How To Make Money With Smartphone Apps: Top Apps

Here's 15 Easy Legitimate Ways To Make Some Extra Cash With Your Smartphone!I’ve been making money online for a few years now, but one thing that’s always intrigued me is making money with apps on my smartphone. Today I’d like to show you how to make money with smartphone apps and the top apps to use.

I’ll cover the many different ways to earn with your phone and apps. First thing you should know is that making money with apps won’t be a huge income, but it can be a great way to make some extra income in your spare time, right on that handy little device in your pocket.

Here’s some great ways to make money with apps and some different options to get you started.

Paid To Take Surveys Apps

These apps pay you to take survey straight on your mobile device. Personally this is one of my favorite ways to make money with my smartphone and the apps listed below have made it super easy to take surveys on your mobile device!

Swagbucks App : Now Offers $5 Sign Up Bonus!Swagbucks is a rewards site that pays you to do many things such as take surveys, complete offers, watch videos, search, and much more. They have an awesome app that lets you take surveys and watch videos. This is by far my favorite app to take surveys on. You’ll earn points through the app that can be exchanged for 100s of gift card options starting at $5, including PayPal and Amazon.

Surveys On The Go : Surveys On The Go is one of the best paid survey apps out there that’s perfect for taking surveys on your phone. Get notifications when surveys are available, most surveys pay from $.50-$2.50 and take under 10 minutes to complete. Payments are made via PayPal once your account reaches $10.

Inbox Dollars : This is another rewards site that pays you to do many thing such as surveys, offers, read emails, and more. But they also offer an awesome app that lets you take surveys.

Quick Thoughts : Is a survey app that finds you surveys to complete. Answer a few screening questions and they’ll find you a survey to take. Get paid in points to be redeemed for iTunes gift cards.

Instant Rewards App : A rewards app that pays you to take surveys, complete offers, and watch videos. Get paid in points that can be exchanged for Amazon, PayPal, Walmart, and a few other options starting at $10. Use the code: HXP09rzoJ9ITb , to earn free points when joining.

See All Paid Survey Apps

Paid To Shop Apps

These apps are awesome ways to get paid to shop on your mobile device. You’ll find some apps that pay you to shop in store, online, and upload receipts. I personally use all of these apps to make some extra cash with my smartphone!

Ibotta : Now Offers $10 Sign Up Bonus! Get paid to shop in store at almost every popular grocery store. Ibotta shows you the products they’ll pay you to buy. Go to the store and purchase the products, upload your receipt inside the app, and earn cash back! Payments start at $10 via PayPal. Does offer an awesome referral program and team bonuses that can help you earn more. Use the code: xsolsia to earn $10 when joining!

BevRAGE: Is an app that pays you to buy alcohol. You can earn cash back buying beer, wine, liquor, and mixers. They have brand specific offers and generic offers in all categories. Payments are made via PayPal once you earn $20. Visit to join or download the app and use the referral code: FTJFH to earn a bonus when joining!

Ebates : Another shopping app that offers a few in store cash back opportunities, but is mainly built around online shopping. You’ll find over 1,000 stores available. Just join Ebates and visit the store through the app before making a purchase to earn cash back. Also offers a refer a friend program that can help you earn more. Minimum payments start at $5 via Check, PayPal, or Direct Deposit.

JingIt : Pays you to buy certain products in store, visit stores, and purchase generic products at any store. Also offers a few other ways to earn inside the app. There’s a few options for payments. Direct Deposit can be made at any time, or get gift cards starting at $5.

See All Paid To Shop Apps

Paid To Download Other Apps

One of the most popular ways to make money with your smartphone is by downloading other apps. Chances are you’ll be downloading apps anyway, so why not get paid for it. Here’s some awesome apps to use to get paid to download other apps.

Feature Points : Download the app to see a full list of apps they pay you to download. Download the app and use it for a few seconds to get paid. Payments start at $1 via Amazon and a few other options. Use the code: 4YK9XY, when joining to be well on your way to your first cash out.

Free My Apps : Download apps to get paid. Payments start at $1 via Amazon gift card and a few other options. Does have a referral program that can help you earn more.

