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30 Legit Money Making Apps That Pay You

30 Legit Money Making Apps That Pay You

Make money with your smartphone! With the right money making apps, you can earn cash by taking surveys, watching videos, shopping, and so much more! Since we all love free money, we’ve built a comprehensive list of all the legitimate money making apps we could find.

For convenience, I’ve divided the list by type and then arranged the apps alphabetically.

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These companies make their money by showing you ads. Install their apps and you can share in their profits.


Earn $3 per month just by having the ScreenPay app installed! The app changes your phone’s lock screen to show advertisements. You don’t have to click on any ads to get paid! You’ll earn an extra $1 just by signing up. ScreenPay is only available on Android.


Put your smartphone camera to work and earn some money with these photography-selling apps.


Sell your photography for $5 per license through the Foap app. That may not sound like much, but it could add up quickly since there’s no limit to how many licenses can be purchased for each photo! It’s as easy to upload to Foap as it is to Facebook or other social media profiles. Funds are transferred directly to your bank account. Foap’s money making apps are available on both Android and iOS.


Buyers can order your photography on a variety of products, such as T-shirts, phone cases and more through MiPic. You can use the iOS app to upload photos or, if you’re an Android user, you’ll have to use the MiPic website. As the photographer, you’ll get 20% of the sale price of the item via Paypal.


Photographers begin by submitting images to challenges to earn enough points to level up. Once you’ve passed this stage, you’re able to respond to client requests and to take commissions from clients. You’ll keep 70% of your earnings through the Snapwire marketplace. It’s available on Android and iOS.

Rebates & Shopping

Love to shop? Put some money back in your pocket with these great rebate and shopping apps.

The worst part of using grocery coupons is having to print them out, right? Skip that headache with the Coupons app! The app gives you access to hundreds of paperless coupons, lets you store all your loyalty cards in one place and can help you organize your coupons before you leave (or while you’re shopping). It’s available on Android and iOS. 


Previously called Ebates, you can now get cash back when you shop at over 2,000 stores with Rakuten! Sign up now and you’ll receive either a $10 Walmart gift card or a $10 Rakuten Cash bonus as a welcome bonus. Over $325,000,000 has been paid to users since 1998. All you have to do is start your online shopping through the Rakuten portal.

Sign up now! It’s available on Android and iOS.


Scan your product bar codes and receipts to receive refunds through Ibotta. Rebates are limited to daily offers, which are unlocked by completing a basic task (like answering a question). Once you’ve accrued $10, you can receive your money via Paypal or Venmo. Get started now on either Android or iOS!

Fetch Rewards

Fetch Rewards (previously called Mobisave) is another refund program. When you scan any itemized receipt, you can receive any applicable rebates via PayPal within 24 hours. There is no minimum payout. Learn about their money making apps at!

National Consumer Panel

Become a panelist for the National Consumer Panel (NCP) and use their mobile apps to scan your purchases. You can get their app on Android and iOS devices. Learn more about the NCP program here!

Receipt Hog

No matter what you shop or buy, you can scan your receipts into the Receipt Hog app to earn cash and other rewards. Click here to learn more about the program or install the app directly to Android or iOS.


Earn points by walking into stores, scanning product bar codes and making purchases. Just walking into a store will get you around 100 ‘kicks,’ or points. Scanning items will get you 20-50 kicks. Purchases will earn you even more. When you have enough kicks, you can exchange them for a gift card. This app is available on iOS.

Statistics & Data

There are many companies who are eager to pay you for access to your mobile usage statistics. If you don’t mind sharing your data, you can get paid just for having these apps installed.


MobileExpressions offers rewards after the app has been installed for just one week! the app collects and aggregates statistical data about mobile web usage. It tracks where you go online, what videos you stream, what links you follow and how long you spend using certain apps. It does not collect your personal information, such as the content of text messages or emails. You can learn more about MobileExpressions on their website. It’s available on Android and iOS.

Nielsen Mobile Panel

Neilsen has two mobile panels. One is for customers who are 45 years of age or older. The other is for iPhone users. If you qualify, Nielsen will pay you $50 per year to keep an app on your phone that allows them to collect anonymous data from you. This data will be used to create market statistics. The money making apps are available on Android or iOS, but you must begin by applying here.

Savvy Connect

You can earn up to $180 per year with SavvyConnect. Once installed, the application collects anonymous data as you browse the web. You’ll earn $5 per device for every month that the app remains installed. Just enter your email address on the SavvyConnect website to get started!


Viggle wants to know what entertains you. If you’re going to listen to music or watch some shows, open the Viggle app first! Viggle wants to know what you’re watching and listening to. This app identifies what’s playing and provides you with points for every song or show you watch. Redeem your points for gift cards and more!

The Viggle app is available on Android.

Surveys & Videos

Earn money by answering questions and watching videos! Money making apps don’t get much easier than that. 

App Trailers

Earn money by watching 30 second app trailers or engaging with certain apps. You can cash out your earnings via gift cards or Paypal. Get App trailers on Android.

Inbox Dollars

Take surveys, browse the Internet and play games for money. Once you’ve acquired $30, you can request a payout. Your money will be sent via check within two weeks. The Penny Hoarder claims that you can earn up to $225/month with this service.

Sign up now and get a $5 bonus! Inbox Dollars is available on Android and iOS.


