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!
Disarray Human Being - Great for studying
Honestly, I’m the type of person who just suddenly goes on my phone or laptop in the middle of doing homework, projects, etc. It’s especially been a problem since this new school year started. This app has helped me quite a lot, though sometimes I forget to plant a tree before I begin completing assignments. It’s helped with decreasing the amount of time I spend on schoolwork, and makes me feel like I’m doing so much more. Whenever I do reach over to my phone and am about to do something besides studying, like scrolling through Instagram, I’d open it and see the tree on my screen. Then, I’d ask myself, “Do I really want the tree to die?” I’d say no. In the beginning of using this app, I was always close to using my phone while the tree is growing. I began to develop a mentality after a few days that I should finish my homework before going on my phone and do other things. Of course, I sometimes still do it when I don’t use Forest, but I feel as if I’ve lessened the amount. This is the first productivity app I’ve used, and I’ve always seen people recommend it. It’s definitely an app worth the money. You can use it on your laptop or computer as well, as a Chrome extension (which is what I started out with). It’s simple to use, and has a minimalistic aesthetic that I really enjoy. Overall, it’s a great app.
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.
AmyR1101 - Totally Worth the Money
This is the app that’s got me through middle school and two years of high school. I don’t have a diagnosed focusing disorder, but I get writing blocks and procrastinate a lot. Like, a LOT. This app has helped me so, so much. It’s really got everything you could ask for. An amazing user interface, currency that you get from focusing, fake (and real) trees that you can plant to make a beautiful forest out of focusing, tags so you know where you’re spending time focusing, and really cool analysis tools that show you what days and what times you focus the most. This is the one of the only apps that I would say is completely worth your money. The tech team is really amazing, I reached out to them about an issue I had and within a day they responded and within a week had fixed the issue. I’ve also for years been pushing for a stopwatch feature in their feedback survey(as a student I don’t always know how long homework will take) and they listened! The only things I guess I would say could be better would be the leaderboard, since it’s worldwide and there are some people who use the app to just get away from their phone, so they can have seriously high hours and it’s really impossible to beat if you use Forest for studying. Overall, amazing app that has literally changed my life in a positive way.
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!
Alired22 - 100% RECOMMEND!!!
If you are on the fence about buying this app, take this as a sign to purchase and download it. This app is so fun and motivating. I have tried other methods like the Pomodoro technique, but it doesn’t seem to work. However, as someone who sometimes has trouble staying focused and getting things done, this app is helpful than one may realize. I love plants so this app is definitely for me. I get excited once I have planted things in my forest and sometimes don’t even feel like I am working because I am motivated to make my plants and forest grow. And I am disappointed when one of my plants die. Maybe it is just me but I also love how I am encouraged by receiving coins, which I can use to buy different types of other beautiful plants of my choice (which just motivates me even more). I love the aesthetic of the app and don’t know where I would be without this app. I spend A LOT of time on my phone, so the Deep Focus setting that kills my plant if I exit the Forest app is amazing. Because I hate seeing my plants die. I hold my forest in my heart and love watching it get bigger and bigger. The app is the best. It helps me get my work done while keep it stress free, light and fun.
TotumReviews - Helps with my ADHD!
I have ADHD so I tend to getting easily distracted by my brain. I’ve been using the free chrome extension which helped, but then I would just go on my phone instead. I was hesitant to buy the app but it was really worth it. You feel kinda guilty if you end up going off task and kill a tree, which sounds bad but it really helps keep you on track. Once your in the groove of whatever you’re doing you don’t even notice that the time you set aside has been up already! If you’re a student that procrastinates, this is great for you! You can set the time and use it for more than just studying: breaks, cleaning, drawing, writing. Some of my only complaints are the price. Even though is pretty cheap, there is a desktop Chrome extension of this that’s 100% free. You’re only limited to only one tree and a bush which gets boring after continuous use; and if you want a different tree it’s only in the mobile, which is rather annoying. Other than that, it’s very versatile and user-friendly no matter the age. Very well done. 👍🏼
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!
Aye.en.dee.why - Very Good App but with a very annoying flaw
The app is great for what it does. It’s not too complex, but just has enough fun functionality to keep you motivated and involved. You might not like these kinds of gamified time trackers if the game part isn’t attractive to you (aka you don’t like growing trees or raising an RPG character), but for everyone else they should like this.
