5 iOS Apps that make you money

I have noticed an increasing amount of apps on the App Store that can earn you real money, whether in the form of Paypal cash or gift cards.

Several of these apps are actually fakes, however I have tried out five and they all work! I have spent several months verifying that they actually pay out, and in that time I have made (physically withdrawn £22. This isn’t much, but it seems like more when I tell you that I did practically nothing at all!

N.B. Some of the following signup links and referral codes are linked to my account. You (should) get some sort of reward for using them, as will I. If you don’t want to do this (why not?!) then by all means click on the titles instead. This will direct you to the app page on itunes.

5. Roamlerdownload (1)

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This is the best-looking and most user-friendly app on the list. It lets you complete tasks in your local area on behalf of researchers.

Unfortunately, there aren’t too many opportunities to make money, although when there are, they are usually around £5. The fact that there aren’t very many ways to earn money puts this at the bottom of my list.

4. Mobile Rewardsa72c6___Mobile-Rewards

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This app lets you watch videos, complete offers and surveys to earn credits which can be exchanged for paypal cash (N.B. I haven’t tested the withdrawal system on this one yet!).

It is very easy to use, BUT there aren’t very many offers. Videos are the best way to earn credits. There are between three and ten videos to watch every day, meaning you can earn about £10 in six months purely from videos. Not very economical. Only fourth on my list.

3. Survey.comimages (1)

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This app is simple: You complete very (!) short surveys to earn money. 5 cents a survey, which takes thirty seconds. You can then withdraw this to Paypal, which worked properly for me.

There could be more surveys, more regularly, which is why I put this third on my list.

(I would advise you to lie about your job, background and interests: Tick everything, as you get more surveys!)

ip4-v25-splash-appxpert-02-thumb-350x503-1068802. AppXpert

To sign up for this one, you need to go to the webapp at http://www.appxpert.co.uk/ on your iDevice and add it to your homescreen. Awkward, I know.

This app is brilliant! It tells you to download an app, open it and answer about five questions. Then you get 20p. Simple! There are maybe 3 investigations a week, which allows you to make the £5 withdrawal amount pretty quickly!

hqdefault1. JunoWallet+ TV

Get the app here, and make an account. Use this referral code for a possible 50p bonus (not sure if they still do this): OB2271027

This app is simply the best on the list. I managed to get a £10 iTunes voucher simply from two months of use!

This app will let you watch videos, complete offers, mystery deals, do surveys, download apps, watch “TV” – anything!

I would advise you to watch the mystery videos – you get decent rewards every day!


Jetpack Joyride: App Review

Total Score: 45/50 90% Outstanding!

You can download this for free from the App Store and the Windows Store!

This game is a fast paced sideways arcade infinirunner. You have to pilot a bloke with a stolen jetpack through as many miles of underground bunkers as you can before he is killed by a random obstacle. Surreal yet appealing, this game has a huge arsenal of upgrades in the in-game shop to make your experience even more enjoyable.

Price: Free! 10/10

You can’t get much better than free! On top of this, there aren’t any money-only unlockable gadgets or jetpacks!

Design: 8/10

The graphics are really nice, if a bit cheesy. I love the menu design (sliding panels etc.). The music gets hideously annoying (apart from the bit at the beginning).

User Interface: 7/10

There is no tutorial level or user guide. While the game is pretty easy to pick up, this still ruins it a bit.

Concept: 7/10

It’s a good idea, but certainly isn’t the first Copter-style game out there.

Lifetime: 8/10

This quite literally goes of for ever, especially considering how many things there are to buy. It gets dull after a while.

Ads and Promotions: None +3

In-app Purchases: Coins + Duplicate Machine +2

Total Score: 45/50 90% Outstanding!

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Improve iOS 7’s Battery Life

An investigation by Ars Technica  has discovered that iOS 7 kills battery life faster than iOS 6.1 on every device you can use it on.


Here are a few tips on how to preserve that precious battery life:


1. Change Your Spotlight Settings


With iOS 7, you can now search for anything on your iPhone using Spotlight. All you have to do is pull down on your Home screen and you can search everything.

ios 7 battery life

It’s convenient, but it also takes a lot of battery power to index it all. You can change exactly what Spotlight looks in when you use it for search by going to Settings, General then Spotlight search. Remove what you don’t need.


2. Turn Off AirDrop 


iOS 7 now allows you to quickly and easily share files with your friends’ iPhones. This is only available for iPhone 5, 5C and 5S. It’s a great new feature, but it doesn’t need to be on when you’re not using it. To turn it off, go to your control center by pushing up from the bottom of any screen. From there you can disable AirDrop until you want to use it.


