The Android Apps You’re Looking For: 9 Ways to Make $$$ on Your Phone
Do you have an Android phone? Do you scoff at iPhones?
Well, good for you! Android phones are easier to customize, have expandable storage and generally cost less than iPhones.
A whopping 99% of smartphones these days run on one of two operating systems — Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS. In this tug-of-war between tech giants, I’m here to stick up for Android.
With an Android phone, you have nearly 3 million apps to choose from. (That’s more than Apple has, NOT THAT WE’RE COUNTING OR ANYTHING.)
That’s, um, a lot of choices. To help you out, here’s our list of the best Android apps that will put more money in your wallet.
1. Watch TV Shows for Money — Yes, Really
First up is an app called InboxDollars, which will actually pay you to watch TV!
The site hosts a ton of stuff to watch, including cooking, entertainment, news and health shows.
Ooooooh, tough gig.
Seriously, this is right up my alley. If only I could get paid double for eating ice cream and watching videos at the same time. Because I can totally do that.
These videos are sponsored by brands that need to get them in front of as many eyeballs as possible. Every time you watch a show, InboxDollars will credit your account with a little bit of cash. Bonus: You get a free $5 just for signing up and watching your first video.
2. Scratch Off A Free, Digital Ticket
Once you’ve watched some videos, rest your eyeballs by checking out a free app called Lucktastic.
Each day, it releases a new assortment of digital scratch-off tickets. Instant wins range from $1 to $10K. You can also earn tokens, enter contests and play games.
The app is free to download — and play. If you sign up, you get $1 free right away.
3. Winter is Coming. Save Your Acorns.
So, how’s your Android phone doing so far? It’s working great, isn’t it? That’s what I thought.
Now let’s step up your savings game. Whaddaya say?
Open a micro-investing account with Acorns. Once you connect it to a debit or credit card, it rounds your purchases up to the nearest dollar and funnels your digital change into a savings and investment account.
Because the money comes out in increments of less than $1, you’re less likely to feel the impact in your bank account. (You can also set it up so it doesn’t round up every single purchase.)
When you sign up, you get a free $10 to start investing.
4. Get Paid for Using Your Phone
MobileXpression is a research company that studies internet trends and reports to their clients about the popularity of different mobile phone websites.
After you’ve installed the software on your phone for a week, you get to play an instant rewards game for a prize (everyone wins something, like Amazon gift cards, iPads and Samsung TVs).
How it works…
1. Sign up at MobileXpressions here – You’ll need to share a little bit of information about your demographic which is similar to signing up as a Nielsen household.
2. Download the software – It runs in the background of your phone like any other app. The site says it will have no affect on your mobile phone performance.
3. Send your data – This step doesn’t really require any work from you as the software automatically sends the relevant data to MobileXpression. The company doesn’t monitor your phone calls or personal information but does check out the web pages you view, the links you access, and the usage times for certain device activities (e.g.: text messaging, call lengths, and web browsing).
4. Collect your rewards – After it’s been installed for seven days, you can play their instant rewards game where you are guaranteed to win something.
How much you could bank for holiday shopping: Depends on what you win!
5. Let This App Negotiate Your Cable and/or Internet Bill
Next, install Trim, a Facebook messenger bot that will negotiate your cable or internet bills down for you. It works with Comcast, Time Warner, Charter and other major providers.
You sign up with Facebook, then upload a PDF of your most recent bill, and Trim’s AI-powered system gets to work. If at first it doesn’t succeed, it’ll keep negotiating until it can save you some money. (If it saves you any money, it keeps 25% of the savings tab.)
6. Share Your Receipts to Score Cash Back
With an app called Earny, you can get money back on purchases you make online.
Earny scans your inbox for receipts and tracks the items to find price drops. It takes advantage of retailer and credit-card company price-protection policies to negotiate money back on your behalf.
If you’re doing some holiday shopping — or just regular old online shopping — use Earny to make sure you’re getting the best price on everything, and even earn some unexpected refunds.
7. Here’s Another Way to Squeeze Money from Your Receipts
There’s a good way to get cash back just for taking a picture of your receipt. Here’s how it works:
- Sign up for Ibotta. (You just need a name/email address to start.)
- Browse through the cash-back offers in your area the next time you go to a store, supermarket, restaurant or bar. (The offers change every week). Pick your cash-back offers and scan your receipt.
- Once you’ve reached at least $20 in earnings, request payment via Paypal or Venmo.
Right now, Ibotta is giving new users a $10 sign-up bonus, just for redeeming their first receipt.
8. Use This App to Get Cash Back
Dosh is a new cash-back app that pays you for making purchases at more than 100,000 hotels, online stores and restaurants — including Starwood Properties, Marriott, Cost Plus World Market, Nike, Target, Chuck E. Cheese’s and many more.
Here’s all you have to do:
- Download the app and sign up.
- Securely connect a debit or credit card.
- Live your life and watch the cash-back roll in.
In addition to cash back, you collect an immediate $5 bonus for hooking up a card to Dosh.
9. This App Pays You for Walking Into (and Shopping at) Stores
Sick of shopping online and headed to a real, live store? Download the Shopkick app first.
Once you sign up, the app pays you “kicks” for walking into certain stores (including Amazon, Walmart, T.J. Maxx, Starbucks, Sephora, Best Buy and more). These can be redeemed for gift cards to those stores.
It pays you even more “kicks” for scanning items in stores and purchasing them with a connected credit or debit card, as well as for scanning receipts and mobile shopping.
There you go. Just like that, your Android phone is saving and making you money. Take that, Apple!
By the way: Even though most smartphones in the U.S. are iPhones, most smartphones worldwide are Android phones.
You see, you’re not just an Android user. You’re a global citizen, man.
Mike Brassfield (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. He has owned both Android and Apple phones.