Best Survey Apps for 2020
Surveys are one of the best and easiest ways to make money online.
However, it can be inconvenient to be constantly logging onto survey websites online to complete their questionnaires – especially if you’re a member of multiple different sites.
That’s why survey apps are so great. You can download as many as you want and receive notifications as soon as a new survey is released, so as soon as you have time, you can complete surveys on the go. This option is ideal for whenever you have spare moments like waiting in a line or for the bus to arrive.
Choose a few that stand out to you as being interesting and try them out.
34 Best Survey Apps
Here are the 34 best survey apps to make money:
- 🏆 Survey Junkie
- Pinecone Research
- Vindale Research
- Prize Rebel
- Surveys On The Go
- National Consumer Panel
- Google Opinion Rewards
- Panel App
- Zap Surveys
- Panel Station
- Harris Poll
- Grab Points
- Opinion Outpost
- Valued Opinions
- Survey Savvy
1. Survey Junkie
One of the biggest and most popular survey apps out there is Survey Junkie. They claim that you can become an ‘influencer’ by answering their questions, which are focused on consumers’ opinions about brands and products.
You can’t redeem your points for cash straight away – there’s a minimum threshold of $10 – but it shouldn’t take you too long to reach that point. Each point is equal to a cent, and most surveys give 10-200 points; that means you can earn up to $2 per survey. You can earn even more points by referring your friends and family.
A great thing about Survey Junkie is that you earn points for every survey you complete – even if you don’t actually meet the criteria they were looking for. Many surveys will refuse to give you any reward if you don’t qualify – much to the frustration of survey users.
Learn More: Read our Survey Junkie Review.
Another huge name when it comes to survey apps is Swagbucks. It mostly operates as a website and browser plug-in, but there’s also an app you can use.
There are always lots of surveys available, but you may fill in the first few questions only to be told you’re not eligible and won’t earn anything – this can be slightly frustrating, but you’ll adjust to the process over time.
You can earn ‘Swagbucks’ through a wide range of other activities, too. It could be something as simple as signing up for a newsletter or fulfilling an offer, but more common ways include playing games or watching videos.
There’s a $5 sign-up bonus as long as you earn enough points within your first few months on the site, and it’s possible to start cashing out as soon as you reach $3. You can earn a percentage of what anyone you refer earns, too. So far, Swagbucks has paid out over $241 million, so why not take your share?
Learn More: Read our Swagbucks Review.
When it comes to the i-Say app, speed is key. You’ll be sent an instant notification when a survey opens up, and it’s up to you to join before they meet their participant cap.
Some surveys are based around testing products, which could mean you get some freebies. However, even though you can download the app to your phone, some surveys need to be completed on a computer or laptop.
The amount you’ll earn tends to be quite small – just the equivalent of a few dollars in points each time or even less – but that’s not bad for a quick survey, and the numbers can add up quickly. Once you get up to the point equivalent threshold of $5, you can withdraw the money to PayPal or claim a gift card.
Learn More: Read our i-Say Review.
Another site that gives you a bonus just for signing up is InboxDollars. It also happens to be one of the biggest surveys apps out there – they’ve currently paid out over $56 million to their users.
Most surveys pay between $0.50 and $5.00 depending on their length, although there are a few that pay $10 or more.
Although the focus is surveys, you can earn money from completing other activities too, like watching videos or playing games. You can even use the app to print off coupons or get cashback.
Once you have enough points, you can receive your payment through either Visa or gift cards.
Learn More: Read our InboxDollars Review.
5. Pinecone Research
Pinecone Research isn’t very popular as an app – it only has a handful of reviews on the Apple store. That’s because most people prefer to use it on the computer, but it’s still possible to use the app if you prefer.
Some surveys involve product testing, so you may get to receive some freebies.
Although you can’t technically cash out instantly, the minimum cash-out option is just $1, which is far lower than most other similar sites.
Learn More: Read our Pinecone Research Review.
Another app that merges many features and activities is MyPoints. Its big selling point is the cashback benefits – you can claim up to 40% back at many retailers. However, you can earn by completing surveys and even watching video clips.
A big benefit is the $10 welcome bonus, which you’ll receive as long as you spend $20 or more through the MyPoints shopping portal within a month – this shouldn’t be too difficult since all you need to do is buy something online.
Learn More: Read our MyPoints Review.
Shopkick isn’t technically a survey site, but you will be asked questions based on your shopping activities.
Whenever you go shopping, Shopkick will give you points for walking into the store, scanning barcodes, and answering questions about your trip. This makes for a slightly more interactive and exciting experience than some other apps.
