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Daylio is designed to help users to record and track mood over time. Each day users can record their mood, activities they did, and any other notes. Users can also view all of their previous entries. The “Stats” section displays the user͛s monthly mood chart, mood count, any pattern of a mood associated with certain activities, etc. The “Calendar” screen provides a color coded calendar to indicate the daily mood or other monthly patterns. “Settings” allows the user to set daily reminders to check-in with the app or to purchase premium and unlock additional features.Read the Professional Review for Expert Review of Daylio
Available for: Requires iOS 11.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Requires Android 4.1 and up.
Developer: Relaxio s.r.o.
Type of Treatment: Symptom Tracking/Self-Monitoring, Cognitive Behavioral Principles
Targeted Conditions: Mood Disorders, Stress and Anxiety
Target Audience: Not Specified
Designed to be used in conjunction with a professional? No
Languages Available: English, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian
Cost: Free with in-app purchases
Get it on: Apple App Store, Google Play
In “The Effectiveness, Efficiency and Reliability-in-Use of Daylio Mobile App” (Hussain et al., 2020), 14 participants were conscripted to examine the effectiveness, efficiency, and reliability-in-use from the State of Kedah in Malaysia. There were 7 postgraduate students and 7 civil servants, with 12 being novice users and 2 being moderate users in terms of experience. There were 11 males and 3 females. The participants were allowed to either use their personal phones or the moderator’s phone in order to perform each task required of them, which were then recorded for task time and error recording. The 4 tasks include the following: check status, add new mood entry, check weekly reports, and edit activities. The participants were encouraged to think aloud while doing these respective tasks in order to gauge reaction and response of users toward the app. The task completion time is used as a measure for the efficiency of the app, while task error rate is meant as a measure for reliability in use. The outcomes show that Daylio is fast and efficient for use, and generally speaking — reliable in use. However, it was decided that there are further issues that needed to be fixed to further enhance the quality of the app as to improve its performance and market penetration. (Hussain et al. 2020. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Emmanuel_Mkpojiogu2/publication/341827478_The_Effectiveness_Efficiency_and_Reliability-in-Use_of_Daylio_Mobile_App/links/5ed645c145851529452824ac/The-Effectiveness-Efficiency-and-Reliability-in-Use-of-Daylio-Mobile-App.pdf)
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