Migraine and headache apps

Migraine and headache apps

  • There are a variety of apps for migraines and headache.
  • They can help you learn about your condition and monitor and keep track of your symptoms.
  • Learn more about migraines and headache apps.
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Headaches are the most common type of pain and a major reason why people miss work or school. There are many types of headaches such as migraine, tension and cluster headaches. Read more about headaches.

Migraine and headache apps have the potential to help you manage your condition better.

  • Many apps have the feature to log details about your headaches, including the intensity, duration, frequency, location, and associated symptoms. This helps users identify triggers and patterns in their migraine attacks.
  • Diary features can help users identify potential triggers for their headaches, such as certain foods, beverages, weather changes, hormonal fluctuations, stress, or lack of sleep.
  • Having a headache diary can also help you describe to your healthcare team how your pain has been affecting you over time.
  • Some pain apps may offer tips, tools and techniques to manage your headache, such as mindfulness, breathing techniques or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
  • Here are some tips on how to use headache and migraine apps safely.

How to use pain management safely

Do (✔)

  • Headache and migraine apps are best used under the supervision of a health professional. They can help you assess if the app is suitable for you.
  • Use an app to keep track of your symptoms as part of your management plan.
  • Use graphs and reporting for a discussion with your healthcare provider.
  • Be careful when reading information on discussion boards or group chat rooms. Some apps have interactive features where users can share their experiences.
  • Be cautious because in most cases these aren't monitored by a health professional so the advice or suggestions may not be safe or effective.
  • Know when to seek help.

Don’t (✘)

  • Rely on apps to make a diagnosis of your condition.
  • Use treatments without first seeking medical and professional advice.
  • Make changes to your medicines based on the recommendations from the app.

Before choosing an app, think about how it will benefit you and what you want it to be able to do.

  • An app will only be helpful if you use it, so it needs to be something you like using and find easy to use.
  • If you find the app difficult to use, or you don't like the imagery or look of it, or the language it uses, you may want to find another one that suits you better.
  • For more guidance on how to choose health apps, see How to choose a health app
App name  Features Clinical score

Migraine Buddy

  • Symptom tracking
  • Trigger recording
  • Treatment tracking 
  • Sleep tracking
  • Social networking
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: free
  • Read more about Migraine Buddy
4 star review

Headache Log

  • Symptom tracking
  • Trigger recording
  • Medication tracking
  • Reports for sharing
  • Available from Google Play 
  • Cost: free(basic); paid upgrade
  • Read more about Headache Log
3 star review


The following references relate to articles about apps for headaches and migraines:

  1. Hundert AS, Huguet A, McGrath PJ, et al. Commercially Available Mobile Phone Headache Diary Apps: A Systematic Review.(external link) JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2014 Aug 19;2(3):e36.
  2. Mosadeghi-Nik M, Askari MS, Fatehi F. Mobile health (mHealth) for headache disorders: A review of the evidence base.(external link) J Telemed Telecare. 2016 Dec;22(8):472-477.
  3. Huguet A, Stinson J, Mackay B et al. Bringing psychosocial support to headache sufferers using information and communication technology: lessons learned from asking potential users what they want.(external link) Pain Res Manag. 2014 Jan-Feb;19(1):e1-8.
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