43 Apps That Pay You Real Money: The Best Money Making Apps of 2024


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We’re hooked on our devices, but did you know there are apps can actually make you money every month?

Yes! Out of the millions of apps on the app store, many will actually pay you real money to use them.

To come up with this list, I:

  • looked my own favorite money-making apps
  • cross-referenced the best-rated money apps in both the iOS and Google Play app stores
  • gathered feedback from Side Hustle Nation readers

For each, we’ll take a quick look at how they work and how you can earn money and get paid for using them. Some are completely passive after you set them up, while others take a little more time.

I’ve broken these down by category, and encourage you to pick and install the ones that make the most sense for you.

Best for Quick Surveys
Highest Earning Power
Best for Passive Income
4.4
4.0
4.0

Swagbucks has paid out over $470 million to users over the last 10+ years.

Sharetown reps make money by reselling gently-used furniture and bed-in-a-box mattresses. Top reps earn $4000+ per month.

Fundrise makes institutional quality investments available to everyone, starting at just $10.

Disclosure: I've been a Fundrise investor since 2015, and earn a commission when you join through my link. Opinions are my own.


Best for Quick Surveys
4.4

Swagbucks has paid out over $470 million to users over the last 10+ years.

Highest Earning Power
4.0

Sharetown reps make money by reselling gently-used furniture and bed-in-a-box mattresses. Top reps earn $4000+ per month.

Best for Passive Income
4.0

Fundrise makes institutional quality investments available to everyone, starting at just $10.

Disclosure: I've been a Fundrise investor since 2015, and earn a commission when you join through my link. Opinions are my own.


Apps That Pay You to Take Surveys and Play Games

Turns out there are tons of ways to make extra money sharing your opinion with brands.

These apps probably won’t make you a ton of money, but could add $20-100 a month to your bottom line if you use them consistently.

To earn more, consider online focus groups—my personal favorite resource for these is User Interviews. (Feel free to check out our full User Interviews review for more details.)

1. Swagbucks

Best for Quick Surveys
Swagbucks
4.4

Swagbucks has paid out over $550 million to users over the last 10+ years.

Pros:
  • Quick and easy to use
  • Lots of ways to earn
  • $10 sign-up bonus
Cons:
  • Surveys don't pay much

Swagbucks is a recognized leader in the online survey space. The long-running app has paid out hundreds of millions of dollars to users over the years.

swagbucks app

You can earn rewards for shopping online, answering surveys, playing games, and watching videos (read: ads). Cash out for gift cards from major retailers.

Sign up through my referral link for a $10 bonus.

2. KashKick

KashKick is a newer app that pays you to answer surveys, test new games (up to $150 each!), and redeem money-saving offers.

With the slogan “get paid to have fun,” KashKick is rated 4.4-stars in the Google Play store.

Best for Testing New Games
KashKick

Get paid to test new games, complete offers, and answer short surveys.

3. Survey Junkie

With Survey Junkie, you get to be the influencer — and give your opinions to hundreds of partner brands.

survey junkie

As one of the highest paying survey apps, Survey Junkie offers popular gift cards and cash outs via PayPal. Just 3 surveys a day can earn you $100 a month.

Join the 20+ million members and get started today.

Join 20 Million Members
Survey Junkie
4.5

Super popular survey app that rewards you for sharing your opinion.

4. InboxDollars

Most InboxDollars surveys pay between $0.50 and $5, but occasionally you’ll see offers up to $20 or more. You can also earn by watching TV, shopping, or completing offers through the app.

inboxdollars app

InboxDollars pays you in real dollars—not points—and offers a free $5 sign-up bonus.

5. Bingo Cash

The popular Bingo Cash game app turns classic bingo from a game of luck into a game of speed and skill. Each game only takes about 2 minutes to play, and you can earn real-world rewards and cash prizes (except in AR, IA, LA, SC, and WA).

bingo cash app

At press time, the app has a 4.7-star rating on the iOS App Store from 89,000+ reviews, with players calling it legit, fun, and addicting.