You can also earn points by watching videos, reviewing products on online stores, and taking more conventional surveys.
Although Shopkick doesn’t pay in cash, they do give out gift cards for major retailers like Amazon and Target.
Learn More: Read our Shopkick Review.
8. Vindale Research
Vindale Research is one of the oldest survey sites on the web and offers some very respectable rates for completing surveys: most pay between $1 and $5 each. You can sometimes take part in product testing gigs too, which generally bring in $5 each or more.
There are sometimes sign-up bonuses for joining Vindale Research too, but they’re quite minimal – you’re unlikely to get much more than $1.
Learn More: Read our Vindale Research Review.
Claiming to reward people for simply living their life is the survey app LifePoints. This might not be strictly true unless your typical daily routine involves product testing and polls; nevertheless, it’s a great way to make some money for doing very little.
You can participate in their activities either through the app or your desktop, and it’s open to people from all countries.
You’ll get given ten points for free when you sign up; this isn’t as much as many other sites, but it’s better than nothing.
Learn More: Read our LifePoints Review.
10. Prize Rebel
Prize Rebel has paid out more than $9 million since its beginning and is still going strong: thousands of dollars are paid out to users every day. It’s a classic survey website that focuses on market research for consumer companies and brands.
There’s a wide variety of ways you can redeem your points, including a direct bank payment and gift cards at hundreds of different retailers.
11. Surveys on the Go
Unlike most survey apps, Surveys On The Go doesn’t have a website app version – as the name suggests, the concept is based around completing polls while you’re ‘on the go.’
Most users receive an invite to complete a survey a couple of times a week, and you’ll get some choice over which type of survey you do. You can opt-in or out of the following categories:
- Media and technology
As well as being able to choose between topics, you can also choose between video or audio surveys. Video surveys are a more lucrative option.
The minimum threshold to redeem your points is $10, and you can receive your earnings in the form of a PayPal transfer, a Virtual Visa account payment, or a gift card for Amazon or Starbucks.
12. National Consumer Panel (Nielson)
The National Consumer Panel is a venture led by two different consumer insights researchers, Nielson and IRI. Once you register with them, you can earn simply by letting the company monitor your daily internet habits on various devices, as well as by answering questions.
$10,000 is given away to users each month, so there’s plenty to go around – there’s also a sweepstake to help you earn even more. Unfortunately, there’s no option to earn cash – all rewards are in the form of ‘gifts.’
You can also use the app for cashback by scanning barcodes of items you’ve bought as long as you give information about the shop you purchased it from and how much the item costs. There are also ‘special studies’ that provide the opportunity to earn more.
QuickThoughts is a slightly smaller app than some others on this list, but that doesn’t mean you should dismiss it. It’s a solid app that allows you to complete up to five surveys a day, plus some location-dependent activities you can make money from.
However, you can’t earn money instantly; you’ll need to build up a balance of $10 first, which can then be redeemed for either Amazon or iTunes gift cards.
14. Google Opinion Rewards
Did you know that Google has its very own survey app, called Google Opinion Rewards? There are two ways to earn points: through surveys and through audience measurement.
The audience measurement aspect involves earning rewards for sharing your TV usage, something that not many other sites offer. You’ll need to connect a few products with your television to make this possible, but they’re all provided by Google.
You can receive rewards in the form of either Google Play credit or PayPal balance for surveys, and gift cards for audience measurement.
Qmee is a surveys site focused on market research for brands. It’s ultimately a shopping companion you can install on your browser.
You’ll earn by browsing the web and by answering questions – plus, as you search, you’ll be updated on the best coupons and discounts available on the web.
As well as receiving money-saving coupons, you’ll earn real cash for your time. The best part is that you can receive the rewards almost instantly; you can withdraw your ‘piggybank’ whenever you like, and they’ll appear within your PayPal account straight away.
16. Panel App
Panel App is a place to earn money by taking surveys and even simply going about your day and letting the app collect data. You’ll earn gift cards and be entered into sweepstakes too.
There’s also the possibility to earn more by referring your friends: you won’t get an instant bonus when they sign up, but you will get a percentage of their earnings, which can work out even better.
17. Zap Surveys
Zap boasts instant payouts and daily surveys, plus a guaranteed $6.25 for the first questionnaire you complete. That’s certainly something worth writing home about.
Once you get beyond that first survey, you might find the payouts to be variable and confusing – there’s a huge variety in what you’ll be paid, ranging from a few cents right up to a three-digit dollar number. However, the best-paying surveys are hard to qualify for as they tend to have extremely specific eligibility requirements.
