Want to get apps, games, movies, TV shows, and books for free on Google Play? Then it’s time to use the Google Opinion Rewards app, a mobile survey tool that rewards you with cash in your Google account every time you complete a brief survey.
With over 10 million installs, this is a popular app, but are you using it to its full potential? Could you be making more money with Google Opinion Rewards?
How Does Google Rewards Work?
Before we look at how you can tempt Google into giving you more money, we need to look at just how Google Opinion Rewards works. Perhaps you’ve never used it, or maybe you’ve used it once and forgot all about it.
Google Opinion Rewards isn’t limited to Android users. If you own an iPhone, you can also install it, and benefit from the same paid surveys. Note that if you’re on iPhone, your PayPal account is credited, whereas Android users will have the rewards credited to their Google account.
Once launched, Google Opinion Rewards requires you to sign into your usual Google account. You should then receive a preliminary “test” survey, partially to make sure you understand your part in this mutually beneficial relationship, and partially to establish your demographic.
Google Opinion Rewards surveys you based on recent shopping experiences. If you have been shopping, you should be able to provide an answer.
Surveys take around 10 seconds to complete, and usually end up with a few cents being added to your account. Over the course of a few weeks you can end up with enough credit to spend in the Play Store.
Click Buy when you’re ready, ensuring that your Google Play balance is selected as the payment source.
Now that we know how it works, let’s look at how to make more money.
Enable Location Services for Google Rewards
While you might get questions concerning online purchases, many surveys from Google Opinion Rewards relate to your recent journeys. With location services enabled in Android, you get a better chance of receiving surveys that ask you about where you went.
But why the interest?
In most cases, the information is gathered to help improve Google Maps. Ensure the correct Location setting is selected by opening Settings > Lock screen & security, scrolling to Privacy, and selecting Location.
Ensure Use location is set to On, then scroll down Advanced and confirm Google Location Accuracy is also set to On.
This uses GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and mobile networks to establish your location, and is the best option if you’re hoping to generate some cash with Google Opinion Rewards. Note that it’s also a privacy minefield.
Keep the Google Opinion Rewards App Updated
As well as having location services enabled, you’ll need to ensure that the app is up-to-date.
Changes to the survey collection system may not be compatible with older versions of Google Opinion Rewards, so having the most recent version of the app installed is a major advantage.
To ensure that the app is up-to-date, open the Play Store app on your phone, go to the menu and select Settings. Tap Auto-update apps and ensure the setting is enabled. Use Over Wi-Fi only for the best results.
How to Get More Surveys With Google Rewards
It would be great to get a load of surveys every day, but this isn’t going to happen. However, there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get to answer as many surveys as possible.
- Check the app daily and ensure you have enabled notifications for Google Opinion Rewards.
- Respond to surveys promptly.
- Be female: it seems that high-spending, regularly shopping women get more opportunities for generating rewards with the Google Reward Opinions.
- Regular shopping trips to well-known stores: sitting around at home is not the way to generate surveys from Google.
- Tell the truth: the app serves the occasional “fake” survey to filter out bad answers. Trick questions might ask if you went to a location you didn’t visit or took part in an activity you didn’t. The fake questions are easy to spot but answering deceitfully will earn you less money in the long run.
Getting out and about can prove profitable for your Google Play balance, so remember to check the app, answer truthfully, and promptly!
Get Google Rewards for Christmas
It shouldn’t really come as a surprise, but it’s worth mentioning: you’ll make more from Google Opinion Rewards in the final quarter of the year (September–December) as this is when people are typically shopping online for the Christmas period.
Companies that contract Google to survey their users want to know about your shopping habits, so it makes sense that they’ll be trying to pull in this information—thanks to Google’s “instant gratification” surveys—in the period when you do the most shopping.
So, if you want to generate credits for the Play Store with Google Opinion Rewards, make sure you have it installed, updated, and regularly checked in the run-up to Christmas.
Don’t Let Your Rewards Run Out!
It’s a nice feeling to see the balance in your Play Store account rising. Each time you complete a survey, your updated balance will be displayed.
Google Opinion Rewards credit expires after 12 months, so you need to keep using the app and spending the credits. If you don’t, you’ll have wasted your time and effort.
A good way to stop this happening is to keep a list of apps and games that you want to buy. You can do this by marking them for later, by clicking the Add to wishlist button. Wishlist items can be viewed by clicking My wishlist in Google Play.
5 Ways to Spend Your Google Rewards
With money saved up in the Google Opinion Rewards app, you can put it to good use. Want some ideas?
Over the past 12 months, I have:
- Bought a graphic novel
- Rented Black Panther
- Stumped up for half a dozen games
- Upgraded an app from ad-support to premium
- Bought several songs and albums
In short, Google Opinion Rewards has paid for all my Google Play Store purchases. It isn’t big bucks, and I didn’t make enough to rent (or buy) a movie every week. But it was enough to pass the time and provide an evening of entertainment.
And that’s before we talk about the games and music in depth. All from answering a few questions once or twice a week.
It’s a good deal.
Make Google Opinion Rewards Work for You
Easy to set up, free to use, and with some simple ways to get more surveys and earn more money, Google Opinion Rewards is an app that everyone should use.
By earning credit for just going places, media purchases are essentially free. While it might not be as vital for an iPhone user, money is credit to PayPal instead, ready for you to spend as you see fit.
Want more than Google Opinion Rewards? Here are more ways to make money with your smartphone.