Many of us who have tried Toggl enjoyed it’s ease of use and rich integration selection, but we need more when it comes to monitoring metrics, reporting analytics and associated features. Here we’ll discuss the 7 most popular Toggl alternatives and how their features compare to one another. Be sure to review the reasons most time tracking software solutions are fundamentally flawed before making your decision.
The biggest difference between Time Doctor and Toggl is that Time Doctor captures lots of other accuracy and productivity data when a user is tracking time, such as screenshots, keyboard & mouse activity, and more.
We have an in depth article on Time Doctor as a Toggl alternative you’ll want to review.
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TSheets is another Toggl alternative that many consider. It’s feature set is close to Toggl, except TSheets does not have the option to track time on a desktop application. Normally this would give Toggl the advantage because desktop application tracking normally allows for more detailed time use metrics, but Toggl has not built out these features so it’s a wash. With TSheets, time is tracked in a web browser (or on a mobile device). TSheets ends up being more affordable than Toggl for equivalent features.
TimeCamp is another good Toggle alternative with its screenshot and website & application recording. Time Camp is very strong in the integration department, but it doesn’t record keyboard and mouse activity like some of the other options in this list. It also lets the user automatically track time, so there is very little interaction needed from the user in that mode.
TrackingTime has some great Client/Service/Project customizations options built in, which make it good for billing and invoicing clients. But it’s lack of a Windows or Linux app makes it hard to track time without access to the internet. TrackingTime is a sound Toggl alternative, and it is unique in that it offers per-hour per-month billing which could lead to big savings for teams that have a large number of part-time or contract workers.
Timely operates a bit differently than other time tracking tools. It relies heavily on it’s integrations to send in tracked time instead of just importing tasks and projects from the other tools. Time can be tracked inside Timely, but the objective is to have your tracked time sync in automatically through their integrations. It’s more of an integration hub as compared to Toggl, despite the fact that Toggl actually has more integrations. This could result in Timely being one of the most hands-off tools, if you already use the other tools that it integrates with. On the down side, the web based reporting features leave something to be desired.
Freckle is very flexible and friendly, but it does lack in some standard features most other time trackers have such as custom task names. The Payroll features in particular stand out against Toggl. The lack of features in Freckle may be by design, as they recognize that tracking time, takes time. So they really bank on ease of use and simplicity as their core selling point.
Tools like Toggl, Time Doctor, and TrackingTime are good for remote workers who should be able to stop tracking time whenever they wish. But for employees working on premise on company hardware, a continuous background monitoring solution is more appropriate because spending lots of time on personal activities is not expected. That’s what makes Staff.com a great Toggl alternative in those scenarios. Staff.com can be interactive, but most companies make use of it’s silent mode to monitor and rate the websites and applications that employees use over time. It has a very strong API that lets you build out custom, fully automated solutions for almost any tool.
You can quickly compare the features available in our selected time trackers with this features table:
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|Price||$6 to $10||$4 to $8||$6 to $9||$10 to $59||$8 to $19||$4.99||$14||$6 to $10|
|Webcam Shots Capture||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|3rd Party Integrations||30||15||46||83||6||21||Many||0|
|Keyboard & Mouse Activity Monitoring & Reporting||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|Website & Application Usage||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||Yes|
|Differentiate Between Real Time and Manual Time||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|Ease of use Getting to Reports||1 Click||2 Clicks||2 Clicks||1 Click||2 Clicks||6 Clicks||1 Click||2 Clicks|
|Time Tracking with Poor or No Internet Connection||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||Yes|
|Automatic Time Capture||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Full Free Trial Period||30 Days||14 Days||30 Days||30 Days||14 Days||30 Days||14 Days||30 Days|
|Desktop Time Tracking Required for Live Time||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|Popup Productivity Reminders||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|Client Access of Real Time Data||Yes||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Mobile App for Time Tracking||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Client Side Desktop App||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Browser Based Time Tracking||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|OS Support||Mac, Win, Linux, iOS, Android||Android, iOS||Mac, Win, Linux, iOS, Android||iOS, Android, Win, Linux, Mac||Mac, iOS, Android||iOS, Android, MacOS||Mac, iOS, Apple Watch||Win, Mac, Linux|
|Feature||Time Doctor||Tsheets||Time Camp||Toggl||Freckle||Tracking Time||Timely||Staff|