Google Opinion Rewards: Everything you need to know
Google Opinion Rewards is a survey app that lets you earn Play Store credits by answering questions and providing feedback. You can then redeem those credits toward the purchase of apps, music, movies, and games on the Play Store. It's all pretty straightforward, and it's a great way to pick up credits on the Play Store. Here's what you need to know about Google Opinion Rewards, and how you can get started.
- Get rewarded for taking surveys
- See the countries you can get rewards
- You can get more surveys based on your locale
- Learn how you can use those rewards
- You can also join in from an iPhone
Get paid to answer surveys
To get started with Google Opinion Rewards, you'll have to download the app from the Play Store (opens in new tab) and sign in with your Google account. This is the account that will receive Play Store credits, so it's recommended that you use your primary Google account.
You'll have to be 18 and over and live in one of the 26 countries where the rewards program is currently available to be able to receive surveys. Once you sign in, you'll get a notification whenever a new survey is available; all you need to do is answer the questions and the money will be credited into your Play Store account in a few days.
The only caveat here is that you'll have to finish a survey within 24 hours of getting the notification. The final payout will be based on the number of questions and their complexity, and the answers you furnish are anonymized and not linked to any any personally identifiable information. Usually, surveys take anywhere from 10 seconds to a minute.
Not available everywhere just yet
Google Opinion Rewards is available in 26 countries around the world. Here's the full list:
- New Zealand
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
Survey frequency varies by region and location
The number of surveys you get within Google Opinion Rewards varies based on your location and activity history. The surveys are run by markets researchers, with Google acting as the conduit.
There's no telling when you'll get a new survey, but there are a few pointers. When you do get one, try to answer the questions as honestly as possible, because Google says it uses a "number of techniques to discover users who are lying or trying to game the system." Should it detect that you're being dishonest, you won't get many surveys after that.
Most of the surveys I've received over the last two years have been local surveys — questions related to locations I've visited, whether that's a tourist attraction, hotel, or a convenience store. But in general, the surveys could be anything from providing feedback on a video recommendation YouTube served up, writing a review for a tourist attraction, or just answering marketing-related questions about a particular product you may have purchased recently.
Make sure you utilize your credits effectively
The credits that you get by taking surveys are valid for 12 months, and the app now notifies you if your credits are about to expire. It's a good bet to add apps and games to your wishlist on the Play Store, so that you have a list of things to purchase once you get the requisite credits.
At this moment, there's no way to split the balance between Play Store credits and other forms of payment. So you'll have to wait for more surveys and accrue enough Play Store credits to pick up an app or movie, or just pay using your card.
iPhone users can also join in
Google Opinion Rewards isn't limited to Android; the app is available on iOS as well (opens in new tab). If you're on iOS, Google pays out the money to a PayPal account that you'll have to set up during initial configuration.
Overall, Google Opinion Rewards is a fantastic way to pick up credits on the Play Store for buying apps, movies, games, and more. If you haven't already, you should get started right away.
Nothing beats free
The easiest way to get Play Store credits.
Google Opinion Rewards lets you earn Play Store credits by finishing short surveys from market researchers. You don't have to pay anything to get started, and the fact that you can get up to a $1 in Play Store credits for a one-minute survey makes it a sweet deal.
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.
I enjoy this incentive. I have been using it since 2013, and have amassed $242 in Play credit to date. I use it mostly on apps that I have tried the free version, then decide to get the paid version and support app developers. A few in app purchases have been made. I've purchased movies as well. You do give up a little privacy due to the constant tracking. But the rewards are worth it in my opinion.
I don't think I've ever paid for a movie rental or a season of a TV show. Does anybody know if you can pay for Disney+ with Google Play Store credit?