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Jo_Wiley_49 - Forest is my new favorite app
I’ll be honest: I’m a student, and I spend WAY TOO MUCH time on my phone. It is a major distraction and I can feel myself getting sucked in but was having trouble ever convincing myself to just put it down and get stuff done. I never buy apps (I only go for the free versions of everything) — I literally just paid actual money for my first app ever earlier this year, after owning a smart phone for the past 6 years. This app is well worth the $2. It helps motivate me to stay off my phone when I’m practicing (music student) or trying to get work done. My boyfriend also has the app and we’ve made rooms to help us both focus simultaneously a few times but I’m hoping to get more friends to buy it so I can do this more. It is the perfect combination of motivating and making you feel disappointed in yourself if you slip up 😂 Seriously, it’s so satisfying to watch your forest grow and it’s very easy to use. You can also create new “tags” for why the trees were planted, which I love (I made one specific for practicing which is also a good way to help me keep track of how much practice I do). I had tried setting time limits for screen time/social media through iPhone settings but I’ve already started ignoring that....but Forest is so much more convincing and I just can’t let my sweet little trees die lol. Overall I love love this app and wish I’d heard of it sooner! It’s a relief to have something really hold me accountable for my screen time!
KezOnDemand - Honestly a game-changer
Don’t get me wrong, my phone is a useful tool, and I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m addicted to it. However, it’s also a super easy way to waste time you don’t even realize you could be using on other things. I use Forest mostly in small increments, and it keeps me from picking up my phone whenever I have a few free minutes and get bored. Since I don’t actually need or want to be on my phone, the small motivation of growing little bushes and trees is enough for me to direct my attention elsewhere- and it turns out that those few free minutes throughout the day can translate into a lot of extra productivity!
Otherwise: initial download price might seem a bit high, but considering that they plant real trees if you make enough coins to buy the option, the $2 is warranted. Coin prices in the app are average, but payment per tree during the week is okay and you can make enough yourself with a little effort (I personally think you should make a little more per tree than they offer, but it’s not a bad amount either). The interface is simple and intuitive, the art is charming and stylistically uniform, and my favorite part- the white noise options- are incredibly helpful for studying and neither overly expensive or so complicated that they become distracting.
All in all, great app that I use frequently. $2 has never bought me so much extra productivity.
Boedinator - Amazing App, I Highly Recommend It
I have been slacking off and pushing off a lot of responsibilities lately and recently I heard a student in one of my classes mention this app and how you can grow little trees and a forest and I thought that was amazing, the second I got home I checked out the app and decided to buy it, one of the best $2 I have ever spent, I’m staying way more productive lately and I love seeing the little trees get planted, it has great graphics and design and is really simple to use. When I saw there was also an option in the app to plant real trees to help the environment I thought that was absolutely amazing and made me feel really happy for getting the app and supporting the developers. I have also just recently purchased the other app by the same developers called SleepTown and it is also amazing, it has been helping me have better sleeping habits and I have been way more productive and active during the day and just feel over all happier and healthier and feel like I’m getting my life back on track. I would recommend both of these apps to everyone, I have been telling my family and friends about it a lot and how it’s helped me and they love it too. Over all 10/10 great apps, I hope to see more from the developers in the future and love what they have done to help others 😎👍 🌲🌳🌴🌵🌱🎋🎄🍀 😴👍🌖🏠🏡🏘🏰🏕🏛🏫🏤
Peace4KT - Great app
I love this that it helps me stay focused and I can get enough of it you get trees and depending on how long your focus for depends how many coins you get because every 20 minutes you get seven points but anything like 25 minutes or how are you hat you can plant a tree anything lower than 25 minutes is a bush and any cool events you get cool trees the best part is is that you can’t buy anything but you can’t pay for coins you can’t cheat so the only way to get coins is you have to play the app for a while and it’s not technically a gameTechnically it’s not a game but such a cool thing to have if you’re having trouble staying focused like me I would totally recommend this app but anyone who is looking for a game to play don’t take this up but if your having a little bit of trouble I suggest taking a try at it it will be deafly worth the while of two box rather than going for the cheaper version the free one which was Flor at no offense but the only way you can login is my Facebook but this one is much more accurate and definitely the more original version I would’ve definitely done this if this was definitely free but it still worth two dollars you pay at the very beginning I would totally go for this app if you are really need some help focusing.
ijustgetbored - Easy, motivating, effective
I downloaded the app for work productivity, but it’s made me hyper-aware of how often I actually pick up my phone. For any task, just having the reminder that my phone is not currently available to me is extremely helpful. I’m realizing that I waste a ton of time that stems from, say, just looking at a text that could wait until later. Moral: don’t think this app isn’t useful because you’re not at a desk all day. It has countless uses.
I agree with what other users have said about gamification being a good motivator, and the user interface is very appealing. Creating and naming tags produces helpful data. For instance, if you’re concerned about work-life balance, you can see a colorful pie chart with a few simple clicks.
One thing: I’m fine with how the trees become more “expensive” as time passes. However, it can take a long, long time to gain sufficient coins after awhile. I’m not asking for instant and easy gratification, because that’s contrary to the spirit of the app. I think adding more achievement bonuses (that don’t depend on having friends that use the app or on leaderboard performance) would be great. Unlocking achievements is also rewarding and something to strive for, so I’d love to see more!
LanthanaTitanium - Adorably Motivational
The cute little trees are just so adorable that I start wanting to put down my phone so I can unlock new ones! I am eagerly awaiting new trees to be added. The user interface is very simple and aesthetic. All in all it’s a great app; the only problem is that sometimes I run into situations where I plant a tree but then end up needing to use my phone for something (like if my mom calls or I have to look up something for homework) and can’t wait for the tree to finish. There is a feature where you can have the app continue counting time after the tree finshes growing, so you can work around the problem by planting a short-time tree and then just continuing to not disturb it. But it would be really great if there was some sort of pause feature, maybe with some limitation like not earning coins if you pause it so that people don’t take advantage of it to ‘cheat’ on their time. Or maybe something where you can erase or reset the time, so you don’t have to feel bad about killing a cute little tree when you actually legitimately needed to use your phone for a minute.
mollielarue - This is the only app I’ve ever truly loved
I’ve never reviewed an app before, but I love this app so much. I downloaded it after my previous pomodoro timer app, tide, stopped timing correctly, which was literally all it had to do. The timer on this app works, with reliable notifications, and the “gamification” of being focused may seem silly, but it adds a cute and fun element to using a pomodoro timer. Also, the ability to tag how I spend my time (ex: work vs all other things) is an easy way to stay balanced. For instance, I can see if I’m falling behind on daily meditating even if it’s something I’m not conscious of. I can also see someone using this app not necessarily to boost concentration but as a way to literally bar yourself from using your phone for periods of time when you need to be present (ex: during a meeting or with a friend). One more thing I love: I just finished a project that took two months, and I went back and looked at my little forests for that time. Each lil tree helped me get that project done. It’s such a beautiful reminder that everything big happens with many tiny steps!
SCASM - Great app and idea, but could you consider adding this feature?
First off, I love this idea and the app is well designed and visually appealing, great job on that! If you could add the option to have an unlimited timer, and the ability to pause that timer, this app would be exceptional. I guess not so much a timer, and more of a stopwatch since it would be counting time forward. It would be really cool to have multiple trees grow in a day, maybe one tree every two hours or something. I like keeping track of how much time I spend studying, but I can't pause the app's timer if, for example, I want to grab a quick bite or use the bathroom. Maybe an option to not kill the tree if you exit the app would be nice, too. I understand that the point of the app is to get people to not use their phone and be productive, but some of us have note card apps on our phones (ex. Anki) that we use, and so I would want the time spent doing note cards on my phone to also count towards growing trees!
So basically I'm asking for a stopwatch feature to the app, that would be amazing!
Mutant K - Got it for the cute interface, stayed for the productivity increase
I’ve only been using this app for around a week, but it’s already cut down on the amount of time I absent-mindedly use my phone. Initially I got it mostly for how cute the little forests look, I’ll admit, and for the fact that earning enough in-game currency lets you plant a REAL tree! Now, it even helps me keep my phone away when going to bed (a big hurdle for me), since I set it to the longest break setting (2 hr) as I’m laying down.
Obviously, how people use their phone-free time will vary. For me, it’s allowed (forced?) me to eat my meals uninterrupted by scrolling, and I’ve begun creating art more frequently again (as I would always get stuck in the loop of “looking for inspiration” on my phone and then never actually getting to the art).
Honestly this is the best app I’ve ever paid money for (and one of the very few I shelled out cash for period), and it’s been completely worth it. If you spend upwards of 4 hours a day on your phone (like I was doing), I highly recommend taking this app into consideration!
Ellerooful - I LOVE this app! A couple of requests...
This app is the best for those who need a little visual stimulation and extra incentive to stay productive. I truly hate exiting the app during a work session (thus killing my little sapling), and I get a lot of satisfaction from seeing my daily forest grow. The app has kept me from getting distracted by calls, texts, and web-browsing on many occasions.
A couple of requests: I would love more kinds of ambient sounds to be added to the "store." Also, please create a version for Mac desktop to keep us chronic procrastinators from using distracting apps and websites there! I know that a basic version of Forest exists as a Chrome extension, but it lacks a lot of my favorite features from the app, and doesn't currently block distracting desktop apps. I'm not such a fan of Chrome, anyway (I prefer Safari). In any case, keep up the fantastic work! Oh! And go check out the SleepTown app by the same developer. It uses the same concept to help people develop better sleep habits, and I can verify that it helps with getting a good night's sleep!
Jram1157 - This app is a GODSEND
I have just the absolute worst habit of procrastination, and I have no idea what else to do to help me stop being such a sleaze-bag and stop sleazing around and shirking my homework and studying. I needed something to take my Sleaze level way down from Super Saiyan Sleaze God to, like, just a regular Super Saiyan Sleaze.
One day, during my procrastination addiction, I was looking though some apps and I saw it: Forest-Stay Focused. I immediately felt drawn. “I’ll just keep procrastinating and sleazing it up while I check out this app,” I thought. Unbeknownst to my Sleazy Habits, this app would soon become the death them. I use it all the time and have gone from not studying or doing homework at all, to working on homework and studying for over 3 solid hours a day (and growing! As is my forest!). This app is awesome, and I can actually feel my Super Saiyan Sleaze Power leave me. Best $2 I ever spent.
If you think about it, I’m only giving up like, a snickers bar and like, one or two 4-packs of Wrigley’s gum. Also, I can’t wait to unlock mushrooms and start sleazing it up with them.
SimplyEric1244 - Eric
I usually don’t write reviews, but I knew I had to write one for this app. At first, I had doubt. I’m they guy who constantly checks his phone for no reason and gets distracted. I planted the first tree, and magically, it just worked. I did longer trees and it helped me get off my phone for the whole night! The app makes you plant a tree, and you can’t exit the app for however long you set it. If you finish planting the tree, it goes in your forest. However, if you leave the app, the tree withers and shows up on your forest as well. You can use this with friends, coop, and gain coins for ever tree planted and achievement completed. Not only that, it is a relaxing app that has a selection of calming music(beach sounds, forest, etc). I believe the reason that this work is psychology. It makes you want to finish the tree and get coins, any brag you your friends about how many trees you planted. It puts pressure on you to not give up which I think is genius. Overall, this is probably one of my best purchases ever.
Angelacast387 - Where did my coins go???
I was 1 coin away from having 900 coins, enough to buy a new tree and I was very excited. I planted a bush for 10 minutes and now I’m at 867?? You can only imagine my disappointment. Is it charging me to plant trees? If so, then it’s a dumb feature and just makes me want to stop using the app. If it was a bug on your part, then I want my coins back 😡 I worked hard for those. They’re not easy to accumulate.
But overall, I’m giving this app 4 stars (5 if I get my coins back). When I was referred by a friend I thought it was silly but it’s literally the only thing that keeps from using my phone when studying. You’d think planting fake trees (you can also save up to plant a real tree) wouldn’t be motivation enough but it is!!! If you convince your friends to buy this app, you can create a room and study together and hold each other accountable! My friends and I compare the trees we have and are always eager to expand our forest. Great app! Just give me coins back 😫.
A suggestion: bushes SHOULD NOT cost the same as trees. That’s ridiculous, especially when the price increases with every buy.
Nouveau_Riche - Fun and works, but needs more features
So far I’m actively using it and having fun with it. I do feel more rewarded and accomplished when I finish a task which makes studying more fun and working from home less of a chore. It was definitely worth the $2! I think a reading feature would help though, especially for studying. It operates strictly on a timer, but say you need to read two chapters before tomorrow. It’s really hard to tell how long that will take. If you take to the material easily, it won’t take nearly as long as you expected to finish but if you stop the timer early you don’t get rewarded. So a checklist or task feature that maybe worked it conjunction with the timer would be better, something where you could mark a task as completed without being pinged because you got it done quicker than you thought. This could also work well if you’re trying to get chores done without getting distracted. Right now, this is better for work or sleep when you know you’re only going to be doing it for a set amount of time.
w0zbunny - Fantastic!
