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There are all kinds of cool apps out there nowadays. It’s not too surprising since we’ve all heard the phrase “there’s an app for that.” In fact, there are even apps that pay you to walk!
But how can that be, you say? Well, in some cases, you might have to do more than just walk. With some of these apps, though, you seriously don’t have to do anything else. Yes, it’s that easy.
If you’re looking for an easy side hustle that actually pays you for exercise activities, you’ve come to the right place.
So, if you can handle walking, you can handle these apps!
I have personally been using Rover for a few months now and I love it! Rover is a dog walking app where pet owners can find people to walk, sit, and board their dogs and/or cats. This is definitely one of the best apps that pay you to walk.
I am personally a dog walker and it’s been absolutely great. I’m a huge dog lover so obviously that helps a whole lot, but Rover is such a great service. I usually use the app, but there is a desktop website as well.
I have only cared for dogs, but I’m not sure if that’s because there aren’t many cats. I would be open to cats but haven’t been contacted by anyone who has them.
The way it usually works is pet owners go on Rover and look for someone to take care of their dog or cat. If you are trying to be a dog/cat caretaker, you want to make your profile as complete as possible.
Focus on your skill for taking care of dogs/cats and how much you love them. You don’t necessarily want to go over the top but you do want to assure owners that you will love their pet(s) as though they were your own.
By default, the app searches for sitters near you, but you can also input an address:
Pro tip: when pet owners search for a sitter, they’ll see a “calendar recently updated” for the sitters who have recently done so. This also bumps you up in the search results and only takes a few seconds to do, so be sure you keep it up to date!
I’ve done walks, sitting, and drop-ins. I’m not allowed to board dogs at my current place, but I probably would if I could – you usually earn a higher rate for doing so.
You are paid directly through Rover – I usually cash out via PayPal and then transfer it to my bank. All in all, I can usually get paid three or four business days after finishing up with the dog(s). It’s a great way to make extra money.
As I said, I’ve had a great experience on Rover. Sure, a few of the dogs have been a handful, but all of the owners have been impossibly nice. There’s really nothing bad I can say about it.
Interested in becoming a sitter? Use my link to sign up. I’m loving Rover and I’m sure you will, too!
SweatCoin is another of these new apps that pay you to walk. And as much as I love Rover, it does require you to do more than just walk. Not only that, but you have a valuable life in your hands!
Okay, perhaps that’s being a bit dramatic, but still. With SweatCoin, you really don’t have to do anything other than just walk.
Seriously – I tried it. I downloaded the app, and I didn’t even have to create an account. As soon as you fire this app up, it pays you. Or, well, you start earning SweatCoin (SWC), at least.
SweatCoin works more like a rewards app, where you can redeem your coins once you have enough of them. However, those rewards can include PayPal gift cards. So you can quite literally turn your steps into cash.
This app will help you with losing weight while you earn cash. Pretty great deal, if you ask me. Grab the app and start walking!
Achievement is great because it offers a wide variety to earn. It also allows you to link lots of other popular fitness apps to it:
It makes sense, too. Nowadays, there are a ton of fitness apps out there. And if you’re into fitness (not “fitness pizza in my mouth”), you’ve probably tried several of them.
Having one app that allows you to pull all of these various accounts in is very useful.
Lost most apps nowadays, Achievement is free to use. The main caveat is that you must be 18 years of age or older.
Something that is also unusual about Achievement is that although it is mainly a fitness app, you can also earn money for online surveys. You can earn up to 80 points per day, or $2.50 per month.
There are lots of ways to get free money on the Achievement app, so, it’s worth downloading.
If you’re in the US like I am, you may not have heard of Earthmiles. They are based in the UK, although the app works in the US as well. This app pays you to walk by rewarding earthmiles which can be exchanged for various products.
A lot of the products are also health an fitness related, so you basically earn points to get healthier. I think that’s a great idea. Get paid to walk and get healthier while doing so!
What I like about Earthmiles is that it focuses on physical activity in your everyday life. You don’t have to be training for a marathon to be healthy or physically active. The Mayo Clinic recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.
That sounds like a lot until you realize that if you do a little bit each day, it works out to 21 minutes a day. I like to think that is doable for most of – even if we’re busy.
