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Five Minute Journal app for iPhone and iPad

4.4 ( 5744 ratings )
Lifestyle Education
Developer: Intelligent Change Inc.
4.99 USD
Current version: 1.5.3, last update: 9 months ago
First release : 22 Mar 2016
App size: 19.93 Mb

“There are plenty of benefits to journaling, whether you take time to write out your full thoughts or just spend a few minutes jotting down the things youre most grateful for every day or lessons youve learned. Five Minute Journal for the iPhone makes this process easy enough to do on the go.” —Lifehacker


The Five Minute Journal is the simplest, most effective way to become happier in 5 minutes a day with a simple journaling format built on proven principles of positive psychology.


• Beautiful, Intuitive Journaling Experience – The Five Minute Journal app has been designed to capture the physical Five Minute Journal experience. Getting around the app is a breeze and adding entries could not be easier. The Five Minute Journal app has been optimized to run smoother and quicker than ever before.

• Timeline View – Quickly access previous journal entries and view short daily excerpts. Tapping on an entry leads to a full day review.

• Photos – Capture and view your magical moments with a daily photo.

• Timeline Photo View – See a photographic timeline view of all your daily photos.

• Daily Quotes & Weekly Challenges – Receive an inspiring quote daily and weekly challenges that can be shared across social media.

• Easy Journal Entry Navigation – Quickly cycle through previous journal entries by swiping right or by tapping on a specific date in calendar view.

• Reminders – Set daily notifications to ensure you never miss a day of journaling.

• Passcode Protection – Keep all your journal entries private with secure passcode protection.

• Backup/Export to PDF – Easily backup/export all your entries to PDF, Dropbox, and more. You have the ability to select a date range or all entries.

Pros and cons of Five Minute Journal app for iPhone and iPad

Five Minute Journal app good for

Ive just started and alt ady feeling better about my life.. Thanx!
This app is very great !!! And all day helps to improve a positive attitude.
Awesome app to practice gratitude and be happy everyday. It helps you stop for 5 minutes everyday and justa think about life, what youre grateful for, how you can make today a great day, and how you could have made it even greater at the end of the day. Everyone should use it!
This App is amazing! I love Mimi and Alex and Im so thankful theyve made a app too.
Thank you for that amazing piece of work! I really enjoy and appreciate this app! Not only is it beautiful, it is soooo functional! I love it and I dont miss the paper version. Its completely worth the 5€
Having a positive outlook on things gets super easy. Plus the app is designed simply and beautifully. All you need to practice gratitude and enjoy its benefits - in a visually appealing way. Worth every cent.

Some bad moments

Was looking forward to this app. Purchased, and discovered you have to sign up and log in -- WHY? Why cant anyone make a journal app that really IS private?
Firstly, the app freezes when I try to open it. I have to close it and try again multiple times before I can create a new entry. Or I have to wait 5 mins and come back to it. Which is frustrating to deal with first thing in the morning. And makes me not want to use the app. Secondly, it created a black page for one of the days I attempted to record. So I attempted to recreate it from the best of my memory. Once I tried to delete the blank page the app deleted both the new and the old entry.
I admit this app has been crucial to getting me to journal more frequently. And maybe $5 and tax is worth that. But on the whole, it seems the key to this apps success is the fact that its got a following already, no one seems to mind the price tag. For starters, it is extremely lacking in features...and I can appreciate minimalism, no problem. Its just that there are certain things missing that could make this a flawless app. For example, I cant count the number of times have I typed out my daily entry and forgotten to save, leave the app, only to return to a blank page. Everything gone. Autosave is the least they could have, no? I can understand the lack of a customizable/dynamic/creative visual aesthetic. I can understand the lack of calendars, icons and visual aids. But why have the picture of the day and nothing else? Not only is it placed first on the list (what?) it seems like an arbitrary addition to the journaling process. The developers could easily add a selection of add-ons for the user to customize and beef up their journaling experience. Perhaps a simple version of the journal (identical to the book version) and one that enables you to create the journal you always wanted. Thats what 5 bucks should get you these days...