There is only one very very annoying flaw. There is no landscape mode, at least not on tablets. People have been asking for this for a while now and it still hasn’t happened. I understand why they’d hold off on making it initially but with the release of the Magic Keyboard (which is now gen 2) that puts iPads in landscape, they should have developed this by now. Essentially it’s their way of saying only use this app on your phone. Also it’s not a bad web plugin but I don’t really find it that useful. Maybe if your workflow lived entirely in a browser, it’d be more helpful.
This isn’t to be a downer though. It’s a very good app, it just has some flaws that are puzzling at best and keep it from being really great
Ejshcs - i like it a lot
To be honest, I really like this app. I think it’s super helpful, and super beautiful. I really like the grid layout and all of that. My only complaint is that I think that although the developers know this already, it is silly that there’s a limit on how many real tress you can plant through the app. my biggest complaint however is not necessarily with just this app but also similar apps that reward you for focusing which is that they don’t really get of a full Pomodoro experience, i.e. letting you set up multiple cycles of 25 minutes of focus and 5 minutes of break. Instead, you have to open up the app every time you finish your focus session and click to set a timer for the break and go back to the app after the break to start the focus timer again. Of course, this isn’t a dealbreaker on the app for me, it just means after that five minute break I will often get distracted and forget to come back to the app. Other than that I think it’s a great app and adding the classic Pomodoro experience would push this app to five stars for me.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
Hijgkfmdkfnfkdnekfj - Excellent app
This app is really good. I’m a student who uses my phone way too much and this app has both made me aware of that and helped me spend less time on my phone. It takes a while to get new trees but I don’t even care because you start out with 2 or 3 anyway. I like to use different types of trees for different activities.
As someone who enjoys nature but doesn’t have much opportunity to be in it, I’m very drawn to the forest aspect. I also like how you can see your forest for the day, week, month, or year.
My ONE suggestion so far would be to have a feature that counts up instead of down; either that or a way to continue the same tree immediately after the timer goes off assuming you’re still focusing. If I’m focusing on reading I don’t always know how long it will take so if I set it for 25min and read for 45, I’d rather just extend the tree than have multiple smaller ones.
Other than that this app is fantastic and I highly recommend. I’ll keep using it for sure.
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 :)
A;lskdjflasj - Seriously, find a way to incorporate regular breaks like pomodoro.
It’s a shock to me that the most recent largest revamping of the app is just installing a count-up feature. I mean is that seriously the most demanded feature? I’ve been trying to incorporate regular breaks into my continuous work sessions by running a pomodoro app together with the Forest app for ages, which has been super inefficient, and I’m sure I’m not alone. Maybe you can set an allowance of max of 5-minute break every 30min. You can choose how often you break with total amount of break time as constraint. Say you are planting for 2h, giving you a max break allowance of 20min. You can choose the traditional pomodoro method of breaking for 5 every 25min, or you can choose to work 1h and 40min and take 20. But seriously regular breaks are so essential for concentration and I just think missing that feature is a big flaw in an app that aims to improve concentration and productivity.
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.
JustARandomCatlover - BEST INVESTMENT EVER OMG
I hardly ever write reviews for apps, but I seriously LOVE forest! The whole app is very intuitive and they seem to be very invested in making sure the customer actually enjoys the product. They’re also always releasing new features so if you’re super ambitious and have bought all the trees, there will always be new options for you.
I have two absolute favorite features. One is the break timer—you set it for a few minutes, and then it sends you a notification reminder when it’s time to start working again. It’s like a customizable form of the pomodoro method because unlike other apps you can choose exactly how long you want different intervals to be.
The other feature which was just introduced recently is the stopwatch feature! My issue with selecting a time beforehand was that I didn’t know how long a particular task was going to take, and I prefer to do large chunks all at once. This way, I can do the hard part of starting a task and putting down my phone without having to fit my tasks into pre determined increments.
Some people might just pick up their phone again right after the initial required 10 minutes have passed, but i feel like this feature allows me to work more because I don’t feel like I’m making a huge commitment to not touch my phone for 45 minutes.
Overall, fantastic app and 100% recommend!
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.
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.
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!
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 😊
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!
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 :)
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).
Grievedghost - Great, with Some Opportunities for Improvement
I love using Forest as a way to feel like I am doing something positive (planting imaginary, even actual trees) while focusing on various activities.
