Here you will find apps that have either stopped paying out, no longer exist, or still exist & pay out, but are too woefully slow to accumulate enough earnings to be worth my while… (Your experience may vary)
Should any of these apps resurrect back to active earning status, I will return them to the main app page.
I joined Zapiddy in July of 2013 and earned $131.00 using the app through the end of 2015. Zapiddy was a store task based app similar to Gigwalk, Easy Shift, and Field Agent with the exception that you could not reserve any jobs. In other words, you could very well see a Zapiddy job available and go to that particular store to complete the job, only to have it disappear right out from under you without any warning.
In similar fashion, in early January 2016, Zappidy went away without any real advance warning, other than an email thanking users for their hard work.
Viggle is an app that gives you credit for watching television. Open the app when you sit down for a show. It listens to your television and matches up to determine what TV show you are watching. You receive one point for each minute that you watch! It allow allows for quick access to the current Twitter buzz for the shows you are watching. With some shows or movies, Viggle gives you the opportunity to earn more points by answering trivia questions about the show or subject matter.
Viggle has apps for iOS, Android, and Windows based smartphones!
WARNING!!! It appears that Viggle is dying a slow death. I had over $500 worth of points saved up from using Viggle over two years. However, I was accumulating points to trade in for higher end electronics, which no longer appear in the app as a trade in option. Gift cards option were always ‘sold out’ and for awhile they were only offering t-shirts as a trade in option. Worse yet, hundreds of questions/concerns posted on the Viggle Facebook page were wholly ignored and unanswered. They have since entered into a partnership or merger with Perk, but I was never able to get that conversion of points to work. I think the app may still exist, but I moved on to bigger and better apps — jumping ship and forfeiting most of my $500+ in accumulated earnings. 🙁
gRate Friends allowed you to rate local businesses on a scale from 1-5. In exchange for providing a brief review explaining the rating you provided you earned points toward a cash redemption.
Points accumulated monthly, with the points to dollars conversion value varying from month to month depending on various factors. At the end of each month, points were converted into a monetary amount. Once a user reached the $10 minimum payment threshold, an automatic payout was made to a re-loadable Visa debit card. Earnings under the required $10 were rolled over to the next month.
I joined gRate Friends in July of 2015 and earned over $36.00 in a year and a half. But in February 2017, the app stopped working and the membership director sent out an email delivering the bad news that gRate Friends had shut down operations.
The Ride App gives you credit for traveling — like frequent flier miles for your smartphone. Whether its your daily commute to work, or a cross country trip, you get credit for the number of miles you’ve traveled. Using your smartphone’s internal GPS, the credits add up slowly as your personal odometer rolls along. I earned $5.00 from this app over a 11 month period from late April 2013 through March of 2014. Based on that payout rate, I decided that it was not worth it for me to keep and take up space on my phone. I deleted the app after receiving my $5.00 Amazon gift card, but added that payment proof to the site for anyone who might still benefit from the app. This app could be a goldmine for anyone who travels a lot or does any type of driving for a living. If you link the app to your Facebook account, you can earn bonus points by adding your comments to some of the discussions on the page.
WinePays gave money for snapping photos of the wine list at local restaurants. Depending on the alcoholic beverage selection offered, you could earn up to $5.00 per menu that you photograph (most menus earned a minimum of $1.25 if you photo the menu cover and at least one wine page). I joined WinePays in January of 2014 and made over $13.00 in about six or eight months. However, when I opened the app in the fall of 2014 to submit a new menu, a message indicated that the app reached its initial goals and was no longer currently accepting new submissions. The message says that they do plan to resume again in the “near future”, but it has said that for several months now — so I’ve moved this app to the retired list. If they do resume operating and paying, I will return it to the active list. I was paid in full for my past efforts even after WinePays went into hiatus.
Mobile Rewards has added over $27.00 to my pocket since December of 2012 just by watching videos and clicking through to get additional information about the items shown, tweeting the Mobile Rewards website link, and completing other simple offers through the app. I lost access to the app a while back when doing a hardware upgrade and have been unable to reconnect. The web page is also no longer available, so I think this one may have made it to the graveyard.
Scantopia was a favorite app of mine, offering the chance to win money by scanning various UPC codes of items in your own home. I started using Scantopia in late December of 2013 and earned over $104.00 by Mid-May of 2014! But on May 13, 2014, they announced suddenly without any warning that the prizes and promotions would stop on June 1, 2014. It was fun while it lasted, but they apparently weren’t able to sustain their business model.
Peko was a social game available for iOS and Android. It paid users to socialize and play mini games against other users. The game combined the concepts of a spinning roulette wheel and a slot machine (as well as a simplified clone of Candy Crush) to earn points. I joined Peko in March of 2014 and in just six months of using Peko, I earned over $111.00. Unfortunately it shut down at the end of October 2014. 🙁
Jingit allowed you to watch short ads for products and earn cash. You were also able to check in at your local stores and scan the barcodes of some of these products to take a quick 30 second survey to earn even more cash! Lastly, if you purchased the item and scanned the barcode from your home outside of the store, you earned even more cash!!!
I signed up for Jingit in October 2012 and earned over $119.00 from then through 2015. In late 2015, the offers simply dried up and none have ever shown up for me since then, so Jingit may be on the way out. I was able to cash out in the middle of this dry spell with no problems or delays, so that at least was promising that they hadn’t completely abandoned their users. The app still ‘works’, but it has been completely dry for well over a year now. I check periodically for any updates, but it is no longer an ‘active’ app for me.
