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10 best money making apps for Android

We can't promise you heaps of cash, but a few extra bucks here and there is well within reach.

Published onFebruary 4, 2022

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Everybody needs a few extra bucks now and then. However, we’re not so foolish as to try to make you believe that you’ll earn a living sitting at home doing nothing. There are no apps that can make you that much money.

However, we do know of a few that can make you a buck or two here and there. Over time, that can build up to enough to treat yourself to something nice or potentially even be a nice secondary income. Here are the best money-making apps on Android. Please note, these are mostly ideas for small business owners, independent contractors, and those looking for a little passive income. These are not great ideas for full-time work. Google Opinion Rewards is a great app if all you want is a few extra bucks for apps or games on the Play Store.

The best money making apps for Android

Amazon Seller

Price: Free

Amazon is one of the world’s largest retailers. You can be a part of it if you want to. An Amazon Seller account lets you sell things on the service right alongside every other item. This is a great way to clear out the garage, make a few bucks, or even start a selling business. They let you do it for free. However, you do pay $0.99 for every item you sell. Those who sell tons of items may fair better with their $39.99 per month subscription that omits the $0.99 charge. In any case, this is right up there with eBay when it comes to money making apps.

Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace

Price: Free

Craigslist Official screenshot

Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace have mostly the same premise. You can post goods for sale locally and sell your stuff to people in your area. The benefit is no shipping costs and both services are rather popular. You simply post your ad, people respond to it, you pick one and sell it to that person. Plus, you can post the same ad on both services to cast a wider net. We have Craigslist linked up since it’s the classic option. You can find Facebook Marketplace stuff within the actual Facebook app.


Price: Free

eBay screenshot 2022

Lots of people have tons of stuff that are worth some money. eBay can help you turn that stuff into actual money. Pretty much everybody knows how eBay works. You put your stuff up on a listing. People then buy it and you ship it out. You can sell pretty much whatever you want from books and clothes to electronics and even furniture or cars. We recommend selling larger items locally because shipping can be challenging, but otherwise, this is where you want to start when selling stuff. It’s definitely among the best money-making apps and the most recognizable for sure.


Price: Free

Sell on Etsy - best money making apps for android

Many people are artists, tinkerers, and creators of some sort. People like that can use an online shop like Etsy to sell their various arts and crafts. You can find a variety of stuff there and virtually all of it is handmade, limited edition, or one of a kind. Shop owners can sell whatever they want really. The app itself is called Sell on Etsy. It lets you manage your shop, your orders, and your listings. You can also chat with potential buyers and do other stuff. This is a great way for the artistically inclined to make a few bucks. The app will help them do that.

Make Money: Passive Income Ideas

Price: Free

Make Money Passive Income Ideas screenshot 2021
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Make Money: Passive Income Ideas is exactly what the title suggests. Unlike the scam ones where they make bold promises they can’t keep, this app tells you what is within the realm of possibility. Along with a list of 60 jobs that you can do from home, it also offers up a list of relevant skills that you’ll need to do them. Some of them are easier than others. For instance, starting a blog or a YouTube channel are a couple of the ideas. It won’t generate money on its own, but it does help give you ideas on how to do so without a whole ton of effort. It’s one of the promising money making apps.


Price: Free

PayPal screenshot 2022

Paypal is a powerful platform. Most know it because of eBay. However, you can use the platform to run virtually any business. It can accept payments from virtually anywhere and you can use it to manage invoices, payments, and sales from various websites if you want to. There is another app by PayPal called PayPal Business that is made specifically for small business owners. It won’t make you money on its own, but it can help if you have an idea for a business.

Square Point of Sale

Price: Free

Square Point of Sale is an app that lets you accept credit card payments from people. You’ll need to get a little device that plugs into your phone, but after that, you can swipe cards and collect money. Using this, you can sell pretty much whatever you want pretty much wherever you want. Like Paypal, the app itself won’t generate any money for you. You’ll have to find willing customers. However, the ability to accept money in situations where you normally can’t is helpful. The app is free to download and signing up gets you a free magstrip reader.

Surveys on the Go

Price: Free

Surveys On The Go screenshot 2020
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Surveys on the Go is an app that lets you complete surveys for money. Unlike many where you get points or Google Opinion Rewards, this one pays out in cash. Admittedly, there are only a few surveys available during any given month. Thus, don’t expect to be rolling in dough. However, it’s good for those who just want to earn a few extra bucks here and there. The app itself is a little blandly designed, but it’s easy enough to use. It’s not an absolute must, but it is one of the stable money making apps as long as you don’t expect the moon.

Ride sharing or food delivery

Price: Free

Uber screenshot 2020
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The service industry is reaching out into mobile in a huge way. Uber and Lyft are transportation services that hire real, actual people. You drive other people around and make money doing it. Additionally, there are drivers for food delivery services like GrubHub, UberEATS, etc that work much the same way. Even pet sitting apps like Rover and DogVacay need people to sit for other people’s animals. The service industry is starting to boom on mobile and everything I listed above has an app. They all make great money making apps. It’s worth checking their sites to see if they’re hiring (they almost always are). UberEATS, Postmates, and similar food and item delivery services are also great ideas if you don’t mind driving.


Price: Free / $12.99 per month

YouTube is a decent source of passive income if you don’t mind the hard work. It’s probably difficult to get into well-established areas like tech, news, etc. However, if you can find a good niche and a decent audience, you can make a few bucks every month. Don’t expect tens of millions of subscribers, but the right kind of content, consistency, and a good work ethic can score you enough to get by. It’s tough, competitive, and it requires some creativity. However, many people make a fine living off of YouTube.

See also: Here are all the YouTube apps and what they do

If we missed any of the best money making apps on Android, tell us about them in the comments! To see our list of best apps, click here.

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