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If you have migraine, you already know how much the symptoms can affect your everyday life. The main symptom of migraine is an intense, debilitating headache. But migraine can also involve nausea, visual disturbances, and sensitivity to light and sound. People who have migraine are often told simply to “avoid their triggers,” but avoiding triggers or even identifying them can be a stressful experience in and of itself.

Enter: the migraine tracker. These apps are meant to help you understand what’s going on in your body when you have a migraine episode. Over time, a migraine tracking app might even be able to help you manage migraine pain before an episode is in full swing, which is the best time to treat it. The right migraine tracker may also help you identify treatment options you might want to try and make your migraine pain more predictable.

Migraine trackers certainly aren’t one-size-fits-all. A must-have feature for some might be a could-skip feature for you. We put together a guide to the year’s best migraine apps so that you can compare and decide for yourself which tracker you’d like to try. We focused on high user ratings and reviews, accessibility, and reliability to bring you this list.

Not every app on this list is a traditional migraine tracker. Several are simply valuable to have if you are experiencing migraine on a regular basis. We noted in each selection whether or not the app has tracking capabilities.

Migraine tracking apps are a way to document your symptoms. You can use the app to enter any migraine symptoms you may be having, as well as data about certain habits, including your:

  • diet
  • exercise routine
  • stress levels
  • sleep

The migraine tracker can then aggregate this data and search for patterns in your behavior that might be causing your migraine episodes.

A migraine tracker can help you modify behaviors that may be triggering episodes. It can also be a helpful way of documenting information that you can then share with your doctor.

Healthline based these picks on our own independent research and vetting process. We read through hundreds of user reviews to figure out what was important to people who have migraine, and which apps were delivering it best. We chose brands that we can stand behind because they approach their users with empathy and make ongoing upgrades to their products.

Most educational migraine tracker

Migraine Buddy

  • iPhone rating: 4.7 stars
  • Android rating: 4.6 stars
  • Price: free with in-app purchases
  • Why we chose it: This advanced migraine diary and tracking app was designed with the help of neurologists and data scientists. It’s meant to help you quickly record and identify all aspects of a migraine attack. Learn about triggers, symptoms, frequency, duration, pain intensity, location, and lifestyle factors.
  • Pros: Migraine Buddy offers educational tools so that you can better understand the mechanism of migraine itself. It’s also well loved by thousands of users, with extremely positive reviews. The app syncs with weather reports in your area, so you can figure out if there’s a connection between barometric pressure and your migraine episodes.
  • Cons: This app probably works best for people who have regular migraine symptoms that occur more than once per month. If you only have migraine once in a while, it’s probably not worth it for you to track your behaviors with the degree of granularity this app asks for. At least one reviewer noted that this app is designed for people who have migraines often instead of occasionally.

Most comprehensive pain tracker

Manage My Pain Pro

  • iPhone rating: 4.7 stars
  • Android rating: 4.5 stars
  • Price: $3.99 with in-app purchases
  • Why we chose it: This app helps you track symptoms of migraine, as well as other types of chronic pain, to gather information and evidence of your pain for your doctor or insurance company. It also offers insights through personal statistics, charts, graphs, and calendar views for a comprehensive snapshot of your migraine patterns. You can generate a report of your pain over the last 30 days to give to a healthcare professional. With that being said, this app is probably best for you if you experience chronic pain from other causes in addition to migraine. If you’d prefer to see how you like the features before you pay for the app, you can try the free version.
  • Pros: This pain tracker provides a bird’s eye view of how any treatment plan, such as medication, is working. It also offers a diary feature so that you can record noteworthy or emotional events. Some doctors even partner with the app so that they can view your data in real time.
  • Cons: This app wasn’t designed specifically for migraine. It’s made for anyone that experiences chronic pain. That means that migraine-specific symptoms aren’t the only things it tracks. If you want to generate multiple health reports that contain detailed information, you’ll need to pay extra.

Most simple migraine tracker to use

Headache Log

  • Android rating: 4.4 stars
  • Price: free with in-app purchases
  • Why we chose it: Headache Log offers a fast, simple, straightforward way to track migraine attacks. This can help you identify triggers, develop a better understanding of your condition, and find the most effective treatments. You can time your headaches while they’re going on.
  • Pros: Reviewers love how easy it is to use this tracker. Since it’s specifically for headaches, all of the data correlates specifically with migraine symptoms and head pain.
  • Cons: You can currently export information from the app into a spreadsheet, but you can’t print reports for your doctor directly from the app. It’s also not available for Apple products. The app stores information locally, so it’s on your device, not backed up on a cloud. That means that if you lose or break your device, your data is gone with no way to retrieve it.

Best app for managing blue light exposure

Blue Light Filter & Night Mode

  • Android rating: 4.6 stars
  • Price: free with in-app purchases
  • Why we chose it: This night filter is designed to minimize exposure to blue light, which may be a migraine trigger for some people. It also helps relieve eye strain for those who enjoy reading at night.
  • Pros: This app switches your screen to a brown interface that doesn’t expose your eyes to blue light. Many happy reviewers note that this has been life changing in terms of reducing the frequency and severity of their migraine episodes. As an added benefit, some users report that their sleep quality has also improved as a result of using this app.
  • Cons: Not currently available on Apple devices. There’s also no timer option. You might be able to create many of the same benefits of the app simply by tinkering with the settings already available on your phone. This app doesn’t have any tracking function for migraine symptoms or sleep quality.

