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 mood, emotions, and the topics that your writing is associated with. Writing your ramblings down helps you build deeper self-awareness and clear your mind. Call it morning writing sessions, a substitute for meditation, creativity recovery tool or therapy.

Does it cost any money to use Morning Pages?

Basic app usage is and will always be free. You can write pages, view simple statistics, sync between your iOS devices (via iCloud), export pages and setup reminders.

Other features will become available once you subscribe. These features include:
Text insights - AI text analysis that shows the mood, emotions and topics of 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 iOS app only)

When the app was first released in the App Store in 2017, it was completely free to use for two years. However, 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, which offers a one-week free trial.
$29.99$ annually, which also has a week of 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 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 Morning Pages app settings.

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

How does text insights work?

Text insights is a fun feature which was designed to help motivate you write more daily words. This 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 just spoils your mood, you can always disable this feature (tap Info icon on the top of the Insights screen or just cancel your subscription)

There are three types of insights: emotions, topics, and mood. Every time you write a Morning Page, you can go to the Insights tab and check out what emotions, moods and topics are prevailing in your writing. Emotions (joy, fear, anger, disgust, and sadness) are displayed in colored circles, while topics are shown in white circles. Topics are just words that are associated with your text. Both emotions and topics are tappable. Tapping on the topic circle will bring you to the text you wrote that day, tapping on the emotion circle will give a summary of that particular emotion.

Check your text insights in dynamics by choosing how to group them - daily, weekly or monthly. Go back in time and see what you have been thinking about over the last week or month. 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 are using IBM 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 a 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?

You can get up to 5 emotions with one displayed at a time. Types of emotions include: joy, anger, empathy, fear, disgust

How do you analyze my mood?

We use the IBM 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 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 refers to those scary things from futuristic movies that have come true. Kidding. That machine is actually on your side. IBM Watson is a system that can think like humans and sometimes understands us better than we do. It uses a mixture of different techniques such as machine learning, natural language processing, artificial intelligence to give us answers to our questions. We at Morning Pages are using some of Watson's services to provide insights to your emotions, mood, and personality, so you could better understand yourself and live a more conscious life.

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

Morning Pages show insights only when a sufficient number of words is 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 your Morning Page, you can always come back and write more!

I wrote my words, why the app doesn't show me text insights?

There can be a few reasons: 1) you do not write enough daily words. 2) the language you use to write Morning Pages is not supported by our service. 3) Your free trial has finished

Why the app detects my mood, emotions, or topics incorrectly?

Unfortunately, AI analysis is not yet perfect at detecting human language in all its variety. 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, and you find text insights inappropriate or condemning, if you feel judged or frustrated, please disable it on 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 my pages are not getting synced between Website and iOS app.

It can happen because you are not subscribed to Pro features, or your subscription has expired. If it is not your case, please email us and we’ll help you immediately.

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. The lock option is located in Settings → Lock Screen. This lock will require that you either use Biometric ID or enter the secret password whenever you open the app.

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

Until you do not register in Morning Pages, you don't provide us with any personal information. If we ask for your personal information for a secondary reason, like marketing, we will either ask you directly for your expressed consent or provide you with an opportunity to say no. 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.

After you create Morning Cloud account, your pages start syncing with web and in order to make it possible we store your writings along with personal data (such as email and password) on our servers. We're distributing not using your data in any way. You may delete your account and pages in the settings section on mobile and on the web.

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

Who is making 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 ask them to [email protected].