How many apps do you have on your phone?
How many apps do you install every day to find a few that you really like and keep?
I’d guess, a few every month, at the very least.
According to report from BI Intelligence (a research service from Business Insider,) we download on average 8.8 apps per month.
That’s a lot of apps!
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Here’s the surprising part…
According to Google, an average of about 26% of all installed apps are used only once and then abandoned.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get paid every time you install a new app regardless of whether you keep it or not?
The good news is that there are apps, like Elusive Stars, that pay you to try apps.
There is another even better app called AppRedeem that aims to reward you for downloading and testing out apps of all kinds.
It is not going to make you rich, but it’s an awesome way to get paid for doing what you already do anyway.
So why does AppRedeem pay users to download apps?
There are tons of money making apps out there – Media Insiders Panel, Swagbucks, Panel App, and many others. These apps pay you for anything from taking surveys and watching videos to shopping, playing games and more.
But none of those actually pay you for trying out new apps.
So why AppRedeem would want to pay people for doing what people already do for free?
The answer is simple…
You see, in today’s competitive app market, it is very hard to get a new app noticed unless you can manage to get some reviews in early on.
Just like Amazon reviews that can make or break a seller’s business, app reviews can also shatter a developer’s dream of creating a money making app or turn it into a reality.
Getting feedback, especially in the early days, is crucial in helping developers fix bugs and update the app with better versions.
By offering people some incentive, like giving them free gift certificates, the developers can increase their chance of getting some much-needed publicity.
In addition, if people use the app and like it, the company is likely to benefit from word of mouth, as people talk about the app and recommend it to others.
There are other companies who are doing the same thing as AppRedeem, such as AppRebates and Apperang.
Apperang is highly discussed but is not accepting new members at the moment.
And I have yet to try AppRebates. AppRebates does not seem to have a huge market of apps available to use, and many that they do have seem more like rebates. For example, the app costs $1, and then you get a $1 rebate after you download this and review it.
One huge benefit to AppRedeem is that you can do everything with the app, which includes looking at what apps to download and what you can score with each downloaded app.
Other related types of programs require downloading something onto a computer and then syncing the phone to the computer. This is a hassle, and one of the reasons why I enjoy AppRedeem.
Here are just a few examples of rewards that are offered with AppRedeem:
- Payment via PayPal which a minimum point balance of 150
- Amazon.com gift cards with a minimum point balance of 1000
- Starbucks card with a minimum point balance of 5000
- Fandango gift card with a minimum point balance of 25,000
- Macy’s gift card with a minimum point balance of 25,000
If you are going to work with PayPal, you do have to have a verified PayPal account. This means that your PayPal account is linked with a verified bank account. This is an easy process and does not cost anything to do.
How AppRedeem works
Depending on your device and operating system, you have to take a slightly different route in order to get the app.
Here’s how you can install AppRedeem on your Android device:
- Visit https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appredeem
- Click “Install” and install the free app on your device.
If you are using an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, you have to visit the iTunes app store.
- While on your device, go to http://m.appredeem.com/.
- Once there, you’ll be able to install the app for free.
To set up your account go to the “Settings” area.
You’ll need a valid email address, password, and a screen name.
If you are going to use the PayPal feature, be sure to sign up with your PayPal email address, otherwise, you won’t get your rewards.
After you set up your account, you are ready to install some new apps and rate them.
There are around 50 apps for you to choose from that you can look through.
Some are free and some are paid. So be sure to pay attention if you don’t want to pay for apps.
It’s important to note that you are not required to install any paid app to earn rewards. You can just stick to the free ones and earn rewards.
Now, if you want to also install paid apps, at least be sure to install the ones that won’t cost you more than what can earn back (in points that can be redeemed for cash and prizes) from AppRedeem.
10 Points equal to $.01.
So, if you earn 990 points for a $1.99 app, that means you are still paying $1 for the app. So keep that in mind when choosing paid apps.
That said if it’s an app that you actually want to try regardless of how many points you can get for it, then, by all means, do it. The free points are just a bonus.
Few things to keep in mind
You can find all the information concerning prices and points via the “Apps” section.
You will need to install and then play around with the app for a while in order to get your points.
Once you have played around with the app to get a feel for it, go back to the AppRedeem app and there will be a rating screen. Decide how many stars you want to give. There is also a section where you can leave a short review.
You can choose whether or not to write a review.
Once you’re done with the app and rating it, you are free to keep or delete it from your device.
Earn more points for referring your friends
You can earn extra points by referring friends.
For each friend you refer, you can earn an additional 250 points.
You can also earn points by signing up with a code with AppRedeem. When you look at the apps to download, there is an option for entering a bonus code that you can choose.
The bottom line, with AppRedeem you can use your phone to earn a little extra money.
I first tried a free app which gave me 530 points.
I then earned 100 points for another activity, and I redeemed my .63 cents via PayPal right away.
So this does work.
After downloading almost all available (to me) apps, I earned 26,490 points (= $26.49.) which I redeemed via PayPal.
AT the end of the day, I think AppRedeem is an awesome app for downloading apps and getting paid.