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5 Best GPS Tracking Apps in 2021

Barima K.
June 8, 2021

There are many GPS tracking apps out on the market. The list of apps doing some sort of GPS tracking keeps growing every day. Some stay in business yet many go out of business too.

Finding the best GPS tracking app for your needs can be tricky. Your time is valuable, hence we decided to do the research for you so you don’t have to.


Despite the large number of GPS tracking systems to choose from, I’m going to focus on 5 that stood out after reviewing and testing over 15 GPS tracking tools.

* QuickBooks Time (formerly TSheets)

* Timeero (this is us)

* ClockShark

* Hubstaff

* VeriClock

Unlike other comparisons of GPS tracking systems, our recommendations are based on a comprehensive review of over 15+ GPS tracking software. The reviews include screenshots, user reviews, and feedback from hundreds of business owners.

We speak to business owners every day, who either are either looking at automating their timesheets or tracking the locations of their employees. So we decided to share what I’ve found to be some of the best employee tracking apps or GPS tracking software.

Jump to:

What To Consider When Comparing Time & GPS Tracking Apps

There are many similarities and variations between various GPS tracking apps. So what do you need to look out for when comparing tracking service providers?

Our team has reviewed hundreds of reviews from users of different platforms. We’ve spoken to more than 700+ business owners both users and prospects, looking for GPS tracking apps. We have also spent hours testing many of these GPS tracking apps, including doing test drives ourselves.

These are some of the factors I think you should consider when comparing GPS tracking apps:

  1. Quality of GPS tracking
  2. Price
  3. User Reviews
  4. Ease of Use
  5. Integration with your existing software
  6. Support

Quality of GPS Tracking

GPS tracking is by far the most crucial feature for business owners trying to track the whereabouts of their employees.

When you are on the hunt for a solution, it’s very easy to get misled by wonderful demos, which do not show the real world GPS tracking results. One of the most interesting findings from this study was that GPS tracking means something different to each GPS tracking app provider.

In order to offer you the best advice, we decided to take all 5 apps on a test drive.

We literally drove around a small farm town with a great GPS satellite signal. We also chose a clear space with great GPS satellite signals to see how each and every one of these apps would perform under the same conditions.

The tests were run on an iPhone 11 Pro Max. The test was a mile drive to see how many GPS logs each app would capture for driving almost a mile over a period of time.

During our test we discovered more insights about each drive:

Timeero

* We then decided to make a reverse turn and clock out to stop mileage tracking. This is the reason you see a red dot next to the gray dots.

As you will notice, the Timeero app does capture a lot of GPS points. If you are looking to capture one or two points every hour, then the tracking from Timeero may not be that important. The frequency of GPS points captured by the Timeero apps can be adjusted for mileage and location tracking needs.

QuickBooks Time (formerly TSheets)

The TSheets app was able to capture two points between clock the clock in and clock out points:

It does show the slight reverse turn we made and when the clock out happened. The results are very consistent with what TSheets claim their app does.

ClockShark

The ClockShark app showed 3 points, clock in, a point midway and clock out points:

This isn’t surprising as the ClockShark app only captures GPS log points every 15 minutes to an hour.

Our drive was 22 minutes hence the results you are seeing. A lot can happen between 15 minutes to an hour so if you are looking for more GPS logs, then ClockShark may not be the best for you. However, if you want moderately general tracking, their solution can work great.

Hubstaff

Hubstaff had the oddest path. The path simply did not reflect the path we traveled at all:

It was also very confusing because the app kept plotting location paths even after clocking out. We couldn’t tell exactly when the GPS points were captured and it felt intrusive that points were captured even after clocking out.

The results from the test were all over the place here. Perhaps someone from Hubstaff may help us better understand so we can update this review.

VeriClock

The Vericlock app did a pretty good job of plotting the points that were traveled. The tracking was consistent with the route we took:

The only drawback with Vericlock is that you cannot see the GPS points in the mobile app. You can only view it on the web site version.

