Do you own a smartphone? Did you know that there are apps that allow you to make money from your Android and iOS smartphones? We have gathered a list of the 20 best smartphone apps that pay you in 2016. The apps listed are the best rated and most reliable apps on both the App store and Play store. The potential payments are small however if you have time to spare you can at least generate extra income.

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20 best smartphone apps that pay you in 2016

20 Quick Cash

Quick Cash App

Quick Cash by MyEarn  is an app that allows you to make money on your social networks including Facebook and Whatsapp. The app works is by promoting third party apps suggested by the Quick Cash offer wall to your friends on social media. When your friends download an app, you get rewarded. If you have a lot of friends who download the app, you can therefore have a good potential to make money with your smartphone.

You can also earn cash with this app by simply logging in daily. Users can cash out your earnings via PayPal once you reach the threshold of $1.

19 Cash Rewards – Paypal Gift Card

Cash Rewards app

Cash Rewards is a simple yet fun app that allows you to make money by carrying out typical tasks that you get with most get paid to apps. You can earn points through installing apps, watching free ads, playing free games and inviting your friends to join. This app also gives you points to check in daily.

Cashing out is simple with this app, you can either cash out via PayPal or receive an Amazon gift card. To cash out with PayPal, simply accumulate 600 coins and you will receive $1.


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18 Tap Cash Rewards – Make Money

Tap cash rewards app

Tap Cash Rewards is a popular app to make money from your smartphone. With over 59,000+ 5 star reviews on the Play Store this is a good app for Android users.

You can make money with this app by downloading games and apps while you can also earn by signing up for offers. It is important that you actually play the apps and the games that you download in order to receive your reward.

One thing that makes Tap Cash Rewards stand out from the others is the fact that the app offers a wide range of rewards. When you meet the threshold for rewards, you can receive gift cards for the following: PayPal, Google Play, Skype, TELUS, T-Mobile, G2A and many more.



17 Cashpoint

Cashpoint app

Cashpoint is a relatively new get paid to app. The app offers coins mainly for downloading free games and apps. The app also has a good referral program where you benefit from referring your friends to download and join the app.

Coins you receive in this app can be exchanged for PayPal and Amazon gift cards. Reviews have been good so far for this app which is currently rated 4.5 on the Google Play Store.

Check out this review of the Cashpoint app


16 Cash App

Cash App

Cash App is a good app, however the description on the Google Play Store states “so lets get rich” which is misleading. The app is a good one and seems to be reliable, however, you will not get rich with this app. There is no doubt that making money with this app is easy, but as mentioned above, you will not make much.

You will make money mainly by downloading games. and cash out using PayPal. This is one of a few apps that clamp down on users using multiple IDs and proxies in order to take advantage of the referral program.


15 Make Money Earn Free Cash

Make Money Earn Free Cash app

Make Money Earn Free Cash is one of the newest make money apps on the market. Users can make money from watching videos, filling in surveys and taking free trials. This app offers fast cash out via PayPal only with no gift card option.

The app is stable and works well on most Android devices and there is a 4.6 rating at the time of writing this article.


14 Survey Mini

Survey Mini App

Survey Mini is an app that will make you money by answering surveys. The difference with this app is that you receive surveys after you visit various locations near you. This app works best in the USA where there are more restaurants, stores and attractions who are participating with this panel. The feedback that you give on the places that you visit will help those organisations to better understand their customers.

With Survey Mini you will receive rewards like free food, discounts and points for gift cards.


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13 Watch & Earn

watch and earn app

Watch & Earn is a money making app that will pay you for watching videos, watching video trailers downloading apps and completing offers. The app uses a coin system where you are rewarded with coins on completing tasks.

The app offers users free shopping vouchers, movie vouchers and an opportunity to win a large amount of coins. You can cash out your coins for your rewards including Amazon gift cards, PayPal cash, Google Play vouchers, Paytm cash and many more.


12 Ebates Cash Back

Ebates app

Ebates is a cash back app that gives you money when you shop online. This app is for USA users only and can be used with over 1800 stores including Sephora, JCPenny and Kohl’s.

You can earn up to 26% each time when you shop online. The app works well on all up to date Android devices.


11 MintCoins

Mintcoins app

MintCoins has been around for quite a while and has received over 55,500 5 star rating on the Play Store. The app works like other get paid to apps. You get rewarded by watching videos such as advertisements and answering surveys.

The $1 threshold is one of the lowest when compared with many of the other get paid to apps. Overall, MintCoins is a fun app and you it is easy to get to the targeted threshold.


10 AppTrailers

Apptrailers make money app

If you love movies then this is a great app for you. AppTrailers pay users who download their app to watch video trailers of other apps. You will get rewarded for each app video trailer you watch and then you can cash out when you reach the required threshold.

