The 12 best time tracking apps for your Mac in 2022

Looking for a time tracking app for your Mac? We have listed the best 12 apps for you and help you choose the right one depending on your needs.

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Introduction

Most freelancers and employees already have a lot on their plate: deadlines, ongoing projects, and the stress of meeting business goals. Adding time tracking to their tasks can be overwhelming and distractive. To ensure integrity in business as well as boost motivation, you should employ a time tracker.

Naturally, there is plenty of fish in the sea, and we cannot make the choice for you. However, in this article, we aim to help you choose the right tracker for your needs. That is why we made a list of the 12 best time tracking apps for Mac along with their characteristics to assist your choice.

Our top picks

If you are short on time and do not fancy reading this entire article, here are our top picks:

  • If you are a professional in need of a time tracker for reporting hours, creating invoices, or improving your productivity, and do not fancy constantly toggling timers, go for Daily.

  • Alternatively, as an individual, either go for Tyme (manual time tracking) or Timemator (automatic time tracking).

  • When you are looking for a comprehensive solution for an entire team, go for Harvest (manual time tracking) or Timing (automatic time tracking).

Continue reading this article to better understand why you should track your time, the benefits of using an app, and to find out how we came up with the above top picks.

App icons of time tracking apps

Why you should track your time

Time is money. Spending hours upon hours of work without being able to report your time to employers or clients can make you seem unprofessional. In fact, over 38% of potential billable revenue is lost due to untracked time spent on emails, meetings, and delays.

The issue of time leakage could be easily addressed with a time tracking software that can achieve an instant revenue boost of 61%. Specifically, time tracking apps help you record your worked hours for payroll and ensure business transparency. In addition, you get to invoice billable hours to clients or keep track of your worked time for taxes without losing a penny.

One of the major benefits of time trackers is also operations. With an effortless time capture, you can improve your productivity and increase accuracy. In addition, you get to understand how much you allocate to tasks, plan your time more efficiently, and prevent burnout.

So, for example, if you’re a freelancer charging by the hour, you might underestimate the time a project takes and sell yourself short. Having a time tracker does not only do the work for you, but it also provides a time allocation history for reference in future projects. This helps you keep work profitable and your business afloat.

The benefits of using an app to track your time

You might ask, why would I invest in time tracking software when I can simply use a clock, pen and paper, or spreadsheets? To which we might add, for the same reason you do not drive a screw with your bare hands.

It is a fact that time tracking can be accomplished “manually”. But, it is not the optimal solution, and we guarantee that you will get caught up in work and forget to track half of your time. But, like a screwdriver, a time tracker simplifies this process and gets you there sooner.

So instead, you can have a digital companion that is portable, always accessible, and impossible to lose, do the tricky work for you. Plus, time tracking apps are often backed up in the cloud, so there is minimal risk of losing your history. This allows you to focus on the tasks at hand without stressing about another responsibility.

In addition, time tracking software is purpose-built and therefore easy and fast to use. It offers the possibility of generating dynamic reports, filtering dates, or even exporting your data. So, for instance, if you want to use a time tracker in combination with other software or simply import worked hours in other apps, you can easily export your time-tracking data.

How time tracking apps work

Time trackers have different ways of operation to give you an overview of your productivity and worked hours. Here are the most important ones:

  • Traditional timer-based time tracking apps - this is a more hands-on manual approach to time tracking since it requires starting and stopping timers while you work. Unfortunately, the downside of this approach is that you need to remember to toggle timers when you switch tasks. Forgetting to do so might result in timesheets inaccuracy and, therefore, readjustments that only have a 67% accuracy.

  • Automatic time tracking apps -  they use intelligent tracking software to create detailed reports showing how you spend your working hours. You install them on your Mac, and you let them run continuously in the background to generate a detailed digital memory of the time you spend on meetings, emails, tools, websites, and more. However, keep in mind that automatic time trackers keep an eye on everything you do and often send your data over the internet to be analyzed. This can result in potential privacy issues and company violations.

