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Best Dream Journaling and Lucid Dreaming Apps for 2023

Best Dream Journaling and Lucid Dreaming Apps for 2023

You have questions and thoughts about your dreams and want to be more purposeful in your way of handling them? You might be curious about lucid dreams or simply want to remember your dreams, in any case, there are millions of reasons to be looking for a dream journaling app.

In this article, we'll go through all the best and most interesting dream journals and lucid dreaming apps to help you find the best one for your needs.

What is a lucid dream journal?

'Lucid dream journal' is quite a mouthful, and one can split this into two categories: lucid dream apps, and dream journals. Let's look at both, one after the other.

Lucid dream app

Is a lucid dream app, any app that helps you to have lucid dreams. There are many popular lucid dreaming techniques, and for most of them, an app can really enable you to leverage those techniques to the fullest. For example, reality checks can be triggered by an app's notification, or an app can trigger alarms at night, which is very powerful for the Wake Back to Bed technique.

Dream journal

A dream journal tries to mimic the basic features of a physical journal, and uses the inherent advantages of mobile apps to enhance your dreaming journal. The best dream journals offer the ability to categorize dreams, add objects, animals, people and more to the dream, mark dreams as nightmares, lucid, and so on. This labeling of dreams enables analytics that would be impossible with a paper dream journal, for example seeing what percentage of dreams are nightmares, which objects or people appear most in your dreams, and so on.

Some apps presented below combine the features of a lucid dream app and of a dream journal, which is why we're labeling them as lucid dream journals.

Oniri (iPhone & Android)

Screenshots of Oniri

Oniri is one of the oldest apps to record your dreams. It was launched in 2015 and has been growing steadily ever since. While the app was exclusively on iOS for a long time, it was recently released on Android as well. It is developed by a small team based in Switzerland.

Oniri’s features have been designed in partnership with dream-related labs to help its users to interpret their dreams in a scientific way and to have their first lucid dream faster.

❤️ What we love

Oniri’s design is just beautiful and the team built some special features that just make the experience magic such as the ability to record voice notes of one’s dreams and to export those dreams (different formats available: PDF, video, …)

😅 What could be better

The Android version is still in beta, and there are some features lacking, like voice recording. The app also doesn't have a social panel for people to share and exchange about their dreams.

💰 Pricing

Oniri comes with a free plan that lets you write down as many dreams as you want and a premium plan ($48 per year with a free trial) that gives you access to lucid dreaming features, voice notes for dreams, and much more.

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Dreambook (iPhone & Android)

DreamBook is a great dream interpretation app with a large database of objects, themes and places. You can use this diary to write down your dreams, and interpret them using the app's large repository of interpretations.

❤️ What we love

This dream journal app allows you to add hashtags to your dreams, allowing you to use them like tags and filter your dreams. You could for example find all the dreams that contain a #Mountain, if that is a hashtag you used.

😅 What could be better

There is a character limit on dreams, that can prevent you from writing down your full dream, if there are a lot of details you'd like to remember. Additionally, at least one hashtag per dream is required, which can be annoying for people who don't want to use that feature.

💰 Pricing

Dreambook comes with a one-month free trial, followed by either a $2/month subscription or $10/year to get access to the full dream database.

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Wakefully (iPhone)

Wakefully is a dream interpretation app that uses a chatbot-AI interface to guide you through your dream analysis and helps you understand your dreams. Its interface is beautiful and very creative, you'll enjoy using it!

❤️ What we love

Based on the keywords you use to describe your dream, the chatbot will ask you follow-up questions to better understand your dream. For example, if you mention a cat, the chatbot will give you the general meaning of a cat in a dream, and ask you which one most applies to you.

😅 What could be better

On the free plan, only a limited number of dream entries can be made, which can be very frustrating for some users who just want to write down dreams.

💰 Pricing

The app comes with different premium plans, ranging from $5 to $8 per month, or $50 to $60 per year.

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Awoken (Android)

Awoken is the most downloaded lucid dreaming tool, with over 500'000 downloads. Is it developed by a single developer, Andreas Rudolph. This is most likely the oldest lucid dreaming app on Android, having been released nearly ten years ago.

❤️ What we love

Awoken's power really comes from the many lucid dreaming techniques included in the app: totem sounds, dream clues, reality checks, and more. It's an easy way to get closer to having lucid dreams.

😅 What could be better

Awoken's design is really frustrating at times. It's very practical and lacks the roundness and kindness you'd want to have in an app right after waking up. It takes a while to understand where to click and what is what.

💰 Pricing

The app comes with a free trial of three days, followed by either a free plan with ads, or a paid plan with a low price of $1.99 for a lifetime premium account, that contains no ads, and offers a Speech-to-text capability.

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Dream Dictionary Dream Journal (Android)

This app doesn't seem to have a name, and simply used keywords to describe what it does, still (and maybe for that reason), it is a very downloaded app, with over 500K downloads

❤️ What we love

This app supports many languages, including Polish, Turkish, Russian, and Spanish. It also contains a large dream dictionary, that can simply be searched through by using specific keywords, one is interested in.

😅 What could be better

The app has an unfortunate focus on esoteric features such as a dream calendar and some links to other Tarot, Rune and Numerology apps

💰 Pricing

The app comes with a free trial of three days, followed by either a free plan with ads, or a paid plan with a low price of $1.99 for a lifetime premium account, that contains no ads, and offers a Speech-to-text capability.

Conclusion

There are many dream apps for you to explore! If you're interested, here's a list of the best dream interpretation apps and the best health records apps.

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