RescueTime Android Mobile App

What you'll learn

The RescueTime for Android mobile app—version 1.0.33+—is a companion to the RescueTime desktop app. The RescueTime Android app includes Focus Sessions and the Assistant. The app requires Android 5.0 or later. 

New versus Existing Account

Download and install RescueTime mobile app for Android from the Google Play Store. After installing the app, you'll be asked to sign up or sign in. 

  • Let's do it: if you don't have a RescueTime account, tap this button to get started. You'll go through a series of onboarding questions and create an account.
  • Log in: if you already have a RescueTime account, sign in here to access your account.

If you haven't installed it already, download RescueTime for desktop here

Focus Session Prep + Warmups

You can start a Focus Session from the RescueTime Android app by tapping on the Focus icon at the bottom left of your screen. You are required to Prep your Focus Session, but Prep your environment and Prep your body are optional. We recommend you try all three at least once to experience the entire Focus Session process. You can enable audio narration to guide you through the warmup. 

Please note: Due to Android's regulations, RescueTime is unable to block your apps and websites on the mobile app.

Focus Session Prep

Prep your Focus Session helps you get set up. You are asked to choose how long you want the Focus Session to run and include what you're focusing on. 

Focus Session Warmups

Focus Sessions include warmups which prepare you to focus. These warmups are optional. 

  • Prep your environment: helps you declutter your physical and digital work space
  • Prep your body: promotes tranquility and prepares you to focus

Please note: You will be asked for your location during prep your environment. This provides purposeful data about your work habits. RescueTime does not store your location data on our servers.

Focus Session Complete

After completing a Focus Session you'll be asked a few questions about the progress of your task.

Then you'll see a Focus Session summary report.

  • Mobile distractions: how many times you were distracted by your mobile phone, which is the number of times you left the RescueTime mobile app
  • Day streak: the number of successive days you completed a Focus Session

Across All Devices

Starting a Focus Session on your mobile device will automatically start a Focus Session across all devices that share the same RescueTime account. During a Focus Session you'll see the timer count down on your Assistant and menu bar (Mac only). When the Focus Session ends, you'll see the Focus Session summary report on the device you initially started  the Focus Session. For example if you started your Focus Session on the RescueTime mobile app, then you won't see the summary report on your computer. 

Please note—RescueTime needs to be running in the background on your devices in order for Focus Sessions to run across your devices. 

Your Assistant

To open the Assistant, tap the Assistant button at the bottom right of your screen. Use two fingers to scroll through the Assistant. Here you'll see alerts regarding your work day, meetings, distractions, Focus Zone opportunities, and some reports as well. You can learn more about Assistant alerts here. Details about the Assistant can be found here

Adding Offline Work

You can add offline work by clicking Add offline work at the bottom of the Assistant. Offline work is work done away from the computer. Learn more about offline work here

Your Settings

To access your Settings click on the gear icon at the top right of your screen.

You can access your settings from the RescueTime Android app without having to visit the RescueTime website.

Please note: The current version of RescueTime for Android mobile app does not track your mobile activities. This will be added in future updates.

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