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60+ Best Money Making Apps in 2023 (All Screened)

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In the world of apps, there are a ton of them, most of which are junk, at least to me.

Yes, while some are quite beneficial, a lot of them aren’t even worth the click.

From making money to simply passing time, there’s an app for almost anything, right?

In today’s post, I wanted to talk about some of my favorite money making apps that can help pass the time and put a few extra dollars in your pocket.  Be forewarned, like many of my posts, it’s quite long, so be prepared to scroll for quite some time!

Now, you won’t get rich in downloading these, but if you check in daily, I don’t see why you can’t earn at least $100+ a month.  Maybe even more if you take advantage of the gig economy-like apps.

So, if you like the idea of making money, all while being on your phone, then I highly recommend you at least check out the following money making apps that work.

Let’s get started!

Best Money Making Apps


Let’s start the list off with one of my personal favorites, Swagbucks.

And, if you have no clue what the heck this app is, let me quickly explain.

In short, Swagbucks will pay you to perform a variety of tasks, but at least to me, I find the most value in the surveys as the company adds a ton of surveys throughout the day, almost making it impossible to clear your survey queue.

I play around with Swagbucks almost daily and can easily earn $150 a month.  And, if you don’t believe me, take a look at my most recent redemptions:

You can redeem your Swagbucks for just about anything, including cash and gift cards.  There’s something for everyone, I promise!  As you can see, I’m cashing out every few days just by clicking around on surveys.

If you don’t mind answering questions, playing games or even completing some simple offers, such as downloading an app, Swagbucks is an awesome way to pass the time and earn a few bucks.

Best of all, the company almost always offers a $5+ sign-up bonus, so be sure to follow the link below for more details.

Signing up is 100% free!


Share your opinions with QuickThoughts simple surveys app and earn rewards like Amazon gift card claim codes for your time.

Surveys range on a variety of topics and are almost always available when you logged in.  The best thing is that you almost always make $1-$3+ per survey, and there are a ton of options every day.

If you like survey opportunities, it’s yet another option to consider.  As I write this, it’s one of the biggest, with more than one million downloads and a 4.1/5 average rating.

With a small $10 minimum payout, you can cash out in no time, receiving instant codes after requesting.

Pinecone Research

Pinecone Research is another one of my favorites, mainly because they always pay at least $3 per survey, meaning you don’t have to waste your time with those low paying surveys.

If you don’t like the idea of logging in and taking surveys via the company’s desktop version, you can download the official app and complete the surveys from your phone as well.

As with most research companies, making money with Pinecone Research is simple.  Answer questions and get rewarded for your time.

Depending on your demographics, the number of surveys you receive will vary.  You can find out more about this company in my non-biased Pinecone Research review.

Be sure to check out their reputation online because it is quite good.  Again, well worth joining if you don’t mind surveys.

Survey Junkie

Survey Junkie is another one of my favorites.  So much so, I wrote a detailed review explaining how the entire company works.

If you like the idea of taking surveys and getting rewarded for your time, the Survey Junkie app can help you earn quite a bit.  Like Swagbucks, they consistently add survey opportunities throughout the day, almost always giving you something to do.

Working just like the desktop version, the interface is simple to use and all of the surveys only take minutes of your time.

Highly recommended if you want to earn $10, $20 or even $50+ per month.


Like ReceiptHog, ReceiptPal works in the same way, essentially rewarding you for taking a picture of any receipt.

Submit a photo of your receipt, and if it’s accepted, the company rewards you with points, in which you can then redeem for a variety of gift cards.

Aside from gift card options, the company also offers weekly sweepstakes for a chance to win cash prizes.

So, be sure to save these receipts so that you can make a few extra bucks!


YouGov is another one of my favorites, but the only downfall is that they don’t send as many surveys as I’d like.

And the best thing?

Every survey they send to your inbox will credit you as long as you finish it.  So, no, you don’t have to worry about disqualifications!

These surveys are extremely easy to do and reward quite well for the time you invest.  Plus, I find them to be pretty fun.

While I use the desktop version, the company has an app as well that appears to work the same.

Don’t plan on making too much, but if you complete every survey that comes into your inbox, you should make about $20~ a month.

