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Forest - Focus Timer for Productivity

Forest - Focus Timer for Productivity

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Stop phone addiction and track your time with Forest!

4.7 Ratings 464K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads

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    Spending a weekend away from technology requires you to fight your usual temptation to open up social media apps 50 times a day. Get motivated to stay off those addicting apps by growing a beautiful forest in 24 hours.
    img by Antonio
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    If you need to write 2 papers by tomorrow, you’ll need to stay off your phone and focus on your homework. Plant a seed, and as long as you leave Forest open, it will grow. If you get distracted on your phone, it will wither away. Stay focused and you’ll finish homework fast!
    img by Rohan
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    Checking your phone every 10 minutes is a clear sign of addiction. Use the Forest app to set a time slot during which you will not be allowed to touch your device. Plant a virtual plant and let it grow. If you try to access any of the unauthorized apps, your plant will die.
    img by Bhanu
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    Forest is an excellent tool to get you focused away from your phone. It grows a seed and turns it into a tree as long as you keep away from your phone. Exiting the app will cause the plant to wither, hence a sense of defeat. 3 hours a day is enough to grow your seed into a leafy plant.
    img by David
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    Focus is a critical aspect of safe driving. Forest is designed to help you focus on your driving without texting and driving. Whether you're driving to a local grocery only 10 minutes from your house, or going for a 10-hour road trip, Forest keeps you off your phone.
    img by John
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    Staying focused is tough today, especially if you're expecting a phone ring 24/7. The phone app does the opposite by helping your kid not touch their phone and staying on the top of their school work.
    img by David
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    Besides helping you to stay focused and be more productive, the extra added bonus is you help grow trees around the world. So you're solving 2 issues with one app -- climate change and your personal productivity.
    img by Paulo
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    Even when in the office, sometimes you just have those days when you can't focus for a second without checking your phone. With work piling up, Forest helps you stay productive. Plus, you're helping the environment -- can't get better than that.
    img by Paulo
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    College finals have a natural tendency to turn into endless days of chaos. Staying on track can then become next to impossible. This app can help you focus, prioritize your tasks, and give your 100% to your goals.
    img by John
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    The concept of this app is great, I'd love a pomodoro-style app that can encourage me to be more focused. The animations and graphics are fun and playful.
    img by Steve
    1 year ago
  • Forest is my new favorite app May 13, 2019

    By Jo_Wiley_49
    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!
  • Jan 10, 2022

    By Eurxpa
    I absolutely love the cute theme! The app is really good for focus, and my little siblings love reading the quotations you put on there! Its quite addicting in my opinion. Growing a litttle forest with this app by putting your phone down is awesome! I think something that might be good/cool is something for overnight. You could grow multiple trees/bushes/etc. Or 1 big tree/bush/etc. It would help for if you woke up in the middle of the night, and figured you might want to use your phone.
  • Great for studying Dec 19, 2020

    By Disarray Human Being
    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.
  • Jan 11, 2022

    By Chris Hardy
    Update: Could we please have the option to keep snow effects after the holidays? It looks so pretty. Nice gamification. Lately, the sound effects continue after closing the app, so I uninstalled and reinstalled. Now I lost all my unlocked trees which is a bummer. This is the second time I've lost everything.
  • Honestly a game-changer Feb 17, 2019

    By KezOnDemand
    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.
  • Jan 12, 2022

    By STN XG
    It's good! I like how stern it is and helps me stay focus. Plus, I get to plant a tree? If only it could actually be planted in IRL! I haven't tried pro yet but maybe i will 👀 Keep up the good work!
  • Totally Worth the Money Feb 23, 2021

    By AmyR1101
    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.
  • Jan 8, 2022

    By Jane Smith
    I really like this app. It's pretty cute. It encourages good time management for me-which is a HUGE battle for me-while playing naturistic sounds and it also helps strengthen our communities and our planet. I've only just started using this app and have yet to find anything not to like about it.
  • Amazing App, I Highly Recommend It Apr 18, 2019