This app has truly assisted me in staying focused on all my homework that i’m getting as i’ve got a lot going on between ap classes, music dedications & the track season coming up. i’ve always had a really bad habit of playing on my phone instead of completing the assignments i should. it’s caused me to loose a lot of sleep and this app has definitely helped with that. overall i totally recommend this app for anyone who has that annoying habit to procrastinate when you shouldn’t.
on a side note though my friends and i typically converse about homework and check our answers with one another trough texting and after i’ve planted a tree i cannot respond back, which is the whole point, but id like to see a way i could pause the growth of my tree for say 5 minutes to allow myself to review the information that’s being passed on to me. it kinda goes against what this app is for but i feel it would be beneficial especially for students who regularly converse over their assignments
Justreidabook - Title (Haha, review is more serious than my title)
I absolutely love this app. I fee really motivated to work when I use it. Even if I’m not being productive, I’m still working on something when I use it. I love how you can cancel a tree without killing it for the first 10 seconds after planting one, but I really wish that time was longer for bigger trees. It would be pretty helpful. The biggest moment for me was when it came time for me to kill my first tree. I really didn’t want to kill it, but I hadn’t been working. If I hadn’t chopped it down, it would’ve opened the floodgates for me. The main difficulty for me is starting to grow my tree. If I don’t start it, I don’t have to be productive. I’ve had this app for under a month and I’ve already recommended it to a few people, who have all said it was really helpful. I definitely think this app is worth a try, and I love the little changes that come out every one in a while. Gotta go, my math homework is waiting!
Atari3d - Idea
This app is great. What would be really awesome too is if it could have a feature that allows users to track what they spend their time on —it would be a great thing for freelance billing and for getting an overview in general of how much time certain tasks are costing people. For instance, it would be so useful if I could set the timer for say, 25 minutes, and before hitting “Plant,” if I also had an option to name that 25-minute planting session “Storyboard illustration project 01,” or something. And then also to be able to save these task names on a list if such a storyboarding project is going to take me numerous planting sessions, so that I can just select it from a list instead of typing it ever time. With such a feature, I’d be able to look back and see how much time I tracked —good to know for my own productivity, and also to be able to track my work hours all in the same app. Either way, the app is amazing and I’ve already been able to have a real tree planted :)
DustyTrilby - A pleasurable experience
I have picked up forest a few times through the years as a means to re-train myself to be focused.
The premise is simple: you are betting against yourself. Accessing your phone costs you a beautiful little tree in your forest. It is also kind of fun like a game, "how can I shape my forest?" So, you have many motivations to not access your phone. At the end of the day, you see your forest with few (or preferably no) dead trees and you can say, "I did a good job today."
The only reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5 is the inherent limitations of such an app: it cannot differentiate between uses of the phone. For example, if I need to access my photos because I took a photo of a whiteboard in a meeting, I can't until the focus period ends. There is a mode that let's you cheat, but that defeats the purpose of the app. There is no solution to this, as that would defeat privacy measures in the phone. But, maybe that is a good result: changing your habits to discourage productive dependence on the computer in your pocket.
Gells128 - Really keeps me off of my phone
A few years ago I downloaded this app on my tablet and loved it. So as soon as I got a device capable of installing the app again, I did! There is just something so rewarding about growing a tree while doing something I actually need to do. I have been known to turn it on in serious study mode or when out with friends so I can really be in the moment.
Since the last time I used this, they have added some new capabilities. You can tag trees to say what you were doing while growing your tree. You can use the app with your friends to really make your group focus or actually spend time with each other. And, one of my favorites, you can use the virtual coins you earn from growing trees to plant a tree in real life.
If I have one criticism, it is that they set point values for new trees and real trees entirely too high. It is very hard to raise enough coins to unlock even one new tree type let alone get the funds to plant a tree in real life!
JLeon86 - Engaging, creative and fun time mgmt tool
I usually use an online Pomodoro timer to help me focus and stay on task. However on my new IPad I was unable to get their notifications plus I was still playing on my phone. As a first year medical student my new lifestyle is mainly studying. I needed a time management and focus tool that would help make studying less painful. 😩 I heard about Forest and was skeptical at first. I did not want to pay for the app since I am cheap and thought I could do it on my own using alternative ways. However I was not successful and decided to buy this app. Since purchasing Forest I have no regrets! 😊 I enjoy the ability to track and visually see my progress. I am a visual learner and am positively reinforced by the forest I am growing and enjoy earning money to unlock more features of the app. What sold me was the social impact of the app where you can plant a tree. Love it!
Highly recommend and so worth the money spent. Would definitely buy it again.
coryellen - 100% Worthy Investment
I do not buy apps. Ever. It is against my religion. However, there was a quiz made by this app going around Twitter that told people what kind of plant they were. It was Pure™, so I looked into the app itself. When you need to get something done, you just set the timer and start planting a tree. I am an AWFUL procrastinator. I am procrastinating right now by writing this review. I can rarely be successfully guilted into not procrastinating. But when you leave this app, the tree you planted starts to die. Nothing has ever motivated me to stay off my phone more than a pixelated tree’s life in my hands. The app will even play soothing music while your tree grows. Everything about the aesthetic of this app is amazing and it actually works, if you find yourself saying “I’ll just text this person back really quick” then end up scrolling Twitter 30 minutes later. PLUS you can help plant real trees. 10/10 a great app, definitely worth the $1.99.
H VanB - Love it!! Please add forest animals
This mom is completely addicted to this app, I’ve been using it since July, and so have my kids. I love the idea of this app and find it so helpful to just tell the kids to Go Grow a Tree if they need a break or need to finish homework.
Here’s my problem - I’ve unlocked almost everything except for a couple trees I really don’t like. While I could just keep growing different combinations of trees and bushes, what I really wish I could do is to add forest animals.
I’d like to be able to earn various forest animals to my existing forests, or maybe start with the animals some times and then add the trees, or add a couple trees and sprinkle animals in. For the shorter time frames smaller animals like birds, butterflies, bunnies, lizards, squirrels, bats, etc. and for the longer time animals like deer, elk, wild pigs, and other regular animals found in the forest. I think the animal options here are endless and also would really make the forests look cool. The animals would just “grow” exactly like the trees and bushes do. The animals should match the various kinds of trees that are available. Some regular, some tropical (for palm tree), etc.
Any chance of animals coming soon?
Also the smaller animals should cost less coins and the bigger ones more coins. I find it annoying that currently the bushes cost the same as the trees. They are smaller and therefore shouldn’t cost the same as the larger trees.
Bobsamurai - Not for me
I feel like this is a concentration tracking app more than a productivity app. You plant a tree for every task you wish to concentrate on and if you break your focus (leave the app) the tree will wither. The problem here is that I need to concentrate on work, to work I need to use my phone. This app allows you to create a white list of apps that are required for your task, however this feature is not available in IOS devices. This renders the app to be nothing more than a tea timer and a graph depicting how many times you set the tea timer. You are allowed to create your own tags, but you can’t assign a task to your session until after the session is over, this means that if you read a book 7 days in a row you plant 7 trees instead of continue to water the same tree to keep it alive. I only bought this to be a visualization of my consistency with the various aspects of my life, but the app doesn’t work this way. I don’t see why this app isn’t free with ads considering that one of its most important features does not work on iPhones.
阁岚特 - Lovely App
Helps me focus to study; as someone with major ADHD, it’s useful to provide motivation for short periods of time! Love the aspect of unlocking trees, just worried about whenever I unlock them all; if the app creators can make some sort of consistent and ever-expanding progression system where you always have motivations to keep gathering the coins it’d be 5 starts for me! Given that they occasionally add trees, I think they’re getting there — could definitely improve the sounds/atmosphere music offered for purchase and maybe more purchases or aspects could be added later? This is all just nitpicking though, currently I’m quite happy and highly recommend the app!
Edit: A simple addition would be a way to batch edit tags; it’s a simple fix, but would improve user interface as I create tags for classes and different aspects of projects; once a project or semester is done though, it’s tedious to individually delete — and I’m sure other people rotate through different tags as well :)
shelstudent - A beautiful way to stay focused
I got this app after seeing a really cool quiz on Twitter that was about what kind of tree/flora you are/like/etc. I had downloaded it a while back, and didn’t pay much attention to it until now. I have made in-app purchases, (which I usually forbid myself from doing for apps,) because the variety of trees you can plant while focusing and the amount of different relaxing sounds has made me fall in love with Forest! I feel a pang of guilt when I pick up my phone and deviate from the forest telling me that my tree/s will die if I quit focusing LOL it’s actually been extremely helpful for me to keep track of my study time, I never realized how often I am distracted by notifications, text messages, etc, and Forest has helped me stay on track in the most interesting and beautiful way. I love the timer and Deep Focus Mode feature, I really owe the amount of work I’ve been able to complete to Forest.
crailtap250 - Life changer!
I love Forest! I’m a huge procrastinator and often have issues focusing on work, staying present-minded, or sleeping due to the major distraction that is my phone. Forest has been crucial to breaking my phone addiction and I consider myself better off since I’ve been using it daily. I started using it to plant a 2-hour tree at bedtime to avoid looking at my phone, but I now use it constantly throughout my day to keep things on track.
I love the ability to see all the nice “trees” I’ve planted, the coin earning system to unlock additional varieties of trees, and the option to plant a real-life tree as part of reforestation efforts. It took me a while but I was finally able to plant a real tree last month with all the coins I had saved! Thank you so much for making such a positive, life-improving app!
To the Developer: I would love it if you added a widget to forest so that I can view my sapling’s progress even when my phone is locked 😊
M. Bumanglag - Makes me want to be productive!
I really enjoy using this app! I recently got it and I used it on the first day I got it.
I think the features it has is cool, too. There are different settings for the background noise and they start you out with rainfall outside a window. (You have to “earn” the others with the coins you make). Another feature I thought is helpful is the ‘deep focus’ setting that you can put the app on and if you leave the app, then your tree or bush withers and dies. It kind of forces you to put down your phone or else the thing that shows that you’ve done your work is gone.
I like being able to label the trees or bushes with the task I completed as well. My forest is growing!
The only thing I don’t like as much is how you have to wait for a long time to unlock a different type of bush or tree. It’ll probably take a week to two weeks of like, an hour in order to unlock a new tree. :/
Overall, I really enjoy this app! (Please let me have a new tree).
Aricaet64 - So helpful!
This app has provided me all the incentive I need to stay focused. In this world of nearly constant connectivity, having the app encourage me to ignore my phone has also helped me put aside emails, other side tasks, and in-office distractions in favor of writing. I first used this app during a writing workshop and got so much done that I decided to incorporate it into my daily writing practice, and I have not been disappointed with the results! Thank you!
I do wish that the app played a sound when a tree has grown. I also wish that there was a way to allow the app to turn off notifications, because if I leave my phone screen up so I can see when the tree is done, I also see my text messages, emails, etc. come in. I don’t open them, but I still wish I could have screen silence while working on a tree. I’ll investigate playing around with my settings. Maybe there’s already a way to accomplish this!
FamilyMs - Perfect for students who just can’t focus!
I’m a high school student, and I use this app when I have to study or take notes. For those of you who aren’t interested in reading a really long review, here’s my summary:
This app wards off distractions and is a perfect way to keep yourself focused!
The in-app purchases are not at all necessary (I haven’t felt even the slightest bit tempted to spend money), so you should definitely give this app a try!
Here’s the longer explanation:
I originally heard about Forest from a friend after I told her how I was struggling to avoid getting distracted. It seemed like every time I tried to sit down and start working, a new notification popped up on my screen- whether it was a text message, an email, or a game alert- and I couldn’t stay focused.
I love this app because it helps me stay on track and get work done. With the adorable game design aside, using this app is just super gratifying! Of course, the tiny trees are cute and it’s fun to grow your own forest, but this app isn’t just aesthetically pleasing: it’s extremely functional. It allows me to focus, avoid distractions, and succeed in school.
There’s nothing you need to buy in order to use the app, so just download it and give it a try! If it doesn’t work for you, then you can just delete it, but it might end up being super useful for you, just as it was for me!
Gitanacowgirl - Positive Inspiration is Working Bettering
You name it, I’ve tried it when it comes to productivity/focus aids. I was not expecting this...but somehow this tree-planting thing is strangely motivating me. I feel protective of the tree while it’s “growing”. I feel like it’s not too hard to resist my impulses until the tree is finished uling software “growing”. With the ability to tag trees gwith various categories, my mind is exploding with the possibility of where I could be after “100 trees of #websitedesign” or a forest of #meditation or how my relationship with my kids would improve after “50 trees of #qualitytimewithkids”. It is bite-sized so it isn’t daunting. I don’t have any guilt associated with not-planting-another-tree-right-then and it is SO fast to get started that I don’t dread it like I dread loading my scheduling software each morning. I’m pretty safe to be productive as long as I keep planting trees and GO! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
xoBRiot - The best pomodoro timer
I have ADHD & the pomodoro technique is a god sent for me but it’s hard to find a timer or a system that will really help keep me focused. THIS is the app! I’ve used Forest in the past & then drifted and used a dozen other timers for the pomodoro technique but I always come back to forest. And now I’m here to stay! This app has everything you need to use the pomodoro technique in a way that works for you. You can set timers for 10 minutes, 20 minutes, to 60 minutes and everything in between! You can schedule your breaks and use labels and make notes on your tasks as you do them! It’s so flexible and perfect and I love the Google Chrome extension as well so I can use it on my Mac & my iPhone with no added cost! I love seeing my forest grow and the options to buy different trees and things as well! Work hard enough and Forest will plant a real tree for you! 10/10 everyone should use this app!