Best to manage sleeplessness and anxiety

BetterSleep Relax and Sleep

  • iPhone rating: 4.8 stars
  • Android rating: 4.6 stars
  • Price: free with in-app purchases
  • Why we chose it: While not designed specifically as a migraine tracking app, BetterSleep offers guided exercises and meditations to help you relax. Use the app to lower stress and anxiety, improve your sleep quality, and make it easier to move into deep sleep.
  • Pros: A 2018 study suggests that migraine is strongly linked to sleep disorders such as insomnia. Any tool that helps you get quality sleep can be a game changer in terms of migraine severity and frequency. This app can’t replace any migraine treatment or prescribed sleep aid that you currently use, but it just might help you catch some extra z’s.
  • Cons: This app doesn’t have any tracking functionality, but that’s not what it’s designed for. It won’t tell you how long it took for you to fall asleep, how many hours of sleep you got, or your rapid eye movement (REM) sleep stats; you’ll need other apps for that. This app is good for its primary function, only, and that’s to help you relax.

Best migraine tracker for sharing with your doctor

Health Log

  • Android rating: 3.9 stars
  • Price: free with in-app purchases
  • Why we chose it: The Health Log app allows you to log a variety of health information in a detailed dashboard, including pain intensity level, when and where the pain started, and how long you experience migraine pain. You can also share the easy-to-digest logs with a healthcare professional so that you can get better diagnostics, treatments, and a long-term understanding of the source of migraine attacks.
  • Pros: Health Log doesn’t just track your migraine episodes, it also tracks loads of other health information like your menstrual cycle, activity levels, and allergic reactions. This allows a comprehensive picture of what’s going on in your body, which might help you understand your episodes better. Reviewers also praise its ease of use.
  • Cons: This app is only available for Android. The app also contains ads for other products, which can be frustrating when you just want to log your symptoms and get going. Health Log doesn’t upload your data to a central cloud, so it’s not backed up anywhere if you lose or break your phone.

Most detailed record keeping

N1 Headache

  • iPhone rating: 4.4 stars
  • Price: free with in-app purchases
  • Why we chose it: The N1-Headache app is considered a certified medical device because of its extreme level of detail. The app uses your input data around your migraine episodes in order to identify triggers, severity, and best possible treatments for your migraines. Learn how to avoid common triggers, and discover which part of your body your migraine originates from, such as your neck muscles. The app is also available in German.
  • Pros: Users love this app because of its beautiful interface, which is presented in a migraine-friendly dark mode. As you add data, you’re working to create a “trigger map” which can unlock valuable health insights about your migraine.
  • Cons: This app is only available for Apple devices. Some users note that there’s not a lot of customization within the symptom ranges, and that it would be helpful to have a way to log certain types of migraine aura or food cravings. The premium version of this app costs $50, and what you get for your money is unclear. Finally, some users felt frustrated that it takes quite a lot of regular tracking to create the “trigger map” that N1 promises; this is because it requires a large amount of data to generate it.

Best for community

Bezzy Migraine

  • iPhone rating: 4.8 stars
  • Android rating: 4.4 stars
  • Price: free
  • Why we chose it: The Bezzy Migraine app is a supportive community hub for those with migraine. Join community chats about different migraine-related topics, from social life tips to how to go to work with a migraine. You can even get matched with another new app user every day.
  • Pros: We might be a bit biased, but we think this app’s community features make it stand out from the crowd. There are live discussions where you can connect with others who experience regular migraine episodes. All of Healthline’s migraine content is collected in one place, so you can scroll through an extensive health library to answer your questions about treatment options and migraine management.
  • Cons: This app isn’t meant to track your migraine symptoms or discover trends in your health history. It’s mainly a tool for education, empowerment, and community. If you want to track symptoms, you’ll need to find another app to supplement Bezzy.

If you want to nominate an app for this list, email us at [email protected].

When you’re looking for a migraine app, you may need to try a few before you find the one that works for you. Even the most well reviewed app won’t be loved by everyone. Reading articles like this one can help you realize what you value in an app and be aware of what’s out there.

  • Consider your neurologist’s or general practitioner’s recommendation. Doctors are aware of the latest apps that can help you, and companies often reach out and allow providers to try new tech in the hopes that health professionals will recommend it. Ask your doctor at your next appointment if there’s a migraine tracker or another type of health diary app that might help with your treatment.
  • Read reviews. This can help you understand what previous app users have valued or found lacking in different migraine trackers and health logging apps. A 2020 qualitative analysis of smartphone app reviews for migraine found that an app’s ease of use, ability to export and share data, personalization, and ability to spot trends and migraine triggers were highly valued among users like you.
  • Check if the app has a place for you to document and leave additional information. A 2020 study of people who were using a migraine app on their smartphones found that the majority of users do use a “notes” function to add additional information about their symptoms.

There are quite a few migraine tracking apps out there, as well as other apps with features that you can use for managing migraine pain and other symptoms. You might need to try a few apps before you find one that is helpful for you.

No app is a substitute for a treatment plan made with your doctor and tailored to you. Speak with your doctor if you aren’t satisfied with your current migraine treatment.