Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about how the Morning Pages app works.

What is Morning Pages?

Morning Pages is a private journaling app that allows you to capture what’s running through your mind using iPhone or iPad. We use artificial intelligence to help you track your moods, emotions, and the topics featured in your writing Writing your ramblings down can helps you build deeper self-awareness and clear your mind. It can act as, a substitute for meditation, a creativity recovery tool, or even therapy.

Does it cost any money to use Morning Pages?

Basic app usage is and will always be free. With the free version, you can write your pages, view simple statistics, sync between your iOS devices (via iCloud), export pages and set up reminders.

Pro features become available once you subscribe. These features include:
Text insights:AI text analysis that shows the moods, emotions and topics contained in your writing. This data is grouped by day, week and month so you can see how it changes over time.
Morning Cloud: sync pages between your devices and your web browser and write your pages anywhere. (my.morningpages.app).
Writing styles: choose a style from a range of preset fonts and background colors. (this feature is for the iOS app only)

When the app was first released in the App Store in 2017, it was completely free to use. More recently, in order to keep supporting the app, we have had to move to a subscription-based payment model. AI Text analysis along with a few other features are now available for writers who are subscribed to our monthly or yearly plans (Morning Pro).

The Morning Pro subscription has two options:
$2.99 monthly, with a one week free trial.
$29.99 annually, with a one week free trial.

Prices may vary based on your region due to local tax laws and conversion rates from U.S. dollars. Your subscription can be cancelled at any time.

How does sync work?

Pages you write using the Morning Pages iOS app can be synced via iCloud or Morning Cloud. Both syncing options can also be disabled.

iCloud sync is enabled by default when you install the iOS app. You can disable it in your device’s Settings.
Morning Cloud sync is available for subscribed writers and enabled once you have Signed Up / Signed In to your account. This gives you access to your pages on the morningpages.app website. To disable Morning Cloud sync, just log out of your account in the Morning Pages app settings.

Once your subscription is canceled, pages sync switches back to iCloud, if it is enabled.

How does text insights work?

Text insights is a fun feature which was designed to help motivate you to write more. It is generated by a machine learning algorithm, not a real person. Unfortunately machines make mistakes, just like real people do, so your insights won’t always be 100% accurate. If you feel judged or it makes you feel uncomfortable in any way, you can always disable this feature (tap the Info icon on the top of the Insights screen or just cancel your subscription).

There are three types of insights: emotions, topics, and mood. After you’ve written a piece of text, you can go to the Insights tab and check out what emotions, moods and topics are contained within your writing. Emotions (joy, fear, anger, disgust, and sadness) are displayed in colored circles, while topics are shown in white circles. Topics are themes and subjects that are featured within your text. Both emotions and topics are tappable. Tapping on the topic circle will take you to the piece of text containg that topic, and tapping on the emotion circle will give you an explanation of the meaning of that particular emotion.

Check how your text insights have changed by choosing how to group them: daily, weekly or monthly. Go back in time and see what you were thinking about a week or a month ago. Note that these statistics work best for pages that have 500 words or more.

Our friend Kate wrote a blog post for those who want to learn more about AI analysis.

If text insights don't work correctly for you, please read this.

How do you analyze my emotions?

We use IBM’s Watson Natural Language Understanding service, which offers emotion analysis for specific keywords and phrases detected in your writing. For example, if you write the sentence "I love apples," the insights will display "joy" as the prevailing emotion in this tiny piece of text. Emotion analysis is available for pages written in the English language only.

What kind of emotions do you display on the Insights page?

There are 5 potential emotions, with one displayed at a time. The types of emotions featured include: joy, anger, empathy, fear, disgust.

How do you analyze my mood?

We use IBM's Watson Natural Language Understanding service to analyze the sentiment in your text. The words in your pages can be positive, negative, or neutral. For example, the sentence "Have a nice day!" is a positive statement. Positive sentiment translates into a good mood, negative sentiment means you are feeling sad or angry, and neutral mood means you are calm. We use green for positive, red for negative, and grey for a neutral mood. The Mood Chart supports the following languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

How do you analyze topics in my writing?

We use the IBM Watson Natural Language Understanding service to identify high-level concepts that are not necessarily directly referenced in the text. These concepts reveal what topics your writing is associated with. Topics analysis supports English and Spanish languages.

What is IBM Watson?

IBM Watson is a terrifying robot from the future, just like in the films Only joking! IBM Watson is in fact a sophisticated processing system that can analyse content in the way that humans do, and so sometimes understands us better than we do. It uses a mixture of different techniques such as machine learning, natural language processing, and artificial intelligence to answers questions about the content of any given piece of text. We at Morning Pages use some of Watson's services to provide insights into your emotions, mood, and personality, so you can understand yourself better and live a more conscious life.

How many words do I need to write to get the most out of my statistics?

Morning Pages can only show insights when a sufficient number of words has been provided. We advise that you write at least 500 words every day. If the app tells you that you don't have enough words in a piece of text, you can always come back and write some more!

I wrote some text, why isn’t the app showing me any insights?

There can be a few reasons: 1) you’ve not written a sufficient number of words. 2) the language you use in your Morning Pages is not supported by our service. 3) Your free trial has finished

Why is the app detecting my mood, emotions, or topics incorrectly?

Unfortunately, AI analysis is not yet perfect at detecting human language in all its variety and complexity. For some people it works fine, for others it doesn't. It really depends on how you construct sentences and what words you use to express your inner state. Emotions and mood analysis is a touchy topic;if you find the text insights inappropriate or condemning, or you feel judged or frustrated, we recommend that you disable this feature in the Insights screen info settings.

What languages does the Insights feature support?

Emotion analysis is available for pages written in the English language only. The Mood Chart supports the following languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Topics analysis supports English and Spanish languages only.

Why are my pages not getting synced between the Website and iOS apps?

This may be because you have not subscribed to the Pro feature plan, or your subscription has expired. If neither of these is the case and you’re still experiencing a problem, please get in touch.

How can I make sure my writing stays private?

If you don't want anybody to see what you have written, you can use our "Lock Screen" feature, located in Settings → Lock Screen. This lock requires that you either use Biometric ID or enter a password whenever you open the app.

What kind of data do you collect about my usage of the app?

Unless you register with Morning Pages, you won't provide us with any personal information. If we ask for your personal information for another reason, such as for marketing purposes, we will ask you directly for your consent. When you browse our app, we automatically receive your phone's ID in order to provide us with information that helps us learn about your browser and operating system.

When you create a Morning Cloud account, your pages are securely uploaded to the internet. In order to make this possible, we store your writing along with your personal data (such as your email and password) on our servers. We do not share any of your data with any third parties, and you can delete your account and pages in the settings section on mobile and on the web at any time.

IBM Watson (the service that provides Text Insights) protects your data leveraging world-class security and encryption capabilities. Neither your data nor the insights derived from it will be shared with anyone.

Who built the app and website?

There are two of us: Anastasia, the developer, and Alla, the product designer. We've been writing morning pages for quite a long time, and are hoping to build a simple and enjoyable product to help people like us express their thoughts and clear their minds. We work on the app and website in our spare time.

Still have questions?

Feel free to send any queries to [email protected].