As with all gaming apps, practice for free first. Then, never put more money at risk than you can afford to lose.

6. Cash Giraffe (Android)

Cash Giraffe (Android only) connects you with new games that are trying to attract more players. The app tracks the time you spend playing and rewards you for hitting certain milestones.

cash giraffe

As you earn more Cash Giraffe tickets, you can cash out for gift cards or deposit directly into your PayPal account.

While Cash Giraffe is relatively new, it’s earned positive feedback so far. With over 5M downloads, its rated 4.3-stars on the Google Play Store.

7. Branded Surveys

Earn up to $5 per survey on Branded Surveys, a well-rated website and app. 

branded surveys

The company has paid out over $42 million to users so far, and is rated “Great” on Trustpilot.

To get you started, Branded Surveys will give you a 100 point ($1) welcome bonus.

8. Lightster

You can earn $1 per minute sharing your opinion and feedback with brands through Lightster. The market research app matches you with paid studies based on your profile.

lightster

To get started, you’ll add some demographic information about yourself and answer some questions about your experience and interests.

After that, you may see some questions pop up in the app. Answer those to qualify for paid sessions.

I got invited to my first half hour brand conversation within a couple weeks of downloading the app, and got paid (via Amazon gift card) right away.

Apps That Pay You to Invest

9. Arrived

Arrived is a real estate investing app that lets you buy shares of cash-flowing rentals for as little as $100.

Hands-Off Rentals
Arrived | Cash Flowing Rentals
4.5
Pros:
  • Earn quarterly dividends
  • Completely hands-off
  • Low minimum investment ($100)
Cons:
  • Limited liquidity
  • Not super diversified
  • Listings can sell out quickly
We earn a commission if you sign up, at no additional cost to you.

arrived real estate

The company pools money to buy rental properties, manages them, and then distributes the cash flow every quarter.

10. Fundrise

I’ve been a Fundrise investor for years, and like their long-term outlook and consistent quarterly dividends. With just $10, you can start building a portfolio of commercial real estate.

(Disclosure: when you sign up, I earn a commission. All opinions are my own.)

Best for Passive Income
Fundrise
4.0

Fundrise is one of the best and largest crowdfunded real estate investment platforms, with $7B under management. The company makes institutional quality investments available to everyone, starting at just $10.

Pros:
  • Start with just $10
  • Quarterly cash flow
  • Instant diversification
  • Healthy historical performance
  • Lower volatility
Cons:
  • Liquidity
  • Not as diversified as public REITs
  • Limited operational track record
  • Weaker upside
I've been a Fundrise investor since 2015. When you join through my referral link, I earn a commission. Opinions are my own.

fundrise app

11. Robinhood

Robinhood is an online brokerage that gives new customers a free stock when you sign up—worth up to $200.

robinhood app

It’s a random draw–not your choice, unfortunately. I got Groupon (currently worth about $6), but Microsoft, VISA, and Johnson & Johnson are options.

Apps That Connect You With Money-Making Gigs

12. Sharetown

Not many people know about Sharetown, but I’ve connected with side hustlers earning $3,000+ a month with this app.

sharetown app

Sharetown matches you up with gently-used mattress and furniture returns from direct-to-consumer brands.

Since the items aren’t new, the companies can’t really take them back and resell them — but you can. The Sharetown reps I’ve connected with report earning $150-250 per item.

And the cool part is the inventory doesn’t cost you anything until it sells.

But you can’t just download the app and get started. You have to apply first to make sure the company needs additional reps in your area.

Check out our full Sharetown review to learn more about how it works.

Highest Earning Power
Become a Sharetown Rep
4.0

Sharetown reps make money by reselling gently-used furniture and bed-in-a-box mattresses. Top reps earn $4000+ per month.

Pros:
  • Low startup costs
  • Great earning power
  • No hunting for inventory
Cons:
  • Requires a truck or SUV
  • Bulky items to store
  • Not available in all areas

13. TaskRabbit

TaskRabbit is the original odd jobs app. You can create a profile specializing in everything from running local errands, assembling furniture, local admin temp help, and even virtual support jobs.

