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Timely’s privacy-first, automated approach makes it the definitive ScreenshotMonitor alternative. Trade manual timer frustration and creepy screenshots for intuitive, culture-friendly time tracking.

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An alternative to ScreenshotMonitor’s timers and Big Brother mindset

Feel Helena’s pain? You’re not alone. Almost every time tracking app currently on the market shares ScreenshotMonitor’s essential design flaw: manual timer input. While the app can monitor the time you spend on different websites and applications in the background as you work, it still requires you to manually start and stop the functionality for each task you work on and enter notes.

Constantly starting and stopping timers is an unnatural and inefficient way to track time — particularly if you regularly hop between projects or responsibilities. You only log the activities you remember working on, leading to incomplete timesheets. This subjectivity itself breeds striking inaccuracy — even if you remember to log your hours every day, studies show that timesheets that rely on manual input are only ever 67% accurate.

ScreenshotMonitor is also notorious for its flagrant violation of employee privacy. The clue is in its name—the entire software is built around taking regular screenshots of employee screens, which are then shared with managers, along with each employee’s personal browsing and application activity. Proudly advertising that it lets managers “know for certain that you are paying for actual work, not for time spent on Facebook or shopping”, it pedals a dangerous top-down time tracking model built around employee distrust.

In this context, ScreenshotMonitor’s free plan matters relatively little. Ultimately, a robust time tracking solution should satisfy a very basic purpose: capturing hours accurately without destroying team trust and culture.

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What makes Timely the best ScreenshotMonitor alternative?

Offering actual automatic time tracking, Timely is quite a step up from ScreenshotMonitor’s extremely manual reporting. Instead of making you track time on every task and plug in notes, Timely captures everything you work on down to the second! Being designed to enable end-users, it actually protects employee privacy—all tracked information stays completely private to each individual and there are no screenshots in sight. Here are a few reasons why ScreenshotMonitor users switch to Timely.

Bill accurately for all work

Timely automatically captures the time you spend on every piece of work in the background for you. No guesstimates or overlooked billable hours from struggling to remember what you worked on. By producing a completely accurate timeline of every day automatically, Timely ensures every billable detail actually makes it to your timesheet.

Minimize time tracking overhead

Instead of starting and stopping timers as you move between tasks, Timely lets you stay 100% focused on your work. In addition to automating daily time tracking, it also minimizes timesheet admin by drafting time entries for you. Free more time for the work that matters!

Manage and report effortlessly

Report effortlessly with confidence

Timely makes it easy to translate masses of granular time data into accessible, professional reports for clients and stakeholders. Its real-time dashboards keep you on top of critical business information, including project budget spend, billable percentage, overtime and employee capacity.

Protect team trust

Offering user-level privacy by design, Timely is a tracking tool that teams can actually trust. Every employee gets their own private work timeline and they control what information goes public. We will never support creepy surveillance functionality — your private work data is for your eyes only.

Work anywhere

Timely is ready for wherever work takes you. With apps available on Mac, Windows, iOS and Android in addition to the web, you can move seamlessly between your laptop, phone and tablet. Our secure GPS location app also lets you automatically track the time you spend at different locations from your mobile — ideal for capturing travel, meetings, site visits and events, and logging time on the go.

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Why G2 users love Timely?

Teams of all shape and sizes upgrade their time tracking with Timely to effortlessly capture and manage their time. But don't just take our word for it — see how independent G2 users rate Timely against

ScreenshotMonitor

Timely is rated highest for:
  • Ease of completing timesheets
  • Performance and reliability
  • Tracking time to projects
  • Billable time rate management
  • Project accounting/revenue recognition
  • Policy compliance management
Timely has an average 96% satisfaction rating for:
  • Ease of use
  • Ease of setup
  • Ease of admin
  • Quality of support
  • Ease of doing business
  • Product direction
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Work anywhere

Timely is ready for wherever work takes you. With apps available on Mac, Windows, iOS and Android in addition to the web, you can move seamlessly between your laptop, phone and tablet. Our secure GPS location app also lets you automatically track the time you spend at different locations from your mobile — ideal for capturing travel, meetings, site visits and events, and logging time on the go.

