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Did You Know You Can Earn Money Testing Mobile &
BY ROB NIGHTINGALE
PUBLISHED MAY 04, 2016
There are thousands of ways to make money on the Internet, but one of the most overlooked is
mobile and web app testing.
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There are thousands of ways to make money on the Internet, but one of the most overlooked
is mobile and web app testing.
Before an app development team releases their web or mobile app to the public, it needs to
be tested. Usability issues need fixing. Bugs need ironing out. To find these issues,
development teams often hire a group of beta testers to test drive apps before their public
If you think you'd make a great app tester, read on to learn more about the role, how much you
could earn, and the sites you should join to get started.
Who Can Be an App Tester?
To test an app, all you really need is access to an up-to-date smartphone and/or computer,
(sometimes) a microphone and webcam, and a list of places you can go to find opportunities.
To get paid, you'll often need a PayPal account, too.
Although you should be comfortable using your phone and computer, you don't need to be a
tech geek. All that's usually expected is for you to express your experience as you use these
apps; to get across what you like, and what you dislike.
What Does an App Test Involve?
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What Does an App Test Involve?
What's required of app testers depends on what the development team wants to achieve from
the test. Once you join a team of beta testers for a specific app, you'll be given a set of
instructions. A complete test usually lasts somewhere between 15 minutes and one hour.
These instructions often ask you to perform a set of tasks within the app. As you perform
these tasks, your on-screen actions (and sometimes even your eye movements and facial
expressions) will be recorded, so developers can understand more about how you experience
the application. Some tests will also require you to express your thoughts out loud into a
In all, you'll be expected to:
Explain what you like and dislike about the app
Explain why you are doing certain things in the app
Make suggestions on how to make tasks easier
Explain clearly your thoughts in writing at the end of the test.
All of this information goes toward helping the developers improve the app before its final
How Much Can I Earn?
Taking up app testing is unlikely to become a full-time position. To be selected to test certain
apps, you'll need to fit into a specific demographic. Developers will be looking for testers of a
specific sex, age, and with particular interests.
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If you fit into the right demographic for the app, you'll be accepted onto the team of beta
testers. The average pay for each completed app test is currently around $10. Some pay
upward of $100. Some simply offer you a free app in return for your time. If you keep a close
eye on a variety of app testing sites, you could test a few apps per week, netting $100+ per
Where Can I Find Paid App Testing
There are a range of sites offering paid app testing opportunities. Some of the most reputable
are listed below, though this is far from exhaustive. If you have any other suggestions, please
add them in the comments below so we can make this resource as useful as possible!
UserTesting is one of the top players in app and website testing. To be accepted as a tester,
you have to complete a quick 5-minute test. If you're approved, you'll be paid $10–15 for every
20-minute test you complete, while speaking your thoughts out loud.
To become an app or website tester for Userlytics, there's no application process. If you have
a webcam, microphone, Windows 7 (or later) or Mac OS X Leopard 10.6 (or later), and an up-
to-date smartphone, sign up and keep you eye out for any test invites you receive. You'll earn
from $10 per test, with payments being made fortnightly via PayPal.
As a TestBirds tester, you can provide your feedback on apps, websites, video games, and
electronics. Most of their tests pay at least $10, some upward of $70. Other tests offer
bonuses for every bug you find.
Payments are made via bank transfer of PayPal once you have an account balance of at least
UserFeel gives you the option the test both apps and websites. For each test completed, you'll
be paid $10. if you turn out to be a good tester, you could earn up to $100–200 per month, with
payments being made weekly.
Currently UserFeel is not recruiting any new testers, but check their site every few weeks to
find out when applications open again.
Ferpections testers are making up to $100 per month testing both sites and mobile
applications. For each test, you'll need to take screenshots on your phone or tablet, with an
accompanying description and feedback of your experience.
Payments are made monthly via PayPal if your balance is above the equivalent of £20.
BetaFamily is specifically for testing Android and iOS apps. Most of their open tests last 45–
60 minutes, and pay $10. Each of your tests will be rated. As your rating increases, you'll be
invited to test more apps.
You have to have at least $50 in your account balance before you can withdraw this. The
money can take up to 30 days to reach your bank account.
UpWork is a site where freelancers find and apply for work in a huge range of industries,
including app testing.
You'll need to set up a profile and check the site regularly to land these jobs. Once you have a
few reviews under your belt, being accepted for tests will become easier.
Pay starts at less than $5 per test, but can go upward of $50 per test.
And There Are Unpaid Tests…
If you want to become a tester not to earn some cash on the side, but instead for early access
to apps, there are other options.
Companies releasing larger, more popular apps will often have a group of volunteer testers to
call on. In return for feedback, testers get to try out new versions of apps before anyone else.
If there's a particular app you'd love to become a beta tester for, you should email the
development company directly to see if they'd add you to beta team. If you love a certain
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