All this while Google has been making money off you by showing you ads. Here is a way for you to make some money off Google. Google Opinion Rewards is a simple app from Google that allows you to get paid for answering simple 2 to 6 question surveys.
To be clear, you get this money to your Paypal account as hard cash, if you are an Apple smartphone user. If you have an Android based smartphone, then the money you earn is in the form of Google Play store points and not direct cash. So you can use this points to purchase apps, make monthly payments on Play store and buy books, music, movies etc.
Google Opinion Rewards
Google Opinion Rewards is a platform to bring Google Surveys to users. The surveys set up either by Google to improve it’s products or by other companies to get user feedback as served on the Google Opinion Rewards platform.
Google Surveys in India and other countries
Google Surveys have been available in India from 2017. The Google Opinion Rewards in particular launched in India around May of 2017 and currently globally boasts over 50 million downloads on the Android Play store.
Currently the rewards program is available in India, Singapore, USA, UK, and over 20 other countries. Check out the Google Opinion Rewards Help portal for questions and if you country is availabl.
Eligibility for participating in India
Almost anyone can participate in these surveys. The entry barrier is low, here is what is required:
- An android or iOS smartphone (iOS is currently not available in India)
- A Google Play Store account
- Should be above the age of 18
What questions are asked in the Google Surveys
There are two major categories of surveys that will be conducted.
Google products based surveys
These are questions based on user behavior around products owned by Google, such as Youtube, Google Maps etc. These questions are devised to get user feedback and improve these products.
Some example of questions will be:
- “Have you seen this _____ video on Youtube?”. “If yes, what is a better video to show next” etc.
- “Did you visit this store____”, “If yes, when did you visit it”, “Did you buy anything Yes/No”. Etc
And yes, these are based on your usage, meaning Google is tracking where you go and what you see. I personally am not too concerned as no intimate or personally details or questions are asked. If you are not too comfortable with this line of questions, best you avoid this altogether.
Google is somewhat stingy when paying for their own surveys. I typically get around Rs.6 to Rs.15 for these questions.
Surveys from other Companies
From time to time, other companies such as Samsung, clothing and shoe brands etc run their own surveys. Google Survey platform allows these companies to define the audience to target. If you are in the criteria set by these companies, then you will get the survey and will be paid to answer them.
These pay a bit higher. No matter what, the surveys never get tedious and more than a few questions.
Money earned from Google Opinion Rewards
The way you earn money depends on the device you use.
Android Users: Google Rewards on Play Store
If you have an android device and sign up for Google Opinion Rewards, then your earnings for answering questions will be paid to you in the form of Play store credits.
iOS Users: Cash on Paypal
If you have an Apple iOS based smartphone, visit the app store on your phone and install the Opinion Rewards app. Sign up using the same email address you have on your Paypal account. You can start withdrawing earnings to your Paypal account, after you hit a minimum withdrawal threshold of $2.
The iOS app is currently not available in India.
Google Opinion Rewards
Some frequently asked question on Google Opinion Rewards
Yes, it is free to participate in Google Opinion Rewards surveys. All you need is a smartphone and a play store account.
Yes, this is a legit survey platform that pays. The platform is owned by Google and payments are in the form of Google Play store credits.
No the rewards given by Google are for the surveys you take on the Google Opinion Rewards app alone. You will not be paid for searches.
You will be able to get the Google Play credits by answering the surveys that are sent to you. The more surveys you answer, the more credits you earn.
You get a notification on your smartphone that you got a Google Survey. Simply go to the Google Opinion Rewards app and answer the few questions it shows. The questions are multiple choice and easy to follow.
There is no possible ways to influence the number of surveys you get from Google. Just continue using the Google products such as Google Maps, Youtube, Search etc. You will be able to get about 4-10 surveys a month.
The payment per survey varies on multiple factors such as the answers and number of questions. The lowest I have got in India is about Rs.3 and the highest is about Rs.30.
The points earned from Google Opinion Rewards can be used on Google Play store to redeem against app purchases, monthly payments, movies, books or music.