If you’re looking for a way to make some extra money, why not put your smartphone to good use? There are a huge number of money-making apps out there that allow you to earn with your phone (many can be done on a computer as well), and some of them are extremely passive.
With all of the new apps being released, it can be hard to keep track of them, so I’ve put together this big list of 50 of the best apps to help you make money.
Here you’ll find descriptions of the best apps and links to get you started. This list includes apps that help you to make money with everything from surveys, to exercising, to surfing the internet, to taking photos, to shopping, and more. You’ll love the variety!
Also worth noting, several of these apps are currently offering a signup bonus. Taking advantage of the offers with sign up bonuses is a great way to start making money right away.
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The Best Mobile Apps for Making Money
1. Swagbucks ($5 signup bonus)
Swagbucks is an extremely popular website and app that makes it possible to save money and earn money in a variety of ways. You can earn points (they call them Swagbucks) for different things like taking brief surveys, watching videos, playing games, and trying special offers. You can even earn by using Swagbucks as your search engine. There is also a cash back component to it, similar to Ebates, that allows you to earn cash back from purchases at thousands of different websites.
After you’ve earned some Swagbucks you can redeem them for cash (through PayPal) or gift cards. They frequently run specials that allow you to purchase discounted gift cards, which is a great way to get even more for your efforts.
Overall, Swagbucks is definitely one of the most popular apps for making money, partly because there are so many different options and ways to earn.
SwagIQ is a trivia app from Swagbucks. You can participate in trivia games and win Swagbucks for your correct answers. You’ll have 10 seconds to answer multiple choice questions and compete for the grand prize. Swagbucks that you earn can be redeemed for cash or gift cards. The app uses your Swagbucks username and password, so be sure to create a Swagbucks account if you haven’t already.
3. InboxDollars ($5 signup bonus)
Inbox Dollars is a website and app that pays you for things like taking surveys, watching videos, playing games, trying different offers, and even for clicking on links in your email. Inbox Dollars tries to make it easy for you to make money by listing great offers in the “easy cash” section. Here you can earn cash for completing free offers that don’t require your credit card information. You can also see the latest offers and how much you’ll earn for each.
4. MyPoints ($10 signup bonus)
MyPoints is another website / app that is very similar to Swagbucks. With MyPoints you can earn points for tasks like taking surveys, watching videos, playing games, and even for printing coupons. MyPoints also has a cash back program that makes it possible to earn points for your online shopping. The cash back option works similar to Swagbucks and Ebates.
MyPoints has “daily 5” where you can earn 5 bonus points for completing at least 5 of the tasks listed. This is really helpful if you want to stay active and make the most out of the app. You can redeem your points through PayPal, or for gift cards to a large number of different stores, restaurants, and websites.
Pinecone Research is a survey website / app that focuses on feedback for new products. You can get paid to provide your opinions and evaluations of new products. You’ll get paid $3 for every completed survey.
6. Vindale Research ($1 signup bonus)
Vindale Research is a survey website / app. You can create a free account and participate in the surveys that you want to take, and you’ll earn money for your participation. Unlike Swagbucks, InboxDollars, and MyPoints, Vindale Research focuses exclusively on surveys. With Vindale you are paid in cash. If you’re looking to make some easy money through surveys, this is one that you’ll want to check out.
7. Harris Poll
Harris Poll is another website / app the focuses on surveys. You can create a free account and earn money by responding to the surveys that are available. The Harris Poll is well established, with more than 50 years in business.
YouGov is a webite and app that makes it easy to earn money for sharing your opinions and completing surveys. Your opinion could even be featured in the news! You’ll earn points that can be redeemed for cash or gift cards. If you’re looking for a site/app that is a little different than most survey sites, YouGov could be a good choice.
With iPoll you can earn cash and gift cards for sharing your opinions on products and services that you use, as well as places that you visit.
Surveys on the Go is a simple survey app for iOS or Android.
OhmConnect is a unique app that pays you for saving energy. Not only will you make money from OhmConnect, but you’ll also lower your utility bills. You’ll get $10 for signing up and completing enrollment and another $10 if you connect the app to a smart device. OhmConnect will send you notifications of times to conserve energy, and you can make $100 – $300 per year by saving energy during these times.
