team of people analyzing the best mobile survey apps on their devices

Helping shape up products and services surely is fun, but I suspect that ain’t the sole reason you’re here. Having fun is good, but getting paid for it is even better, right? That’s the sole reason survey panels and apps exist. But don’t let anyone fool ya – your fun is not these companies’ bread and butter. They are in it for information and consumer insight. If you enjoy while providing that feedback, all the better for everyone!

So, in this article, we’ll cover 11 of the most prominent iPhone and Android apps that reward their users for taking surveys and other fun and easy activities. Some of them are regular survey panels that also have an app as an addition for those who like to take surveys on the go. Others are exclusively meant to be used on mobile. While all are different and none are perfect, there are two things they all have in common: they are legit and yes, they actually pay.

Before we dive in, take this small piece of advice. None of these apps will make you rich or qualify for a day job. The best they can do is supplement your income with some easy money – a couple hundred bucks every month if you’re persistent enough. (Yep, those blog posts that “testify” to earning a few grand per month are mere scam.)

And the best way to do that is to try them out, see how you fit there, and combine a few that work best for ya.

1. Inbox Dollars

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What you do for money: Take surveys. Read emails. Watch videos. Play games. Shop online. Sign up for various offers and deals. Refer friends.

Yays: $5 signup bonus – and it doesn’t take more than a few minutes to reap this reward. Great rewards – gift cards with popular online retailers, VISA prepaid cards, and more. Various activities – if you don’t feel like doing surveys, hit the emails. If that bores you, there are tons of other things you can do for money here.

Nays: No cash via PayPal – the most popular option isn’t available here. Pretty high cashout threshold – $30 is more than average panel or app will require you to earn before cashing out. $3 processing fee – if you want to amass $40 before cashing out, say goodbye to those $3. 

Head over to our Inbox Dollars Review for more details!

2. Swagbucks

What you do for money: Take online surveys. Take short polls. Watch videos. Shop online. Explore and shop online and local deals. Browse the internet. Play games. Refer friends.

Yays: PayPal cash plus nice gift cards assortment including major retailers such as Amazon, Target, Walmart. You’ll still get points if you don’t qualify for a survey. Referring friends will significantly boost your points balance, getting you 10% of whatever they earn and a $3 bonus when they earn their first 300 points. Low cashout threshold for gift cards, starting at 300 points or $3. $5 signup bonus, thank you very much!

Nays: High cashout threshold for PayPal, with 2,500 points or $25 as a minimum. They tend to kick you out in the middle of a survey, which is a common problem with survey sites, but nevertheless irritating. The app is slightly less rich in opportunities, which is why you might wanna combine it with the browser version on your computer.

Head over to our Swagbucks Review for more details!

3. Survey Junkie

survey-junkie-reviewWhat you do for money: Take online surveys. Participate in the affiliate program.

Yays: PayPal, pal! Or if you don’t like it for whatever reason, you can also opt for gift cards or Dwolla direct bank transfer. Nice earning potential – this doesn’t mean you may hope to get rich. But it certainly means that you can pocket a couple of easy bucks every day if you’re a demographic match. Reachable cashout threshold of 1,000 points or $10.

Nays: Disqualifications are pretty common. Nope, Survey Junkie isn’t the only panel that does it. But yep, it is kind of annoying. There’s less surveys on mobile – that’s why it’s recommended not to count on the app exclusively. Make it a habit to visit the panel on your computer too.

Head over to our Survey Junkie Review for more details!

4. Vindale Research

Vindale Research

What you do for money: Take online surveys. Participate in focus groups. Test products. Watch videos. Read emails. Refer friends. Share payment proofs.

Yays: Some surveys will pay very high – up to whopping $75. That’s a lot of cash considering the standard amounts of measly $0.25 – $0.50 per survey on other panels/apps. However, these surveys are pretty rare, so you’d better not quit your job right away. Payments go through PayPal, which is both popular and very convenient. Variety of activities will make sure you never get bored. $5 will be yours whenever a friend signs up through your link. $5 per shared photo with a payment proof – even easier than referring friends. $2 signup bonus – not the most lucrative, but every buck counts on get-paid-to sites. 

Nays: Very high cashout threshold – seriously, $50?? Luckily, it’s not that hard to amass that sum. But that doesn’t make it any less unreasonable. Some users have had account issues, with the most common being account suspension. There’s no app to date – even though the site is mobile friendly, an app would be so much more convenient. (Frankly, I contemplated whether to include Vindale in this list at all, and only decided for it because the pros outweigh the cons by far.)

Head over to our Vindale Research Review for more details!

5. Toluna

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What you do for money: Take online surveys. Test products. Participate in focus groups. Daily sweepstakes.

Yays: Great rewards including PayPal cash, gift cards, and more. Good payouts per survey – you stand to make anywhere between $1 and $5 for each survey. Compare that to the industry average of $0.30 to $0.50 and you’ll get the clear picture. There’s a stable influx of surveys – you will almost certainly have new opportunities every day. $2 signup bonus – not much, but it’s still a nice incentive for newcomers. 

