Is Zap Surveys Legit? I Downloaded It to Find Out

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Zap Surveys is a highly popular survey app.  At the moment, the company has more than 10,500 reviews with more than 500,000 downloads on the Google Play Store.  With this kind of attention, I figured it was time to review it as I don’t have much experience with it.

So, like all of my reviews, I downloaded it, played around with it for a few weeks, and then created a helpful guide, helping you decide if it’s worth the download or not.  As you may (or may not) know by now, there are a ton of survey apps on the Google Play and iTunes store, many of which are garbage.

An Honest Zap Surveys Review

So, is Zap Surveys worth your time, or it just another dud?

Let’s find out!

What is Zap Surveys?

In short, Zap Surveys is a survey app that rewards you to answer survey questions.  They offer a ton of survey options, including logo polling, surveys based on your location as well as your typical surveys found on other survey-like sites.  The thing that makes Zap Surveys stand out above the rest is that they will pay you $6.25 when you complete your first survey!  To date, the company has paid out more than $30 million in rewards.

Zap Surveys, according to the footer of its website a registered trademark and product built by Apps that Pay, LLC.   According to the company’s Facebook page, it’s a mobile rewards company that’s built to pay you to complete tasks and play games.  Simply put, they create apps that can help you make money.

As I write this, they are known for a variety of apps, not just Zap Surveys, which includes Fish for Money, Blabber Messenger, Taps for Money and Movie Mission, to name a few.

Is Zap Surveys Legit?


Zap Surveys is known to pay and is backed by a very reputable organization, there’s no doubt about it.  More than 500,000 people have used it, and the company has paid out more than $30 million in rewards.  Sure, while the company does have a myriad of negative reviews online, it doesn’t always mean it’s a scam.  Heck, even the best survey apps online have some poor reviews.

If you do decide to download the app and earn cash, be assured that you will get paid as long as you don’t scam the system.

Signing up for Zap Surveys

To sign up for Zap Surveys, you will first be asked to create an account after you download the app.  You can do so via Google Play or iTunes, whichever operating system your phone uses.  You can either sign up directly with the app or connect via Facebook if you choose.  This is up to you.  It’s only available on a mobile device and isn’t available on a desktop, at least not yet.

Immediately after you fill out the account information, you will be asked if you want to turn on location rewards (this is optional) as well ask you to start the $6.25 survey, which, according to the app, only takes four minutes of your time.  I took the survey in its entirety and it only took me two minutes at most.  It’s not long at all, trust me, and is well worth the $6.25 credit.

To join, you must be at least 18+ years old and reside in the United States.

Zap Surveys Dashboard

After you sign up and complete the $6.25 survey, you can then access your dashboard, which will look something like this:

As you can see, it’s fairly straightforward as you will just be asked to click on a survey router of your choice and start taking surveys.  From what I did see, I didn’t see anything unique as it reminds me of the many survey sites already out there.  Just click and start taking the surveys.  If you qualify, you will then be rewarded with the specified amount.

At the moment, at least when I was reviewing this, they worked with Tap Research, and Peanut Labs, all very popular third-party offerwalls.

And, if you’re unfamiliar with offerwalls, let me explain what they are.

Whenever someone creates a survey-like website, they reach out to these offerwalls and just ask them if they can provide the surveys for their site.  Anytime a survey is completed, the company gets the reward, in this case, Zap Surveys, and they then pass on a portion to you.  So, if one survey pays them $1, they only pay you $0.60, but another site may pay you $0.70 for the same survey.  This is why it’s so important to price shop as so many companies use these offerwalls and many vary in price.

The thing about these offerwalls is that they are not unique and are very easy to set up on a site.  While they are legit, they can be found all over the web, unfortunately.  This isn’t to say Zap Survey is a fraud, it’s just not unique.

How Many Surveys Will I Get?

Seeing that they work with a third-party offerwall, you will always see a great variety of survey opportunities.  While you may not qualify for all of them, it’s always best to assume you’re going to qualify for about 10 to 20%.

How Much Do the Surveys Pay?

While the first survey pays a whopping $6.25, the rest of the surveys will pay anywhere from $0.25 to $2~.  On occasions, you may find a survey that pays more, but this seems to be rare.

More Ways to Earn

Aside from the offerwalls mentioned, you can also earn through what’s known as “Zap Goals.”

These are goals that will pay you even more if you do as you’re told.

For instance, if I logged into the account for 45 days in a row, I could earn $0.75.  I could also earn 10 Zap and $0.03 if I logged in for at least two days in a row.  You can also earn a quick penny if you simply click on the day.

These goals will always change, so make sure you make it an effort to at least see what’s available.  To see your goals, you can click on the menu icon in the upper-left-hand corner and then select “goals.”

The Rewards

Zap Surveys makes it easy when it comes to rewards as they don’t work on a points system.  What you see is what you get.

When it comes time to cash out, you need at least $25 to request a cash out.  This is very high for survey apps, but it isn’t the highest.  I would say it’s in the top 5%.

If you can reach that $25 threshold, you can cash out in a variety of ways:

  • PayPal
  • Amazon
  • Visa

Aside from those three popular options, they offer a few gift card options as well, including:

  • AMC Theatres ($25 min)
  • Audible ($90 min)
  • Bass Pro Shops ($50 min)
  • Best Buy ($25 min)
  • Delta Airlines ($100 min)
  • Nike ($50 min)
  • Princess Cruises ($100 min)
  • Starbucks ($25 min)
  • Under Armour ($25 min)

After redeeming, you should expect your reward to be sent within 24 hours.

The Pros and Cons

As in all of my reviews, I love to combine the pros and cons and include them in a simple, yet easy to read snippet.  Here are some of the pros and cons I found while researching:

The Pros

  • $6.25 survey – This is quite high for almost any survey company and it only takes minutes to get it
  • Great reward options – PayPal, Amazon gift cards and multiple gift cards are options when it comes time to cash out

The Cons

  • High minimum payout at $25 – This is one of the highest minimum thresholds in the industry
  • Not unique – 99% of your surveys come from a third-party offerwall
  • Strictly mobile – Not a downfall to all, but some of us do find it easier to complete surveys on a computer/laptop

Final Thoughts

5/10In the end, I do not recommend Zap Surveys, and it’s not because it’s a scam.  It’s legit, but it’s just not unique enough for me to join as everything you see on here comes from a third-party offerwall.  There’s nothing unique about it, I can’t stress that enough.

Is it Zap Surveys worth it?

That’s the question you should be asking, and the answer, at least to me, is no.

If you want to use a survey offerwall of sorts, I would highly recommend you focus on the bigger players in the game such as Swagbucks and QuickThoughts.  The companies work with the same providers but many more.  Trust me, these options are much better.

That wraps up the Zap Surveys review.  If you have ever used the app and want to share your thoughts or maybe you want to ask a question/sound off, then, by all means, feel free to use our comment section 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.

1 comment

  • Your overall rating is still valid, but the site has changed a bit, and you only need $10 to cash out. The first survey has also been reduced from $6.50 to $2.00. It is also not strictly mobile anymore.