Immaculate Misconception - The updates and tree variety keep me hooked
I have a newborn son, and we have a routine. He wakes me up about an hour to two hours before I’d normally be up for work. I plant a two-hour tree with Forest and I play with my boy. It was hard at first, because babies don’t appear terribly interesting at times, and I’ve had such a long-time habit of checking the morning news on my phone. But when I plant a tree in the morning, I am so focused on my boy and no longer tempted to read or check my phone. He has my complete attention.
My wife and I also plant trees right before we sit down to dinner with our kids or watch a movie with them. Forest really helps us to be and stay present with our family.
I’ve tried other apps that had similar concepts of growing plants and trees, and when they stopped updating I got bored. Forest has a wonderful variety and updates that have kept me hooked and interested.
ari.estradaa - i love it!
Not gonna lie, I NEVER buy apps. I always go for the free version. I actually first discovered Forest through the free Chrome extension and fell in love with it! I had planted so many trees that it was to the point where I was like, okay, time to get the app. I haven't regretted it! I even just got the 21 day coin booster, which is also well worth the extra $2. Instead of getting 43 coins for my regular 2-hour sessions, I get triple that amount for a great price! I wouldn't even mind paying a few extra dollars to make the booster permanent, if that was an option. I also love that it syncs to my laptop. In the chrome version I can block off certain websites while my tree is growing so I can stay on task, which I definitely need. I'm a full-time homeschool student and it is SO easy to get distracted, but with this app I just can't risk letting my little tree die! Overall it's a great app and I HIGHLY recommend!
stephkb27 - Most adorable and fun way to beat procrastination
I use the Pomodoro technique (25 min focus, 5 min break, repeat) because I know myself and I will be paralyzed with procrastination anxiety if I remind myself “I need to study for 7 hrs today. That is 420 minutes.” Cutting the studying up into manageable chunks of time worked for me after I overcame the hardest part: starting. I needed the Forest app to incentivize me. The Forest app keeps track of the number of minutes I stayed focused for that day (reminds me that I am accomplishing more than I give myself credit for and 420 minutes of focusing is conquerable) along with keeping me accountable for my lovely garden filled with various whimsical trees. I cannot bear to see a dead tree caused by my utter lack of focus (exiting out of the app) in my lovely garden. Who would have known the guilt brought upon by killing a tree would be powerful enough to beat my years of procrastination? 5/5 great productivity app!
mohawkmomma8 - Where has this app been all my life!? So dope!
Really, where has this app been all my life?!! I am a major focus app enthusiast—okay, I'm addicted. But Forest is on another level! What I enjoy the most are the amazing analytics + the imagery of planting trees as I focus on the garden of my life, plus it’s so dope to be part of a movement that is planting trees. I do wish I could determine the length of my focus time, instead of only having the 25-minute default. And I wish there was some kind of notification sound when my session ends when I opt not to use the app’s nature sounds. Sometimes, I prefer to listen to my playlist as I do my activities, and I often have to look at the timer to see where I am on time. When I'm really immersed, I typically don't pay attention to my phone’s screen. But other than those few critiques—I highly recommend this to my family, clients + students.
miskidngkdbdk - Such a useful app
My first app review...here we go!
This has to be one of my favorite apps. I take some pretty advanced classes and it’s important that I get the focus time I need. This app does an amazing job at encouraging me to not only stay off of social media apps, but to actually want to use this app to rack up coins and study time. You get coins for using the timer, and once you finish, you can spend them in the virtual store. It’s so satisfying to be able to earn new study sounds and/or trees to plant. Ah- forgot about that. While you focus, a virtual tree is planted and grows until you finish. It’s then added to your personal virtual garden- and I make a daily goal to make it as pretty as possible! Also you can use the coins you earn to have a real life tree planted somewhere In the world! Imagine getting work done AND saving the environment? Killing two birds with one productive app!
Gwowls - Love this app! Could be even better if...
I’ve been using Forest for two years, and it’s been extremely effective for helping me stay focused when I can’t put my phone down. I love the different trees and the different goals. The only feature that I really wish they would develop further is its social features. I have several friends who use the app, and we’ve added each other, but all I can see from them is their history from just ONE day. I wish the friends leaderboard would be weekly instead of daily, and that there were more social features: maybe permanent groups you could create and see if everyone was focused together (imagine how school teachers could utilize that!) or who had the most minutes that week in a particular group. All in all, amazing app, I would just use it so much more if more social features were added.
DealzYo - Motivation
This app has been great for keeping me on track with my studies. Getting a tree to put in your forest gives me just a little extra nudge to do my work uninterrupted. Where I used to easily get sidetracked, there is just something about having that tree growing that stops me if I want to google some random fact or click on a news article. Even though the app is on my phone (so my computer is still available), I have no desire to “cheat”. What is the point in a forest full of trees you didn’t earn?
One overall suggestion I will make is that the sky is the limit with an app like this. How about a building? A town? A farm? An amusement park? There is definitely a lot of potential here if a talented group of programers want to expand on this whole idea.
For immediate improvements I would like more it the shop. I have a feeling that will keep coming though.
Rosie015 - My Favorite App!
Forest has made a hugely positive impact on my studies and productivity. The main focus of this app is to stop you from getting distracted, which is already amazing on its own. However, there are also other great things about it. It MOTIVATES me to study because the ability to view how many minutes of work I did in a day/week makes me feel so happy and proud of myself, and it encourages me to plant more and more trees. It also encourages me to continue studying even when the timer is done since you can get more coins. Being able to study with friends is really fun, too! The different trees/bushes you can buy with coins you earn from focusing are all super cute as well. Lastly, I LOVE the idea of being able to plant a REAL tree! (It takes a TON of coins, though, so it takes a while to save up for.)
Overall, I love this app so much, and every penny was worth it!
JEMmusy - It actually gets you to keep studying
For me, the hardest part about studying is actually committing and doing it. Like everything is all set up for you to do it, but you just don’t start because you just don’t really want to. Well, I find that timing myself gets and keeps me in the mood to get my school work done as well as manage how much of each class I do. It keeps track you your progress and depending on what tags you use, it can also show you what you study the most. Also I really like nature and I’m so down to plant a tree to keep me focused. Though, if there is one improvement I would want in the app, it would be that you get more money the longer you study. Like a significant amount more. It’s kind of a let down to see that you got 35 coins for studying or committing your time to something for an hour and thirty minutes.
Wenrl - Increases productivity
Forest has helped me stay present over dinner, at work and in my leisure time. I didn't realize how much I actually look at my phone until I started setting time frames to leave it alone and allow trees to grow. I've even scored one real tree planted so far, which is cool. My friends who are with me in body appreciate it. My friends and family in mind who text me do not. I'm okay with that. I've read four books this month and been more efficient at life.
I would like to see some upgrades such as an option to save different tree types as labeled for different activities (cherry blossom for studying, birdhouse for cleaning...etc.) and seeing a large grid of all trees ever with a zoom function. Graphics could be better. However, it serves the purpose for which it was created. Recommended!
Update: I’d also like the option to grow trees for up to 8 hours at a time. Why the limit to 2 hours?
Pììckel - One of my go-to productivity apps
It’s funny; I’ve downloaded so very many productivity and timing apps which are, admittedly, more sophisticated. However, time and again, I turn to this app to stay focused. I really enjoy it, seeing my cool trees grow.
My one complaint is how sparse the interface and “forest-view” are. . . This is the only reason I’ve taken off a star. It’s a free app; I get that. However, there are optional in-app purchases—-it seems to me that it would be worth it to the developers to put a “prettier” pic in background while growing my tree and a MUCH nicer view of my forest. I’d pay a little for this if they did it (for sure) and/or perhaps they could implement better/different in-app purchases to support such an overhaul. Anyway, would be truly my fav productivity app, and never would I stray, would they work on these aesthetics!! In the meantime, though, I’m sure I’ll continue to use this pleasing little app :)
All_Usernames_Basically_Taken - Effective but can be improved
I’ve been using the app for a few years and love how it motivates me to stay on task. That said, I think it’s time for this app to do far more to really facilitate better focus.
The Pomodoro Technique is effective for a lot of people because you can move between productive time and small breaks. The way this app works, however, is that if you want to plant a tree to its full size you need to focus for two hours straight otherwise it dies or you get a small, not as cute looking tree stub. Frankly, I don’t know anyone nowadays who does that. That’s 1/12 of the whole day already. As a student, I need breaks like most people do. Other productivity apps have this option and I think the devs should consider incorporating a Pomodoro Technique option when you decide to focus for longer than 25 minutes.
This is frustrating because I slaved away to earn 1000 coins on buying a cute tree that I can’t focus long enough for. To contextualize, you get 5-6 coins per 20min study and the number of coins earned increases the longer you study in one session. You can imagine how many hours I spent with this app to buy a few trees. These days though, the shrubs are clearly more valuable because the focus-time for those is 20 min at most.
Please consider incorporating a Pomodoro Technique mechanic.
Just to note, I suggested this in-app but received no response which is why I’m finally posting a review.
Apostate_Mage - Great app!
I have ADHD and this app has been incredibly helpful! It’s greatly improved my ability to stay on task and off my phone.
My biggest problem when working is I don’t realize I’ve gotten distracted. Before it was easy to just pick up my phone and spend hours not doing anything.
Now when I pick up my phone I see the forest app I realize I’m distracted. It’s an amazing mental stop and is usually enough to get me to go back on task.
If not the little trees are cute and I know it sounds silly but I don’t want to kill a tree to check reddit. If you do kill a tree it also will put a dead tree in your forest.
You can also unlock new trees with coins. You get coins by putting more trees in your forest so it’s kinda a motivational thing to focus more to unlock more trees. (You can also unlock sounds to listen to while you focus.)
The app is a great tool for anyone who gets mindlessly distracted and doesn’t realize. It’ll keep your phone from being a distraction point at a minimum. (It’s not magic unfortunately and won’t stop other distractions).
If you’re the kinda person who deliberately procrastinates or realizes that you are distracted it may or may not help. It depends how much you can bring yourself to care about the app.
It’s helped me an incredible amount and I am thankful for the app.
achappie - Amazing
This is probably the most useful app on my phone. I spend most of my time on this thing procrastinating (like how I’m writing this now instead of writing a paper...) and Forest is amazing at helping me control that. I like planting little trees in my forest and being able to plant real ones too! The only thing I would change, is being able to design your own forest. The way it’s laid out is good, but it would be nice if like in SleepTown, you could customize a little forest using your existing array of trees and maybe buy little decorations, because looking at over 800 little trees at once is kinda overwhelming, and you have to go into months or weeks to actually see them. Other than that it’s literally perfect, and that’s really just a recommendation on how to make it better, but it’s perfect the way it is already!
Tea bear:) - Great app but there are some issues
I personally enjoy this application quite a lot. There are of course a few issues with it. One I would like to focus on being, I personally prefer the “deep focus” setting which will kill your tree if you exit the app, but the problem is if there is something you need to check on your phone or if you need to look something up you cannot so simply do it. now, I am sure there is a way to prevent this but it is not immediately clear. My second point relates to my last. While the app is simple looking, looks can be deceiving and takes a bit to get used to. It is by far the most helpful tool in time management that I have and for that I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a better way to focus without the distraction of technology
maryeliz62442 - Decrease in Quality Recently & Counterproductive Chrome-to-iOS Sync Issues
PROBLEM: You must improve Chrome-to-app syncing so that we can use and reap the gold rewards for using the chrome extension on multiple devices AND this app on multiple devices. Currently, users are punished (by losing gold) when they run the extension and app simultaneously. For an app rated at #2 in productivity, this seems counterproductive.
TIMELINE: This has been an issue for over a year now (there is a Chrome extension complaint about this from Feb 2019). We paid for this app. That means you have the funds to dedicate resources to improving the Forest application.
SOLUTION: If you’re worried about players getting gold too quickly by using multiple devices, then input an algorithm that first recognizes when multiple decides are running a session simultaneously. If a user has only one device, then they earn gold normally, with no change to the rate. The gold earned from any simultaneously-running extra devices (eg extensions or app) should be at a lesser rate.
I’ve used this app for over a year now, and it’s been good for the most part. However, the Forest app developers need to get it together. For a paid app, I expect better.
PROBLEM: App developers have ceased giving users motivators for lengthier sessions. All the new trees have just one stage for all session lengths. That’s laziness.
SOLUTION: Make multiple stages for new trees.
Low rating to get app dev attention.
FlynWaldo - Great way to focus and get stuff done
Its a great app if you need to get anything done, work, sleep, or just can’t put down your phone, it works very well. Seeing the amount of trees you’ve grown over the month is very satisfying and actually quite difficult/heartbreaking to kill trees, I haven’t killed one yet. A few notes though: there isn’t a way to end a timer if you got all your work done, meaning even if you have everything done, you still have to either wait for the tree, or kill the tree. I wish there was a good way to get the work done, maybe change it for a different tree, but something so you don’t have to kill the tree but don’t have to wait 20 minutes.
A few quick things about the app;
This is not a good way to make your child get work done as they still have the choice to get out and will get out if this is against their will. I am not a condoner of things like OurPact, there are better ways to control your child and let them get their work done
This app is a great way to stay encouraged and not have the distraction of your own phone, I count computer games as killing the tree though, so you set your own rules and get down to getting your work done!
