OnePulse Review: Three Questions for Cash

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The OnePulse app is said to be a way to influence BIG brands and you get paid in doing so.  Put simply, you’re going to answer short easy surveys, answer quiz questions and/or even play “the game” to earn rewards.  The company says it’s so much more than a “survey app” as they believe life is too short for the typical long, boring surveys.  It’s why every survey is only three questions.  This already sounds like it has potential.

Whether you heard about OnePulse and want to know more about it or maybe you’re looking for another way to make money with your phone, let’s take a gander as to what this app is all about and if it’s worth your time.  As in all of my reviews, I’m 100% honest, only recommending what I feel is worth your time.

How it Works

To get started, you will have to download the app, either on your Android or Apple device.  It’s only available via your mobile phone for now and no desktop version is available at the moment.

When you download the app, they will allow you to start earning right away.

The first thing they ask you to do is to tap on a “Pulse” tile and earn your first paid Pulse.  Basically, this will be a brief tutorial as to how the app works and you will earn a few cents in doing so.

As you complete these “Pulse” tiles, you can earn XP, which allows you to rise in the levels and earn monetary rewards.

After you complete your first tile, you can join the community or if you don’t want to join just yet, you can continue as a guest.  Eventually, if you want to cash out, however, you will need to sign up, so it’s best to do so as soon as you can if you plan on using the app.

Earning Money

After you complete the initial setup, you can browse your dashboard at any time, which will look something like this:

Depending on the time, you can see a few “Pulse opportunities” or you may see nothing at all.  These are the surveys you can take for a few cents.

Like surveys, you will have to qualify for these surveys and that’s why it says “We may have found you a Pulse.”  If you were to click on it, you will have to answer a few pre-screener questions, and if you match what the provider is looking for, then you can continue on to take the quick Pulse.  As the company states, all Pulse questions will only be a few questions, so it won’t tie up a ton of your time.

As you take surveys and earn XP, you can increase your earning potential.  Expect each survey to be about three simple questions.

How Much Can I Earn?

Seeing the surveys are often very short, don’t plan on earning much.

When I used the app, I only earned $0.07 per Pulse at first, but I only qualified for maybe 10-20% of the ones I clicked on.  You can, however, level up and earn more, but even so, you won’t earn that much still.

To play it safe, it will take you about 10~ successful Pulses to earn about $1 in rewards.

In reading the reviews, I think you can earn about $5~ a month using it casually.


To cash out, you will need at least $20 to do so and you can only cash out every 30 days, but I don’t think you will hit that $20 every 30 days anyways, as the payouts are quite low.

You can only have the money sent to your PayPal account and that’s it.

The Pros:

  • very simple survey questions
  • customer service seems to be good
  • wide variety of surveys
  • some say the payout is fair for the survey length if you level up
  • easy to use

The Cons:

  • can be very buggy
  • slow loading times
  • limited cash out (one every 30 days for $20)
  • can time out of surveys easily
  • high cash out threshold

Final Thoughts

1/10In the end, I love the concept of the app, but I just don’t see a ton of earning opportunities here.

To me, it’s not worth clicking on a ton of tabs, only to find out that I qualify for every one out of 10 I click on.  That’s a lot of wasted time to earn $0.07.  And, as you can imagine, it will take a lot more time to earn $1 in rewards.  There are much better options out there.

In the end, I love the company’s concept, but they need to pay more and they need to have it easier to qualify for the surveys, as there’s a lot of time wasted here.  If there’s room for improvement, I can see them being a much better option.

That’s going to do it for now.

As always, if you want to comment on your experience, you can 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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