Rates vary widely based on what service you’re providing, but I’ve seen tasks anywhere from $15 an hour all the way up to $100 an hour or more for specialized handyman skills.

14. Steady

The popular Steady app is your gateway to dozens of “gig economy” jobs and other money making opportunities.

steady app

Fun stat: Steady users make an average of $5,500 more per year after they join!

Plus, when you link your bank account details you’ll see personalized Income Boosters — quick ways to make extra money.

Download the app and create an account to find gigs in 4 different categories:

  1. Gigs
  2. Part-Time and Full-Time Work
  3. Work From Home
  4. Recently Added

There are some low-paying options to sort through, but I found several new-to-me platforms to explore. Check out our full Steady app review to learn more.

Apps That Give You Money for Using Your Phone

Because we give so much of our data away for free to companies like Facebook, it’s probably not that far a stretch to actually get paid for the data you share. Here are some options to do just that.

15. Nielsen Computer & Mobile Panel

Nielsen pays you for sharing Internet usage behaviors. Just download the app to all of your registered devices and earn up to $60 per year.

nielsen computer and mobile panel

The app isn’t intrusive and won’t slow down your devices.

16. MobileXpression

MobileXpression is a market research panel that pays you for data from your mobile phone.

make extra money with mobilexpression

After you download the app, it works in the background recording your browsing habits. You’ll earn weekly credits redeemable for gift cards to popular retailers.

Realistically, this is an un-intrusive background app that will probably earn you around $20 a year in passive income. And you’ll earn a free $5 gift card after your first week.

17. Pogo

The free Pogo app is one of my latest finds. By sharing your location and credit card transaction data, Pogo gives you points that you can cash out to PayPal or Venmo.

pogo app screenshots

Just enable location tracking and link your bank account credentials when you sign up. Based on my results so far, I expect Pogo to be worth around $5-20 a year.

Check out my full Pogo app review to learn more.

18. Honeygain

I’ve seen a lot of buzz lately around a new app called Honeygain. According to the site, you can earn up to $50 a month when you share “your unused net traffic with data scientists.”

get paid from honeygain

Just install the app (available on Windows, MacOS, and Android), connect it to the Internet, and earn rewards passively. On average, it takes users 48 days to reach $20.

Get a $5 bonus to start.

Before you get started though, make sure you’re truly on an unlimited plan—it sounds like this could chew through a lot of bandwidth in hurry!

19. Caden (iOS)

Caden is one of my newest finds, and is earning me over $10 a month on autopilot

caden app

The app itself is a little slow and buggy, but may be worth those small headaches for some relatively easy passive income.

At press time, it was iOS only. Check out our full Caden app review to learn more.

The Best Cash Back Apps

Many cash back apps will basically give you free money just for tracking the spending you’re already doing.

20. Fetch Rewards

The Fetch Rewards app is a favorite of mine because it’s super easy. You earn points by snapping pictures of your grocery receipts, which you can cash in for gift cards.

Easiest to Use
Fetch
4.8

Get cash back for every receipt, plus bonus payouts for buying specific products and brands. Use referral code FETCH300 to get 300 free bonus points added to your account.

Pros:
  • Super easy to use
  • Tons of cash out options
  • Earn more from popular brands
Cons:
  • $0.02 minimum receipt value is on the lower end
  • Some rewards have high minimums

fetch rewards

Pro Tip: Use referral code FETCH300 when you sign up to get 300 free bonus points added to your account. 

21. Upside

Use the free Upside app to get up to 25¢/gallon cash back on gas at thousands of locations all around the country. Plus, get a 25¢/gallon bonus on your first fill-up with promo code SHN25.

upside app

Many major brands like Shell, BP, Exxon, Marathon, 76, Valero, and Sunoco are available, and you just have to tell the app where you’re filling up and what credit card you’re using.

