Most people see their smartphones and tablets as another expense. But now, your beloved devices can actually help you make money. Whether it is by filling out surveys, taking product photos or signing up for a gig in your city, the following apps can put some change in your pocket.
AppTrailers (free for iPhone, Android)
AppTrailers will pay you cash for watching video previews of apps. For each video that you view, you'll receive points, which can then be redeemed via PayPal, Amazon or other gift cards. And as you watch the trailers, you'll also find out which apps you might be interested in downloading in the future.
Cash King (free for Android)
With Cash King, you can earn money by interacting with its sponsors, by downloading free apps, completing surveys or watching videos. Payments will be paid out via PayPal or an Amazon Gift Card. If you own more than one phone, you can complete the tasks on each one and earn double the points, and double the cash.
EasyShift (free for iPhone)
Want to get paid during your free time? EasyShift allows you to earn cash while eating, shopping or exploring your own city. After signing up, activate your phone's location services to find shifts, or assignments, near you. You might find yourself snapping a photo, taking note of a price or simply giving your opinion about a product. For example, a recent shift, paid at $2.50, included going to 7-eleven and recording the pricing and stock of Oreos. Once completed, your shift will be verified and paid via PayPal. As you complete shifts, you can move up levels and unlock higher paying gigs.
Gigwalk works similarly to EasyShift. You set up a profile, browse gigs and fill out an application when you find something you like. The app tracks your payments and can notify you of new jobs, too. Assignments include taking photos, testing mobile apps, delivering items. Payments offered for past assignments have ranged from $3 to $220.