  • Sample-based time tracking apps - they collect random sample moments throughout the day to give you a statistically significant estimation of how you spend your time. Of course, the more often you set the samples, the more accurate the estimates. We would say that this is the optimal approach to time tracking since it does not require toggling timers every time you switch between tasks nor result in privacy issues as no screen monitoring takes place.

The best time tracking apps for Mac

Daily app icon

Daily

Daily stands out from this list due to its ease of use. Most time trackers require you to toggle timers whenever you switch tasks. In practice, everyone occasionally forgets to do this. As a result, timesheets and, ultimately, invoices become inaccurate.

Daily uses a radically different approach to track your time: it periodically asks what you are doing. Inspired by sampling, a popular statistical procedure to conduct scientific research, it accurately tracks your time without requiring the discipline to toggle timers proactively. You can view and export resulting timesheets to create invoices, report hours, or simply find out how you have spent your time.

Ideal for:

Professionals needing a time tracker for individual use, such as freelancers for creating invoices, employees for reporting their hours, or productivity enthusiasts who want to get the most out of their time.

Pros:

  • Impossible to forget tracking (billable) hours due to its tracking approach based on sampling.

  • Simple to use yet powerful, making it fit your way of working perfectly.

  • Built natively for Mac, providing the best possible user experience and leveraging the most modern capabilities of your Mac.

Main features of the Mac app:

  • Periodic prompt, asking what you are currently doing, making timers a thing of the past.

  • Accurate timesheets per day, week, month, and year, which can easily be adjusted and exported.

  • Tracking scheduler, allowing you to configure when to track time.

  • Keyboard shortcuts, enabling you to control Daily without opening the app.

  • Synchronization using iCloud, ensuring data is available on all your devices and is backed up automatically.

  • Extensive export capabilities that can be automatically triggered using AppleScript.

Daily screenshot

Pricing:

Daily is free to try for 7 days. After that, you can choose a license that suits your needs best: monthly ($3.99), yearly ($29.99), or lifetime ($59.99). It is worth mentioning Daily has already existed since 2013 and has seen many significant updates since then, making the lifetime license a great deal.

Rating and reviews:

Daily is rated ★★★★★ based on 513 ratings in the (US) Mac App Store, making it the most popular time tracking app on the Mac App Store. This is considered the most helpful review:

★★★★★
I love this time tracker. [...] This is it. The moment I installed it and the tiny pop-up asked me what I'd been doing, I almost cried with relief. It's so easy.

View Daily on the Mac App Store


Toggl app icon

Toggl

Toggl is a timer-based time tracker reputed for its ease of use as it requires a minimum amount of clicks and screens to track your time. You just hit the start button and it does the work for you. With Toggl, you can track your time right away without setting aside your tasks.

In addition, a Toggl timer button appears in almost every app you are using, whether it is Google Docs or other apps like Help Scout. This is a valuable reminder to track your time while working, which facilitates the factor of human memory and gives you consistent results.

Plus, if you make a mistake like leaving your browser open while you are gone or being idle for a while, you can correct the recorded absence time. So, for example, if you got interrupted for 20 minutes and forgot to stop your time tracker, you can easily remedy that by knocking out those 20 minutes from your record.

Ideal for:

Teams in need of a comprehensive timer-based time tracking solution for billing and project planning purposes.

Pros:

  • Supports most platforms like Windows, iOS, macOS, Android, Linux, Web & browser extensions.

  • Limits the issue of forgetting to toggle timers by automatically toggling them based on automated rules.

  • Extensive integration capabilities with other apps.

Main features of the Mac app:

  • Idle time detection so you do not accidentally log time when you are away from your Mac.

  • Tracking reminder avoiding you forget to track (billable) hours.

  • Pomodoro timer to break down your tasks into (usually) 25-minutes sprints.

Toggl screenshot

Pricing

Toggl offers a generous free tier of service that gives you access to all its apps and unlimited time tracking. Other than that, you can opt for a starter ($9 per month per user), premium ($18 per month per user), or enterprise plan (price upon agreement) for more advanced usage and additional features.