The company is expanding to groceries and restaurants, and opening up in new areas as well.

22. Marble

Marble is the first and only “rewards program” for insurance. Marble lets you sync your home, renters, auto, and pet policies in one dashboard, and then pays you up to 5% cash back on your premiums.

marble app

Since you have to have many of these coverages already, getting paid for them is like getting free money.

23. Rakuten (formerly Ebates)

The Rakuten shopping app is an established leader in money saving apps—the company’s been paying users back for over 20 years!

The app offers cash back, in-store cash back, and a cash back button extension for online shopping. Shop almost every retailer on the planet and earn up to 40% cash back.

get cash back with rakuten

I look forward to my “Big Fat Checks” every quarter!

Join through my referral link and get a $30 sign-up bonus.

24. Ibotta

I use Ibotta every week to check for extra cash back on our grocery purchases.

The drawback is you still have to scroll through each store’s listing and choose the products you bought. Then, you snap a picture of your receipt and watch the cash back hit your account.

ibotta earnings

Ibotta Savers who use the app every month earn over $130 a year! I’ll take it. (You can cash out via gift cards or PayPal.)

25. Dosh

With Dosh, there are no codes to scan or receipts to upload. You’ll earn automatic cash back at lots of nearby locations.

dosh app

Where Dosh is perhaps most interesting is in booking hotels. When you book through the app, you can get up to 40% cash back at 600,000 hotels!

Apps That Pay You to Drive

26. Instacart

Get paid to shop for and deliver other people’s groceries with Instacart. Enjoy weekly payouts and a flexible schedule.

instacart app get paid

Check out our full Instacart Shopper review, with a side hustler earning an extra $450-500 a week.

Pros:

Easy to get started

No marketing or sales required

Can earn money quickly

Cons:

Limited earning power

Wear and tear on your vehicle

Income may be inconsistent

27. Uber Eats

A friend of mine reported earning $25-30 an hour making takeout deliveries with Uber Eats.

Uber’s mega-popular tech platform connects your with nearby restaurant orders. Then you go pick up the order and bring it to the customer.

28. DoorDash

DoorDash “Dashers” make up to $25 an hour as food delivery drivers.

Check out our full DoorDash driver review, where I sat down with one Dasher earning $250-500 a month in his spare time.

29. Lyft and Uber

These two ridesharing services are some of the most popular apps to make extra money.

With millions of users, they pay you to drive your neighbors around. Your earning potential varies by city, but you can set your own hours and earn tips for providing a great, safe passenger experience.

One potential “hack” is that both Uber and Lyft have a feature called “destination mode.” This allows you to tell the app where you’re going, and only accept rides from passengers heading in the same direction.

Several Side Hustle Nation readers report using this setting to offset the costs of their regular commutes.

Mystery Shopping and Audit Apps

30. Field Agent

Field Agent presents a list of tasks you can do based on your location.

Most of these gigs involve evaluating product displays or checking on inventory. They typically pay $3-10 apiece, depending on complexity and the time involved.

field agent mystery shopping app

No purchase is necessary, unless specified in the task, in which case Field Agent will reimburse you.

For more, check out my full Field Agent review.

Apps That Pay You to Exercise

31. Rover

With the Rover app, you can get paid to walk dogs. Both have large databases of dog owners looking for help from people like you.

pet sitting side hustle

According to Rover, top dog walkers are earning $1000 a month.

32. Cashwalk

Cashwalk turns your step activity into gift cards, with power users earning $5 every 4-5 weeks, or around $50 a year. (Available in the US only.)

cashwalk app review

Check out our full Cashwalk review to learn more.

33. Miles

The new Miles app gives you “frequent flyer miles” for all the travel you do, whether you’re walking, biking, driving, riding, or flying. (And walking is worth 10x as much as driving!)

miles app

By letting the app track your location, you’ll earn free points to redeem gift cards. You’re going to have to cover a lot of ground to get paid though — it takes 20,000 miles to earn a $5 Amazon gift card — but every dollar counts and the app just runs in the background.

