Earning a passive income online has become very popular.
However, it is also a widely misused term, and many articles that claim to show you passive ways to earn are not really showing truly passive ways.
Also, before finding the options for you, it is important you do it with the right expectations.
This article will clarify exactly what you can expect, what to look for, and will show you the 20 best passive income apps and websites in 2023.
These apps will both be for iOS and Android, and there will also be options for computers and tablets. They will be TRULY passive ways to earn, and you can find options that will work no matter the country you live in. And they will be completely free to use as well.
Are passive income apps truly a passive way to earn?
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, passive income is a very overused and misused term today.
There are many articles that claim to show you passive ways to earn on your phone or tablet through apps, but in reality, they are not really passive.
Often you will see that you have to put in quite a lot of effort. In my definition, that is not really to earn passively, then.
Therefore, I decided to put together this list of apps for both iOS and Android where you can earn truly passively.
This means that you can earn just by having the apps installed and not doing anything extra.
Also, all of the options will be free to use and get started with, so you do not have to invest anything to earn.
However, it is very important you do this with the right expectations. So let's go over how much you can earn by using apps like this so you can see if this is what you are looking for or not.
How much can you earn passively through free apps and websites?
If you have been looking for ways to earn passively online for free for a while, you have likely come across some big claims about how easy it is to earn without any effort.
Let me just make one thing clear – there is NO magic way to make a living online without effort. People and sites that claim this are trying to sell you a dream just to make money for themselves.
In general, if you want to make a living online, this is not something you can do passively. It will require a lot of effort and time.
But if you are looking for ways to make some extra cash on the side online, then it is definitely possible with apps, as I will show you on the list below.
You just need to download the apps with the right expectations and know it will not be a way to make a living.
But if you download several of them, it can be a very easy and nice way to make some passive money without any extra effort.
Who can earn with these apps?
The great thing about the apps you can use to earn passively is that there are options for all.
You do not need any special skills or training to use them, and you can get started right away.
On the list below, I will also include apps for many different countries. So no matter where you live, you will be able to use at least some of these apps to earn.
All you need is an Android or iOS phone or tablet, and then you can get started. Some of the options will also make it possible for you to earn passively from your computer. Many of the options can even also be used on your computer, and in some cases, you will even boost your passive earnings by installing the apps on several devices.
So let's now get to the list.
20 best apps to earn TRULY passively
As mentioned, the list below is a list of apps where you can earn without doing anything extra, so they are truly ways to earn passively.
To get the most out of these opportunities, it is best to download and create an account for several of the apps.
I will also be updating this list regularly as I come across new passive income apps, so make sure to bookmark this page and come back and check for new opportunities once in a while.
Nielsen Mobile Panel is truly an app you can use to earn passively. All you have to do is to install it and it will then anonymously collect data about your internet usage that will be used for market research.
So once you have downloaded it and created an account, you will keep earning passively as long as you have it installed. And you can even use it on several devices (also computer) to earn more.
How much you will earn and how you will get paid depends on the country you live in. You can see which countries it is currently recruiting in by clicking the join button below.
Honeygain is available worldwide and if you have unlimited internet, this can be a very easy way to earn passively.
You just install the app and set it up and you will then share your bandwidth (unused internet) and earn like this. The more you share and the more devices you install it on, the more you will earn.
Once you have earned $20, you will be able to get your earnings out in cash through PayPal (via Tipalti). And if you join through the invitation link below, you will get a $5 joining bonus just for signing up.
hi Dollars is definitely one of the easiest ways to earn cryptocurrency for free. You will only have to spend 2 seconds per day to claim 1 free hi Dollar which has the potential to grow to be worth a lot more.
You can download the official hi Dollar app and use this to claim your daily free earnings. And if you invite others, you can really boost your passive earnings as they have a great referral program. Just be aware that to keep claiming free crypto you need to buy at least 100 hi Dollars within a week after joining.
You will earn the cryptocurrency hi Dollars so this option is only relevant if you are interested in earning cryptocurrency. You need an invitation to be able to join. You can find such an invitation link below and then use the code: MikaelM to be able to join.
Available in: Most opportunities in US, UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland, France, Germany, Spain Payment methods: PayPal, gift cards More info:Read full Swagbucks review
If you have been looking for ways to make some extra money online for free, you have probably heard about Swagbucks as it is one of the biggest Get-Paid-To sites.
Let me just make it clear that the majority of the earning methods in the Swagbucks app are not really passive ways to earn as you have to continuously do tasks. But it is still on this list as it also offers some passive ways to earn as you can do your online shopping through it and get cashback and also earn just by searching online which you probably do anyway.
The exact payout threshold depends on the country you live in, but it is, in general, fairly low and you can get paid in cash or via gift cards.
Available in: 60+ countries Payment methods: Cash More info: Full Tapestri review coming soon
Tapestri is a unique passive income app, where all you have to do is to install it and allow location tracking. That will then be used for market research and you can earn up to $25 per month just for this.
You also have other more active ways to earn inside the app, and if you upgrade your membership to become a partner, you can boost your earnings a lot by inviting others to join.
You can get paid in cash but the payout threshold depends on the country you live in, but overall it is easy to reach and fast to get paid.
If you are interested in crypto, the Crypto.com app is one of the most user-friendly apps.
