Taking surveys online can be a great and easy way to make some extra cash. However, it can be inconvenient to have to constantly log into survey websites to complete their various questionnaires, especially if you’re a member of multiple different survey websites.
That is why using survey apps can be a great alternative to just their websites. All you need to do to get started is download as many survey apps as you want. When a new survey becomes available, you will get a notification directly to your mobile device. When you get some free time, you can complete the surveys. The nice thing about taking the surveys via mobile app is that you can literally take the surveys wherever you are, just so long as you have your device with you.
The best way to get started doing this is to find a new survey app that stands out to you and try them out. Below is a list of some of the best survey apps that are currently available to help you get started.
Best Survey Apps
1. Survey Junkie
Survey Junkie is one of the most popular survey apps that is currently on the market. The claim that they make is that you can become an ‘influencer’ by answering their questions. The reason that they make this claim is because their surveys are focused on consumer opinions about different brands and products.
If you take surveys through Survey Junkie, you won’t be able to redeem your points for cash immediately since there is a minimum threshold of $10 before you are allowed to redeem anything. Each point you earn is equal to a cent, and most surveys give anywhere from 10-200 points. This means that you can earn as much as $2 per survey. Another way you can earn points is by referring your friends and family to use the app as well.
A great thing about Survey Junkie is that you will earn points for every survey that you complete, even if you don’t actually meet the criteria that they were looking for. Many surveys will refuse to give you any rewards if you don’t meet their survey qualifications, so this is a use perk for the user.
InboxDollars is another great survey taking site, and you can even get a bonus for signing up. InboxDollars also is one of the biggest survey apps currently out there, and they’ve paid out over $50 million to their users. Surveys that you can take will normally range from $0.50-$5.00 in pay depending on the length of the survey.
Even though the focus is primarily on surveys that you can take, users can also earn money from completing other activities too, such as watching videos or playing games. You can even use the app to print out coupons or get cashback. Once you have enough points through the app, you can receive your payment in the form of gift cards or a visa card.
Swagbucks is another huge name when it comes to survey apps. Although it mostly operates as a website, there is also a mobile app that you can use as well. There are plenty of surveys available, but you won’t be eligible for every survey. If you happen to not be eligible, the app will tell you after you answer the first few questions and you won’t earn anything. This can be frustrating at first, but you will adjust to this process over time.
You can earn ‘Swagbucks’ through a wide range of other activities much like you can with InboxDollars. Earning could be something as simple as signing up for a newsletter, but much more common ways you can earn more are through playing games and watching videos through the app.
There is a $5 sign-up bonus for anyone who joins Swagbucks. Once you get to earning, you can start cashing out for as little as $3. You are also able to earn a percentage of what anyone you refer earns, so it can be worth your while to get a few friends and family members to sign up for Swagbucks as well. To date, Swagbucks has paid out over $240 million to their users, so why not take your share of the earnings?
LifePoints is another survey app that claims to reward people for simply living their lives, but this might not be entirely true unless your daily routine normally involves product testing and polls. Regardless, using LifePoints is a great way to make some money for doing extremely little. Their users are able to participate in different activities either through their website or their app, and it’s open to people from all countries. When you sign up, you will even be given ten points for free. While this isn’t as much as other sites, it’s still better than getting nothing at all.
5. National Consumer Panel (Nielson)
The National Consumer Panel is a venture that is led by two different consumer researchers, Nielsen and IRI. Once you register on the site, you can earn by simply letting the company monitor your daily internet habits on your different devices. You can also answer questions for them in the form of surveys as well.
A big incentive to join is that they give $10,000 away to their users each month, so there is plenty of earning to go around. They also offer sweepstakes so you can earn even more. The only big downside is that there is no option to earn cash. All of their rewards come in the form of ‘gifts’.
You can also use the app for cashback for scanning barcodes of items you have bought, just so long as you give information about the shop you purchased it from and how much the item costs. They also have ‘special studies’ that provide the opportunity to earn even more.
