If you like the concept behind “get paid to” websites and apps, but don’t like to waste your time – Sweatcoin may be something to consider. This app will actually “pay” you to walk in their own currency of SWC (sweatcoins). It does take quite a bit of walking to add up much, but if you’re literally already doing this anyway who wouldn’t want to be rewarded for it?
You can download the Sweatcoin app from this link.
You simply download the app on your phone, fill out some brief information and then you are all signed up and ready to go. It’s entirely free.
All you have to do is let it run in the background on your phone, and Sweatcoin keeps track of your outdoor steps and automatically converts them to their unique Sweatcoin currency every 2,000 steps you take.
I was a totally bummed when I heard it was only outdoor steps considering I do walk inside a lot as well! Unfortunately though, in order to make sure people aren’t cheating the system they programmed the steps to work with the GPS on your phone – so you need to be walking outside for the steps to register towards your sweatcoins. (What I’ve noticed is it does seem to track some of my indoor steps, but only the steps I am taking outside are the ones that get converted to sweatcoins).
This also means you need to have you GPS turned on, and a phone that has a reliable GPS. Another thing is you need to actually have the app turned on and running on your phone for it to register your steps. You can’t force stop the app or it won’t continue to work.
Unfortunately, sweatcoins are not equivalent to cash (I wish). This is how the currency works:
1,000 steps = 1 Sweatcoin (well, technically .95 considering they take a 5% commission)
You also earn 1 per day as a daily reward, but you need to go into the app to claim it and watch an ad.
For every person you refer to the app, you also get 5 sweatcoins.
When you have earned enough currency, you can cash out for prizes. It depends what the prize is as to how many sweatcoins you need, but some take A LOT more than others.
You can’t directly exchange your coins for cash which kind of sucks. Instead you are given different prizes or offers to choose from on a daily basis. Here’s a screenshot of my current daily offers:
Barbell Apparel (15 SWC) – $75 gift card toward Barbell Apparel Jeans – it sounds really awesome but the only thing they have for sale on their website is $150 jeans – so you’d still need to spend $75 on a pair of jeans if you used this.
Sips by (200 SWC) – you can get a special tea pack sent to your house for $5, which is normally $15.
Yoga Vibes (15 SWC) – 30 day subscription to Yoga Vibes for special online Yoga classes
Neptune and Co (10 SWC) – $5 gift card for high fashion dog apparel
You can see these offers don’t take very many coins, but personally those are nothing I would want. If it’s a free trial offer (like Yoga Vibes) you’ll have to put down credit card information, so make sure you cancel if you don’t want to continue the service.
These will change and you aren’t offered exactly the same things every day.
They also have better offers – electronic gadgets, gift cards or PayPal cash – but it takes A LOT more of your coins (so many that it’d probably take you a year or several to earn enough).
A Fitbit Flex
$50 Amazon gift card
$50 PayPal Cash
The PayPal and Amazon cards are good prizes but you need to earn A LOT to redeem – 3,650 SWC! Even if you earned the max of 20 per day, you would still have to walk 20,000 steps a day for 6 months to earn a $50 Amazon card or PayPal cash, or 10,000 per day for a year. In reality it’d probably take a few years for most people.
While the Fitbit Flex seems easy enough to earn, I wonder if it’d still be offered to me when I actually have 550 sweatcoins…
The offers do change so you can keep saving up your coins until the right one comes along for you.
The membership you choose will depend on how many steps you plan to take each day. They are all technically free, but with each increasing membership you are charged with some of the sweatcoins you earn per month. So for example, if you typically walk 5,000 steps a day you can just use the Mover (free) membership. If you walk 10,000 or more you will want to choose a higher membership so you area able to earn more sweatcoins per day.
Mover – Free
Earn up to 5 per day, 150 per month (5,000 steps a day)
Shaker – 4.75 Sweatcoins per month
Earn up to 10 per day, 300 per month (10,000 steps a day)
Quaker – 20 Sweatcoins per month
Earn up to 15 per day or 450 per month (15,000 steps a day)
Breaker – 30 Sweatcoins per month
Earn up to 20 per day or 600 per month (20,000 steps a day)
Troublemaker – ?
This is currently not available yet
You can refer your friends and earn 5 sweatcoins for everyone that signs up. This is in addition to the daily limit you can earn, so you have the potential to earn a lot more coins if you start referring people.
Inviting at least 30 people gets you $20 PayPal cash and access to the Sweatcoin influencer marketplace.
This app is definitely worth it if you are a walker. It isn’t going to replace a job or make you rich, so if that is what you’re thinking this probably isn’t for you. If you are looking for a way to actually make consistent income that can replace a job, check out my top recommendation.
I already take near daily walks around my neighborhood so having this app running on my phone and counting my steps isn’t hurting! I am not typically a fan of get paid to apps that just end up making you waste countless hours, but this is completely different. Getting paid $50 for doing something I am already doing isn’t bad, even if it does take me a year to get the prize.