Yes, it may be a tongue twister—but it is a legitimate question. I spend quite a bit of time looking into apps that could potentially make me some extra cash, and this is the newest one I’ve come across. But can you really make money with the Cash For Apps app?
The tagline description for the app on the Google Play store says this…
“Try cool new apps, collect points, and receive FREE gift cards!”
The app has over 5 million downloads, has a 4.3 star rating, and has been reviewed by close to 200,000 people.
The stats are quite good, but I never judge an app by the stats alone. I always make it a point to download the app and try it myself. It is actually quite difficult to figure out if a particular app is good or not, based on most online reviews, because a lot of reviewers don’t actually try the app for themselves.
It’s really easy to write about an app based just on what you read on the web… but I like to be a bit more thorough than that.
Making Money With The Cash For Apps App
So yeah. Here was my experience with the Cash For Apps app, as I downloaded it and gave it a try on my own smart phone.
Getting Started: Opening Up The Cash For Apps App For The First Time
Opening up the app for the first time took me to this screen.
I had never used it before, so I clicked on the ‘Register’ button.
Next, I had to enter my email address and create a password. This was easy enough though, and I was then ushered to a page where I was asked if I was invited. If so, I could input an invite code. I wasn’t invited though, so I canceled out of it.
After that, I arrived at what seemed to be the ‘main hub’ of the Cash For Apps app.
Taking A Look At The Main Hub Of The Cash For Apps App
The first thing that I noticed was that there were plenty of apps that you could download here, and it looked like you could earn points for doing so. This is obviously in the category of what I call ‘offer apps,’ which are basically apps that give you rewards in return for completing ‘offers.’
The offers, with this app, all seem to be apps. You download them and you might have to meet some minimum usage requirements… after which, you receive your reward. The rewards are paid out in points, which you can then usually trade in for gift cards or a PayPal cash out.
This type of app isn't unusual. Other examples include MintCoins, AppNana and GrabPoints. In most cases the emphasis is on playing the apps and getting to a certain level, rather than just downloading them.
I also saw that there were several menu options along the bottom of the page. There were tab options for…
It seems like the app defaults you to the ‘App’ page when you turn it on, which is helpful—because this is where you earn all of your points. But, with that being said, I also wanted to take a look around at the rest of the tabs too, just to see what they were all about.
Here is what I found.
Trying Out The Other Tabs In Cash For Apps
The Tasks section doesn’t seem to open until you unlock some app offers. But supposedly, it gives you more types of offers than you can accept for rewards… like taking surveys and watching videos.
The Rewards tab was certainly interesting. This is where I was able to figure out exactly how much the points from the app were worth in real-world currency. Here is a screenshot of what the Rewards page looked like.
You can get several different types of gift cards, including gift cards from iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Steam, Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Old Navy, and many, many more. I was actually quite impressed with the variety of different types of gift cards you could get.
I was also surprised to find that you could get different types of gift cards for different amounts of points… which was really interesting. For example… A $10 Amazon.com gift card was worth 3,000 points, while a $10 Google Play US gift card was worth 3,300 points.
Most of the time, though, a $10 gift card was worth 3000 points, and a $5 gift card was worth 1500… so that gave us a pretty good baseline of value to work from.
My next question, though, was this… how many points could I earn in one day using the Cash For Apps app?
This was what I wanted to figure out next.
As far as the other tabs were concerned, there was a Share tab that gave me access to a code that I could use to get free points if my friends used it to sign up. There was also a More tab that gave me access to a lot of basic app information, like a FAQ, settings, legal information etc.
How Many Points Could I Earn Every Day With The Cash For Apps App?
Now, keep in mind that I wouldn’t have a ton of time to spend on an app like this. At the most, I could probably squeeze out about a half an hour of time on it, and that would be during downtime when I’m doing things like waiting in line, sitting in the waiting room at the dentist office, waiting to meet up with friends, etc.
So, taking this into account, and looking at the types of offers that I would have available to me on this app, I calculated that I could safely plan on earning about 350 points a day. Actually, it is possible that I could even earn more than this… but this is a conservative estimate. So, let’s say that I used the app every day like this, 7 days a week.
If I add it all together over the course of a week, this could yield a payoff of somewhere close to 2,450 points. If I kept this up for a month, I could earn about 9,800 points. That would earn me about $30 in Amazon Gift cards—which actually isn’t too bad, really.
That’s less than $10 a week, but it is honestly more than you get with a lot of apps in this category… which is an upside.
The Major Upsides And Downsides To The Cash For Apps App
First of all, one of the best things about this app is that it certainly does what it claims to be able to do. It can help you to earn extra cash, and it does a pretty good job of it as well. The app moves quickly, is technically sound, gives you awesome gift card options, and provides plenty of offers that you can complete to earn rewards.
Another great upside to this app (and pretty much every other app in the same category) is that you can use it anywhere. You don’t have to be at a certain place at a certain time to use it, and that is one of the best things about it.
For me, time is my most valuable asset. If I can’t do things on my own time, then I rarely commit to them unless they are really important, because time management and efficiency are, in my opinion, vital keys to making things work better.
I make more money when I can make the best use of my time, and this app kind of fits into this mentality because I can literally use it anywhere. I could fill in empty spots of time with it to make extra cash, and that is cool.
But, there are some downsides. For one, the app just doesn’t earn a ton of cash. $30 a month, in exchange for twenty minutes or so of work every day, isn’t that much. Yes, you could maybe earn more if you worked more, but that is also not the best business model.
I have several side hustles that earn me extra cash, and the best thing about the good ones is that they don’t directly require an investment in time to equal a certain amount of cash.
In other words, they are passive… while apps like this are not.
Our Final Thoughts About The Cash For Apps App
Should you download it and use it on your phone?