If you have 'Track Apps' enabled, RescueTime will track your time spent in apps. You won't see your data immediately, as it may take a few minutes to upload the time logs to RescueTime's servers.

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There are some situations that may delay or prevent time sync:

  • No network connection
  • Low battery
  • Device reboot or upgrade
  • RescueTime on low priority queue due to heavy system load or infrequent usage
  • Vendor-specific battery management (see below)

If a significant amount of time goes by with no time reported from your Android device, do a forced manual sync. First, open the RescueTime for Android app. Then pull down on the main screen to refresh, or go to the 3-dots menu at the top of the screen and select 'Refresh'. This will force a sync of your data up to the RescueTime servers. It usually takes a few minutes before you see the new data reflected in your app.

Even when time sync is delayed, data will not be lost. The app will send backlogged data as soon as it is able.

Android 8 (Oreo) and 9 (Pie) have features that intelligently prioritize applications based on how recently the user has interacted with them. This means that if you go a long time without opening RescueTime, the Android OS may not allow for frequent data syncs. Open RescueTime at least once or twice a week to let your OS know you want it to keep working.

You can keep your data fresher by using RescueTime's Persistent Notification (activated from the Settings tab).

RescueTime respects Android power saving features, so a low system battery can slow down syncs. Some vendor versions of Android (including OnePlus, Huawei, and Samsung) have additional battery optimizations that kill background apps, which breaks RescueTime's data logging. Try a forced manual sync (see above) with RescueTime in the foreground. Depending on the specific vendor and version, you might be able to fix background sync by excluding RescueTime from the system power saving settings. The following are third-party links that give instructions for excluding apps from power saving features:

  • Huawei: https://dontkillmyapp.com/huawei
  • Samsung: https://dontkillmyapp.com/samsung
  • Xiaomi: https://dontkillmyapp.com/xiaomi
  • Asus: https://dontkillmyapp.com/asus
  • Others: https://dontkillmyapp.com


If after following the above instructions fails you still don't see time tracked, file a Troubleshooting Report via the RescueTime Settings page. To do this, open the app's settings and tap 'About'. Then tap Send Device Information to Support. This will put you in touch with our expert support staff who can help you diagnose the problem.

The RescueTime Android app can be found at the Google Play store.

When you install the app, you will see a friendly welcome screen. Press the green Continue button at the bottom to start the setup process.

You are then presented with a choice of what you want to track from this device: Apps and (optionally) Sites. Tracking will require additional permissions, which the app will help you set up in subsequent screens.

To set up app tracking, tap on the first green Enable button. The first permission request screen pops up, explaining how to set up App Usage access for RescueTime. Click Fix settings to start the process.

You'll be sent to the System Settings 'Apps with usage access' screen. Tap on the RescueTime entry.


Pdf download. Then the RescueTime app usage access screen will open. Move the slider to the right to enable access.

Now hit the Back button twice to return to RescueTime. You will then see this screen, showing that Track Apps has been enabled:

Click the second green Enable button to set up tracking of individual websites in browsers. (NOTE: This feature may be disabled in some versions of Android, namely Android 9 Pie and newer.) You will be led to another permission setup screen, explaining that RescueTime needs accessibility service access to track sites:

Click the green Fix settings button to go to the System Accessibility Settings page.

Click on RescueTime's listing to open the detail page, and then move the slider right to enable RescueTime for accessibility.

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Now hit the Back button twice to return to RescueTime. You will then see this screen, showing that Track Sites has been enabled. Tap the blue Continue at bottom to move on.


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You will then see the sign-up screen. If you already have a RescueTime account, tap on the blue link at the top to sign in. If you do not have an account, you can create one by entering details into the address and password fields, and checking the box that indicates you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

After logging in or creating an account, you will be taken to the app Dashboard.


If you have an existing account with data, you will see that information on the Dashboard. If you just created your account, it will take a few minutes for data to be displayed.

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