After a lot of hard work, I’ve finally released my first Lucid Dreaming APP for Iphones And Android phones. It helps you remember to do reality checks and write your dreams down, and it has a bunch of cool resources, tutorials, guides and more inside. Oh and it’s free.
What is the app?
We’ve created an app that can help you with lucid dreaming by doing the following:
- Reminding you to do reality checks
- Letting you write down your dreams, dream signs, and search BACK through the dream journal to see which dreams were lucid, and when
- An offline version of every major lucid dreaming technique tutorial, acronym, and information.
- Links to various lucid dreaming products like supplements, meditation machines and more, with discounts for app users
- An easy to read feed for our website (if you want to read the latest articles directly in app)
We’ll be adding more features as well, so for now please subscribe to our email list (The box probably popped up somewhere already, or just bookmark this page!) and download the app, to make sure you get the updates!
Here’s the latest video I made about it.
I give you an over the shoulder walkthrough of how it works:
How the app helps you lucid dream
It works by sending you notifications to do a reality check. Reality checks are the foundation of lucid dreaming and help you become aware in your dreams, but most people FORGET to do them throughout the day. This means sadly most people don’t have regular lucid dreams.
This app aims to change that by reminding you at either set intervals, or randomly up to 60 times a day to do a reality check, and ask yourself ‘Am I dreaming?’.
You can even customise the text that the notification actually shows you, so it’s really user friendly and hopefully fun and easy to use. There’s a lot more I want to do with it but that’s the basic features for now.
Why it’s the best lucid dreaming app out there in 2021
Well, a lot of the other lucid dreaming apps I saw were fairly good in terms of how they LOOKED but they weren’t great to use as a user, and they also didn’t help me become lucid more often.
I think once you’ve gotten into the habit of doing a reality check every time you see the reminder, you’ll really start to have more lucid dreams.
The thing is:
That’s why I think ‘howtolucid’ or ‘lucid reality’ is the best lucid dreaming app out there, is because it really does help you become lucid more often. It focuses on helping you build the habits you need to actually get lucid, and it REMINDS you to build those habits.
It works with Apple watch for notifications as well, and it SHOULD work with other smart watches that are paired with your Iphone, but if it doesn’t work with your current setup, don’t worry I’m getting to it.
I tried to listen to what you actually wanted and I’ve been speaking to people online and offline to figure out what people need in a lucid dreaming app and what actually would help them.
This is a fun project and it’s far from over yet. I have plans for growing the app, user base and adding more exciting features. The one thing you won’t see on the app, is ads.
I rely entirely on your support from things like Patreon, and I’d like to offer this free to make it more fun to use and without ads. If you like this idea, or want to support me, please consider becoming a Patron there.
Why you should dream journal in the app
Well, there are of course other options and I’ll admit the main focus of the app WAS the reality check reminder and having something I could give you guys all the links and tutorials in an easy to read way. The dream journal app was a big part of it but it’s not the BEST dream journal app.
That being said it makes sense to have your dream journal in the same place you configure your reality check reminders and that sort of thing, so I did that too. There will be support for night mode and custom backgrounds in the future but I really just wanted to test out the absolute minimum features first, and get settled in the app store.
It’s a new place for me to share my ideas and help you guys so it’s going to take a little while to get used to being there and updating the app and so on.
FEEDBACK About This App!
If you want to get in touch and let me know about a bug, technical error, something that could be improved or something like that, I made a form to summarise all of the feedback. This is the best way to let me know, and it means I can see what MOST people are having a problem with.
Make sure to download it and review it!
PROBLEMS, QUESTIONS and TECH ISSUES
Here, I will try and collect lots of information about specifically how to use the app and fix common problems you might be having.
When I ‘hard close’ the app, it resets all settings
On Android but also some Iphones, when you HARD CLOSE the app (open multi tasker and swipe the app up to force close it) of course this will reset all of your settings.
This is the purpose of hard closing apps, is to reset all their settings.
To avoid this, just never hard close the app using the task manager.
Some settings and information will remain, like entries in the dream journal but the settings relating to reality check reminders and things like that, will be RESET when you hard close the app.
How do I download my dream journal entries?
At the moment, there is no way to download the dream journal log or entries from the app.
This IS going to be a feature in a future version but right now it’s not possible. If this is annoying please don’t write all your dreams in the journal, for now. Especially if you usually write a LOT of detail. I’d hate for them to be lost by some technical accident.
The journal is more of a bonus feature, and not the main focus of the app.
In the future however, I will be updating it to let you export and even password protect your dream journal within the app. But right now, that’s not possible.
Reality check reminder settings don’t STAY set, or change randomly
This is a complex issue. It depends on what phone you’re using and how your specific phone works. In general though, you must follow these steps in ORDER to get it working properly:
- FIRST, enable notifications for the app in general. This can be done in your Settings > Notifications > HowToLucid > Allow all notifications
- Then go to the reality check reminder tab in the app, and scroll down to where it says ‘notifications’ about halfway down the page. Enable that, THEN scroll up to the top.
- Now select the time frame (every hour, every two hours, randomly etc. Note: If you select random, you’ll need to select a NUMBER of notifications as well)
- Now choose your time bracket, IF YOU WANT ONE. It’s not needed. Make sure to select the starting time and ending time of the bracket. You’ll then get notifications within that time bracket. Note that the time bracket feature is the least reliable. Best is to just select random and then 40-50 reminders or so. OR just select every hour.
- The auto shut off alarm can also be set from this page. Follow the same steps for notifications but you can ignore the reality check reminder settings if you’re ONLY using the WBTB alarm
- That’s it. But remember, if you HARD CLOSE the app, the settings will be reset and you won’t get notifications. You must leave the app running in the background for it to work. Same goes for the WBTB alarm
If it’s still acting weird or not working as expected, please delete the app, re install it and follow these steps again in order.
I can’t hear the sample audios of the reality check reminder
Sometimes phones act weird and it’s almost always somethign to do with your silent mode. Your phone needs to be in LOUD mode with volume enabled for all features, BEFORE YOU OPEN THE APP.
Sometimes it acts weird and doesn’t play the audio if you only enable loud mode while the app is already open. To fix it just make sure your phones volume is up and it’s not on silent mode, THEN open the app and you’ll be able to hear the sample audios before setting them.
I can’t get notifications to work on Apple watch
This only applies to a few people, but for the Apple watch you need to first make sure you’re paired properly.
Then make sure the apple watch is set to enable notifications from HowToLucid app on the phone. Basically, the watch mirrors what the phone sees.
So the first step is getting notifications to work properly on the PHONE, and then it’s just a case of putting your phone on silent mode and the notifications will automatically jump to the watch if it’s in range. For this to work, you’d have to keep your phone constantly connected to your watch using Bluetooth.
I myself used to have this setup actually, but I changed and got an Oura ring just to track my sleep score. I didn’t like having an internet connected microphone around my wrist 24/7, but that’s just me.