Although many online survey panels offer paid surveys that are mobile-friendly, some have gone ahead to create dedicated survey mobile apps which you can use to earn money from your smartphone.
How mobile survey apps work
These apps function like any other app in that they are downloaded from either the Google Play store for Android devices, or on iTunes for Apple devices such as iPhones, iPads, etc. There are also a limited number of these apps available in the Windows store.
Once downloaded, they are linked up with your new or existing account with an online survey provider. Using your same login credentials, you can log in to your account using the app, and you will typically be presented with a list of any available surveys, your account history, current and past earnings, rewards requests, etc.
Benefits of using an app
The benefit of using an app over completing online surveys that you get invited to complete via email, is the convenience of being directly notified about survey opportunities as they become available (making it less likely that the survey will be closed by the time you get to it).
Push notifications are messages that you receive on your phone from a centralized server. Online survey apps use these to contact you on your phone for when a new study becomes available. Similar to when you receive notifications on your phone to update an app, survey apps make use of push notifications so that you immediately get notified of new surveys as they become available, without experiencing the delays and hassles associated with email.
An added benefit is that you can take surveys directly from your phone instead of having to wait until you get home to your computer. The surveys that are available through a mobile survey app are already programmed to be mobile-friendly, which means fewer frustrating experiences when trying to complete studies.
You may have experienced situations where you’ve attempted to take a survey on your phone that was originally emailed to you. Taking surveys this way can be frustrating, as many surveys that are e-mailed are not meant to be taken on mobile devices, resulting in a lot of bugs, crashes, etc. Taking surveys through a mobile app minimizes this problem.
Can you really make money from your smartphone?
Yes. Like with anything, it will take a bit of a time investment, but there are plenty of apps you can use to earn cash paid by PayPal, e-gift certificates, prizes, etc.
The following are a list of legitimate online survey panels listed on SurveyPolice who have a mobile app available for download:
Use the Toluna app to earn tons of reward options including e-gift cards, PayPal payments, sweepstakes entries, and more.
Download the MobileXpression app and have it run passively in the background on your phone. Earn $5 after the first week!
Download the Ipsos i-Say app to conveniently take surveys from your phone. Join over 3 million members who earn cash and gift cards for participating.
Run the Smart Panel app in the background on your phone and earn a $5 sign up bonus and then $5/month with additional bonuses.
Easily take surveys with the QuickThoughts app, and earn Amazon and iTunes e-gift cards. Cash out with just $10 in your account!