The title pretty much says it all! The internet says it’s possible, but me and my wife failed at getting it to work. I am using TagTime on my phone, but it keeps deciding to stop sending me notifications more or less at random (I suspect Samsung’s aggressive power-saving), so I keep missing pings.
If anyone is willing to go through it step by step with me (“install x and then download y, tick this box, paste this into the line under blah” – I’m afraid I really mean an idiot’s guide), I solemnly swear that I will write it up into a step by step guide all in one place that anyone else similarly baffled by it can use.
This is sadly so involved (it involves tricking Windows into thinking that it’s Unix) that I think you should hold out for a more modern implementation of TagTime. The good news is that that’s being actively worked on by multiple people who are not us.
Also, it’s possible that Android people like @chrp and @adamwolf would know how to add a setting to the TagTime Android app to keep it from backgrounding TagTime and not letting it ping.
Does TagTime on Android at least always ping for you when the device is charging? It does for me, possibly because I have it set to never turn off the screen while charging.
Sadly, that’s really it. Sometimes I just don’t see a ping at all, pick up my phone and unlock and oh, TagTime has tagged the last three data points as ‘OFF’. Other times it’ll happily keep on notifying me. No idea what causes the discrepancy.
I just really want to use TagTime as it is way more convenient, but right now there’s no way it can be accurate because half the time it doesn’t tell me I’ve been pung.
I know the Windows process is involved (we got a good chunk of the way through it before coming up against something simply refusing to work no matter where we put the tagtimerc file or whatever it was called), but if anyone does have the time/curiosity they will be my hero.
FWIW, I have since switched to a lock screen based tracker (asks every time I unlock) which of course isn’t as ‘accurate’ and doesn’t work with Beeminder either which would be a deal breaker for most everyone here… but it has the benefits of being Doze friendly, not interrupting/distracting you from your task at hand and does a respectable job of time tracking overall since I I unlock my phone a gazillion times during the day anyhow.
If you intend to add new features to Tag Time, you may want to check it out for ideas, particularly the built in stats. It’s called Self M and is a free app which itself is a clone of another app called Save My Time.