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26+ of the Best Money for Survey Apps [2023]

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A few days ago, I wrote about the many money making apps online right now, but the thing with these apps is that there’s a little bit of everything.  Some apps focus on surveys, while others pay you based on your location.  It’s basically a melting pot, I guess.

In today’s post, I wanted to focus on some of my favorites, the best survey apps that pay.

These apps, as the name implies, focus on surveys only.  So, you can be assured that all of these apps offer surveys you can take for money and gift cards.

And, at least from my experience, these were the apps that tend to pay me the most for my time.

No, you’re not going to get rich nor are you going to be able to quit your full-time job.

Instead, use these apps as a way to earn $20, $50 or $100+ per month.  How much you make really depends on how often you use them.

So, with all of that out of the way, let’s dive in and take a look at the many reputable free money-making survey apps on the market today that could be worth your time.  All of the apps mentioned are available for both Android devices and the iPhone, unless noted.

Best Money for Survey Apps

Survey Junkie

I recommend Survey Junkie quite a bit on this blog, and it’s for a very good reason.  Be sure to check out my Survey Junkie review when you get a chance if you want to learn more about the company.

For one, the platform is so easy to use.  While I use the desktop version a lot, the app is just as easy.  Just scroll through your list of surveys and pick out the ones that are of interest.  It’s a very clean interface unlike a lot of these websites I list here.

Secondly, the number of surveys I receive daily is quite good.

On average, I can easily take 15+ surveys, but do keep in mind I probably get approved for 20-30%~ of them.  Your results will vary, but it’s not too hard to earn $3 to $5+ a day.

I downloaded the app and played around with it for only a few minutes and earned $3 when I first downloaded it, for instance.  There’s a lot of potential here and is a wonderful survey only opportunity.

With over 11 million members, if you only want to take surveys, I highly recommend you at least give Survey Junkie a look.  It’s 100% free to join.


Without a doubt, Swagbucks is, by far, my favorite website to earn cash while taking surveys.  And yes, the company offers other ways to earn, but I have found the surveys is where the true money is at.

With over 15+ million members and paying out more than $550 million, Swagbucks is the king of the research world, and because of this power, the surveys, at least to me, seem to be never-ending.

I mean, take a look at my survey list when I was writing this review:

That one I pointed out was worth $35 for only 10 minutes of my time if  I qualified.  These pop up all the time.  And keep in mind that this list went on and on.  This was only a small snapshot.

Take a few surveys a day and there’s no reason you can’t earn $200+ a month.

Swagbucks offers a ton of rewards, from PayPal to almost any gift card you can think of, including Walmart, Amazon and even Visa.

If you’re a first-time member, the company almost always offers a sign-up bonus, usually up to $5, so be sure to follow the link below and see what you can take advantage of.

Pinecone Research

The cool thing about Pinecone Research is that they work in a very simple way.

Take a survey and get paid $3+ directly to your PayPal. And, here’s proof if you need it:

Very popular in the survey community, it’s definitely one to consider if you want surveys that pay more than the industry average and you want an option that pays almost instantly.  You can read more about it in my Pinecone Research review.


With the QuickThoughts app, you can earn gift card codes simply by answering surveys and even completing local mission-based activities based on your GPS.  So do make sure you accept the app’s permissions in order for it to work properly.

Survey opportunities range from very quick polls to opinion-like activities like a secret shopping mission.  And, according to the company, some surveys can pay up to $3 per surveys.

Tons of surveys are available for almost any audience, so no matter what your demographic is, at least sign up to see what kind of opportunities you can receive.   You can see how it works in depth in my QuickThoughts review.

Ipsos i-Say Rewards your Opinion

Said to be “dedicated” to give you a voice, the very popular i-Say app, powered by Ipsos, lets you start taking surveys at any time.

Set up instant survey notifications, receive exclusive survey opportunities and redeem your points for a variety of rewards.

The surveys are quick, easy and in some cases, it can even earn you free products.

  • Minimum cashout:  500 points
  • Google Play (4.2/5) | iTunes (3.6/5)
  • Website: i-Say


InboxDollars is probably one of the most popular survey companies on this list, operating since 2000.

And, yes, while the company offers more than survey opportunities, you’re going to make most of your money in the surveys they offer.

Due to their reputation, they often partner with companies you can’t find elsewhere, simply meaning you won’t find surveys you can’t find anywhere else, similar to that of Swagbucks.

