DeskTime Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives


Time & productivity tracking app for companies & freelancers

4.32/5 (125 reviews)

DeskTime overview

DeskTime is a fully automated cloud-based tracking solution that primarily monitors the productivity of freelance workers, small or medium businesses and collaborating teams. Aside from precisely totaling the amount of working hours spent on tasks and projects without any manual data entry required, the software also tracks in real time the usage of websites and apps. DeskTime provides detailed feedback on the apps and URLs visited at particular moments, along with any offline time spent carrying out other specified activities. This commitment to "accountability, transparency, and fairness" is said to be at the heart of the product, to provide visibility into productivity in a way that empowers employees rather than forging a sense of mistrust.

DeskTime's monitoring of efficiency extends to the configuring of daily email reports, while an online summary of employee activities is available anytime. Offline time can be recorded also, while specifying reasons for periods away and scheduling vacations with an Absence Calendar. This tool not only aids the coordination of leave among workers, put also the planning of workloads and the generation of reports for calculating monthly salary. Custom reporting options can in fact be produced detailing every aspect of productivity and able to be easily shared, printed or exported to CSV format. Additional capabilities go on to include contact information management for convenient lookup of coworker email, phone number etc., plus an optional automatic screenshot feature for periodically capturing employee desktop activity. DeskTime access is expanded beyond the desktop browser thanks to native mobile apps for iOS and Android platforms.


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United States, Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada and 9 other markets, China, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Mexico, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom

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DeskTime screenshot: Time tracking is fully automatic, calculating everything automatically and not relying on manual data entryDeskTime Tour  (v3)DeskTime screenshot: The Reports tool allows custom reports to be generated detailing productivity status, to be later shared, printed, or exported to CSV formatDeskTime screenshot: A summary of employee daily activities can be opened at any time to monitor productivity, plus when they are working and what apps they useDeskTime screenshot: My Desk Time tab visualizes productivity across a series of metrics for work performance over days, weeks or monthsDeskTime screenshot: Track how long is spent with certain apps and URLs to identify which are productive, unproductive or neutral for completing work tasksDeskTime screenshot: Provides intuitive access to contact information of coworkers etc to make communication and work collaboration simplerDeskTime screenshot: An optional auto screenshot feature allows a snapshot of teams' activity to be captured every 15 minutes providing visibility on what everyone is working on, saved to each user accountDeskTime screenshot: The Projects tab tracks the time spent on individual projects and tasks, providing feedback on when each was created and the statusDeskTime screenshot: The native DeskTime app for iOS and Android allows mobile users to access contacts and efficiency data while on the moveDeskTime screenshot: Sort employees by efficiency, productivity, punctuality, and moreDeskTime screenshot: View hourly productivity per department and employeeDeskTime screenshot: View daily employee productivity charts

DeskTime reviews

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Barbara Graves

A Real Lifesaver

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-01-11
Review Source: Capterra

There are things I am good at, but keeping track of my time is not one. I had searched for a few years trying different programs, or plug-ins, or techniques and I always ended up with "time holes" in my day. And then I found Desktime. It starts when my computer comes up and starts tracking automatically. I use Chrome and have the extension for Desktime that captures the URLs of sites I visit so I can also keep track of what I was working on by where I was on the Internet. And then there is the Project's feature. It is super simple to set up a new project, and as easy as choosing from a dropdown list when you need to switch from one project to another for individual job tracking. In the course of a day I rarely work on one thing and then the next and so on. It is more of a series of hopping from one job to another and back again and the ease of switching between projects makes that a non-issue. And because no person is perfect Desktime also has a Private Time feature. There is also the ability to keep up with how long meetings are or lunch even because Desktime tracks offline time. When your computer is idle for more than a few minutes Desktime stops counting time. When you come back, in the timeline there is a gap to which you can assign whatever may be appropriate. If it was a production meeting, click in the blank space and a pop-up comes up and you can tell it what you were doing, what project it was for, if applicable and even if the time was productive or not. I suppose depending on the meeting that could be subjective. And if you were out to lunch, leave it blank and no time is recorded so that at the end of the day you have an accurate record of how much "desktime" you have put in. It is the greatest thing since sliced bread.Time tracking without thinking.

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Hsiang Lee

I use Desktime everyday!

