Based on the 2017 report from Techcrunch, a US consumer spends up to 5 hours on their mobile phones. Definitely, this number is going to increase in the coming years, as consumers love to do things on the go.
Let me ask you something.
How much money are you paying every month for your internet, mobile data & voice calls?
To my knowledge, most of you will be paying somewhere between $120-$150 per month. Am I right?
( I think getting an AT & T unlimited plan will cost $40-$50 per month whereas Verizon Fios High-Speed Internet costs $80-$90 per month 🙂 )
Now, Is it possible to get any rewards for the time and money spent on your mobile? Yes, Of course.
Today, I’m going to share with you the big list of best money making apps for iOS and Android. This kind of money making apps will not convert you to a millionaire but definitely will give you the money to pay your internet & mobile bills every month.
Money Making Apps – What does it mean?
Have you heard about the term money making websites before? Basically, they are websites which provides a lot of opportunities like taking consumer surveys, searching the web, watching videos on YouTube and more.
Instead of the website, if the above money making opportunities are available in an iOS / Android app, then it is called a money making app. Most of the apps will pay you for doing one or more of the following actions listed below.
- Watch videos
- Play games
- Download, install and open other mobile apps
- For walking or doing exercise
- Take surveys
- Click Ads
- Locking/Unlocking your screen
As Apple has a lot of restrictions, there is a lot of money making apps for Android when compared to iOS. Few apps may require the OS on your device to be Android 5.1 or higher version whereas most of the apps can be installed on any Android / iOS smartphone.
Before you install the best money making apps…Read This!
Please make a note of the following points before you install any kind of app on your iOS / Android phone.
- Never use your primary phone for installing the unknown apps even it is trusted.
- Before installation, you will see a small box on your screen which tells what kind of information that the app will access from your phone. Read that carefully. For example, some apps can access your contacts, photos, videos etc. Install the app only if you are ok with the data sharing. That’s why the best option is to use a spare/used phone for this kind of research.
- Don’t install any of your financial or shopping apps on the same phone where you are installing the money making apps. Because there is a chance of leakage or hacking of your data.
- Don’t try the app if you are not able to reach the minimum payout within a month or maximum 2-months.
- Use a dedicated email for signing up on these apps so that your primary email will not get messed up.
- If the app requires your social media account for signup, then create a dummy account and use that and don’t use the primary account as the app may get access to your contacts.
Check out the list of 41 Best Money Making Apps in 2018…
You might think like how it is possible to have 41 Best Money Making apps.
In my view, the word “best” is a relative term and the perception varies based on the individual.
I always use Google to search for anything on the Internet. However, more than 30% of the Americans prefer to search for answers to their queries in Bing (Source: Statista). So, Bing is the best search engine for them. Right?
Likewise, there are tons of apps that pay cash in both iOS and Android platforms. And, it is up to the individual to choose the best money making apps based on their interest and find out whether it works for them or not.
I referred to a lot of blogs which talks about the various options to make money from home. And, I thank all of them for helping me to compile this list. Of course, I have been paid more than once from some of the apps listed in this post.
However, I strongly recommend you to try the app yourself and see if it works for you.
Android Apps That Pay You Money To Unlock Your Screen
Even though locking your mobile phones helps to prevent unauthorized access, it is very boring to draw the pattern or enter the PIN every time to unlock your screen. I believe most of us will unlock our screen at least 20 times in a day. Right?
To make this unlocking screen process interesting, a lot of lock screen apps were introduced especially for the Android platform. These lock screen apps will show news articles, images, weather, ads etc every time the user unlocks his/her screen.
And, some of these apps will pay a small amount to the users for viewing or engaging with the ads. If the user doesn’t find the content interesting, he/she has the option to skip viewing the content and navigate to their main screen directly. This is how the lock screen apps work.
Here is the list of some popular lock screen apps for Android that pays you cash to unlock your screen.
