11 Free Mobile Apps That Help You Earn Money for Doing Almost Nothing
We’ve all got smartphones these days, and almost everything we do on them requires using an app.
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could make extra money just for using them? Well, you can.
You're not going to get rich by downloading mobile apps, but you can use these to earn a little extra money every month.
Considering some of them require you to do nothing, or just watch videos or take some surveys, it doesn’t seem like a bad deal to make a few extra bucks.
To get you started, we put together a list of our favorite apps that pay you just for using them...
1. This App Pays You to Watch Videos
The folks over at InboxDollars will actually pay you to watch videos!
The videos are sponsored by brands who need to get them in front of as many eyeballs as possible. Every time you watch one of the ads InboxDollars will credit your account with a little bit of cash.
You’ll get a free $5 just for signing up.
2. This App Helps You Sell Your Old Clothes
Do you still have a prom outfit from, like, 10 years ago?
It’s never going to fit -- or come into style -- again, but something just keeps holding you back from sending it to Goodwill.
3. This App Pays You to Take a Picture of Your Receipts
Yeah, did you know that you can get paid cash back just for taking a picture of your receipt?
Here's how it works....
1. Sign up for Ibotta here (you just need a name/email address to start).
2. Browse through the cash-back offers in your area and take note the next time you go to the store (the offers change every week). For example, in my city, Ibotta will give 2% cash back on Best Buy purchases, $0.25 cash back on any Target purchase, and $3 cash back when I buy an appetizer from any restaurant. Pretty cool, right?
Once you've reached at least $20 in earnings, you can request payment via Paypal or Venmo. And right now, Ibotta is giving new users a $10 sign-up bonus, just for redeeming their first receipt.
4. This App Pays You to Take Simple Surveys
The Ipsos I-say mobile app is one of the best, legitimate paid survey apps out there. They're currently rated an A+ with the Better Business Bureau.
The questions are pretty simple. What do you like more -- Coke or Cherry Coke? How many times have you been to the movies in the past 12 months?
You get the idea.
You won’t qualify for every panel, but you can usually earn about $5 for 30 minutes of work.
5. This App Pays You to Drive Around Town
Need a fun, flexible way to earn money while also meeting lots of new people?
Try driving with Lyft!
Demand for ridesharing has been growing like crazy, and it shows no signs of slowing down. To be eligible, you’ll need to be at least 21 years old with a year of driving experience, pass a background check and own a car made in 2007 or later.
Best of all, he does it on his own time. You can work days, nights or weekends — it’s up to you!
6. This App Pays You Up to $180 Just to Download It
How would you feel if you had an extra $180 right now?
You’d probably feel preeettttty good — I know I would.
The key is to use a platform called SavvyConnect.
Install its software on your devices — phone, tablet, computer — and let it work in the background.While you browse the internet, it “unobtrusively includes you in behavioral market research.”
In return for your contributions, SavvyConnect will pay you $5 per device, per month. If you install three devices, that adds up to $180 over the course of a year!
And once you install the software, it requires ZERO effort on your part.
The software is compatible with iPhones and iPads running iOS 8.0 or higher, but you can’t download it onto a Macbook (I tried). I guess two out of three ain’t bad. You can also download it on Android devices running OS 4.1 and newer, as well as on computers running Windows XP SP3 or higher.
7. This App Helps You Start Investing -- And Pays You $5
We’re kind of obsessed with Stash around here (and not just because it gives you $5).
We love that anyone can use Stash to start investing. You don’t have to have an MBA or even make it all the way through “The Big Short” to understand how to invest with this app.
You just choose from a set of simple portfolios reflecting your beliefs, interests and goals, and it does the rest.
To get the $5 bonus:
- Click this link and enter your email here.
- Download the Stash app on your smartphone, and set up your account with the same email address. Within two business days, you’ll see the bonus added to your account.
8. This App Helps Sell Your Old Electronics
Have a bunch of movies or CDs collecting dust on a shelf? Decluttr will pay you for them!
Decluttr buys your old CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and video games, plus hardware like cell phones, tablets, game consoles and iPods. Plus, enter PENNY10 at checkout to get an extra 10% for your trade-ins!
You scan each product’s barcode with your phone, and Decluttr makes an offer.
Prices vary — usually about 50 cents to $3 per item — but you can unload your media in bulk to make an extra $50 to $100 this week. And never have to look at them again.
With Decluttr, you can sell stuff online without having to deal with individual listings and buyers.
And shipping is free. The company emails you shipping labels to cover the cost. Just print the label, pack your items in any box and ship it.
9. This App Helps You Invest Your Pocket Change -- And Gives You $10
Acorns is a smartphone app that connects to your bank account, credit and debit cards to save your digital change. It automatically rounds up purchases with your connected accounts and invests the difference in your Acorns account.
This Penny Hoarder accidentally saved $116 -- about $35 a month -- by connecting one debit card to the app and forgetting about it.
At that rate, you could spend 10 minutes setting up your Acorns account and easily put away $420 this year. Plus, they give you a free $10 when you download the app and make your first investment.
10. This App Helps You Find Out Where You Are Wasting Money
We all sign up for stuff. Sometimes it’s easier to put subscriptions on a recurring payment and forget about it -- looking at you Netflix.
If you can’t keep track of them all, check out an app called Trim. Once you sign up and connect your bank account and phone number, it analyzes your transaction history for recurring payments.
When it finds one, the app sends you a text and cancels any subscriptions you don’t want to keep.
11. This App Pays You to Deliver Food
This app lets you earn money while you’re running errands by getting food to hungry people.
To deliver food through UberEATS, you just have to meet these requirements:
- Be at least 19 years old and have at least one year of driving experience.
- Have a driver's license, insurance and vehicle registration.
- Be able to lift 30 pounds.
Just like the rideshare option, you’ll set your own hours and only work when and how often you want to.
That means how much you earn is largely up to you.
If your car decides not to start one morning, no worries. You can also deliver food on your bicycle!