  • Website:  YouGov (iPhone / Android)


InboxDollars, a website that works much like Swagbucks, rewards you for completing a variety of tasks, including:

  • taking surveys
  • reading emails
  • completing offers
  • playing games shopping

InboxDollars has both a desktop version website and an app, which, at the time of this writing, has more than 88,000 reviews and one million+ downloads.  Both work in a similar way, only that the app is more mobile friendly, of course.

And, from the looks of it, most members like the variety of tasks you can complete.

Even though the payouts seem to be lower, it does add up over time as you continue to use the app.  Don’t expect to get rich, but if you sign in daily, it appears $50~ a month isn’t out of the question.

Whether you want cold hard cash or a gift card, InboxDollars does ask that you accrue at least $30 before cashing out.


The MyPoints mobile app, like Swagbucks and Inbox Dollars, also has a desktop version, but they both work in the same way, again, only that the mobile app is mobile friendly.

Said to be the perfect app to help burn some time, MyPoints will reward you to shop, answer surveys and even discover in-store deals.  You can read this MyPoints review to see the many ways you can earn.

With a minimum payout threshold as little as $5, it won’t take long to redeem your points.

As yet another way to get rewarded while on the go, try to download as many of these apps as possible to really capitalize on your earnings!

  • Website:  MyPoints (iPhone / Android)


Join the millions of influencers who are already part of the Toluna panel.

Like the many research companies I already mentioned, Toluna works in the same way.  Answer questions, even test products at home and get rewarded for your time.

Not designed to make you rich but a few extra dollars on the side.

Free to join!  Check out my review if interested in joining.

  • Website:  Toluna (iPhone / Android)


I use Dosh quite a bit, and if you truly want a set it and forget it app, Dosh is it.

In short, you can have to link a credit card to your account, and every time you make a purchase at one of the retailers noted on the app, you get a certain percentage back.  That’s it!

For example, in the past, they had an 8% promotional rate at Sam’s Club, simply meaning I could get $8 back on every $100 I spend just for linking a card.

The company appears to add merchants daily, with a lot of big names you have heard of, such as Sam’s Club, Pizza Hut, Dunkin’ Donuts and so many more.

You’re not going to make money performing tasks like many of these apps, but it’s something to consider if you’re already making purchases with your credit card.

Joining is 100% free!

  • Website:  Dosh (iPhone / Android)


If you’re already out and about shopping, then why not get rewarded for your shopping trips?

Known as Ibotta, this app will reward you on every purchase you make as long as you either connect your account or upload your receipt.  It really depends on the retailer/restaurant you’re making the purchase at.

Download the free app, and before you go shopping, make it a habit to search the app for the store you’re making a purchase at.

And, if it’s listed, see what kind of offers you can take advantage of.  In some cases, you could get a certain percentage back simply for uploading your receipt.  Check out my Ibotta review to see how it works in detail.

The app is 100% free to use, and depending on the current promotion, the company sometimes rewards you up to $20 as a welcome bonus!

  • Website:  Ibotta (iPhone / Android)

Uber Eats

Sometimes, when people think of Uber, they often think of transporting people.

And, if you’re like me, you may not like the idea of transporting someone from point A to point B, I get it.

Thankfully, the Uber Eats portion only deals with food, wherein you pick up from the restaurant and drop off at someone’s door.  It’s really that simple.

Work whenever you want, deliver food on your own terms and actually make $10+ per hour, all depending on where you live.  Sometimes much more if you’re working during peak times.

If you’re 18+, have a functioning car and a clean background, then at least apply to see if it’s worth delivering food in your area.

If you do get approved, turn on the app and work as you please.  You may be surprised as to how much you can make.


DoorDash is just like Uber Eats, only that the company focuses solely on food delivery.

Again, if you don’t mind slinging food from point A to point B, this could be a great money-making opportunity.

In some cities, it’s not too hard to earn $15+ per hour, especially if you’re working in busier cities during the dinner rush.  Sometimes, it’s even more during peak hours, which pay you bonuses on top of your delivery pay.

  • Website:  DoorDash (iPhone / Android)


The Decluttr app is an okay app only if you have some CDs, DVDs, games, books or tech laying around you’re looking to sell and you don’t want to go through the hassle of selling on your own.