SlideJoy shows the latest news on your desired topics or ads every time you unlock your screen. If you don’t wish to engage with the content, you can slide right to go to your home screen. Otherwise, you can slide left to read the news or view the ad. SlideJoy will add points at the end of every day based on your activity. Besides lock screen, you can also make money by completing the offers. Once you reach the minimum payout of $2, you can request the payment via PayPal.
2. WHAFF Locker
WHAFF Locker pays you to read the latest posts on various categories when you are unlocking your screen. Of course, it doesn’t pay you every time to read the news articles. But, the good thing is whenever it is a paid post, it shows you the amount you will get for reading the same. Mostly, it pays $ 3 to 4 times ($0.004 per post) in a day. Instead of relying on this app to reach the minimum payout of $11, you can also try out the WHAFF Rewards to receive your payment soon as the earnings from Locker will be automatically added to your WHAFF Rewards account.
Have you heard of the GPT site named GrabPoints? LockerPoints is an add-on or extension of the GrabPoints. It gives 2 points to view the ad that appears in the middle of your lock screen. Even though you can use LP as a standalone app, it will take more time to reach the minimum payout of $5 (1000 points = $1). So I will highly recommend to use this app along with the GrabPoints website/mobile app.
(Recommended Read: Tips And Tricks To Earn More Points on GrabPoints)
iPhone Apps That Pay You To Walk / Exercise
These days, we are so addicted to the digital media and entertainment in such a way that we feel lazy to do walking or any kind of physical exercise which leads to obesity and other ailments. Most of us will be motivated to do physical activities if we happen to meet like-minded people.
Now, there are a lot of fitness/health apps, they provide a lot of motivation for the users to do regular exercise and take care of their health. And, here is the list of some of the iPhone Apps that pay you to do your physical routine on a daily or regular basis.
Achievement pays you not only to walk but also for logging your sleep cycle, diet plans, meditation sessions and more. You have the option to link your existing fitness apps like Fitbit, Breath, Think etc.
For every activity, points will be added to your account and you can redeem the points to cash via PayPal once you reach the minimum payout of $10 (1000 points = $1).
As per the information available in the Appstore, Achievement has more than 2 million members.
To earn points from Bounts, you need to connect your favorite fitness apps/devices and track your activity. And, you can use the points to get discounts from popular brands. Alternatively, you can also use the points to take part in any of the listed challenges and win prizes.
Besides the fitness apps, you can also connect Bounts to your existing gym memberships to collect points.
Do you want to lose your weight quickly, but not able to achieve your goal?
Then, DietBet will be a good option for you as you will get motivated by joining a group which has exactly the same goal as you.
And, you can create a new weight loss challenge or join the existing one. If you are able to reduce your weight by 4% in 28 days, then you will be considered as a winner and the prize will be shared to all the members in your group who had achieved the goal.
Sweatcoin is a simple app that keeps track of your outdoor walks, counts your steps and converts that to Sweatcoins.
You can redeem the coins to buy any sports-related gadgets like Apple watch, accessories like shoes or to pay for health-related activities like Yoga sessions.
It has got a rating of 4.4 in the App store by more than 18K members.
8. Charity Miles
Running for a cause is always good and it will definitely improve the self-confidence of an individual. Charity Miles works on that concept so that you can donate the money you have earned by walking/ running to a good cause.
Charity Miles is the proud winner of the Webby Award for the category Best Fitness & Health App.
You might have heard about Bitcoin, #1 popular cryptocurrency in the world. Likewise, Fitcoin is also a newly launched cryptocurrency. And this app will convert the calories which are burnt by walk, run or other physical activity to Fitcoins.
You can shop for any item on the Fitcoinstore using the Fitcoins balance on your account.
Bitwalking is relatively a new but promising app on the App Store. It converts your movements to Walking Dollars (W$) with the help of sensors, location information, speed patterns etc.
Once you have accumulated enough W$, you can convert that to cash by using exchanges, transfer to someone or use that for shopping.