You have to log in to the web/desktop app to access the path traveled information. If you are looking to access GPS locations on the go inside your app, then this won’t be ideal.

Key Takeaway:

Price

Comparing pricing of GPS tracking tools can be very tricky, as each provider prices differently.

Timeero Pricing

Standard - $5 per user per month + $10 base fee

QuickBooks Time Pricing

Premium - $8 per user per month + $20 base fee

Elite - $10 per user per month + $40 base fee

Hubstaff Pricing

Free tier - $0 per user per month

Desk plan - $7 per user per month

Desk & Field - $10 per user per month (to use any of the above features you will need to be on the field plan)

Enterprise - $20 per user per month

Vericlock Pricing

$5 per user per month + $10 base fee

Clockshark Pricing

Basic - $3 per user per month + $15 base fee

Standard - $6 per user per month + $25 base fee

Pro - $8 per user per month + $45 base fee (to use any of the above features you will need to be on the field plan)

Expert - $12 per user per month + $90 base fee

User Reviews

Again, for this study, we spoke to users of various GPS tracking apps. We read more than 1000+ user reviews.

Before we display our findings, it is important to give you a dose of context. When considering user feedbacks for GPS tracking apps, you are looking at two different kinds of users:

  1. The employer or decision-maker user – tends to leave reviews from the perspective of an administrator.
  2. The employee user – usually the ones clocking in and out on a daily basis and being tracked through GPS.

The reviews on sites such as Capterra and G2 are biased as they are incentivized reviews. Vendors get to cherry-pick and incentivize (through Amazon gift cards) who leaves a review.

However, the reviews on the iOS Appstore and Google Play Store are raw reviews from daily users. It’s fair to mention that, users tend to leave a review when they are frustrated, so reviews on both app stores can be a little negative sometimes.

We focused on the GPS tracking capabilities and chose ratings from Google PlayStore because the reviews there are not incentivized and Android users tend to leave more reviews than their iOS user counterparts.

We picked out the most relevant reviews of the Google PlayStore (rated based on vote count).

TIMEERO

Timeero is a great GPS tracking app. It’s built specifically for professionals who want to have deeper location insight and also track mileage:

We do have an affinity towards Timeero because we are the guys behind.

Background tracking:

It will track your app in the background once you are clocked in. Tracking stops after clocking out.

Geofencing:

The Timeero app uses geofencing to remind employees to clock in and clock out. The ability to automatically be clocked in will arrive very shortly.

Offline mode:

Timeero app works offline. This is great for mobile workers in areas without a good internet signal.

Timestamped locations:

It does capture location timestamps so you will know when a location was captured.

GPS frequency:

It is based on movement (if one moves more than 150 feet) and also captures every 5-10 minutes….if it’s working properly.

Breadcrumbing:

Yes

Path Playback:

Yes

Mileage tracking:

Yes

GPS point accuracy and speed:

Yes. Both of those metrics are captured so you will know how fast a user was traveling and how accurate we think the GPS point is.

Google Playstore Rating:

4.5

Apple AppStore Rating:

4.8

Reviews (based off the most relevant reviews)

Overall Pros & Cons:

Timeero is a great GPS time tracking app. If you are looking for a GPS tracking app that will give you the deepest insight on location activity, then this is the app to go with. The test results above prove it.
Of course, it’s not all perfect, as attested to by the reviews below. The biggest drawback we noticed on the PlayStore reviews is that Timeero is not a free app:

TSHEETS (now QuickBooks Time)

TSheets is a generic time tracking software built for many businesses.

It is a robust time tracking app that can support the needs of many businesses.
It comes with GPS tracking in addition to its time tracking capabilities.

We think it’s a decent GPS tracking app even though their main focus is on timesheets. So this is what their GPS tracking segment looks like:

Background tracking:

It will track your app in the background once you are clocked in. Tracking stops after clocking out.

Geofencing:

The TSheets app uses geofencing to remind employees to clock in and clock out. This comes in handy for those who tend to forget to clock in.

Offline mode:

TSheets app works offline. This is great for mobile workers since your cell phone may not always have a great internet connection signal.