Even better, every time a survey is completed, Zap donates to child starvation charities. The only downside is that the minimum threshold to cash-out is $25; it might take you a while to get there.
Most iPoll surveys are centered around the places you go and the services you could use. Some tasks involve visiting shops, taking pictures, and testing products – all of them are known as ‘missions.’
It’s possible to withdraw your money once you get to $25, and this shouldn’t take too long since many users report making $50 or more a month. You can redeem your points for PayPal, gift cards, or airline credits.
Toluna is another survey app based around the theme of brands; they boast you can use the surveys as a chance to let your opinion be known and influence companies.
There’s the chance to participate in daily lotteries through the app, too – this gives the chance to win a million points (around $300). It also has a social side; various members report they enjoy the community.
You can receive your balance as a PayPal transfer or a gift card. Be careful not to leave your points building up too much, though; they’ll expire after earning them.
It can get slightly tiresome to be completing lots of surveys centered around market research for brands and companies, so YouGov offers a fresh approach – most of its surveys are on more topical issues, like politics. There are still some questions about brands or television habits, though.
The major drawback of YouGov is that it has a high threshold for withdrawing your points ($50) and doesn’t release surveys as often as some other sites too – you’re unlikely to get sent more than a few a week, which means it might take six months or longer to claim your money. Of course, with such a long withdrawal process, points don’t expire.
21. Panel Station
Panel Station is one of the apps that offers the least surveys – often, there are just a couple a week. But don’t dismiss it completely, because you’ll at least be able to cash out quickly: some surveys will give you 5,000 points, and you can redeem rewards once you reach 3,000 points.
There are also sweepstakes, and monthly prize draws, although you’ll have to give up some of your points to enter.
However, be aware that Panel Station doesn’t fare particularly well when it comes to reviews: they have a rating of 3.3 on the GooglePlay store and just 2.2 on the Apple Store.
22. Harris Poll
When it comes to online polls, Harris Poll is one of the original sites offering this service; don’t be put off by the slightly outdated website. Lots of the surveys relate to politics and global issues, and they are often featured within news outlets, so it can be satisfying to read about a poll you’ve been able to take part in.
It’s not available for Apple users – currently, there’s only an Android app. Nonetheless, if you have an iPhone, you could still give it a go by using the website on your computer instead.
Harris points can be redeemed for gift cards rather than cash.
There are a few different ways to earn points on Jobs2Shop: taking surveys, completing offers, mystery shopping, and games. You can also get a $5 bonus every time you refer a friend and save further money through cashback credit – plus there’s a $5 bonus just for signing up.
Mystery shopping involves going into a shop with a list of tasks to complete and then reporting on your experience to help the shop improve its service. Because this is more difficult and complicated than a standard survey, there’s the chance to earn more money – and it can also be quite fun.
As with many similar sites, the withdrawal threshold is $25.
24. Grab Points
There are four primary ways to grab your points on Grab Points: watching TV, completing surveys, completing offers, and downloading apps.
Further points can be earned by referring your friends – this could be up to 250 points (or $0.25) but varies depending on the country they’re from.
You can then receive your points in the form of a PayPal transfer or a gift card. The threshold for PayPal is $3, while you need to go up to at least $5 before you can receive a gift card.
If you’re prepared to take a survey in the form of a video to make some more money, then Mindswarms could be right up your street.
Mindswams believe that video recordings capture more authentic opinions than survey answers. If you’ve ever ticked random boxes on a poll for the sake of finishing it as soon as possible (because, let’s face it, who hasn’t), then you can probably see why.
Don’t worry, the videos you’ll have to make aren’t too long – most are under a minute. In return for such a short clip, you could receive $10 to $50 and have it deposited straight to your PayPal account.
UserTesting also asks for video responses, but their overall model is very different. Instead of shooting small videos to give your opinion about a brand or product, you’ll have to film a video of you testing a website in response to an example scenario (such as ‘find the address of this shop’). These videos often work out being around twenty minutes long.
Despite the longer length, you won’t be paid more money for testing websites. You’ll generally earn $10 per test, which isn’t particularly impressive but still more than almost all written surveys.
It’s also a good compromise for anyone who feels uncomfortable about showing their faces and selling the information to brands.
BzzAgent offers some further variety amongst the array of written and video survey companies: their questionnaires are all centered around testing products. Some other survey companies include product trials within their offerings, but BzzAgent is slightly different as it’s solely dedicated to this.
If you get selected, you’ll be sent a product and asked to provide honest feedback. As well as getting the product for free, you’ll be given points that can later be used towards gift cards or cash.