6. Pinecone Research
Pinecone Research isn’t an extremely popular app. There are only a handful of reviews on both the Apple store and the Google Play Store. This is mainly because most people tend to prefer using the website over the app since the app is still fairly new, but it is still possible to use their app if you would prefer. Some surveys that they offer involve product testing, so you may get to receive some freebies. Even though you can’t cash out instantly when you earn, the minimum that’s needed to cash out is just $1, which is much lower than other sites.
7. Opinion Outpost
OpinionOutpost offers paid surveys to carry out research for public entities like the government as well as different businesses. Their surveys typically take 10-30 minutes and will pay you up to $5, which is pretty high pay when compared to other online survey providers. You will also only need to accrue $5 worth of points before you can withdraw, and you can receive your payment through either PayPal or gift cards.
When it comes to i-Say, speed is key. Once you download the app and sign up, you will be sent a notification when a survey opens up, and it will be on you to join the survey pool before they meet their participant cap.
The surveys are normally based around testing products, which means you could get some free stuff. Even though you can download the app to your phone, some surveys need to be completed on a computer or a laptop. The amount you will earn tends to be pretty small per survey, but it isn’t that bad since the surveys are quick and you can get your points to add up quickly. Once you get up to the point equivalent threshold of $5, you can redeem your points for money via PayPal or claim different gift cards.
Another app that has many different features and activities for their users is MyPoints. Its major selling point is the cashback benefits that they offer, as you can claim up to 40% back at many major retailers. This service is a little different compared to others, as they allow their users to earn their rewards through shopping through the MyPoints shopping portal. You can also earn your points by completing surveys and even watching video clips.
A nice perk that they offer is the $10 welcome bonus that comes in the form of an Amazon or VIsa gift card. You will receive this as long as you spend $20 or more through the MyPoints shopping portal within a month of signing up, which shouldn’t be too difficult since you just need to buy something online.
Earn Points (Kicks)
Earn by watching videos, checking in to locations and more.
Redeem through Paypal or for gift cards.
Even though Shopkick isn’t technically a survey site, you are still asked questions based on your shopping activities. Wherever you go shopping, Shopkick will give you points for walking into the store, scanning barcodes of different products, and answering questions about your trip.
Since Shopkick is more geared towards wanting to know about your entire shopping experience, it makes for a slightly more interactive and exciting experience than other apps on this list. You can also earn points by watching videos, reviewing products on online stores, and taking surveys that are similar to other sites.
It should be noted that Shopick doesn’t pay their users in cash, but they do give out gift cards for major retailers like Amazon and Target.
11. Vindale Research
Vindale Research is one of the older survey sites on the web, and they offer some respectable rates for completing surveys. The surveys that they offer to their users range in pay from anywhere to $1-$5 each. You can also sometimes take part in product testing gigs, which typically pay $5 or more per gig.
They also offer sign-up bonuses from time to time if you join Vindale Research, but they are pretty minimal. Most of the time, you are unlikely to get more than a few dollars.
12. Prize Rebel
Prize Rebel has paid more than $9 million to their users since they started, and are still going strong. The company also boasts that they pay out thousands of dollars to their users every day. Prize Rebel is a classic survey website that focuses on market research for consumer companies and brands. There’s a wide range of ways you can redeem your points, such as direct deposit to your bank account and gift cards at hundreds of different retailers.
QuickThoughts is a smaller app than some of the others that are on this list, but that doesn’t mean that you should dismiss them. The app is solid, and allows you to complete up to five surveys each day. QuickThoughts also offers some location-dependent activities that you can make money from.
The only downside is that you can’t earn money right away. You will need to build up a balance of at least $10 first, which then can be redeemed for either Amazon or iTunes gift cards.