With the app, you simply upload the item’s UPC, and if the company wants, they will offer you an instant offer.  And if you like the offer they send, you can then box the items up and send it in for free, getting cash sent to your PayPal in return.

Of course, the quotes won’t be as much as you were to sell on your own, but it could be an okay option if you wanted cash now for your items and didn’t want to deal with selling to the public.

  • Website:  Decluttr (iPhone / Android)

Receipt Hog

Receipt Hog was one of the very first money making apps I ever downloaded on my phone.

And while you won’t make a ton, it’s a pretty cool app to have if you want to make money for any receipt you upload.

To use it, take a picture of any receipt, upload it and then earn what’s known as “coins,” in which you can then cash out for a variety of prizes, including PayPal cash or Amazon gift cards.

The company has paid out more than $2.5 million to date and it’s completely free to join.  Check out my Receipt Hog review to see how it works in detail!


Shopkick is another money making app I have downloaded on my phone, and it’s one of my favorites for a few reasons.

For one, you can use it without having to spend a dime.

For instance, you can simply walk into a store and get rewarded.  You can also go on what’s known as scavenger hunts, wherein you have to find items inside of a store.  If you can find it, the app will reward you as well.

From walking into a store to finding an item, the company will reward you with what’s known as “kicks.”

Eventually, as you earn enough of these kicks, you can cash out for a variety of free gift cards from leading brands, such as Walmart, Amazon, Starbucks and more!

There are always a ton of tasks, so it’s pretty easy to stay busy as you’re out and about.  Just make it a habit to turn it on whenever you’re out shopping.

  • Website:  Shopkick (use code NICE645299 for free kicks)

Field Agent

Field Agent rewards you for completing small jobs, often at local retail stores and restaurants, ranging anywhere from taking a picture of a product to even sampling a product.  I wrote about them in depth and encourage you to at least check out my review to see what they are all about.

Download the free app, browse the jobs in your area and then complete the job as outlined to get rewarded.  You do get to choose the jobs that you want to do.

I use this app here and there, and I will give you an example as to a job I recently did.

A local pizza franchise wanted me to purchase a pizza during the dinner rush and take a picture of the pizza as it was before I ate it.  Then, I had to answer a few questions after I picked it up.  All in all, the entire process took only a few minutes, with the exception of picking up the pizza, but in the end, I was compensated for my pizza and earned $9!  Pretty cool!

Jobs do vary, but I always find something when I’m out and about, so I definitely recommend you at least check it out to see what kind of jobs are in your area.


Gigwalk works just like Field Agent, wherein you will be asked to visit a location and perform the task as noted in the description.  It works just like Field Agent already mentioned.

For example, it can range anywhere from taking a picture in store to critiquing the customer service you received.

Like almost all of these apps, you can turn the app on and work as you please.  All jobs are explained in detail, including the exact location on a map, before you even accept.

  • Website:  Gigwalk (iPhone / Android)

Fetch Rewards

Fetch Rewards, working a lot like Ibotta, will reward you whenever you scan any grocery store receipt.  And, you can see a full list of all participating retailers on the company’s official website.

Unlike a lot of these apps that require you to clip offer or adhere to limitations, Fetch Rewards doesn’t work like this as there are no limitations, period.

To use, take a picture of your receipt after every grocery run, and if there’s an item on your receipt as part of their participating list, you will earn points.

As you accumulate these points, the company will then let you choose from hundreds of gift cards.


Mobee, the secret shopping app, pays you to shop and dine at some of your favorite places, all while providing feedback once done.

Not only do you get to shop and eat, but you can also get paid for doing so.

To use, download the app, open the map and select a mission of interest.  If you successfully complete the project, you will then be rewarded with points, in which you can cash out for a variety of gift cards and swag.

  • Website:  Mobee (iPhone / Android)

Checkout 51

Checkout 51 works just like Ibotta and Fetch Rewards, wherein you simply upload a grocery receipt and get cash back for your purchases.

Like these apps, you do need to buy a participating item, all of which you can view on the app.  Then, as long as you purchase that said item and it shows on your receipt, you will get rewarded for doing so.