Highest Paying Survey Apps To Make Money Quickly
If you have worked with any PTC / GPT site, then definitely you must have known a lot about surveys as they pay the highest amount per task. In the past, you can take surveys only on the computer.
However, things have changed and you can easily complete surveys on the go.
Here is the list of some of the best money making survey apps that pay you to answer survey questions.
Swagbucks is one of the best GPT sites as it provides more than 10 different ways to make money online. Besides that, it allows you to answer surveys on the ago by using its app named Swagbucks Answer (SB Answer) which is developed exclusively for surveys.
You can also answer the daily polls and Swagbucks search using the Swagbucks Answer app.
Using the InboxDollars mobile app, you can take surveys, download apps, read emails, search the web etc. Except watching the videos and InboxDollars TV, you can do all other tasks using the mobile version of InboxDollars.
The only thing I don’t like about InboxDollars is $30 payout limit. Because it takes a lot of time to reach that value.
13. Google Opinion Rewards
Google Opinion Rewards stands out from the rest of the survey apps because it won’t throw you out in the middle of the survey. Unlike the other survey apps, it did not ask pre-qualification and a lot of survey questions.
Just you need to answer only 4 or 5 questions per survey. But, you cannot predict when you will receive a survey invite, because it is random.
I never know that there is a separate mobile app for Toluna because I have answered Toluna surveys only from other websites like Clixsense, Swagbucks etc.
Using the Toluna app, you can answer poll questions and surveys. Once you sign up and log in to the Toluna account, it will show the list of cards that are available to make money.
You can almost do all the tasks like watching videos, completing offers, answering surveys etc on the GrabPoints mobile app. For doing every activity, you will get points.
Once the points reach the minimum payout of $5, you can redeem via PayPal or gift cards.
16. Harris Poll
Harris Poll Online is one of the oldest paid survey site that has been paying its members since 1975. Even though it sends only a few survey invitations every month, it is a legit way to make money from surveys.
Anyone who is over 13 years old, can become a member of the Harris Poll Panel and start taking surveys. And, the points can be redeemed to gift cards or PayPal.
In CitizenMe, you will find 5 different types of questionnaires and each one of them is assigned a different color (Red, Yellow, Light Blue, Dark Blue and Green).
Only the green color ones will pay you while the others are used to build your profile. But, you will get the payment instantly from CitizenMe once you complete the green color questionnaire.
If you don’t mind sharing your location and other personal data, then you can make use of this app. Because, PanelApp keeps tracks of your location, apps usage and another history for the purpose of analytics. And, it sends survey invites based on those data.
Don’t install this app on your primary phone as the continuous use of GPS will quickly drain your battery. You can use the points to participate in sweepstakes and win prizes. Alternatively, you can also redeem the points for gift cards.
Apps that Pay You To Download/Install Other Apps
Many of the smartphone users will regularly install and try out new apps. Why don’t they make some money for installing other apps? Usually, the advertisers spend a lot of money to popularize their app.
However, they can increase their ranking in the App Store/Play store only if the app is downloaded by a lot of users and have more positive reviews. And, the money making apps comes to their rescue as it pays the users to download apps. In this way, both the advertisers and the users are getting equal benefits.
19. WHAFF Rewards
The Daily Play reward is a unique feature of WHAFF rewards that pay you a bonus to keep the app open every day for few seconds to minutes. Plus, you will receive the amount for downloading and installing the app.
Of course, you cannot make a lot of money from WHAFF rewards but you can get a few dollars every month without fail. The minimum payout is $11 and you can redeem that via PayPal or Gift cards.
You will get ‘Nanas’ for installing mobile apps and to watch videos on the AppNana. Once you accumulate the minimum Nanas, you can convert them to cash (PayPal) or gift cards like Amazon, iTunes.
AppNana gives a signup bonus of 10,000 Nanas to every new user. Plus, it gives 400 Nanas to open the app every day. And, you will get 2500 Nanas (both you and your friend should have made at least 15000 Nanas to apply this code), if you are using a referral code to create your account.
