Top 5 Android Apps to Earn Real Money Through Surveys

No Joke!

It is a hobby of mine to find ways to lower the cost overall of my phone every month. One way I do this is through taking online surveys for money. I do not earn an overly large amount of money, but with a little survey here and there, I earn something. I find the whole process rather fun too.

For this blog post, I’ve rounded up the top 5 survey apps that pay real money. Sign up and try them out! Rock that mobile!

1. Google Opinion Rewards

google opinion rewards screenshotI love Google Opinion Rewards because the money I get form it accumulates as Play Store credit, and I get to buy new apps with the money.

For each survey, you can receive up to a dollar. Most surveys seem to be under ten questions. They are really very short.

Download the app today

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2. Quick Thoughts

Quick Thoughts ScreenshotQuick Thoughts lets you get one to three dollars per survey to be redeemed as an Amazon gift card once you reach ten dollars. Surveys are on a variety of topics.

You can wait for a survey to show up that matches your profile or you can take the survey qualifier quiz as many times as you want (or so it seems).

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3. Surveys On The Go

surveys on the go screenshotSurveys On The Go will pay you cash from $0.25 to $5. Most surveys are around the $1 range, however.

You can cash out at $10 with an Amazon gift card, Visa Rewards, or PayPal.

If you just sign up and let it sit on your phone, it will notify you of potential surveys you might qualify for. It could not be more easy.

Try it today!

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4. Voxpopme

Voxpopme screenshotVoxpopme is a bit unique. Instead of responding to a traditional survey, you record a 15-60 second video with your front facing camera in response to a question about an experience. It is video surveys.

You earn money for each survey completed, and you can cash out with Paypal when you hit $15.

Take the plunge, try it out!

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5. QuarterSurvey

quartersurveys iconQuarterSuvey bases their payments on a $20/hr model. Each survey gets its reward price based on how much of an hour it will take to perform.

They use Paypal, and you must have $10 to cash out.

Try it out today!

Set and Forget!

Set these survey apps up on your phone and then forget about them. They will notify you when they are ready to have you complete a survey. Slowly but surely your money will grow in each app. This is not a get rich quick scheme, but it is a fun way to defray some of the cost of owning a phone in a fun way.

Good luck out there!

Rock That Mobile!

 

Top 5 Google Play Alternative App Stores

Let the List Begin!

In no particular order, this blog will lay out 10 alternatives to the app store Google Play. Why would you ever want to use another store than Google Play? One main reason is that there may be apps in the alternative stores that are not available in Google Play. If you have another reason you love alternative apps stores, please share with us in the comments.

1. Amazon

amazon-underground-iconAmazon has gone through several phases in their app store. The most recent rendition is called the Amazon Underground where there is a vast amount of paid apps offered for free. This is a great resource because you will find apps that cost money in Google Play that are free and clear here.

One catch is that you must have the Amazon Underground app installed at all times. The apps will not work without it installed.

Get it now!

2. Humble Bundle

humble-bundle-screenshotI love the Humble Bundle! They have bundles on a weekly basis that uses the pay what you want model. They have bundles that are Android based on occasion, and as you collect the Android games at a fraction of the cost you would find at Google Play.

It is easy to get caught up in the fun of buying bundles, and to top it off, the money you pay goes to charity.

So scope out the Humble Bundle. Start collecting some games, install the Humble Bundle app (which also allows you access to your comics, books, and music purchased in non-Android related bundles), and have fun!

Go there now!

3. Aptoide

Aaptoide logoptoide market is unique. Its the 3rd largest app ecosystem in the world.

In 2014, it had 51 million users and countless more have joined forces since then.

There are 199,813 stores as of this blog post and 617,421 apps.

In the world of Aptoide, users can create their own stores, and you can subscribe to the stores of others and download their wares.

In the interest of good faith, I suggest sticking with Aptoide’s primary store that comes baked into the Aptoide app. These applications are for sure legal and vetted. The lines can get a bit blurred if you subscribe to some of the other stores. It really just depends.

Go there now!

4. Getjar

getjarGetjar has been around a long time and has taken a few forms along the way. Currently, it is a web based appstore.

You go there just like in Google Play except in your web browser and click on an app and it will download as an apk file.

You then select the apk file and install it.

Tada! Sometimes Getjar gets exclusives, which means its always good to keep an eye out for something fun.

Go there now!

5. 1Mobile Market

1mobilemarketWith 1.6 million apps and games, 1Mobile Market is nothing to sneeze at.

It runs through an app that you download and functions much the same as Google Play.

It has a familiar feel and is consequently easy to use.

Check it out!

A Word of Caution

I need to make sure that I officially caution you that there is likely more malware lurking in stores outside of the vetted and policed Google Play system. So, just be careful and aware that there is some increased risk with a few of these five stores.

I would not worry about this in the case of Amazon or the Humble Bundle, however.

In any case, it is really fun to experiment with alternative stores, and I would argue that it is worth the risk. Just take some precautions:

  • Download AVG antivirus (free)
  • Don’t download spammy looking apps
  • If it looks to good to be true, it probably is

And so on.

Which one is your favorite?

So, try them all and let us all know which was your favorite and why. Do not forget to come back and tell us. I really want to know! Believe it or not, there are more app stores waiting to be discovered above and beyond my top five. Maybe I’ll get around to rounding them up too one of these days.

Live long and prosper!

Rock That Mobile!

 

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Big List of iOS, Android, and Chrome Apps for Chromecast

Today in my travels through the internet, I came across a big list of iOS, Android, and Chrome apps for Google Chromecast.

The Chromecast is one of my favorite toys. At $35 dollars it is easy to buy and easy to use.

One annoying thing, however, is tracking down the apps that support the Chromecast. No longer! The folks at Reddit have compiled a master list. Visit it today and get your Chromecast on!

Strobe for Facebook Messenger Brings You to Life in GIFs

strobe-screenshotI was searching yesterday for something to play with on my Android phone in the Google Play store. I found that there are add-ons to Facebook’s Messenger created by Facebook. Most of them were not worthy of any mention, but I did land on the one called Strobe.

You can take up to four photos and combine them to create a GIF that you can then share in Messenger with your friends. Even taking one photo has several animation options just for that.

Its fun to create GIFs with yourself in it because it brings a little uniqueness to the GIF that you do not get when you use someone elses. It just feels different.

So if you want a good time and want your friends to laugh, try Strobe. It also offers the option to save your GIFs outside of Messenger so that you can have a record of them or have them auto uploaded to your favorite repository like Google Photos (if you are like me).

Here is one I made with my dog last night.

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Spotify and Facebook Messenger Link Up

More perks of having Spotify! You can now share songs and playlists in Facebook Messenger. The Messenger app is expanding to integrate all kinds of new and exciting things. Get hooked up with Spotify and Messenger today! Try premium Spotify for 30 days for free if you are not already a subscriber.

Google’s Project Fi Now Open to Everyone

Get in the action and switch service to Google’s Project Fi. It was invitation only, but now, its open to everyone.

Get a discount on a 5X Nexus phone – 16GB $199 and 32GB $249 as long as you buy from Google and activate within 30 days.

You can port your old number to Google service or use your old Google Voice number if you have one.