Want to Get Paid for Your Data? Try These 14 Apps

One of the easiest ways to earn extra money in exchange for your personal and online data is by downloading free apps to your mobile device that pay you for your data.

Most of the apps on this list need little attention from you beyond downloading the app and allowing it to run in the background as you go about your daily life.

As a Tapestri user, you can earn up to $25/mo monthly simply by sharing your anonymous location data. Tapestri truly puts the “passive” in “passive income,” as once you install and set up the app, no further interaction is necessary.



Install the app on your phone and earn credits you can redeem for gift cards. Make sure not to delete the app; the longer it stays on your device, the more you earn.

Install the Nielsen Computer and Mobile Panel app, sign up, and you have the potential to earn $50 a year as well as gain entry into weekly sweepstakes.

Nielsen Computer and Mobile Panel


Honeygain monitors your web usage and then reports the data to different companies. So, potentially, you could earn up to $19/mo if you install the application on three devices.

If you visit participating sites while logged into the app, you can earn up to $175 or more annually. In addition, you'll receive a sign-up bonus of 300 tokens (which translates to about $5), and paying daily visits to your social sites will earn you ten tokens each day.



Dosh is an app that allows you to earn cash back for in-store and online purchases. Connect your credit or debit card, and Dosh will automatically credit your account with cashback on qualifying purchases. Most stores pay 2% to 3%, yet offers can run up to 10% cashback.

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