I wish you the best of luck!
shuangyuqinzi - Needs more improvement. Too similar to Flora.
I like the way this app works. However, I found the function of this app very similar to the app flora (which is free). I think that you need to add more functions and features to make this app worth the money like break time and make the app more different from flora. Sometimes, when I’m doing homework and I need a break, I can’t stop the timer and the break time is counted as my studying time. I would love a break time function! I also think you should make this app more like a game. I love games and it’s the reason why I downloaded this app. You should add levels, character shops, more rewards, maybe competition to motivate people, motivation quotes, more items in shops, studying tips, functions that help concentration like to do lists, and make sure the features or functions that are new are not distractions and helpful to make the app fun and motivating. I hope this helps! Thanks for reading this!💗
IndigoMist - Loving it so far!
I’ve only just gotten this app but it’s helped my productivity loads! The only problem is when I’m trying to use my phone as a calculator or texting a reply and suddenly my trees die, I wish there was a sort of a pause button on it (even though it’s fine the way it is). I also love how you can buy different trees but I wish there were more achievements that one could unlock, I find myself not having enough money to buy items (especially as the price goes up by 100 coins after every purchase). I also wish there was a setting for longer than 2 hours (I usually go out for longer than that but don’t bring my phone with me and I can’t help but lament the amount of coins I wasn’t getting). Besides that, everything is awesome and this app is definitely worth its price.
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B'Bash - Definitely worth it
This app is definitely worth the money! I was a bit hesitant when I first saw it, and I thought it seemed counterintuitive, but it is so useful for studying- I don't know what I'd do without it. Once you set a timer, you can't leave the app or the tree will die, meaning that you're less likely to go on social media or games to procrastinate. Knowing that you have a timer also makes you want to stay focused rather than zoning out, and there is a sense of pride when you see how long you've managed to stay focused for. I managed to study for about three hours on one of the days and didn't feel emotionally or mentally drained because of the ability to set a rest-time timer. I really liked the rest timer because it doesn't let you add more time on once it's up so you can't be tempted to say "just five minutes more" and then not get back to work. When I wasn't using the app, I would procrastinate for hours and relax when I needed to study, but as soon as it was on I got heaps done. I really recommend the app.
Aewsome! - Great app!!
This app helped me focus a lot more when studying. I was a bit unsure of paying money for this app, but it is completely worth it!! I used to always pick up my phone during studying to socialise or play games, but now I have no need to because Forest encourages me to stay focused! I would recommend this app to all students who need help to focus, or even just to get off your devices for a certain amount of time! I would also like to suggest two new features. Firstly, it would be nice to be able to decrease but mainly increase the time when you are using it because sometimes I do homework for longer than expected. And secondly, it would be amazing to be able to use study apps such as google classroom or restricted google use (maybe like a category based list like Apple screen time). An easy way of doing this, would be to add a way to edit a list of apps or categories you are allowed to use during the time when you are studying.
Thanks so much!
MeeMoo_1268 - Really helpful, still require self discipline
So I’ve been using this app for quite a while now since it was recommended at a study skills talk at my school. I downloaded it immediately, and since then I’ve found it extremely helpful when I’m trying to knuckle down and get things done. It really gives you the incentive to work for the entire duration of the timer, and then you get a nice pay off afterwards.
The only thing to note is that you need to have the discipline and drive to actually use it, and use it to its full potential. You may be tempted to just not set the timer and trust yourself, or you might want to have a quick look at something and so you let your tree die.
Otherwise, wonderful app, perfect for students who struggle with procrastination and distractions (such as myself).
Mannythecarrot - Very helpful for people who need help in focusing
For me I wanted to focus more on other things that enjoyed me and that needed to be done. It helps me knows what I need to do and stay focusing when working, but also help me find my old joy in the things that I used to love.
I love reading and this ended up helping me focus in a way that is helpful and yet entertaining for the individual. Growing plants while focusing on the task at hand makes me feel achieve as I know I am getting things done but also allowing to be planting trees and bushes to grow my tiny forest.
I would recommend this app for people who are trying to spend less time on their phone and for people who are looking to get help on focusing on other things that matter more than their phone.
TiginAus - Love the iPhone app but the watch app isn't working
When I open the watch app (watch series 3 and iPhone xs with all latest updates) you see the Forest grid and when I tap on that it just says "start planting today!". But there's no way to start planting on the watch app (without going to the phone to start). Which kind of makes the watch app of minimal if any use if you have to have the phone right there to start it? The whole point of the series 3 and 4 Apple watches is that they can be used independently of the phone.
If I'm getting it wrong or misunderstanding how it works then I'm happy to change the review. Otherwise maybe replace "start planting today" with "open the app on your phone to start planting"?
One tip if possible for the phone app is to allow a whitelist of apps. One of the tasks I do is reading and use Kindle on my phone for that. However the app kills the tree everytime I do that task. However I understand if the limitations of ios means that you can't whitelist.
dnikers - Surprisingly effective
I didn’t think it was worth an actual app just to tell me to split up my study time into easy blocks, but I decided to give it a go after reading the reviews. It definitely reminds me to stay focused and not get distracted by a notification or a random thought leading to a loss of time accidentally scrolling through social media or messaging friends. The only thing I would change is to have a more clear notification for the end of each session. I can get too involved in lectures or videos which means I’m not using the music provided & I never notice when the time is up. I end up going too far over time and feel a bit like a zombie/consume too much content and it’s a bit of a wasted session. If it could flash on and vibrate to notify me of the end of the time, that would give it 5/5 from me.
yotti2468 - Intriguingly calming
A very simplistically artistic application. It helps with distraction as it makes you almost feel bad that you don’t let your tree grow. I also love the idea that taking a break from your phone, regardless the intent, can be used to help regrow trees.
The group function of this app is also very helpful as it increases the amount of trees grown and it also promotes distraction free group activities such as study. Study is in my opinion the best use for this app as I sit down knowing I am doing something good for myself, the environment and my phone battery :)
I also love how much more control it’s given me when it comes to impulsively opening snaps or messages from colleagues, now I just let the notifications roll in and feel really good about it.
elizzzombie - This actually works
I am the worst procrastinator of all time. Trust me. If I have a few hours to do something that takes a day, I’ll still waste half my time doing unrelated stuff. That usually involves being on my phone and on social media or messaging people. This app really works. I set it for short times like 30 minutes and then set myself a short break of 5-10 minutes. I often find myself checking my phone before the 30 minutes is up but seeing the message telling me to put down my phone actually makes me stop because I can see there isn’t long to go and I know there will be a break coming soon. Just try it. As long as you set the timer it works. Also, no technical issues. Great little app.
Shazalovesgreedygrub $$ - A way to see your progress
Pomodoro method, if your looking at this app you’ve probably considered the pomodoro method 25 mins of solid work and break... Well for some it’s easier said then done, as Uni student I pretty much get everything set up to study and have all the intent but honestly procrastination bug bites and first I check my phone for emails justifying that it’s fine then 5 mins later in checking Snapchat and binging Netflix... I think the app is a great solution to helping you stay focused by removing one more distraction and at the end of it you feel good you might not have done the best bit of study but maybe you started and that’s all the counts plus you have your forest something to show your efforts.
plz read: will save ur time! - definitely worth the money!! amazing!
i love love love this app! i, like many others, suffer from procrastinating when im supposed to be doing work. although it costs like $2, it is definitely worth the money. not only does it help u to stay off ur phone when working, it also helps u focus with relaxing sounds like rain. there is in-app money that u earn by growing trees. with the money u can buy new trees and new sounds. u can also track your daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly progress as well! what i think is one of the best parts of this app is that once u get a certain amount of coins, u can plant a REAL tree!! not only is it great for focusing on work, its helping the environment. all around, amazing app!! well done! 👏👏💗💗
Riv Porwal - Amazing!
Like most people I most definitely have problems focusing on a task at hand when my phone is beside me, but I also often need it beside me if I’m not home/ if i put it in another room I’ll still go and grab it. The beauty of this app is that not only do I have a lot of incentive to not be distracted, but I can also log the amount of hours I’ve studied every day, and write a description of everything I got done. This is great to have a reference of exactly how much study/work I get done, and what I’ve finished instead of writing it all down on a different piece of paper. This has most definitely been my most valuable purchase on the App Store! Would highly recommend!! Thanks Forest team.
kakara lee - Amazing app
This app is actually amazing and has helped me prioritise certain tasks that need to be finished. Other than that, it has helped me to minimise my time with studying different task each day. Instead of not balancing my study time on different task, this app helps me identify how much time I should spend on a task. It motivates me to actually study more since I get a tree at the end. What I love about it the most is how when you start studying, there is a rain noise in the back ground that you can either listen to. And it is optional, but I always listen to it because it is very relaxing and you can focus properly. This app is extremely helpful. I mostly recommend it, it’s worth the money.
CappuccinoMacaron - Perfect
I was ecstatic to get this app for the longest time. What is there to critique? It does everything it promises, and even surpasses these at times! Anyone hesitant about “splurging” for it should put their minds at ease - it’ll definitely be a purchase you won’t regret.
Request for next update: I’ve fallen in love with the app’s ability to track phone usage and I would really love to see other features added to this idea. For me, personally, I would love to be able to customise a “time limit” where I receive a notification if I use my phone for more than I intended to. Thank you for your wonderful app, be proud of yourselves for making such a sleek, functioning execution of a brilliant app idea. Cheers!
Woody End - It’s counterintuitive, but it works
I was a bit sceptical about using an app to wean me off IT - but Forest’s main message (‘Stay focussed’) is what it really delivers on. Like having a personal trainer at the gym, it gently encourages you to stay with a sustained task (reading, writing, editing, whatever) without giving in too soon. ‘Just four more minutes ... just three more minutes.’ The app started me at 25 minutes and I’m now stretching that to longer periods of sustained focus (like adding more weights to a familiar routine at the gym). The tree-planting reward? A bit goofy, but at least it’s a fun way to show yourself how many sustained sessions you’ve achieved in a day. The other stats are helpful little rewards too.
Ink3736 - My kids love it!
My kids (6 and 7 y.o) saw me creating my own forest and became very curious about the app. I let them to play around a bit and they got very excited about the whole idea. So I downloaded it onto iPads and the results are amazing. I've added tags like "outdoor play" "reading" "sports" "chores". "Morning routine" etc If the kids start getting distracted I warn them that will have to "cancel" (kill) the growing tree. That keeps them very motivated. Less time In front of TV and more time for outdoor play, reading, piano. Also we added each other to friends and can see our trees growing, do one task together. Very happy to find a way to motivate girls and make them focus on a task!
LostyesterdaySuccessfultoday - Fantastic!
This app is SO good. I bought it this afternoon with the hope that I can manufacture some focus in my adult ADHD brain. I’ve completed two plants so far and I can’t wait to start my day tomorrow to use it for a full day. I love that there is also an option of planting real trees with our earned coins too. I’ve set a revenue goal for my business as well, so that when I reach the goal, I will reward myself by buying one of the premium boosters.
I would love to be able to move the different types of trees around, or maybe have a veggie or flower garden option with movable plants, but other than that I think this app is FANTASTIC and worth every penny.
Thank you so much!
Emily.w.rose - AMAZING APP (I have a suggestion)
This app is amazing! It really gets me studying and prevents me from procrastinating (I’m the ceo of it!). I use the app everyday after school and on weekends. Despite loving the app, I do have a fewww suggestions! For the global leaderboard you should have two sections. One for uni students and the other for people still in school. Atm the people on the leaderboard do like 12 hours of study a day. This is legit impossible for a high school student considering we are at school 6 hours everyday. So by having two different leaderboards it will give high school students the opportunity to compete with each other and actually make the leaderboard!!
1257273518451846293 - Awesome!
This app honestly is the best thing I have downloaded! Not only does it help me to study or focus on something important, it is also is a good way to stop using my phone so much! Too often these days my head is in my phone and I realise I’m missing out on the little things. Not wanting to let my little trees die is a huge encourager to keep off my phone and get back to whatever it is I was supposed to be doing. I also love the fact that there is the option to plant really trees! I think this is a fantastic project and also encourages me to keep planting trees so that I can eventually plant a real tree!
Thank you heaps!
Sichdbbxosoaodd - Beautiful, motivating app
This app is excellent in inspiring me to take time away from my phone, for school or personal betterment. It’s nice to see the (sometimes literal) fruit of my efforts when I’m finished with whatever task I needed to focus for. The variety of trees, especially over the last fee updates, is amazing and so creative. I only with they were a little less expensive. I understand the point is to work to unlock them, but wowee that’s a lot of work. I have, and would continue to, recommend to other people who need to take time away from their screen or eliminate a distraction.
Quantumarq - An excellent concept
I have problems focussing and this app is definitely an excellent reminder clock. I would rather pay AUD$5.99 or the like to unlock all the trees, bushes and sounds. It seems it would take a large amount of usage and consistently paying for elixir to unlock the ones I want. While I understand this is a good way to build a habit, the developers clearly don’t understand common game mechanics. I’m a lot less likely to stick with using this app if the quickest way to setup the study environment I desire (tree and sounds I want) involves paying over and over for elixir only to have the silly price increase after each purchase! Try looking into Logarithmic Curves for reward systems instead of constantly making us pay over and over (food for thought).