Here’s our full Miles app review to learn more.

34. Evidation

Evidation is another app that pays you for walking. The Evidation app partners up with health companies for market studies. You get to be a part of cutting edge medical research, and get paid for it.

You can earn money by tracking steps, sleeping, logging meals, opting into challenges, completing surveys, tweeting, and more.

Evidation connects with apps like Apple Health, Samsung Health, Fitbit, Strava, MyFitnessPal, and Garmin.

Earn $10 for every 10,000 points, and cash out through PayPal or straight to your bank account.

Apps to Make Money Selling Stuff

Many people earn quick extra cash selling items part-time. Here are the top apps to list and sell items locally and online.

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35. Decluttr

Make money selling your used CDs, DVDs, and video games using this app.

Decluttr will tell you how much your items are worth and even give you a pre-paid shipping label to send them all in.

(Usually it’s a depressingly low amount!)

But what Decluttr lacks in high payouts, it makes up for in ease-of-use. It’s definitely easier than attempting to photograph, list, sell, and ship all your items one-by-one.

36. Amazon Seller App

The free Amazon seller app is your gateway to the world of Amazon FBA — fulfillment by Amazon. The app will let you scan the barcodes of various products and see what they’re selling for on Amazon–and what your profit would be after fees.

I used this app, along with a lot of shopping, to earn over $600 on the side.

Reselling on Amazon is a serious side hustle that many have turned into full-time businesses.

37. Poshmark

With the Poshmark app, you can make extra cash selling clothing, accessories, and home goods. (Used designer clothing is a big seller on Poshmark.)

The app does take a 20% fee, but has a large audience of buyers and makes the selling process as easy as possible.

You can take pics straight from your phone, pick categories, and write a description of your item.

Once you sell something, they send you a free prepaid shipping label for USPS Priority Mail.

Similar Option: 

  • Mercari — A Poshmark competitor, with lower fees.

The App That Pays You For Your Extra Space

38. Neighbor

The Neighbor platform connects people who have extra storage space with people who need it. If you’ve got some excess storage capacity in your garage, attic, or side yard, list your space here to fill it and get paid.

how couples can side hustle with neighbor

Top hosts are earning up to $10,000 a year running their own mini self-storage operations. Check out our full Neighbor review to learn more.

Apps That Pay You Real Money To Share Your Stuff

39. Getaround

Getaround is a leader in the peer-to-peer car rental space. Your car probably sits idle most of the time and the Getaround app helps you turn that idle time into $500 a month or more.

Naturally, nicer and newer cars in popular travel destinations earn the most. I’ve actually heard of people taking out leases on cars specifically to rent them out on Getaround.

Similar Options:

  • Turo – Turo is a similar concept to Getaround, and has car owners earning up to $10,000 a year. Check out the free “carculator” to see how much you can earn or check out our full Turo review for more.
  • RVshare – Rent out your RV for $200+ per day on RVshare, “the largest and most trusted RVing community.” Top renters earn $15-30k a year.

40. Airbnb

Airbnb is one of the most well-known “sharing economy” platforms and has disrupted the entire hotel industry.

If you have an extra room and don’t mind meeting a rotating cast of house guests, it’s a fantastic way to offset your living expenses.

Your rates will depend on your local competition, but could be anywhere from $40 to $300 a night. And if you have any hotels in your city or town, you know there’s at least some demand.

Overlooked Money Making Apps

41. Twitter / X

Top Twitter influencers are making $10k+ per month with Twitter’s new ad revenue sharing program. To qualify, you need to:

  • Be verified or a Twitter Premium subscriber ($8/mo; formerly Twitter Blue)
  • Have received 5M impressions on your content over the last 3 months
  • Have at least 500 followers

but you can use the app to build an engaged audience like Dickie Bush did. In 12 months, he went from zero to 50,000 followers and built a multi-6-figure online business as a result.

42. TikTok

Like YouTube, TikTok actually does pay creators who publish creative viral videos. The TikTok Creator Fund has paid out millions of dollars so far.

