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Are you wondering how to get free PayPal money? So are a lot of people, that's why I decided to make this ultimate list of ways to earn free PayPal cash.
While some of the sites, apps, etc. listed here can pay you in other ways (sometimes with a better exchange rate), they all offer the option to get paid via PayPal which is what I'm going to focus on in this list, after all, this is meant to be the ultimate list of ways to get free PayPal money.
Please note, this page is a work in progress and I will update it from time to time as I continue to learn of new ways to get free money on PayPal. Speaking of which, if you know of a website, app, or some other means I haven't listed below, feel free to contact me to let me know and I'll consider adding it to the list.
Lastly, if you want to know even more ways to make money then check out my ultimate list of ways to make $500 online quickly by taking advantage of offers from companies currently just giving money away!
Open a Simple checking account and get $20 when you make your first purchase with your Simple debit card.
Now on to the list...
Swagbucks is a reward website and collection of Android and iOS apps that allows you to earn money by doing simple things such as watching videos, taking surveys, signing up for various offers, etc. Each task pays you a set amount of Swagbucks ("SB" for short) which are equal to $.01 each.
The awesome thing about Swagbucks is that there's so many different ways to easily make money with them. For example, I was recently paid to sign up for a one month membership to a popular entertainment website.
This was great because not only did I quickly (only took a few minutes to sign up) make some easy money, I actually ended up using the website quite a bit to watch a favorite show of mine.
Swagbucks always seems to have some great offer like this that essentially pays you to do things you'd consider doing anyway. How can you beat that?! (Answer: You can't, you can't beat that)
Once you've done enough activities and have 2,500 SB in your account (it goes by fast), you can cash out via a $25 PayPal transfer. The money should then appear in your PayPal account within 10-14 business days.
Overall, Swagbucks is a great resource to have in your quest to earn free PayPal money. In fact, it's currently #1 on my 2017 list of top apps that pay.
Ibotta is an app for both Android and iOS that allows you to get paid to buy the essentials like groceries. Since we all have to eat, brush our teeth, etc., Ibotta is a super easy way to get cash back when you buy the essentials as Ibotta works with over 300 stores.
Using Ibotta is really simple as you basically just select the item(s) you plan on purchasing in the app, purchase said item(s), and then either submit a photo of the receipt (done through the app), or just wait for the cash to appear in your account (if your loyalty card is connected to Ibotta.)
Once you have at least $20 in your account, you can transfer it to your PayPal account. By signing up through my link above, you can earn $20 even quicker since you can get a free $10 bonus after redeeming your first applicable rebate within a certain amount of time (check the app and/or website for complete details).
Overall, Ibotta is a great app to save money with which is why it's my favorite of the cash back apps.
1Q is a program/app that allows you to get free PayPal money instantly. The way it works is they pay you to receive ads via text messages on your phone.
Although texts aren't frequent, it doesn't take long to sign up and any paid texts you do get is essentially free money. That being said, just like with a similar program I'll discuss later, getting a text does seem to be rare.
I've been signed up for a while now and have only received one or two paid texts. Even though it's a small amount of money, I didn't mind spending a minute or two to sign up and install the app since any money made with 1Q is basically free money.
Also, if you're in a large city or urban area, you may have better luck than I do when it comes to how many texts you receive as I think it's at least partly based on where you live.
Qriket is an app for iOS and Android that allows you to win free PayPal cash by participating in a live game show. Every day or so, the people at Qriket host a live show where you can guess which color a wheel will land on.
Each person that predicts correctly wins a certain amount of money and moves on to the next round. While the amounts start off small (e.g., $.05 or $.10), they increase quickly with the final prize amounts routinely being hundreds of dollars.
In order to play the game you have to watch ads through the app which results in a spin which can then be spent on entering the live game (each game costs a certain number of spins). You can also get free spin codes by following Qriket's various social media accounts.
You can read my full Qriket review to find out more.
While not guaranteed to win every time, Qriket can be a fun way to make a little extra money on the side.
Perk is a collection of apps (and two websites) that reward you for interacting with them by doing things like watching videos (Perk TV), playing games (JetPack Jorney), unlocking your phone (Unlock & Win), etc.
In all, there are 10 Perk apps that pay you in what are known as Perk Points which can be redeemed for PayPal cash once you have at least $0.25 worth of Points.
Perk TV is my favorite of the Perk apps and is the one you can earn the most with without doing too much "work". Once you select a video, the other videos in the category will continue to play on their own with only the occasional check to make sure you're still watching.
By far, Perk TV is the best way to get paid to watch videos and I highly recommend it as it's a super easy way to get some extra cash.
Open a Simple checking account and get $20 when you make your first purchase with your Simple debit card.