See All Paid To Download Apps

Paid To Receive Text Messages

This isn’t an app, but it’s a cool way to make money with your smartphone. You can get paid to receive text messages with these programs. Payments made straight to your PayPal account. : Get paid $.25 for every text message that you receive from them. Also offers a referral program that pays you $.25 for every referral. Also offers an app if you do not want to receive texts.

Paid To Mystery Shop Apps

These apps let you mystery shop in stores near you. All you need to do is visit the store and answer questions about the service, product placement, pricing, and more. An easy way to make money while in shopping mode!

Mobee : Get paid to complete mystery shops in store. Check prices, displays, and comment on customer service. Use the code: SPP1 to earn free points when joining. Payments start at $5 with gift cards to a few stores.

ISecret Shop : Available in many countries. Get paid to check prices, displays, and more at your local stores. Payments are made via PayPal.

See All Mystery Shopping Apps

Paid To Take Pictures Apps

These apps pay you to take pictures. It could be just random pictures around the house or selling your pictures to companies. Either way you can make money taking pictures with these apps.

Icon Zoomer : Get paid to take pictures of household items and normal things. Upload your photos on Icon Zoomer. Earn points to exchange for Amazon and PayPal payments starting at $10.

Foap : Create a profile inside the app and upload your mobile photos. As your profile builds you’ll get sales from companies looking for stock photos. Each sale earns you $5.

Miscellanous Apps

HealthyWage: Get paid to lose weight!

How To Make Money With Smartphone Apps

Hopefully you enjoyed this list of different ways to make money with apps on your smartphone. These are not the only options to make money online and through apps. You can see longer lists of apps in each category by clicking on the full list under each category.

The apps I listed above are my personal favorites and ones I use to make money with my smartphone.

Feel free to try a few out and if you have additional questions leave comments below or read my full reviews of each app! You can also see some additional ways I make money online.

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Pete - December 2, 2015 Reply

I had no idea there were so many legitimate paid to take survey companies out there. Your site literally has it all from paid to download apps to paid to receive texts. Can’t believe how many awesome resources are out there today to help us earn some extra cash and am really grateful I landed on your site. What would you say your favorite paid to app is in this list? Looking forward to see what else you have to recommend. You can bet I’ll be back for more!

    Brok - December 3, 2015 Reply

    Hey Pete thanks for stopping by!

    I appreciate the kind words about the different apps and ways I’ve listed to make money with your phone.

    Depending on which category of app you’re looking for, Swagbucks is by far my favorite “paid to do” app. I really like the multiple ways to earn and that you can earn on your computer as well!

    Ibotta and Ebates are my favorite shopping apps, it just depends what type of shopping you’re looking to get cash back on (online or in store).

    Thanks again for checking out my recommendations!


Barrack - December 2, 2015 Reply

Wow, you have got so much information that i did not know at all. These are some of the posts i love so much. Making money however small it is so sweet. Doing some work online and getting guaranteed that you are going to be paid is the best thing that can ever happen to anyone. Your website is much detailed and well researched and everything is legitimate. I know where exactly i can now make extra cash, thank you so much.

    Brok - December 3, 2015 Reply

    Hey Barrack thanks for checking out my site!

    I appreciate the kind words and that’s what I’ve set out to do. Be a great resource that helps people make money online and particularly with their smartphones!

    Let me know if you have any problems or need any help.


Juanje - June 18, 2016 Reply


Do you have any information about It’s a GPT site but I didn’t find it on your site, and it looks good.


Chris - October 4, 2016 Reply

Well this article on making money through apps really was an eye opener to me – I suppose it wasn’t going to be long before they hit up apps in this way. Actually, I wonder how long it will be before the scam offers will hit our iphones? What do you feel about this?

Leviticus Bennett - January 24, 2017 Reply

I spend a lot of time on my phone browsing through meaningless information. I think I should start making my time useful. I had no idea there were so many apps to make money. I think I’ll try out the surveys apps first.

William Henry - March 9, 2017 Reply

Will a iPad work on these sites don’t have smart phone?