Offers update every Thursday and is a great way to get money back for the shopping you’re already doing.  Check out my Checkout 51 review to learn more about how the app/website works in depth.

Merchandiser by

The Merchandiser by app connects people like you to real paid retail gigs, all without the commitment of a 9-5 job.

You get to choose when you want to work and which jobs you want to tackle.

Like a merchandising job, options can include restocking shelves, placing stickers on tags or even setting up displays.  These jobs, at least when I looked at them, seem to involve more work than the other task-like apps, but regardless, it’s another way to earn cash.

The jobs seem to be quite varied and could take anywhere from a few minutes to as long as a few hours to complete.  Just make sure you read the description before proceeding.


cashKarma works just like the Make Money App mentioned prior.

This particular app rewards you to take surveys, watch videos, search the web and even shop.  You can also earn extra bonuses by leveling up and/or earning achievements.

As I write this, the app has more than one million downloads, with a 4.6/5 rating.


Yet another survey-like app, iPoll rewards you with gift cards, airline credits and so much more, all for simply sharing your opinion on the products you buy and the places you visit.

For every mission you complete, such as taking a picture, visiting a store and/or answering a question, iPoll will reward you with cash.

Just follow the directions and the cash is yours.  If you want to learn more, check out my non-biased review to see how much I made.

App Flame

App Flame works much like the other apps already mentioned, however, the biggest difference is that they recommend apps and games based on your personal preferences.

Unlike much of these apps that just push any app for you to download and earn money, App Flame only picks out the ones it thinks you will actually enjoy playing, making it a win-win.

If you try these apps, then, again, like these other apps, you will get rewarded.  From simply downloading the app and earning credits to beating achievements, the tasks are endless, giving you yet another awesome way to make money on your phone.

Joining is 100% free and is highly recommended if you like the idea of getting paid to test new apps.


Awarding millions of dollars since 2012, FeaturePoints will pay you to complete surveys, download apps and so much more, working like a lot of these money-making apps.

Simply register, open the app and pick and choose the tasks that make sense to you.  It’s up to you as to what you want to do.

Then, once you earn enough points, you can cash out for a variety of gift card options.


Viggle is similar to that of Perk TV, but you get to watch actual TV shows, including Netflix, Amazon and even Hulu shows.

To earn Perk Points, simply open the app when watching a TV show, check in and interact with the app as you’re watching the show.

Then, like many of these apps, once you earn enough points, you can cash out for a variety of gift cards or even electronics.

Highly recommended if you watch a lot of TV shows and don’t mind interacting as you watch.  It’s quite fun!

WHAFF Rewards

NOTE:  Appears to be inactive as of September 2019

WHAFF Rewards is yet another app that rewards you to download a variety of apps.

While a lot of these apps pay you to download and that’s all, it appears they will continue to reward you as you keep the app and play.  Plus, you can even earn an extra bonus for completing certain tasks.

  • Website:  WHAFF Rewards


On OnePulse, you simply answer questions and get paid for doing so.

The app solely focuses on surveys, most of which are extremely easy to answer.

Not the most popular app, but as I write this, they have more than 50,000+ downloads, with a 4.1/5 star rating, so it’s at least worth checking out.

Poll Pay

Poll Pay rewards you straight from your smartphone for participating in simple polls and surveys.

From short opinion surveys that take a few minutes of your time to longer market research-based polls, Poll Pay will reward you for your time.

While it won’t make you rich, I consider it an option if you like answering very simple questions and polls.

To get started, register, answer some qualification questions and take part in the survey to build your balance.


The AppTrailers app rewards you simply for watching a variety of trailers, ranging from celebrity gossip to DIY videos.

Focusing solely on watching videos, if you like this idea, be sure to check out the many other websites that reward you to simply watch TV.  Yes, you can make money watching TV believe it or not.

Earn enough points and you can then redeem for a variety of prizes, including Amazon gift codes and many more.

Aside from watching trailers, you can also get rewarded for playing trivia, too!

  • Website:  AppTrailers


1Q is super simple.

Let the company ask you a question, and every time you answer, they give you $0.50.  It’s as easy as that.

Unlike a lot of these survey companies that ask you 50+ questions and take 15+ minutes to complete, all of the 1Q questions take less than 30 seconds.