The app is rated at 3.9 and has received a lot of 1 stars, however if your device can stream the app videos properly, you will easily make money with this app.


9 Tapporo

Tapporo earn money app

Tapporo has been around for a while, yet this is an app that has not received that many downloads when compared to similar apps. While it is not the most talked about app, Tapporo also have a web based version.

One of the best ways to make money with this app is through referrals as the app pays $0.60 for each friend you refers who downloads Tapporo. This is one of the highest referral rewards by any of the best apps you can find for your smartphone.

When you reach your threshold, you can cash out your rewards for Google Play gift cards, Amazon gift cards, Facebook credits, mobile accessories, gadgets and PayPal cash.


8 Gigwalk

Gigwalk app

Gigwalk is available on both Android and iOS devices. The app is a unique one in that you get paid for doing things in your local area. You might get a notification about getting rewarded for travelling to a cinema in a certain location or if you visit a restaurant or fast food restaurant near you.

This app works best for users in the USA and for this reason it has received a lot of negative reviews.


7 Wild Wallet: Make Money Online

Wild wallet app

Wild Wallet is a very popular make money online app by Lightwell International S.A. With over 45,000 downloads and 33,000+ 5 star ratings it is a good app for smartphone users to make money from.

With Wild Wallet you can earn money by installing and running free apps and games, complete paid surveys, watching movies and signing up to donation offers. The app also offers credits for referring your friends to download the app.

Those using VPN’s in order to make more money from the app will get banned so it is highly recommended not to do this.

6 mCent

mCent money app

mCent is one of the most popular apps for making money with. The app has received a massive 495,000+ downloads and is one of the most popular apps in India.


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You get rewarded with this app by downloading free Android apps and referring your friends to join and download mCent to their devices.


5 Google Opinion

Google opinions app

Google Opinion is a popular survey app created by Google Consumer Surveys. The app is limited to USA smartphone users only. The surveys are regular and are usually quick.

Surveys are generally rewarded at $0.10 to $1 which you receive Google Play credits. There no other cash out offerings however the app is great for those who love to buy paid apps.


4 Earn Money – Highest Paying App

Earn Money highest paying app

The Earn Money app is one of the best when it comes to making money with your Android smartphone. The app offers numerous fun ways for users to earn money quickly on a daily basis. With a 4.3 rating on the Play Store it is easily one of the most recommended ways to make money from your smartphone.

The app uses a coin system where 100 coins is equal to $1. You can earn cash by:

  • Inviting friends – You can earn $0.25 per friend
  • Registering for free on websites to check out offers
  • Registering to paid sites
  • Downloading free and paid apps
  • Answering surveys

One reason why this app is so popular is the fact that they pay you via PayPal within 24 hours of cashing out.


3 Surveys On The Go

surveys on the go app

Surveys On The Go is a popular paid survey app that allows you to earn money in your spare time. The app is available on both Android and iOS. The app receives an average rating of 4.1 stars on both app stores  and generally the feedback from users is positive. The app is developed by MFour Mobile Research Inc who are a reputable market research company specializing in mobile data.


Surveys by Surveys On The Go are rewarded from $0.25 – $5 per survey, however the company itself state that usually a survey is worth $1. Some people however, have reported that they earned up to $30 on a survey.

As the name suggests how you make money is by answering surveys  which could be on your opinion of an advertising campaign, a video or a relevant topic that may be in the news.

Once you sign up, you earn your first dollar, and you will then receive notifications of when your next paid survey is available to answer. Once you earn $10 you can cash out and receive a gift card of your choosing.


2 CashPirate


CashPirate is a top rated make money app on the Play Store with over 47,000+ 5 star rating by users. Thanks to its reliability and the numerous ways to earn, CashPirate is easily one of the best apps that pays you that you can download in 2016 for your Android device.

How you can earn

CashPirate offers coins which you can exchange for gift cards, cash rewards or mobile top up for carrying out tasks such as:

  • Downloading 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


Cashing out your rewards

Once you have accumulated 2,500 ($2.50) coins you can then request to cash out your earnings via PayPal, receive a gift card (which Cashpirate will post to you) or with mobile topup (mobile recharge – available in more than 120 countries).

Read this review of Cash Pirate


1 PanelPlace


PanelPlace is best paying app that you can download for both iPhone and Android devices. To use the app you must be already signed up to the PanelPlace website. Click here to sign up to PanelPlace now for free.

You can get invited to answer surveys when on the go and the surveys are high paying. PanelPlace takes surveys from the leading survey sites from around the world including Global Test Market and Ipsos to give their users the best paying surveys.

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Start earning cash now

Head over to the Play Store if you have an Android device or to the App Store if you own an iPhone or iPad and start downloading these apps to start making money today. The apps listed are the best apps that pay you that you can download in 2016 and if you do and you have a referral code you want to share, use the comment form below.


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