Happywatermelon - Amazing app and so helpful!
This app is so simple but amazing. It helps me all the time to stay off my phone for a certain task and stay focused in the moment, and I’m motivated by the fact that if I succeed I’ll have a beautiful tree to add to a lovely forest and I don’t want to kill a tree. It’s a great visual for the time I’ve focussed.
Also this app is amazing because after a certain amount of time focussed and coins made (I think it’s 5000?), trees are planted in real life! The people behind this app seem so lovely and like they care about both the individual using the app, and the greater picture for human well-being and the environment.
ERROR NAME NOT COMPATIBLE - Great
I’ve struggled with studying and doing work for the longest time possible. Once I’ve cracked open a textbook I always seem to miraculously have a phone in my hand. With Forest, I’ve been able to focus on my work and be more productive overall. However, I still have problems with procrastination and finding something to motivate myself to start studying. I always push study time until the last minute. Perhaps Forest should start a system to encourage people to START and FINISH as well, like a login system with daily gifts? Or alarms?
All in all, a great app. Save time and save the forests too!
RosieTheGunieaPig - Incredible app!
Amazing app. I use it when I am doing my homework and it sets a clear time limit of when I should be doing my work. You can play relaxing rainforest sounds in the background. It helps me stop playing on my phone while doing homework. The one thing I would change is when I am in deep focus mode and I get a text from someone, I cannot answer them even if important or my tree will die. I wish that I could choose certain apps that I would be alllowed to be on while working that wouldn’t kill my tree. Otherwise very good app and worth the money.
horse crazy girl 16 - I love this app
This app is great if you have trouble staying focused! Like me, I always procrastinate and I don’t get my work done. But this app has helped me get all my work done! 😀 I recommend this AMAZING app to those who procrastinate a lot. Because it motivates you to do work. For example when you leave the app your tree dies! 😩 that’s what I like about it. It gives you a goal to set. This app is also helpful for you to be social and to not be on you phone all the time. Which is good for me because I am that person! Haha 😂 I really recommend this app to lots of people who like to procrastinate!
Luke Pl - Fantastic for studying
Studying for medical exams. This app is excellent for helping discipline. It gamifies time spent studying also with a nice feeling building of a forest. It’s definitely led me to study more than I would have without it and helps with a sense of satisfaction.
I find being able to ‘tag’ activities one of the best features, and have used that to keep track of what subjects I am studying most, and will keep an eye out to make sure I’m doing a bit of everything relatively evenly, by looking the pie chart that is automatically produced by this.
👏👏😜😜 - Impressed
I realllllly recommend this app, I was hesitant at first about getting it because I don’t like buying apps often. But it’s super useful, it helps me get back on track whenever I’m thinking of going to Instagram. It also gives you breaks which is very handy, and it has a button that allows you to listen to relaxing music. It tracks how long you focused that day, but the part I liked was that the app is laid out super clearly and not confusing. Overall if you’re a student who procrastinates and is always super stressed out the day before your homework or project’s due I really think this is the best app you can get.
Katoe91 - Better than a cup of coffee
Honestly the best decision I’ve made in the lead up to my exams. I’ve had it on my computer for a while and bit the bullet and purchased the app. For the price of coffee it’s absolutely more valuable. Love love love it. Especially the timed study break function too, keeps me in check and I’ve found I’ve just naturally been more productive and less reliant on my phone whether the apps on or not, but a great safety net to get me started! Plus, I’ve put a few of my friends on it and we’re growing forests together which is fun and keeps us on track
Teeshy Fish - Wow
I will be honest, I wasn’t sure how much I would like this app, but I got it during online schooling because I thought it might help me stay on track. It is so worth it, not only do you need to stay on track to grow trees, but the longer you focus, the more money you get to buy other trees, which I love. Just one small thing, on the chrome extension (which is also so cool) it would be nice if you could change the formatting, I cannot access a tree I bought on my phone on my Mac, but other than that, seriously a great app!!!
Huiqing Lanye - The day has finally come!!!
The day has finally come where I can actually focus on my work. This includes studying, homework and assessments. The great thing about Forest is that it makes you work for something as well as helping you complete everything you have to do. In the app you want to keep your tree/bush alive, and the way to do this is to focus on whatever you have to focus on without getting distracted (or in my case procrastinate). I think this app is a great way to stay focussed as well having a rewarding experience!
tlycheex - Love It...but...
Love the app. Extremely helpful especially during the exam periods to prevent myself from procrastinating. Also love the friends feature.
Only issue is that I wish the app could sync across multiple devices, rather than me having to start a timer on each individual device. As currently even if I have the Forest app activated on my phone, I get around it by procrastinating on my laptop or on my iPad. If there was a feature that could let me choose to activate Forest on the one device or select the devices I want to stop using.
Overall it is a very good app that has helped a lot.
BSly7 - Amazing
This app is great! It lets you pick the amount of time for your breaks and each session instead of being stuck on 5 and 25 minutes respectively like other similar apps. It’s so motivating to see other people on the global charts and I love that the coins earned in the game are able to be used to plant a real tree. I struggle with motivating myself to study and being able to help the environment even by a small amount has really helped to motivate me. It is better than other apps which are similar and well worth the money.
Zarin1 - Great
I love this app!! This is the first app I actually bought with money so that tells that I really did like this!!! But one thing I would change is instead of a notification there should be an alarm to tell you that time is up. Now I constantly have to look at the phone and keep it by me to see if the times up, and if it’s not by me then a lot of time passes by. For that reason I gave you guys 4/5. So please change the notification/alarm option. Maybe you can put in an option for people to have a notification or an alarm. Sorry this was so long!!
Emz97zz - Better than expected!
I bought forest because simply because I was at my wits end - with myself and my inability to stay OFF my phone while studying at uni. I wasn’t expecting much but thought it was worth a try. If you want to make a change then this will be the app for you! It’s honestly helped me so much. Whenever I decide I need to do focus I start using it. I also find it useful as you can label your times so I know how many hours I’ve spent studying on a subject during the week. Thank you guys! It’s awesome.
Roxy Louise - Changed the app on an update- now totally useless
I’ve sadly had to change my rating. This app WAS amazing, so helpful at keeping me focused for uni study and not looking at social media. However, NOW it’s basically useless. They have updated the app so that now, when you exit the app, nothing happens. Your tree doesn’t die, you can use whatever other apps you want. They say it wasn’t working on iOS, yet I never had an issue before. Now, you need to turn on “deep focus” mode in order for it to work as it did before. This requires a passcode (no idea why you’d need that) so if you don’t want one or can’t use one (which I can not), too bad. Totally changed the app, no longer what was signed up for.
cfalzari - Oddly satisfying and useful
I have found this to be quite useful. For some reason, I feel the need to actually be very productive when using this app. Even though I use my laptop for internet study, I close all social media apps as I feel guilty using them while growing a tree on my phone. Using a timer lets me focus for a period of time and then I give myself a ten minute break and start again. This is the only study app that I have found that helps me to be productive and it’s strangely satisfying to watch my forest grow. Love it.
Hitterjgdybg - Best preventer of procrastination
As a student, I need to usually focus my time to doing assignments or studying for exams. However, I always was stuck to my phone and wasting time. It usually left me feeling really bad and unproductive. This app was the best thing ever, because I love that I have to leave my phone alone, and focus on my work.. and at the end I can see the fruits of my labour... both in the work I got done and my little growing forest. For me it is nice to visualise all the productive time I have spent. Love it, and can’t recommend it enough.
Briannaj888 - The best app on my phone
Forest has LITERALLY changed my life. I use it so I can focus at work, while studying and when I just want to switch off, relax and not get distracted by the siren call of social media and the internet. I was really surprised at how effective it was to have the thought of killing my little tree, to make me put down my phone. I'm so much more productive now and don't waste as much time scrolling online. I can't recommend this app enough for everyone who struggles with getting distracted by their phone. 🌲
Duchess.of.Doofus - Really good! Some suggestions though:
First thing out of the way, this a very good app if you struggle with motivation and distraction to help you stay focussed for short or long bursts of time. Is worth the 3 bucks. However, some features I believe would improve the experience are:
- a way to pause the timer if you need to exit the app for something that doesn’t kill the tree. I guess you could see this as cheating but if you cheat then you’re only really cheating yourself so... This would be extremely helpful for that moment when you’re working on an assignment and suddenly realise that you need the photos you took on your phone which means you can’t continue working on it without killing the tree
- cheaper trees or greater rewards. It takes a ridiculous amount of time to reach 500 coins and hence kind of takes away the incentive to work towards earning them.
Thanks for reading! Hopefully this was helpful
Ali 'Bomaye' Batache - Keeps me coming back for more!!
I’m a avid user of the Pomodoro Technique but this app makes me want to put aside the time to focus, study, train, meditate or even just drop my phone while I’m having lunch or socialising with friends and family just to keep my streak going and my forest growing. I even set some time to watch Netflix without getting distracted by my phone. If anyone is interested in the technique or want to give a go for time management this is definitely the app for you. Worth the few bucks for sure. 👍🏽
Eatem alive - Definitely worth trying out for basic mindfulness meditation
Definitely worth trying out for basic mindfulness meditation and practicing meditation. Gentle sounds can be turned on and off and you can self reflect on the past meditation experience. You can also share your experiences into your digital holistic daily journey (apps like Day One, etc). Give yourself time and you’ll start viewing your world space differently. Just give yourself the time and space to practice mindfulness moments including this helpful app. Stay kind and compassionate towards you. You need it.
Kateerowe - Take you life back from your phone
I have found along with many other people that life is tending to be lived more through digital devices than in reality. With more and more people spending more and more time online we have forgotten how to be quiet and relax and be alone.
I use this app on the car to keep me from touching my phone while driving and also while studying. Collecting coins with you can save up to pay for a tree to be planted is a great incentive for those of us environmentally focused.
thehongkonger - Maximising Focus, Growing Trees
This is a great focus tool if you respond to digital incentives. Procrastination is a curse. Writing this review is definitely me procrastinating right now. However, knowing that using my phone spells disaster for my tree has guilt tripped me into not touching my phone for the sake of my pixel plant. I’ve always been a ‘due today, do today’ kind of studier. So this app has been great in trying to break the habit. Looking forward to expand my forest, and working towards unlocking new trees is a great way to keep on using it!
Anihcadnama - Interesting app
They gave me a free tree and when I am in my grateful moment they ask me to review. So Here it is,
An app that make people want to focus feel good that they have focused by telling you that your concentration has been rewarded with a tree.
They have many tree types with different colour and some of them are cuter than others.
My favourite is banana tree.
Also I don’t have any friends to grow tree with but I believe it will also be fun growing trees (aka concentrating) together with your friend while social isolating.
Newly Found Green Thumbs - The Best App I Have
Coming from someone who looks at their phone first thing in the morning and last thing at night, Forest motivated me so much to put my phone away and get on with my work. I felt a sense of purpose because not only was my phone being untouched, but it was growing a whOLE AS TREE whilst I was on that grind. A tree which will die if you disrupt your phone, a horror that is forever planted in your forest. Sure it costs money and we all turn our heads away when we see such an app. But trust me, it is worth it.
非儿大人 - Helpful app
The app is truly helpful in getting me putting the phone away and focusing on my work. My friends have this app and we are having a bit of a competition between us saying who can plant the most trees each day.
Glad I found this app just before my final exams. Now I can stay focused without the distraction of my phone.
One thing I’d like to mention though, I don’t quite get the rationale behind increasing the price of new trees after each purchase. Seems a bit annoying.
Love it❤❤❤❤ - deserving of its high ratings
forest deserves it’s high ratings and praise. It has a minimal, clean layout and can be used to effectively focus on a given task without the distractions that arises from a phone. the wide variety of trees and/or background noise that you can unlock are well designed and it shows that a lot of thought have been put into designing them which adds to the experience of using the app. overall, would recommend purchasing this app.
r4n - Awesome Fun and Plants trees!?
If you want to build up your focus, get stuff done and save the planet as an added bonus. I would highly recommend. I’ve been using Forest for about 3-4 years. And used to gift the app to new staff members as a bit of fun. My mind is like a magpie, always flying off to look at shinny stuff so the app is a great help and I’ve noticed my focus improved and like the stats you can use to breakdown time spent on tasks. Great if need to charge your time to a project.
achol.j - Forest!!!
Forest has helped with my productivity a lot by preventing me from going on my phone. You can add friends and compete and work together by being productive. I think it’s a great way to be productive while having fun and personally, growing a forest is so satisfying and this motivates me to be productive because I want more trees! I would definitely recommend it, especially if you’re a student and a procrastinator like me because it allows you to be productive in an enjoyable way.
Tip for da game - Gets the job done and some suggestions
I’m in year 11 and this app really makes studying a lot easier and surprisingly I’ve gone from barely any study to a lot it really works which shocked me. I actually managed to get 5 hours done in one day and that’s something I’ve never done. I think it’s a small idea that’s gonna make a big impact and clearly there was care put into this project. Keep up the good work you guys are inspiring!!!
