How to Get Paid to Download Apps: A Step-by-Step Guide for 2018
Get paid to download apps? You might think that I’m making this up, but it’s actually a real way to earn semi-passive income online. No, you don’t have to be a programmer and you don’t have to hack anything. All you need to do is simply install, run, and sometimes use the apps for a little while in order to get paid.
Here’s my step-by-step guide on how to get paid to download apps.
1. Buy a Cheap Phone
This is the most critical step of this guide. I don’t recommend you use your brand new Samsung Galaxy S9 to do this because if you’re phone gets damaged from malware or simply from running continuously, you’re going to be pretty pissed.
So the first thing you need to do before you earn money installing apps is buy a cheap phone. If you have an older smartphone lying around after you recently upgraded, you can totally skip this step and just use that phone.
The best cheap phones to use are the ones that are often sold by prepaid wireless carriers and have high ratings. Try to stick to a model that will run you $30 or less and look for sales and deals that can help you save on your phone investment.
Here are some stores you can use to research cheap phones that have high reviews:
Regardless of where you get the phone that you use for this, I recommend doing a factory reset so that your personal information isn’t on the phone.
Some of the apps that you’ll need to download while earning ask for total permissions, including use of your camera and microphone and access to your files. So if you value your privacy, I highly recommend not keeping your personal information on this phone.
2. Buy an SD Card
Your new cheap phone will have a very limited storage capacity (usually 8 GB) so you won’t be able to download a lot of apps at once. To expand your capabilities, you’ll need to purchase an SD card for your phone.
3. Connect Your Phone to Wi-Fi
The best part about this method is that you DON’T need a data plan to earn from the apps that I will describe in this article. Simply connect the phone to your home Wi-Fi and move on to the next step.
Make Money Downloading These Apps
Now that you have your device ready, you can start downloading some apps that pay you money and make some cash. Here are the top apps that I recommend installing to earn money on your phone.
CashPirate is the main app that pays you to download apps. What you do is download an app, open it and then your coins will be instantly added to your account. On occasion, you will be asked to register for the app or keep it on your device for 3 days in order to receive the coins.
After you install CashPirate, enter my referral code “GMCTNP” at signup to claim bonus coins.
CashPirate Minimum Cashout: $2.50 via PayPal
CashPirate Cashout Options: Gift Cards, Prizes, Bitcoin, Ethereum, PayPal
Sign Up Bonus: Enter “GMCTNP” at signup for +50% coins for the first 1000 coins you earn (= 500 coins bonus)
CashMagnet is an app that basically turns your phone into a bot by automatically browsing websites and testing apps. When it’s activated it seems to just browse blogs and play games. It doesn’t seem like it’s doing anything harmful or questionable.
I usually turn this app on when I go to bed since CashMagnet will only activate when your phone is idle. When you want to use your phone for something else, just press ‘STOP EARNING’ to pause the app.
CashMagnet Minimum Cashout: $5 via PayPal ($2 for Bitcoin, Ethereum, $3 for Giftcard)
CashMagnet Cashout Options: Gift Cards, Prizes, Bitcoin, Ethereum, PayPal
The only real difference is the name of the app. These apps allow you to download games to play on your phone. As you play the games, every so often you’ll be awarded mCoins which you can redeem for cash or gift cards to your favorite stores.
While these sites are very reliable and pay out fast, I would like to warn against simply opening the games and leaving them idle for days at a time. This can result in a ban according a few user reports I found online.
AppLike / FitPlay Minimum Cashout: $0.50 via PayPal
AppLike / FitPlay Cashout Options: Gift Cards, PayPal
I discussed Perk in an earlier article here: 5 Sites That Pay You to Do Almost Nothing | Earn Money Online. Perk also has mobile apps which are the equivalent of the desktop versions of the site that you can use to earn.
Perk Minimum Cashout: $0.50 via Instant PayPal
Perk Cashout Options: Gift Cards, Prizes, PayPal, Instant PayPal (use Instant PayPal to avoid PayPal fees)
Perk Available Countries: United States, Canada (excluding Quebec), UK, Australia, New Zealand, and India
Survey Site App Download Offers
A number of survey sites offer mobile download offers, such as Swagbucks, that you can take advantage of. They are typically listed in the Offers section of the site from specific offer companies such as AdGate Rewards and OfferToro.
I’m mentioning these as a last resort for earning because many times these offers have been broken when I’ve tried them. However, since others have reported that they do work, I have posted about them in this article.
Lock Screen Apps
You can also get paid to unlock the screen of your phone. Two apps that I like that you can install and run simultaneously are Slidejoy and S’more. Every time you turn on your phone screen, these apps will activate and lock your phone screen and show you a banner ad. When you unlock the screen via the app, you’ll get credited to your account.
Both apps also offer the option to earn via surveys and offers just like survey sites.
By installing lock screen apps, you’ll also have to disable any passcode lock screen that you may have on your phone so this is another reason why I recommend not using your main phone for these activities.
Slidejoy Minimum Cashout: $2 via PayPal
Slidejoy Cashout Options: Gift Cards, Mobile Topup, PayPal
Slidejoy Referral Bonus: 100 carats for every 500 carats your friends receive
S’more Minimum Cashout: $1 via Amazon Gift Card
S’more Cashout Options: Gift Cards
S’more Sign Up Bonus: 25 points (claim here)
S’more Referral Bonus: 25 points after 10 days
Now that this tutorial has come to an end, I just have a few last tips. You should make sure to:
- Use a dedicated email address. Some download offers will require you to register in the app in order to get credited. Just like survey sites, you’ll want to use a separate email address for these offers so that you don’t end up with a ton of spam.
- Be cautious when using multiple devices. Some of these apps can be run on multiple devices at the same time. Make sure to check with the site to see how many devices are allowed so that you don’t end up getting banned.
- Scale up profitably. It is up to you to make this venture profitable. Therefore, keep track of your earnings and scale up your passive income operation in a way that will make it profitable. You can get access to the same Excel spreadsheets I use to track my earnings and expenses here.
- Check the App Minimum Requirements. All of these apps have minimum requirements as far as the phone specs go. Before you buy any older phone, make sure that the passive income app you want to install is actually compatible with the operating system installed on the phone otherwise the app isn’t going to run.
This article is not an exhaustive list of apps that you can use to earn cash from a smartphone. In fact, there are also apps that pay you for data collection. This article is designed to help you get started only. You can certainly continue to install other apps.
What are your favorite passive income mobile apps? Share your reviews in the comments below!