Nielsen Computer & Mobile Panel is one of the easiest ways to make money that you’ll ever find. Nielsen is a media and marketing research company that will pay you to get access to the websites that you visit. You can install their app on your devices and you’ll get paid each month that it is active. You can make up to $50 per yer per device. It’s a great, easy way to make some money with almost no effort. The app does not collect any personal or private information.
MobileXpression is very similar to the Nielsen Computer & Mobile Panel, except it is only for mobile devices. You can earn up to $50 per year per device by granting MobileXpression access to your mobile surfing activity. Just install the app on your phone and claim the credits that you earn. You can then redeem the credits for prizes (I recommend waiting until you have 50 credits to redeem them because you’ll get more value that way).\
SurveySavvy is another app that will pay your for participating in surveys, but you can also make money through SavvyConnect. SavvyConnect is similar to Nielsen and MobileXpression. You’ll earn $5 per month per device for allowing SavvyConnect access to your browsing history. It works with desktops, tablets, and smartphones. You’ll need a SurveySavvy account to be able to use SavvyConnect.
Update: ShopTracker is no longer available.
If you like easy money you will love ShopTracker. They will pay you $3 per month to get access to your Amazon order history. Just connect the app to your Amazon account (they don’t collect personal data, just details of the products that you purchase) and you’ll earn $3 for every month it is active. You’ll also get a $3 bonus just for signing up.
BillsBoard is an app (Android only) that will put ads including news stories, promotions, and deals on the lock screen of your phone. You’ll customize the lock screen and have control over the items you want on the lock screen. You can redeem for PayPal cash or gift cards.
Slidejoy is another app (Android only) that allows you to make money by seeing ads on your lock screen. You can redeem the rewards for PayPal cash.
18. Field Agent
Field Agent is an interesting app. You download the app and create your profile. Then you can find jobs near you that involve simple tasks like visiting a store and taking a photo or answering a few questions. The jobs typically pay between $1 – $12 and you’ll have 2 hours to complete the job. You’ll want to choose jobs that are on your way, otherwise you’ll be spending too much time and money driving around.
Gigwalk is kind of similar to Field Agent. Through the app you’ll create a profile and apply to gigs. The gigs will take somewhere from a few minutes to a few hours and you’ll earn $3 – $100 per gig.
Shopalong allows you to get paid for completing small assignments while you are out shopping. Assignments can involve things like preparing shopping lists, taking pictures, snapping receipts of what you purchased and sharing your opinion about your shopping experiences.
With EarnHoney you can make money from things like surveys, watching videos, playing games, and special offers. You can redeem points for PayPal cash or gift cards.
CashApp (Android only) allows you to make money by taking surveys and other tasks like watching videos, trying apps, free offers, and more.
EasyShift is another app that you can use to make money by doing small tasks. The tasks will be things like taking photos of products and checking prices. Payments are sent 48 hours after approval. It’s easy to get started with no application. Simply start using the app.
24. Click Worker
With the Click Worker app you can make money from a variety of tasks like completing surveys, creating or correcting text, and categorizing data. You decide when and how much you want to work. Get paid by PayPal weekly or monthly.
PocketFlip makes it possible to earn rewards for things like taking photos, downloading apps, and completing surveys. You can redeem the points you earn for gift cards from a variety of different places.
With Mobee you can find secret shopper missions near you. When you complete the simple missions and answer questions you’ll earn points that can be used on gift cards and rewards. Use referral code Q8Z4 to earn 300 free points when you sign up.
Decluttr allows you to make money while getting rid of things you don’t use anymore. You can sell your DVDs and Blurays, CDs, video games, books, cell phones, tablets, and more. You can use the iPhone or Android app to a barcode scanner that makes it fast and easy to sell your items. Decluttr offers next day payment and free shipping for sending in the things that you are selling.
The Poshmark marketplace makes it easy to sell your used clothes and fashion accessories. Just use the app to take a photo of the item and upload it to your closet where other users can buy it. You’ll be given a pre-paid shipping label for any items that you sell and you’ll get cash once the item has been delivered. If you’ve got things you don’t wear, why not make some money from them?
