ADHD Apps & Tools

Like a Personal Trainer for Your Brain

What your brain does not need: more Candy Crush. What your brain does need: more apps like Lumosity and Elevate that build up stronger focus, longer memory, and more organized thoughts through practice and repetition. Check out these recommendations for ADHD brains.

A depiction of the brain and the many apps that can help it grow, like lumosity.
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Mobile Apps for Building Focus and Memory

For the ADHD brain, focus is like a muscle that needs routine exercise to grow stronger. Thankfully, some of the best brain workouts are right at your fingertips — mobile apps designed to improve memory, concentration, and organization skills for adults with ADHD. Spend just a few minutes a day with these brain-training apps to bulk up your cognitive abilities. Your ADHD brain will thank you.

CogniFit starts with a quick quiz to assess your cognitive abilities, then personalizes activities to challenge your mind and train your brain. ADHDers will benefit from emphasis on key abilities like focus, memory, and attention. Competitive? You can challenge your friends and earn “Neurons” to track your progress.
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CogniFit Brain Fitness for ADHD

CogniFit (iOS; free) starts with a quick quiz to assess your cognitive abilities, then personalizes activities to challenge your mind and train your brain. People with ADHD will benefit from emphasis on key abilities like focus, memory, and attention. Competitive? You can challenge your friends and earn “Neurons” to track your progress.

Elevate is a great app for people with ADHD
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Elevate Training App for ADHD

Based on extensive scientific research by experts in neuroscience and cognitive learning, Elevate (iOS, Android; free) promises to improve cognitive skills through regular training sessions. Each user receives a personalized training program that adjusts over time to maximize results. Trouble focusing? No problem. The personalized daily workouts will help you improve the skills that need the most help — like memory, processing speed, or comprehension.

Lumosity is a great app for people with ADHD
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Lumosity Brain Training Programs

Designed by neuroscientists to improve cognitive skills, Lumosity (iOS, Android; free) creates a personalized training program to challenge your brain in the areas you care about. The app uses dozens of games to target a wide variety of skills including ADHD trouble-spots such as memory, focus, and problem solving.

MindNode is a great app for people with ADHD
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MindNode for Visual Thinkers

Your ADHD brain is filled with great ideas, but you have a hard time connecting them together. MindNode (iOS; $9.99) can help by creating “mind maps” — visual representations of how your ideas fit into a larger project. Create a new “node,” or idea, with the tap of your finger — and drag to connect it to other nodes. Your thoughts will be organized in an intuitive way, helping you work towards a larger goal.

Brain Training: Focus is a great app for people with ADHD
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Brain Training: Focus

Improve your focus and concentration with the help of Brain Training: Focus. See if you can overcome the “Stroop Effect” to match the color of the word with its name. According to the findings of psychologist John Ridley Stroop, when the word "green" is printed in purple ink it takes longer to identify correctly than if its name matched its hue.

Eidetic is a great app for people with ADHD
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Eidetic for Long-Term Memory

Add vital information to your long-term memory using Eidetic (iOS, Android; free). The app uses a technique called "spaced repetition" to help you memorize anything in your chosen timeframe. Unlike other brain-training apps, Eidetic helps you memorize items that have real meaning and context in your own life. Perfect for students with ADHD who need help memorizing vocabulary or definitions for exams, or for simply memorizing every day facts and phone numbers.

Fit Brains is a great app for people with ADHD
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Fit Brains Trainer

Fit Brains Trainer is a brain-training app that features more than 360 games and unique training sessions, each designed to enhance your memory, processing speed, concentration, problem solving, and visual skills. According to the app’s developers, using the Fit Brains Trainer for a few minutes each day will improve your brain’s performance. The app allows users to track cognitive performance and compare results with other users of the same age.

iThoughts is a great app for people with ADHD
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iThoughts for Mind Mapping

The ultimate mindmapping tool, iThoughts (iOS; $11.99) enables you to virtually organize and share your thoughts, ideas, and information. Excellent for individuals with ADHD who are visual learners, iThoughts beautifully organizes your thoughts into practical webs and flowcharts. Once you complete your mind map, export it to your computer using PowerPoint, Word, or Excel for easy sharing.

Brain Yoga is a great app for people with ADHD
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Brain Yoga for Relaxing Brain Training

If the timers and scoring in other brain-training apps induce too much anxiety, Brain Yoga (iOS, Android; free) is the app for you. Brain Yoga allows you to meditate while training your brain in memory, vocabulary, numeracy, special ability, and pattern matching. The relaxing background music helps people with ADHD focus while completing the eight types of puzzles, each with ten difficulty levels. Not only will Brain Yoga improve your cognitive skills, it will also help you relax.

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