My one suggestion would be to offer an option where a timer for focusing can be started and run for as long as focusing lasts, rather than requiring the user to specify a time period. Sometimes I’m not sure how long I’m going to be able to focus before I’m interrupted (e.g. my son running into the room needing something, a call coming in that I can’t dismiss), and it sometimes discourages me from planting if I’m worried I can’t determine how long I’ll be able to stay focused and don’t want a dead tree on my hands. Sometimes the break in focus is outside of your control, and I think this would be a good feature along with the timer option currently available to ensure that users can track how long they’re able to focus without interruptions.
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!
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!
Eleanor.baxter - Best focusing app ever
I truly love this app. It really helps me stay focused, plus the trees are just so cute. The ability to collect coins is also very fun as it keeps an incentive to want to not breakYour focus and kill your tree. You get to buy new fun things with your coins which continues to motivate me. I like that you can change the look of the trees, you can keep it on for a very long time which is very useful. The Breaktime feature is also very helpful as it allows me to take breaks but still come back quickly and not procrastinate. You have the ability to keep a streak for a certain amount of days as well as the app tracks how long you focus for over the course of a day, a month, and even throughout the year. I would very much recommend this up to anyone who procrastinates or has struggles with staying concentrated as I do as it has helped me immensely.
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.
Randomnameneeded - Please add scheduling!
I love this app so much - I have a horrible phone addiction and have tried a ton of other apps but nothing is quite as motivating as knowing I’m going to kill my little tree if I don’t get off my phone. I’ve set up those Apple Screen time limits and every time the limit comes up, I just say “15 more minutes” with absolutely no shame. But I NEVER kill a Forest tree.
The only thing that would make this better (and for which I’d love the developers forever) is if you guys made it possible to schedule trees in advance! I often wake up and start the day on my phone and half my work day will go by before I *realize* and actually plant a Forest tree. If I could preschedule a tree for the morning, that would allow me to start off the day on the right foot. Super hope you guys implement this - and thank you so much for the wonderful app!
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!
CanStudies - Great productivity App
Thank you for making a productivity app that’s fun and that’s encouraging me to be more productive. Since I have been using it i and more productive and I’m able to complete all of my assignments and tasks daily. Keep up the great work!!!!😁📚I’d recommend this app for kindergarteners to graduate Students this is an amazing app I wish I’d had it before college. As a homeschooler, Every school term my mother would purchase timers from the dollar store and get them to my sister and me and we got bored with using the timer because it wasn’t very exciting. In 2018, I resumed the pomodoro method in my Sophomore year of college and I started using the forest App. That’s when I fell in love with this app. I never knew that there was a name for it but our mother brought us up on the pomodoro method😆.Well thanks for making a great app!!!! Keep up the great work🎉😁💝
Jung Jaehyun's Wife - just one suggestion
i didn’t have very high expectations going into this, assuming it was just any other study timer app. but they were definitely exceeded. i have ADHD and struggle soooo much with procrastination and sustaining work duration, and nothing has done the trick like this app has. especially in group sessions, if your tree withers everyone else’s does, which definitely does the job to keep you going! if i could suggest one thing- i wish there were a chat option after finishing group sessions, even pre-made messages/stickers would work if free chat poses any problems. i think it’d be a nice touch to make it more interactive and tell each other good job, all that! while i love group mode, it does feel like it’s missing something, so a feature like this would make it more encouraging. but overall, love it
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.
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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! 👏👏💗💗
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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!
Haz04za - Pretty good app. Would recommend
The app is actually really helpful. I’m a teenager that would much rather be gaming than doing my uni study but with this app it’s kind of rewarding you. And too think that once I grow enough trees and get enough coins I can grow a tree in the real world is kind of a way of giving back. I would recommend this to parents that have kids like me and maybe reward them with something physical like a meal or a drink or something. Like say you grow three trees, then they can have some drinks with you or go to that party they wanted to go.
👏👏😜😜 - 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.
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.
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.
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.
Jo5dy - Beautiful yet more to improve
The app is simple and nicely designed the plants are so cute, creative and relevant. The rainforest and bird sounds inbuilt in the app is one of my favourite sounds by far.
There needs to be more ways to attain new trees for free as it is taking forever to reach the amount to buy a different one.
Another issue I’ve encountered when studying with friends is that I have to start a new room every single time my session is finished. It’s so bothersome to send an invite room every 25-30 minutes. There is no way to continue the session after the break. The only option is to disband the room.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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.
Skfjdjwjkfksns - Flora is a better app and it’s free
Flora is a better app and it’s free
Em122234324 - Awesome!
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 :)
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.
Aprilmayjune150 - Great app but:
Please add a landscape option! Please also make a forest app for Mac! There’s a chrome extension but I would like an app to block certain apps!
