While there are a ton of smartphone apps out there that offer pretty great rewards, sometimes you have to wait quite a while before your funds or points are redeemable. I generally recommend having a lot of eggs in your basket and signing up for plenty of survey and GPT sites so you can create a steady stream of extra income or gift cards, but sometimes it's nice to be able to access your rewards when you need them. For those of you who spend a lot of time on your phone, check out this list of smartphone apps that offer quick or even instant payouts.
Swagbucks – This is one of the most popular GPT (Get Paid To) sites on the web. You can play games, fill out surveys, participate in offers, search the web and more to earn the minimum 500 SB, their form of currency, required to cash out for a gift card. You'll usually have access to your gift card within about 48 hours though they say that it can take up to 10 days. You can sign up on their website and then download the app available for iPhone and Android devices.
QuickThoughts – If you're looking for instant rewards and enjoy surveys, this is a good app to download. Users report that they're able to hit the $10 minimum requirement to cash out and the code for your gift card is sent to you immediately. Click here to download QuickThoughts for your iPhone or Android device.
Qmee – Qmee is one of my personal favorites and I've used it for quite a while. While it started as a browser extension for Chrome, it's expanded and now also has an app for filling out surveys and getting access to coupons. The best thing about Qmee is that you can cash out with as little as a penny in your account if you choose PayPal as the payment option. Otherwise, you can get an Amazon, Starbucks or iTunes gift card for as little as $5 or you can donate your funds to charity. Click here to sign up first then download the app on your iPhone or Android device.
Ibotta – This is a shopping app that offers basically instant payments once you hit the cash out minimum. Ibotta has tons of offers from a lot of popular stores and restaurants to choose from including grocery stores. Once you've selected offers from your preferred store, all you have to do is go buy those items and then scan them and take a photo of the receipt using the Ibotta app and submit it. It's usually approved pretty quickly and all of those savings are deposited into your account. When you hit the minimum amount to cash out, you can get your funds pretty much instantly through PayPal, or you can choose one of their many gift card options. Click here to sign up and get a $10 welcome bonus!
Fronto – Fronto is a lock screen app that allows you to earn with basically no effort involved. Once you've signed up and installed the app, it will replace your lock screen with an advertisement. All you have to do is swipe right to dismiss the ad and you'll have access to your phone. You can't really abuse this and constantly lock and unlock your phone to get more points because they have an algorithm that checks for such activity but using your phone normally will result in the accumulation of points. These points can be redeemed in real time for various gift cards, including Amazon and PayPal. Fronto is only available for Android devices at this time. Click here to get Fronto! Once you've installed it, open the settings and click on ‘Enter Referral Code' then enter extracandr for a bonus 1,250 points.