Some ideas too add (just a personal thing)
-being able to move the trees would allow poeple to make customised places like a ring going inwards
-maybe add a thing allowing you to message your friend if there on and say keep going like a tree message
- add something after 30 min. I know it’s a big ask but having the extra thing could really push poeple
Mongolia's Finest Connoisseur - Time Hack Severely Undermines Amazing App
This is a really great app with awesome design, the best on the market by far. However, there is a killer bug where you can go into iPhone Settings, move forward the system time and grow the tree. Now this wouldn't have been such an awful thing if there is no reward system. However because you can use the coins to unlock new trees and even the ultimate "planting a real tree", this exploit really diminishes one's motivation to work towards these goals. It also makes you wonder how many people on the leaderboard are legitimate.
Overall, this bug kills the mechanism on which such a great app runs. Please fix it.
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Nikki🌙 - makes studying fun!
never thought i would say that, haha! i really do enjoy using the app, and i definitely notice a change in the way i study. i feel more concentrated with the manageable time intervals, helps me stay off my phone, and the growing the tree is a cute and effective incentive :) worth every penny! but i do wish that i could see all my trees that i've grown since the beginning. also, i would like to have a pause button for the longer interval times (35+ mins) for when i need to go to the washroom or grab a snack lol
手握万千星辰 - You should use it
A good app. Help me control my time.
J1838388191928433900320 - Aggravating
The app is a great idea, and has a really cute premise. After a few hours with it, though, I had to uninstall it. It wasn’t worth the aggravation.
The problem is it isn’t sophisticated enough to differentiate between work and recreation. If I suddenly remember I need to reschedule a meeting in the calendar app, I should be able to do that without killing my tree. This might be an OS limitation, but if so they could have found some way around it, through different mechanics.
There’s no way to pause cycles. If you need to have a messenger conversation about plans later that day, your tree is dying, no way around it. There might be some way using the in-game currency, but it shouldn’t need that. Why is there even a currency system for a pomodoro timer?? I get that companies like making money by selling you ephemeral nonsense, but they charge for the basic things you’d use the app for.
Its messaging is also really harsh. “Go back to forest immediately!” is pushed when you change apps. While in the app, it says things like “stop looking at me!”. And yet it’s hard not to look at it, as things keep changing/moving onscreen.
By killing the tree and leaving its corpse in your field, they punish you for failing. I’d rather you just lost progress and had to restart planting that tree. I wish they focused more on positive reinforcement and less on punishment.
I feel like they put a lot of effort into the aesthetics, making it cute and pretty, but not enough into user research and usability.
I’d give it a 1-star in terms of how well it accomplishes its goal. There are better pomodoro apps. But it is very pretty and there’s something soothing about seeing a field full of trees. It has the skeleton of a great app, but it’s not fleshed out.
andreaderaps - Works!
It truly motivates me to study! I want to plant a real tree so bad that I actually enjoy doing homework with this app haha
TheChillinFlame - Incredible, just incredible
This app works, I bought this app a while ago and its made me a lot more productive. The idea is great for having a reason to stay off your phone being getting trees and real life trees. Other things like the payment in the app itself is smart not giving you coins but tripling your coin output is really smart to get people motivated to put on a timer. I highly recommend this app and think the price is certainly worth it.
Cami_Mendes - just awesome
nothing motivates me more to not touch my phone than knowing my focus can help plant a real tree. brilliant idea and lovely app.
TheRazBerry - A little ‘harsh?’
So the app is quite cool and all, but what bothers me is the messages. While the timer is running, it will display messages like ‘Get back to work!’ , ‘Put down your phone!’ And so on. This app is so cute and kinda relaxing so I just find these a little harsh? Not a reason to not get the app though, just something that they could maybe work on :)
Waking up problemer - 棒！
Madelence - OK
one thing is bothering the hell out of me. The overtime timer only counts when the device is off. I thought it wasn’t working because i use my ipad to work (drawing) and it doesn’t count when i’m continuing to draw after the timer has gone off. gives me a very inaccurate time of how much i actually worked for.
SarahQuilts - Learning features
I like to see that there are options to respond (briefly! ) to notifications without losing my spot
teafanwhy - helps me stay on track when studying!
the app has helped me stay on track while studying as well as know when to give myself breaks!
kdjohnston33 - Great
Such a great app to decrease my mindless phone procrastination!
埃蒂 - Great app for studying
Gets me focused instantly. Fun and helpful for studying!
MOFlem73 - Perfect
It helps me focus a lot better by not leaving the app and makes me want to focus more because trees grow
Curved.cat - It works
Very good app. It is definitely worth the price. I was having trouble doing my work because of the online learning and this helped me a lot.
snleung - Helps me get off my phone
Great with friends!
susu708 - Very nice
Tiffy2hott - I’m relearning how to focus
This app is fantastic. I never realized how unfocused and lazy I had become in my mind. Just constantly looking at my phone. This app is helping me to wean myself off my phone and get back into my real life.
AnetNworb - Amazing App
I've been using this app for years. Great ways to keep focused whether its for work, school or etc.
trees r great - Great
Fibrahimo - So good!
Super well-designed app and very effective at motivating one to keep going, and to stay disciplined.
crazyshoes5684@ - Nice game
Good for staying focused
amelouup - Super
Always using this app while studying, its PERFECT
combetbj - Forest help me focus
With Forest I can focus more!
Matt Ansley - Fun, Simple, and Effective
While I am still exploring the many features of this app — it’s packed full! — I am impressed with the very simple function of planting that helps you get focusing right away. Worth a try if you’re looking for something to help you set down your phone and get on with life.
eeeeEeeYyyyYe - good
Good, it’s cute and relaxing
EliseKnight - Helpful
Cute design and has helped me focus and stay motivated to not use my phone.
Hope nobody has this name - Helps me stay focused
The app works well, has nice simple aesthetics, and definitely helps me stay off my phone to study
shekendndjd - Amazing
auddug - Good studying app
Love this app to study with my friends! Just think it takes a long time to collect the coins to buy different trees
BBC7476789447 - No bad my man...not bad
If you in to things like counting down it’s for you
Torgerson678 - Great app for overcoming procrastination and rewarding yourself
This app has helped me stay focused at work and be more productive. However, the iOS version allows me to click away from the app on my phone without giving up on the timer, which I thought it was not supposed to do. This limits its effectiveness in keeping me on task.
Leoespinosa3 - Awesome app
Helped me focus for real
Alwayzimprovin - Focus and Fun!
I love how I am able to focus with this app. Seeing the forest grow shows my progress in the most satisfying way.
Labagel - Love it
SofiaPasqua - Worth it
Honestly the trees take forever to unlock but it’s completely worth it as you’re doing this to better yourself. I love this app, it’s been keeping me sane and motivated to study and remembering to take breaks and meditate. Keeping a healthy and balanced lifestyle while working and in school, is hard enough but this app honestly made it so much better. Keeps me happy 🙂
Liecester A. - Nice
Helps me a lot with work
torisamsom - Great
Really really great app
mickey12312 - Awesome app
Helps me stay motivated to study!
akkfnnxs - 小玩意蛮有意思的
Tabassom15 - Awesome app
Great app so helpful
ElliE4315 - Great app
I love this app, it’s really awesome and fun to use, very helpful for studying
Yue pou - Good
Love this app
focusedforest - Works and it’s cute
One of the only apps that actually keeps me focused
Jake Gameroff - Amazing for productivity!
This app is great!!! It keeps me so focused and the garden motivates me to study. Love it, highly recommend.
Bridget01 - Great app for getting work done
The way this app forces you to stay off your phone is original and I love it.
behemdid - Price of trees
They are expensive to get more trees
Esperanzaclarissa - Please make more achievements
Been using the app for over 2 years and completed all the achievements. Wished they had more since it’s been a while since there was any additions to the achievements. It’s so satisfying to see the red dot by the achievements tab and tap the claim reward button.
MiniLemon - Forever 404
Fix your bugged 404, it has been 10 days and was never able to log back in at which it worked fine for the first two days of purchase. In-app support never replies. I know their server is in Singapore. Tried WiFi, data and vpn, nothing ever worked.
Fix this and I will change my review
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ary14DR - Easy to Use Incentive & Tracking
I love Forest. I started using it about 1 year ago to help decrease my screen time and, most usefully, to track my focused time working. I find it especially helpful for tracking writing time. The act of planting a tree adds an element of habit that helps me focus.
I don’t really participate in the community there or competition, but I have planted with friends. I find it a bit clunky in that regard because we often have to enter the codes manually to join a room or do so from email. One time I was able to just click an invite in the app. I think you have to have the plant with friends screen open for that to happen and that timing is rare for my slightly scattered friend and I. It would be great if that link stayed available or there were another way to make this easier.
poptart2001 - Amazing if you make too many excuses!! :)
Alright, I’ll be honest here. I’ve only had this app for maybe a week. However, like many people, I’m a big procrastinator and I always make excuses to not get things done. As much as I hate to admit, I am definitely a little addicted to my phone. Forest does help with this, so long as you have the little bit of money to spend on it and just a little determination to change things. Forest gives me a little extra motivation to put my phone down for some time every day, and get things done. I would recommend using their other apps too, and I would really recommend to anyone that has the same problems that I do. Thank you to the developer(s) of forest for helping us all out a little, I hope this app can become more popular! :)
Britt05142 - Need a timer ding
So far I’m loving the app it’s really helping me stay on task and focused. The only things I think could make this app that much better are if you set your timer for 30 mins maybe have it make a “ding” sound when you’ve reached your 30 mins at the end of your timer. Or if your still studying after the timer has been set have the app count up and those extra 5 or 10 minutes that you were studying could count toward something bc what happens is I’ll tend to keep looking at my phone when the end is near (bc my phone locks and goes to sleep to save the battery so I can’t see the countdown timer) to make sure I’m not going over my timer bc what’s the point of studying if it’s not being counted and getting points for it. Right?! 😜 Seriously, I’m loving the app though and I’m loving the little tags that you can write your own notes on.
Uniquenickname227 - Not ideal for Pomodoros but cute
I purchased this app hoping that this could help improve focus on my tasks and support use of the Pomodoro method. The idea of having a visual outcome of a virtual forest to show a productive day sounded great. The issue is, while you can certainly set the timer to 25 min blocks of time, this means you can only get the less ornamental (just above the base-model/bush) version of trees since the fanciest versions require setting the timer to longer stretches of time. Over time, this has led to me having to use a second timer to break down a 2 hour block into the 25 min/5 min Pomodoro segments, which ultimately shows the app’s limited usefulness as a fun, standalone task timer. As a result, my use of the app has gradually fallen off (still trying though). One thing that revived my interest was the developers putting holiday themes for the trees/bushes in December. It was a nice touch.
Ellieluv999 - Different Timing Options
I really like the idea of planting trees and getting coins as rewards for staying off of my phone, but choosing how many minutes to set a goal for is hard because I never know how long something is going to last. If I set it for 30 minutes but then get an important text message from my mom, I have to give up and kill my plant.
I would suggest having a mode that lets you just turn off your phone in the app for as long or as short of a time as you want without setting a goal. And if we leave the app, it doesn’t kill the tree. Just the amount of time we stay in the app without leaving it results in different colored plants and trees. Like maybe 1-5 minutes could be a flower and maybe like 60 minutes could be a willow tree and so forth.
PetratoRomiou - Excellent for resisting distractions
This app really works for me. I’m not sure I really care about growing a forest, to be honest, and there are plenty of distractions out there that do not use my phone, so it would be easy to cheat. But the point of this app is to set a 25 minute timer to stay focused, and then to “nudge” you mentally back on task when your mind starts to wander, or if you think of other things to do—check email, get up and get a glass of water, whatever. This app is a reminder that whatever you think you need to do immediately, it can wait and it’s not that hard to stay focused for the time remaining in your 25 minute work session—and if you succeed you will be rewarded with a new “tree” for your forest (if that is important to you). It’s also good to see your progress day by day and week by week.
Larness - Helps you stay on task!
This app is good for those who unconsciously move their hand to their phone and then get distracted for 4 hours! In other words, someone like me... If you have a heart and do not have the audacity to kill a pure, growing, virtual plant, then give this app a shot. It helps me stay away from mindlessly going on social media just to check “something”. I get sidetracked very easily and I’ve been wanting to improve that habit because I end up being less productive. Unlocking my phone and witnessing my little seedling growing seems so pure that I allow it to grow. (Most of the time. There had been some incidents.) If you’re like me and are easily distracted and you lose focus often on what needs to be done, by all means try this app out if you lack the mental stability of ignoring your apps.
Sydnylol - i enjoy it, but i’m missing some things
i really like using this app to track how much time i spend on my work and it helps to take breaks with timed sessions so you avoid burning out. i like the tagging system so you can see specially how much time you spend on a certain task, such as certain classes or chores. i like that it shows which days you’re most productive and other interesting stats, and you can plant actual trees after awhile.
some features i wish were included would be the ability to add a tree/chunk of time for the times i do work and forget to set the timer. id also like to be able to set a stopwatch without an ending because sometimes i want to keep working past the original time set. it’s annoying to have to pick it up and set an extra 10-15 minutes. at the same time, sometimes i’ll finish my work sooner than when the timer goes off, and then i need to kill the tree i’m currently growing or just let the timer finish, but then my times are slightly inaccurate. i know this is nitpicky, but it’s just some features i’ve used with other apps that i really enjoyed. i will continue to use this app regardless because i like their commitment to helping the environment and i think the forests are cute ways of tracking time spent.
