So you just got a shiny new Android phone or tablet over the holidays. You’ve already run through the “must have” apps lists out there and you’re looking for something new. Or maybe you’re a long time user and just looking to earn a bit of side money or a Google Play gift card. We’ve rounded up a handful of apps where you can earn real money or other rewards doing simple activities on your Android phone or tablet.
Money making apps fall into a few basic categories, and there’s often crossover between the various apps. Pay-Per-Install are exactly what it sounds like, you get paid to install sponsored apps. Shopping apps are intended to work in conjunction with your shopping trips when you’re already out and about, they’re often GPS depended, so don’t think you can earn from your couch. Video apps pay you for watching videos, and most of these apps tend to have some video component. And lastly, for lack of a better description, there are apps where you perform “tasks” for points, which could be anything from liking a page on Facebook to registering for a website or taking a survey.App Trailers
As you venture into money-making apps, App Trailers is probably one of the first you may come across and it’s a typical pay-per-install app. You may have even heard your iPhone-owning friends talk about it.
It’s stupid simple, watch a video for an app and earn points, then download and open the app for more points. There’s also other “offers” for earning points, but for the most part, they’re not worth the hassle. Points can then be redeemed for minimum $0.15 via PayPal or $25 Google Play gift card and many other gift cards as well.
Oh and despite what you may come across on YouTube or shady blogs, there is not special “hack” for App Trailers to earn more points. Theses are nothing but a ploy by scammers to get you to use their referral codes.
FreeMyApps is very similar to App Trailers, except there’s no video to watch. Download sponsored apps, use them for 30 seconds and get credited. Sometimes as high as $1 per app, but most average much lower than that.
Occasionally, you may even discover a cool app that you didn’t even know you were looking for at the time. Rewards come in the form of Google Play, Amazon and other gift cards. It’s an easy way to earn money to buy those apps that you really want but don’t want to open your own wallet.
The next two apps are a bit different and categorized more as shopping apps. With iPoll, you earn money when you’re out on shopping trips with simple polls and surveys. Earning between $0.10 up to $10 survey, all you have to do is answer questions about a store or restaurant you visit, then take a picture of your receipt or scan a barcode.
The only downside to this particular app is the rewards are limited, and if you want a PayPal cashout, you have to earn $35, which can take quite a while. It’s powered by SurveyHead, and you can supplement your earnings on their website, but that’s beyond the scope of this article.
CheckPoints is another shopping app that mostly geared toward checking in at a store and scanning barcodes of particular products while you’re shopping. There’s also the usual array of apps to install for points and points for referrals.
You can earn rewards starting at a $1 Amazon gift card all the way up to a PlayStation 3. Although doing some quick math, you’re probably better off sticking to the gift cards.
SwagBucks TV Mobile
SwagBucks is already a fairly popular money make site on the web, and the SwagBucks TV app is just a mobile extension of the website. This is perhaps the simplest of all the apps in the list as in it’s only for watching videos.
Simply watch videos such as movie trailers and music videos to earn points. No extra apps to install, no forms to fill out. And you don’t even have to pay attention to it, perfect for when you’re doing something else. Points can then be redeemed on the SwagBucks website for rewards ranging from a wallpaper download to a 40-inch flatscreen TV. Just like the iPoll app, you can supplement your earning on their website, but that’s totally optional.
With Juno Wallet you can earn gift cards for watching videos and installing apps. But there’s also other “tasks” as they call them, such as liking pages on Facebook, signing up for websites, etc. There’s certainly a wide range of tasks you can do and it’s not hard to earn a buck or two in a day.
Rewards for Juno Wallet are only in the form of gift cards, but there’s many to choose from including Amazon, Ebay, Google Play, Xbox and Steam.
Brought to you by the same people that run the GiftHulk money-making website, Tapporo is very similar to Juno Wallet in terms of the types of tasks such as watching videos and installing apps. In fact there may even be some crossover with the same offers in both apps.
Rewards come in the same range of gift cards as many of the other apps, or PayPal cashout at a mere $5. There’s also a handful of gadgets you can earn, and a special section of phone accessories they try to personalize for your phone. Although apparently all that is available for a Galaxy Nexus are generic accessories and Google Play cards.
There’s dozens and dozens of apps and websites out there that promise to help you earn quick cash. This collection is some of the most popular and legitimate apps currently out there. Don’t expect to be able to quit your job or earn $100 in one day, it’s far from that. But with a little bit of creative use of your spare time, when watching TV or on your lunch break at work you can earn a little bit extra. After all, if you saw a dollar bill on the sidewalk, you would pick it up, right?