43. Your Phone Itself!

While these apps are great, the most overlooked money making app that’s already on your phone is … wait for it … the phone itself!

As in, call a prospect, figure out their pain points, and make a deal to help them.

Conclusion: There Really Are Apps That Pay You!

Yes, you can turn your smartphone into a money making machine by installing a few apps.

Hopefully a few on this list were new to you and you decide to give them a shot. Feel free to report back on your results in the comments below to help future readers!

Just a handful of these apps have already netted me well over $1000 in benefits. I think with a little effort and attention you can have a similar experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there really apps that pay you?

Yes! I’ve turned my phone into a money maker by installing several of these, and many work automatically after you set them up. Check the full list on Side Hustle Nation for more info.

What are the best cash back apps?

My favorite cash back apps are Fetch, Dosh, and Ibotta. Fetch is great because it works at tons of locations and you can earn extra cash back on tons of popular brands. Check the full list on Side Hustle Nation for more info.

What apps pay you to play games?

Several apps pay you to play games, including Swagbucks, KashKick, and others. Still, there are other apps where you can make more money so be sure to check the full list on Side Hustle Nation for more info.

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22 thoughts on “43 Apps That Pay You Real Money: The Best Money Making Apps of 2024”

  1. Check out Observa – wished they had more assignments. So far, I’ve only done one which got paid within a few hours. Another gig got rejected, so I was reluctant at first to risk getting burned again. For a lot of these mobile gig apps, they need more businesses to take advantage of the potential street force that can be enlisted.

  2. I don’t know if this is still true, but I understand that you need to have a facebook account and image in order to join Task Rabbit. Just saying. Otherwise, great list and much appreciated. Thanks!

  3. Thanks for the outlining every app! It helped me figure out a way to make extra income during this crisis. My son loves playing games maybe he’ll help me out. Thank you!

  4. Honeygain and Survey Junkie are my most favorite ones! Honeygain because it requires only to install the app and leave in running in the background of your laptop. And survey junkie is cool cause I like filling out surveys.

    • I most be something wrong because I’ve never done very well on Survey junkie.
      The survey is always about something strange that I have never heard of.
      I’ve traveled the world & half my family is military. Rarely do I come by something I’ve never heard of.
      Any suggestions?

    • Thanks Iman. I checked it out and found these instructions from Swagbucks: “Member must “Activate” the Bonus in the Swag Ups section of your account. Bonus value is earned in the form of points, called SB. Get a 1000 SB bonus, which is equivalent to $10 in value, when you spend at least $25 at a store featured in Swagbucks.com/Shop. You must receive a minimum of 25 SB for this purchase, which you must complete within 30 days of registration.”

    • Yes I loved Qmee! Quick easy money. But unfortunately they stopped paying out if you live within California. I hope they pay again soon.

  5. I use Merchandiser by survey and second to none and bestmark. Also Ivueit! All these are very good so far after using them for 2 years

  6. I’m looking for an app to help me find people that are looking for mechanical car work I have 30 years experience and am looking for a relianle app to help me make money. Any advice??

  7. DO NOT USE MODE APP (previously currant)!! Used to actually pay (gift cards) now JUST A SCAM and cancels any redemption of points for no reason. Uses 3rd party companies for other ‘ways to earn’ and they also scam you out of points you earn. Everything (all parties) automatic ‘responses’, no way to contact or resolve issues. Completely fraudulent business! Reporting to BBB with lots of proof of these happing repeatedly.

  8. Been doing Branded Surveys for a couple of weeks, and I get rejected about half or more of the way through because I “don’t qualify” for the survey. I feel ripped off.

    Read that Swagbucks “might be better”, but their payout is less frequent.

    Does anyone have a suggestion on what is better than these two? I feel I am wasting quality time.

  9. Hey Nick good list, but I’m a survey taker and was wondering how I can make 100-200 dollars a week doing the surveys if at all?

    Thanks

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