Although most people don’t know it, there are a tonne of ways to make money simply by using your mobile phone - almost all of which are completely passive and don’t require any of your time.
Many big businesses are forking out thousands of pounds to pay people simply for using their phones.
Because the information you have to offer as a phone-user is incredibly valuable.
Data such as your location, the apps you use and your activity when browsing the web are crucial to the successes of companies’ marketing campaigns.
With this information, they are able to market to exactly the right audience and tailor their advertisements to attract them in particular.
From watching trailers to acting as a mystery shopper, business are offering great rewards simply for using their apps and completing some simple tasks.
This post will talk through the fastest & easiest ways to start earning money through your mobile phone, completely risk-free.
Perhaps the most well-known and renowned method of earning money through your phone, Swagbucks requires no skills and offers great rewards.
All you need to do is sign up for a completely free account and start performing sets of activities that’ll earn you points, or ‘SB’.
These points can then be redeemed for a range of rewards including coupons, gift-cards and entries into competitions, all completely free.
While it’s accessible through a desktop, Swagbucks also offer a downloadable app that’s available for iPhone and Android.
The app is incredibly easy to use and within it you’ll be able to watch videos, take part in surveys and even just browse the internet using their internal web system to earn SB.
Additionally, if you get your friends to sign up to Swagbucks then you’ll receive bonus points and they’ll get a $5.00 rewards for joining.
These points can then be redeemed for gift-cards spendable at stores such as Amazon & Starbucks.
Mint Coins is an Android app through which you can earn points by playing free games, downloading selected applications and simply watching video advertisements.
Mint Coins allows you to earn money much quicker than the other apps mentioned and earning £10 can take very little time.
You’ll even receive payments for referring your friends to join and Mint Coins allows you to withdraw your cash with a balance as little as one pound, allowing to cash in on points as and when you earn them.
Easy Shift is slightly different to the previous methods mentioned as you’ll be working in shifts, similar to a real-world job.
These shifts will involve performing activities such as checking the prices of items in shops as well as taking photographs of their displays.
The purpose of this is to allow businesses get an inside look into the shopping world, paying people to go in and take photos rather than spending time doing it theirselves.
You’ll be paid for each ‘shift’ you complete within 48 hours through PayPal and you payment per shift can range anywhere from $2 to £20 depending on the tasks completed.
Again, Easy Shift is only US-based and isn’t accessible to European countries.
Checkpoints is another mobile-friendly tool through which you can earn money by scanning barcodes and taking part in quizzes, as well as, again, watching videos & browsing the web.
You can then redeem these points for more giftcard and use them to be entered into giveaways.
Checkpoints is regarded as one of the best ways of earning money through your mobile & is an incredibly easy option.
Checkpoints is available for both Android and iOS, however it’s only accessible in the US.
Field Agent allows you to earn money again by completing easy shop-related tasks such as checking stock and in-store displays.
The app works similar to Easy Shift however it doesn’t demand that you complete any set shifts, rather you complete tasks as and when you can. Many people prefer Field Agent to Easy Shift for this reason, as you won’t need to complete any specific shifts or be available at any set times.
Additionally, Field Agent is available in a number of countries including Canada, Australia, the UK and South Africa.
Tasks completed on Field Agent can pay anywhere from $2 to $10 and payments are completed via PayPal.
Field Agent works with a number of big brands including Target and has been approved in articles in The New York Times.
GigWalk isn’t, despite the title, quite as simple as being paid simply for walking.
In Gigwalk, an application available through both iOS and Android, users can complete tasks such as checking up on road signs and the quality of tansport services in exchange for money.
CNN has talked about GigWalk and it is an incredibly well-respected smartphone system that’s very easy to use to earn some extra money in your spare time.
Slightly different to the previous methods mentioned, BookScouter allows you to scan your old books and send them off to those that purchase them.
Whether you love or hate reading, the chances are you’ll have at least a few books gathering dust around your house. School textbooks, holiday guides and atlases are all acceptable.
Rather than having them sat around doing nothing, scan the books’ ISBN codes into BookScouter and choose the best from a range of price offers for them.
All you do then is print off a free shipping label and post the book to whoever decided to buy it, receiving your payment electronically and clearing some space in your house.
Bookscouter is great option if you hate clutter and need a clear-out, allowing you to transform piles of unused books into cash.
Mobee is an app that allows you to become a freelance ‘mystery shopper’, accepting various tasks based in a number of shops & restaurants.
These tasks are generally simple reviews of in-store services & their overall quality.
Typical reviews are only around 5-10 questions long and, despite their apparent mundanity, give businesses an incredibly valuable insight into how their competitors are faring in the market.
When you complete tasks you’ll receive points that can be redeemed for gift cards.
If you already shop often/live near to a well-equipped high street then Mobee is an incredibly easy way to earn money simply for visiting a few shops.
Alternatively, if you have a shopping trip planned then taking the time to answer a few quick questions on your travels will help to earn back some of that money you spend.
Perk is another excellent way to earn money.
Perk pays its users simply for shopping at any location in their country.
All you need to do is check into shops near you such as Starbucks to earn ‘Perk Point’.
You can then redeem these points for money and gift cards that are spendable in several big shops such as Amazon.
Earning money through GigWalk is as simple as walking to different shops and checking into them to receive redeemable points.
In essence, you’re being paid simply for walking, making GigWalk an excellent way not only to earn some extra money but also get some exercise.
AppTrailers is another very popular way of earning some extra cash through simply watching movie trailers & music videos.
By watching these trailers you can earn money, gift cards for Amazon and Apple Music and even scratch cards.
Oftentimes these trailers are pretty entertaining and they require you to do little more than watch a short video, making AppTrailers an incredibly easy way to earn money without having to acquire any skills.
A personal favourite, GymPact allows you to earn money through exercise. When you download the app, you’ll be required to set some basic exercise goals.
Complete these and you’ll earn money for keeping fit. Fail to complete them, however, and you’ll have to forfeit some of your own cash for avoiding exercise.
If you want to improve your fitness but struggle to find the motivation, GymPact offers that added monetary incentive to get you off the sofa and into the gym.
Alternatively, if you already exercise then you can simply cash in on the activities you’d normally complete anyway without having to adjust your routine.
GymPact has been approved by The New York times and CNN, two enormous American news corporations, and is accessible in almost any country.