5. Charity Miles
Charity Miles technically doesn’t exactly pay you, but it’s a great concept. As you can probably guess from the name, this app donates earnings to the charity of your choice.
And it’s just about as simple as the others. The only extra step is choosing a charity. You’ll earn 10 cents per mile for bike riding and 25 cents per mile for walking/running. Not too shabby, especially if you’re someone who is already active.
There are quite a few charities to choose from so chances are, whatever cause is important to you will be represented.
One potential drawback of the app is that you must manually start and stop each trip. If you often forget things (like I do), it’s possibly you could out on credit for some of your activity.
JalkWalk is another app that pays you to walk, but there are a few things that sets it apart from similar apps. For one, you get credit for every bit of walking – even while indoors. They mention walking on a treadmill. Not all apps credit indoor steps, so that’s a nice feature.
Another nice thing about Sweatcoin is that it focuses on local merchants. It uses your location to find merchants nearby where you can spend your points.
Whether or not supporting local businesses is important to you, it’s a nice touch and something not all apps that pay you to walk will emphasize.
To earn extra money walking with LifeCoin, just download the app, fire it up, and start walking. There are no indoor steps for walking with LifeCoin. So, you can earn LifeCoins for walking, biking, running, etc. while outdoors.
You’ll earn one LifeCoin for ever 1,000 steps walked. This caps at 5 LifeCoins per day – you can pay $39.99 per year to be able to earn 10 LifeCoins per day (or 10,000 points), which isn’t a great deal in reality.
A $50 gift card costs 2,500 LifeCoins, meaning you’ll have to walk for 250 days to earn one. If you have the free version, it’s 500 days.
Honestly, the earnings on this app aren’t very good and I’m not sure I would recommend it, but I thought I would mention it anyway. I’ll let you be the judge.
Lympo is an interesting app. It has a sleek interface and works differently that most of the typical apps that pay you to walk. For one, it can work in tandem with Google Fit or Samsung Health to more accurately track your activity.
In addition, you use your recorded steps to complete challenges, making the app a bit more engaging and interactive. I think this is a nice feature that makes the app more interesting.
Once you earn enough tokens, you can exchange them for lots of different prizes, such as free Amazon gift cards, electronics, clothes, shoes, and more. You can even get a Samsung Galaxy S10+ – but you’ll need a whopping 114,900 points! That could take a while.
Overall, it’s a cool concept and worth a look for sure.
winwalk is an app that pays you to walk for fewer steps! Unlike some apps that pay you for every 1,000 steps, you only have to walk 100 steps to get paid by winwalk.
As their website says, “winwalk rewards you for every 100 steps you walk! Earn coins and exchange them for e-gift cards from famous brands.” It also tracks your calories, distance, and active time, and sends you reminds to keep going.
If you’re like me (ahem), sometimes you need a little extra motivation. This app does that for you, which is nice.
When you have enough points, you can exchange them for free gift cards for stores like Amazon, eBay, Nike, Starbucks, and more. Not bad for a day’s work (of walking).
The biggest downside to winwalk is that it’s not available for iPhone. Get the app on Android.
Yodo is not only an app that pays you to walk; it’s an app that places emphasis on the importance and health benefits of staying active. Because, after all – who doesn’t want to get paid to get healthy?
You don’t even need a phone number to sign up for Yodo – you can use your Facebook or Google account to join.
In addition to getting paid to walk with Yodo, you earn points for sports goals, sharing your sports records, and referring friends. And one of the best things about Yodo is that unlike other apps, your rewards aren’t capped. Many apps cap how much you can earn on a given day. With Yodo, the only limit is how active you are! Pretty good incentive to be more active when you think about it.
This app is a great way to get paid to walk and worth considering even amidst a crowded and competitive field.
Runtopia is an awesome app and it has a lot of features that make it stand out from the pack. The basics are similar to most other apps: earn points that you can redeem for free PayPal money, electronics, and other cool stuff.
However, this app has several features you won’t find anywhere else. For instance, they’ll give you audio motivation (think coaching) if you’re the kind who responds well to that. There are also personalized training plans and a running community, because we all inevitably have questions.