While it’s a great concept, don’t expect a ton of questions if you download.

  • Website:  1Q


Another popular app with hundreds of thousands of reviews, AppNana will reward you whenever you download and test a new app.

Earning what’s known as “Nanas,” you can eventually cash out for a range of prizes, including PayPay and gift cards.

The payout threshold is extremely low, with PayPal cashouts starting at $1.  Not bad!


Not to be confused with the cashKarma app already mentioned, the appKarma app is completely separate, however, it works in a similar way.

In short, appKarma lets you earn free cash and gift cards just for playing with apps.  They also have a feature known as “Karma Play,” which lets you earn daily rewards just for playing with the apps you already installed.

Basically, you get rewarded for testing new apps and even playing with them as time goes on.

With payouts starting out at $1, it’s one of the few companies on the market with a very low payout threshold.


CheckPoints works a lot like the Shopkick app I mentioned earlier, only that it doesn’t appear to be as popular.

And, to use it, it’s pretty straightforward.

The app simply rewards you to scan items inside the store.  And every time you do so, you will collect points, in which you can then redeem for a variety of rewards.

Aside from scanning barcodes, the app offers bonus games that can earn you up to 150,000 points instantly.

This is another app to consider opening each time you walk in a store to see if there’s anything you can scan to make money on.


Qmee rewards you to take surveys and complete offers, allowing you to cash out at any time with PayPal.

Yes, you heard that right.

There are no minimum thresholds, making it one of the best apps to consider if you don’t want to worry about accruing a bunch of points before you can cash out.

The app is 100% free to join and you can start immediately once in.

As a bonus, if you like the idea of survey websites with very low minimums or none at all, be sure to check out my 30+ survey websites that have a very low minimum post to see what else is out there.


Turn the photos that are already on your phone into cold-hard cash.

Yes, that’s right.

Take pictures and then upload your collection to sell to either the public via Getty Images and/or even to well-known companies via the “Foap Missions.”  How much you make is really dependent upon your picture quality and how many photos you upload.

Upload unlimited photos and get paid via PayPal.  Be sure to check out my Foap review to see how it works!

Surveys On The Go®

The Surveys On The Go®, as the name implies, offers a range of survey opportunities, all of which pay cash, not points.

If you download the app, you will be able to rate TV shows, movies, evaluate products and even offer your opinion on current events.

Download it right now and the company will give you $1 after taking a quick survey.


Share your opinion all while using your smartphone or tablet.

With this app, you can take surveys that pay out in what’s known as “shells.”

Earn enough shells and you can eventually cash out for a variety of physical or virtual gifts.

Unlike a lot of these apps where you need to continue to log in to see what surveys are available, NiceQuest can notify you anytime a new survey is available.

Money Cube

NOTE:  Appears to be inactive as of September 2019

At first glance, the Money Cube app seemed to be quite unique as you have to break a cube which includes money inside.

Once you break it open, then you get the cash inside, but in order to break it, you need to install apps, watch videos or even check in.  As you do so, you can earn clicks, which gives you the opportunity to get that much closer to breaking the cube.

In a way, it’s similar to the other money making apps, but you have to break a cube open rather than earn points to cash out.  Just picture it as another way to earn rewards.

While the app has the same fundamentals as the other apps, I like the unique approach they took to make it different than the others.

  • Website:  Money Cube


S’more works in the same way as Slidejoy, wherein you give it permission to act like your lockscreen.

And from what I gather, you can only choose one or the other, but at least for now, Slidejoy has many more downloads and a better rating than S’more.

Aside from the lockscreen feature, S’more also rewards you to take surveys, complete offers and even refer friends.

Again, you don’t have to do anything if you so choose as the app will reward you every time you unlock your phone.


I wrote about Sweatcoin in my get paid to walk post and wrote about them in depth as well.

Simply put, Sweatcoin will reward you to walk, giving you sweatcoins for every step you take.  Once you take enough steps, you can then cash out for a variety of prizes.  Yes, that’s about it.

Just make sure you turn the app on while walking and it does the rest.

To learn more about this app, be sure to check out my review for more information.


Achievement rewards you for simply being healthy.

