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Feb 15, 2017
Time Tracking

8 Employee Tracking Apps for Android

These 8 employee tracking apps for Android can keep everyone in your small business on track.

Lauren MaffeoAssociate Principal Analyst

They say that time is money, and few groups feel that phrase more acutely than small business owners. Whether you're a solopreneur who must track billable hours or the manager of a remote team who must measure time per project, one misstep can have a costly impact on your small business. This helps explain why employee tracking apps for Android and iPhone are not as uncommon as they used to be.

As you might expect, having your boss know where you are all day makes some uneasy. Employee tracking has even led to extreme cases where employers broke the law by trying to monitor employees off the clock.

Still, employee tracking isn't illegal in itself: "In the States, everything you do at work, on your computer or telephone, is subject to employer surveillance," explains Lewis Maltby, president of the National Workrights Institute.

Still skeptical? Consider that most employees who have used GPS tracking apps had a good experience - 54 percent, to be precise. Just five percent of employees who had been tracked had a bad experience. The same survey of 1,000 users found that the core issue here is trust: respondents were most likely to turn on an app's GPS tracking if they trusted it. So, if your team trusts you not to abuse the one you use for work, then they might be more open than you think.

Here are eight employee tracking apps for Android to consider. Each app boasts a rating of 4 stars or higher on GetApp. They also include features for employee time clocks and task tracking:

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Client-focused freelancers who need a full-fledged cloud solution should consider Avaza. Its drag-and-drop option for tasks and files makes client collaboration a snap. Key features such as online time tracking, daily and weekly timesheets, and cost-to-completion tracking help users get more done with less.

Bonus for those who need a freemium tool: all key features are included. Those who need more timesheet users, customers, monthly invoices, etc. can upgrade to paid plans - but all users have unlimited tasks, projects, and project users.

"I am running my entire business on Avaza Basic Plan for $19.95 per month," GetApp reviewer Arslan Asad says. "It gives me access to Project Management, Time & Expense Tracking & Invoicing modules. Prior to Avaza, I was signed up for two separate products. One for project management and the other for time tracking and invoicing. It costed (sic) me a lot more and we had to enter the same data multiple times to keep the two systems in sync. With Avaza, everything is in one place and our clients love it too."

Pricing: From $9.95/month

Free trial? Yes

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If you work in professional services and need a tool to help boost your cash flow, BillQuick is worth a look. It offers integrated time and expense tracking, project management, and billing and accounting features.

BillQuick tracks employee hours and offers diverse billing options to ensure that all billable hours are accounted for. And with over 400 built-in report templates, you're sure to find the right one for your business.

"I've now used BillQuick at two different companies for the past ten years," says Carla from Lesair Environmental. "I have been extremely satisfied with the ease of use. The customer service support is great when there are any problems, which is not very often."

Pricing: From $14.95/month

Free trial? Yes

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Boomr was designed for the self-motivated workforce. The Android app allows employees to review their own shifts, coordinate with colleagues, and receive in-app reminders to take breaks or clock in and out. Alongside its real-time feature for time tracking, Boomr's mobile apps are GPS-enabled.

"My job requires me to travel to various locations, and my employer uses Boomr so I can 'check in' at the start of my shift when I arrive…on location," GetApp Reviewer Christina Mihail explains. "I can also check in with the app on my phone and my location is sent to my employer so they know I am on site at the time I check in. It's also convenient that I can check off tasks that I have completed and my employer will know right away that they've been done."

Pricing: From $7 per user per month

Free trial? Yes

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ClockIn Portal

ClockIn Portal lets all employees clock in and out from any computer or smartphone. Its Time Clock display lets staff view and log time in seconds, minutes, and hours for maximum accuracy. This makes the Android app ideal for remote teams - especially small business owners tasked with tracking their attendance and absences. ClockIn Portal can even be used to manage employee performance.

"As a small business owner, I wanted to find a tool to track my employees' hours, then I came across the ClockIn Portal," GetApp Reviewer Nino Staxx says. "I was able to sign up within minutes and the process was quite easy. My employees receive credentials by email to log into their accounts and to Clock In and Clock Out. The reports that ClockIn Portal provides for my business are perfect and I'm able to use them to track miles, add hours, and prepare for payroll. Right after I joined, they came out with an iOS and Android app which allowed my employees to easily [clock in] from their phones."

Pricing: From $4/month

Free trial? Yes

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Need an Android app that has real-time team tracking and wins the integrations game? Hubstaff might be the answer you need. Ideal for small businesses with remote teams, Hubstaff's features include activity monitoring, real-time tracking, and GPS/location monitoring.

Employers can track team activity in views including full-screen, screenshots, and bars. You can even see how much each unique job and employee costs your small business. And if you already have a project management software of choice, fear not - Hubstaff integrates with Trello, Asana, and more than 30 other popular apps.

"I had a chance to test almost every tracking software out there and had a lot of letdowns, mostly with people not being able to install and use the tracking software," GetApp Reviewer John Parker explains. "HubStaff hasn't given any trouble and the Asana integration is a blessing."

Pricing: From $5/month for one user

Free trial? Yes

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Small business owners of the organized persuasion will love MoneyPenny. Alongside a main dashboard to track team timesheets and more, users can also create dashboards for each project and client. Although it's primarily a cloud-based accounting system, MoneyPenny can be used for time tracking as well.

The native Android app can be used to log billable hours that will be invoiced to clients; modify hours with the timesheet calculator; and compare project progress to estimated task times and budgets. Employees can log their time manually or via the app's time clock. And clients can be billed automatically based on their timesheets.

"I'm a big fan of MoneyPenny. It's the first truly user friendly and clean invoicing software I've found," says GetApp Reviewer Iryna Denysova. "On top of that, you can track time, manage your clients/projects track spends and get paid. Plus, there are iOS and Android apps."

Pricing: From $15/month

Free Trial? Yes

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Sick of group projects where one person does all the grunt work? Nutcache ensures that those days are gone. Team timesheets, real-time collaboration, and online web timers keep everyone accountable.

Built-in Kanban and Scrum boards are just two of the features that keep project teams on track within Nutcache. And no worries about forgetting crucial dates - overdue reminders are included.

"The app itself has a very intuitive interface, with the ability to select the project and client you're currently tracking time for, the service you're providing, and enter any project notes," GetApp Reviewer Michael DeVowe raves. "Some of my services vary in hourly pricing, so this is extremely valuable to me. I can select the appropriate hourly rate for the specific job, stop the timer when I'm done, and log my hours at any time. I can't imagine going back to writing times down on a piece of paper and recording it in a spreadsheet!"

Pricing: From $15/year

Free Trial? Yes

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Despite all the employee tracking apps for Android, TSheets remains tough to beat. It gives employees the freedom to manage their time wherever they are, no matter which device they're on, using several different methods.

The Android app offers applicant, GPS, and vacation tracking. If that's not enough, TSheets' QuickBooks integration might seal the deal.

"The features available with this app are all-encompassing," GetApp Reviewer Kelsie Medel says. "I found that I can tailor this app exactly to my needs without feeling overwhelmed or bombarded with unnecessary features. It's ideal for persons or companies who juggle multiple clients/projects and need to accurately account for time. I would highly recommend it."

Pricing: From $4/month

Free Trial? Yes

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