    By Boedinator
    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 😎👍 🌲🌳🌴🌵🌱🎋🎄🍀 😴👍🌖🏠🏡🏘🏰🏕🏛🏫🏤
  • Jan 7, 2022

    By Hart Welles
    Love planting trees to get things done and stay off my phone! Pro version is worth it to be able to allow certain apps like Spotify. Also love the gamification of tokens to buy new trees to plant, encouraging me to use the app more and rewarding me for staying focused!
  • Decrease in Quality Recently & Counterproductive Chrome-to-iOS Sync Issues May 2, 2020

    By maryeliz62442
    PROBLEM: You must improve Chrome-to-app syncing so that we can use and reap the gold rewards for using the chrome extension on multiple devices AND this app on multiple devices. Currently, users are punished (by losing gold) when they run the extension and app simultaneously. For an app rated at #2 in productivity, this seems counterproductive. TIMELINE: This has been an issue for over a year now (there is a Chrome extension complaint about this from Feb 2019). We paid for this app. That means you have the funds to dedicate resources to improving the Forest application. SOLUTION: If you’re worried about players getting gold too quickly by using multiple devices, then input an algorithm that first recognizes when multiple decides are running a session simultaneously. If a user has only one device, then they earn gold normally, with no change to the rate. The gold earned from any simultaneously-running extra devices (eg extensions or app) should be at a lesser rate. I’ve used this app for over a year now, and it’s been good for the most part. However, the Forest app developers need to get it together. For a paid app, I expect better. PROBLEM: App developers have ceased giving users motivators for lengthier sessions. All the new trees have just one stage for all session lengths. That’s laziness. SOLUTION: Make multiple stages for new trees. Low rating to get app dev attention.
  • img Community
    Spending a weekend away from technology requires you to fight your usual temptation to open up social media apps 50 times a day. Get motivated to stay off those addicting apps by growing a beautiful forest in 24 hours.
    img by Antonio
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    If you need to write 2 papers by tomorrow, you’ll need to stay off your phone and focus on your homework. Plant a seed, and as long as you leave Forest open, it will grow. If you get distracted on your phone, it will wither away. Stay focused and you’ll finish homework fast!
    img by Rohan
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    Checking your phone every 10 minutes is a clear sign of addiction. Use the Forest app to set a time slot during which you will not be allowed to touch your device. Plant a virtual plant and let it grow. If you try to access any of the unauthorized apps, your plant will die.
    img by Bhanu
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    Forest is an excellent tool to get you focused away from your phone. It grows a seed and turns it into a tree as long as you keep away from your phone. Exiting the app will cause the plant to wither, hence a sense of defeat. 3 hours a day is enough to grow your seed into a leafy plant.
    img by David
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    Focus is a critical aspect of safe driving. Forest is designed to help you focus on your driving without texting and driving. Whether you're driving to a local grocery only 10 minutes from your house, or going for a 10-hour road trip, Forest keeps you off your phone.
    img by John
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    Staying focused is tough today, especially if you're expecting a phone ring 24/7. The phone app does the opposite by helping your kid not touch their phone and staying on the top of their school work.
    img by David
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    Besides helping you to stay focused and be more productive, the extra added bonus is you help grow trees around the world. So you're solving 2 issues with one app -- climate change and your personal productivity.
    img by Paulo
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    Even when in the office, sometimes you just have those days when you can't focus for a second without checking your phone. With work piling up, Forest helps you stay productive. Plus, you're helping the environment -- can't get better than that.
    img by Paulo
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    College finals have a natural tendency to turn into endless days of chaos. Staying on track can then become next to impossible. This app can help you focus, prioritize your tasks, and give your 100% to your goals.
    img by John
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    The concept of this app is great, I'd love a pomodoro-style app that can encourage me to be more focused. The animations and graphics are fun and playful.
    img by Steve
    1 year ago
  • img Expert
    1. An interesting and even fun way to combat phone addiction during work hours
    2. Just open the timer app & plant a tree: but if you leave to open a game or social media instead of continuing to work, your tree will wither & die
    3. The more you work, the more you plant! Earn rewards and plant more seeds to watch your trees grow into a beautiful Forest