SlideJoy is a lockscreen app for Android that allows you to basically earn free money by allowing them to display advertisements on your phone.
The awesome thing about SlideJoy is that it's a very passive app as once it's installed, you don't have to do much other than use your phone like you normally would. If you want, SlideJoy does have the option to earn additional money by taking surveys, downloading apps, and playing scratch offs.
I've only ever done the scratch offs which just require you to view an ad to play. They're pretty easy so if you have some time to kill, I'd recommend trying them out.
You can cash out once you reach the equivalent of $2.00 in your account.
Like SlideJoy, Adme is a lockscreen app for Android that pays you to display ads on your phone. Each time you turn your phone on, you'll see full-screen ads which you'll need to swipe away in order to access your phone's home screen.
Once you have $10.00 in your account, you can request to get paid via PayPal. It's super simple and an easy way to make some extra cash.
In addition to the lockscreen, Adme has two other apps that also pay you to use them. The first one is Adme Browser which is a web browser that displays ads as you browse the web.
The second one is Adme Social which I haven't used before so I'm not sure exactly how it works but I'm guessing it acts as a Twitter, etc. client that displays ads while you tweet, post, etc.
All three apps pay into your one Adme account so there's no need to set up a different account for each app.
Like 1Q, Free Eats pays you to receive text based advertisements on your phone.
The cool thing about Free Eats though is they'll pay you $1.00 just to sign up (may no longer be accurate, see update above).
After you're signed up and received your $1.00, you can expect to occasionally receive text messages as long as you're part of the program. While I really like the idea of this program, the text messages are very few and far between (at least for me, your results may vary).
I've been signed up for well over a year and have probably received less than 5 paid texts. That being said, they really do pay and the payments are very fast so it really doesn't hurt to sign up and maybe get a few bucks for free.
Qmee is a browser extension (works in Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari) that actually pays you to search. Once installed, you go about searching the web like you normally would and occasionally you'll see the Qmee sidebar appear.
In it, you'll see relevant search results along with a monetary value of clicking said result(s). If you choose to click the ad (you should only click on ads you're genuinely interested in), you'll earn the stated amount of money which will quickly appear in your Qmee account.
Once you have accumulated at least $1.00, you can request the money be transferred to your PayPal account.
It's basically like getting free PayPal money to search the web which is probably something you do everyday for free anyway.
Fronto is a lockscreen app for Android that pays you to view ads via an additional screen that's displayed when you wake up your phone.
Each time you turn your phone's screen on, you'll see an ad with various options to either engage with it or just proceed to your phone's home screen.
Every hour you'll have the chance to earn points by choosing one of two options on the ad screen. Also, in addition to the lockscreen function, Fronto also allows you to earn by downloading/trying out apps.
You can request payment via PayPal once you have 3,375 points which is equivalent to $1.00.
As the name implies, My Surveys On The Go pays you to take surveys on your smartphone. The app is available for both Android and iOS and you can cash out once you have at least $10 in your account.
I've cashed out multiple times with them so I can verify that they do pay and the payments are pretty fast. Unfortunately though, the surveys seem to have really slowed down recently as I'm pretty sure I used to get more in the past.
While most of the surveys you can expect to receive pay less than $1, a few do pay pretty well. These tend to pay $10 or even $15 though they are obviously much more involved than the ones that pay you only a fraction of that.
Still, I'd highly recommend you sign up for MYSOTG as it's extremely likely you'll be able to earn at least a few dollars through the app.
McMoney is an awesome app for Android that pays you to receive text messages. Why are you paid to receive text messages you ask? According to McMoney, telecom companies need help with their mobile communications and I assume pay McMoney for testing their communication abilities which McMoney then gives you a little bit of money for being one of their testers.
Basically, all you have to do is download the app and sign up. After that, you'll receive text messages randomly (as long as your phone is actually on) and earn a small amount of money for each one received. You don't even need to read the messages (most are gibberish) and can delete them whenever you like.
While it does take a while to accumulate enough to receive a payout, I can confirm that McMoney does actually pay as I've recently cashed out $10.25 and it's since been deposited into my PayPal account.
Overall, I really like this app because it basically allows you to earn a small amount of passive income without having to do anything. As long as your phone's on, text messages can be received and you can earn a little money, even in your sleep!
There you have it, the best ways to get free PayPal money. Like I said earlier, this list will be updated every so often so check back here from time to time to discover more ways to earn some extra cash.
If you're still looking for ways to make money after reading the above list, check out my ultimate list of ways to make $500 or more by taking advantage of companies' offers.
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*To get the $10 bonus, you must join Ibotta and then redeem your first applicable rebate within a certain amount of time (check Ibotta app and/or website for complete details).