However, the application process is slightly more complicated than more standard survey apps. You’ll have to complete a few questionnaires and submit an application – including your social media accounts – before you get sent any products.
Apperwall is also an app dedicated to product testing, but it only covers one specific niche: app reviews.
You’ll need to download an app to your phone and use it for at least a brief period, then write your review. If the review passes the standards, you can withdraw the money to PayPal straightaway.
Remember mystery shopping? Here’s another app that pays you to be a curious customer. With EasyShift, most of the tasks you’ll have to complete in stores are extremely simple – usually, you’ll only need to take a few photos then talk about your shopping experience.
Once you’ve completed your gig, you can expect to receive the payment (via PayPal) within 28 hours. Surprisingly, people in almost all U.S. cities can find work, so don’t assume you’re excluded just because you don’t live in New York or Los Angeles.
30. Opinion Outpost
OpinionOutpost carries out research for public bodies like the government as well as businesses. Each survey takes 10-30 minutes and will net you up to $5, which is well paying within the online survey world.
You only need to accrue $5 worth of points before you can withdraw, and you can receive your earnings through PayPal or a gift card.
31. Valued Opinions
Valued Opinions boasts that they pay $5 for every survey completed; although the real amount is likely to be lower, you’ll never be given less than $1. The questions may be related to brands, marketing, or occasionally the news.
However, you can’t earn any cash – points are only redeemable for gift cards. You can start redeeming once you have points equivalent to $10.
OnePoll puts emphasis on their surveys being ‘interesting’ and included as part of the news. If you’re interested in current affairs and politics, then it could be a good choice for you. You’ll also earn $5 just for signing up.
You’ll be paid directly by PayPal. However, the bad news is you’ll need to earn $50 before you can cash out, which makes OnePoll one of the hardest apps actually to make money from.
Crowdology is known for working with big brands and television shows, so if you’re interested in answering questions related to these topics, then it could be the one for you.
It has a fairly good reputation – the surveys aren’t the highest-earning (you’ll generally make around $0.50), but they are quick (many only take five minutes). The threshold to withdraw your points is a relatively modest $8, and you can receive your earnings through PayPal.
34. Survey Savvy
Last but not least, SurveySavvy has a wide range of survey topics, from politics to consumer products. Almost all the surveys are less than ten minutes, so even if you’re given a survey on a less interesting topic, you won’t be stuck with it for long!
You can earn more cash rewards by installing the app onto multiple devices – you can make up to $5 per device per month. This is a great way of boosting your points total.
Which paid survey sites are legitimate?
All the survey sites on this list are legitimate.
Being paid for something as trivial as giving your opinion about a brand’s new advert or a government policy might sound too good to be true, but in reality, this is valuable information.
Many companies and public bodies are willing to pay good money to market research companies to gain more information and data about how the public thinks.
By completing surveys, you’re providing this information and deserve to be paid.
What apps pay you instantly?
It’s all very well earning points on survey apps, but until you see that money in your bank account (or a gift card balance), it can all seem like it’s too good to be true.
Some apps force you to wait weeks or even months before you can build enough points to reach the threshold, which is less than ideal if you’re in urgent need of some cash.
Luckily, a few apps are the exception to this rule. Mindswarms, Apperwall, and EasyShift are amongst the apps that will pay you immediately.
There are also some companies with a withdrawal threshold so low that you’ll be able to receive the money almost straightaway – for instance, Opinion Outpost has a threshold of just $1.
Can you actually make money doing surveys?
The biggest concern most people have when it comes to making money this way is the fear of being scammed and wasting their time. While completing surveys isn’t going to make you rich, it’s certainly possible to make some money.
Unfortunately, many sites make you start or even complete a survey, before telling you that you’re not eligible for any reward since you don’t meet the eligibility requirements. Many survey users find they get this message repeatedly on some sites, and it can lead them to believe the company is a scam.
While this might be true sometimes, getting this message doesn’t necessarily mean the site isn’t legitimate. Many brands that pay survey companies to complete market research for them request data on a specific segment of the population; if your answers in the survey indicate you don’t meet the criteria, you won’t be able to continue.
So, Are Survey Apps for You?
If you’re looking to start an additional income stream but don’t have much time on your hands to start a more complex business, then completing surveys could be a great option for you.
Doing surveys is never going to cover the costs of your rent or even your grocery shopping, but it might just let you pay for a few treats without any guilt.
We all have a few extra minutes to spare in the day, so why not trade your half hour scrolling through social media with a half hour completing surveys for money?