14. Google Opinion Rewards
Google Opinion Rewards is a survey app that is owned directly by Google. The app is available for both android and iOS. With over 50 million downloads, Google Opinion Rewards is nothing to laugh at. There are two ways to earn points on this app: through surveys and through audience measurement.
The audience measurement rewards system involves earning rewards for sharing your TV usage, which isn’t something that many other sites offer. You will need to connect a few products with your TV to make this happen, but they’re all provided by Google.
You can receive your rewards in a few different ways. For taking surveys, you can get paid via PayPal. For audience measurement, you can get paid in gift cards for retailers. With both options, you can also redeem credit for the Google Play store.
Qmee is a survey site that is focused on market research for different brands. It’s ultimately a shopping companion that you are able to install directly onto your browser.
You will earn by browsing the web and answering questions. As you search, you will be updated on the best coupons and discounts that are available on the web. As well as receiving money-saving coupons, you will also earn real cash for your time. The best part is that you can receive the rewards almost instantly. You can withdraw from your account whenever you like, and the money will appear in your PayPal account immediately.
16. Panel App
Panel App is a place where you can earn money by taking surveys and by going about your day and letting the app collect data as you use your device. You will earn gift cards and be entered into sweepstakes as well.
There is also a possibility to earn even more by referring your friends to use the app. You won’t get an instant bonus when they sign up, but you will get a percentage of their earnings, which can work out even better in the long run as they take more surveys.
17. Zap Surveys
Zap Survey boasts instant payouts and daily surveys, and they also guarantee $6.25 for the first questionnaire that you complete on their app. Once you get beyond the first survey, you might find the payouts are pretty variable and a bit confusing. There is a big range in what you will be paid, and that pay will range from a few cents to as high as $100. However, the best paying surveys are extremely difficult to qualify for, as they tend to have very specific eligibility requirements.
What is even better is that every time you complete a survey, Zap donates to child starvation charities.The only downside is that Zap has a minimum threshold to cash out set at $25, so it will take you longer to get paid compared to other sites.
iPoll surveys are centered around the different places you go and the different services that you can use. There are some different tasks that you can do such as visiting shops, taking photos, and testing products. Each of the tasks that you complete are called ‘missions’ by iPoll, and you get paid for every mission that you complete.
It is possible to withdraw your money once you get to the $25 minimum, which shouldn’t take you long since many users report making $50 or more in a month. You can redeem your points via PayPal, gift cards, and even airline credits.
Toluna is another survey app that is based around the theme of brands. They boast that you can use the surveys as a change to let your opinion be known and influence companies. There is a chance to participate in daily lotteries through the app as well, and this can give you the chance to win a million points (around $300 in cash).
What makes Toluna a bit different from other apps on here is that the app has a social side, and various members report that they enjoy the community that Toluna provides. You can get paid via PayPal transfer or by gift card. Just be careful to not let your points build for too long, as they will expire after earning them.
YouGov offers a fresh approach to online surveys. It can get pretty tiresome to complete lots of surveys centered around market research for different brands and companies. Most of the surveys that YouGov offer are on topical issues such as politics. They do still offer some questions about brands or television habits, but if you’re looking for something that is different than just normal market research then YouGov might be a good way to change it up.
The major drawback to YouGov is that it has an extremely high threshold for withdrawing your earnings. You can’t withdraw any money until you’ve gotten at least $50 worth of points. They also don’t release surveys as often as some other sites, so you are unlikely to get sent more than a few surveys per week.
21. Panel Station
Panel Station isn’t like most of the other survey apps on this list. They only offer a few surveys a week to their users, but don’t let that dismiss them right away. A big perk to Panel Station is that you will be able to cash out quickly. Some surveys will give you as many as 5,000 points, and you can redeem your points for rewards once your each 3,000 points.
Panel Station also offers sweepstakes and monthly prize draws. Just make sure to do your homework on Panel Station, as it isn’t for everyone. If you read the reviews left on the Apple Store and GooglePlay Store, you will see average ratings for the app.