You can easily sell and buy crypto and much more. However, it also offers ways for you to earn passively by just holding your crypto in your account there, you can claim free diamonds with a click every day, it offers supercharger polls where you can earn passively by staking and more.
You can also get a $25 joining bonus if you end up getting one of their crypto Visa cards, where you will get cashback when you use it. You need to join with an invitation code to get this bonus and you can use this code: mikem
Pawns (previously called IPRoyal) is another platform that will allow you to earn some extra cash online completely passively, and it is very similar to Honeygain.
You just have to install their software on your computer or phone, and you will then be paid to share your unused internet. You can do this from all countries, but you will earn the most if you live in the US or Europe.
You get fairly good rates compared to other similar platforms, and you can get your earnings out already when you have earned $5. So overall, a fairly fast-paying site.
Sweatcoin is a unique app as all you have to do to earn is just to have it installed and have your phone with you when you walk or run.
It will then count your steps and you will earn Sweatcoins for every step you take. It is not a lot you can earn, but you also do not have to do anything else than just have your phone with you when you walk or run which you probably have anyway.
The Sweatcoins you earn can be exchanged for gift cards, products, or sometimes also PayPal cash. You can also choose to get paid in their own crypto called Sweat.
If you want to earn cryptocurrencies or great products passively, the Coin App is definitely an interesting option.
You can earn by geomining just by clicking a button and also earn by having it running in the background. If you want to boost your earnings, you can do many different tasks and upgrade your membership.
You can choose to get paid in cryptocurrencies or products. The fastest is to get paid in the cryptocurrency XYO, but you can also hold your earnings longer and get paid in BTC, ETH, or products like iPads, headphones, watches, and more. If you join through the link below, you will get a 1,000 coin joining bonus into your account.
Media Rewards is a quite unusual way to earn a bit extra passively.
You just install the app and then have it on in the background whenever you watch regular TV, watch YouTube videos, or listen to the radio. It will then pick up on the ads and programs you watch and listen to, and this info will be used for market research.
You just need to be aware that Media Rewards is only available in select countries, and it usually only has limited spots open for new members every month, so you have to be a bit lucky to become a member.
Available in: More than 200 countries Payment methods: Bank transfer More info: More info coming soon
This is quite a different way to earn passively but can be quite lucrative if you spend a bit of time learning more about how to use it.
Binance is a cryptocurrency trading platform that also has an app. Here you can also find earning methods and you can, for example, get high interests just for having money or cryptos in your account. You can also earn really high interests by staking.
As mentioned, it will just take a bit of time to get into how it works but then you can earn some really nice extra money passively. And the great thing is that you do not have to put your own cash into Binance to be able to start using the passive earning methods – several of the other earning options on this list offer to pay in cryptos and you can then withdraw into Binance and grow the money further there.
MobileXpression is very similar to Nielsen Mobile Panel in the way you can earn. But it is not higher on the list because it can be a bit difficult to become a member.
They are often looking for members with specific devices and the only way to find out if they are currently looking for members from your country with your type of mobile phone is by trying to apply to become a member.
But once you are a member, it is very easy to earn as you do not have to do anything else than just have the app installed.
CryptoTab can be an interesting way to earn a bit extra if you want to earn Bitcoin.
All you have to do is to install the browser on your computer or the app on your phone. By installing it on more devices you can earn more. You then just let it run in the background and earn passively by mining Bitcoin.
You can then take your earnings out already when you have earned around $0.40 (depending on the current Bitcoin rate).
Rakuten is a really great way to earn a bit extra by just doing what you already do if you ever shop online. It is a cashback site that has agreements with thousands of online stores in the US and Canada.
So if you ever shop online, you can just do it through the Rakuten app and then you will automatically earn for every dollar you spend.
You will also get a $10 joining bonus when you complete your first purchase through Rakuten and you can earn further passive income by inviting friends to join as well.
SurveySavvy is actually a paid survey site but it also has an app called SavvyConnect that allows you to earn passively. All you have to do is to install the app and you will then earn as long as you have it running in the background.
You will earn $5 for every month you have it installed and you can install it on several devices to earn more. It is a really easy way to earn a bit extra – especially if you have several devices you can install it on.
You just need to be aware that you can only use SavvyConnect in the US and you will get paid in check. You can request for a payment already when you have earned $1.
Money SMS App is an interesting way to earn passively as you will earn just by having it installed and receive random text messages. These messages are sent by telecommunication providers to test the connection in your country.
There is no guarantee of how many text messages you will receive – sometimes you might receive one per day, sometimes several per day, and other times maybe only a few per month.
You get €0.02 per SMS you receive and once you have earned only €2 you can get paid in cash via PayPal, WebMoney, or Bitcoin.
As you can see, there are some really great apps you can use to earn passively. As long as you do it with the right expectations and do not expect it to make you rich or make a full-time income, then it is a really great opportunity.
If you combine several of these apps and use as many as you are able to qualify for, it definitely can give some nice extra earnings on the side. So find the apps that are available in your country and that you think sound the most appealing to you and start earning without doing anything.
If you have any comments, questions, or know of any great apps to earn passively that is not on the list, I would love to hear from you in a comment below.
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Why do most pay so little
As I explain above, little effort will usually mean little money and all the options above are free and requires no effort so, therefore, you will, of course, also not earn a lot from them.