Apps that Pay you to Use Them

Apps that Pay you to Use Them

Most people are looking for ideas on how to make some extra cash. It may surprise you to know that your mobile phone could be that idea.

Almost everyone with a smartphone tends to spend most of their time glued to the screens on their phones. This is because there is so much to do on our phones and it is much more interesting than what could be going on around us.

It is, therefore, a good idea to get paid for it. If you are going to spend half your day on your phone, making some cash out of this process definitely wouldn’t hurt, and this is why I have decided to tell you about some apps you could download and get some money from doing just that.

Now, if you are probably thinking that there must be a catch somewhere, that no one can make money from downloading apps, you are dead wrong. There is no catch, and yes, they will pay you simply by downloading their app.

Here is my list of some of these money-making apps

Okay, so, the most famous apps are those that deal with online surveys, which I will start by evaluating, then, later on, we shall talk about other types of apps.


This one is quite popular, and I'm sure you must've heard about it. Now, if you have been wondering how it works, I will explain it to you.

iPoll is a company based in the US, and you can access them through They enable users to download the app on their mobile phone, where they have surveys for them to complete. It's very easy to use, and you can be able to fill these surveys as you go to and from work.

They will then pay you through PayPal or give you gift cards of your popular products.

What they do mostly ask you questions about the products and services that you use daily. The pay may be low, but with the time you can be able to accumulate a substantial amount.

You can download this app on your Android phone or your iPhone.


With Swagbucks, you shall be accumulating points known as SB whenever you search the web. When you complete their surveys, watch their videos, use their special offers and even shop in the app's mall, you will be awarded points and codes that you can redeem for gift cards on Amazon or Target.

This is a popular site that has been able to pay more than three hundred million dollars in cash and gift cards to its customers.

You can download their app using your iOS or on your Android device.

Survey Junkie

This is a trusted app and most people use it. They have over ten million members, and they are able to pay you either in cash through PayPal, or through gift cards.

Their surveys normally cover a wide variety of topics which are often very lengthy, but your opinion can be used to influence big brands and even influence other retail products.

The longer surveys, of course, pay more than the shorter ones and it's also possible to earn more points by referring your friends who complete their profile surveys.

When you reach 1,000 points, survey junkie pays you $10 dollars, and therefore, the more points you accumulate, the more money you make.

You can download the app on your phone.


This app guarantees you great shopping experience. You earn points simply by stepping into their stores and scanning the product barcodes as you shop.

They will ask you a few questions about your shopping trip, they may also include product placements and brand opinions that you are supposed to answer.

When shopping using Shopkick, your shopping habits are able to tell researchers the type of products that you prefer to buy, and this gives them some insight into the minds of their customers, which helps with their research.

It is possible to earn some money using this app and watching their videos, plus, you can also visit their online stores and review other products they may be having, and while at it, take on some paid surveys, which will come in handy when getting paid.

Each activity will earn you a gift card to a restaurant or store of your choice.

You can download the app on your phone.


This is an excellent alternative to Swagbucks and a great option for you to diversify your money-making options.

One of the ways in which you can make money using InboxDollars is through their paid surveys. Other options include reading emails and testing products. You can also redeem coupons, shop online and watch their videos. Upon signing up, they will give you $5 upfront.

Their most popular payment option is cash, but you can also redeem point for gift vouchers as well.

You can download the app on your phone.

Pinecone Research

This company is excellent for people that are not interested in daily surveys. They will not keep sending you invitations and they also have a high payout per survey of $3 each. They normally pay you for your opinion surveys, and product testing of unreleased products.

In addition to the surveys, you get to enter their biweekly $500 cash sweepstakes and a $4,500 prize draw quarterly.

Here is a link to their website.

Other survey apps:

From here, I believe you get the idea of how these apps work. You simply download them, conduct a survey where you are asked questions that you answer, and earn points in the process. You can then redeem said point for either a cash reward or a gift voucher.

Here are some other apps that you can be able to download and use if you are interested in surveys;

  • LifePoints
  • EarningStation
  • MobileXpression
  • Toluna
  • MyPoints
  • CashCrate
  • Harris Poll
  • YouGov
  • Panel Station
  • Zap Surveys
  • Jobs2Shop
  • Bananatic
  • Grab Points
  • ShopTracker
  • Google Opinion Rewards

Non-survey apps

There are also many other apps that can pay you money, and you do not really have to answer any survey questions.


