item for me. This app was made with love and care and special attention to a LOT of handy above and beyond features. It’s not a money grab and is excellent value for what you get. I hope the devs keep up the great work. Can’t wait to see what new environments come next! Maybe an urban setting or a coffee shop? Or maybe more beautiful locations from around the globe. FIVE STARS.

Developer Response ,

Hi V713321, thanks so much for your wonderful feedback! We're delighted that you're enjoying the app, especially the mix feature. As a fun fact, the mix feature actually came about as a happy accident. While developing the app I'd started playing some music and hadn't stopped the Portal sounds...and realised it actually worked really well so added it as a feature to the app :) On the Apple TV front this is most definitely in our plans for the future, unfortunately we can't provide a definitive timeframe on this just yet but please bear with us. In the meantime, we do have some fantastic new soundscapes coming out soon which we hope you'll thoroughly enjoy. Many thanks, Nick.

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