Timestamped locations:

It does capture location timestamps so you will know when a location was captured.

GPS frequency:

It is based on movement and also captures every 5-10 minutes….if it’s working properly. Even though based on our testing, it only captures anywhere between 5-10 minutes.

Breadcrumbing:

Yes

Path Playback:

Yes

Mileage Tracking:

No

GPS point accuracy and speed:

Yes

Pricing:

($8/user/month + $20 base fee) and ($10/user/month + $40 base fee for Geofencing)

Google Playstore Rating:

3.9 (based on May 25th, 2020)

Apple AppStore Rating:

4.5 (based on May 25th, 2020)

Reviews (based off the most relevant reviews)

Overall Pros & Cons:

Overall TSheets is a good GPS tracker software you can use with your team for a higher price. It’s a good software tool if you want location and time tracking altogether.

Where TSheets is lacking is frequent location updates. From some relevant reviews and talking to actual users, we noticed the GPS tracking unreliability, and the app tends to crash a lot for various reasons. :

CLOCKSHARK

Background tracking:

It will track your app in the background once you are clocked in. Tracking ceases after clocking out

Geofencing:

The Clockshark app uses geofencing to remind employees to clock in and clock out.

Offline mode:

Some parts of the Clockshark app works offline. You can clock in and clock out but you cannot check your timesheets without an internet connection.

GPS frequency:

It captures every 15 minutes….if it’s working properly.

Breadcrumbing:

Yes

Path Playback:

Yes

Mileage tracking:

No

GPS point accuracy and speed:

Yes

Pricing:

($3/user/month + $15 base fee for Basic GPS tracking) and ($6/user/month + $25 base fee for Advanced GPS tracking such as Geofencing and route replay/review)

Google Playstore Rating:

3.3 (based on May 25th, 2020)

Apple AppStore Rating:

3.1 (based on May 25th, 2020)

Reviews (based off the most relevant reviews)

Overall Pros & Cons:

Clockshark seems like a good GPS tracking app for your field needs. We think they’ve done a good job with their product. However, it doesn’t seem to capture enough GPS points based on testing.

The most noticeable problem with Clockshark has to do with battery usage and server syncing problems as noted by many such reviews:

HUBSTAFF

Background tracking:

It tracks your movement as soon as you open the app. We couldn’t tell right away when and how tracking happens.

Geofencing:

The Hubstaff app uses geofencing to remind employees to clock in and clock out.

Offline mode:

Hubstaff app works offline

Timestamp locations:

It does capture location timestamps.

GPS frequency:

We are really unsure about this. The results were all over the place in our testing. Hubstaff does have a customizable setting for accuracy and GPS points. We had the minimum location distance set to 500 meters and “Only Significant Changes” turned off. Yet the GPS points did not accurately capture our path traveled.

Breadcrumbing:

Yes

Path Playback:

Yes

Mileage tracking:

No

GPS point accuracy and speed:

Yes

Pricing:

($10/user/month for GPS tracking and starts at $20/user for 2 minimum users)

Google Playstore Rating:

3.9 (based on May 25th, 2020)

iOS AppStore Rating:

4.5 (based on May 25th, 2020)

Reviews (based off the most relevant reviews)

Overall Pros & Cons:

Hubstaff is a  feature-rich app. It comes packed with a ton of features for monitoring your employees.

However, there are several confusing aspects of the user experience, especially with GPS tracking. We found that the app was tracking even when we clocked out….that’s very troubling especially when users think they are off the clock and not being tracked. Also, the GPS points never really synced to the server. The path traveled did not accurately represent where we went and that’s very disturbing.

Reviewers can be unforgiving and blunt in their feedback. Comments with upvotes seem to show that this experience is consistent for some users.

VERICLOCK

Background tracking:

It will track your app in the background once you are clocked in.

Geofencing:

The Vericlock app uses geofencing to remind employees to clock in and clock out.

Offline mode:

Vericlock app works offline. This is great for mobile workers since your cell phone may not always have a great internet connection signal.