→ See our article: Poshmark vs. eBay vs. Mercari
Letgo is a marketplace for used items where you can sell just about anything. There are categories for fashion, technology, cars, housing, services, and more. The app makes it easy to list your own items for sale. Like Poshmark and Decluttr, Letgo is very popular, so there are plenty of potential buyers using the app.
OfferUp is pretty similar to Letgo. It’s a marketplace where you can just about any type of used item. Getting your items listed for sale is really easy with the app.
5miles is another app and marketplace that allows you to sell your used products. You can also promote and sell services here.
Mercari is an app for selling just about any type of used item. Listing your items is easy, and you’ll earn 90% of each item you sale. Mercari will email a printable shipping label when an item sells.
With the help of Trove you can sell used furniture and home furnishings.
Get money for your used books with the Cash4Books app. The app has a barcode scanner so you can get prices for all of your books and send in the ones that you want to sell. This app is most useful for college textbooks, as those are the types of books they are most likely to buy.
BookScouter makes it easy to sell your textbooks and other used books to more than 40 different vendors. You can see prices and seller feedback to decide who you want to sell to. Shipping is free and you’ll get paid after the sale.
Uber is, of course, a very popular ride sharing app. As a driver you can use Uber to make money and benefit from a completely flexible schedule. Work whenever you want and get paid for every trip. With the popularity of Uber this is a great way to make some extra money.
Lyft is Uber’s primary competitor. Lyft also offers great opportunities for drivers to earn money and benefit from a flexible schedule.
38. Uber Eats
Uber Eats is a food deliver service owned by Uber. With this opportunity you will paid to deliver food rather than give rides. Uber Eats makes it possible for customers to order food from a variety of restaurants that don’t have their own delivery services. Of course, your schedule with Uber Eats is completely flexible as well.
Instacart is a grocery delivery service app that provides two different opportunities for people looking to make money. You can either work as an in-store shopper (part-time employee with no car required), or as a full service shopper that will also make deliveries (independent contractor with a car). Both options offer flexible working schedules.
DoorDash is another restaurant delivery app that pays drivers. Like other driving gigs, you can make money with a flexible schedule.
6ya is an app that connects experts with people needing help or advice. You can sign up to be an expert and make money by taking calls from people who need your help. There are a huge number of categories, so there’s probably some expertise you have that you could make money from. The categories range from automotive, to pets, to firearms, to furniture and decor, to baby gear, to health & wellness, to business, and much more.
Rover is an app that allows you to make money by offering services like dog walking and pet sitting. You’ll have flexibility over your prices, schedule, and the specific services that you offer.
With feature points you can earn gift cards for downloading and trying apps. You’ll download a free app and try it for a minute to earn points. You can redeem your points for PayPal cash or gift cards.
44. App Trailers
With App Trailers you can earn rewards points for watching trailers of apps. You can redeem your points for PayPal cash or gift cards.
AppKarma is another way to earn rewards from playing with apps. You’ll complete offers for points, and then cash those points in for PayPal cash or gift cards.
Update: Viggle is no longer available.
With Viggle you can make money by watching live TV or streaming videos. The longer you watch, the more points you’ll earn. Redeem your points for cash or gift cards.
Update: Clashot is no longer available.
Use your phone to take photos and publish and sell the photos with Clashot. Your photos will be available at the popular stock photo site Depositphotos. You’ll earn a commission from each sale of your photos.
Foap is another app that makes it possible to earn money for your photos (and videos). You’ll earn a 50% commission for any of your work that is sold through Foap.
Lucktastic is an app that lets you play games and try to earn/win tokens that can be redeemed for gift cards.
The Sweatcoin app will convert your outdoor steps into currency called Sweatcoin. The app tracks your steps each day and you’ll earn Sweatcoin based on how many outdoor steps you took. You can then redeem those Sweatcoin for cash and prizes. Don’t expect to get rich with this app, but it can be fun. And if you already do a lot of outdoor walking why not earn something for it?