There are so many time tracking apps for iPhone and other mobile platforms, you might find it overwhelming. How do you know which one does everything you need it to do?

When you do find a tool you want to try, the price can be a shock.

We did the research and found the 11 best time tracking apps for the iPhone. Each of these apps has a free version, and they’re all free to download.

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Why do you need to keep track of your team’s work hours?

Keeping track of how your team spends time at work is an important part of running a business. It helps teams use time and resources efficiently. Plus, your team members should have an easy way to clock in and out.

All types of teams need to track time.

Teams spend 11 hours per week traveling between job sites

According to our recent construction study, 56% of company owners and managers spend 11 hours every week traveling between job sites to check on their crews. That’s more than a quarter of every workweek spent only on tracking.

It’s clear that field teams need a way to stay connected with the office when on the go. A good time tracking app gives you that much-needed visibility. You can see where your team is, track whether or not they’re on time for shifts, and get alerts if anyone is out of place.

If you work with clients, time tracking keeps you profitable. Your billing is more accurate and it’s easier to manage how long you spend on each project. Time tracking data gives you an edge.

Find out more about the benefits of time tracking here.

Tracking your time should be easy and convenient. If it’s too much work, you won’t do it. Find a tool that does what you need without becoming a chore.

Here are the features you should look for in a time tracking app for iPhone.

Our criteria for the best timesheet apps for iPhone

A great tool should have all of these things:

  1. Free to download
  2. Easy to use without training
  3. Ability to track time by task
  4. Access to your data from all your work devices
  5. Built-in reporting to help you work smarter

Our list also includes apps that have a paid version for teams that need more functionality. Free apps to keep track of work hours on your iPhone are great. But some teams can benefit from a richer set of features such as payroll integration and GPS tracking.

Best time tracking apps for iPhone

Based on the above criteria, here are the top contenders for best timesheet apps for iPhone.

1. Hubstaff

Hubstaff for iOS

Companies in more than 100 different industries use Hubstaff to track time. The app is popular with field service companies, remote teams, and freelancers.

Hubstaff’s iOS app works with iOS 9.0 or later. It runs on iPhone, desktop, and other mobile devices.

This iPhone app was designed to be simple, but powerful. You’ll find the features intuitive and easy to use.

To get more out of this app, pair it with the desktop version. Time tracked on your or your teams’ iPhones will automatically sync across devices.

For field teams

Hubstaff Field is a great app to create unbiased proof of work reports. Tracked time is an impartial way to show clients (or managers) that you’re working when you say you are. Attach images to jobs and work orders to keep your records organized.

Hubstaff Field has live and past map views for field teams that are constantly in motion.

Hubstaff mobile map

These premium GPS features in Hubstaff Field are well worth the upgrade. You always know where your technicians are and who is nearby to help out. It also helps staff give accurate service call time windows.

One of the most popular premium features for field teams is the ability to automate timesheets with location data.

When a crew member gets to a job site, the timer starts automatically. Then, the app clocks them out when they leave. Tracked time is sent to payroll so you get accurate timesheets without needing to remember the timer at all.

Managers can approve timesheets with one click. Hubstaff integrates with Freshbooks, Quickbooks, PayPal, Payoneer and many others to automatically pay your team once their timesheets are approved.

You can even manage timesheets right from your iPhone.

Hubstaff mobile timesheets

Hubstaff Field features

  • Accurately track time by project
  • Data syncs between the iPhone app and your other devices
  • Automatically generate online timesheets and reports
  • Work order and job notes help organize customer info
  • GPS and location tracking
  • Track time seamlessly with Hubstaff’s geofence feature
  • Payroll integrations to easily pay team members by tracked hours

Pricing

Hubstaff is free for individual users. Freelancers or independent contractors can track time, record activity levels, and handle some basic payments using the free plan.

If you need more users or more advanced features, consider one of the team plans:

  • Hubstaff Time – Time tracking and reporting. Starts at $7 per user per month for the Starter plan
  • Hubstaff Desk – Proof of work and team management for remote teams. Starts at $7 per user per month for Starter plan
  • Hubstaff Field – Geolocation, jobs and work orders, and more. Starts at $10 per user per month

All users get a 14-day free trial.

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2. Timewerks

Timewerks

Timewerks is a great app for freelancers, consultants, and contractors. It requires iOS 12.0 or later.

