What Is This Toggl Button Everyone Is Talking About?

It has been 3 months since we last posted about the Toggl Button. New superpowers have been added since.

Toggl Button is a Chrome browser extension that lets you use Toggl‘s time tracking inside your favourite tools. It has been really popular from the start and it’s crazy growth doesn’t seem to be finding the brakes. Currently it has 47,000 users and it works inside 40+ tools and apps.

From the very beginning, Toggl Button was designed to be the most simple addition to the Toggl applications family. It’s only purpose was to let users press “Start timer” inside the tools they use every day, thus making time tracking distraction free. No copy paste or switching between different applications and tabs. Although the extension has grown a lot, we have still kept the simplicity and minimalist design in mind when adding new features.

In fact, a lot of Toggl Button’s popularity can be attributed to it’s simplicity.

How does it work?

Here’s an example of Toggl Button inside Google Calendar. Say you have a meeting coming up:

toggl button google calendar 01

That Tom Haverford guy is a bit of a weasel, best track the meeting to make sure I can bill him later.

Let’s open up the calendar entry and see:

Toggl Button tracking inside Google Calendar

Whoomp, there it is! Now I can track every second I spend advising Tom not to do something silly with ease!

There’s no need for any additional effort for setup or configuration. It just works. The Toggl time tracking buttons work seamlessly inside the applications as they were part of them from the beginning.

What else is new?

As said, the daily user base has been growing at a really fast pace. Since the last time we blogged about it, its user base has grown from 30,000 to more than 47,000 users. It’s really good to see that more and more users have found this simple tool to be part of their daily workflow.

So what has been happening in the development front?

Since the last post, Toggl Button has gotten many user interface improvements and 4 new integrations. The new integrations are, Google Calendar, Flow and TestRail. By the way – these integrations were developed not by us, but our active Toggl users. So for these new integrations we would like to thank following active community members: paladiyjuanferreras and Lingnik.

New features

Here’s a list of the improvements added to the extension:

  • In the extension menu, the Toggl logo is now clickable
    Clicking on the Toggl logo in the Extension icon menu opens up the web app for easy and quick access to all your data. Thanks goes to KamilKopaczyk for the contribution.
  • Added user email to Extension icon menu
    Now you always see the user account you are logged in with.
  • Added running timer to Extension icon menu
    You can easily check how long the time entry has been running if you just open the extension icon menu
  • Added “Start timer” link to Extension icon menu
    With this addition it is possible to start the timer on any page. The default description is set to “Chrome”. This will be customizable in the future version. Thanks goes to nodepope for the contribution.
  • Projects grouped by Workspaces and Clients
    We added better grouping of Workspaces and Clients. Now you can find the project you are looking for faster and without hassle. Thanks goes to mihaiaperghis for the contribution.
  • Added sorting for tags
    In some cases tags were not sorted properly. We fixed this.
  • Added hover titles to project, tag and task selections
    We added hover titles to all the fields in the time entry edit popup. This is good if you have long project names that don’t fit the input field. Hovering the field shows you the full text of the input field.

If you want check what’s been happening with Toggl Button, we have a public changelog at displaying changes that have been made with each version of Toggl Button.

Also we would like to thank all other contributors who have submitted pull requests with style fixes and even fixes for typos. Thank you all for making the effort!

How you can help

If you also want to help us go forward or have an idea for a feature that needs to be in Toggl Button, you can check out the Toggl Button Github repo to create issues or if you are a coder – submit a pull request.

In the future, we have plans to give users a little bit more room for customisations, keeping in mind the minimalist mindset. See you in the next episode!


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By On May 27, 2015

  1. another vote for USB button or maybe Bluetooth or wifi enable button ( my tablet only has one USB port so Bluetooth will save the USB port) to connect with laptops ,should be small enough to carry around in laptop bag . Rotating the button should change the project.

  2. This linking is great and all, but now i’m opening my google agenda on my android phone. I see the appointment, but here i can’t find the toggl button (eventhough i have the toggl app installed.

    Any idea’s how to work this? Since i dont want to have to change these thing on my laptop only. Also on the go.

    Thank you, and sorry for my bad English!

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  5. Are you planning an actual USB button that would start or end the timing? As far as I understand this is only app. I dont know how the others, but the real button (perhaps also lighted when the time will run) would facilitate the work for me because ots complicated to clicking to run or end the actual work time if you must work with lot of others “windows” – browsers and aplications. It would be really easy and clear to have button that you can push and you will also see if the timer is running (lighted) or not (not lighted).

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