Time Sink 4+

Where does the time go!‪?‬

Many Tricks

    • 4.3 • 15 Ratings
    • $4.99



Time Sink helps you track how you spend your time on your Mac. It automatically logs opened windows and applications, and keeps track of how long you've spent using things in total (i.e. running), and in the foreground (i.e. actively using). It does this without any user intervention required to start or stop processes - it's just set-and-forget easy!

New ad-hoc timers even let you track time you spend away from your Mac, so you can capture your entire day.

You can view graphs showing your usage over time, sorted either by date and time (showing a logical view of your work habits), or by total and/or foreground time used, showing which apps and windows get most of your time. You can also create pools, which are groups of associated windows, to allow automatic tracking of activities -- put Safari, Firefox, and Chrome in a Browsers pool, for instance.

Data can also be exported manually or automatically, for further analysis in a spreadsheet or database program.

What’s New

Version 2.2.3

• Restored compatibility with macOS 10.9 through 10.11.

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

TheBestIronManEver ,

Works well, but a little confusing

The reporting in this app is not intuitive and does not have a feature to view total time spent on your machine, only can view broken up into applications. I later realized that looking at the "Finder" time worked for that since it is always open on Mac.

I found the reporting a little confusing and I am still not sure if every website I visit is tracked somewhere. Would like a little more info about this and a better explanation of the reporting might be helpful.

Overall a nice app, but it takes a little bit to understand, especially the sliders on the reporting.

Gonzo-the-Great ,

Answer for: Were did my last hour go?

I write very few reviews. But Time Sink stands alone as the best (or only) app that tracks screen time, etc, so effectively. All too often, I find myself sucked into one app, then another, then websurfing, then writing an email, then … where did that hour go? I can be so focused on what I was doing I completely lose track of time. This answers the question. I’ve had version 1.x installed on my Mac for years, and I’m incredibly grateful it’s there when I need it (usually a few times/day). I can’t imagine working without it.

I will update this review for version 2.xx. In the meantime, if the new version is even close to the 1.xx, then $5 is a pittance to pay for the benefit I (and hopefully you) will gain from this app. It helps me stay in control of my time by reassuring me I was on task or showing me where I lost my path.

Whatever I’m doing, it keeps me honest. Thank you so much for Time Sink and the frequent (free) updates between the BIG releases. For my peace of mine, Time Sink has been repaid its cost to me many times over. Upgrading was a no-brainer for me.

antititus ,

Finally, clarity on where the time goes

Time Sink feels like a "best kept secret" of the App Store. It can help you understand where the day vanishes to. But even within Time Sink, there is a best kept secret feature: The ability to take regular screenshots of your system (which is not on by default). I've been using this for a few months and I've never had such clarity on my time use. While tracking the frontmost window can be helpful, a screenshot fills you in on the full context of what you were doing. Time Sink has paid for itself many times over for me.

App Privacy

The developer, Many Tricks, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.