Clockify alternative | Timely

Timely’s automation and privacy-first approach makes it the definitive Clockify alternative.
Trade manual timer frustration and creepy screenshots for intuitive, culture-friendly time tracking.
“I liked Clockify but found I would forget to start timers or forget to end them. I also didn't have as much detail about what I did during that time as I get from Timely.”
— Helena via Typeform

An alternative to Clockify’s manual timers and Big Brother mindset

Feel Helena’s pain? You’re not alone. Almost every time tracking app currently on the market shares Clockify’s essential design flaw: manual timer input.

Constantly starting and stopping timers is an unnatural and inefficient way to track time — particularly if you regularly hop between projects or responsibilities. The reliance on human input also produces bad data – studies show that even when logged daily, manual timesheets are only ever 67% accurate.

Clockify is also notorious for its flagrant violation of employee privacy. It gives managers the ability to take screenshots of employee screens to see what they’re working on—adopting a time tracking model built around employee distrust.

In this context, Clockify’s broad feature set and free plan matter 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 Clockify alternative?

Offering AI and automation, Timely is quite a step up from Clockify’s heavily manual functionality. It completely flips the time tracking burden: instead of taking time out of your day to tell Timely what you worked on, Timely tells you with complete objectivity! Here are a few reasons why Clockify users upgrade 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.

Save hours on time tracking

By tracking time automatically for you, Timely reduces weekly timesheet admin from 2 hours to 10 minutes. Just drag and drop tracked activities to your timesheet to log them, or click to approve time entries drafted by Timely’s AI. The whole ideas is to help you focus fully on your work without being interrupted by manual timers.

Manage and report effortlessly

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.

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 — independent G2 users rate Timely higher than Clockify on almost every performance category.
Compare Timely and Clockify on G2

Timely trumps Clockify on these features:

  • Ease of completing timesheets
  • Performance and reliability
  • Billable time rate management
  • Project accounting/revenue recognition
  • Integrations
  • Reporting

Timely is rated higher overall for:

  • Ease of use
  • Ease of setup
  • Ease of admin
  • Quality of support
  • Ease of doing business
  • Product direction
Timely is a leader in Time Tracking on G2
Timely is a leader in Time Tracking on G2
Timely is a leader in Time Tracking on G2
Timely is a leader in Time Tracking on G2
Timely is a leader in Time Tracking on G2

Timely’s top features

Automatic Time Tracking

  • Automatic activity timeline
  • Automatic 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

  • People dashboard
  • Overtime
  • Individual capacity
  • Activity overview
  • Planning

10 minutes

Time spent on timesheets/week

< 5 minutes

Time taken to onboard users


Time tracking compliance

What past Clockify users make of Timely

“Using Clockify was a job unto itself for time tracking. Timely is like having an FTL drive and a flux capacitor so you can jump between work and life but also go back to the future. Or forward to the past.”
— Brooke
“Using Timely is really enjoyable. It does a very good job of showing my daily and weekly earnings, and changing hourly rates retrospectively means I can estimate my hourly rate on fixed price projects, then go back and update with the 'real' number."
— Steven
“Timely catches time you don't even realise you've spent. The detailed view of where my time goes and how long precisely tasks and projects take, could be a game changer for my business.”
— Helena

Timely is trusted by over 5,000+ businesses worldwide

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