3. Turn Your Brightness Down


This is a classic way to save battery, and it’s been made even easier. Instead of going through Settings to get to your brightness, you can change your screen’s brightness from the Control Center.

ios 7 battery life


4. Turn Off Parallax


This is the aspect of iOS 7 that makes everything look a little bit 3D and makes your background move around behind your apps. It also drains your battery. To turn it off, go to Settings, General, then Accessibility, then Reduce Motion. Turn Reduce Motion on to stop the parallax effect.


5. Turn Off Bluetooth And WiFi

This is another old one, but it’s really handy. Just disable them in Control Center when not in use.


6. Disable Auto Downloads


Your iPhone now downloads app updates from the App Store automatically, draining your battery. This feature also automatically downloads purchases from iTunes and the App Store you’ve made on different devices to your iPhone, which you may not want. To stop this and just update your apps and music manually, go to Settings, iTunes & App Store, and scroll to Automatic Downloads. There you can turn Automatic Downloads off for music, apps and books.


7. Turn Off Frequent Locations


Your iPhone wants to learn the places you often visit to give you “provide useful location-related information.” This is takes up a lot of battery and is unnecessary and invades your privacy. To disable it go to Settings, Privacy, then Location Services. There, scroll all the way to the bottom and hit System Services. There you can also turn off Location Based iAds (ads from Apple based on your frequent locations). Then go to Frequent Locations and turn that off, too.



ios 7 battery life


8. Turn off Siri

Unless you’re using Siri regularly, you’re better off disabling her to save battery. To do so, go to Settings, General then Siri. Tap Siri and you can turn her off.


9. Don’t Use A Moving Background

The new moving backgrounds that iOS 7 offers are super cool, but they will kill your battery. Use one of the static backgrounds or just your own photo.

iOS 7 Security Flaw

Here’s a (relatively) major security flaw in the new Apple operating system, iOS7. This poses a problem on iPhones 4S and upwards and some iPads. It allows anyone to access contact details and send photos without knowing the passcode to the iDevice.

First, turn the iPhone on and open the control center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. Now launch the clock app. Pressing the power button at the top of the iPhone brings up the option to power off the device. Press cancel rather than sliding to power off, then immediately tap the home button twice to bring up the iOS 7 multitasking interface.

From there, you can see recently used apps, kill apps and, most worryingly, open the camera app. From here you can click the icon at the bottom left to see the camera roll. You can then share them via email, iMessage, Facebook, Twitter and so on. Also, by doing this you can see details about the phone owner’s contacts, including phone numbers, email addresses and birthdays.

Great job Apple!

Fruit Ninja: App Review

Total Score: 45/50 90% Outstanding!

Fruit Ninja is a surreal action game created by Halfbrick Studios.

This game’s sleek design and colourful graphics make it very entertaining to play! The concept is simple to master: Simply slash fruit in half to gain points! There are three different modes: Classic, Zen and Arcade, which offer different play styles. You can get extra points from performing combos, getting special bananas, or hitting random criticals.

There is a selection of unlockable (or buyable) blades and backgrounds, and you can purchase bonuses using starfruit, which is the ingame currency.

Price: £0.69  7/10

This is a reasonable price for such an app, but of course free would be better!

Design: 9/10

The music and sound effects are brilliant, the visual effect are very aesthetic and the game overall is great! Menus are polished and the in-game store works well.

User Interface: 8/10

This app is not complicated and it is very simple to use. There is no tutorial, however, and the shop system could be confusing for beginners.

Concept: 9/10

A really clever idea! Just a shame they decided bombs take away all three lives…

Lifetime: 8/10

This game can effectively go on forever, but would get dull because there are not enough achievements.

Ads and Promotions: None +3

In-app Purchases: Starfruit +1

These are optional, and can help some people

Total Score: 45/50 90% Outstanding!

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Steambirds Survival: App Review

Total Score: 40/50 80% Excellent!

Steambirds Survival is an wartime strategy game created by Spry Fox, LLC.

It lands you in control of one or more fighter planes, with the task of surviving for as long as possible. Hopelessly outnumbered, you must down enemy planes and airships to collect powerups. These range from speed boosts to missiles, bombs and reinforcements! There is a campaign for each of the eleven cities.

This is basically a new version of Steambirds, with a new style of play. They are made by different app developers.

It has a smooth design and good music. You can play it online here at Armor Games.

Price: Free  10/10

This is great, but there are ads and upgrades offers which take marks off later.

Design: 9/10

The graphics are really nice – so is the music. The menus are polished and the game itself is great!

User Interface: 8/10

Everything is simple to use. There is no help section, and a guide to powerups and planes would be good.

Concept: 9/10

The game is a brilliant idea. It is fun to play and easy to use!

Lifetime: 8/10

The final level in each city is simply to survive for as long as possible, so in theory there is an unlimited lifetime, but the game does get dull after too long. I would definitely recommend it to others.

Ads and Promotions: Annoying ads unless you upgrade -2

In-app Purchases: “Unlock all cities (OK – I suppose) and remove ads” (not so good) -2

Total Score: 40/50 80% Excellent!

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