Online surveys can be a great way to earn some extra money. Back when I was really struggling for extra cash, they really helped to reduce my financial stress.
The only problem is that a lot of the online survey sites that I was using weren’t really designed to use on the go. This can cause you to waste a lot of time simply navigating through their site on your phone browser.
After sorting through many of them, I was finally able to narrow my selection to the some of the best-paying survey sites that also have a mobile app. The best part? They’re all 100% free to join.
It’s difficult to determine exactly how much I earn each month with these apps, but I would say that with just 10 of them I can easily bring in $300 or more. By participating in all 20 you should have no problem bringing in $600/month.
What Are The Apps?
Want to skip past the reviews and get right to it? Not a problem. Here’s a short list of what I think are some of the best survey apps. Even if a survey app pays a little better than another, I’d prefer the lower-paying one if it’s more interesting to use.
Here’s a list of some of the best survey apps:
- ShopTracker ($3 sign-up bonus)
- Pinecone Research ($3 per survey)
- YouGov ($2 sign-up bonus)
- PointClub ($5 sign-up bonus)
- Nielsen Consumer Panel (passive income earner)
- Swagbucks ($5 sign-up bonus)
- LifePoints (a great earner with fun surveys)
- EarningStation ($10 bonus after signing-up for 5 partner sites)
- More Below…
Remember when signing-up you’ll most likely have to verify your email address. I recommend trying all of them at least once to determine which ones you like and which ones are right for you.
Now that you have an idea of what type of apps are on this list, let’s get started with the reviews.
ShopTracker is one of the more passive apps on this list. It requires very little work and pays you for allowing them to track your Amazon purchases.
When you sign-up, you’re automatically given a bonus of $3 once you complete a short survey and link your Amazon account. After that, all you have to do is leave the app on your phone.
Answer one or two questions about your Amazon purchases per month and get $3 each time. This calculates out to roughly $36 per year for under 30 minutes or total work.
ShopTracker has a strong reputation since it’s backed by Harris Poll Online, one of the most popular survey sites across the web. The only downside about ShopTracker is that they only reward you with Visa gift cards.
Your rewards is given out each month, usually within 48 hours. Keep note that when installing the app, it may be listed as “Harris Panel.”
- Requires very little work to earn $36/year
- $3 sign-up bonus
- Incredibly easy to setup
- Strong reputation
- Low payout threshold
Pinecone Research easily makes number one on this list due to their great payout rate. No matter which survey you take, you’re always going to earn a flat rate of $3. Not only that, but I find that they only tend to take around 10 – 15 minutes, meaning I’m earning roughly around a rate of $15/hour.
The only downside is that there’s a limit to the amount of surveys that you participate in. At most, I find that I’m able only to take one or two surveys per week. Sometimes I only get one a month. You can turn on email notifications to be reminded of when new apps are available.
Unlike most survey apps on this list, I find that Pinecone Research tends to have the most interesting ones. You’re actually giving opinions about products and services that you most likely use on a daily basis.
There have been periods in which Pinecone Research doesn’t accept new users. If you find this to be the case for you, try back again in a month. You can cash out for PayPal, gift cards or physical prizes. Rewards can take up to a week, and you need a minimum of $10 to cash out.
- Flat rate of $3 per survey
- Interesting surveys about commonly-used products
- Can cash out for PayPal, gift cards and physical prizes
- Short surveys
- Email notifications to remind you of new surveys
YouGov is a survey app that heavily focuses on gathering opinions about current events. Rather than simply completing surveys and taking away cash, YouGov is more like a community. Connect with others and hear their opinions about what’s going on in the news.
YouGov only rewards you with gift cards and you only need a minimum of $5 to cash out. I’ve found that YouGov has some of the most interesting surveys and polls that I’ve taken (for those of you interested in current events and politics).
I usually find that I’m able to reach the the payout threshold quite quickly, and the $2 bonus definitely helps. YouGov also has a referral program. For each friend that you refer that uses your link to register, you earn a bonus of 2,000 points (equivalent to $2).
- Referral program
- Sign-up bonus of $2
- Payout threshold is quite low
- Great surveys for those interested in current events
Swagbucks is one of my favorite survey apps of all-time, and it’s not just because they have a great payout rate. You’re also able to earn cash completing tasks that you do on a daily basis, such as watching videos, signing-up for free-trial offers, clipping coupons, taking polls, playing games, shopping online and more.
Swagbucks tend to vary in their registration bonus. Sometimes I find that they pay as little as $.50 cents for new users, sometimes $5, and often times as little as $0. It really depends on when you’re signing-up.
