Create music to help express complex feelings. Cove is a personal musical journal to help you with your emotional and mental health.

• Create different musical moods and create music with over 30 different instruments
• Just tap and swipe. With simple controls there’s no way to do it wrong!
• Build a song using base chords, melody and percussion
• Store your Cove in a personal journal. A private space to write some thoughts about your feelings where you can add notes, images or tags.

We believe Cove has a role to play in improving emotional and mental health by encouraging self-expression.

Cove can be used any time, but may be most useful when you find it difficult to express yourself through other means, such as talking or writing. You can use Cove whenever you feel like it, there is no right or wrong way! You can make music by yourself, or share what you make with others.

“It's hard to express and understand our emotions sometimes, this app helps out a lot.”
– Taylrbrwr

“Love this app. It's so easy to use and so easy to create songs that reflect how I feel.”
– Jjsantan

“This app is just great. I've just been so anxious lately, over so many different things.”
– AKarst525

“Really enjoyed the ease with which I can capture an emotion I am feeling at the moment.“

“The loops you make and save really can be an emotional outlet.”
– Mashable

“Cove is a journaling app that upends what you’d expect from a journaling app.”

Cove is currently being tested in the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, and has been created in collaboration with specialists and clinicians. Cove was developed with young people in mind, but adults may find it equally useful to express and capture a mood or emotion.

Cove primarily uses music instead of words to express a feeling or mood, and so it may be helpful in conjunction with talking therapies and counselling. Cove is not a substitute for professional therapy, and not suitable for those experiencing severe distress or suicidal thoughts.

We made Cove because we want everyone to be able to express how they feel. We really love all the various ways people are using Cove. If you’ve enjoyed it too, please leave a review and tell us what you think.

What’s New

Version 2.1

Fresh for the summer, a new version of Cove! We’ve made some important, empowering changes for you, while fixing a few things.

We know how important it is to have a safe space to be yourself. That is why Cove is designed to preserve your privacy by keeping all your personal information locally on your phone - and not in the cloud.

We have never stored any personal data about you. We don’t keep any of it. Nothing. It is all in your hands - literally. Stored on your phone, never anywhere else, visible by anyone else.

• Improving privacy. We wanted to take privacy controls a step further. Now, when you update Cove you will see a message asking you to agree or disagree with our use of anonymised data. We use analytics to see how we can make Cove better - to see which sounds are most popular for example.
• We’ve also updated our privacy notice in the app, to explain how we use data in Cove. Our aim was to make something easy to understand. You can also change your privacy preferences there too!
• You asked, we deliver: We’ve added a few more ‘feeling word’ tags, because you know, there are lots of feelings.

• Cove now works beautifully on iPhone X!
• We fixed an audio bug on one of the instruments (‘Sharp Plastic’ for those keen eared out there)

• We have started some lovely Cove Cards, to help you kickstart some music making. If you are interested in getting some fresh inspiration in your inbox, sign up via!

We love hearing how people use Cove, please take a moment to rate us in the app store

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
46 Ratings
46 Ratings

Editors’ Notes

Create your own musical journal to help express your feelings. 

thoughtsandthings ,


I’m a huge fan of instrumental music - from classical to jazz to contemporary ambient sounds... whatever the genre. I felt like many of the pieces I listen to are a deep expression of human emotion and experience, in which words are almost useless in describing. And to have found an app that allows me personally to express in the same way is pretty incredible.

I especially love the user interface of this app. It’s simple, super clean, aesthetically pleasing, and effective. I started with one emotion and after producing a song, my emotions changed and I had the ability to log that change, too. And I usually don’t like journaling but creating that song stirred something up in me, that it inspired me to write about this movement of emotions, too. I like that it keeps my creative juices flowing. I think that helps us humans to feel better you know? Cause I think we are meant to create and we create best when it’s an expression of how we feel.

So, super kudos. 10/10 recommend.

Dobbi124 ,

Very Good App

Going into this app, I initially thought it would be a trashy app, spamming ads at you, and telling you empty promises. However, I must say that it’s the opposite of that. This actually is an awesome app! I love the concept of using music to express your emotions. Growing up as a kid, I had a lot of disabilities that prevented me from properly expressing my emotions through speaking of writing. This is a whole new avenue of opportunities, and I actually feel proud of the music I made as a bonus🏆! I would just say to try this app, and it will be worth it. Trust me.

Editors’ Notes

Create your own musical journal to help express your feelings. 


Humane Engineering Ltd.
90.2 MB
Health & Fitness
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2017 Humane Engineering


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