    Reviewed by Kaylin on August 1, 2018

  • Forest is my new favorite app May 13, 2019

    By Jo_Wiley_49
    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!
  • Jan 10, 2022

    By Eurxpa
    I absolutely love the cute theme! The app is really good for focus, and my little siblings love reading the quotations you put on there! Its quite addicting in my opinion. Growing a litttle forest with this app by putting your phone down is awesome! I think something that might be good/cool is something for overnight. You could grow multiple trees/bushes/etc. Or 1 big tree/bush/etc. It would help for if you woke up in the middle of the night, and figured you might want to use your phone.
  • Great for studying Dec 19, 2020

    By Disarray Human Being
    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.
  • Honestly a game-changer Feb 17, 2019

    By KezOnDemand
    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.
  • Totally Worth the Money Feb 23, 2021

    By AmyR1101
    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.
  • Amazing App, I Highly Recommend It Apr 18, 2019

    By Boedinator
    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 😎👍 🌲🌳🌴🌵🌱🎋🎄🍀 😴👍🌖🏠🏡🏘🏰🏕🏛🏫🏤
  • Jan 7, 2022

    By Hart Welles
    Love planting trees to get things done and stay off my phone! Pro version is worth it to be able to allow certain apps like Spotify. Also love the gamification of tokens to buy new trees to plant, encouraging me to use the app more and rewarding me for staying focused!
  • Great app May 8, 2019

    By Peace4KT
    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.
  • Easy, motivating, effective Aug 16, 2018

    By ijustgetbored
    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!
  • Jan 13, 2022

    By Emeka Khamun
    Great theme and ease of use, not overly complicated with too many details. Recommend for all who have interest in enhancing productivity.
  • Jan 11, 2022

    By Chris Hardy
    Update: Could we please have the option to keep snow effects after the holidays? It looks so pretty. Nice gamification. Lately, the sound effects continue after closing the app, so I uninstalled and reinstalled. Now I lost all my unlocked trees which is a bummer. This is the second time I've lost everything.
  • Jan 12, 2022

    By STN XG
    It's good! I like how stern it is and helps me stay focus. Plus, I get to plant a tree? If only it could actually be planted in IRL! I haven't tried pro yet but maybe i will 👀 Keep up the good work!
  • Jan 8, 2022

    By Jane Smith
    I really like this app. It's pretty cute. It encourages good time management for me-which is a HUGE battle for me-while playing naturistic sounds and it also helps strengthen our communities and our planet. I've only just started using this app and have yet to find anything not to like about it.
  • Dec 31, 2021

    By Conner Bell
    I used it and it was awesome, one thing that I would like to see eventually is the ability to use some pro options after you have used the app for a while (say 100 non-withered trees) or have enough points because I currently have no way to purchase pro to text during. I just would like to see some limited version of pro you can unlock after a while of use.
  • Very Good App but with a very annoying flaw Sep 16, 2021

    By Aye.en.dee.why
    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
  • i like it a lot May 9, 2021

    By ejshcs
    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.
  • Where did my coins go??? Mar 28, 2019

    By Angelacast387
    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.
  • Nov 18, 2021

    By Nola P
    Great focusing app, barely any ads, & the little trees & plants you can collect are adorable The only reason it isnt 5 stars is that those things werent what drew me to the app, the chance to plant real trees was. &while yes I did get to do that, they only allow you to plant 5 real trees. I wish I could plant more! At the end of the day, the cute digital trees arent going to impact my life & my planet as much as real ones. I would be more motivated to use it more if I could do more good with it.
  • Fun and works, but needs more features Aug 10, 2020

    By Nouveau_Riche
    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.
  • A pleasurable experience Mar 3, 2020

