In Hubstaff, a user can track time even if the timer is Offline. This is beneficial when there are internet connectivity outages. This way the Hubstaff time tracker stores the activity locally until the tools are back online and the data is preserved.
Can you track time offline with Hubstaff?
As long as you are logged into the desktop app, you are able to track time without an internet connection. Hubstaff will continue to store data on your computer. Once you are connected to the Internet again, all data should begin to upload to our servers.
Below is a sample screenshot of the app while tracking time offline. Notice that at the bottom left-hand side, it says “Last update failed,” (It may show as”Offline” on other versions of the app) this means that the app isn’t able to synchronize recorded activities with our servers.
As soon as the app is able to detect an internet connection, it will eventually upload your recorded activities as shown here:
All data is stored locally on your machine indefinitely until it is uploaded to the server.
We require the user to have internet connectivity when they do an interactive login (one where they need to provide the password). Once a user is logged in, subsequent restarts of the application will attempt an auto-login using cached (or saved) authentication tokens. This process does NOT require the user to be online, just that they go online every 5 days so the tokens can be renewed. If the user explicitly logs out, this clears the tokens and they will be required to do an interactive login before they can resume using the application.