Best Brain Training Apps in 2020

Whether at work or at school, people in modern times are under great pressure. To control stress and pressure, you can use a number of wonderful and smart brain training apps on your phone.

These apps aim to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

In this article, I will introduce 10 apps that will help you keep your mental health balanced at all times.

1. Elevate

Elevate is currently Google’s Editor’s Choice for brain training. It features over 35 brain games and personalised daily workouts. It was designed to improve memory, focus, cognitive skills and processing speed. The app focuses on math, articulation, writing, reading and listening. The difficulty of games changes as you progress.

The app has a free version, but for the premium version, you have a free 14-day trial and have to pay after the trial.

2. Duolingo

Duolingo is one of the world’s most popular language-learning apps. Studies have shown that learning a language at any age could help improve your brain function. The app can not only help train your brain, but also help learn a practical new skill. It offers 30 languages for you to choose from and helps you practice speaking, reading, listening and writing skills.

The app has a free version, but if you want to enjoy better services, you should pay and upgrade to premium.

3. Peak

As a highly rated brain training app, Peak has been Editor’s Choice and won ‘App of the Year’ for Google Play and the App Store. The app has a mix of short, intense brain workouts that test focus, memory, problem solving and mental agility. ‘Coach’ in the app tracks your progress and shows you what areas you can improve.

There’s a free version available but if you need more games, you’d better pay for the premium subscription.

4. Einstein’s Riddle Logic Puzzles

Love solving riddles? This app uses logic puzzles to challenge your brain. Users are given a problem to solve which includes several clues describing a scenario. You’ll exercise your powers of deduction and work backwards to solve the riddle. The app offers 5,000 puzzles and daily challenges that increase in difficulty.

The app is all free, but if you want to remove the ads, you need a subscription. 

5. Eidetic

Eidetic features using spaced repetition to help users “learn and remember anything” including phone numbers, interesting words or facts. It can notify you at increasing intervals to take a memory test. By doing the test, you can retain the information in your long-term memory.

There’s a free version available, but if you want more tests, you need to pay. (Apple iOS only)

6. Cognifit Brain Fitness

The Cognifit app was developed with the help of neuroscientists and thus focuses more on the science-y side of brain training. It was validated by schools and universities worldwide. Via the app, you can evaluate your cognitive skills and games to stimulate and train your brain. You can also view various programs targeted at people with different goals, including people with ADHD, depression, dyslexia or recuperating from a stroke.

There’s a free version available, but if you want more games, you need to pay for a subscription.

7. BrainHQ

This app claims to be a lot like a fitness coach. Each brain exercise adapts to your performance and gets more challenging as you improve. You can choose from a quick five-minute training session or an intense one-hour workout. Sweat bands optional.

The free version includes one free exercise every day, but if you want full access, you need a subscription.

8. Lumosity

Lumosity is an extremely popular brain training app with more than 100 million members. It offers five-minute workouts based on neuroscience research. These brain games are easy to learn and can help improve memory, decision making, problem solving and attention to detail. The games are fun and the difficulty is adapted in line with your strengths and weaknesses.

There’s a free version available, but if you need a personalised training program, you’d better choose premium subscription options which are not free.

9. NeuroNation

NeuroNation was designed to train your brain and memory. It offers a lot of scientifical online courses that are helpful for improving concentration, memory retention and cognitive speed. By analysing your strengths and potentials, the app creates a personal training plan for you and offers you 27 exercises on 250 levels. The app has a clean interface and is easy to use.

Good news is that it has a free version with premium subscription options.

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