LucaSunDawn - Absolutely lovely and effective, worth $2
I have really really really been enjoying this app. I have spent considerably more time off my smart devices and in my real life simply by planting virtual trees :). Everything is perfect about it, it has daily forest growth squares that adds into the larger grid of your long term forest and keep the data for when and how you were of you smart phone. If that isn’t complete enough, it has a setting to turn on to track your phone usage, very compare his experience and pretty, if not horrifying data haha. It’s really just been a joy, and very effective. Haven’t made an account or even explored the online factors, oh and get earned only (non purchasable 😌) coins to buy a super fun variety of trees and bushes, which I hope continues to be built up. Okay, worth two dollars, bye.
Kimiko Kimi - Super Helpful!
So whenever I do work, my mind usually drifts off because I feel like I can think two things at the same time (if that makes sense). Basically, my attention span on my work is super low. But ever since I got this app, whenever my mind starts to drift off, I think about how I’m planting my tree. Honestly, if anyone is afraid because you have to pay, this is really worth it if you’re a procrastinator or have really low attention span like me. Think of it like an investment for your future! Great app! The only thing I don’t like is how I study for like a good hour but only get 15 coins or something little like that. I think I deserve more coins since buying a new tree is like 500 coins. In a way, I hate it because it takes longer but I love it because it helps me strive for a new tree.
Schnoodle1010 - My productivity has grown
I usually don’t buy apps, but this one is worth it! I am a very task driven person, and being able to see a concrete thing being accomplished by setting time aside to be productive helps me not give in to picking up my phone. I love the little trees you can see that you’ve built over time, and that eventually you can build a real life tree!
The only criticism I have is that I think it takes way too many coins to buy new digital trees or a real one. I understand it’s expensive to plant a new tree and they make money by people buying things to make them get more digital currency, but it seems hard to set your goals to plant a real life when the goals seem unattainable.
Regardless, this is definitely the best productivity app I’ve used! Worth the $2!
EyeSeeEwe - One of my favorite apps...
I mistakenly said this app was missing a feature which it actually does have. I wouldn’t have noticed if it wasn’t for the quick and friendly response by the app developer. That just goes to show that these guys really do care about their users’ experience.
This is a great app. It helps keep me away from the phone. The previous version gave you extra coins if you stayed off your phone longer than your set time. Now it only gives you coins based on your set time. The drawback to this is that you have to repeatedly go back and set a new goal once the time is up if you want to be rewarded. That means being distracted by having to reach your phone. Overall, a useful app, just a little less than before.
SpiffyCheese - Best Productivity App Ever!
I very rarely spend money on virtual things, but this app is definitely worth the $2. I have never been this productive in my life. The sheer quality of this app is amazing. Forest has a beautiful Graphical User Interface. I end up spending the most time on my phone using this app, if you don’t count Safari and Messages. Forest has a feature that displays a graph that implicates your productivity throughout the day. The feature that breaks down how much time you spend on individual activities is also quite useful and interesting. It’s genuinely a great app.
My only complaint is that you cannot rearrange the order of your tags, or the order that they show up in the pie graph. Also the Time Line tab is a bit useless. Other then that, this app is perfect.
Unicornuucopia - Focus for a good cause
This app has been a helpful asset to building better habits in my life. Sometimes I use it as a timer/ dare to get stuff done , e.g. “I have two tasks to do, I’m going to see if I can get them done in 30 minutes.” It takes personal work to build habits and work ethic, and this app acts as a good support of that. When I first bought the app I was studying for the GRE, by the time I collected enough seeds to plant a real tree outside of the app, I was one year into graduate school and that was a pretty cool moment. (I definitely would have accumulated enough hours work before that if I used the app EVERY time I did work or studied)
I recommend this to my friends and family! We need more trees in the world, more time applying ourselves to meaningful work, (and less time on our cellphones.)
admreviews - $2 for this type of productivity is worth it
Love the app.
The Home Forest screen is good. Only thing I would change is I’d like the ability to edit my own forest/garden. Almost like a game appeal so that it’s a bit more fun. You can still do everything you’re doing (because I like seeing my productivity) and add this feature as another tab after “year” if you catch what I’m putting down
The timeline is super cute and I like the fact that I can see a detailed view because I’ve tagged my tree to what I’m doing.
I love that I can see my friends but I hate that I can only see what they’ve been doing on that day only. Again I’d love for everyone to be able to edit their forests and for their friends to view it too.
Achievements are cool, I haven’t unlocked any yet. It’s only my 2nd day out here
The inventory in the store is selective and I love the choice of trees. I’d add more sound choices and I think bushes should be worth less than trees lol
It’s so cool you can actually help plant real trees with the coins you built up in the game!
The news tab is well organized and appealing to look at. Everything about this app has a very “fun” appeal, it’s easy to use and it all ties together ☺️
bubbles92467 - Have used app for 2.5 years, and I love it
I’ve been using the Forest app for the past 2.5 years, and it’s survived the chopping block this whole time. Being a college student with ADHD, this app has helped me so much because there are times where I can get distracted by Instagram or FB for hours. I love the concept of planting trees and being able to see how much you’ve stayed focus for a day, week, month, or year. I also love that you have the ability to help plant a real tree. That being said, I do wish I was able to see the timer on my lock screen, so that by just turning on my phone I would be able to see the time left. I usually leave my phone on silent or do not disturb while studying, so I don’t get the notification that my tree has been planted.
Atrtvyttcuhw - WORTH THE PURCHASE :)
really helps me get my work done, a YouTuber who made a video on time management recommended this app to me. I decided to check it out. I am a student & a content creator and I have a bad habit of picking up my phone sometimes when I don’t need to. This app helps me feel accomplished and ACTUALLY get work done. It works, it’s worth the $1.99 purchase for all the work you will get done. 9/10 recommend.
SUGGESTION: please make it to where if you use certain apps during your work time, your tree dies. I saw this because there are certain apps on my phone I use to help me with homework, but I cannot use them while in “focus mode” if there was another mode that allowed you to ONLY USE educational apps and if you use SOCIAL app your tree dies. THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!!!! Thanks :)))
Kittykat710 - This app is charging my life
First, I would like to say thank you to the creators of Forest. I am a highly distractible person, and my life has been a battle for focus (often a losing one). I honestly didn’t think this app was going to work so well. I’ve tried many techniques to attempt to focus, including the Pomodoro technique that this app employs, but have never been successful. Forest is the perfect blend of Pomodoro timer + game.
The reason it works so well for me is that I love trees and flowers. Thus, it provides me a reward that I actually want, that convinces me to not just give up and let the tree die in order to indulge my Pinterest addiction. I have a feeling that if wanting to “grow a forest” isn’t something that interests you, this may not work as well. It does help that you have the opportunity to grow real trees, thus adding an altruistic reason to succeed in focusing.
Forest is also simple to use, has adorable art, and sports a decent selection of trees and bushes to work toward for continued motivation to use the app. I hope they continue to add new types of flora as once I “complete” the game aspect of this app I may not feel as compelled to use it.
All in all, an elegant solution to phone obsession.
Daeryu - As Effective as You Are Honest With It
Forest has been a good tool for preserving both my productivity and phone battery. The pie chart it provides (after you tag each session with a category) also helps break down where your time on Forest is going.
As a more competitive person, having a ranking system between my friends and I is helpful. Having more trees and bushes is something I enjoy looking forward to; the last update was a fun experience. While I understand the idea of an increasing 100 coin cost with each tree bought, I found myself taking a mental L after prices started going beyond 1000.
Otherwise animated trees. That’d be amazing, and I wouldn’t mind earning a ton for coins for those.
Something that might be fun to see in the future are personal challenges. I enjoy the achievements and their rewards offered by the app (i.e. X consecutive days rewards and X many days’ worth of focus time for coins), and it would be nice to see more of them. Reward variety in the form of exclusive trees/bushes or planting actual trees is also something that’d be cool to have.
TL;DR: effective app. More trees (animated trees? ✨) and bushes to purchase/earn and more achievements with rewards would be cool.
BriarRose77 - Excellent time management tool!
Forest helps me manage my time and stay focused. I set the timer and focus on doing one task during that time period. I don't do anything else until the timer is off. It helps me be present and get more done without wearing myself out trying to multitask. I have never been good at multitasking and I don't use it in my life. Forest helps me avoid playing mindlessly with my phone and it gets me into the habit of concentrating on whatever I am doing in the moment. I am motivated as well because I don't want to kill my trees and want to unlock other types of trees. Additionally, I appreciate that I can see how much time I have spent focused. Time is the most valuable resource we have so I am very happy Forest helps me manage it effectively.
B13139 - AMAZING APP FOR STUDYING
So I’m going to medical school right now and I have to study pretty much all night after 8 hours of classes. Its hard to not want to take a break and look at your phone. A innocent 5 min break turns into 30mins...etc. It’s something I see a lot of my friends do, but not me, thanks to this app! These guys give you such incentives with in app rewards and real life rewards (helping save the word by planting trees!!). I 100% recommend this to anyone who is trying to put real hours in. You'll be surprised how much you check your phone without realizing it. Its such a cheap price for the real life awards you will get with all your hard work you put in. I have a study group and this app has helped all of us. Thank you to the developers for making this !!
Obscure Table - Great App for Focused Production!
Makhailla Morris - Changed The Way I Spend My Day!
I’m very easily distracted, a habitual phone checker and struggle with my ability to focus. I used to pick my phone up every 2 minutes, even less, just clicking the phone screen to see if anything new had happened or just to check the time (even if I jut checked 45 seconds ago).
When I downloaded Forest, it took some time for me to actually get the ball rolling and utilising it as much as I can.
I love knowing how I spend the minutes in my day. I love the productivity I feel when I’m in a flow state and am not distracted by a cellphone going off, I love how much work I get done when I’m not spending one minute refreshing all my apps for every five minutes I’m working on something.
I use it to time things I hate doing, like the dishes or studying or mopping. I use it for things I love, like yoga, running and reading.
Plus, every few minutes I spend allows me to receive a coin, which will eventually build up until I’m able to plant a REAL tree. This inspires and drives me to spend mindful minutes in order to have the reward of doing something good.
All in all, I LOVE Forest.
I do wish we could customise our dashboard, though.
bob the builder here - high school student and I love this!!
my phone is the most distracting thing when I’m working. I’ll even put it in another room and I’ll think about it or want to check it. This app is perfect because it’s impossible for me to do that! I also don’t really think about my apps or social media, instead I think my nice little tree. It’s so fun because you can customize so many things, save up money, unlock new trees, and even sync up with friends. Every time you plant a tree you get a visual reward in your forest and some coins, which can be spent to unlock more things. If you get lovingly attached to little plants or creatures like me, this is perfect! I feel way more productive and this app actually makes me WANT to work!! Money well spent :)
Monica Orozco - Amazing app!
I have been able to read countless of pages for school using this app. Not only does it have a friendly interface, but it also has lots of cute features such as being able to use coins collected to add to an array of plant life. If you choose not to use your coins like myself and save up, you can also help out a nonprofit organization by giving them coins to plant trees in 3rd world countries. I have tried many pomoduro timing apps before this, even my own Apple timer. But nothing seemed to work. This app has truly be able to save me from failing classes, but also helps me manage my school and social life. I was hesitant about investing money in this app at first but it truly has been a lifesaver. 10/10 would purchase. 👍
Redbluesky - Helpful/inspiring app
This is fun to use and inspires me to not only focus but to get things done. I’m strangely inspired to get digital trees planted. It’s probably due to the colorful interface. My suggestions are when I start planting a tree give me 2 options. 1) is to allow me to select whether i can interact with my phone during the planting. I know the app is about focusing and ignoring my phone but sometimes my focus involves working on my phone and sometimes it doesn't. I know this is in my settings but it would be nice to have a toggle available to select when I start planting my tree. 2) the app works by setting a predetermined time which counts down. It would be nice to start planting with no set time limit and I just tell the app when I’m done and the app determines how large of a tree I grew.
Overall, I’m loving this app.
Gina J Rosebug - Best app for self-controll and study
I usually do not write a review for an app, yet this app is one of the only ones that I am continuously using for almost 3 years and never regret purchasing. (To add more credit, I’m currently a graduate student, so there you go.) Not only collecting and planting trees give you a satisfaction that you did something meaningful without seeing your phone, yet also this app can actually donate the “real” trees—so, your money actually goes somewhere that is needed.
One thing that I have in mind, though: I want to donate more than 5 trees. Please, like, we want to donate more. It’s a good thing, isn’t it?
Overall, if you want to focusly do something without phone distraction, I highly recommend you to purchase and try this app. :)
woodlycoolz - Great resource!
I’m not going to lie I was a little skeptical To pay for a timer. But honestly this has been a game changer I'm a type a guy that I've never had a problem to study but when I had to start studying for a big state exam I need something to help me stay off my phone the fact that I continuously get notifications to go back to my Forest app to help me stay off my phone and stay focused on the task and hand. And the fact that I got a little tree every single time is able to do the study time release little bit of dopamine which help me keep going I've been using this app continuously for about 3 to 4 months now and almost I hit 1000 trees. Anybody has problems with staying off the phone this is a great resource
LittleNerdyElephant - This helps so much!!!!!
