Hours — A Time Tracking App for iPhone

Time tracking is hard. There have been many different approaches taken to solve this problem in the form of websites & mobile apps, and Hours is the latest entrant in this area. Designed and developed by Apple Design Award winner Tapity along with Five Pack Creative, Hours offers a simple & hassle-free way of keeping a track of time on your iPhone.

At the top of the UI, Hours presents a visual timeline that represents which projects or tasks you have tracked for how long. This is an easy-to-read way of quickly knowing exactly what you’ve been working on. You can add your Projects below this timeline, with optional Client and Task info. Hours lets you start/stop the timer with just a single tap. Once you start the timer, you see the timeline fill with the project color and the project below shows how much time has elapsed. It really couldn’t get simpler than this.

Thanks to the visual timeline, you can just as easily make corrections & adjustments. Tapping on a colored block in the timeline lets you add custom notes as well as split it, plus make any micro-adjustments if needed. There’s a tiny calendar icon at the top left that gives you a monthly overview of which days you’ve tracked your time on. It’s easy to forget when you’re overburdened with work, so Hours supports handy reminders to remind you to register your time in the app. You can export all the data tracked in Hours via a custom reporting tool that exports in PDF or CSV formats.

Hours not only has a beautifully designed UI, it offers a spiffy & polished UX too. The devs have paid special attention to how elements pop and views transition into place. To get you started with the app, there are nifty hints displayed at the bottom for you. It won’t take long for you to realize what kind of attention & care has gone into its development.

If you charge by the hour or just want a handy app to track your time, Hours is an essential tool to have on your iPhone. It is a is available for $4.99 on the App Store, currently 50% Off its regular price of $9.99.

Update: April 23, 2015

Hours has been updated with support for Apple Watch and is available Free on the App Store for a limited time.

Preshit Deorukhkar is the former Editor-in-Chief of Beautiful Pixels. He is now a Freelance Consultant, Principal at iXyr Media & SharpShutter Media. You can reach him on Twitter @preshit