Use this app to track both time and expenses. The free plan allows you to track time and expenses but limits you to just one invoice. You’ll have to handle your billing in a different system and reconcile the data.

If you upgrade, you can manage billing and tracking all within the same app.

Timewerks features

  • Track time, customers, projects, billing, and expenses
  • Add capture notes and timesheets to every project task
  • Accept credit cards through Credit Card Terminal integration
  • Customize rates for different tasks and items
  • Multiple currency support
  • Compute taxes and discounts

Pricing

Timewerks Lite is free but offers only one invoice. For more robust functionality, consider one of the below options:

  • Classic ($4.99)
  • Pro ($9.99)

3. TrackingTime

TrackingTime

TrackingTime brands itself as “set and forget time tracking.” This is a time tracking and project management app for freelancers, graphic designers, architects, and other remote workers.

The tool requires iOS 9.0 or later.

Like most free time tracking apps, the free plan works best for solo users. Upgrade to unlock more features that keep your team connected.

TrackingTime Features

  • Create timesheets and custom reports
  • Prioritize, update, and flag tasks and projects
  • Set due dates, and billing information on tasks
  • Add comments and notes to tasks so teams are on the same page
  • Support for multiple languages and currencies
  • Syncs with desktop and web app for cross-platform use

Pricing

Tracking time offers a 14-day free trial and a free plan for up to three users and three projects. The Pro plan offers advanced reporting and unlimited collaboration.

  • Free Plan
  • Pro Plan ($5/user/month)

4. Hours Keeper

Hours Keeper

Hours Keeper works with iOS 10.3 or later. The app is designed to track hours for multiple clients and calculate earnings.

If you manage multiple clients, this is a useful app. You can easily bill by the hour and track your earnings in real-time. Use the earnings reports to simplify your bookkeeping.

You can even configure overtime calculations in Hours Keeper.

The free version is ad-supported. To get rid of the ads in your time tracker, upgrade to a paid plan.

Hours Keeper features

  • Real-time earnings and time tracking for multiple clients
  • Weekly and monthly timesheets
  • Download invoices as PDFs
  • Visually appealing earnings reports
  • Configure overtime and breaks for time tracking
  • Export data as CSV

Pricing

Hours Keeper has a free version limited to two clients and two invoices. Users can upgrade to the Premium or Pro version for no ads and more functionality.

  • Free Plan
  • Premium Plan ($1.99/month) or ($19.99/year)
  • Pro Plan ($29.99/year)

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5. HoursTracker

HoursTracker

HoursTracker tracks time by location or job. If you work from multiple locations and need to track time accordingly, this is a good choice. It works with iOS 13.1 or later.

You can log time manually or use the timer. Manual time tracking is convenient if you don’t remember to start and stop the clock.

It’s easy to set up your job locations and projects in HoursTracker. One of this tool’s coolest features is the ability to track tips. Record mileage, pay, and tips to keep your records accurate.

After you track time, you can add comments to an entry. Use this feature to leave yourself notes and record important information. For example, if you notice that a customer will need service again soon, include that on the entry.

HoursTracker features

  • Set job locations and get clock-in reminders
  • Group entries by day, week, or month
  • Add comments with time entries
  • Track pay, mileage, and tips within the app
  • CSV and formatted text export via email or iOS Share Sheet
  • Compatible with Apple Watch

Pricing

The HoursTracker free version gives you up to 3 jobs and 21 days of entries. For more jobs and entries, upgrade to the Personal or Pro Edition.

  • Free Plan
  • Personal Plan Upgrade ($5.99)
  • Pro Plan Upgrade ($9.99)

6. TimeTag

TimeTag

TimeTag records and organizes time tracking data to help you understand how your team uses their work hours. The app requires iOS 13.1 or later.

This app places a heavy emphasis on reporting. Use it to gain insight into how you work.

Reports from TimeTag are easy to export so you can do a more robust analysis.

TimeTag features

  • One tap timer to stop and start
  • Track time down to the second
  • CSV data exports to other apps
  • Track time by projects, tasks, and activities
  • Generate Excel and Numbers compatible spreadsheets
  • Visual insights with charts, graphs, and statistics

Pricing

TimeTag is free for a single user. To use TimeTag for your team, you can calculate the price per user with a sliding scale on their website.