22. Harris Poll
When it comes to online polls, Harris Poll is one of the original sites that offers this service. Don’t let the slightly outdated website fool you. Lots of surveys that are available on Harris Poll are related to politics and global issues. They also get featured often in different news outliers, so it can be satisfying to read about different polls that you have taken part in.
The app isn’t currently available for Apple users, as Harris Poll only has an android app. Regardless, if you have an iPhone, you can still use Harris Poll by going directly to their website instead. Points that are earned through Harris Poll can be redeemed for gift cards instead of cash.
Jobs2Shop gives their users a few different ways to earn. Users can take surveys, complete offers, do mystery shopping, and play games through the app. Users can also get a $5 bonus each time you refer a friend and save more money through cashback credit that is offered. The app also offers a $5 bonus just for signing up.
Mystery shopping involves going into different shops with a list of tasks to complete. Once you’re done, you’ll report your experience back in the app to help improve the shop’s service. Since this is more difficult and complicated than a typical survey, there is the chance to earn more money. Plus, it can be quite fun and a way to see new stores in your area.
Similar to many sites on the list, the withdrawal threshold is $25.
24. Grab Points
Users can earn points on Grab Points in four main ways: watching TV, completing surveys, completing offers, and downloading apps. Points can also be earned by referring your friends, but the points you will earn from this will vary depending on what country they are from.
You can redeem your points in the form of cash via PayPal or a gift card. The threshold for PayPal is only $3, which is much lower than other survey apps. If you want to redeem a gift card, then the threshold is $5.
If you are looking to take surveys in the form of videos to make some more money, then Mindswarms could be right for you. Mindswarms believe that video recordings capture a more authentic opinion compared to traditional survey answers. If you have ever clicked a random box on a poll just to finish it as soon as possible, then you can probably understand why Mindswarms has this philosophy.
The videos that you will have to make aren’t too long, with most of them being under a minute. In return for the short video, you can receive anywhere from $10-$50 and have it deposited straight to your PayPal account.
UserTesting is another testing site that asks for video responses, but the overall approach is different compared to that of Mindswarms. Instead of shooting a short video to give your opinion on different brands or products, you will have to film a video of you testing a website in response to a given scenario. These videos normally work out to being around twenty minutes long.
Despite the longer video length, you won’t get paid more money for testing websites. You will generally earn around $10 for every test, which isn’t that impressive, but is still more than most written surveys you can take on other sites.
UserTesting can be a good compromise for anyone who feels uncomfortable about showing their faces or selling information to brands.
BzzAgent offers great variety amongst the array of written and video surveys you can take. All of the surveys that they offer are around testing products. Other survey companies tend to include product trials within their offerings, but BzzAgent is different since it’s solely dedicated to product testing.
If you get selected to participate in a survey, you will be sent a product and asked to provide your honest feedback. Not only do you get free products, but you will be given points that can later be used towards gift cards or cash. You will have to complete their application, however, which is a bit more complicated than more standard survey apps.
Apperwall is another app that is dedicated to product testing, but it only covers one extremely specific niche: reviewing apps. You will need to download an app to your phone and use it for a brief period (typically a few days), then you will write your review. If your review passes the standards of Apperwall, then you can withdraw the money to PayPal immediately.
EasyShift is another app that pays you to be a customer while you go mystery shopping. With EasyShift, most of the tasks you will have to complete in stores are very simple. EasyShift usually only wants you to take a couple of photos and then write a review about your shopping experience.
Once you’ve completed a mystery shopping trip, you can expect to get paid via PayPal within a day. Most people in the US can find work through EasyShift, so don’t assume that you are excluded just because you live in a smaller town. EasyShift can probably find a shopping experience that works for you.
30. Surveys on the Go
Unlike most survey apps, Surveys On The Go doesn’t have a website app version. Like the name implies, the concept is based around completing polls and surveys while you are ‘on the go’. Most users receive an invite to complete a survey a few times a week, and you will get some choice over which type of survey you will complete. You can choose from a number of different categories to take polls on such as business, politics, news, sports, and more.