Aside from surveys, InboxDollars offers a variety of other ways to earn money, from watching videos to even playing games.  They also offer chances to win big prizes.

InboxDollars is 100% free to join and also has a pretty good survey list at all times, making it a great backup option to the many options I already listed.


YouGov is another one of my favorites, but the only thing is that they don’t send too many survey opportunities.  But, when they do, you always qualify, which is a nice feature.

Not only will you qualify, but the company offers very simple surveys, usually taking no more than 10 minutes to complete.  Some are even fun, such as rating companies or people by giving a thumbs up or down.  Again, very quick to complete.

Don’t expect much, maybe $25 every two months, but YouGov is very reputable and has a great app if you don’t want to use the desktop version.

If you do join, just make sure you keep your eyes peeled as they will often send the survey invites to your e-mail inbox.

Surveys On The Go®

Surveys On The Go®, unlike a lot of survey companies, simply rewards you for cash, not points, for your opinions and is currently one of the highest ranked survey apps if you search the Google Play store.

Download the free app and be sure to turn on your notifications to be notified whenever a survey is available to take.

While it won’t be much, the company states that you should expect to receive a few surveys a month.

Using the app, you will be able to rate shows, music, movies as well help evaluate products and shopping experiences.


iPoll offers a variety of rewards for completing surveys, including cash, gift cards and even airline credits.

And, not only can you complete surveys, they offer rewards for visiting a store, testing a product and even taking pictures.

For every iPoll mission you complete, the company will reward you with credits, all of which you can spend at the official store.

The app didn’t have the greatest reviews in comparison to most of these apps, but glancing at the review, it appeared many people were unhappy with survey malfunctions.  You can read more about the app in my very detailed review.

  • Minimum cashout: $10
  • Google Play (3.8/5) | iTunes (3.8/5)
  • Website:  iPoll

Google Opinion Rewards

Google Opinion Rewards doesn’t reward you with cash or gift cards, sadly.  But, don’t let it deter you just yet as you can earn Google Play credits, good enough for movies, apps, books and so much more.  This is your only reward option, so if you don’t like the idea of Google Play credits, then I definitely wouldn’t recommend downloading it.

As one of the easiest ways to earn rewards, the Google Opinion Rewards will send you extremely simple surveys generally based on your phone’s location.  So, if you visited a grocery store, for instance, the app may ask you a question or two in regards to your shopping trip.

For every survey you complete, you can earn up to $1 in rewards, but the number of surveys you receive greatly depends on where you go and your demographics.

Personally, I receive about one to two surveys a week.  It’s not much, but I earn about $3 to $5 a month on average.


Toluna (read my unbiased review) is quite big in the research space as well, with millions of members as part of its community.

Whether it’s offering your opinion via surveys or even testing products, Toluna will reward you with points, in which you can redeem for gift cards and even products.

The company has a desktop version as well as an app if you prefer to answer surveys on your smartphone.

  • Minimum cashout: 30,000 points ($10)
  • Google Play (3.3/5) | iTunes (4.2/5)
  • Website: Toluna

Poll Pay

Poll Pay offers both cash payouts via PayPal as well as gift card options, the choice is yours.

Another option that offers very short poll-like surveys, making it a decent option if you’re not a fan of taking those surveys that seem to never end.

The company adds surveys daily, selecting only the best based on your demographic profile.

The Panel Station

As I write this, the Panel Station has more than 3 million members across more than 35+ countries across the globe.

As most of these apps commonly work with U.S. residents only, the Panel Station could be a great choice if you live outside the states and want to earn a few extra bucks.

Once you join, the company simply asks you to fill out a demographic profile, and based on this information, they will then be able to send you surveys that they feel fits your profile.

After every survey you complete, you will be credited points, in which you can then redeem for a variety of online shopping options.  Surveys range anywhere from as little as 100 to more than 5000 points.


Qmee offers a variety of survey options, all focusing on various topics.  And, best of all is that you can cash out at any time.

Most surveys take less than 15 minutes to complete, with the average survey appearing to pay anywhere from $0.50 to $1.50+.  Take one and you can cash to your PayPal account almost immediately.  Gift card choices are available as well.

Aside from the app, Qmee also offers a desktop version with even more options, too.

