The truth is, most brain-training apps are gimmicks. They exist to make users have fun and feel like they’re accomplishing something. However, some apps genuinely help improve your memory, attention, mental acuity, etc. Plus, they’re also fun to play!

Here are the ten best apps to improve brain performance and keep you sharp.

1. Lucid

Lucid breaks down incredibly complex and important information into simple visuals. You can learn from some of the most accomplished experts in various fields, take quizzes to ensure you’re retaining the information, and complete compact lessons throughout your day. It offers visuals for best-selling books, courses, and more. The app is free and can be downloaded on the Apple App Store here.

2. A Clockwork Brain

The Clockwork brain training app has probably the most interesting and best graphics on this list. Besides that, it offers extremely fun, fast-paced, engaging, and challenging gameplay. Work on everything from your memory to dexterity and even different languages! Then, track how well you’re doing with graphs and statistics. Best of all, it’s completely free! Download the app on the Google Play Store here or the Apple App Store here.

3. The New York Times Crossword

The New York Times Crossword app puts one of the most iconic and challenging brain puzzles into your pocket. Users are given the same crossword printed daily In the New York Times, a feature that challenges you to spell as many words as you can with seven letters and even mini crosswords. You can also follow your progress on leaderboards and with statistics, and subscribers are given access to a massive archive of crossword puzzles. Download the app on the Google Play Store here or the Apple App Store here. The app is free.

4. Peak

Peak partners with scientists who study video game learning from some of the most distinguished universities in the world and creates games based on that research. It offers a variety of short games that test various cognitive functions and even has a built-in “coach” to give you motivation and pointers along the way. Peak also offers advanced programs which target more specific areas of learning. Download the app for free on the Google Play Store here or the Apple App Store here.

5. Luminosity

Luminosity has been one of the top brain-training apps for a long time. It offers a ton of different learning games customized to your skills, keeps track of your progress with detailed analysis, and has tests to see how well you’re doing. Luminosity also has two other apps called Figment and Lumosity Mind, which help boost your creativity and keep you centered. Download the app for free on the Google Play Store here or the Apple App Store here.

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6. Eidetic

Eidetic is a great app for anyone looking to improve their memory. It incorporates something called ‘spaced repetition,’ which means it keeps gradually increasing the amount of time between reviewing what you learn. It has a variety of different memory challenges, giving you 5 seconds to memorize whatever is shown on the screen, and it has a leaderboard to incentivize your progress. Download the app for free on the Google Play Store here or the Apple App Store here.

7. Elevate

Elevate won Apple’s App of Year Award in 2014 and is still going strong. Users can improve their communication, math, vocabulary, and memory abilities with over 40 games. It also awards you over 150 achievements as you progress through the app and the exercises become harder. Download the app for free on the Google Play Store here or the Apple App Store here.

8. Duolingo

Learning a language is one of the best ways to improve your cognitive skills, and Duolingo is probably the best app to help you get there. Duo and other characters in the app take you through several exercises, testing your reading, listening, and speaking abilities. Constant reminders, streak challenges, a global leaderboard, and awards keep you motivated to keep playing and learning! Download the app for free on the Google Play Store here or the Apple App Store here.

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9. Text Twist

Text Twist is another older brain-training app that has stood the test of time. You’ll be provided with six letters and two minutes to make as many different words as you can. If you can make a six-letter word, you can move on to the next round. It’s a simple game, but it keeps your mind sharp and is a fun way to pass the time. Download the app for free on the Google Play Store here or the Apple App Store here.

10. Coursera

Coursera allows you to learn from some of the top universities and companies in the world. You can enroll in free or paid courses with flexible learning options and even receive a certificate or degree. It has courses ranging from business, computer science, art, personal development, and much more. Download the app for free on the Google Play Store here or the Apple App Store here.

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