Data collection is often a bad word, and it’s something you don’t want to hear, right?
So many companies today, such as Facebook, use your data and then sell it off without giving you a dime. With these companies, you’re the product.
Well, what if I told you that some apps will pay you to collect your data?
It’s as simple as downloading an app and then using your phone/computer as you would. Then, depending on how long you use the app, the company will pay you. It’s as passive as it comes.
Now, while you won’t make a lot downloading these apps, you can make $5~ a month per app downloaded. Remember, it’s money for doing nothing.
If this idea appeals to you, then let’s take a glance at the many apps out there that pay you for data collection.
apps that pay you for data collection
Let’s start with MobileXpression, an app created by the very reputable research company, Dynata.
To get started, all you need to do is download the app, let it run while you use your phone and that’s it. In just one week, you can earn a $5 Amazon gift card.
After the first week bonus, users average about $5~ in credits, about the industry standard. Remember, you don’t have to do anything.
The app is 100% free to download and more than two million people use it.
- Website: MobileXpression
SavvyConnect is part of the reputable company, SurveySavvy. It’s one I have reviewed before.
With SavvyConnect, you download the app on your smartphone and then simply surf the web as you do. Depending on how often you surf the internet, you can earn money. Aside from the SurveyConnect feature, you can also take decent surveys on the SurveySavvy portion.
From my research, you can earn up to $15 per month at $5 per device. Since the company allows you to download this app on three devices, it’s a great way to maximize your earnings.
- Website: SavvyConnect
National Consumer Panel
The National Consumer Panel takes a pinch more work than the many apps mentioned here.
To earn rewards, you will be asked to scan any items you purchase using the product’s UPC code. In a way, you’re sharing your shopping data, but you’re getting rewarded.
It’s one I reviewed before and found it to be okay. It just depends on how much work you want to do.
- Website: National Consumer Panel
UpVoice is one I have reviewed before and it works just like the prior apps mentioned here.
All you have to do is install the UpVoice software and then run it as you surf the internet. Continue browsing as you would and the company will reward you. Basically, whenever you visit your social feeds, the software will capture your ads for its own marketing research purposes. You can then earn points in exchange for gift cards.
From my experience, you can earn about $5 a month as long as you’re logging into social media profiles. It’s 100% free to join.
- Website: UpVoice
Kill allows you to take control of your data by choosing what you want to share with them. Why let Facebook steal it for free when you can sell it for some cash?
When you share your data, you can earn points, in which you can cash out for a variety of rewards.
Depending on how many earning opportunities you take advantage of, you can earn about 100 “Killi Points” per week, about a $1 value. This is about the industry standard, so you can expect to earn about $4 per month.
To learn more about this opportunity, refer to the in-depth FAQ via the link below.
- Website: Killi
Mobile Performance Meter
The Mobile Performance Meter is as easy as granting permissions on the app and then cashing out your “meter points” for gift cards when you reach a certain threshold.
And, the great thing about the app is that you don’t have to do anything. The app simply runs in the background, monitoring your phone activity, earning your points whenever you use it. The app will pay attention to how long your phone calls are, your battery life and how long you surf the internet, for example. The app does not collect any personal data.
This app only works on Android devices and can earn you about $6 per month.
- Website: Mobile Performance Meter
The OnMyWay app is a bit different as they don’t really collect your data; rather, they track your driving habits. In short, they will reward you to not text and drive. The company emphasizes that they don’t sell your data and only tracks it for a better experience while using the app.
For every mile you drive and do not text, you can earn money, in which you can cash out for a variety of rewards, including gift cards.
You won’t earn much using it, but if you drive a lot, turn it on whenever you’re on the road and watch your rewards add up.
- Website: OnMyWay
Embee Meter CX
Join the Embee Meter CX app and simply turn it on to earn “Meter Points.” Just use your phone as normal and the app will reward you. That’s it. No ads to watch, etc.
According to the company, you can earn enough points within a few days to cash out for a variety of rewards such as PayPal cash and gift cards.
Expect to earn up to $1~ a day using it.
- Website: Embee Meter CX
UBDI will pay you to link different data sources, such as your Fitbit, Instagram or Apple Health device, to name a few. It’s up to you as to what information you want to share.
Once you complete your profile and link your devices, you can then accept paid opportunities as they come in. Once you accept, you can get paid.
This is a newer company with about 60,000 members, as of this writing data, but they do seem to be growing aggressively.
- Website: UBDI
DataCoup says it’s “time to rise up” and “take control of your personal data.” Like I mentioned in the intro, they complain about internet powerhouses making tons of money on your personal data. They exploit you and there’s no way for you to be rewarded.
To put a stop to this, DataCoup comes into the picture.
With the DataCoup, they pay you about $8~ per month, according to reviews, as long as you link your social media profiles. You just need to sign over access like you would any other platform that asks for your Facebook login, etc. Don’t worry as your linked data is stripped of any personal identifying details.
The cool thing about this site is that you can choose which data you want to sell, which gives you a variety of ways to make money.
- Website: DataCoup
If you don’t mind selling your data, you can make some money, but it’s not much, as you can see. I’m talking maybe $5 per device, per month. The best thing is that you don’t have to do anything to earn it.
If you’re fine with that, check out some of the apps mentioned. Again, as long as you don’t mind an app tracking you, then you should know what to expect and won’t be surprised as to why you’re earning the money.
That does it for now.
As always, if you want to add an app to this list or comment on one I mentioned, you’re more than welcome to do so in the comments below.
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