Update: please also make the leafy sounds when you tap on forest more gentle! They’re very sudden and sharp and I get scared sometimes haha.
Other than that, this is so cute and so helpful! Thanks :)
Fatiimaaa1 - Love it
I honestly really love this app. Definitely recommend! Also the fact that they plant ACTUAL trees, makes it so much better
Okaiokaydonkai - enjoy!
It helps me study while acheiving small goals to motivate myself.
Ladyserenity2 - Amazing
This is the best app to use when your studying or doing homework! It’s super effective! It refrains my urge to touch my phone because I don’t want my tree to die haha
Amazing app (:
MyriamKT - Bonne application!
J’aime bien pour étudier efficacement!
Uni student from quebec - Love it
It helps me so much! I had difficulties staying focus but now im so focused on growing my forest that i never touch my phone
Sbcyph - Great app!
Has worked for my productivity so far; here's to hoping I stick to it.
Mathtroublemaker - good
ZESTVIETNAM - 💯
Nice app, very helpful!
Curt600rr - Helpful
Helps me stay focused. The different trees take a little too long to get though for an already paid app.
Vanpepp - Good app with Bad UX
I love the idea of the app. The look of the app is pretty, and functionality is great!
However I found something that could be improved.
If I invite my friends, they don’t get the notification unless they are on the app or until the page refreshes.. also, when I built a tree with my friend, I get two trees after... which is weird. I wanted to see how many trees that I planted today and check the hours of focus. But since sometimes it plants two trees, it is very hard to guess with the look of the trees.. I don’t want 2tress for 1 session of focus..
If the team can improve this, The experience with app will be more enjoyable:)
Sdbusa - Love it
Actually keeps me focused on my task and not touch my phone
Kath'ryn - Génial
Pratique pour se motiver à étudier sans procrastiner!
AHebein - Works well
I like it
Cangurt - good
just started and looks cool
ThalieC68 - Application très utile
Elle nous aide à rester concentré pendant un travail qui demande tout notre attention. Très pratique!
Benjamcg - Meh
The concept is really good. But it feels like a lot of basic UI stuff just absent. It’s okay for the money spent, but I see myself giving up in this app if they don’t improve the UI
The good: stats are great. The visualization of stats as a forest is genius.
The bad: there’s a lot of wondering whether or not I’m doing it right. Tapping the wrong icon can result it quitting a cycle and losing data. Mistakes can’t be undone. I especially find the break times feel undercooked. Hopefully updates will bring some refinement.
Totoropm - Great app :)
Thanks for helping me get work done
Holygramme - great app
great for students who have difficulty focusing
Oatmami - Helpful!
Keeps me from getting distracted by my phone which seems to be the #1 distraction all the time
Roxou125 - J’aime
Très bonne application
Treehugger345 - Trees and focus
Good motivation, nice concept.
Cam sau - M’aide beaucoup!
STacyluv - Love it
I love the app
Omfgicangthinkofanicknamw - Best app for not touching your phone
Great app for studying
Kkk11INN - Recommendation
How about add a feture that we can plant random tree? Possible to plan some trees that you might not own or maybe some trees that are not exist in the shop.
Shirio_neko - Great app
Helps you focus mainly because of the trees that u can buy, would recommend!
Fayedarr - Love it
It helps keep me motivated and is good to remind me to take breaks for my back:)
_ash.mi_ - Amazing for concentration
I have some trouble when I try disconnecting from my phone and this app really helps me with that!👍
Miss_winnie_98 - Très bonne application
Pas cher et très utile pour planifier des temps d’étude . En plus , ça fait pousser des arbres !!
Rosiemlang - Great!
that’s so is amazing for motivation and i especially like the feature that allows you to study with friends 10/10
ELBL23 - Good apps for phone addict!
Helps me stop looking at my phone so much while I work.
Mayee✨✨ - Love this app
It's so uselful and so cute, I love that you can unlock new trees not by paying, but just by staying off your phone. I don't usually pay for apps but this one was definitely worth it!
Alicehong16 - I want to unlock the coral tree
Great study app tho love it
Naz00qamar - Love it!
Orangebagel13253737 - Amazing
Helped me out a lot with focusing
Velindaxo - Love this app!
I'm totally in love with it! It gets me going. And it's fun. : )
Wownnd - Les arbres
Je trouve que l’application est très pratique
Eun2021 - Review
I love this app.
It really encourage to focus the time intensively and properly.
Mike get the car - Great app!
I love this app!
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