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Tracking your screen time with RescueTime
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Updated over a week ago

The instructions below will guide you through installing the RescueTime app and syncing it with Welltory. RescueTime will help you gauge how your sleep, stress, nutrition, and even the weather affect your productivity. You’ll get a sense for the conditions under which you typically get distracted or start procrastinating. RescueTime can also provide insight on how different types of computer-based activities, such as creative assignments, social media use, word processing, and coding, can affect your health and wellbeing.

Installing RescueTime on your computer and phone

On your computer:

  1. Open the sign-up page.

  2. If you select RescueTime New, complete the onboarding quiz and sign up for an account. Enter your email address, create a password, and choose your billing plan (monthly, annual, or free).

    If you select RescueTime Classic, first, sign up for an account, choose your billing plan, and then complete the onboarding quiz.

3. RescueTime will ask you to download and install the desktop app. After installation, activate the app by logging in with your email address and password.

You’re all set! RescueTime is now installed and activated. Check your Menu bar or system tray for the RescueTime icon. If the icon is visible, the app is running and tracking your computer activity. Free RescueTime features include:

  • automatic tracking of all browser activity and desktop apps

  • weekly summary of your activity and progress

  • offline activity logging

RescueTime Premium additionally includes:

  • distraction blocking Focus Sessions

  • calendar integration

  • mobile Focus Sessions

  • more detailed reports and summaries

Both free and Premium versions are compatible with Welltory.

On your phone:

Install the RescueTime mobile app from the App Store for iOS or the Google Play Store for Android. After installing the mobile app, log in with your RescueTime email address and password. Then, complete the setup process in the app. Please note that, due to Apple privacy policies, Welltory will not have access to your iPhone data. However, you will be able to view your mobile activity within the RescueTime iOS app. Because of this restriction, you will not receive our productivity analysis or see any activity data in the Productivity section if you use the RescueTime iOS app.

Syncing RescueTime and Welltory

  1. If you are an iOS user, go to My data.
    If you are an Android user, go to Data.

  2. Scroll down to the Productivity tab and select RescueTime.

  3. When you tap on the RescueTime icon, you’ll see the screen below.

  4. Tap on the connect button (if you haven’t installed the RescueTime desktop app, do it before tapping connect).

  5. Tap Continue to let Welltory analyze your RescueTime data, then enter your RescueTime desktop login and password.

  6. When the process is complete, you’ll see a green check mark in the lower left-hand corner of the RescueTime icon.

After connecting RescueTime to Welltory, you'll receive your Productivity analysis, the message that can help you track your workday to learn what affects your productivity and what you can do to stay on top of your game.

Troubleshooting data tracking with RescueTime

If you experience any data sync issues with RescueTime, please follow these steps:

  • Open RescueTime regularly to force syncing.

  • Make sure you haven't uninstalled RescueTime after installing it on your desktop or mobile device and connecting it to Welltory.

  • Check if RescueTime is installed on your new device after purchase.

  • Add RescueTime to startup to enable automatic loading during boot.

  • Make sure RescueTime runs in the background or hasn't been excluded from the system power saving settings.

If it doesn't help, please read the help articles in the RescueTime Help Center.

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