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One of the best ways to get Android apps for free How To Get Paid Android Apps For Free, Legally How To Get Paid Android Apps For Free, Legally Are there paid apps in the Play Store that you want, but just can't afford? Don't worry. It's possible to snag those apps for free. Read More is 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 few brief questions. With over 5 million installs, this is a popular app, but are you making the best of it? Could you be making more money with Google Opinion Rewards Answer Surveys To Receive Play Store Credit With The New Google Opinion Rewards App Answer Surveys To Receive Play Store Credit With The New Google Opinion Rewards App Google has released a new app that allows you to earn Play Store credits by answering surveys. The Google Opinion Rewards app is U.S. only for now. Read More ?

How It Works

Before we look at how you can tempt Google into giving you more money, we need to take a 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.

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Once installed from the Google Play Store and 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. So as long as you have been shopping, you should be able to provide an answer.

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Surveys take around 10 seconds to complete, and almost always 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! When you’re ready to buy, go through the usual process, ensuring that your Google Play balance is selected as a payment type, and click Buy.

Now that we know how it works, let’s look at how to make more money.

Enable Location Services

While you might get questions concerning online purchases 5 Useful, Money-Saving Online Shopping Tips You Should Know 5 Useful, Money-Saving Online Shopping Tips You Should Know Here are several tips and tricks to help you hold onto more of your hard-earned cash. Read More , a great deal of the 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?

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Well, in most cases, the information is gathered to help improve Google Maps Google Maps Feeling Slow? Here's a Trick to Speed It Up Google Maps Feeling Slow? Here's a Trick to Speed It Up If Google Maps's latest features are bogging down your computer, here's a simple trick to make it lightning fast again. Read More . You can ensure the correct Location setting is selected by opening Settings > Location, enabling the feature, and setting Mode to High accuracy.

This mode uses GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and mobile networks to establish your location, and is the most reliable option. Note that it’s also a privacy minefield What Does Google Know About You? Find Out and Manage Your Privacy and Security What Does Google Know About You? Find Out and Manage Your Privacy and Security For the first time, search giant Google is offering a way for you to check the information it has about you, how it is gathering that data, and new tools to start reclaiming your privacy. Read More , and that it’s likely to reduce your battery life quickly, however. For these reasons, you might wish to avoid this option.

Keep the 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.

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To ensure that the app is up-to-date, open the Play Store on your phone, go to the menu and select Settings. From here, tap Auto-update apps and ensure the setting is enabled; the Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only option is usually the best.

Open the Google Opinion Rewards App Daily

Some users reckon that opening the app daily will let Google know that you’re interested, but it is unlikely that this actually works. It’s still a good idea to open the app every day, though.

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While you might be taking surveys by clicking the Google Opinion Rewards app notifications when they appear, opening the app daily will put you into a good habit, and there is some evidence that quick completion of surveys will result in more. If you’re checking regularly, you have a better chance of completing surveys quickly.

Tell the Truth

“Cheaters never prosper” seems to be a slightly archaic maxim these days, but in the case of Google Opinion Rewards, it’s accurate. Somehow, they know when your survey answers are inaccurate, and will punish you with a reduced rate of surveys. This is done by providing you with “fake” surveys; if a you receive such a survey, be honest.

Trick questions might involve asking you if you went to a particular location that you didn’t visit, or engaged in a particular activity (perhaps skydiving). They’re easily spotted, but you’ll receive fewer fake surveys if you answer truthfully. If you lie, say goodbye to Google Opinion Rewards for a while.

Be an Affluent Female

It seems that high-spending, regularly shopping women get more opportunities for generating rewards with the Google Reward Opinions.

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If you’re not an affluent female, you can ensure that you’re presented with more surveys by copying some simple behaviors. Regular shopping trips to well-known stores is the best way to do this. Sitting around at home is not the way to generate surveys from Google!

Be Ready at 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, as you save up for a new app or game.

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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.

Have you used Google Opinion Rewards? Do you have any tips and tricks for more getting more surveys? Tell us in the comments!

  1. wesley stephenson
    October 11, 2016 at 12:06 am

    This was a very helpful topic, i love google rewards and although it somewhat bothers me that all my interests and day to day activity maybe tracked I don't think anything i do is really worth wild to anyone. But google thinks so i guess.

  2. Tom
    September 8, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    I've gotten $11 in two weeks, usually get 1-3 surveys a day. So far most have been 3-4 questions, and they ask about some brands I've never heard of. I'll try some of these tips to try to increase my surveys.

    • Phil N
      November 21, 2016 at 7:07 am

      Sometimes I get that many other times like now I got for weeks with nothing.

  3. Amy
    August 8, 2016 at 1:30 am

    It seems shopping generates surveys. After shopping at best buy and Charlotte ruse got me 2 surveys

  4. Arijus
    August 5, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I don't get any surveys. WHY?

    • Christian Cawley
      September 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      Perhaps you're in a territory that is not supported?

  5. jan
    August 1, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Sometimes I think its just a crock! I've been coming back for over a week now a not a darn thing... Before that it was just barley questions and then it was some lame duck ones at that!Only paying out at under ¢50 in most cases.
    Still I come back in the hopes of questions, for before it was at least giving me surveys...
    Shrugging shoulders here...

    • Christian Cawley
      August 2, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      Well it certainly doesnt pay big bucks, but it amounts to a nice bonus from time to time.

      I do think getting out and about is the best way to make the Google Bucks. if I stay home, surveys are rare. Shopping trips and days out, on the other hand, always result in surveys.

  6. Brian
    July 18, 2016 at 5:20 am

    Made $35 in 9 months but I switch between android and iphone regularly so I figure if I only used android it'd be at least 40-45

  7. Gferdon
    July 14, 2016 at 9:14 am

    I've been using it exactly 1 year and I have made 67.00 so far !!!!! LOVE IT !!!!

  8. Andy
    June 23, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    I've made $64 in a little less than two years.

  9. Carmen
    June 9, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Downloaded this a year ago and I've made $36 so far, I love it.

  10. Eric Jay Palomar
    April 16, 2016 at 4:24 am

    Geo restricted. Same shit with microsoft rewards.

    • Christian Cawley
      April 27, 2016 at 6:54 am

      Not ideal, and I haven't seen any recent notices from Google about rolling it out further.

  11. Peter Fitzsimmons
    April 14, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    I have been using Google Rewards since April 2014 and have made over £22 for what amounts for a few seconds of work a week.

    It's paid for many apps and a few albums for Google music, which I would not have usually bought and is a great way to make a few pennies.

    I have never seen a survey that would come anywhere close to being personal and sometimes just answering a simple question like "Have you ever been swimming" can make 30 pence+.

    It's awesome.

    • Christian Cawley
      April 14, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      Glad you're getting some use out of it, Peter. Thanks for sharing.

      • Nonhlanhla
        October 24, 2016 at 5:05 am

        I need my contact number and photos and my massage

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