One of my favorite ways to make extra money is through smartphone apps. It’s true that you probably aren’t going to get rich from any app that you download onto your phone. But there is such variety in apps these days that enables you to find the ones that really cater to your interests and needs. There are great apps that can bring in cash every month to contribute to bills, add to savings or for other expenses.
I am always looking for the next cool app to try and I thought it would be helpful to compile a list to give readers a good snapshot of the types of apps out there that enable you to earn extra money. These 101 smartphone apps pay you for various activities. Some of them pay for multiple things and I’ve tried to categorize them to give you the best idea. Apps do come and go all the time, and some of the ones on this list are better than others. So, I do urge you to do your own research with the apps on the list so you can find which ones you decide are worth your time.
Nearly all the apps I have listed have both iOS and Android versions. In some cases, I have linked to an app’s website where you can download the version of your choice and learn more about the app, and in some cases, I have linked to the app in the iTunes Store or Google Play Store.
There are thousands of apps out there that pay you for various activities. If you’ve discovered one that isn’t on the list that you are making money from, let us know in the comments below.
The following apps earn money in a variety of ways. Some will pay you cash back when you shop, others will pay you to scan your store receipts or check in at one of your favorite national retailers, others will provide coupon codes and help you earn rebates on your favorite brands.
Mystery Shopping / Mobile Audits / Tasks Apps
This group of apps pays you to visit national retail outlets, restaurants and other businesses to evaluate things like customer service and cleanliness of the store, perform audits of certain products and complete tasks such as taking photos of displays.
Earn money for watching videos, completing offers, taking surveys, playing games, downloading apps, and a variety of different things.
These apps offer survey panels that pay you to provide your opinion on any number of topics.
Cash Back Apps
These apps search for lower prices on products you buy and will refund you the difference.
Apps to Sell your Stuff
These are apps where you sell your used clothes, books, electronics and other items.
Apps that Pay you for your Photos or Videos
These apps allow you to sell photos or videos taken with your smartphone.
Diet and Exercise Reward Apps
These apps reward you for sticking to your diet and exercise goals.
These apps allow you to begin investing in the stock market with small weekly amounts of cash.
Apps that Pay you for Watching Videos
These apps pay you for watching movie previews, news clips, commercials or even live tv shows.
Apps that Reward you for Playing Games
Wish you could get paid to play games on your smartphone? There’s an app for that.
Phone Lock Screen Apps
These apps pay you to get promotions and deals, videos and other content based on your personal interests and lifestyle right on your mobile phone’s lock screen.
These apps don’t fit into the categories above, but do provide unique ways to earn cash with your smartphone.
Do you have any experience with any of the apps above or some not on the list? Share with us in the comments below!