Do you know there are companies out there that will pay you to try their apps? FreeMyApps is one such app/company. Basically how it works is an app developer comes to them and says ‘we’ll pay you to get your audience to download our free app’. FreeMyApps takes their money, assigns a credit value to the app and tells you to download and use the free app for 30 seconds. When you do, you’ll get that credit value added to your account. In return, you can exchange those credits for things like iTunes gift cards, Amazon gift cards and currently Postagram gift cards.
It’s a win-win-win. We get gift cards. FreeMyApps gets money from the app developer. And the app developer gets thousands of new downloads of their free app which gives them a) exposure and b) help climbing the App Store charts which is how a majority of folks find out about new apps.
The question that remains is Would you like to get paid to try out apps? There is a minimum time investment, no monetary investment, and it actually pays off. I’ve been doing it for a while now. Here are the things I’ve earned on my iPhone.
Try not to pay too close attention to how long it took me to earn each reward because I have gone through streaks of checking the app daily and a whole lot of ignoring it for weeks at a time. I missed a lot of point generating opportunities.
So let me show you how this works.
On your iOS device, go here: http://m.freemyapps.com/share/url/ad72160a
It will walk you through the setup which does involve installing a “verify settings” profile. This just allows FreeMyApps to make sure that you had the app open for 30 seconds.
Then it’s just a matter of downloading apps and earning points. I’ll show you.
When you launch the app (web shortcut, really) you’ll see the following loading screen:
When it loads completely you’ll see your credits balance as well as what apps you can install to earn points. To download, you just click the credits button next to the app. For the app below you’d click the +120 credits button.
The only app I have available is The Daily however you’ll notice in the text that it says iPad ONLY! That means I can’t download it. But that shouldn’t stop you from trying. There was an app on there recently called CoolIris that also said iPad only but it was a universal app that worked on iPhone. I got credit for that install. So go ahead and try the iPad apps too.
When you login for the first time though you’ll have a lot of apps listed.
You can tell which apps you’ve received credit for because they will show up as redeemed. If I scroll beneath that banner that invites me to Share FreeMyApps with Friends, I’ll see this:
I mentioned I’ve been doing this for a while. I can scroll for 10 screens before I get to the bottom. I have a lot of redeemed apps.
In any event, each app has a point value. As you saw above Lemon.com Wallet is offering you 200 credits to download and use their free app for 30 seconds. The Daily was offering 120 credits. And it seems that most apps have a value of around 80 credits.
$2 Amazon Gift Card – 600 credits.
$10 iTunes Gift Card – 3000 credits.
$15 iTunes Gift Card – 4500 credits.
$4 Postagram Gift Card – 600 credits.
$5 Amazon Gift Card – 1500 credits.
$1 Amazon Gift Card – 300 credits.
$10 Amazon Gift Card – 3000 credits.
$15 Amazon Gift Card – 4500 credits.
$25 Amazon Gift Card – 7500 credits.
$25 iTunes Gift Card – 7500 credits.
$50 iTunes Gift Card – 15000 credits.
As you can see there are a ton of different gift card denominations with the exception of Postagram which is new to the FreeMyApps rewards family. There are usually some Xbox Live gift cards available too but the rewards change too. Sometimes a $10 iTunes Gift Card is available, and sometimes it’s sold out. But they have been pretty steadily available as of late.
Last week I did the math. If you get the minimum amount of credits per download and you play each app for only the 30 seconds required, then it’ll take you a whopping total of 18 3/4 minutes to earn a $10 gift card. Now what’s cool about that is the fact that you’ll get apps that are worth far more than the minimum amount of credits. For example, today’s Lemon.com Wallet was worth 200 credits. As for the time spent, that’ll probably increase because sometimes you’ll stumble across an app you end up really liking. For example, I downloaded and enjoyed No Zombies Allowed so much that it’s still on my iPhone today.
One last thing. The first time you load the app you’ll either be excited by all of the credit earning opportunities or you’ll be overwhelmed thinking about all the apps you have to install. If you fall into that latter group don’t be discouraged. After you run through the initial pool of apps it becomes a really easy thing to maintain because you’re just checking for new apps on whatever interval you decide works for you. You can also follow FreeMyApps on Facebook and they’ll announce when they have new sponsor apps.
You can find them here: http://www.facebook.com/FreeMyApps
Here is my workflow in case you were wondering how I handle the app:
1) Download new app through FreeMyApps which redirects to AppStore
2) Use new app for at least 30 seconds
3) Go back to FreeMyApps and see if I got credit – Is it showing redeemed? If not, I go back to the app and use it some more.
4) If I liked the app, I’ll keep it. If I didn’t like the app, I’ll immediately delete it.
If you like what you saw here and want to turn a little bit of effort into gift cards then I’d ask if you’d please use my referral link to start today: http://m.freemyapps.com/share/url/ad72160a (use this link in the Safari web browser). I’ll get 100 credits (a pittance, really) and you’ll get the satisfaction of helping the guy out who told you about this awesome service.
Thanks all. I wish you many, many free gift cards.