This is a free App that allows you to earn your money back, on all internet purchases. All you need to do is sign up, visit your favorite online store, and then make a purchase. A percentage of the purchase you make will be added to your Ebates account.

They will then send you an email to check on your purchases.

How do you use it?

  • Download the app on your Android or iOS phone.
  • Signup by creating an account where you will be asked some personal information such as your name, email address, etc.
  • When you want to shop, go to the Ebates app first, and choose your favorite store from there. Do not leave the store until you have made a purchase.
  • After shopping, you can then check out as usual.
  • Ebates will track your purchase. Don’t worry about receiving a notification or anything like that, but they will send money to your account.
  • They will send your money by check, PayPal or through a charity organization of your choice.


Dosh actually means cash. This is another money cash back app that pays you for doing things you already love such as shopping and dining out. The app allows you to save some money on purchases whenever you redeem a dosh offer.

They have a list that includes hundreds of thousands of local businesses and online stores that participate in the Dosh program. The businesses provide you with a dosh cash back offer with each purchase.

There is no work required, and no surveys to be filled. All you have to do is use the businesses in the list for your purchases and you will receive a cash back surprise.

You must, however, download the app on your phone, and the beauty of it is that you will receive money for something you were to pay for anyway.

Another great feature about dosh is that you shall get a cash back of $25 on your first hotel booking in addition to what you will receive for the booking itself, and $5 for referring a friend on the app, who ends up using it.


This is actually a government initiative where you get paid to lose weight. It sure does sound too good to be true but it is true.

It is also very simple to use. You will just need to set a target weight loss, and when you achieve it, the company pays you.

Many people swear by this app, they claim that they made some bets that they would lose weight, and when they managed to do it, they made some good money. One customer says she made $3,180, while another one says she made $2,400.

If you want to lose weight and are serious about it, it is a great idea to use the app, as you shall be able to make money out of it.

Here's how it works;

  • You will first need to download the app.
  • Then, start with the Healthy wage prize calculator where you shall enter how much weight you wish to lose, and how long you wish to lose it by. The time given is between 6-18 months. You will then choose how much you wish to bet, which is mostly any figure between $20 – $150 per month. The calculator will then determine your price amount up to $10,000.
  • You can keep playing with the calculator until you are able to attain your ideal weight, and you will also be able to know your prize amount before you even place your bets.
  • You will then sign up and lay down your bet amount. You can agree to pay the bet amount each month for the entire duration of the bet, or pay one lump sum amount.
  • When you achieve your goal weight, you will win your prize money. Start and end the challenge with a video that will be used to demonstrate your weight loss. Throughout the entire challenge, you will need to check in weekly, but not necessarily on video. This will help them check on your progress and ensure that you are losing weight in a healthy way and not by use of extreme measures.
  • If you do not achieve your weight loss goals, the money will go on to support HealthyWage and help others in losing weight.


This is similar to HealthyWage, but it measures your steps. You bet on yourself to meet a specific steps goal, and if you meet your goal, you shall win your money back and even make some more out of the process.

It goes beyond regular work out and helps people become more active every hour. You can choose the stairs or use the elevator to increase your steps count, or you can even go for a walk while you are on the telephone, in order to add more activity in your life.

It also provides regular updates so you can be able to know exactly where you are at all the time, and also allows you to know what you need to do to become more successful at achieving your goals.

Here is how it works;

  • Download the app.
  • Choose a game that shall help you attain your steps goals, and then bet in the pot in order to join. You will then be grouped with other people that are also trying to accomplish similar goals.
  • Try to reach your personalized steps goals per week.
  • Make your overall steps goals and then split the pot. You will get back the original bet and a small profit on top.


There are very many apps that you can use to make some money. Well, as much as you may be required to do something small in order to receive the cash, it is almost being given money for nothing. Others like HealthyWage and StepBet will not only help you to keep fit and lose weight, but they will pay you for it, which is the best incentive for weight loss.

Check out the apps I have talked about above, especially if you are strained for cash, or if you are a college student looking to make some extra pocket money.

However, please note that the apps do not pay out too much money, and hence it should strictly be a side job because relying on them for your upkeep can be a bit frustrating, plus, some will take as long as 60 days to pay out.

Written by Lindy Dreyer