How much time per day do you spend looking at your phone? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could learn how to make money from your phone and get paid for the time you spend using it?
I’ve done a little bit of digging to find some cool apps that make you money.
With a little bit of work, you could stop watching Instagram stories of exotic locations and start posting some of your own.
How to Make Money on Your Phone: 14 Different Ideas to Try Out
The ideas below will all help you make money from your phone by watching videos, surfing the web, taking pictures etc.
Sign up for everything that looks appealing! The more apps you download, the more money you can make!
1. Get paid to surf the web and watch videos
Swagbucks is an absolute MUST join and you get $5.00 simply for signing up!
This site offers a smartphone app that enables you to earn Swagbucks (SB) for watching videos, answering surveys, and completing merchant offers.
You can also surf the Web using the Swagbucks toolbar and win additional SB. Once you have at least 300 SB, you can trade them in for Paypal payouts (or gift cards if you prefer).
2. Make $50 by downloading an app
They currently are offering a $5 bonus on top of the $50 you get paid, making the total you can earn here $55!
You’ve likely heard of Nielsen in the past. You know when you hear of a TV show being cancelled or renewed for a new season due to ratings?
Well, Nielsen is the company that assigns the ratings to TV shows.
They do this by tracking what their users watch. The more people watching a show, the better the chances are at renewal. If no one is watching, it gets canned.
They are expanding into new areas and want to know how people are using their phones.
As a thank you for helping them out, you’ll get paid $50 just to download their app.
It’s non-invasive and how you use your phone will help shape a lot of trends in pop culture.
Pretty cool, yeah?
3. Get paid to submit your receipts
iBotta Special offer: Get a special $10 welcome bonus when you create your account!
iBotta was one of the first rebate apps on the market and offers cash back on grocery, apparel, electronics, restaurant, pet, etc. purchases.
The rebate amounts are fairly high (as much as $1.50) and work across a number of stores.
Many qualifying rebates are brand-independent (e.g., $0.50 off any orange juice), while others require that you purchase a given brand at a certain store.
4. Answer questions and make money from your phone
VIP Voice pays you CASH to answer questions about famous brands.
Plus, they’ll drop money in your account just for signing up.
The more questions you answer, the more money you can make!
5. Invest your spare change
Acorns offers a cool opportunity that will allow you to start investing your money without even realizing it.
Let’s say you head to Starbucks and buy a latte. The price comes out to $5.25.
Acorns will round up your purchase to $6.00 and take that extra 75 cents and invest it for you.
It’s an incredibly easy way to start saving money and building towards your future. They also recently started offering cash-back on purchases at most major retailers. Now you get your spare change invested, and a little extra.
Plus, you get $5.00 just for creating an account. Win-win.
6. Watch videos
InboxDollars pays you to watch videos on your phone.
It literally does not get any easier than this. Load up the videos you want to watch and your earnings will continue to grow with them.
Cash out to Paypal or in gift cards when you’re ready.
If you were wondering if they have a signup bonus as well, you’re in luck because $5.00 is here for the taking.
7. Visit stores and mystery shop
Field Agent has you earning money by completing tasks such as checking store displays, taking photos of grocery shelves, finding specific store products, and going through checkout.
You can complete jobs and make money on your phone at almost any major retailer. The assigned job must be completed in a given amount of hours.
Payouts are made by Paypal.
8. Complete in-store evaluations
GigWalk is a mobile app that offers you paid tasks while you’re on-the-go.
These tasks are geo-focused on your specific location and might include checking a street sign, verifying a transportation option or examining a landmark.
After you apply for an assignment and complete it, your payment is sent to your Paypal account.
Once you prove your worth as a Gigwalker, you’ll be sent higher paying (e.g., $100) assignments.
9. Sell your photos and videos
You likely have a few thousand photos on your device and you can make money from your phone and it’s giant photo gallery.
Did you know that Foap will pay you $5 a pop anytime someone wants to use one of them?
Foap connects publishers with creators and you can make some decent money just by sharing access to your photos. Keep in mind that simple candids of your cat likely aren’t going to fetch anything, but more creative shots showcasing interesting sights can definitely pull in extra money for you.
10. Test out new products
Survey Junkie is one of the oldest and most reputable survey companies online making this one of the easiest ways to make money from your phone.
You can get to try out new products before they ever hit the shelves.
Answer a few short questions about them and help the company shape the future of their product lines.
You can get paid direct to your Paypal account or cash in your rewards for gift cards.
11. Answer (more) questions
1Q pays you $0.25 or $0.50 for every question (Askvert) you receive and answer in a set amount of time.
You’ll receive a notification that a new set of questions is available to be answered.
For example, you might be asked how many times in the last week you used a foot moisturizing cream.
The number of questions you receive depends on your demographics and geographic location. Payments are sent to your Paypal account.
12. Make money from your phone by testing websites and apps
Companies will pay you to test their apps before they launch through the UserTesting app.
You do need to successfully complete a sample test with this company, but once that’s done, you’ll be earning $10 for each app you download, test and review (via voice recording) for UserTesting.
13. Do almost anything and get paid
Earnably pays you for not only listening to the radio, but also for completing surveys, viewing videos, and completing online offers.
What’s especially beneficial with Earnably is that the site pays you bonuses and increases your payout options as you advance on the site.
It takes just $2 in collected earnings before you can request a payout through Paypal or a gift card.
14. Listen to new music
SliceThePie allows you to check out new music and get paid for giving your opinions on it.
If you have time to kill and like listening to new bands, this app is absolutely perfect.
The Truth About Making Money from Your Phone
Let’s be real.
You aren’t going to get rich by making money from your phone.
At best, you have the opportunity to bring in some extra cash while you sit on the couch and ignore The Office as it runs in the background.
If you’re looking for more serious ways of making money, I would suggest you look into a work from home job, or browse this list of passive income ideas for ways you can make money even while you sleep.
Do you know of other money-making mobile apps? Describe them in the comments below.