Earn money just by trying apps?

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Browsing a few of my favorite forums a few days ago, I came across a thread about a service claiming I could earn money by simply downloading, installing, and opening free and paid apps on my iDevice. I was skeptical, but figured I’d give it a try. I was then surprised to see that literally seconds after I had installed and opened a free app through the service, I had received a payment for $0.15.

Of course, this does not seem like much, but keep in mind that this was for simply downloading, installing, and opening one free app on my iPad. Within two days of using the service, I accumulated $4.51 in my PayPal account, all for maybe 10-15 minutes of my time.

This service is known as AppRedeem, and it works by gaining developers downloads and publicity for their apps while earning money for app enthusiasts. AppRedeem asks you to sign up with your e-mail address. From there, just download your choice of the free and paid apps available on the AppRedeem site (it doesn’t work with just any app, only those available through the AppRedeem service), and launch them once they’re installed. Then, check your PayPal account and you should see a payment for the amount promised for installing and launching said app. Rewards tend to be much higher for paid apps, although you can make a decent amount installing and launching the free apps alone.


Using AppRedeem will not make you rich, although it is definitely a great way to make a few quick and easy dollars just for installing apps on your iDevice. Even better, you just may find some of these apps useful and will keep them around. Before signing up, be sure you own a PayPal account in which you can receive payments, as that is the only supported payment method at this time. You can view a screenshot of the PayPal payments I have received so far from using AppRedeem below:

AppRedeem PayPal payments

Over the time I’ve been using AppRedeem, I’ve noticed some quite popular and worthwhile apps available, likely making the service popular with those who do not wish to get caught up in piracy, but who also do not wish to have to pay for apps. The fact that you don’t need to write reviews for the apps once you’ve downloaded them also makes the this service less shady, as the developers are only paying users to try their apps, and aren’t “buying” positive reviews. The AppRedeem web site strangely speaks of a rewards system, and mentions that your “points” are converted to payment when you rate or review the app. This confused me, as the actual service does not include any rewards system, and has paid me in cash via PayPal after the app was installed, as I’ve noted.

That aside, I feel AppRedeem is a useful service for end users looking to add some quick cash to their PayPal account or just to get some paid apps for free, as well as for developers who are able to gain downloads, purchases, publicity, and popularity for their apps.

If you have a PayPal account and are interested in trying out AppRedeem, you can sign up at

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