4 Excellent Free Time Tracking Tools [Android]

Android Time Tracking App Intro   4 Excellent Free Time Tracking Tools [Android]No matter who you are, time is an incredibly important commodity. We’re all allotted the same amount of time – 86,400 seconds every day – and it’s up to us how we spend that time. Do you feel like you waste your day away, not knowing where all of your minutes go by the time your head hits your pillow? If so, you aren’t the only one.

Of course, if you have to bill clients by the hour, tracking your time becomes absolutely essential. Tracking your time expenditure is a simple but effective way to see where all of your time is sinking. If you want to make the most of your day, then you need to know how your time is being spent before you can optimize it for productivity.

Fortunately, there are a number of apps for Android that allow you to easily tally your daily use of time, and some also let you produce reports for billing clients or other uses.

Toggl

android app toggl   4 Excellent Free Time Tracking Tools [Android]

Toggl began as a web-based time tracker that has been around since 2006. It’s rather well-known and, due to its long history, has a reputation for being stable. If you use Toggl, you know that your time-tracking history won’t suddenly disappear tomorrow because the service shuts down.

Recently, Toggl extended their service by allowing a direct interface through their Android app. With it, you can automatically click “Start” to begin tracking a time session. When you’re done, you can fill in the details about the session itself, then it will all sync up with the web backend. Track your time everywhere and anywhere with a single click.

If you go to the Toggl website, you can view a full report of the time you’ve tracked. The report will break down the time during a specific period that you choose and it can be filtered by project, users, and tags. The data can be exported in CSV (Excel) or PDF formats. Unfortunately, if you want to use the Billable Time or Billable Amount features, you’ll have to upgrade to Pro, which costs $5 per month.

Yast

android app yast   4 Excellent Free Time Tracking Tools [Android]

Like Toggl, Yast is a web-based time tracker with an Android app frontend. As such, you can track your time no matter where you go, then have all of that data sync up with the web server for a persistent history. Keep in mind, though, that you will need some sort of an Internet connection (either WiFi or 3G/4G) to use this program. There is no offline mode, from what I can see.

Using Yast is easy. All you have to do is set up the different projects (or activities) that you want to track, then click the “Track” button next to the particular project when you want to start tracking. If you want, you can even add comments onto particular sessions, describing what you’ve done during that time. The one complaint I have is that the app isn’t very pretty.

On the Yast website, you’ll be able to view reports of your tracked time. Select a time period and choose how you want to group the data, whether by project, month, week, day, user, or record type. This can all be exported into XLS (Excel), CSV (Excel), or PDF formats. You can even get performance reports that compare your current and past productivities, but this feature requires Yast Business which costs $14 per month.

Time Recording

android app time recording   4 Excellent Free Time Tracking Tools [Android]

If you only plan on tracking your time through Android (i.e., not ever using a web-based frontend), then Time Recording may be the app for you. It is far more sophisticated than Toggl or Yast, but that also means that it has a slightly sharper learning curve. Have no fear, though, as you’ll get the hang of it in no time.

Once you’re in the app, all you have to do is “Check In” and the app will begin tracking a session. You can edit particular tasks and fill in descriptive details. One useful feature is that you can set hourly rates for tasks, which can be used to track revenue or payment for work-related tasks.

In Time Recording, you can bring up a Worktime Overview that details a summary of the hours you’ve worked. You can choose a start and end date to signify a particular time period. You can also export your time data in CSV (Excel), HTML (Webpage), and XML (Markup) formats. This data can be sent out either by email, sent straight to Google Docs, or uploaded directly to Dropbox.Personally, I found Time Recording’s exporting system to be a little confusing, but once you get the hang of it, it’s fine.

There is a premium version of this app that will set you back $2.95. What do you get with it? The ability to synchronize your time tracking data with Google Calendar and Dropbox. If you think that’s something that you’d find useful, then it is well worth the cost.

Timesheet

android app timesheet   4 Excellent Free Time Tracking Tools [Android]

Out of all the free time tracking apps I’ve examined, Timesheet is my favorite. The interface is clean and efficient, which is an aspect that I hold in high regard. However, Timesheet doesn’t sacrifice power or features for simplicity. On the contrary, it has a number of options and customizations that you’ll find useful.

With Timesheet, you set up a number of different tasks beforehand. When you want to start tracking, you select one of them from a dropdown menu and then click “Start Working.” The app will handle the rest for you.

Within each project task, you’ll be able to view a Details tab that summarizes the total time spent and the total salary earned (if any of your tasks had an hourly rate assigned to them). You can also export the data from Timesheet into XLS (Excel), CSV (Excel), or XML (Markup) formats for use elsewhere. When exporting, you can choose which project to export, the time period of data that you want, and which data fields to export (date, duration, salary, etc.).

Conclusion

If you think that time tracking apps are more of a hassle than a boon, then I’d ask you to reconsider. Think of it like a budgeting app for time rather than money–by observing where all of your time goes, you can then fiddle around with your schedule to free up more time for activities elsewhere.

Know of any other apps that keep tabs on your time? I like Timesheet as it is, but I’m always willing to try ones that I’ve missed. Share them in the comments!

