The 5 Best iPhone Apps For Brain Training In 2020

Whenever a new technology comes around, there are some out there who will shout from the rooftops that it will be the death of society, making us stupider and more isolated. People said this about the radio, the television, and yes–the smartphone.

And look, they do have a point. After all, smartphone addiction is a real thing and it can lead to cognitive deficiencies. However, this obviously isn’t true for everyone. It depends on how you use your smartphone. And when it comes to the iPhone, there are a TON of apps out there that are specifically designed to INCREASE your brain power, not hinder it. These apps do this through various brain training methods.

Here are 5 of the best iPhone apps for brain training in 2020.



  • The app’s official description: Elevate is a brain training program designed to improve focus, speaking abilities, processing speed, memory, math skills, and more. Each person is provided with a personalized training program that adjusts over time to maximize results. The more you train with Elevate, the more you’ll improve critical cognitive skills that are proven to boost productivity, earning power, and self-confidence. Users who train at least 3 times per week have reported dramatic gains and increased confidence.
  • What it does: Elevate was Apple’s App of the Year one year, and for good reason. It’s packed with dozens of brain training games meant to increase critical cognitive skills including focus, memory, processing, math, precision, and comprehension.
  • How to get it: iOS

Math Brain Booster Games

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  • The app’s official description: With this app you’ll improve ATTENTION, REACTION and VELOCITY of mind! Just run and solve simple tasks with time limit. Simple, isn’t it? When a person solves simple arithmetic exercises on the rate, in the cerebral cortex are utilized areas which responsible for MEMORY, ATTENTION, LOGICAL THINKING. Therefore, the more a person does these exercises, the more he develop his mind & his mathematical skills.
  • What it does: We love this app because it focuses on increasing your mathematical abilities–without the need for calculators or even pencil and paper. The app claims it can improve your math cognitive skills in only five minutes a day.
  • How to get it: iOS

Left vs Right

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  • The app’s official description: Exercise your grey matter every day with Left vs Right! Our games are designed to test your Awareness, Adaptability, Reflex, Reasoning, Precision, and Patience. Left vs Right includes 51 total games that test and train your brain in one or more of the 6 categories. Left vs Right has Colorblind Mode! Just activate it in the app’s settings menu.
  • What it does: This app tackles both sides of your brain by offering a diverse set of games. With the over 50 included games, you’ll be sure your left and right brain are getting the exercise it needs.
  • How to get it: iOS

Mensa Brain Training

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  • The app’s official description: Daily brain training courtesy of the original high IQ society. Tailor your training program and then train your brain the fun way! Play challenging exercises developed by industry experts and accredited by the definitive high IQ society, Mensa. Research has shown that regular brain training can significantly enhance fluid intelligence, which is the fundamental human ability to reason, detect patterns and learn.
  • What it does: Yep, Mensa makes their own app, too. The high IQ society has put out an app that can help increase your ability to reason, detect patterns, and learn.
  • How to get it: iOS



  • The app’s official description: CogniFit is a leading interactive mental game application that helps stimulate cognitive skills through personalized daily training. Compare your cognitive skills with the rest of the global population and activate your brain with brain challenges, memory games, puzzles, ingenious games, and much more!
  • What it does: This app has an amazing layout and offers personalized brain training exercises. Best of all, the app was created by neuroscience experts, so you can be sure your noggin is going to get a workout.
  • How to get it: iOS

Michael Grothaus

Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.

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