MooCash allows you to make few dollars every month by installing and running the mobile apps for few minutes. Additionally, you can also make money by completing offers and surveys.
The minimum payout is $2 or $5 based on your location. You can redeem the cash via PayPal, Skrill, Payoneer or can directly transfer to your bank account.
Appcent is a relatively new app that pays coins to install apps on your mobile phone. Once you reach the minimum balance, you can convert the coins to cash or gift cards. Alternatively, you can use the coins to buy paid apps from Play Store or App store.
Appcent is available for both iOS and Android platforms.
You can make money from FeaturePoints by installing apps and completing surveys. Once you accumulate points and reach the minimum balance of $2, you can request the payout via PayPal.
FeaturePoints also provide other payment options like Bitcoin, Steam and more.
Apps That Provides Multiple Options To Make Money
If any money making app has more than one way to earn money, then it can be considererd as a good app because the users can reach the minimum payout soon.
CashPirate offers a lot of options to make money from your mobile like answering surveys, watching videos, playing games, trying out free offers and more. For every activity, coins will be credited to your account.
Once you reach the minimum number of coins, you can redeem that for mobile recharge, cash via PayPal or gift cards like Facebook Gift card.
With CuriousCat, you can make money by completing small or micro tasks and surveys. For that, you will be rewarded with points based on the type of the task. Anyone can use this app provided if they are over 16 years of age. You need to provide your phone number for creating your account on CuriousCat.
Once you reach the minimum balance of 100 points, you can convert them to cash via PayPal.
The official website of AppBounty claims that it has paid out more than 1 million USD worth gift cards to its members. You can earn credits for downloading and trying out apps/games.
And, the credits can be exchanged for various gift cards like Amazon, iTunes and more. AppBounty is available to both iOS and Android users.
27. Perk TV
Perk TV is just one of the apps from the Perk family as it offers 9+ apps to make money by doing a variety of tasks like answering a quiz, reading news, watching Live TV shows, playing games and more.
When you have more than one app from the same company, you can quickly reach the minimum payout and redeem the points to cash or gift cards. And, you can check out the official website of Perk to know more information about the list of apps that pay.
Streetbees is somewhat different from the other paid survey sites as it pays the users for taking short surveys of the maximum duration of 5 minutes. It calls every survey as a ‘Story’.
And, most of the stories expect to upload your image to qualify for the payment.
There are a lot of options to make money from CheckPoints like watching videos, completing offers, answering surveys and more. And the app is available for both iOS and Android platform.
Besides the tasks, you can also participate in sweepstakes to win prizes. Or you can skip that and convert your points to gift cards like Amazon, Walmart, Target and many more retailers.
Apps That Pay You To Do Shopping
Will you feel happy if you are getting a cashback for your shopping every time you visit a store?
Then, you should take a look at the apps listed below:
30. Receipt Hog
Are you someone who prefers to shop at the store instead of online shopping? Then, here is a good news for you. Receipt Hog allows you to make money by using your receipts. It is actually very simple. Just take a photo of the receipts and upload to the app to receive the coins in your account.
And, you can easily convert the accumulated coins to gift cards like Amazon.
How will you feel if someone pays you to do your shopping? Shopkick does that by using its unique reward program which helps you to earn ‘kicks’ from various activities like scanning barcodes of selected products, visiting & buying products through their partner stores, making the purchase with linked cards and more.
Once you reach the minimum number of kicks, you can redeem that for various gift cards like Amazon, Ebay and more.
32. STEP IN
STEP IN offers a lot of discounts and promotions when you shop products on their partner stores. Plus, you will also get 5 points for viewing the catalog of every store.
After accumulating the needed points, you can exchange them for gift cards or vouchers.
Do you know that you can get a cashback from your receipts? Ibotta allows you to make easy money from the receipts of your shopping. Just link your store loyalty card, scan the receipts and send it to them. That’s it.