Jingit work(ed) on both iOS and Android phones.
It pained me to move GapNSnap into the retired category as it was once my favorite app (back when it regularly put $40 a week into my PayPal account). But its favor fell drastically in July of 2014 when they revamped their payout system. In October/November of 2014 the app stopped working and the company basically bailed on its users, leaving many (including myself) with earned points that could no longer be redeemed for gift cards. GapNSnap paid me over $1,800.00 in cash and gift cards from August 2013 through July 2014! It sure was fun while it lasted.
StockUp (formerly known as Price Spotting) paid you money to scan grocery products on sale at the store and enter the sale price and information. At one time they also had a few products designated on a weekly basis that earned cash even if they were not on sale. Scan it. Price it. Earn money. It was that easy… …until payments began getting delayed. In March or April of 2015, StockUp moved from a payment based system to a sweepstakes system. Rather than convert points to cash, you now turn in points for a daily raffle for $100 worth of groceries. I used StockUp from January through June of 2014 and earned nearly $46.00 in that time. But I fell away from regular use of the app and stopped altogether when the payout changed to sweepstakes entries.
FanCake awarded points for checking in to televised sporting events. You earned points by predicting winners and statistics in advance of the event. You also earned points in game by guessing the outcome of a particular drive, inning, period, etc. Points were then converted into gift cards or credits for various sporting event ticket purchases. Unfortunately, FanCake left the show after the 2015 NCAA Basketball tournament with very short notice. From September 2013 through March 2015, I earned a $20.00 Amazon gift card and had $10.00 toward a second one, but then lost that when FanCake bowed out. It is always a shame to see good (and fun) money making apps go under or stop paying — with or without warning, but there are still plenty of other apps above that can add dollars to your pocket. And as I discover new and exciting (and most importantly, profitable) apps I will add them to the list, so be sure to bookmark the page and check back regularly and share it with your friends!
BeClub gave opportunities to check in at local stores and complete mini missions and product scans to earn BeDollars to exchange for rewards and merchandise. You could also earn BeDollars simply by playing games like Fruit Ninja. BeClub never developed a specific ratio of BeDollars to actual cash value and its cash out options were not very enticing. In just a few short months, the app stopped allowing logins and the web site went away. So now BeClub resides in the graveyard.
Chameleon was also a store check in app. They gave one point for every eligible store check in (limited to once per day for all eligible stores) and allowed you to redeem 20 points in exchange for a $5.00 gift card to some popular stores. I earned over $10.00 using it in early 2015, but the app was very buggy and sometimes would allow checkins to stores from across the street or parking lot and other times refused checkins while standing right inside the same store. After several months of un-usability, I moved Chameleon to the app graveyard.
Shopmium offered rebates on various grocery and household items. It was one of those “scan the barcode and photograph your receipt” apps that then deposited money into PayPal. I joined Shopmium in February of 2014 and earned over $154.00 over three years. But in June of 2017, Shopmium terminated the app and began directing users to another couponing app.
Instant Rewards paid you to download apps and complete tasks. I earned roughly $3.00 using Instant Rewards, but the app suddenly stopped working and I could no longer login to the app. When I tried to use the forgotten password feature, I was told that there was no account associated with my email address. Customer support was of zero help. I would STEER CLEAR of this app, and many of the negative app reviews in the App Store seem to agree.
Yaarlo was another receipt scanning app that worked similar to the others. Snap a photo of your grocery, gas, restaurant, and other receipts to earn credit toward gift card redemptions.
I joined Yaarlo in January of 2016 and I received $80.00 from them. But I had another $50.00 in earnings snatched away from me when the app just stopped working in July of 2017 without any advance warning that it was shutting down. I actually submitted my request for the $50.00 while the app was still functioning, but my reward never arrived and the app stopped responding about a week or two after my request.
mPLUS Rewards was an awesome app when it was still active. It credited users with mPOINTS just for checking in to various business establishments. The mPOINTS could be exchanged for many different gift card options. I started earning mPLUS Rewards in November of 2013 and used it regularly until it went inactive in November 2017. Over those four years I earned over $1,075.00 using various mPLUS Rewards eligible apps.
There used to be dozens of apps that offered mPOINTS, but sadly that number dwindled until it eventually died out completely in November of 2017.
AdLove supposedly paid money to check in and rate television commercials. I say supposedly because I started using the app in August of 2016 and accumulated over $5.00 using the app sparsely. But when I finally requested a cash out in September of 2017, it never arrived. I communicated with the app developer who assured me that payment was coming, but when the app stopped working, I knew I shouldn’t hold my breath.
Servy paid for your objective reviews of dozens of restaurants. The amount they paid varied based upon the restaurant you review. I had seen some as low as $2.00 and others as high as $20.00, with the average somewhere in the $10.00 range. Like any other experience dining out, you paid for your meal in full, but you also knew in advance how much you would earn back for providing your feedback.
Servy recently announced on their web site: “Servy was acquired by Resy, the leading hospitality technology company. Together, we will be creating the first-ever, reservation-integrated mystery dining platform.” Perhaps a new paid to dine app will emerge from this union down the road. We will just have to wait and see.