Rating and reviews:

Toggl is rated ★★★☆☆ based on 68 ratings on the (US) Mac App Store. This is considered the most helpful review:

★★★☆☆
The service is great, the iOS app is a bit better than this one, and the Mac app is straight up annoying.

View Toggl on the Mac App Store


Clockify app icon

Clockify

Next on our list of time trackers is Clockify, also timer-based. It is built with teams in mind, yet offers more than enough time tracking functionalities for solo professionals in its free plan. In fact, that is one of its biggest advantages, as it allows unlimited users and projects without charge. Its Mac app is relatively limited as most of its features are only available on the web.

Ideal for:

Teams that want to track their productivity, attendance, and billable hours.

Pros:

  • A comprehensive solution for teams searching for a solution for all aspects related to time management.

  • Unlimited users, tracking, and projects in the unpaid plan.

  • Works across many devices as it offers browser extensions and clients, including for your Mac.

Main features of the Mac app:

  • Instantly create a task, toggle its timer and change its details afterward.

  • Tracking reminders configurable per day so you do not accidentally forget to track time.

  • Automatically stops the timer when your Mac goes to sleep or powers off.

Clockify screenshot

Pricing

Clockify is free with unlimited users, projects, and tracking. To access more handy features for advanced usage, you can upgrade to a paid plan billed annually per user: basic ($3.99), standard ($5.49), pro ($7.99), or enterprise ($11.99).

Rating and reviews:

Clockify is rated ★★★☆☆ based on 21 ratings on the (US) Mac App Store. This is considered the most helpful review:

★★★☆☆
[...] Okay on my phone but on my MacBook [...] it seems incredibly buggy. The first time you launch it it seems okay. After a while you try bring it to the front and its completely dead and unresponsive.

View Clockify on the Mac App Store


Harvest app icon

Harvest

Similar to Toggl and Clockify, Harvest is a time tracking solution geared mostly towards teams. It also tracks time using timers you manually need to toggle whenever you switch tasks. It helps its employees with time tracking and beyond that: reporting, budgeting, allocation, cost insights, invoicing, and payments. Hence, for individuals seeking just a time tracking app, Harvest might be a bit overkill. One of Harvest its strong points is its ability to seamlessly integrate with other apps and services. It is used by thousands of companies worldwide and is considered to be one of the most popular time tracking solutions available.

Harvest screenshot

Ideal for:

Teams seeking more than just a time tracking solution that needs to be available on a wide variety of browsers and devices.

Pros:

  • Comprehensive solution going further than just time tracking by also offering reporting, budgeting, allocation, cost insights, invoicing, and payment capabilities.

  • Available on a wide variety of browsers, devices, and operating systems, including macOS.

  • Offers a large variety of prebuilt integrations to even further extend Harvest capabilities.

Main features of the Mac app:

  • Lives in your menu bar for easy accessibility from where you quickly can toggle a timer.

  • Offers keyboard shortcuts for quickly toggling timers or viewing timesheets.

  • Includes the ability to remove idle time from a running timer for more accurate timesheets.

Pricing

Harvest has a limited (maximum of 1 seat with 2 projects) free plan. Its paid plan is $12 per seat per month and hence, is relatively expensive. It has a fully functional 30-day trial.

Rating and reviews:

Harvest is rated ★★★★☆ based on 88 ratings on the (US) Mac App Store. This is considered the most helpful review:

★★★★☆
I love the timer and how it notices if I walk way - those offers to keep time and stop timing, discard time and stop timing, etc. Lifesaver.

View Harvest on the Mac App Store


Tyme app icon

Tyme

Tyme is a timer-based tracker with a futuristic user-friendly interface. It provides an overview of your recorded times, projects, deadlines, and workload. Similar to Daily and other than Toggl and Clockify, this solution is built exclusively for the Apple ecosystem, and that is visible in the details: Tyme is great-looking and its keyboard shortcuts (e.g. to instantly toggle timers) are useful from a productivity perspective.