Complete surveys for cash. Surveys average 15-20 minutes and pay $1-$10 each, according to an article by Huffington Post. Once you reach $35, you can request a payout. iPoll is available on Android and iOS.

Surveys on the Go

Earn $0.25 to $5 per survey! Surveys cover various topics, including business, politics, entertainment, news, sports, media and technology. Once you reach $10, you can request a PayPal transfer! Sign up now – it’s available on iOS and Android!


Earning Swagbucks is as easy as watching videos, playing games, completing surveys, searching the web, signing up for free trials and shopping at certain retailers. The Penny Hoarder claims to earn $100-$200 per year just by conducting searches through Swagbucks. Once you’ve acquired enough points, you can redeem your Swagbucks for gift cards or sweepstakes entries!

You can learn more and sign up by clicking here!

Sales & Services

If you’re willing to do a little bit of work, these apps will pay you for your effort!


Never going to read that book again? Sell it to Bookscouter! This app allows you to scan or enter the ISBN of your book and connect you with sites looking to buy it. It compares the prices for you so that you can find the best price. Bookscouter is available on Android and iOS.

Door Dash

Door Dash is a door-to-door delivery service that brings restaurant meals right to your home (or picnic or wherever you are). Dashers must be at least 18 years old, have a relatively clean driving record and pass a background check. Once you’re approved, you can use the app to accept and fill orders. The app is available in Android and iOS. Sign up online here.

Easy Shift

Easy Shift is a task-based app like Field Agent, Gigwalk and Rewardable. Complete basic tasks at local stores (such as checking prices or photographing storefronts) and earn cash rewards! As you complete assignments, more higher-paying assignments will be made available. Payments are sent via PayPal within 48 hours. Easy Shift’s money making apps are available on both Android and iOS!

Field Agent

Be a field agent for companies and businesses! The Field Agent app provides a list of needed tasks that you can complete for cash. These jobs require you to go to local areas and gather information, such as product prices or photos of certain displays.  Jobs pay between $3 and $12 each and are paid via PayPal or Dwolla. Field Agent is available on Android and iOS.


Gigwalk is a lot like Field Agent. Their website indicates that gigs on their money making apps pay between $3 and $100 each. They can take anywhere between 5 minutes and a few hours to complete. Payments are processed via PayPal. Gigwalk is available on Android and iOS.


Mystery shoppers get paid thousands of dollars through the Mobee app. The app will show you which stores in your area are currently looking for secret shoppers. As you complete the mission, you’ll be asked a series of questions that will help you earn cash and prizes. Mobee is available on Android and iOS!


“Many people know us as the ‘Airbnb of storage,'” said Colton from Neighbor, “because we allow anyone with extra storage space to list the availability of their garage. This way, people can generate a passive income by just storing their neighbors’ stuff.”

Rent out some extra storage space on Neighbor and start earning a passive income today!


Raise is a gift card marketplace where you can sell gift cards for cash or purchase discounted gift cards that others are selling. You can set your own selling price for your gift cards. The app is available on iOS and Android.


Got a skill? List it on TaskRabbit and state your hourly rate. Current TaskRabbit skills include running errands, building IKEA furniture, gift wrapping, organizing and more. Once your skills are listed, clients who need those services can hire you. Easy! Find TaskRabbit on Android and iOS.

College Students Only


PocketPoints seeks to cure screen addiction on campus by literally paying students to stay off their phones while they are in class! The concept is simple. Check in when you’re on campus, lock your device and you’ll earn points for every minute that you stay off your phone and remain in class! The points on these money making apps can be redeemed for perks and discounts at retailers and restaurants! PocketPoints is available on Android and iOS.

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Shannon Wilson

Sunday 29th of August 2021

I can't log out of the website!! What's wrong??

Nicole Thelin

Wednesday 1st of December 2021

Hey Shannon! Do you mean our website or a different one? We don't allow users to log into our website, so I'm very confused. I suppose it could be possible that you're using our mobile app, in which case you'd just need to close the app. Let me know and I'll see what I can do to fix this issue. Thanks!

Helen Turner

Friday 9th of July 2021

I have Just Play. It's a gaming app. I've made a bit of PayPal for playing and watching ads. There is also current, which gives you so many pennies for listening to music...


Tuesday 12th of January 2021

I was on this website a few months ago and I came along an article that listed some android apps that you can download to your phone and make extra money... I'm trying to remember the name of one of said apps that was mentioned, and I can't seem to find it on the website... It was an app where you get paid for using YouTube... if I'm recalling correctly, you got so many cents watching a video, so many cents for leaving a commitment, for liking a video, etc... Would you happen to remember the app I'm referring to? I could really use your help. Thanks in advance.


Hannah Benge

Friday 29th of January 2021

We are not sure. The only viable resources we are aware of and have researched are on this list. -Hannah


Thursday 22nd of June 2017

Checkout 51 is another app like Ibotta. I also use the "krazy koupon lady" app because they tell me where I can find the cheapest items that are listed on apps like ibotta, checkout 51, and


Friday 23rd of June 2017

Oh, that's awesome! I'm going to have to look into those! Thanks, Stephanie!


Wednesday 23rd of November 2016

Thanks so much for your web site! It's so helpful as a recently separated mom w/children and no spousal support yet


Wednesday 23rd of November 2016

I'm so glad our site is helpul to you, Taylor! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I hope that spousal support starts soon for you! :)