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How Mobile Apps Can Help You Earn Money on the Side

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Whether you’re an Android user or an avid fan of iOS, we’re sure a big portion of the time you spend on your smartphone goes towards mobile apps. Not only have users worldwide downloaded more than 230 billion apps in 2021 alone, but they also spend a lot more time on them than on their internet browsers.

While chat and social networking apps remain the most popular, the selection of app types is actually massive – and some of them can even help you make money on the side without investing too much time or effort. Here are 7 ways you could be earning on your mobile phone right now!

Filling surveys

Completing various questionnaires is one of the most popular ways to make money using mobile apps (e.g., Swagbucks). Market research companies are interested in the preferences of their target audience and want to know what they think about various products and services, so they pay app users for filling out surveys. All you need to do is provide your opinion, which rarely takes more than 10 minutes, and collect your reward.

Watching ads

If you’re a fan of mobile games, you might have noticed that some of them offer an option to earn some in-app currency by watching video ads. It turns out you can make actual money this way, too: apps like iRazoo will pay you for watching various ads on your mobile phone, as well as other videos like movie trailers. You don’t even need to watch them very closely – the amount of views is what matters.

Collecting cashback

Some mobile apps let you collect rewards as you shop in various online and physical stores. With Ibotta, for example, you need to use either the mobile app or the browser extension when you shop online, and upload a picture of your receipt if you shop offline. In most cases, you receive a fixed percentage of the sum you spend with a certain retailer. While it’s not technically earning extra money, it does help you get more money in your pocket – and you’d be purchasing those items anyway!

Sharing resources

Probably the most effortless way to make extra money on the side is sharing the resources of your device, such as your excess internet bandwidth. Honeygain enables you to earn by simply running the app on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, where it shares your bandwidth for a fixed fee. The bandwidth is then safely encrypted and used for a crowdsourced web intelligence network. Not only do you not need to put in any effort, but you can even keep using your device as usual, as the app doesn’t affect your browsing experience at all!

Selling used things

If you’re always thinking of ways to make your home a bit tidier, selling some of your unused stuff can be a perfect way to minimize the clutter while also earning extra money on the side. Think about it: you certainly have books you’ve already read and aren’t going to reread or clothes that are still in perfect condition but don’t fit you anymore. Apps like Decluttr can help you sell them and make a buck or two easily!


Those who are interested in investing appreciate mobile apps that help them keep their eye on the stock and/or crypto market 24/7. With apps like Robinhood, investing is made easy, and you can constantly be aware of how well your property is doing. Of course, the value of your portfolio can go down as well as up, which means investments are never completely risk-free – you should do a little homework before you dive into it and never invest more money than you could afford to lose!

Completing gigs

If you have more free time than just a few minutes needed to fill out a survey or watch a few ads, you can also join a platform like TaskRabbit and score some gigs that take an hour or a few and pay more money. These tasks might be anything from delivering groceries to assembling IKEA furniture, and they’re typically compensated for by an hourly rate. You can create your profile, find suitable gigs and sign contracts within the mobile app.

You already knew mobile apps can help you have fun, meet new people, and do your shopping – and now, you’re also aware of the opportunities to make extra money on the side! After all, who doesn’t enjoy getting an extra buck for little to no work?

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