When it comes strictly to surveys, I typically find that I can easily earn $5 every 30 minutes if not more. When I run out of good-paying surveys, I simply switch to another task such as watching videos for some easy money.
Want to earn even more cash? Refer your friends. For each friend that you convince to join using your sign-up link, you earn 10% of their earnings for life.
Like Pinecone Research, Swagbucks rewards you with gift cards, physical prizes and direct deposits to PayPal. Rewards are usually given within a few days and there’s a $5 cash out threshold.
- Earn cash for more than just surveys
- Registration bonus of anywhere between $.50 cents and $5
- Excellent referral program
- Can cash out for PayPal, gift cards and physical prizes
- Low payout threshold
5. Zap Surveys
There are two main benefits when it comes to using Zap Surveys: the first survey is extremely high-paying, and the surveys are usually short. After taking my first survey, I was able to earn $6.25, and it only took me two minutes.
I’ve heard that the amount you receive on the first survey may vary. While you could count your first survey as a high sign-up bonus, it won’t do you any good if you stop there. There’s a minimum of $25 to cash out to PayPal or for gift cards. However, this isn’t a problem.
You’ll find that most surveys pay a minimum of $.50 cents, while some going as high as $10. Of course, the higher-paying surveys will take much longer than the lower-paying ones.
The one thing I particularly love about this survey app is that no matter which survey I take, they never tend to take that long to complete. The downside is that there just aren’t enough surveys to go around.
Want to earn some extra cash? Zap Surveys has a referral program that gives you $.15 cents per referral. While the amount isn’t much, it doesn’t take much effort to post your referral link on Facebook or Twitter.
- First survey is extremely high-paying
- Option to cash out for gift cards or PayPal
- Surveys tend to be extremely short
InboxDollars is a very similar survey app to Swagbucks. Instead of simply earning cash with surveys, get paid to watch videos, refer your friends, complete free-trial offers.
The one task I absolutely love about InboxDollars is the fact that I can earn cash simply for reading emails. All you have to do is open them and you get paid for it.
When it comes to surveys, I usually find that I’m earning at about a rate of $10 per hour. The minimum threshold for cashing out is $25. While it is a bit high, I usually have no problems reaching this amount within a couple of hours.
Payments are made either via PayPal or for gift cards. InboxDollars also has an excellent referral program. For each friend that you refer you earn 10% of their earnings for life.
- Sign-up bonus of $5
- Easy way to make cash reading emails as well
- Excellent referral program
Nielsen Consumer & Mobile Panel is another great way to share information without the need to actually take surveys. Simply install an app to your phone and earn up to $50 per year.
The great thing about this panel is that there’s an unlimited amount of devices that you can install the app on. This allows you to double or even triple your earnings. The only limit is on the amount of devices per area. If you live in a large city, they will most likely be able to accept five or even ten different devices that you use.
The great thing about Nielsen Computer & Mobile Panel is that it’s available in multiple countries. Earn a passive income in Spain, Germany, China and many other places. You can exchange the points you earn for either gift cards or cool prizes.
- Great passive income earning
- Can install on multiple devices
- Can be used across the globe
EarningStation has one of the best referral programs on this list. Refer a friend and receive 10% of their earnings plus an additional $5 when they earn their first $5.
Not only that, but when you sign-up for 5 of their partner sites, you can also earn a registration bonus of $10. However, keep in mind that this usually needs to be completed within your first month of joining their program.
EarningStation is known as a rewards app, meaning you can earn money by watching videos, taking surveys, participating in polls and more. With surveys alone, expect to earn roughly $10/hour.
When cashing out from EarningStation, you can select either direct deposits to PayPal or gift cards. You only need a minimum of $1 to cash out. With this in mind, it’s at least worth giving it a shot.
- Great referral program
- Registration bonus of $10
- Extremely low payout threshold
- Earn cash for more than just surveys
While the PointClub survey app is only available for Android devices, iPhone users can still access it via their desktop computer or mobile browser. They have one of the highest payout rates on this list. Expect to earn up to $15/hour taking surveys, and you get a $5 bonus os a new user.
PointClub has a great bonus program. For every 5 consecutive days that you log-in you earn a 10% bonus on all of your earnings up to a maximum of 100%. However, miss a day and this resets back to zero.
The surveys on PointClub are incredibly simple and easy to take. If this were available for both iOS and Android devices, it would definitely be a lot closer to the top of this list. You need a minimum of $25 to cash out for either gift cards or deposits to PayPal.