Nays: Your points will expire after 16 months if you failed to accrue 60,000 points. Admittedly, it’s not hard to get $20 worth of points, but still. The website is more feature-rich than the app – while that is indeed a downside, the app still has basic functionality. 

Head over to our Toluna Review for more details!

6. MobileXPression

MobileXpression: Money Maker or Mobile Killer?What you do for money: Nothing! Just kidding – use your phone normally, browsing the internet, doing whatever you would do anyway. And yeah, they also have online surveys if you want.

Yays: The primary activity is awesome – you will get rewards just for downloading and installing the app, letting it run in the background. $5 Amazon gift card as a welcome bonus – the only requirement is using the app for seven days at least. Eco-friendly – they will donate trees each month during your membership.

Nays: No cash – just Amazon and other gift cards, as well as charity donations and sweepstakes entries. Keep away from those naughty sites – if you use this app, you’d better get used to the feeling of not being alone. Seriously, even though they don’t track your activity within an app or site, they will still know what you visited and how much time you spent there. The app can cause some lagging if your phone isn’t very new, or if you’re on the slower side of the internet.

Head over to our MobileXPression Review for more details!

7. Ipsos I-Say

Saybucks Review – Is it Really Legit?What you do for money: Take online surveys. Take part in sweepstakes. Refer friends.

Yays: Nice rewards including PayPal cash, gift cards for Amazon, Starbucks, Facebook, Target, VISA prepaid cards. Relatively low cashout threshold, with 1,000 points ($10) as a minimum. Five points just for participating in a survey, regardless of the outcome. The app increases your chances to catch a survey on time. If you only use the desktop version, you will get email notifications for new surveys. And by the time you manage to open them, most of them will have expired. Every successful referral will bring you 100 points as a reward. Great loyalty program – the more surveys you take, the greater their value becomes. 

Nays: Not enough surveys – getting as few surveys as four to five each month is unlikely to get you anywhere, unless you combine this app with others. Can we get more activity options please? Taking surveys all the time is not very exciting.

Head over to our Ipsos I-Say Review for more details!

8. MyPoints

What you do for money: Take online surveys. Shop online. Play games. Read emails. Take local deals and coupons. Watch videos. Refer friends.

Yays: Great redemption options including PayPal, gift cards for over 70 retailers and restaurants, travel miles. Very low cashout threshold if you opt for gift cards, at 480 points or $3. You get up to 5 points as a consolation prize if you don’t qualify for a survey. Installing the app will get you 100 bonus points – a nice welcome sign even though it’s less than $1 in worth.

Nays: High cashout threshold for PayPal, with the minimum of $25 required. Only available to users in the US or Canada, which is bad news for everyone else. Worth per point is not consistent, so you’ll need more points for an Amazon gift card than for some other less popular retailer.

Head over to our MyPoints Review for more details!

9. iPoll

ipoll homepage layout previewWhat you do for money: Take online surveys. Take shopping trips.

Yays: Enticing rewards include PayPal cash and gift cards for Amazon, Walmart, iTunes. “Missions” (shopping trips) can get you up to $15 per trip, which is kinda nice, especially if you would have done that trip anyway. Available in 32 countries, which is way better coverage than most survey panels have.

Nays: High cashout threshold, with $25 as a minimum. Impossible to least approximate the value per survey, which can be pretty annoying. Judging by an aggregation of user reviews, it can be anywhere between $0.50 and $2 per survey. Many complaints about delays and glitches, with users having had to wait for weeks before their PayPal balance reflects their earnings.

Head over to our iPoll Review for more details!

10. ShopTracker (Harris Poll)

Harris Poll OnlineWhat you do for money: Shop online. Take monthly surveys.

Yays: Requires next to no effort – all you need to do is install the app and connect it with your Amazon account. Then, the app will track your purchases and ask you a question or two about them each month, earning you $3 flat. $3 signup bonus that you can earn in no time. You only need to download the app, register, and take a short survey about your shopping habits. The rewards are fine, amounting to VISA and Amazon gift cards.

Nays: The earning potential is limited to $36 per year. In other words, that’s your $3 per questionnaire, times 12 months. However, if that’s not enough for you, you can always switch to the Harris Poll panel on your computer, where you can take surveys for money. You can only use this app if you’re a US resident – and that’s pretty restricting.

Head over to our Harris Poll Review for more details!

11. National Consumer Panel

What you do for money: Scan product barcodes. Take online surveys. 

Yays: You don’t have to do anything you wouldn’t do anyway – unlike taking surveys, shopping for groceries is what every single person has to do now and then. And if your spouse prefers it, you still have surveys to count on. There are certain discounts as additional membership perks, for example with AT&T. If you don’t have a smartphone, they will send you a scanner. Therefore, nobody can say that they are discriminating against old phones.

Nays: No cash at all – neither PayPal nor good ol’ checks. It’s a sad fact and one they’ll have to fix if they want to attract new users. It’s a bit restrictive – they have quite rigorous demographic selection and that’s why not everyone will be accepted. 

Head over to our National Consumer Panel Review for more details!