Tyme screenshot

Ideal for:

Individuals and teams using Apple devices who prefer to use timers to track their time.

Pros:

  • Natively available for Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Watch.

  • Detailed statistics of recorded times, projects, deadlines, and workload using clear and colorful visualizations.

  • Support for teams, by allowing team leaders to assign members to projects and tasks and see their teams' workload.

Main features of the Mac app:

  • Calendar integration so recorded times can be seen as calendar entries.

  • Export and import exported times as PDF, CSV, and JSON.

  • Clocking in and out based on your location.

Pricing

Tyme offers a monthly ($3.99) and an annual ($35.99) plan with a 14 days trial.

Rating and reviews:

Tyme is rated ★★★★★ based on 205 ratings on the (US) Mac App Store. This is considered the most helpful review:

★★★★★
I've used quite a few time tracking apps over the years, but none of them have compared to this app. [...] The interface is not just beautiful, but also very functional and intuitive.

View Tyme on the Mac App Store


Klokki app icon

Klokki

Klokki is a time tracker built natively for Mac that lives in your menu bar. It uses a timer to track your active task, although toggling it can be automated when using the app version available via their website. The version available on the Mac App Store does not support this as the Mac App Store does not allow screen and activity recording for privacy reasons.

Ideal for:

Individual professionals (such as freelancers) in need of a native time tracking solution to understand how they spend their time.

Pros:

  • Natively available for your Mac, bringing all its features straight to your Mac's menu bar.

  • Offers integrations with apps like Jira.

  • Set your rule-based time tracking and never have to worry about starting or stopping the timer (this requires the version available from their website).

Main features of the Mac app:

  • Menu bar timer for easy access to keep track of your time at a glance.

  • Smart idling with options to knock the absent time off your time tracking.

  • Billable hours tracking to calculate your worked hours automatically and invoice clients.

  • Powerful reports that visualize data in the form of statistics and charts.

  • Keyboard shortcuts to start the time tracking process faster without opening the app.

Klokki screenshot

Pricing

You can try Klokki for free with a 14 days trial or purchase the app with a one-time fee of $30.

Rating and reviews:

Klokki is rated ★★★★★ based on 46 ratings on the (US) Mac App Store. This is considered the most helpful review:

★★★★★
This app makes it dead simple to clock in for any number of your areas of focus. [...] My only suggestion is to make this available on iPad.

View Klokki on the Mac App Store


Chrono Plus app icon

Chrono Plus

Next on our list is Chrono Plus, a simple and a bit outdated-looking time tracking app available for both Mac, iPhone, and iPad. The Mac app lives in your menu bar and uses timers to track your time requiring a proactive mindset to ensure all billable time gets tracked. It automatically multiplies your working hours with your billable rates and generates productivity reports as well as invoices.

Chrono screenshot

Ideal for:

Freelancers and professionals paid by the hour who want to track their worked hours using a timer, invoice clients accordingly, and track their costs.

Pros:

  • Available for most Apple devices: Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

  • Simple pricing model and relatively cheap.

  • Includes a cost tracking feature.

  • Built-in invoice generator formatted in MS Excel with the ability to send email invoices to clients.

Main features of the Mac app:

  • Easy and fast creation of tasks and subtasks.

  • Color marking and search for better navigation.

  • Idle detection to ensure time gets accurately tracked.

  • Insertion of multiple hourly rates for different projects.

Pricing

There is a $4.99 fee to download the Chrono Plus app and start tracking your time and earnings.

Rating and reviews:

Chrono Plus is rated ★★★★☆ based on 272 ratings on the (US) Mac App Store. This is considered the most helpful review:

★★★★☆
Chrono Plus is a great tool for cloud-based time tracking. I haven't found any others that do it so well. I use it across all my devices without any issue.

View Chrono Plus on the Mac App Store


Caato app icon

Caato

Caato is a relatively simple time tracker natively built for Mac that tracks time using a timer. Its interface feels a bit outdated but gets the job done. Since it is simple, you will not have any issues using it. However, you might miss more advanced features such as billable hours and invoicing.

