10 Great Smartphone Apps That You Can Make Money

Your phone and your wallet are a lot more similar than you think.

We found 10 apps that you can make money with. All of the apps can be downloaded for free, and each has a strong user base to ensure that you get the most bang for your buck.

From taking surveys to kicking back and watching TV, here are the apps that will put a little cash in your pocket.

Earn cash back with Ebates.

Ebates lets shoppers earn cash back from over 1,700 stores. When you shop at an online retailer, go through Ebates to see that company’s cash back percentage.

The app also allows you to use in-store coupons and gives price comparisons when you scan an item. Ebates has already given back $250 million to its users.

Available On: iOS, Android



Coupon clippers love Ibotta.

Before shopping, unlock the day’s rebates on Ibotta by answering a trivia question or posting on social media. Then head to the store and pick up the items for the day’s rebates.

After checking out, hit Ibotta’s “redeem” button and take a picture of your receipt to confirm your purchases. Once you have $10 or more in your account, you can cash out with PayPal or Venmo.

Available On: iOS, Android



Unlock your phone screen to make money with Slidejoy

When you install Slidejoy, you’ll have an ad as your phone’s lock screen background. You can either ignore or engage with the ad; either way, you earn the same amount every time you unlock your phone.

While it won’t make you rich, users typically take home an extra $5-15 a month.

Available On: Android



Get paid to get fit with Pact

Participants use Pact to commit to working out and eating healthy. You pledge to work out a certain number of times, or eat a certain number of healthy meals or vegetables per week. Depending on how many activities you pledge, you can earn up to $5 a week.

The catch: If you miss a commitment, you’re fined $5, which motivates users to stay on track. Pact has a 92% user success rate.

Available On: iOS, Android



App Trailers to make some extra cash

App Trailers is the app that pays you every time you watch a 30-second-long trailer for an app, or engage with certain apps. The more you watch, the more points you accumulate; points get converted into gift cards, or can be cashed out with PayPal.

Available On: iOS, Android



Viggle pays you for watching television and listening to music

Viggle wants to know what entertainment enthusiasts are watching and listening to. When you’re watching TV or to listening to music, open the Viggle app so it can listen to and identify the song or show. For every song or show you engage with, you earn points that can be redeemed for gift cards, trips, or electronics.

Available On: iOS, Android, Windows



Take surveys with Surveys On The Go for a quick buck.

Surveys On The Go offers surveys that pay from $0.25 to $5 per survey. The survey data is bought by companies, political campaigns, and market research firms. Surveys take just minutes, and you can cash out with PayPal.

Available On: iOS, Android


TaskRabbit helps you get paid for your skills.

“Taskers” use the TaskRabbit app and website as a supplement to or their main source of income to get paid for the things they’re good at doing.

Get approved to be a Tasker and set your hourly rate — most usually start from $30 per hour — to complete jobs like running errands, building IKEA furniture, gift wrapping, driving, dog walking, or organizing. Those who need your services will request you through TaskRabbit.

Available On: iOS, Android



Rewardable gives you cash in exchange for quick jobs.

Rewardable lets you sign up for tasks that take 5-15 minutes and pay up to $20. The tasks range from checking inventory to comparing prices at local stores. When you want to cash, out hit “withdraw” and the money gets transferred to your PayPal account.

Available On: iOS, Android


Become one of Mobee’s mystery shoppers to earn points toward rewards.

Mobee deploys mystery shoppers to its partner stores to browse and report their shopping experience back to Mobee. The partner stores use the reports to improve their practices.

Within 24 hours of your mystery shopping mission, you will be awarded points based on the quality of your report. You can trade your points for cash, gift cards, or event tickets.

Available On: iOS, Android


Sign up for Easy Shift assignments.

Like other task-oriented apps, EasyShift also pays you for doing simple tasks at stores near you, like checking prices and store displays.

As you complete more assignments, more and more higher-paying tasks become available to you. Payments are sent to you within 48 hours using PayPal. 

Available On: iOS, Android


Do you use some of these apps? Do you plan to use some of them?
Let us know in the comments.

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