    By DustyTrilby
    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.
  • Jan 10, 2022

    By Kathy Hansen
    I like the app in general but I wish they would give you the option to remove the time limit. The ads either load slow or not even at all most of the time I get error 2.
  • Nov 29, 2021

    By JaLeigha Cureton
    I used to really love this app and paid for the premium version specifically to be able to use my "allow list." I updated the app to the newest version and it started forcing me to kill trees whenever I used apps that were ON my allow list. I reached out to support on November 18th and they didn't respond back until November 29th. You wanna know what their response was? "Try adding the app to your allow list." They clearly didn't even read my email before they responded 11 DAYS LATER!! 😒🙄😑
  • Not for me Oct 27, 2019

    By Bobsamurai
    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.
  • Effective but can be improved May 15, 2019

    By All_Usernames_Basically_Taken
    I’ve been using the app for a few years and love how it motivates me to stay on task. That said, I think it’s time for this app to do far more to really facilitate better focus. The Pomodoro Technique is effective for a lot of people because you can move between productive time and small breaks. The way this app works, however, is that if you want to plant a tree to its full size you need to focus for two hours straight otherwise it dies or you get a small, not as cute looking tree stub. Frankly, I don’t know anyone nowadays who does that. That’s 1/12 of the whole day already. As a student, I need breaks like most people do. Other productivity apps have this option and I think the devs should consider incorporating a Pomodoro Technique option when you decide to focus for longer than 25 minutes. This is frustrating because I slaved away to earn 1000 coins on buying a cute tree that I can’t focus long enough for. To contextualize, you get 5-6 coins per 20min study and the number of coins earned increases the longer you study in one session. You can imagine how many hours I spent with this app to buy a few trees. These days though, the shrubs are clearly more valuable because the focus-time for those is 20 min at most. Please consider incorporating a Pomodoro Technique mechanic. Just to note, I suggested this in-app but received no response which is why I’m finally posting a review.
  • Needs more improvement. Too similar to Flora. Jul 11, 2019

    By shuangyuqinzi
    I like the way this app works. However, I found the function of this app very similar to the app flora (which is free). I think that you need to add more functions and features to make this app worth the money like break time and make the app more different from flora. Sometimes, when I’m doing homework and I need a break, I can’t stop the timer and the break time is counted as my studying time. I would love a break time function! I also think you should make this app more like a game. I love games and it’s the reason why I downloaded this app. You should add levels, character shops, more rewards, maybe competition to motivate people, motivation quotes, more items in shops, studying tips, functions that help concentration like to do lists, and make sure the features or functions that are new are not distractions and helpful to make the app fun and motivating. I hope this helps! Thanks for reading this!💗
  • Decrease in Quality Recently & Counterproductive Chrome-to-iOS Sync Issues May 2, 2020

    By maryeliz62442
    PROBLEM: You must improve Chrome-to-app syncing so that we can use and reap the gold rewards for using the chrome extension on multiple devices AND this app on multiple devices. Currently, users are punished (by losing gold) when they run the extension and app simultaneously. For an app rated at #2 in productivity, this seems counterproductive. TIMELINE: This has been an issue for over a year now (there is a Chrome extension complaint about this from Feb 2019). We paid for this app. That means you have the funds to dedicate resources to improving the Forest application. SOLUTION: If you’re worried about players getting gold too quickly by using multiple devices, then input an algorithm that first recognizes when multiple decides are running a session simultaneously. If a user has only one device, then they earn gold normally, with no change to the rate. The gold earned from any simultaneously-running extra devices (eg extensions or app) should be at a lesser rate. I’ve used this app for over a year now, and it’s been good for the most part. However, the Forest app developers need to get it together. For a paid app, I expect better. PROBLEM: App developers have ceased giving users motivators for lengthier sessions. All the new trees have just one stage for all session lengths. That’s laziness. SOLUTION: Make multiple stages for new trees. Low rating to get app dev attention.

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