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G2 users love Timely

Teams of all shapes and sizes upgrade their time tracking with Timely to effortlessly capture and manage their time. But don't just take our word for it —independent G2 users rate Timely higher than ScreenshotMonitor in almost every performance category.

Timely trumps ScreenshotMonitor on these features:
  • Ease of completing timesheets
  • Tracking time to projects
  • Performance and reliability
  • Invoice creation and delivery
  • Mobile time tracking
  • Reporting
  • Integrations
  • Workflow
  • Policy compliance management
  • Automated reminders
  • Billable time rate management
  • Project accounting/revenue recognition
Timely is rated higher overall for:
  • Ease of admin
  • Ease of doing business
  • Ease of setup
  • Ease of use
  • Product direction
  • Quality of support

Timely’s top features

Teams of all shape and sizes upgrade their time tracking with Timely to effortlessly capture and manage their time. But don't just take our word for it — see how independent G2 users rate Timely against

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Automatic Time Tracking
  • Automatic activity timeline
  • AI-drafted timesheets
  • Automatic reminders
  • Idle time detection
  • Native integrations
Effortless reporting
  • Dynamic chart builder
  • Live client dashboards
  • CSV, XLS, PDF export
  • Project dashboards
  • Budget tracking
Accounting and billing
  • Invoice integration
  • Hourly rates
  • Billable/Unbilled hours
  • Mark hours as "Billed"
  • Time entry history
Real-time visibility
  • Automatic activity timeline
  • Automatic timesheets
  • Automatic reminders
  • Idle time detection
  • Native integrations
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What people make of Timely

What past

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“Compass employees adore that they can trust Memory to track all their computer activity without automatically sharing it with the company. Everyone stays in control of their data.”

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Beau
Beau

“Timely is awesome beyond belief. I attend a lot of project meetings and also travel extensively, and am required to submit detailed timesheet reports. Timely tracks it all for me.”

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Jonathan via Typeform
Jonathan via Typeform

“It’s a game changer. By tracking everything we work on automatically, we don’t have to think about time tracking any more—we can just focus 100% on our work.”

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Vince, Yummygum
Vince, Yummygum

“I'm really liking Timely’s workflow and it is helping me capture absolutely every hour of my waking day so I can analyze how I spend my time and not miss any billable hours.”

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Dan via Typeform
Dan via Typeform

“Timely is simply the best tool for tracking time accurately while protecting individual user privacy. Everyone feels comfortable using the tool knowing that their data is kept private to them.”

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Praveen, Nabler
Praveen, Nabler

“I was over the moon to find out that something like Timely existed. It tracks everything for me. If you need a time tracker that tracks the time you spend on every project for you, you have to get Timely.”

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Milla
Milla
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“Compass employees adore that they can trust Memory to track all their computer activity without automatically sharing it with the company. Everyone stays in control of their data.”

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Beau
Beau

“Timely is awesome beyond belief. I attend a lot of project meetings and also travel extensively, and am required to submit detailed timesheet reports. Timely tracks it all for me.”

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Jonathan via Typeform
Jonathan via Typeform

“It’s a game changer. By tracking everything we work on automatically, we don’t have to think about time tracking any more—we can just focus 100% on our work.”

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Vince, Yummygum
Vince, Yummygum

“I'm really liking Timely’s workflow and it is helping me capture absolutely every hour of my waking day so I can analyze how I spend my time and not miss any billable hours.”

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Dan via Typeform
Dan via Typeform

“Timely is simply the best tool for tracking time accurately while protecting individual user privacy. Everyone feels comfortable using the tool knowing that their data is kept private to them.”

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Praveen, Nabler
Praveen, Nabler

“I was over the moon to find out that something like Timely existed. It tracks everything for me. If you need a time tracker that tracks the time you spend on every project for you, you have to get Timely.”

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Milla
Milla
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