So, if you like the idea of Sweatcoin, you may like this app option as well.

To earn rewards, the app asks that you track your health via a health tracker, such as a Fitbit, as well as log your food throughout the day.   For every task you complete, the app will then reward you with points, all of which can be redeemed for a variety of prizes.   Be sure to check out the company’s FAQ for more information as to how you can earn points.

The company has more than two million members, with an average 4.5/5 rating on the Google Play store.

Google Opinion Rewards

I hesitated to put this app option here because you really can’t earn cash; rather, you can only earn Google Play credits.

But, if you don’t mind Google Play credits only, the Google Opinion Rewards app is a great way to earn these credits simply by answering very short survey questions.

Powered by Google, download the app, and as you go out and about for the day, Google may send you a survey notification based on your activity.  For example, if you visited a restaurant, they may want to know about your visit.

Then, answer the questions and get rewarded for your time.

Again, these surveys are so short.  I’m talking 30 seconds at most for almost all of the ones I have done.

Don’t expect cash, but if you’re buying Google Play items, it’s a very easy way to earn credits.


I mentioned Uber Eats prior, but if you don’t mind driving passengers, then Lyft could be your next best bet, aside from Uber.

To drive with Lyft, you need to be at least 21+ and have a young enough car that passes a vehicle inspection.

Like many of these apps, you can turn it on as you please and work as much as you’d like!


Rover is an app that connects you with local dog owners who either need a dog sitter for a certain amount of time or even someone who’s willing to take their dog out for a walk.

Like many of these apps, you can work at your own pace and even set your own rates.  However, since you’re technically competing against others on the platform, you will want to ensure your rates are at least competitive enough to get inquiries.

Pet sitting rates can net you up to $100+ for the night, whereas a simple walk could put $10 to $30+ in your pocket.

Again, since pet owners have to contact you, it may take a while to build a client base, but once you do, you could be busier than imagined.


Wag is quite similar to Rover, only that they seem to focus more on dog walking more than anything else.

There is an application process if you’re interested, but as long as you have a clean background check, there shouldn’t be a probably getting in.

Once approved, open the app, accept jobs you feel you can complete and walk the dog for cash.  Most walks appear to pay $15+.

  • Website:  Wag


Don’t like the idea of delivering food or transporting people?

Then, what about delivering groceries?

If you love to grocery shop and don’t mind delivering it to someone’s doorstep, then Instacart may be an app to consider.

While you do need to apply and get approved, much like a lot of these gig working apps like Instacart, you could be on your way to as much as $20+ per hour, depending on where you live.  The pay greatly depends on a few factors, such as the number of miles you have to drive and size of your order, for instance.

Just turn on the app when you feel like working, start fulfilling orders and get paid.

Instacart isn’t the only game in town as there are more than 10+ alternatives if you want to consider other companies/apps as well.


I would only recommend the Airbnb app only if you have a room and/or house you’re willing to rent out to strangers.

Even if you just have a spare bedroom, there’s probably a good chance that either an out-of-towner or even a local will want to rent it out for $20+ a night.

And as long as you don’t mind strangers staying in your home and cleaning up afterward, it’s a great way to make the most money without doing much, aside from giving them a place to stay.

Yes, you will rent to strangers, but do keep in mind that Airbnb requires some verification before allowing someone to book your home.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are a ton of ways to make money just with your smartphone, and honestly, the app developers will continue to add new money-making opportunities weekly.  So, I will try to update this the best I can.

Of course, some of these apps won’t make you rich, but some of these options could earn you a few extra bucks throughout the week to pay some bills, such as Uber or Lyft, to name a few.  I promise you that these money making apps are legit and real.  You won’t get scammed for your time!

Depending on how much you want to make, be sure to explore all of these free options to see which one interests you.  It’s hard for me to recommend one when I don’t know how much you want to make.

Regardless, $20, $50 or even $300+ is entirely possible if you find the right gig and get used to how it works.

As always, if I’m missing any options or you just want to comment on the one you used, I’d love to hear from you 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.


  • I’m trying to find another company like survey merchandiser. I have worked very hard for them the last 3 years and they are starting to really treat myself, and others like they don’t respect us. I love the work I do but is there other companies like this out there??