It seems like more than any other time in history, we are constantly staring at that small screen in our hands. Where would we be without it? Well, we’d probably be a lot more productive – but that’s not the point. Why not make money by being on your phone?
There are many legitimate free apps that pay you money to complete surveys, watch videos, secret shopping, sharing photos and more. These apps give you the flexibility to earn money on your watch. So why not put down Netflix for a couple hours and earn some easy bucks?
Check out these apps that pay you to use them!
With this app, earn points called SB (swagbucks) by searching the Web, completing surveys, watching videos, referring your friends, shopping in the app’s mall, completing special offers, voting in daily polls, finding swag codes and entering fun contests via social media and the Swagbucks blog. Redeem your points for gift cards at Amazon, Target, Walmart or for PayPal cash. Swagbucks has given out over $97 million in rewards. This app is available for iOS or Android.
You can earn gift cards, airline miles, magazine subscriptions and more for completing 15- to 20-minute surveys. After downloading the app, you’ll tell the app a little about yourself to help iPoll match you to future surveys. Complete as few or as many questionnaires as you like, but the more you participate, the more you earn. You can request a payout when you have $35 in your account. This app is available to Android and iOS users.
Get paid an average of $5 to $15 per month, according to CNET, for putting ads on your Android device. Every time you check your phone, you’ll see a card with a news story or promotion. You can slide left to learn more about it, slide up to see another card or slide right to use your phone as normal.
You don’t receive any more or less money for engaging with the content, so you essentially do nothing to get paid. Keep the cash you earned or donate it to the Jericho Project, Got Your Six or TutorChatLive.org.
Earn money by selling your old books! All you have to do is scan or enter the barcode number to instantly compare buyback prices from leading book-buying websites. Choose the buyer offering the highest price and ship your book for free. This app is available to both iOS and Android users.
Take pictures and share content on social media for your favorite brands and get paid for it. All you have to do is download the app on your iOS or Android device, browse through the different brand campaigns and complete an action. When you reach $10, earnings can be withdrawn through your PayPal account. So far, users have earned more than $100,000.
Do you have an eye for art, cities, food and more? Take photos with your smartphone and sell them on Depositphotos. You can sell photos for 50 cents to $80, and royalties average 44 percent per sale. Users are required to register an account at Clashot, share a photo with a complete description and a model release and complete a quick verification process to start selling. Available for iOS and Android.
Surveys On the Go
Get paid for sharing your opinions on various things, including the news, entertainment, sports, technology and more. Download the app on your iOS or Android device, sign up and complete all available demographic surveys. You’ll be notified when new surveys are available.
Pay ranges from 25 cents to $5 in cash for completing surveys, and it averages $1 each. When you reach $10, you can cash out through PayPal.
Get paid to mystery shop at businesses in your area. Simply download the app for your iOS or Android device and search for a mission that interests you. It only takes a few minutes to answer the five to 10 questions you’ll be asked, and within 24 hours you’ll be eligible to receive quality and credit points.
Expect to earn between 150 points ($1.50) and 3,000 points ($30) for each completed mission, according to the book “Easy & Quick Money.”
Earn up to 40 percent cash back every time you shop online at one of 1,800 participating retailers. Plus, you can earn up to $50 for referring two friends. Simply download the app on your iOS or Android device. Payments are made every three months by paper check or PayPal, or you can have your money sent to a charity, organization or family member.
Get paid for watching trailers of new apps! Earnings start at 500 points (50 cents) and can be redeemed for gift cards or cash via PayPal, according to Dailybucks.info. Another way to earn cash with this app: Upload videos and get likes. Available for iOS and Android.
Google Opinion Rewards
Android users can respond to a survey from Google and receive up to $1 in Play credits, but the credits vary, depending on the survey. Download the app, answer a few questions about yourself and wait to receive your first questionnaire. Expect to receive an average of one survey per week, covering topics such as “Which logo is best?” and “When do you plan on traveling next?”
Snap by Groupon
Browse the offers for the week before heading to the market and save any you want to buy to your Snap shopping list. Take a picture of your receipt after purchasing the items and request a cash payment after earning at least $20.
Earn approximately $3 to $12 per task for completing simple jobs, such as visiting your local discount store and taking a picture of an assigned product and verifying its price. Download the app on your iOS or Android device, complete your profile and start making money that will be sent to your PayPal or Dwolla account. The app is used by hundreds of small businesses and major companies, such as General Electric, Johnson & Johnson and Walgreens.
Tap Cash Rewards
This Android app allows you to earn gift cards and cash for downloading, installing and playing the newest free games and apps; watching videos and completing simple tasks. After earning enough credits, you can redeem them for Amazon, Google Play gift cards or cash through PayPal.