appKarma Review: Download Apps and Earn

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appKarma is one of the many apps online that pay you to download and play games.

In theory, it sounds awesome, but in reality, you’re not going to make much.  However, it’s not to say you can’t make anything, however.

In today’s post, I wanted to talk about the very popular appKarma app.  As I write this, it has more than 5 million downloads and an okay 3.9/5 rating on the Google Play Store.  I wouldn’t say it’s the best nor would I say it’s the worst I have seen.

If you want to play games and get paid for your time, then let’s see if appKarma is one worth downloading.  As in all of my reviews, I’m always 100% honest and only recommend what I feel is worth your time.

What is appKarma?

If you have ever downloaded a money-making app before, then you may already know how this works.  With these apps, you complete an offer, survey or whatever it may be, and you get rewarded for your time, usually no more than a few dollars.  appKarma works in the same way only that the biggest difference here is that you will download and play games on your phone rather than complete a survey or offer.  The other difference is that it’s a mobile only app, which means you will have to use your phone to earn rewards.  This can be a downfall to some.

appKarma is 100% legitimate, and I can assure you that it isn’t a scam.  If you’re familiar with the cashKarma app, it’s the same company that operates it.

Now, just because the app is legitimate, it doesn’t always mean it’s worth your time.  That’s what we are going to find out here.

Below, I’m going to show you how you can earn money as well as how it works when you download the app.

Earning #1: Daily Rewards

The daily rewards section rewards you with scratch cards, similar to that of lottery tickets, whenever you earn a certain number of points per day.

For example, as you could see in that screenshot above, I would have to 350 more points on Day 2 (which was tomorrow when I was writing this) to get an upgraded scratch card.

If you were to click on that tab, you can see everything that needs to be done in order to play a lottery ticket.  Picture this section more like a gambling area that doesn’t offer all that much.

Earning #2:  Mystery Offers

appKarma says that this is the “easiest offers to earn rewards.”

If you were to click on this tab, it directs you to a “mystery offer,” usually which is an app that you download to earn a certain number of points.

In that screenshot above, that’s what I saw when I clicked on it.  If I were to download that app I would receive 149 points as well as 2 Karma Plays as well as one scratch card.

This seems to be a promoted offer and doesn’t seem like anything special.  As you’re about to see, you can soon find a huge list of apps you can choose from if you’re interested in downloading an app.

Earning #3:  Playtime Rewards

As mentioned, this app focuses mainly on downloading apps.

Now, the thing is, however, that most of these apps require you to perform an action in order to get rewarded.  So, for example, a game app may ask that you reach level 10 before you reach the payout or a casino app may ask you to deposit $5, etc.

This section will work differently in that you will just earn points for playing an app.  Simply open the app and play as you would to earn points.

The caveat here, however, is that you still have to do something, but it isn’t as intensive as most app requirements.  Most of the apps I saw just paid you so many points per level.

For example, you could play Candy Crush Saga and earn 19 Karma Points per level, up to 475 points.

Earning #4:  Location Rewards

The rewards section is designed if you’re going out and don’t mind scanning items inside of a store.  This works a lot like Field Agent or the Premise app if you’re familiar with it.

I didn’t find many offers and I don’t think you will find much, but it’s something I suppose you can check out if you want to earn a few extra points.

Earning #5 (main way): Downloading Apps

The first four money-making options I mentioned are posted on the top of your app whenever you open it; however, I wouldn’t say it’s the best way to earn when you use the app.  The best way to earn is simply by scrolling down when you log in and start looking at the many apps you can download to start earning points.  You can see what I’m talking about below in the screenshot.

Once you do, you will see a ton of apps you can download to start earning points.

For example, that very first option, Mafia City, will reward you with up to 9,430 points when download the app and complete tasks.  If I were to click that app if I were interested, here’s how I would be rewarded:

As you can see, it’s fairly straightforward.  If you install and play for two days, you can earn 132 points.  If you achieve level 5, you can earn 231 and so forth.

All of the apps you find on the list will work in the same way.  Just make sure you read what’s expected of you so that you get rewarded.  This is very important as it can affect your earnings if you fail to miss one step.

Out of most of the apps that pay you to download apps, I would say that this app had the most options.  There were a lot of options to choose from.

How Much Are appKarma Points Worth?

So, you’re probably wondering, what the heck are these points worth?

If you look at my screenshots, some of these apps are paying thousands of points, which may seem like a lot, however, it really isn’t.

If we were to go to the rewards page, you will soon see that $5 in PayPal cash is worth about 7,750 Karma points.  So, yes, it’s another app/website that doesn’t make the math easy.

In theory, every 1,500 points are worth about $1 in value.  It can be a bit more or less than this, but I wanted to give this as an estimate.

appKarma Rewards

When it comes time to cash out, the nice thing about appKarma is that they have a ton of rewards to choose from, including the following:

  • PayPal
  • Amazon
  • iTunes
  • Google Play
  • PlayStation Store
  • Starbucks
  • Target Walmart
  • XBOX
  • Adidas
  • AMC
  • Banana Republic
  • Best Buy
  • Burger King
  • Chipotle
  • Coffee Bean
  • CPK
  • Domino’s
  • DoorDash
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • eBay
  • Fanatics
  • GameStop
  • Gap
  • Groupon
  • GrubHub
  • Home Depot
  • Hulu
  • IMVU
  • Lowe’s
  • Macy’s
  • Nike
  • Nintendo
  • Nordstrom
  • Old Navy
  • Panera
  • Papa John’s
  • REI
  • Roblox
  • Safeway
  • Sephora
  • Steam
  • TJX
  • Uber
  • Under Armour
  • Wayfair
  • Whole Foods
  • Zappos

Almost all rewards start at $3 to $5 and it will take 72 hours to cash out when you redeem your reward.  Some, however, start at $10+.  It just depends on which option you want.

All gift cards are sent directly to your email on file.

There’s no question the rewards are great.  In fact, I would say it’s one of the better options for the money-making apps out there.

Signing Up for an Account

If you were interested in signing up for an account, it’s relatively easy, as all they ask for is your email as well as a password.

In doing so, you will immediately earn 50 points.

The nice thing about appKarma is that you can check out the app before you commit to using it.  After you download it, you can browse the dashboard, games, etc; however, if you want to start earning points, you will have to create an account.

To qualify, you must be at least 13+ years old to join.

Remember, you can only do so on your mobile phone via the Google Play Store.  At the moment, it isn’t available via iTunes.

The Pros:

  • unique way to earn
  • a lot of apps to choose from
  • available worldwide
  • ton of rewards
  • only need $3 to cash out

The Cons:

  • not available for iPhone users
  • some app requires you to invest money

Final Thoughts

7/10In the end, I would say appKarma is a fun app if you want to try apps and get paid for your time.  It’s very easy to use and you can cash out relatively quickly.  What I like is that they make it so easy to let you know how you can earn when you download an app.

Granted, you WON’T get rich, so don’t expect to make hundreds a month.  Rather, you can make maybe $10 to $30 a month with ease, all while playing new games.

In the end, check it out.  It’s 100% legitimate and it’s a fun way to find new games/apps on the market.  As long as you don’t set your standards high, you won’t be disappointed.

That does it for now.

As always, if you want to comment on your experience or add to what I have written, feel free to do so in the comments below.

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Tom Nathaniel

Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. You won't find gimmicks here. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I graduated from Arizona State University, and I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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