Making money from your phone is not a fantasy anymore, it’s a reality. There are loads of money making apps out there right now that will pay you for shopping, answering surveys or performing small tasks such as taking pictures or watching videos. Great for money saving or money earning, if you need to earn cash and don’t want to put too much effort in, then read on. Read our guide on money making apps (UK 2019).

For simplicity’s sake, we have selected what we believe to be the 7 best apps that pay you on the market today, all available in the UK and separated them into 3 distinct categories. Download them from Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

Apps That Make You Money from Ads and Surveys

These apps are great if you have some spare time. You can answer surveys in your spare time, or watch adverts every time you unlock your phone.

Here are the best 3 rewards apps that make you money we’ve found:

Citizen Me Logo

Citizen Me works by asking you short personal surveys in exchange for payment. The survey questions can include your employment situation, family situation and so on.

Citizen Me Home Screen

This is the home screen for Citizen Me

There are also more in-depth surveys on as wide-ranging topics as OCD self-esteem, mental health, astrology, and chips! You are in effect selling your personal data anonymously in exchange for cash rewards which can be deposited in your PayPal account 

Citizen Me Profile Screen

The Citizen Me profile screen shows you how much money you have earned.

Unlike other apps, you don’t have to build up to a threshold such as £5 before being reimbursed, and can get small amounts of 10p, 30p or 50p paid straight into your PayPal account right after answering a few short questions, which is nice.

Google Opinion Rewards asks you short surveys (usually 3 or 4 questions tops), which take seconds to complete. You accumulate funds which can only be spent on Google Play products – so you can use for music, movies, apps etc. I have been using this for about a year now and have earned just over £14. So – the earning potential isn’t great, but the surveys are super quick and easy to do, and the Google brand brings with it a sense of assurance.

Rewards home screen

This is the Rewards home screen


Google opinion Rewards History

And this gives you an idea of the frequency of the rewards – never more than ten per month.

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With Slidejoy, you’ll see an ad featuring news or promotions pop up on your lock screen whenever you check your phone. You can swipe left to learn more, swipe up for more ads, or swipe right to ignore. You earn money by accumulating ‘Carats’ – and the current rate is 1,000 carats = $1.

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This reputable survey company collects data for market research. You’ll only be notified when a survey meets your demographic. They pay £3.00 per survey, and each one takes about 10 to 15 minutes. This is a great rate compared to other survey companies.


Apps That Pay You for Performing a Job

If you feel like going the extra mile, these are the best apps to make money from “job” opportunities with some juicy rewards.


Spare 5 pays you to carry out various micro-tasks. I’ve had tasks such as captioning photos and writing questions for a customer service bot. The tasks typically help programmers to develop new apps and technology, so it’s quite exciting to help out! You’ll be paid every week as long as your balance is over £1.

Most of the tasks don’t pay a lot, but they only take a few seconds to complete.


Get paid for taking pictures. That’s right, with Foap you can make up to 5 pounds for every picture you sell. You can also enter to win rewards of up to £100 by joining “missions,” where users are tasked with submitting pictures of specific items or scenes.


Receipt Scanning Apps

Really a dream come true. There are so many apps out there that will give you cashback on your purchases or promotions.

Shoppix Logo

With Shoppix, you can earn points just for uploading pictures of your receipts after shopping. Once you get enough points you can cash out via PayPal or receive Amazon vouchers, iTunes vouchers or Love2Shop vouchers.

The receipt must be printed (not handwritten) and unmodified. The receipt must clearly show:

  • The shop or service provider
  • The date which MUST be within the last seven days of you snapping the receipt
  • The items or services paid for
  • The total price paid

You get tokens for each receipt – up to 30 receipts each week. The terms state that some receipts may not be accepted – but snap them all anyway.

Shoppix Screen



Shopkick is another receipt scanning app, but you also earn by scanning items in a store. You can earn around 10 to 50 points just by scanning items and walking into stores – no purchases necessary. When you buy certain items online and in-store, you’ll earn even more points. You can start cashing out for £2.00 gift cards for only 500 points.

Finally, I’d like to mention my personal favourite money making app, which doesn’t quite fit into any of the above categories. Acorns is a unique app that pays you to invest your spare change. They use your change – we’re talking pennies – and invest in the stock market. You can also link your credit cards, round up your purchases to the nearest dollar, and Acorns saves your spare change for you.

You really can save money or make free money with some or all of the deals mentioned in this guide. So what are you waiting for?