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-01-10
Review Source: Capterra

We're a small web design and development company here in Taiwan with about 10-15 person. We use Desktime on our daily work to track the productivity of our colleagues, though it is not used as a key for employee's evaluation, but it is definitely a tool to help our company boost their attention, which also comes with a good healthy competition, and we will award the best employee of the month thru it. There's a lot of Desktime we like which we don't usually see on other apps, those includes some automatic detection of the website if they're productive or not, we can also add projects for special tracking, we can also limit the users from their IPs incase they're abusing it at home, lol. I think Desktime is actually lack of some marketing, it is a worthy competition to Rescue Time, you should give it a try! ;)Some features such as project controls, site controls, groups, etc.

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Viktor Grabovskyy

Fantastic Service, yet Needs Direction

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2017-01-09
Review Source: Capterra

A great service that allows tracking and reporting on computer use - its scalability, ease of installation and general ease of use allow it work very well for my organization and for many others, I assume. That said, there are several features that were available previously that are no longer baseline. It is important for DeskTime to determine exactly in which direction they want to push their features and their tracking, as the inability to track activity in one way, may avoid a need for DeskTime altogether. Specifically, allowing the reporting to break down a users' actions within a given hour has disappeared from the transition of Desktime to New Desktime and this feature specifically allows us to gather insights. All-in-all, Desktime is a very powerful tool for management and for reporting and team performance assessment, yet could take an extra step in defining some key features. More desktop alerts, stronger hour-reporting, and offline time mapping would all help in making Desktime the ultimate tool for time management.-Great reporting for activities -Administrative rights are defined correctly

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Ivan S.

Light and simple, does what it has to do.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-08-01
Review Source: Capterra

This software is an essential part of our performance evaluation mechanism, allowing users to track their time, and classify it based on the tasks they are working on.We're running a distributed organization and have been using DeskTime since they were a small startup. It works perfectly on desktop/laptop machines (duh!) but we haven't tried using it on mobile devices (since we only use it for tracking office crew hours).

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Janis GUlbis

A Great Way to Monitor the Productivity For Yourself and For Your Team

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2017-01-19
Review Source: Capterra

I use it personally to monitor my time spent and to analyze my productivity. Where is my time going? What applications am I using, how much time I'm spending on different tasks or projects? I love that I can also log off-line time on the computer or mobile phone. This tool is even better when used for a team monitoring. I can see how many hours every employee spends in certain apps, projects or tasks. I can see when they start and end their workday, and I see their productivity ratio. Cross-platform compatibility (MacOS-X, Windows, iOS, Android), Simplicity, Beautiful design, simple application assignment

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DeskTime pricing

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A free 14-day trial is available, after which DeskTime costs from $7/user/month.

DeskTime is free for one user LITE plan.

Discounts are offered for larger companies.

DeskTime features

Activity Tracking
Project Time Tracking

Activity Dashboard (105 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (111 other apps)
Collaboration Tools (130 other apps)
Collaborative Workspace (90 other apps)
Commenting (96 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (106 other apps)
Gantt Charts (94 other apps)
Prioritizing (128 other apps)
Progress Tracking (99 other apps)
Project Management (137 other apps)
Project Planning (126 other apps)
Project Tracking (94 other apps)
Task Management (99 other apps)
Task Tracking (115 other apps)
Third Party Integration (114 other apps)
Timesheets (105 other apps)

Additional information for DeskTime

Key features of DeskTime

  • Offline time tracking
  • Online time tracking
  • Time per project reporting
  • Mobile time tracking
  • Offline tracking
  • Project time tracking
  • Time tracking by project
  • Productivity reporting
  • Custom email reports
  • App tracking
  • URL tracking
  • Visual analytics
  • CSV export
  • Activity tracking
  • Activity monitoring
  • User activity monitoring
  • Native iOS / Android apps
  • Absence calendar
  • Screenshot capture
  • Contact management
  • Time / task reporting
  • Real time monitoring
  • Self monitoring
  • Sick leave tracking
  • Hourly employee tracking
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DeskTime is real time project time tracking software for gauging productivity and identifying areas where time is being wasted.

DeskTime allows freelancers, colleagues and team managers to gain a better understanding of what's actually happening during work time, providing visibility into habits with app/URL usage tracking and the option of scheduled automatic screenshots.

Fully automated features means that no manual data entry is required to implement full, accurate tracking with an advanced DeskTime Reports tool for comparing team or individual effectiveness and exporting to CSV for sharing.

Coordinate time off more effectively with an Absence Calendar for scheduling and planning planned vacations or sick leave, useful for arranging workflows within teams and also within reports for payroll accounting purposes.

Accurately track the time taken on projects and tasks, using the data to generate more realistic estimates going forward and also bill clients more speedily for exactly what they owe.