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Dabbl App Review: I Downloaded It to Save You Time

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Ah, the Dabbl app.  It’s yet another app on the Google Play Store and iTunes that pays you to take surveys and earn gift cards.

As you may (or may not know), there are a ton of apps that claim you can make money.  Sure, some are fantastic and can legitimately earn you $20 to $100+ per month, but some can be duds, not even worth the download.

The Dabbl app looks like it has some potential as it has more than 100,000 downloads with an okay 3.8 out of 5-star rating.  Not the greatest, but not the worst.  It’s another one I’m curious about, the reason I wanted to review it today.

If you’re a fan of using your phone and making money and you’re not looking to make thousands, it could be an opportunity to consider.  Keep in mind that most of these apps can only earn you $10 to $20+ per month, maybe a pinch more, so if you’re okay with that, the app may be something to consider.  Don’t expect to get rich, I can’t stress that enough.

With that being said, I went ahead and downloaded the Dabbl app and played around with it to see how it works, how much you can get paid as well as if it’s worth your time.  In the end, as in all of my reviews, I let you know what I think about it.  If you have ever read any of my reviews, you should know that I’m honest and would never recommend something I wouldn’t use.   I don’t worth that way.

So, if you want to make some cash with your phone, let’s take a look and see if the Dabbl app is worth your time.

What is Dabbl?

According to the official website, they state that consumer attention commands more than $800 billion in ad spend, almost equal to that of a military budget in every country combined.  Since these companies know that your attention is valuable, they are willing to pay you for your time, usually in the form of a research project.  This is where Dabble comes into the picture.

Dabbl works to “transform consumers into partners, rather than targets,” helping you earn money with interactive games, quizzes and videos.  The app was created to make your time count, compensating you for your time.

While the company doesn’t go too much into how their company was formed or who operated it, I did find out they were founded in 2015 and operate out of Tampa, Florida.  It’s operated by the Adjoy company, a popular mobile advertising company.



Signing up With Dabbl

To get started with Dabbl, you can download it via the Google Play or iTunes App (iOS) store.  Download the app and then follow the prompts to get to the following…

To sign up with Dabbl, they will first ask for your phone number as well as your date of birth.  You must be at least 13+ years old to join and reside in the United States.

Aside from entering the information seen prior, you will be asked to confirm your phone number as well as create a password so that you can log back in.

When you join the app, it will give you a 200 point bonus, helping you pad your balance right away.

Dabbl Dashboard and How to Make Money

After you create an account and confirm your phone number, you can access your dashboard, which will look something like this:

In order, you can earn in the following ways:

  • Premium Experiences
  • Dabble Research
  • Offers and Tasks
  • Surveys
  • Extra Savings

Below, I will talk about how each section works and how you can make money with each.

Premium Experiences

In the “Premium Experiences” section, these are the offers that are exclusively from Dabbl.

When I was writing this review, there a few sections I could complete, most of which just asked me simple questions like where do I shop or where do I live.  You could answer these questions and earn a few points.  In my case, I earned 30 points for every block I answered.

Aside from the simple questions, the app allowed you to refer friends, in which you could get you 2,000 points after your friend earned 1,000 points.  This could be something to consider if you know of any friends or family that would benefit from the app.

It appeared that this section was more like a profile questionnaire so that the app could learn more about you and send you targeted offers.  This is commonplace in the marketing industry online.

Dabbl Research

In the next section, Dabbl Research, you can unlock certain items as you complete “stars.”

As you can see in my screenshot, I would need to unlock three stars to unlock one section, whereas the other asked me to unlock two.

In this section, according to the FAQ, they will ask quick and playful research questions to gather additional insight from you.  In order to unlock them, however, you will have to watch quick vide ads in the preferred Ad network partners section.  In doing so, you can earn these stars for more opportunities.

Offers and Tasks

Offers and tasks are quite common with money-making apps.  Some apps will have their own offers, such as Swagbucks, whereas some apps, such as Dabbl, will use what are known as “offerwalls.”  These offerwalls and operated by third-party companies and may be found on multiple sites online.  They aren’t unique and the payouts can vary from one to the next.

Usually, in the offers section, you won’t find much of value unless it’s known as a money-maker.  In this case, this is when you can complete an offer, even if you have to pay and come out ahead.

Let me give you an example.