7. Worktime Tracker

Worktime Tracker

Worktime Tracker is a work log app for iPhone. It serves as a time tracking assistant for individuals or teams that work on an hourly basis. The app works with 12.0 or later.

While this app isn’t as robust as some of the other time trackers in this list, it’s a useful tool for people who want to build better time discipline.

If you work on an hourly rate and you want to keep track of how much you’ve earned, Worktime Tracker is excellent.

Worktime Tracker features

  • Track multiple projects and tasks at the same time
  • Customized wage reports
  • Add work logs automatically or manually
  • Set overtime pay rates
  • Export work logs in PDF/CSV/HTML
  • Supports Touch ID as passcode
  • Search function for tasks and projects

Pricing

Worktime Tracker is free. There are optional in-app purchases to export data or remove ads.

  • Free download
  • Export data ($0.99)
  • Remove ads ($0.99)

8. Toggl Track

Toggl Track for iOS

Toggl Track is a time tracking tool for remote teams. The app requires iOS 11 or later, but some of the integrations require iOS 12.

Use Toggl Track on your iPhone or desktop. Time entries sync between devices.

For the iPhone, Toggl Track offers voice controls through Siri. Start and stop the timer with convenient voice commands.

Toggl Track features

  • Tap-on tap-off button to track time
  • Syncs with the desktop app, browser extension, and your phone
  • Personalized time tracking and entry suggestions
  • Shortcuts to quickly add projects and tags to entries
  • Calendar integration for time entries based on events
  • Compatible with Siri for voice control

Pricing

Toggl Track offers a Free Plan with basic features for up to five users. Starter and Premium Plans are available for bigger teams that want more features. There is a customizable Enterprise Plan for large teams with complex operations. All standard plans offer a free trial.

  • Free Plan
  • Starter Plan ($9/user/month)
  • Premium Plan ($18/user/month)
  • Enterprise Plan (custom pricing)

Simple time tracking for more productive teams


9. Harvest

Harvest for iOS

Harvest is a time tracking app that focuses on making billing and invoice management easier. The app works with iOS 13.0 or later.

This is a good app for individuals, but it really shines for teams. Harvest works well for professionals in a variety of disciplines including creatives, web developers, designers, and architects.

Harvest features

  • Track time online or offline
  • Turn logged time and expenses into invoices
  • Receive payments through Stripe or PayPal integration
  • Receive timely reminders to submit timesheets
  • Push notification for clients to complete payments
  • Track expenses with receipt photos.

Pricing

Harvest has a free plan limited to one user with two projects. There is also a Pro Plan with unlimited users and projects.

  • Free Plan
  • Pro Plan ($12/user/ month)

10. ATracker

ATracker

ATracker prides itself on its ease of use and setup. The minimalist interface makes it a good option for both professional and personal use. This app runs on iOS 10.0 or later.

The visual reports are valuable for iPhone users. See how you’re using your time without needing to look at spreadsheets or sign in to your desktop.

If you want to do a deeper analysis to see how you can use your time better, export report data as a CSV or PDF file.

ATracker features

  • Single touch to stop and start the task timer
  • Visual reports for time usage
  • Organize tasks with tags and generate reports
  • Data export as CSV and PDF
  • Set alarms for activities.
  • Sync and access from multiple devices

Pricing

ATracker offers a free version with basic functions. Upgrade to Pro or Premium via in-app purchases.

  • Free Plan
  • Pro Plan for iPhone ($4.99/one-time payment)
  • Premium Plan ($2.99/ month)

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Next Steps

Comparing time tracking apps isn’t always straightforward. Each app offers a different set of features, and the free versions are especially different.

Here’s what you should do next.

  1. Decide if a paid plan is worthwhile. Are you willing to pay a one-time fee for some useful features? Does a monthly subscription make sense for your business?
  2. Make a list of the time tracking features you can’t live without. It helps to consider why you want a time tracker in the first place. If you just want to see how long you spend on tasks, a basic tracker is plenty. But if you want to increase productivity for your startup, you need a little more help.
  3. Pick an app to try. Start with the free version, and if you need more, request a free trial. Don’t pay for an app until you’re sure it’s worth the cost.

Here’s one last tip — before you download an app to try, bookmark this post. You’ll want to find it again if the app you try isn’t the perfect fit.

This post was originally published November 12, 2014, and updated April 2021.