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AppTrailers Review: Watch Videos and Earn Money?

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NOTE:  AppTrailers seems to be defunct now, and this review will be left for archive purposes.  Make better use of your time with Swagbucks or Survey Junkie.  These companies can earn you much more than AppTrailers, I guarantee it!

I just wrote about the many apps that allow you to earn gift cards in exchange for your time, and what I found out is that I haven’t reviewed a lot of them on that list, even though I have been using them personally.

One app I haven’t reviewed yet and dabbled around with, AppTrailers, essentially pays you to watch videos and even play trivia.  In exchange for your time, you can earn points, in which you can exchange for rewards.

As I write this, the app has more than one million reviews with a 3.8 out of 5-star rating on the Google Play store and seems to be growing nicely.  The star rating average isn’t the greatest in the money-making space, but I wanted to dig deeper and offer my honest thoughts as I always do in my review.  I wanted to see if they lived up to this three-star average.

So, if you’re thinking about downloading this app or are curious as to whether or not it’s worth your time, jump and check out my review to see what I think about the whole thing.

AppTrailers Review

What is AppTrailers?

Before I even dive into the review, let’s first take a look at who runs AppTrailers as well as look into the company’s history/reputation.

AppTrailers was originally founded by App Redeem, Inc. in 2010 but was eventually bought out by the very popular company, in 2015.  I wrote about Perk in the past if you want to learn more about them.

According to the company’s official “about us” page, it’s said to be a rewarded engagement platform that brings together the interests of advertisers and consumers to deliver profound insights and actionable results.  In short, you watch videos and ads and brands get their name out there.

As of this publishing, the company has issued out more than $57 million in rewards and continues to grow.

While the company is legitimate and will pay out its rewards, the true question is if it’s actually worth joining.

Your Dashboard

Unlike a lot of apps that require to sign up before I can see anything, the AppTrailers app allowed me to access my dashboard right away, which looked something like this…

However, it is highly recommended that you do sign up for an account, which can be done via the “profile” link found at the bottom of your screen.  That way, you can

On your dashboard, the app breaks up the ways you can make money into various categories.  Later, I will go on to talk about each one and what you can do.

For now, let it be known that you can earn points by doing the following in the AppTrailers app:

  • play the daily quiz
  • watch videos
  • play apps & games trivia
  • play trivia
  • try more games

Now that we know about the many categories where you can earn points, let’s take a look at what each one can offer.

Play Daily Quiz

Every day, the app offers a daily quiz, in which you’re asked to play all 10 questions to earn bonus points.  You won’t know what you earn until the next day, but usually, it’s an additional 15~ Perk Points.  You can find this quiz link right at the top.

Right on your dashboard, as seen in the screenshot above, there will be a timer, basically counting down the time until the quiz expires.  Once the timer expires, a new quiz starts.

To play the daily quiz, it’s pretty easy.

You’re asked 10 questions, all without a time limit and will eventually have to answer ad questions as well as view a handful of ads at the end before you can access your dashboard again.  I found this ad portion at the end to be VERY annoying as you had to watch the timer countdown in between ads.  This took me almost a minute each time and wasn’t enjoyable one bit.

It seemed no matter how many questions you got right, you could always earn the bonus points.  They just want you to get to the end in order to view the ads.

Watch Videos

This section is basically what the company is known for, and here, you can get paid for any videos you can watch.

AppTrailers breaks up the videos, as seen below, into various categories, from celebrity news to “60-second” movie reviews.

Regardless of which one you choose, you will earn your rewards once the video completes.  It’s really up to you as to what you want to watch.

How much can you make watching these videos?

For my first video, I clicked on the “RapidReviews” link and was able to pick from about 40+ clips as seen here:

I went ahead and clicked on “La La Land” and was first sent to an ad I had to watch for 30 seconds and then I was sent to a very annoying 60-second video on some guy’s La Land review.  For 90 seconds of my time, the app rewarded me with 11 Perk Points.  I will talk about it later, but basically, you will need 1250 Perk points to earn a $1 Amazon gift card.

So, using that math, if every video paid about 11~ points, you would have to watch 113 videos to earn $1!!!!  You can do the math here.

Play Apps & Games Trivia

In this section, as the name implies, you can either play apps and/or answer more trivia if that’s your type of thing.  Most of the times I clicked on it, however, I was just asked to answer trivia questions.  You don’t get a choice here.

Much like the daily quiz section I talked about earlier, this section sort of works in the same way, asking you 10 questions and then forcing you to watch two 30-second ads, sometimes even more than this.  It was very random.

As for the trivia questions, I’m almost certain it doesn’t matter how many you get right as I would get the same amount of points no matter how many questions I got right.  Plan on getting about 10~ points for your time.

Depending on how fast you are at answering questions, it takes about two to four minutes to complete a set of trivia questions.

Play General Trivia

I’m not sure why the app has another trivia section since the section mentioned prior did the same thing, but hey, since it’s on your home screen, I might as well talk about it.

This section works in the same way, wherein you will be asked to answer about 10 trivia questions and then watch a few ads in order to get you 10~ point credit.

As a note here, I did find that the app often glitched out while I was doing the trivia, often freezing near the end.  Because of this, I was unable to get my points for wasting 60+ seconds of my time.  I found this to be quite annoying because not only was I wasting a ton of my time earning less than $1 per hour, but I couldn’t even get the credits for doing so.

Try More Games

And, as the last section, the “Try More Games,” led me to more video trailers, where I could watch apps and even download them if I’d like.  The videos I watched made me interact with the ad before I was able to escape.

Most of these trailers were interactive, simply meaning you did have to interact, but it took me about one to three minutes before I was able to get back to my dashboard.


Since you’re probably not using this app for your health, it’s now time for the fun part — the rewards.  Yes, I already touched upon it earlier, but you’re going to be very disappointed in the rewards as the exchange value isn’t that high.

AppsTrailer allows you to cash in for a variety of rewards, but in order to do so, you must first log in to their sister site, Perk.TV, in order to cash out.

As for the options, the app lets you buy gift cards, tokens, prizes or even PayPal cash.  There’s something for everyone, so you won’t have an issue here.

If you want cash, as you can see, you will need at least 9,000 points for $5 or 140,000 points for $100.  As with a lot of these reward websites, the longer you wait, the more you can earn.

As for the gift card options, you could choose from at least 50+ options, ranging from Amazon to Best Buy, Target and Nike being the most popular.  With the Amazon card, you could cash out for as little as $1 at 1,250 Perk Points, whereas many of the other cards required at least $5 to cash out — 5,000 in points.

In the end, the company offered great rewards, but it was just the value that was a turn off to me, seeing that every 1,000 points were worth about $1.   Doing our math earlier, you will need to watch at least 100 videos to earn $1!!  Again, this isn’t going to be worth your time.

Final Thoughts

AppTrailers is 100% legitimate and will payout, however, I can’t recommend this app at all.

Seeing you’re only going to make about 10 points per minute, that equates to only 600 points per hour if you dedicated your entire day.  And, seeing I would need 9,000 points for $5, that means I would have to watch videos for 15 hours to earn $5!!!

Need I say more?

Unless I’m missing something here, this app won’t be worth your time, hence the poor rating you will see online.  As there are so many other ways to make $5 in a lot less than 15 hours, such as Swagbucks, I highly suggest you look at the hundreds of other ways to make money in your spare time.

The concept seems to be great, but sadly, it just doesn’t pay off and won’t be worth your time.

In the meantime, if you want to sound off or recommend additional options, then you’re more than welcome 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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