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Best iPhone Apps to Earn Money

Updated on June 29, 2014

You pay your phone bill every month but what if your phone could pay you money each month? With a few minutes of your time every day these apps can help put a little extra cash in your pocket and help you pile up some gift cards.

There are hundreds of iPhone apps out there promising users money but many of them are scams. Below is a list of reputable apps that consistently pay users and will help put a little extra cash in your pocket.


iPoll is one of my personal favorite apps. Over the past year I have earned over $200 doing surveys and tasks here and there when I have a little down time.

Users earn money on iPoll by completing surveys and doing mystery shopping tasks. By completing simple screening surveys you can unlock mystery shopping tasks which take on average 15 minutes in a store but pay $15-$25 a piece. You can expect 1 to 2 of these "mystery shopping" missions on average every month. They are a great way to earn a little extra cash while you are at the grocery doing your personal grocery shopping.

Pros: Reputable company, high paying mystery shopping surveys

Cons: Must unlock high paying surveys, must reach $50 before cashout


Shopkick is one of the highest rated apps on this list. With over 440 ratings on the app store and a 4.5 rate it is safe to say that Shopkick is a reputable app that pays out to its users.

Shopkick is an app that gives you points or "kicks" when you shop. Shopkick partners with many major retailers such as Target, Walmart, Old Navy etc and installs "beacons" in their stores. When you walk in the store and open the app it communicates with the beacon and awards you kicks. You can also earn kicks by scanning specific products in stores.

I consider Shopkick to be a very passive app as all you need to do is open the app when shopping and don't need to participate in any surveys which take up your time. While you do not get a lot of kicks for a single shopping trip it is very easy to rack up points if you shop frequently.

While you cannot redeem points for cash you can redeem gift cards from stores such as Target, Starbucks, and Gamestop (to name a few)

Pros: Passive earning, reputable

Cons: Slow earnings, cannot redeem for cash

Perk TV

Perk TV is my all time personal favorite earning app. Why? Because it is a completely passive earning app.

All you need to do to earn points on Perk TV is to

  1. Download the app
  2. Set up an account
  3. Click the "Movie Trailers" section
  4. Click the first trailer
  5. Let the app run and rack up points!

You earn a few points for every few trailers that run and the video cycle runs for about 8 hours. This app runs on its own which is why it is considered completely passive earning.

If you have an extra apple device to solely dedicate to running Perk TV you can earn about $15/week for doing nothing. If you don't have an extra device you can run your primary device overnight and make at least $5/week.

You can redeem gift cards or cash through perk TV however there is a better redemption ratio when redeeming gift cards.

Pros: Passive earning

Cons: Bad cash to point ratio so must cash out in gift cards


FreeMyApps (FMA) is a great app to use when you have a little extra downtime. To earn points on FMA you download free apps off the app store and earn points after running them for 30 secs. 300 points = $1 Individual apps can earn you anywhere from 50-300+ points and there are a few new apps available every day or every couple of days.

FMA offers instant cashout once you reach 1500 points for $5 gift cards from places like amazon and the app store however does not offer the option to cash-out for cash.

Pros: Can discover some fun games, easily reach goal

Cons: Some dry spells where apps aren't available for download


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