Curious Cat

A silly name, but the Curious Cat surveys app actually has pretty decent reviews and works just like the many I already listed here.

Simply share your thoughts and opinions, and cash out with PayPal after you earn 100 points.  100 points are said to equal close to $1, and according to the app’s description, it will only take you a few minutes to earn.

Aside from surveys, you can also earn points when you answer poll questions, questionnaires and even participate in consumer diaries.

Most surveys can net you 20 to 200 points, with rewards credited instantly upon completing your survey.

Zap Surveys

The cool thing about Zap Surveys is that they will offer you $6.25 for your first survey, guaranteed.  Just download the app and start the process to start earning.

The minimum cashout was quite high in comparison to the other apps here at $25, but if you want another survey option, it’s one to consider.  Plus, $6.25 can get you that much closer to a pay out.

Aside from taking surveys, you can simply check into the app and even refer friends for more cash rewards.

SurveyMonkey Rewards

Most of the SurveyMonkey rewards, at least according to their description, take less than five minutes to complete, making it actually fun to earn your rewards.

Signing up takes minutes, and once you do, be sure to at least get notifications whenever new survey arrises to really capitalize on the offers.

The company pays up to $0.35 in credits per survey, with $5 needed to cash out.   You can choose an gift card or even donate to a charity if you so choose.


cashKarma offers a variety of survey options, as well as opportunities to earn points while watching videos, shopping and even surfing the web.

Earn enough points and you can redeem for a variety of gift cards or even PayPal cash.

You can also earn bonuses by unlocking achievements and even badges while you level up.


Voxpopme is a lot different than the companies I already mentioned here as you have to record your voice instead of clicking around.

So, if you feel comfortable recording as your answer the question, this could be yet another great app to download the phone.

To use, simply download the app, browse the live stream of questions that need to answer and select the one you feel you can answer.  Then, using your phone, record your answer and get rewarded in return.

Responses take anywhere from 15 to 60 seconds and earnings can be sent straight to your PayPal account.


1Q is very unique in comparison to the other survey apps here as you get paid $0.50 every time you answer a simple question.

And looking at the questions they send, yes, they are very simple taking less than 10 seconds of your time.

What they refer to as “Askverts,” 1Q will send you a question, such as “What sort of tablet do you own?” and once you answer, the company deposits $0.50 into your account.

While the concept sounds great, I did read a lot of reviewers complaining that the company doesn’t send a lot of questions, so your results will vary.


SurveyMini, similar to that of 1Q just mentioned, offers very short surveys after you visit a particular location.

Whether it’s a restaurant, grocery store or hotel, the more you go out and about, the better your chances of landing a “mini survey” are.

Created by scientists from MIT, Stanford, and Harvard, they use this data to better understand the global marketplace, all while helping improve customer experiences around the world.


FeaturePoints works just like CashPirate in that you can earn money for more than just taking surveys.

From trying apps to even shopping, the company has rewarded more than $5.6 million since 2012.

Very low minimum payout threshold in comparison to most listed here.

Offers a desktop version as well if you don’t want to use the app.

Which Survey Apps Pay the Most?

Well, you’re probably looking at this list and wondering which survey apps pay the most?

While every app I mention is 100% real and will pay, some do provide many more opportunities than the next.  I have been researching survey/research companies for more than 10+ years now, so I feel as if I have an idea as to which ones are worth your time.

In my experience, Swagbucks, Survey Junkie and QuickThoughts all tend to have the most surveys and this is where I make most of my money in the paid survey apps world.  If you download these three and complete a few surveys a day, there’s no reason you can’t make more than $100 a month.  In fact, I can make $5+ a day on QuickThoughts a day alone.  It’s some of the easiest cash you can make.

Your results will vary, but I thought I would share this anecdote to hopefully help you as well.

Final Thoughts

No longer do you need your desktop to take surveys to make some cash.

As you can see, there are a ton of survey apps that can earn you cash as quick as today.

Just like the many survey websites, some are going to better than others, so it’s really up to you to download a few and see which ones work best for you.  It’s just important to remember that almost all of these apps/companies will send you these survey opportunities solely based on your demographic profile.   So, for me, one app may be better, while another app may work better for you.

As always, if I’m missing any apps, I’d love to hear about them!  You can also comment on the ones I mentioned as well.

In the meantime, check out a few of these apps and see which works best for your wallet.

Best of luck!

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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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