    Brok - March 12, 2017 Reply

    Hey William. Most of these apps work on iPad. A few of them don’t for some reason, but luckily you can take advantage of most of these apps.


Sharon Kiewitz - March 12, 2017 Reply

Love it. I will first try it out and then spread the word

Brandan - April 27, 2017 Reply

Hey Brok!

I stumbled onto your website and wanted to share my new app with you. It’s a new cashback app that rewards you for providing really quick customer feedback about your experiences at restaurants. You can also earn cash for buying things like gas, beer, and wine.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about it!


    Brok - April 27, 2017 Reply

    Thanks for checking out my site Brandan.

    I’ll take a look and shoot you an email if I have any questions!


Margaret Chisholm - May 6, 2017 Reply

Do these apps work in Canada.

    Brok - May 9, 2017 Reply

    Hey Margaret,

    Most of these apps do but there’re a few that don’t including Ibotta and Ebates


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android - July 15, 2017 Reply

You made some good points there. I did a search on the topic and found most people will agree with your blog.

Dipson Subedi - September 21, 2017 Reply

Hy Brok,
Can you do a review about Blabber from Apps that pay

    Brok - October 3, 2017 Reply

    I’ll take a look at it. From what I’ve seen seems legitimate but is going to be a slow small earner that might slow down your phone.


Harmonee - October 3, 2017 Reply

Here are all the apps I use to consistenly make money, alot of them pair well together:)

– Drop: I supercharge my credit and debit cards with this app. I was able to earn $20 in Amazon gift cards in a week, with no effort. Get started toward your first reward with the code 4nfo3 or sign up here:

– Ibotta: Use my referral code for free $10 on the app! It’s an easy to use, cash back rewards app. I use it every time I shop, and thought you would like it too! Use my referral code, cpoptle, and you can get a $10 welcome bonus. Sign up at

– Shopkick: I’ve been using the Shopkick app and love it – you will too ? We’ll both get points toward a free gift card when you try it. Use code DEAL879752 or download

– Swagbucks: You should check it out. It’s a great way to always have a little extra cash, which I think is totally up your alley. You earn reward points for doing things like searching the web, shopping, watching videos and answering surveys. You can redeem those points for all kinds of gift cards. It’s a no brainer, really. Click my referral link to get started:

– App Trailers: Check out AppTrailers and earn up to $10! Use my referral code 0d099e7f, to start earning instantly. Sign up here:

– Lucktastic: Hey Friends, here’s an invite to play Lucktastic – enter to win up to $10,000 instantly. It’s free to play!

– Slidejoy: Check out Slidejoy, a brand new Android app that pays you for unlocking your phone! Sign up Here!

– Dosh: Check out Dosh – my new favorite app that pays me when I book hotels, shop, and dine out. Download the app and get $5 instantly when you complete the sign-up process.

– RecieptPal: Upload pictures of reciepts for rewards. Pairs well with Ibotta.
– RecieptHog: Upload pictures of reciepts for rewards. Pairs well with Ibotta.

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Cathy - December 6, 2017 Reply

How do these apps that pay you handle income tax or don’t you have to record these earnings?

    Brok - December 14, 2017 Reply


    If you’re in the US, if you make $600 or more in a year you need to report it as income. If you make less than that you don’t have to.

    Hope that helps,


Anita - December 14, 2017 Reply

Thanks for sharing your informative blog.I really found it helpful and the way you have explained great.!!

    Brok - December 14, 2017 Reply

    Thanks for reading Anita! If you have any questions let me know!


RJ - January 8, 2018 Reply

All this online stuff scares me. Can I really trust all those companies and apps with my information? They really are legitamate? How long have you used them and have any given you problems that would show one getting hacked and using information or anything of that kind? Thank you.

alex - January 14, 2018 Reply

hey there! im a struggling artist trying to get some income for both my family and me.i was just wondering if the apps are still working and are still called the same in 2018?because i cant seem to find swagbucks on google play store.thanks in advance!

    Brok - January 16, 2018 Reply


    Swagbucks removed there app, but they still have an online version. I still highly recommend it as the best way to make extra money on your phone, but you’ll have to use your mobile phones browser. Just visit


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