Timestamp locations:

It does capture location timestamps so you will know when a location was captured.

GPS frequency:

It captures every 15 minutes….if it’s working properly.

Breadcrumbing:

Yes

Path Playback:

No

Mileage tracking:

No

GPS point accuracy and speed:

Yes

Pricing:

($5/user/month and $10 base fee)

Google Playstore Rating:

3.8/5 (based on May 25th, 2020)

iOS AppStore Rating:

4.5/5 (based on May 25th, 2020)

Reviews (based off the most relevant reviews)

Overall Pros & Cons:

Vericlock seems to have a simple interface, which is a huge plus for not tech-savvy users. We were happy with the GPS tracking capabilities as it correctly recorded the path we took. The biggest drawback with Vericlock is that you cannot access your time cards or your path traveled in the mobile app. You have to log in on the web app.

Also, the app doesn’t function without an internet connection. This is not ideal for field workers who work in areas without a consistent internet signal.

Ease of Use

Most early software in the GPS tracking space was initially built for office workers.

You look at the user interface of the apps and you can tell they were built for remote freelance and office workers.

Timesheet apps with GPS tracking are inherently complex, due to infrastructural problems like lack of network, mobile battery life span, etc.

Unlike office workers, field workers are always on the move.

Hence functionality in all conditions is extremely important.

The less intuitive the software is, the more excuses your workers will have for not tracking their time and position precisely.

Our findings around ease of use were published in this article

Integrations With Your Existing Software

This is extremely important, yet sometimes overlooked.

When considering a GPS tracking app, make sure you check out third-party integrations.

Ask the app provider early on time about how they sync with third-party software you are using already and if they do so at an extra cost.

Conclusion: When it comes to integration with third-party software, make sure you have a clear but open-minded conversation with the GPS tracking app provider you are considering.

Here are the integration reports on the respective location tracking apps we reviewed.

Timeero

Timeero plays well with popular accounting software such as QuickBooks and Xero. It also integrates with popular payroll software such as ADP and Gusto. With the Zapier integration, you cann connect Timeero to over 3000 apps.

With the Zapier integration, you can connect Timeero to over 3000 apps!

Timeero also has a free concierge service that helps her prospects with their integration challenges.

TSheets

TSheets also integrates with Quickbooks and Xero, another accounting software:

In addition to integrating popular apps, TSheets offers a supported integration to over 30 apps. Some of the apps include :

Gusto, Square Point of Sale, Rippling, Expensify, RUN Powered by ADP, Square Payroll, OnPay, Wagepoint.

To integrate any of the above app on TSheet, you will have to go into TSheet and click on the “Feature Add-ons” tab. Then you will have to choose the Manage one option

The Manage Add-ons window will appear. The apps are divided into three categories: Feature, Installed and Get more.

For the apps listed above, all you have to do is click on Install and you can integrate the app with your TSheet

Hubstaff

Hubstaff also integrates with QuickBooks:

It alsointegrates with many popular project management solutions, allowing admins to see exactly what their team members are working on and how much time they’ve spent on individual tasks.

In addition to integrating popular apps, Hubstaff offers a supported integration to over 30 apps. Some of the apps include:

PayPal, FreshBooks, Freshdesk, Wrike, Breeze ChMS, Teamwork, and more.

ClockShark

ClockShark also integrates with Quickbooks:

In addition to integrating popular apps, ClockShark offers a supported integration to other apps. Some of the apps include :

ADP Workforce Now, RUN Powered by ADP, and more. A page appears with all the apps which can be integrated into ClockShark.

VeriClock

VeriClock has built-in bidirectional integrations with all QuickBooks desktop versions, QuickBooks Online, Sage 50 US, and Sage 50 Canada.

The integration with Vericlock is very easy. When you sign into Vericlock, Integration is one of the icons on the menu bar.

When you click on Integrations, it takes you to a page when you can select one of the above-listed apps.

We hope this review will help you make an informed decision. If you have any questions, be sure to reach out to us.

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