Caato screenshot

Ideal for:

Anyone looking for a simple time tracking solution based on timers to get insights into how they spend their time.

Pros:

  • Free, although a pro version is available with extra features.

  • Natively built for Mac.

  • Simple user interface and hence, simple to use.

Main features of the Mac app:

  • Export to CSV or Excel (requires pro).

  • Date range filter with presets to quickly find entries.

  • Shows today’s working hours or the number of currently tracked projects in its dock icon.

Pricing

Caato is free to use but also offers optional in-app purchases if you wish to unlock more advanced features, like managing multiple projects.

Rating and reviews:

Caato is rated ★★★★★ based on 401 ratings on the (US) Mac App Store. This is considered the most helpful review:

★★★★☆
[...] Caato is so easy to use, it's quite remarkable. [...]

View Caato on the Mac App Store


Timely app icon

Timely

Timely is a comprehensive time tracking solution that tracks your time automatically by recording and analyzing your work. This might include your location, meetings you attend, documents you work in, web pages you visit, and emails you send. While this results in an almost truly effortless way of tracking your time, it also impacts your privacy as there is always something watching over your shoulder looking at what you are doing. We specifically said almost as no algorithm is capable of 100% properly allocating the right projects and tasks to recorded activity. Some post-processing is required to ensure resulting timesheets reflect reality.

Timely is designed with teams in mind and hence, includes comprehensive features supporting teams managing their projects, allocations, budgets, and more. It even includes scheduling tasks and creating team plannings, although this requires a premium plan.

Ideal for:

Teams looking for a comprehensive time management solution that tracks time automatically and helps them manage time-related aspects such as projects, allocations, budgets, and more.

Pros:

  • Available for various platforms and operating systems, including macOS.

  • Comprehensive, as it offers more than just time tracking: project tracking, team management, and project management.

  • Integrates with many other apps by leveraging Zapier.

Main features of the Mac app:

  • Automatically tracks app and browser behavior, which is sent to Timely's servers to be analyzed and converted into timesheets.

  • Schedule when Timely should track your time.

Pricing

Timely has a 14 days trial period to test out the software. After that, you can opt for one of the paid plans. The starter plan offers up to 50 projects and 3 teams for $8 per month per user billed annually. The premium plan offers unlimited projects and teams for $14 per month per user. Finally, the unlimited plan unlocks unlimited features, projects, and teams for $20 per month per user.

Rating and reviews:

Timely is rated ★★★☆☆ based on 19 ratings on the (US) iOS App Store. This is considered the most helpful review:

★★★★☆
I hope this app works amazing for those who can afford to use it. [...]. It looks like it would be a good time tracker, but I can't justify the cost for my needs.

Visit Timely's website


Timing app icon

Timing

Timing is a great-yet-bit-hectic-looking time tracking app that tracks time automatically by what they call document-based tracking. Its native macOS application tracks every app, document, and website you use, which as mentioned earlier might cause privacy and company policy issues. However, unlike Timely, data never leaves your Mac according to the software vendor. It also comes with a web app that syncs with the Mac app so time can be tracked on the go. Timing is not available on the Mac App Store due to restrictions; it uses monitoring capabilities Apple finds too privacy-sensitive to be allowed to be distributed via their store.

Ideal for:

Individuals seeking an automated time tracking solution for their Mac.

Pros:

  • Projects and time entries can be shared with team members while recorded activities remain private to individuals.

  • Offers the ability to manually track time using timers too.

  • Integrates with other apps via a web API and a Zapier integration.

Main features of the Mac app:

  • Tracks time automatically by monitoring every app, document, and website you use.

  • Integrates with your calendar so you can assign projects to events easily.

  • Asks what project belongs to a finished video or audio call.

Timing screenshot

Pricing

Timing has several plans from €7.90 per month to €16.90 per month. A 14-day trial is available to test the app.