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Gian Singh

great stuff thanks

Stefan

We also provide an Android app for time tracking which might also be of interest to you. It differs from other time tracking apps with a special user interface. It is possible to switch very fast between projects and tasks. The app is free of charge, needs no permissions and is free of advertising. Features which needs permissions (e.g. GPS based time tracking) are available in an additional app, Automagic for Gleeo. This app is also free of charge and free of advertising.

Josh Vogler

I’ve tried every single Time tracking app for the Android over the last year, and I keep coming back to ‘My Work Clock’. It just works, it’s simple, and offers to automatically sync, for free, to a Google calendar of your choice. Then you can view that calendar and get a visual overview of your time. All my employees use it, and sync to their own calendars, which I have access to…then I can easily see all their time in one place and do payroll quickly.

So of the other apps offer more options, but if you just need simple time tracking that always works, with a simple ‘clock-in, clock-out’ interface…be sure to try it out.

Joel Lee

Never heard of My Work Clock. Just checked it out and the easy-to-use “punch in, punch out” feature is very intuitive. I’m sad that I missed it while writing this article. Thanks for sharing!

ferdinan Sitohang

i use android phone, but i just now about this application. For this whole time i just use a note application. very useful article to start using Time tracking

Joel Lee

Hope it works out for you! :)

Vanja Gorgiev

i’m always using notes… when i saw this apps i was like ” OMG man you are 5 years behind, you must go back to the future”

Mike D.

heard of all, tried a few and stuck to one that’s not on the list :) I’ve been using Paymo (http://paymo.biz )for more than half a year now, and so far so good. I use it on my Android phone, but they have an iOS version as well.

I suggest people start using time tracking tools more and more, you will see it has a positive effect on your workday.

Joel Lee

Paymo looks nice but the free version is very limited. The most important part of a time tracker app would probably be the ability to create reports (or invoices) and Paymo’s free option only allows 1 invoice per month. Otherwise, it would be fantastic, I think.

Thanks for the suggestion!

Roy

I’ve been happily using TimeClock for quite a while now: the UI is clean and simple up front, but there’s a lot of functionality under the hood. Exports to CSV for further data wrangling. Recommended: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotlightsix.timeclock3

Joel Lee

The reviews look good. I’ll give it a shot some time. Thanks!

Anna

I know another clear and simple time tracking tool available for mobile phones – http://www.timetrack.eu. I think you may like it, it has nice reporting options accessible.

Keith Bernard

For those of us in iPhone land, are there any equivalents? Did I miss that article?

Joel Lee

Unfortunately I don’t have an iOS device so I don’t know where I could point you to. I’ll prompt my fellow MakeUseOf writers and see if an Apple fan wants to compile something. :)

Kevin

How can you possibly work on tech site and not have an iPhone. That’s like being a food critic who only eats MacD’s and donuts.

Joel Lee

That’s pretty funny. I personally think that iPhones are equivalent to MacD’s and donuts, but I digress.

Kevin

LOL okay, you got me there.

Ken Diehl

Just downloaded Timesheet. I hope it does the job.

Pandu Poluan

+1 for Timesheet!

I have tried like 5 or 6 other apps, and finally settled on Timesheet.

In my current employment, one of the KPIs is how much time we have allocated to one of the capitalizeable projects. Unfortunately, due to my job function, I kind of “drifted around” between the projects. With Timesheet, not only I can accurately track how much time I have allocated to a task, I can also track which Department ‘made use of’ my services, but with the recently added feature of ‘task-tagging’, I can even easily classify to which capitalizeable project I attach my work to.

In short, it’s a great boon to my productivity :-)

Joel Lee

Awesome! Thanks for sharing. It’s good to know that people really benefit from time tracking apps. :)

Stephanie

Thanks for the list! I think time tracking is very important, especially for freelance writers like me. I always tended to downplay my worktime without it.
I use the clockodo android app (http://www.clockodo.com), it’s web-based like toggl but I prefer the clear and beauty layout.

Joel Lee

I knew about Clockodo when I wrote this article but Clockodo only has a 30-day free trial. If it had an unlimited free trial option, I would’ve included it! But you’re right: it does look very nice.

Marc

Maybe check out timetrack (www.timetrack.eu) a long time in beta (free) but have good android, iphone and symbian apps. Very good on reporting and very good with teams.
UI is good once you use it often

Gregory

Nice list of apps,

Would be glad to see Time Meter https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rk.timemeter in the list. It has some nice features. And it’s not only work oriented. You can track time spent on different activities like project, home, sport, health and so on. I use it all the time.

Joel Lee

Time Meter looks great. I would definitely use it. However, it seems like it was just recently released (the earliest comments and reviews are only from a few days ago), so I don’t think it was released when I wrote this article months ago.

Great find!

Lisa

I am looking for a time tracking app that lets me both invoice and keep a calendar, or link with a calendar, so that I don’t have to input appointments into a calendar and input the same information into a client tracker/invoicing system. Do you know of an app that does both? I am duplicating my work. I hope someone creates a time tracking app with a calendar view.

Dusty

Like what i see in the program, in the learning curve. Thank you