- Excellent payout rate – earn up to $15/hour
- $5 registration bonus
- Surveys are fun and easy
CashCrate is another short task app that’s on this list. Get paid to shop online, refer friends, take surveys, watch videos and more. Get a $1 bonus and earn a 20% referral bonus for life when you refer your friends. Additionally, you earn $3 when they earn their first $10 in their first month. And to top it all off, you get 10% of all the earnings from their friends.
This survey app isn’t as popular as EarningStation or Swagbucks, but we highly recommend it, especially for the referral program. I usually find that I can earn roughly $8 – $10 per hour taking surveys. This is why we suggest referring friends more than anything to greatly increase your earnings.
Unfortunately you can’t exchange for pure cash, but CashCrate does reward you with either gift cards or cool prizes.
- Excellent referral program – 20% of friends’ earnings
- Registration bonus of $1
- More tasks than just taking surveys
11. Smart Panel
Want to earn cash for sharing your opinion without actually taking surveys? The Smart Panel survey app pays you just for leaving an app installed on your phone. You get a $5 bonus when you register. However, keep in mind that you can only claim this reward if you leave the app installed for a minimum of one month.
Smart Panel works by collecting data about how you use your phone. This includes information such as what browser you’re using, how often you use your phone and what apps you have installed. All data that’s sent back to Smart Panel is encrypted, so you don’t have to worry about your privacy being jeapordized.
The great thing about Smart Panel is that it’s basically as if you’re earning a passive income. Once you install the app, just let it sit in the background and cash out. You can earn up to $110/year if you leave it installed during the entire time. Leave it installed a total of 2 years and earn $230. You only need to earn $5 to cash out. Cash prizes are all in the form of gift cards.
- Great passive money maker
- Registration bonus of $5
- Low payout threshold
MySoapBox is a survey app that’s well-known for their high-paying surveys. The downside? There aren’t that many surveys to around. You can easily expect to earn up to $15 per hour when taking surveys.
Since they don’t have that many surveys available, we suggest signing-up for email notifications for when new surveys come in. The great thing about this program is that after the first time cashing out, there’s only a $1 minimum. The first time you need $25 to cash out, and the $2 bonus can definitely help you reach this a lot more quickly.
I tend to find the surveys on their site interesting, which helps prevent fatigue from taking surveys all of the time. Points that you earn can only be exchanged for gift cards to popular retailers.
- Low payout threshold after the first time cashing out
- $2 registation bonus
- Surveys tend to be interesting
- Prizes are usually rewarded within a couple of days
- Devices: |
- Registration Bonus: None
- Our Full Review
MySurvey is great for their short surveys and decent payout rate. You’ll find that most surveys take a few minutes to complete, and they always tell you how long they’re going to take beforehand.
MySurvey likes to reward frequent survey takers. The more surveys you take, the more surveys you’ll be given. Not only that, but you’re more likely to receive higher-paying surveys as well. They also have a daily poll you can complete to earn even more points.
Your points can be exchanged for gift cards, deposits to PayPal as well as donations to UNICEF. MySurvey is available to those residing in the UK, Australia and the US.
- Surveys tend to be short
- Tend to reward frequent survey-takers
- Exchange points for PayPal deposits, gift cards or deposits to charity
- Available to those residing in the UK, Australia and US
- Surveys tend to be interesting compared with other survey apps
GlobalTestMarket is one of the best international survey sites out there. No matter what country you’re in, more than likely it’s going to work wherever you are. Expect to earn around $8 – $10 per survey.
Some people report having difficulties registering with the site at first. If this is the case for you, come back in a little bit and try again. It’s seldom, but sometimes their site runs a bit slow.
GlobalTestMarket has a great reputation and pays out with both PayPal and gift card rewards. Furthermore, if you’re ineligible for a survey they’ll usually let you know within the first few questions that you take.
- Best-known international survey site
- Strong reputation
- Pays in both gift cards and deposits to PayPal
- Tells you quickly if you’re ineligible for a survey
QuickThoughts can easily net you an extra $30 in your pocket for taking surveys. Available for both iOS and Android devices, this app is one of the best when it comes to user interface and functionality.
There’s no sign-up bonus, but the payout per survey tends to be quite high without much effort. Once you reach a minimum balance of $10 you’ll be able to cash out for a gift card of your choosing.
Not only can you get rewarded for taking surveys, but you can also earn some extra money completing small activities in your area. This typically includes reporting prices on products in the supermarket, scanning products or talking to an employee at a particular store.
- Earn cash in ways other than just taking surveys
- Great app for earning on the go for its user interface
- Payout rate is quite high
16. Toluna Opinions
We still haven’t done a full review of Toluna Opinions, but from what we’ve experienced so far we only have good things to say. You need a minimum balance of $20 for direct deposits to PayPal or for gift cards. The best part? All rewards are given to you immediately.