There are also all kinds of challenges, which both make the app more engaging and also encourage the communal side of it.
With lots of unique features, this app could be the one to get paid to walk.
StepBet is another one of the many apps that pay you to walk – with a unique twist. As its name implies, you actually place bets that could end up paying off.
So, how does it work? Once you grab the app, you find a game and place a bet that’ll get added to the pot. If you meet your fitness goals for the whole game, you’ll get your money back plus additional cash!
That makes this app unique in a couple of ways: no redeeming points for gift cards; get real money instead. Plus, of course, betting on yourself is pretty darn unique.
I think it’s a great concept because it really forces you to hit your goals if you don’t want to lost money. And if you do hit your goals, you actually make money.
13. Fit for Bucks
Note: this app is currently only available in the LA area and only on the iPhone. If you don’t fit that description, you can skip this one.
Fit for Bucks add to the list of apps that pay you to walk – or for any activity at all. With this app, both outdoor steps and indoor activity are included, so you’ll still get credit even if you aren’t able to get outside any given day.
The app also works with Apple Health or a Fitbit if you don’t want to carry your phone while exercising. Redeem your points for rewards – this is another app that rewards you with fitness-related products such as fitness classes and personal training.
With its nice interface and Apple Health/FitBit integration, it’s worth a look if you’re in the LA area. If you’re looking for easy ways to get paid for your daily steps, check out Fit for Bucks.
Get the app for iOS.
14. CARROT Wellness
Have you ever heard of the “carrot and stick?” I’m not sure if that’s what this app is referencing or if it’s the idea of a carrot growing. Hopefully it’s the latter.
In any case, this app manages to bring something new to the table (and it’s not the carrot and stick). For example, it will give you personalized goals that update daily. Another cool feature of the app is that you’ll earn bonus points for visiting CARROT businesses.
This is a cool feature that can give businesses a reason for you to visit, and it’s Pokémon Go-like AR where the virtual and real life collide. The app also communicates with those businesses via Bluetooth rather than GPS, thus using less battery.
Many fitness apps tend to constantly run on GPS, which severely drains battery. This app has some unique features and is worth a look.
For the most part, SiWalks is a standard money making app that pays you to walk. Walk 1,000, earn points; redeem those points for rewards. Points are calculated once per hour.
However, this app has at least one feature that I can see being useful and that I haven’t seen mentioned elsewhere. So, what is it? Well, the app can function for up to two weeks without an internet connection.
Given that hiking is one of the activities you might be doing to rack up some steps, this can be very useful. If you’re hiking out in the mountains or the woods, it’s possible you could be without data service (gasp!). Luckily, SiWalk can still function just fine as long as you make it back to civilization within two weeks.
Fitfetti is another app that is a little different from the other ones on this list but nevertheless has some nice things to offer. As you might have guessed from its name, this app is focused more on overall fitness rather than walking.
Its mission is to basically help you get in shape and get healthier. Yes, it’s a fitness tracker, but you’ll also get “sponsored” – as they say, like a pro athlete does. Sponsors basically act as motivational coaches who inspire you to keep moving forward toward your goals.
The reward on this app are primarily products and discounts from health-focused brands.
Rounding out this list is CircleCare – another health app. Although the app is focused on a healthy lifestyle in general, one of the first things you’ll see when you open it is a step counter.
In addition to tracking your steps, the app will give you reminders for things like taking your medication, celebrate healthy lifestyle achievements, and just be active in general. You’ll also learn health “hacks” for how to lead a healthier lifestyle.
And there are lots of other cool little features, too, like diabetes and hypertension management, corporate wellness programs – the list goes on.
Once you have enough points, you can redeem them from lots of different items from local merchants. Lose weight, earn extra cash, and lower your blood pressure in the process. Sounds like a great deal.
Conclusion on Apps That Pay You to Walk
If you thought there were only one or two apps that pay you to walk, you couldn’t be more wrong! There are actually dozens of these apps (but we only looked at some of the best ones here).
And if you’ve only been looking for legitimate work from home jobs, these are a great alternative. Even you just want to make money online, why not get some exercise at the same time!
How great is it to get paid just for staying in shape and getting healthy? I think that’s a pretty sweet deal.