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Apple's Journal App Is Easy, Free, and Already on Your Phone


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If you've downloaded iOS 17.2, you're probably wondering why there's a new app on your home screen. It's the Journal app and it's exactly what it sounds like: a place to record your thoughts and memories, and reflect. Before you rush to delete it, I recommend giving it a chance.

It's all part of the company's push to improve your mental health. In addition to the Journal app, Apple introduced the option to log your daily moods in the Health app, under a category called “State of Mind". You can also use Siri to ask Health app-related questions like “How much have I slept this week?” While those are meant for logging and keeping track of feelings and metrics, the Journal app is designed to focus on your overall well-being. You can add photos and videos, geotags, and record voice ...


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