Toluna comes with a $2 registration bonus and is available for both iOS and Android devices. You can cash out for both PayPal deposits and Amazon gift cards.
Toluna Opinions does a great job of telling you if you’re ineligible for a survey, usually telling you within the first question or two. Expect to earn $1 – $5 per survey, making it one of the higher-paying ones on this list.
- $2 registration bonus
- Earn $1 – $5 per survey
- Payouts are made immediately
- Know rather quickly if you’re ineligible for a survey or not
17. Ipsos i-Say
The surveys you find on Ipsos i-Say are usually shorter than they say they are, so you’re never on there for as long as you think you are. Available for both iOS and Android devices, expect to make around $8 – $10 per hour with Ipsos.
Each time you take a survey with the i-Say panel you’re automatically entered into one of their sweepstakes for a cool prize such as a MP3 player, gaming consoles or gift cards.
There’s also a tier system that rewards you for how many surveys you take. For example, take 5 surveys and you’re automatically given a bonus of 25 points. You can exchange your points for a gift card of your choosing.
- Tier system for frequent survey-takers
- Surveys usually shorter than what they say
- Automatically entered in sweepstakes after each survey
One thing that really sticks out to us about MyPoints is their large sign-up bonus of $10 that you get after earning your first $20. Aside from taking surveys, you also get paid to watch videos, refer your friends, complete free-trial offers and more. This is another short task site on our list.
Assuming that you only take the higher-paying surveys, expect to earn around $8 – $10 per hour. For their referral program, you earn a bonus when one of your friends earns their first $20.
If you want to earn even more cash other than just by taking surveys, we suggest watching videos with MyPoints. The payout rate is quite decent and they’re easy to watch.
- Earn by completing other tasks than just taking surveys
- High registration bonus of $10
- Great payout rate for higher-paying surveys
Qmee was originally intended to pay your for your searches. Each time you make a search on a popular search engine such as Google, Qmee does their best to match ads with your search term. If there’s a match, a small window will pop-up. Click on one of the ads and get paid.
It wasn’t until recently that Qmee added the option to take surveys for cash. The great thing about Qmee is that there’s no minimum payout. Even if you have as little as 25 cents you can request a payout to your PayPal account.
Each time you refer a friend they get a $1 bonus and so do you. The surveys don’t pay near as much as you get for surfing the web, but it helps for a bit of extra cash. This app is available for both iOS and Android devices.
- Registration bonus of $1
- Refer friends for an additional $1
- Get paid to surf the web
- No minimum payout required
20. Valued Opinions
Although we haven’t written a full review for Valued Opinions yet, from what I’ve experienced the surveys payout rates are quite high. Earn anywhere from $1 – $5 per survey, and you’re also told how much each survey is estimated to take beforehand.
Each time you take a survey your’e awarded with a certain amount of points. These points can be exchanged for gift cards to popular retailers such as Amazon or Macy’s. Redemption can take as long as 48 hours for the gift card to arrive in your inbox, but I typically find them to arrive within 24.
Valued Opinions also has a badge system. The more surveys you participate in, the higher your ranking will be on your badge. This will help you earn even more points. Expect each survey to take around 10 – 20 minutes to complete.
- You’ll always know how long each survey site will take
- Payout per survey is anywhere between $1 – $5
- Gift cards are sent quite quickly after redemption
- Rewards for frequent survey-takers
- Devices: Android
- Registration Bonus: None
- No Full Review
Google Opinion Rewards tend to be a very easy app to use when it comes to taking surveys. You can choose to turn on notifications for when new surveys are available.
Expect to earn anywhere from 25 cents to $1 when taking surveys with a few surveys per week. Most surveys only have 1 – 5 questions, so you won’t need to put a whole lot of effort into it. You’re definitely earning at a high rate for the amount of work that you need to put in.
Google Opinion Rewards is available in the US, Germany, the UK, Australia and Canada. The biggest downside? Each time you complete a survey you’re given Google Play Credits – some people would prefer cash only. These credits can be exchanged for books, magazines, Google music and more.
- Available in a wide range of countries
- Incredibly short surveys
- Notification option for when new surveys are available
- A different set of prizes than with other survey apps on this list
LifePoints is one of the newer survey apps out there, but they’re already proving their worth. Get paid to complete small tasks from your phone such as taking surveys and doing daily challenges.
The great thing about LifePoints is that almost all surveys take under 10 minutes to complete. This means you never have to start a survey and quit halfway through since most likely you’ll finish it quickly.