As well as being able to choose from different topics, you can also choose between video or audio surveys. The video surveys are the more lucrative option through Surveys On The Go. The minimum threshold to redeem your points for money is $10, and you can get paid in the form of cash via PayPal transfer, a virtual Visa card, or a gift card for Amazon or Starbucks.
31. Valued Opinions
Valued Opinions claim that they pay $5 for every survey completed, but the real amount that you will get paid is likely to be lower. Despite this, you will never be given less than $1 for any survey you complete. The questions that you offer may be related to brands, marketing, and sometimes the news. With Valued Opinions, you can’t earn any cash as their points are only redeemable for gift cards. You can start redeeming once you have the points equivalent to $10.
OnePoll emphasizes that their surveys are ‘interesting’ and included as a part of the news. If you are interested in things like current affairs and politics, then OnePoll could be a great choice for you. They also offer a $5 sign up bonus. You will be paid directly via PayPal, but you can’t redeem your cash until you hit their minimum threshold of $50, making OnePoll one of the hardest apps to make money from.
Crowdology is known for working with major brands and TV shows, so if you are interested in answering questions related to these topics, this could be a good fit for you. Crowdology has a good reputation, but the surveys aren’t the highest earning. You can normally expect to make around $0.50 per survey. Despite this, the surveys are quick, with many only taking five minutes. The threshold to withdraw your points for cash is set at $8, and you can receive your payment through PayPal.
34. Survey Savvy
SurveySavvy has a wide range of survey topics that covers anything from politics to consumer products. Almost all of the surveys are less than ten minutes long, so even if you are given a survey that you aren’t particularly interested in, you won’t be stuck with it for long.
You can earn more cash by installing their app onto different devices. You can make up to $5 per device per month, so having your account synced to multiple devices is a good way to boost your earnings.
Eureka is the final app that is rounding out our list, and is another survey app that offers different surveys that you can qualify for. The surveys normally don’t last very long, and only take 10 minutes to complete. The app has had some technical problems in the past, but recently has been known to be a great survey app.
The typical survey pays around $0.15, but since the surveys can be taken quickly you can still make money fast. The minimum threshold to get paid is $10, and they pay out in cash.
Which Paid Survey Apps are Legitimate?
All of the sites/apps that are listed here are legitimate. Being paid for something as trivial as offering your opinion on different brands and topics might sound too good to be true, but it is valuable information for the companies you are answering questions for. Many companies and public entities are willing to pay good money for market research to gain more data about how the average consumer thinks.
What Apps Pay You Instantly?
The point of taking surveys and earning points is to earn money. But until you see that money actually hit your bank account, it can seem too good to be true. Some apps force you to wait weeks or months before you can earn enough points to reach the threshold, which isn’t great since you want to get paid for your hard work. A few of the apps on this list like EasyShift and Apperwall are amongst the apps that will pay you right away.
Can You Actually Make Money Doing Surveys?
A big concern that most people have when it comes to making money this way is the fear of being scammed or wasting their time. It should be said that completing surveys won’t make you rich, but it’s definitely possible to make some money.
Many sites will make you start or even complete a survey before telling you that you aren’t eligible for any rewards since you don’t meet the criteria for the survey. While this might be true, getting this message doesn’t mean that the site is a scam. Many brands that pay survey companies to complete market research for them request data on niche segments of the population. If the answers you provide don’t match this niche, then you won’t be able to continue.
Are Survey Apps For You?
If you are looking to start an additional stream of income but don’t have the time to try and create a bigger side hustle, then completing surveys could be a great option for you. Doing surveys isn’t going to cover the cost of your rent, but it might let you make some extra money for a few fun things. Most of us can find a few extra minutes in a day, so why not make some extra money instead of scrolling aimlessly through social media?