Cashwalk App: Get Paid to Walk? (review)

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Cashwalk is a very popular app that allows you to earn money simply by walking or running.  As you walk and/or run, you can earn coins, in which you can then exchange for a variety of rewards.

As I write this, the app has more than 1,000,000+ downloads, but the reviews are only okay.

Whether you’re looking for a way to earn money while you’re walking or maybe you came across this app and wanted to learn more about it, let’s jump in and see what it’s all about.

In this review, let’s talk about how it works, what you can maybe make, and of course, if it’s worth your time.

How it Works

The premise of Cashwalk is simple.  You walk, and you get rewarded.  With every step you take, you get rewarded.

The app is available for both Android and iOS devices, and when you download it, the app will sync with your pedometer to measure how many steps you’re taking.  So, as you can imagine, you will need to use your phone to allow it to track your steps.

To get started, you will have to connect with either your Google account or Facebook account.  The app will then ask you for some simple information such as where you live as well as your height/weight.

Once you’re connected, you will earn 1 coin for every step you take.

As you can see, however, you can only earn 100 coins per day, which is equal to 10,000 steps.  This shouldn’t be a problem for most as many casual walkers won’t hit this limit.

Your Dashboard

Once it’s downloaded, you can start walking.  As long as you see your notifications active, the app is counting your steps.

You can also see in that screenshot that you can earn a “daily lucky box,” which is a raffle box of sorts.  For example, if you walk 1,000 steps, you can open the gift box and see what you win.

That one claim box rewarded me 11 coins, but I had to watch an advertisement before I could earn it.  These ads are mainly how the app is going to earn money so that they could pay you.

Aside from the gift boxes, you can also check out the “trends” where you can see how many steps you have walked in the past.  This feature can be helpful, but if you’re already using a Fitbit or have Samsung Health, for example, you will already know this information.


To start the cash out process, you will need at least 2,000 coins for a $5 gift card.

When I was writing this, I could choose from the following options:

  • Amazon ($5 – 2K coins)
  • Amazon ($25 – 10K coins)
  • Walmart ($5 – 2K coins)
  • Walmart ($25 – 10K coins)
  • Google Play ($5 – 2K coins)
  • Apple ($5 – 2K coins)
  • Starbucks ($5 – 2K coins)
  • eBay ($25 – 10K coins)
  • Banana Republic ($10 – 4K coins)
  • Barnes and Noble ($15 – 6K coins)
  • Chipotle ($5 – 2K coins)
  • Fanatics ($5 – 2K coins)
  • Fandango ($25 – 10K coins)
  • Hulu ($25 – 10K coins)
  • Macy’s ($10 – 4K coins)
  • Gap ($10 – 4K coins)
  • NFL ($10 – 4K coins)
  • Old Navy ($10 – 4K coins)
  • Regal ($10 – 4K coins)
  • StubHub ($25 – 10K coins)
  • Southwest ($25 – 10K coins)
  • Uber ($10 – 4K coins)
  • Ulta ($5 – 2K coins)
  • Whole Foods ($10 – 4K coins)
  • Dunkin ($3 – 1.2K coins)
  • Jamba ($5 – 2K coins)
  • Taco Bell  ($5 – 2K coins)
  • Subway ($5 – 2K coins)
  • Spotify ($10 – 4K coins)
  • Xbox ($10 – 4K coins)
  • Nike ($10 – 4K coins)

These rewards are subject to change but do keep in mind that PayPal isn’t an option.  If you’re looking for cash, unfortunately, you won’t find it here.

How Much Can I Earn?

Well, we know that the app rewards you with 100 coins MAX per day.  This means you will have to walk 10,000 steps to earn those 100 coins.

If you need at least 2,000 coins to earn that $5 Amazon gift card, you will need to walk 20 days for at least 10,000+ steps to earn $5.

Aside from this, you can choose the app as your lockscreen as well as “check in” to earn bonus points throughout the week.  If you do this, you can maybe earn another 20~ coins per day, maybe a pinch more, maybe a pinch less.

Worth it?

That’s up to you to decide.

If you do go ahead with the app, they are legitimate and they will pay you if you reach this milestone to cash out.  The app will make its money from the advertisements you watch on your phone.

The Pros:

  • encourages you to be healthy
  • great reward options
  • easy to redeem rewards

The Cons:

  • many reports of inaccurate step tracking
  • app requires extensive permissions and access to phone features.
  • frustrating lock screen mechanism that interrupts user experience
  • app may drain battery life and affect phone performance.
  • intrusive ads and pop-ups

Final Thoughts

2/10In the end, you will have to ask yourself if it’s worth about $5 per month to have this app running 24/7 on your phone?  And, remember, that’s if you walk about 10,000 steps a day.

To me, that’s not worth it as the value just isn’t there.  I just don’t like the idea of having the app running 24/7 and using my phone’s resources.  Plus, it’s filled with a lot of ads which can get rather annoying for some.  You’re really going to have to earn that $5.

It is a legitimate app, but I won’t be downloading it.  However, it doesn’t mean you have to do as we all have different perceptions of value.  I always just let you know what I think.

That’s going to do it for now.

As always, you’re more than welcome to comment on your experience 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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