In the past, I signed up for a subscription service.  It did cost me $10 or something, but the app would give me $25 for doing, making it a $15 money-maker.  These options do exist, but they are rare.  Nonetheless, offers are something to check out, but just make sure it makes sense to complete.

Surveys

This one is straight-forward and could be where you make the most money.  It’s as easy as answering questions and getting rewarded, and it’s one of the best ways to make $50~ a month.

The only downfall, however, is that they only seem to work with third-party providers just like the offers section.  While this isn’t a bad thing, per se, I have found that providers that work with offerwalls generally don’t offer a lot of unique opportunities, which means there will be a lot of copycats out there doing the same.  In other words, the money won’t be there as the offers won’t be the greatest.  The key here is to find a provider that offers surveys themselves as well, again, similar to that of what Swagbucks does.  Again, it’s not the end of the world.

When I was writing this, Dabbl only worked with three offerwalls, which isn’t much.  Some companies, such as InstaGC, work with five times more than this and can offer a lot more opportunity.  While these offerwalls are okay, you will want to make sure you’re dealing with a company that offers a lot of offerwall opportunities, not just one or two.

If you were to complete a survey here, it’s pretty easy to do.  Just click on one of the offerwalls and then follow the survey link to complete it.

Here’s what it may look like:

Keep in mind that you won’t qualify for all of them, so it won’t be an instant money maker.



Extra Savings

And, the last section, the “Extra Savings” portion seems to offer coupons of sorts.

I could get a $0 delivery fee from DoorDash or $39 off my first cleaning with Handy.

There wasn’t much in terms of making money, moreso it was a way to save money on services you probably won’t use.  This is a section I probably would skip out on.

Rewards

Now that you know how you can make money, let’s now talk about how you can redeem the points you make.

On Dabbl, every 5,000 points you earn will net you $5, so they make it easy.  One point equals one cent.  It doesn’t get any easier than that.

And, to cash out, you will need at least $5 in rewards, at a minimum, which means you need 5,000 points.  Once you hit that threshold, you can then cash out via a variety of rewards.

As of this review, Dabbl offers the following gift card options:

  • Amazon
  • AMC
  • BarkBox
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Bed, Bath and Beyond
  • Best Buy
  • Bloomin’ Brands
  • Carter’s
  • CVS
  • Disney
  • GameStop
  • Groupon
  • Lowe’s
  • Nordstrom
  • Spotify
  • Starbucks
  • Target
  • TJ Maxx
  • Ulta
  • Walmart

Most of the gift cards are available in $5, $10, $15, $20+ increments, depending on which retailer you choose.  On the downside, however, there are no cash options, including PayPal.  This can be a turn off to some.

The Pros and Cons of Dabble

As in all of my reviews, I like to combine the pros and cons I saw to make it easier to give you an idea as to what the app can offer you.  Here are the pros and cons I found in my research:

Pros

  • Easy to Join – The registration process was very easy and you could be making money in seconds.
  • Easy to Use – As it was easy to join, it was also fairly straightforward to use.

Cons

  • Not Unique – Almost everything came from an offerwall, which was a bummer to me.
  • No PayPal – This is huge as you could only cash out for gift cards.
  • Limited Options – There wasn’t much in terms of making money, aside from surveys.
  • Phone Number – I hated that I had to give out my phone number to use it.

Other Reviews

Over time, it appears the Dabbl app’s reviews have slowly dropped.  In the past, they had a solid 4~ rating but have since slipped to a 3.9.

In reading the reviews online, people seem to complain about faulty surveys, low payouts, poor customer service and some glitches.

However, on the positive side, people did like you could earn about $5 every or so every week, the selection of gift cards as well as ease of use.

It seemed like a mixed bag, with both positive and bad reviews.

Final Thoughts

5/10In the end, the Dabbl app gets mixed reviews from me.  It’s nothing unique, but it’s a way to make $5+ a week if you don’t mind completing offers on third-party offerwalls.  While there’s nothing wrong with this, I feel there are better alternatives such as Survey Junkie, Swagbucks, InstaGC, to name a few.  These sites, while they work with offerwalls too, have many more options.

Dabbl isn’t a scam and they do pay, but I just feel it isn’t unique enough to add to my phone.  It’s not to say I don’t recommend you download it.  I just feel there are many other options out there.  I hope that makes sense.

Now, as always, I love to leave it up to you.

Have you ever used the Dabbl app?

What do you like?  What do you hate?

Feel free to sound off in the comments below!

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Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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