This app has helped me stay focused greatly, because I struggle a lot with being on my device for too long and not staying on task due to my device distracting me. I love this app because it rewards you for keeping on track, with coins that you can use to customize your experience, with sounds and different trees, etc. I personally love the feature where you can do a group forest, with friends, so that you HAVE to be determined to get work done so you don’t let them down (because if you fail, they do too). Also, I like that it gives back to the environment- if you save up enough coins, you can plant a real tree!! I’m so happy I was introduced to this app... I use it ALL the time. Totally worth the money.
whoooyaaa - Review
This is an extremely cool app that has proven to really keep me focused. It basically disables the use of your phone and other apps until you finish planting your tree- your set focus time. This has been super productive for me since I always lose hours in Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook. It’s also really awesome because once you grow a certain amount of trees a company that’s connected through the app will actually plant a real tree. I’m trying to get to that point but it’ll take some more concentrating! Overall, this app keeps me super on track and gives off a very calming and zen vibe. Highly recommended for those who have trouble paying attention, especially if that distraction comes from your phone.
Tiffanypup11 - Great Just one Issue
This app is great! I started using it a year ago for school and it has helped me a ton since I’ve always been the procrastinating type. I never want to kill the cute little trees and always feel so proud after I’ve stayed focused for the time. I also love the option to take a couple minute break in between timers. It helps me calm down but not forget to get back to work....
However I have just ONE issue. The problem for me is I sometimes over estimate how much time I will need to get my work done. Usually it’s fine but on the rare occasion where I do finish early there is no way for me to stop it without killing the tree. I simply wish there was a way you could tell the app you completed your work and no longer need the timer without murdering an innocent tree.
Ryan32801 - Amazing!
After the developer responded to my review not more than 1 day after I left it, I wanted to update my review. Just as I state below, the app is wonderful. I forgot to mention they also offer a program where you can spend your earned coins to have an organization plant a REAL tree. It’s a really great app. I totally recommend!!
I absolutely love this app. I’ve tried every other anti-procrastination app out there, and none have worked for until I found Forest. The fact that it still plants your dead tree makes you feel guilty because you’ll be able to see it. I feel like that’s the key right there. The saying “out of sight out of mind” really applies here. It’s NOT out of sight so it’s NOT out of mind. I really like this app, it is definitely worth the price
Also, there’s a chrome extension. You manually put in which websites you are NOT allowed to go to, so you can still use your computer for work (blacklist), or you put in the specific websites you ARE allowed to visit, and anything else will kill your tree (whitelist).
All in all, this is a great app and totally worth the money if you really need help with procrastination.
Art1308 - Helps me be more productive
This has been a great find for me. I set it like a pomodoro timer, 25 minutes at a time. I’ve been getting a lot of writing down, as well as getting work done on some other goals. Now, you can definitely “cheat”, so to speak, but like my teachers back in grade school would say, “you’re only cheating yourself”.
Thing is, you might want to use your phone for the task you are working on. I like writing on my phone over paper and pen and even my laptop. So you can set the app to allow you to grow your tree even when you’re not in the app itself. And that’s how one could “cheat”.
But I highly recommend the app. It’s been a fantastic help in me being more productive lately.
Alex Bum - Fun Incentive to Stay Focused
LOVE this app! I have ADD and tend to procrastinate the important things I need to do at work and social media is the perfect tool to do so- however this app has been super helpful with staying off of it. The premise of it may sound cheesy or like it wouldn’t be that motivating but it’s become a game for me to see how long I can stay off of it. And the fact that you get to plant real trees once you’ve earned enough coins to do so is 1. personally a good enough reason to pay for the app and 2. an even bigger motivation to stay off my phone while it’s turned on or else it’ll “kill the tree” (just on the app) that I’m in the middle of “growing.” Definitely recommend to anyone who needs help with self-discipline!
Ed-0002- - It's a neat app
I have a hard time doing work because I easily get distracted but this app is certainly helping. I don't know how but I guess it's just how the app makes me consider that giving up on my task kills tree motivates me to keep going. The app also has features like being able to adjust the timer from 10 minutes to 2 hours of studying, get different kinds of trees, use gained coins to plant actual trees, has different kinds of study sounds, and my favorite is the deep focus mode where you can't leave the app at all.
While I can force myself to focus on my own, this app makes it way easier to focus and makes it fun in an endearing way. And while they have lots of types of trees, I wish they had more kinds of study sounds and trees though.
Ilovesoren - LOVE LOVE LOVE😍😍
Forest is one of my absolute favorite apps. I use it every day when I am doing my homework to help me get rid of my distractions. The tag feature is really cool and lets me see just how much time I am spending on certain subjects. I have just recently started using Forest to lock down my phone and track my other activities such as soccer practice, family dinners, and school. The only thing I wish would be different is if Forest would be more customizable so there would be more things you could do with the leaf coins you earn. More things to buy with the coins would give me A LOT more incentive to earn them. Even still this app most definitely completes its purpose and I will continue to build my forest.
Kwacky26 - Thanks
I get distracted very easily (I have ADHD and chronically poor time management skills), and this app has been so helpful for me. Sometimes, you just need that little push to get yourself started on a task, and when you know that it’s not going to be endless, and that in 25 minutes or so you can take a break, it makes it seem much more doable. That’s the best way to get anything done—break it into bite-sized pieces. Sometimes, just starting a timer on Forest is enough to get me started on a task that I would not have started otherwise. Also, I like the calm ambience of the app, and the cute trees and other plants that you can earn. I also like that I can use the app on my computer as well (on Chrome). Thank you!
thaesino - Incredible! I’m amazed.
In the first stage, you ignore the app. You continue procrastinating and slacking, the app serving only as a reminder of your ideal, more focused self.
In the second stage, you open the app. You fail numerous times and your efforts come to little fruition, until finally one day, after a week of focus, you reach stage three. In this stage, you rely on the app to guide your focus. Things are actually getting done and you’re amazed at how such a simple thing has reigned in your potential for productivity. And the one day...
One day, you reach the fourth and penultimate stage. You no longer need the app. Simply having the icon on your phone is enough to deter you from using your precious time doing anything extracurricular... including even using the app. All focus had finally become internalized, and the app, being a mere external vehicle, also seems to waste your potential for focus.
In the final stage, your phone vanishes, app and all. I’ve obviously not reached this stage as I’m reviewing from my phone, but you get the point.
App really does work, if you’re willing to put in the work yourself. Otherwise, it’s useless.
Jüliá B - Fantastic!
I use it to get some study time in. I have a huge procrastination problem and had my doubts since I never spend money on apps, but i caved in and spent the two dollars and THANK GOD I DID. One, if I don’t use the app i feel guilty since i spent money on it. Two, there are goals within the app, like growing a real tree and customizing the trees you plant in your forest which makes it kind of fun. Three, you see all of your focus progress and it makes you feel like a focus BEAST. It makes you really appreciate the effort you put into your work, whether it be school or your job or whatever. Definitely recommend, coming from a big cheapo! Thank you forest team for promoting healthy habits, I could never be more grateful
RavenclawNWA - Wish I knew this existed when I was in school!
Throughout my entire academic career, I’ve never been the type of student who could study for 6-8 hours a day. I got really anxious and resorted to checking my phone to avoid studying. I’m currently preparing for my licensing exams and desperately needed something to help me focus on studying and more importantly off my phone! I saw someone on Reddit recommend this app and figured that it’s $2, it wouldn’t hurt. To my surprise, this app has kept me accountable with studying! I follow the pomodoro method (4 25-min sessions with 5 min breaks in between). With each 25 min session, I plant a little cedar tree and my goal is to have 4 trees in 1 study session. Definitely wish I knew about this app sooner!
firespinner2011 - Great app
I love this app! It helps me to concentrate and not mess with my phone so I can get more work done. I rated it four stars though because there’s only one thing I really wish they would improve. You earn coins for all of your successful trees grown and you can use those coins to either unlock new trees or save them up to turn them in for the app developers to play real trees in the real world. I wish you didn’t have to choose between these two. It would be cool if there were two different types of coins one to unlock trees and one to plant real trees. Because I love seeing the different types of digital trees that I can plant but I feel guilty unlocking them if it means less trees for the real world. Other than that one thing this is one of my very favorite apps.
Kencathedrus - A modest, but wonderful app.
I’ve owned this app for about a year and a half. I’m trying to write a book and Forest has helped me immensely in this regard. Previous attempts have always ended fizzled out, either because of lack of time or inspiration. Since February 2018 I’ve been using Forest as a means to take time and focus on my writing. I use the Pomodoro technique of 25 minutes of pure focused work and use Forest to track this.
I now have over 90,000 words and while I still have a ways to go, for the first time ever I feel that I am reaching my potential as a writer. I don’t normally write app reviews, but Forest has been such a great part of my writing process that I felt it deserved five minutes of my time to praise it.
marcbear9 - This keeps me so productive!!
Every time I would download this app I would delete it because I never opened it. About 2 months ago I decided that I was on my phone way to much and I wanted to challenge myself to do better. I re-downloaded this app and it has been going great! The layout is fantastic and the motivation tactic works like a charm. It is 100% worth the $2 and I recommend this app to everyone. Even without the extra trees/bushes this app is great to help you stay focused on your tasks. The cute extras are just an added bonus.
In short, this app is great for getting what you need to get done, done. All you have to do is find how this app works for you and get in a routine for using it.
Arveras - Arboricide a great deterrent against slacking
Forest has been my go-to solution for making my phone inaccessible when I need to buckle down and work, or when I just need a break from my phone. The threat of killing a digital tree before it’s had time to grow is real! I love the variety and number of different tree and bush types - it keeps me eager to unlock more - and I love even more so that you can use your points to plant real trees. My only complaints are the limited range of times you can choose and how long it takes to accumulate points for smaller intervals, but these are minuscule gripes. I would highly recommend Forest to everyone looking to gamify putting down their phone to live a better, fuller life!
PJ Manou - I LOVE THIS APP !!!!
The only bad thing about this app is that it costs money, but it was worth it! I always plant a tree while I'm in class, doing homework, at work, or while I'm sleeping or out! It's addictive to watch you beat your own personal best daily scores and to see where you rank every week, globally. I think one of the main reasons I chose to pay for this app is the way that it immediately is giving back to our environment and to people across the globe! How cool is it to be able to log out of our social world and sit back and provide something so basic, but so useful to groups of people who are struggling? This app is amazing and I am committed to using this app for over 400 minutes a day!!!
Mmacmahon - Effective focus app
Far better than you typical Pomodoro style app. Having the consequences of “killing” a tree is more potent than just cancelling a study timer. You’re motivated to rack up more focus time, and thus coins, to buy more types of trees to grow! Letting you focus with and compete against friends is a smart feature too. Have played with loads of productivity apps and this is simple, charming, and extremely effective.
One idea—have a “hardcore” mode where you put money down on a focus timer. If you complete the time, you get your money back. If not, it goes to the tree-planting charity in the app. As a reward for completing the time successfully, you get 1.5x or 2x the number of coins as your normal focus session!
Snorkel Cola - best app on my phone
i have had so many issues with getting distracted and not getting my work done in the past. Now that i have this app, i have been able to get rid of my normal distractions. it's definitely worth the money. u can even change the category of what ur using the app for and it can show u how much u have used the app for schoolwork/ hw/ work/ sleep, etc. ive also used the app before i go to bed. i always get bored while trying to fall asleep and pick up my phone, so i just plant a tree for an hour or two and i am able to sleep. the most motivating and useful app on my phone. ive recommended it to so many of my friends and they all love it. get this app, no doubt.
Rhomy777 - Works amazingly well, even if it’s painful, haha
Really, this app made me painfully aware of how much I pick up my phone. I didn’t realize it had practically become subconscious for me to pick up my phone to do something literally every few minutes. Like, it was shocking for me.
I do wish there was an ‘allowed app’ feature or something, because I love to use this at work, but in my work team it’s pretty common to use texts to communicate, so I usually end up setting it for short 30 minute bursts, and then checking for team member texts. I get it would somewhat defeat the purpose of the app, but it really would make it more work friendly.
10/10, would recommend though
Nuggi3_456 - Must have for students!
I’m a full time student, and it’s impossible for me to stay on track with whatever I’m doing (thanks ADHD!). I was in desperate need of something to keep me accountable, and this was just the thing. The motivation to build a beautiful forest, unlock cute trees, and even plant an irl tree was enough to get me to spend the money to buy this, considering I never ever purchase apps. This was the best purchase I’ve made for productivity, and I will continue to recommend this to everyone I know! It’s simple, effective, and surprisingly really fun. I’ve tried several other apps similar to this one, but nothing comes close to its overall simplicity and graphics. I can’t get enough!
synthase - App-tastic!
Absolutely love this app! Finally a productivity app that doesn’t require me to use my phone MORE! One of my biggest issues with other productivity apps is, when I get notifications and reminders from them, it encourages me to USE my phone and before I know it, one little reminder to be productive turns into me scrolling Twitter or Pinterest for half an hour or something like that. This one rewards me for NOT being on my phone, and the rewards add up! I especially love that if I earn enough rewards I can have a REAL LIFE TREE planted. So it not only benefits ME to be off my phone, it benefits the environment! Thanks so much for helping me make the most of the time in my days, and for being earth-conscious.
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