You will receive the cashback from Ibotta within 48 hours from the time you sent your receipt.
Apps That Pay You To Watch Movies / TV Shows
Are you watching the prime time TV shows or movies on NetFlix almost daily? How many hours do you spend every day to watch the movies or TV shows? 4-5 hours? Or Less? Then, you can easily make at least few dollars every month by watching your favorite TV shows without disturbing your concentration.
Viggle offers an easy opportunity to make money by watching live TV shows. To earn points, you need to just check in to the program. You can easily make more points by watching the 3x or 4x bonus shows where you will be rewarded more points.
As Viggle has partnered with the Perk app, you can easily reach the minimum payout and convert your points to gift cards.
As per the name, AppTrailers pay you to watch the preview of movies, videos, apps and more. Each trailer may run for 30 seconds or more and the points will be credited to your account at the end of the preview.
The points can be redeemed to cash via PayPal or to gift cards like Amazon, iTunes, Footlocker and more.
Apps That Pay You To Do Small Gigs / Tasks
Do you have a free time of 1 hour or more every day? Why don’t you utilize that spare time to do some small jobs and make money? Of course, there is no strict deadline and you have the flexibility to choose whichever job you like.
Then, check out the below apps that pay you to do small tasks.
36. Field Agent
Field Agent allows the users to make money by doing small jobs. For instance, you may be requested to take the photo the product in your nearby grocery store. This is just an example.
Likewise, you can browse the list of available jobs near you from the Field Agent app, accept the tasks and submit the proof for the same to receive the payment via PayPal.
Gigwalk allows you to make money easily by doing small gigs in your area. The time needed to complete the gig will vary from 5 minutes to a couple of hours. And the pay per gig varies between $3 to $100. The proof for completing the gig should be submitted on the Gigwalk app.
To work on Gigwalk, you need to keep your location settings ON so that the app can track you. The payment is made via PayPal.
As per its name, you can do any tasks in your spare time on Spare5 to make money. Most of the tasks are related to images and evaluate the various aspects of them. For example, you will be asked to assign tags for a particular image based on its nature.
To get more tasks on Spare5, you need to complete as many qualifiers as possible. The payments are made once a week via PayPal and the minimum payout is $1.
Just download the Rewardable app from the Appstore to search and complete the microjobs. The duration of the task varies from 5 to 15 minutes. It can be anything like recording the wait time at a popular restaurant, rating the customer service in a grocery store and more.
Payments will be made via PayPal once you reach the minimum payout.
Apps That Help You To Make Money From Your Photos
Almost everyone who owns a smartphone would love to capture images. Especially, if you are interested in nature, you can take stunning landscape images. Why don’t you turn your hobby into a money making business by selling your photos? Check out the apps listed below.
Are you an amateur photographer who likes to capture a lot of beautiful things in this world? Then, you can sell your photos and make money using Foap.
You can easily create your profile and upload the photos directly from your mobile phone. Every time your photo is sold, you will get 50% commission. And, you need to link your PayPal account to receive the payment.
41. Clic and Walk
Clic and Walk allow the users to make few dollars per month by completing short missions which involve capturing images. For example, you may be asked to take a picture of a signpost and send the same. Likewise, the task can be anything which can be completed in 5-15 minutes.
And, you will receive your payment as soon as your mission is validated by the Clic and Walk support team.
Did I miss anything? Yes. I have not shared the apps that will help you to make money by playing games. I have decided to write an exclusive post for games. Stay tuned!
There are a lot of Android apps that pay you money when compared with iOS because of the open source nature of the Android platform.
If you search the keyword “money making app” on Play Store or App Store, you will find thousands of apps. However, not all of them are legit. Some of them may be a scam and they may steal your personal information.
Before installing an app, read the reviews of other consumers and check the star rating. If both are good, then you can go ahead and install the app.
Always it is better to install this kind of money making Android or iOS apps on a secondary or spare phone.
Have you tried any of these apps and made money? Share your experiences in comments below.