Rating and reviews:

Timing is rated ★★★★★ based on 140 ratings on Capterra. This is considered the most helpful review:

★★★★★
Timing combines many things in one app: manual time tracking and automatic time tracking; estimating time needed for a task (and then readjusting it if needed) or categorising the time after working for few hours or a day.

Visit Timing's website


Timemator app icon

Timemator

Timemator is another automatic time tracker that automatically captures everything you do on your Mac. Hence, it involves the same kind of potential privacy issues as the earlier mentioned automatic time trackers, although the software vendor indicates all your data stays locally. Based on observed activity, it automatically toggles timers so you do not have to do this manually. You can still override automatically toggled timers by manually starting and stopping them. Hence, it also supports traditional timekeeping based on (manual) timers. Automatically generated timesheets can easily be adjusted by (re)assigning projects to recorded time. Timemator does not yet support teams and hence, is for individual use only.

Ideal for:

Individual professionals seeking a native time tracker that automatically toggles timers based on recorded (screen) activity.

Pros:

  • Automatically toggles timers based on recorded (screen) activity while also supporting setting manual timers.

  • Also offers an iPad, iPhone, and Watch app.

  • Features the ability to set an hourly rate for tasks so Timemator can calculate your revenue.

Main features of the Mac app:

  • Detailed reports using colorful charts showing what you have worked on and for how long.

  • Automatically synchronizes using iCloud and supports making automatic backups to various locations including Dropbox, Google Drive, or iCloud Drive.

  • Supports importing existing hours using CSV files.

Timemator screenshot

Pricing

Timemator for Mac can be purchased for $39. The iOS app needs to be purchased separately for $7.99. Alternatively, Timemator Basic can be purchased from the Mac App Store for $8.99. However, similar to Timing, this version does not support automatic time tracking due to privacy-related restrictions enforced by Apple.

Rating and reviews:

Timemator is rated ★★★★★ based on only 2 ratings on the (US) Mac App Store and hence, does not seem to be very popular. This is considered the most helpful review:

★★★★★
Elegant but not distracting, exactly what I have been looking for.

Visit Timemator's website


RescueTime app icon

RescueTime

Finally, we end our list of best time tracking apps for Mac with RescueTime. More than just a time tracking app, it helps you take back control of your time. It automatically analyzes the apps you are using and web pages you visit and provides recommendations and guidance for optimizing how you spend your time. For example, it helps avoid distractions and strengthen your focus. Hence, RescueTime focuses more on productivity improvement rather than time tracking for reporting or invoicing purposes.

Ideal for:

Professionals seeking help optimize how they spend their time so they can be more productive.

Pros:

  • Automatically provides recommendations on how to use most of your time, by for example suggesting (focus) goals and guidance.

  • RescueTime offers various (video) lessons and hands-on exercises helping you to be more productive.

  • Available for various platforms and operating systems including macOS.

Main features of the Mac app:

  • Automatically tracks the apps you use and web pages you visit to analyze productivity.

  • Offers recommendations and suggests goals to improve your productivity.

  • Helps you focus by blocking (potential) distractions.

Pricing

RescueTime offers a limited free plan and a paid plan, which is $9 per month.

Rating and reviews:

RescueTime is rated ★★★★★ based on 125 ratings on Capterra. This is considered the most helpful review:

★★★★★
I've spent significantly less time on social media since I implemented RescueTime in my system and, I now have a very detailed insight on how much time I spend on productive time.

Visit RescueTime's website

Which time tracking app you should use

As we quoted before, time is money. Being able to report hours as an employee, invoice your clients more accurately as a freelancer, or increase your productivity by better understanding how you spend your time is invaluable. So it makes sense to invest in the right time tracking software that’ll help you make the most out of your working hours.

There are various options when it comes to the best time tracking app for your needs, so we highly recommend specifying your goals, desired features, and budget before opting for one. For instance, if you’re a student looking for basic time tracking software to manage your productivity, you don’t need to opt for one that focuses on billing, which would be a valuable feature for freelancers.

So, before jumping on an app, try their free trials first. This will give you a clearer picture of your options and help you make the best decision.

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