Last year we helped over 32,500 people earn money using their smartphones by showing them the right apps to download that will pay the highest rate of cash in our 20 best apps list 2016.
This year we are hoping to help over 100,000 people earn extra cash in our rundown of the 20 Best Smartphone Apps That Pay You 2018.
The apps listed below are the best paying and most reliable meaning you get to earn more and have fun at the same time!
Here is our list of best smartphone apps that pay you 2018
AppTrailers is a simple app to make money from. You won’t earn a lot but you will be able to cash out over time. The way the app works is you get credits for watching videos of app promotions.
The more videos the more points you earn from this free app. Videos include games from the likes of EA, Rovio (the Angry Birds guys) and many more leading app and game developers.
The app was listed as our number 10 in 2016 and 2017. It has not got any better so it deserved to be dropped. However, you get good rewards including PayPal cash and Amazon Gift Cards, that is why we kept it in our list for 2018.
19 Quick Cash
Quick Cash is a worth app for our list of 20 top apps. You earn cash with this app by downloading apps and completing offers. Some of the offers allow you to earn $5 within your first 5 minutes from installing the app on your smartphone.
There is a big emphasis on referring friends with this app. When you share the app with other people on your social networks or on Whatsapp, you get rewarded for each of your friends that installs the app.
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Gigwalk is the first iOS app on the list of best apps for 2018. Gigwalk is also available for Android users and can be downloaded for free on the Play Store.
With this app, you get paid to do things in your local area. When you are travelling and visiting certain areas, (especially in the US) you will get notifications to your mobile device.
The app normally rewards you for visiting retail outlets and restaurants and you may be required to take a picture of the interior/exterior of the building or of the receipt that you receive. There are also paid tasks like make a video outlining your experiences of a certain location or receive a free product.
If you are always on the go and love trying new places, then this app is well worth downloading.
17 Cash Gift – Free Gift Cards
Cash Gift – Free Gift Cards is a free to download app that will make you money by downloading apps, watching app videos and completing tasks.
The app has grown tremendously over the past year and the developers have paid out over $1 million in cash rewards.
On the Play Store description, they say that you can earn $1 within 3 minutes.
Rewards include gift cards for the Google Play Store, Amazon and PayPal.
AppBounty is an international get paid to app that will pay you gift cards to download apps. The rewards are for an international audience so you do not have to be from the US to use this free app.
There are a large variety of apps available on this app once you download. The points that you earn from downloading these free apps can be exchanged for gift cards for the Playstation Network, XBox, Steam, iTunes and more.
When you cash out, you tend you to get the rewards quite soon which is a huge bonus when using apps that pay you gift cards.
15 Make Money – Earn Free Cash
Make Money Earn Free Cash has come a long way since last year and has grown into one of the largest money making app that you can download from the Play Store for your Android device.
Making money with this app is simple, you make money by downloading free apps, watching videos and completing offers from the sponsors.
Offers to complete can include signing up for free offers and filling in surveys. The points you gain from these offers depend on the difficulty of the offer.
PayPal is the only check out option for this app, however they do pay you on time.
14 Survey Mini
Available on iOS devices as well as Android, Survey Mini is unique in that you earn money by answering questions based on the locations that you visit. This means you have a better chance of earning cash if you are from the US or Canada.
Be sure to always have your GPS active on your device when you have Survey Mini installed. When you visit certain locations including shops and restaurants you may get a notification and an invite to answer a survey based on that location.
The aim of the app is solely for market research, however you can get rewarded with gift vouchers and discounts for completing surveys.
13 Watch & Earn
Watch & Earn is a rather successful app and has been listed in our 2016 best app reviews. This app gives you money for spending your free time downloading apps and watching app videos.
For each app you download and video you watch you will earn a number of coins. As a result you can redeem these coins for rewards including gift cards from the likes of Amazon and Google Play, while you can also get PayPal cash and Paytm cash vouchers.
Ibotta is an iOS and Android app that pays its users to shop online. It is a cashback app where rewards are given for shopping at 750+ top retailers including Walmart, Target and Best Buy.
You will receive a percentage of your spend and you can get your earnings in the form of PayPal cash. All you have to do is to take a photograph of your receipt and upload it for verification or submit your loyalty card.
US users can also enjoy coupons for shopping at major stores, with updated monthly coupons available from top retailers.
MintCoins has been a buggy app in the past, but the developers have done a great job to be fair and the app now has a good reputation as a get paid to app.
There are several easy ways for you to make money using this app. You can earn by installing free apps, buying paid apps, registering on free websites, completing surveys and watching videos.
The minimum redemption to cash out is only $1 so you can earn money very easily once you install this app. This app is well worth downloading today.
10 Tap Cash Rewards – Make Money
Tap Cash Rewards keeps getting better and now they have over $15 different rewards options to choose from. Rewards now include Skype gift cards, Google Play vouchers, gift cards for Fido, Koodo, Target and many more.
With over 83,000 5 star reviews it is among some of the most respected and loved apps by the Android community.
You earn money with this app by downloading apps and logging in daily.