When you sign-up, you get a 5 points bonus and a 15% booster. You need a minimum of 1,080 points to cash out for a $10 gift card of your choosing.
By using this app for just a few minutes per day, you’re most likely to be able to earn around $10 within a few weeks.
- User-friendly design
- Lots of surveys and tasks available
- Surveys on average take 10 minutes or less
- Entered into sweepstakes if not eligible for survey
What Should I Look For In A Survey App?
It can be difficult to tell which of the survey apps are scam or legit, especially when some claim that you can make hundreds per month. In order to determine which apps are appropriate, I use the following guidelines:
- Never pay. If you ever run across a survey site that requires your payment information to join, it’s most likely a scam. All of the survey sites on this list are free.
- The payout rate. Obviously we all want to earn the most amount of cash in the shortest amount of time possible. Be sure to look at how much each survey pays as well as how long they take to complete. If you’re only earning only $.50 for a 1 minute survey, that’s $30/hour. If you’re earning $5 for 30 minutes of your time, that’s only $10/hour.
- When they pay. Each survey app has a different payout period. Some pay once per month, and others require to request your payout. This may be a deciding factor depending on when you need the cash.
- The form of payment. Most survey apps have multiple ways in which you can cash out, such as deposits to PayPal or gift cards. Yet I’ve ran across a few that only allow you to claim for cash prizes. For me personally, I love accepting cash. I don’t tend to spend my time on survey apps that only award prizes. Be sure to check this when deciding on which apps to use.
- Minimum payout threshold. I’ve ran across survey apps that require you to have $50 in your account before you’re able to cash out. What happens if the surveys don’t pay well or I don’t like using the app? I’m unable to claim the amount that I’ve already earned. For this reason I’m much more likely to try an app that has a low payment threshold.
- The device they function on. Unfortunately, there are some of these apps that are only available for either iOS or Android devices. We’ll be sure to clarify this in the description. If you still want to try the app and don’t have the appropriate phone, you can always use a desktop computer to access their web version.
- Privacy. All of the survey apps listed here care about your privacy. All of the data that’s submitted is encrypted and kept anonymous. In other words, there’s no way to trace the information that you submit back to you.
Tips For Maximizing Your Earnings With Survey Apps
Here are some common tips to maximize your earnings when taking surveys on survey apps.
Back when I started participating in survey apps I was really excited to put in as much effort as possible to maximize returns. However, dealing with 15 apps a time can really start to wear down on you. After about a month of intense work, I had to take almost a month off just to be able to put in the effort to participate in survey apps once again. Pace yourself and start with just a few. If you find that you’re not anywhere close to burnout, go ahead and add a few more survey apps to your list.
Don’t take low-paying surveys.
A lot of the apps on this list have a mix between low-paying and high-paying surveys. In order to earn at the highest rate possible, don’t even bother with the lower-paying surveys. If you’re out of surveys that pay well on one app, move on to the next one. Keep a list of 5 – 10 go-to apps for when no more surveys are available.
Use multiple survey sites.
Using multiple survey sites is extremely important. Apart from the fact that there’s only a few high-paying surveys on each app, this helps prevent burnout as well. Not only that, but it’s good to try new ones so you know exactly what you like. Maybe you’ll find a survey app that’s a little bit lower paying but it’s much more fun. That in my opinion is much more valuable.
Look for VPN requirements.
Check and see what the requirements for survey apps and whether they require you to use a VPN or not. If they require the use of a VPN, keep in mind that other apps might not and will potentially suspend your account if they detect you using it.
Verify email address.
I get a lot of emails stating why they can’t register for a survey apps. Most of the time you’re going to be asked to verify your email address right after signing-up. Don’t forget this step.
Referring friends is one of the easiest ways to increase your earnings with survey apps. Since you’re already using your phone to take a survey, why not go ahead and send out a group text? Another great method is to do a quick post on Twitter, Facebook or some other social media platform.
Enjoying yourself when trying out survey apps is a great way to help you stay motivated and earn more. If you’re not having fun, you’re less likely to keep going. Again, try out new apps to see which one is right for you.
Try out survey sites.
Sometimes there won’t be an app for a particular survey site. We’ve put together a list of 25 survey sites that can help you earn $600/month or more in extra income.
If you were to realistically participate in all of the apps listed here, you could easily earn an extra $600 per month just by taking surveys on the go. However, I understand that it’s quite difficult to keep up with all of them. This is why we suggest trying out quite a few until you narrow it down to the ones you like.
I hope you enjoyed this list of our best survey apps. Do you have any experience using these apps or is there one on the list that isn’t and should be? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.