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Toloka App Review: Short Tasks for Cash

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Toloka is a massive app with more than 10,000,000+ downloads on the Google Play Store.

If you read the description, they note that it’s an app for “earning money online without any investments.”  You choose the tasks and then complete them offline or on your phone whenever you please.  It sounds promising if you want to make money with your phone.

Now, there are a TON of these apps, many of which are duds.  While even the good ones won’t make you a ton of money, they can make you a few hundred dollars a month if you choose the right offers.

Can this be one to consider?

In today’s review, let’s focus on the Yandex Toloka app and see if it’s worth it.

Can you make money?

Is it worth your time?

As in all of my reviews, I only recommend what I feel is worth your time.

Let’s begin!

Getting Started

To get started, you will first have to download the app via your phone or if you want to, you can do so on your desktop.  It is available on the Google Play Store as well as the Apple app store. Many prefer to complete the tasks on their phone, but it’s up to you as to how you want to use it.

To create an ID, you will need to enter your phone number (and verify it), your name, and accept the terms, that’s it.

The entire process would only take about a minute or two at most.

Anyone can join globally, however, you will need to be at least 18+ years old with a valid phone number.



Earning Money

Once you sign up for your account, you can immediately access your dashboard, which is going to look something like this:

If you have ever been part of Amazon Mechanical Turk, then you may be familiar with how these simple tasks work.

It’s going to be your job to complete short tasks and get paid for each one.  However, before you can start working on a lot of these tasks, you will have to take an exam before you do so just so that you know what’s expected of you.  If you don’t pass the exam for that particular task, you will not be able to complete it.

For example, if you look at the screenshot noted above, the “Is the landing page relevant to the query?” will require you to answer 18 tasks in the exam to gain access to regular tasks.  If you were to pass training, you can earn $0.15 per task if any were available.

Next, you can see the “Is the ad relevant to the query?”  This is another exam that you need to pass in order to start making $0.01 per task.

As you scroll down that screen, you will see a wide variety of tasks, from judging relevancy to creating content.  In a nutshell, you will have to help train AI and perform fairly simple tasks.

The exams are straight-forward and as long as you read the content, you shouldn’t have a hard time passing them.

What Kind of Tasks Are There?

Most of the tasks you see will judge relevancy, categorizing items as well as answering simple questions.  In some cases, you may be asked to take photos, too.

For instance, when I was writing this review, here’s what I could do:

  • Is the landing page relevant to the query?
  • Quiz search relevance evaluation
  • Take 10 photos of your face
  • Determine traffic light signals
  • Is the image good?
  • Classify advertiser’s keyword relevance to search query

This list will go on and will always update, but this should give you at least an idea as to what kind of tasks to expect.

How Much Can I Make?

From what I see, it’s going to be a lot like Amazon Mechanical Turk in that you can make $0.01 to $0.20~ per task, sometimes you can find tasks that pay a pinch more.

Now, let’s say that it takes you about a few minutes to complete a task and you earn an average of about $0.03~ per task.  It’s not much, but I feel if you work 60 minutes straight, you can earn maybe $1 to $2 per hour.  If it were higher, then, of course, you could make more, but I don’t think you earn much more than a few dollars per hour.

Yes, it’s not going to be much, and if you’re laughing at that number, it’s not an app for you; however, it does appear they allow just about any country on board, so if you can stretch a dollar much further, it may be beneficial to your wallet, as long as you’re fluent with the English language.

From what I have read from other reviews, it appears to be very popular in countries outside the United States, etc.

Getting Paid

To get paid, the company pays via PayPal, Skrill, Papara or Payoneer.

And, to withdraw your earnings, you will need at least $1, but this can change as the weeks go on.

Let me explain.

If you use PayPal, for example, your first withdrawal can be $0.02, but after that, you will need at least $1. If you use Skrill, your first cash out can be $1, but after that, you will need $5.  As for Payoneer, you will need at least $20 before cashing out.

So, depending on your option and the country you live in, payouts can range from $1 to $20 at a minimum.

The Pros:

  • app offers a wide range of tasks that are suitable for all skill levels
  • easy to use
  • if you complete the right tasks, you can earn some okay money

The Cons:

  • many reports that the instructions were unclear, making it difficult to complete tasks
  • some tasks take a long time
  • many tasks are not worth your time
  • technical glitches
  • some tasks are “creepy” such as sending selfies as a woman

Final Thoughts

In the end, if you live outside of the United States and you would be happy making a few dollars per hour completing some mundane tasks, then you may like the extra money it brings.  However, for most of us, it won’t be worth the $1 to $2 per hour completing some very boring tasks.

While the company is legitimate, I just don’t like the wages as they are too low.  What I would recommend if you do use it is that you check it on occasion to see if you can find higher paying tasks as they do exist occasionally.  If you can snag some $0.30 to $0.50 per task, then it could add up.

Overall, the app has its limitations and I wouldn’t say it’s extremely bad, I would just say it’s meh as you would have to refresh constantly to find a decent paying gig.

That’s going to do it for now.

As always, if you want to comment on your experience, you’re more than welcome to do so 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. 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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