Tapporo is not the highest paying app, however it is one of the most reliable of all the rewards apps that pay you cash available on the Android store today. You can also find a web version of Tapporo meaning that you can earn cash with both your desktop and with your mobile device.
The stand out difference between Tapporo and similar earn money apps is the large referral reward of $0.60 for signing up your friends to the app.
When you reach the threshold, you can redeem gift cards for Google Play Amazon, Facebook and you can receive PayPal cash.
8 Ebates Cash Back
Do you shop online often? If you do, you should download Ebates for free and start claiming cash back on your purchases at the leading online retailers in the US including Under Armour, JCPenny, Macy’s, Gamestop, Disney Store and Overstock.com.
With up to 40% rewards to be found from nearly 2000 stores, this is an app that is well worth downloading.
Ebates have a website also so you can sign up there also, and you can find discounts for top retailers to help you save money.
7 Cash App
Cash App was listed at 16 in our rundown of the best apps that pay you money 2016. This app has gone from strength to strength over the past year. One of the differences with this app compared to others is the fact that it does not have a points systems but rather, it tells you exactly what the task is worth in USD.
You can earn money with Cash App through completing offers, downloading apps and sharing the app with your friends on social media and Whatsapp.
The app has a nice interface and is very easy to use. There is a good referral program to get rewarded to sign up your friends, however if you use a VPN, you get your account banned and can lose your money.
You can get paid with this app through PayPal, Skrill and Webmoney.
6 Earn Money – Highest Paying App
The Earn Money – Highest Paying app has always been a good reliable app for making money with your smartphone. It is India’s oldest and most popular rewards app.
We dropped this app from 4 – 6 for this year because they seem to have moved away from an international to just an Indian focus. The prizes for cashing out include mobile recharge and payments.
With over 100 offers to choose from to complete and get rewarded, you will certainly find that you will be making money in no time with this app.
With well over 1 million installs, Earn Money – Highest Paying App is highly reliable and rewards are always paid out on time.
You will earn money by
- Downloading free apps
- Inviting friends to install the app and sign up
- Registering for free on websites to check out offers
- Download paid apps
- Answering surveys
5 Surveys On The Go
Surveys On The Go is a survey app as you may have figured from the name. Available for iOS and Android devices it is among the highest paying apps offering surveys from up to $5 for your opinions.
Surveys are generally quite regular per month and are normally based around the topics of rating TV shows and movies, your opinions on products and shopping.
If you like making money with surveys, then you will love surveys On The Go!
4 Google Opinion
Google Opinion will pay you up to $1 per survey which you can earn credit for the Google Play store so you can buy paid apps, books or download your favorite movie.
With over 10 million downloads, this app is the most downloaded of all the apps on this list.
Surveys from Google are pretty regular and usually quick for you to answer. Again if you enjoy doing surveys and buying stuff on the Play Store then this app is perfect for you to install.
3 App Karma
App Karma is the number three app for 2018. Simply they pay very well and the app is available on both iOS and Android.
With App Karma there are a wide range of daily rewards which you can claim. App Karma uses a points system which you can accumulate and exchange for rewards. The app is international based so you do not be to be from the US to make the most money you can from your smartphone.
One of the reasons why this app is so highly rated is the fact that you get 5% of your points back when you cash out.
You will get paid to install apps and for playing them and get 30% of each of your referrals points when they use your referral code when signing up.
There are a wide selection of rewards to choose from including PayPal cash, Amazon gift vouchers, Facebook vouchers, Google Play gift cards and credit for Steam.
PanelPlace was listed as the number 1 app in 2016 and 2017. It was number 1 because of offered the best payouts and easiest ways to make money through its surveys. PanelPlace is still the best survey app that pays you.
The reason it has dropped to number 2 is the fact that quite a few people have had difficulty with this app. Until the developers fix the issues such as login and access to profile, we will be keeping this app of the top spot.
There is no doubt that this app offers the best paying surveys of all survey apps on the Play Store. Surveys are from top survey panels including Global Test Market and Toluna.
For best results for this app, sign up to the survey panel on a desktop until they get the app sign up resolved.
CashPirate was second on the list of best smartphone apps that pay you cash in 2016. It is now number one again as they have improved the payments for downloading apps and watching videos.
With over 65,000 5 star ratings it is a reliable app loved by many.
CashPirate has a coin system where you can accumulate points and exchange them for PayPal cash or Bitcoin.
You will get paid to:
- Download free apps and games
- Earning 10% off all your referrals’ coins and 5% of coins generated by your referrals’ referrals
- Answering and giving your opinion for regular surveys
- Watching short videos
- Trying free product trials via SponsorPay, TrialPay and aarki.
1000 coins are equal to $1 so you can cash out once you receive 2500 coins or $2.50. You need to acquire 5000 coins to receive $5 in Bitcoin.
CashPirate is the highest paying apps of 2018 so, you should definitely download and install this app on your smartphone today!
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So now we have given you the list of highest paying apps that you can download for free. We recommend that you download those apps listed above and start making money today!
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