Installing the Time Clock App

Record employees time and attendance by installing the Time Clock App.

Updated over a week ago

The Time Clock App turns any compatible Android or Apple tablet into a dedicated employee time clock in your workplace. Employees record shift start and finish times by entering a unique passcode into the Time Clock. Break times can also be recorded.

Adding a new Time Clock

To register a new Time Clock App to your Tanda account, follow the steps below:

  1. Download the Tanda Time Clock App from the App store for Apple devices or from the Play Store for Android devices

  2. Locate your setup code:

    1. Log in to Tanda online at

    2. Navigate to Settings > Time Clocks > New Time Clock

  3. Enter your setup code:

    1. In the time clock app, select My business uses Tanda > select the setup code option, then enter your setup code

    2. Select the location of the time clock

    3. Optionally give the time clock a name (this helps to identify the time clock in your Tanda account if you have more than one)

FAQ and troubleshooting

Is there a way to 'lock' the Tanda app to the tablet screen?

Yes, see this guide for further details on making Tanda the default application on your tablet.

When authenticating the time clock I receive an error

  • If you are authenticating using your email and password you will require the Manager (or higher) permission level in Tanda. If you hold only the employee permission level, you will receive an error.

  • If you are authenticating using the linking code and receive an error, check the below:

    1. Check that the authentication code is still valid (for security purposes your account will display a new code every 48 hours)

    2. Check that the authentication code is entered correctly

What does 'Scope to Location' do?

By default the Time Clock will load the Time Clock codes and profiles of all employees in your Tanda organisation. To load only the profiles of employees who work in the location of the Time Clock to that device, log in to, navigate to Settings > Time Clocks > Scope to Location and change the selection to 'Yes'

For example, an employee is not part of any teams in the Southside location. With Scope to Location enabled, the employee will not be able to clock in using the Southside time clock.

Note: If your Tanda organisation has over 500 employees, 'scope to location' will automatically default to 'Yes' each time a new Time Clock is configured. This reduces the amount of data loaded to the device, increasing performance and reducing setup time.

Can you share or write down the setup code?

For security, your account will generate a new setup code every 48 hours and the old code will expire. In that time you can use the same code to authenticate as many time clock apps as you wish. You only need to confirm this code when setting up a time clock.

How often will the time clock sync data?

The time clock will sync data to our servers every 5 minutes, or each time an employee records their attendance. The regular sync each 5 minutes will look for new employees in your Tanda account and any changes made to account settings.

Best practices for using the time clock app

  • Turn on app auto-updates on your tablet to ensure you are always on the latest version.

  • Wall mount the tablet in an area where employees assemble before a shift. This isn't necessary if you are unable to wall mount your tablet, but it can help to make clocking in a habitual part of the day

  • Purchase a tablet to use solely as a time clock. This means the time clock will always be accessible, and reduces the reasons for not recording attendance

  • Ensure the tablet has stable access to the internet. This means managers will be able to track attendance in real time

What determines whether 'start', 'break' or 'finish' is selected on the time clock?

Tanda automatically selects the most suitable time clock action (start, break or finish) for an employee after they enter their time clock passcode based on the factors listed below.

The break option on the Time Clock is only visible when Allow staff to clock breaks is turned on.

If Tanda selects the incorrect action, the employee can override the selection by clicking on the correct action when clocking in.


Time Clock Action Selected

The employee is clocked-out


The maximum shift length has been exceeded since the shift was commenced


When an employee is clocked-in and there is more than one hour until the rostered finish time and no break has been taken

Break Start

When an employee is clocked-in and there is less than one hour until the rostered finish time


When an employee is clocked-in and a break has already been taken during the shift


When an employee is working an unrostered shift and less than 5 hours has elapsed since the shift start

Break Start

When an employee is working an unrostered shift and either (a) more than 5 hours has elapsed since the shift start or (b) Allow staff to clock breaks is turned off.


Related: The Tanda Mobile App can also be used to record work hours. By default, the ability to clock in on the mobile app is turned off.

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