If you've followed this blog for any length of time, then you know I've been into writing reviews of smartphone apps that reward you with some extra cash for quite some time now.
When I first started out, this was a new trend because smartphones themselves were pretty new, too.
Fast forward to today, almost everyone has a smartphone, and it's safe to say that apps that pay you have become pretty commonplace.
You may know that I love researching ways to make money and creating big, comprehensive lists. So, I thought I'd take on the challenge today and see if I could put together a list of 60 smartphone apps that offer rewards.
And what do you know, I was able to do it!
Bear in mind that pretty much all of these smartphone apps are available for both iOS and Android users. Although, for some of the apps I may have linked just one type of device, but rest assured they are most likely available for both.
Now, it's important to note that not all of these apps are created equal. While I believe all of them are legit, some might be a bit underwhelming while others are totally amazing.
But the one thing you can count on is that every single one of these apps will pay you in some way or another. So go ahead, have fun and best of luck!
Task-Based/Mystery Shopping Apps
The apps listed below are going to pay you to do things like going to stores, snapping pics of displays, answering surveys, and other fun tasks.
It's basically like being a secret shopper, but with your trusty smartphone by your side.
Keep in mind, if you're living in a bustling city or town, you're probably going to have more tasks available to you compared to those of us living in more rural areas.
- Easy Shift – Read Review
- GigWalk – Read Gigwalk Review
- Field Agent – Read Review
- Mobee – Read Mobee Review
Shopping Apps – Getting Paid to Buy Groceries
These apps are great if you want to get some real cash back just for buying certain groceries. And some of them will work at places besides grocery stores, too!
You can use the apps below in addition to coupons, and the savings will then seriously add up.
Plus, who doesn't love getting actual money back in their pocket?
For what it's worth, Ibotta is my personal favorite of these apps and the one I've been using for a very, very long time.
More Shopping Apps
The apps below also involve shopping and store products, but they work a little differently than the cash back shopping apps I've listed for you above.
These apps are basically like any rewards sites you may use (think Swagbucks and Inbox Dollars), but you can do everything right from your phone.
You can earn some extra cash by doing things like watching videos, filling out offers, taking surveys, playing games, and a lot more.
It's a very easy way to make some money on the side, all from the convenience of your smartphone.
Getting Paid to Try New Apps
These popular apps pay you either in cash or rewards just for downloading and trying out new apps.
So, it's a win-win situation. You get to earn a little for doing something that's probably already fun, while app developers get to show off their awesome new apps to new users.
The apps below pay for using your smartphone to give your opinion on various products and services. This is similar to any web-based survey panel you may use.
The only difference is that you're answering the questions from your smartphone. This may actually be more convenient for you, allowing you to participate in surveys more often since you may not be in front of your computer all the time.
- i-Say – Ipsos I-Say's mobile panel.
- iPoll – Read Review
- Surveys on the Go
- Google Opinion Rewards
- The Panel Station
- Quick Thoughts
- 1Q – Read Review
- More ideas for smartphone surveys that pay here.
Selling Your Stuff
Are you looking to clear out some of your clutter and make some extra cash at the same time? There are a bunch of apps out there that will pay you to sell your stuff!
Whether you've got clothes, electronics, or just about anything else you want to get rid of, these apps make it extremely easy to turn your unwanted items into some extra cash.
Let People Rent Your Car
There are some apps out there that will pay you rent out your car to others for cash.
So if you have a spare car that you don't use very often and you need extra money, these apps make it simple to start earning money by renting out your wheels.
Some people say that fitness and diet-based apps make it a lot easier to stick to their health goals. And when you add money as another incentive, that's even better!
The apps below will pay you in cash or other rewards for sticking to your fitness goals.
There are a few reputable apps out there that will pay you to watch videos on your phone or tablet.
From funny clips to movie trailers, there's a huge variety of videos to choose from, and you can earn cash or rewards just by watching them.
Are you someone who loves taking photos with your smartphone? Well, you can actually get paid for those photos.
It might sound too good to be true, but apps below pay you to take photos of pretty much anything. From landscapes to food, there's a huge variety of photo opportunities available, and you can earn cash or rewards just by snapping a few shots.
The apps below are unique in how you use them. They don't fit as well in any of the above categories, so I've just lumped them together here.
As always, I wish you the best of luck if you try any of these smartphone apps that pay. Feel free to comment below and share your experiences using any of these apps with other readers!
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Anna Thurman is a work at home blogger and mom of two. She has been researching and reviewing remote jobs for over 13 years. Her findings are published weekly here at Real Ways to Earn.