Making money by downloading and using apps with your smartphone might seem to good to be true. AppNana seems to offer just that. Is AppNana a scam that's too good to be true or a legit product? Read on to find out.
You might have seen the advertisements that claim that you can get gift cards simply by downloading apps and playing games.
Similar to free spin-to-win apps like Lucky Day, AppNana promises a lot for a free app. So is AppNana legit or yet another scam that simply tries to get your credit card number?
Well, shortly put, AppNana is definitely not a scam and the company behind it is legit. That said it's only useful for making pocket change that you can spend on gift cards.
If that's what you're looking for, there nothing wrong with using the app. However, I'd like to point out that apps like this are time-consuming and you could use that same time to produce something that could produce life changing income. You don't have to ask me twice which opportunity I would take. How about you?
Company: AppNana Rewards
Product Name: AppNana - Free Gift Cards
Product Type: iOS and Android App that pays
Profit Potential: Minimal
My Score: 2/5
Final Verdict: AppNana is legit in the way it claims. It does pay you in gift cards if you do everything right. What isn't apparent straight away is that the commissions are very small. I think it's mainly meant for kids looking to earn a dollar or two so they can use them at game stores.
Recommended?: For making actual income? Not really. You can check my number one recommendation below.
AppNana Video Review
If you prefer video over reading, I made this short video review of AppNana that shows you how the app works and should answer most of your questions.
What Is AppNana
AppNana is an Android and iOS App that offers it's users gift cards in turn of downloading apps from the AppStore. The company behind the product is called AppNana Rewards and as far as I can tell this is their only product.
In their advertising, they say they have paid over ten million dollars in-game gift card credits to their users. What they leave out is that the average payout is likely just a few dollars.
AppNana is free to download from the Google Play Store for Android or Apple AppStore for iOS. Rather surprisingly It has a 4.4 our of 5 reviews at Play Store (I don't own an iPhone, so I didn't check AppStore) and over 10 million downloads so it's definitely a popular app with positive overall reviews.
AppNana works by offering you different tasks you can complete in exchange for their own credit called Nana.
You can then use those credits to buy gift cards or vouchers to many online stores and game platforms.
While this sounds great, you have to keep in mind that about 30 000 Nanas equals one dollar. It's a progressive scale where a higher amount of Nanas is worth more so 60 000 Nanas equals $3 dollars instead of $2.
You can earn about 2000 nanas by playing a game for 10 to 15 minutes. Or that's at least how long it took me, you might be faster. When you do the math, you can see that you would pretty much have to play the whole day to earn 5 dollars.
So how does the AppNana company make money on this? Well, I couldn't find confirmation on this but I assume they are getting paid by the companies whose apps and games are featured. I could be wrong though so this is just my speculation, not a fact.
If this is the case, the companies pay for users and downloads. Simple as that. AppNana also runs some annoying on-screen ads but I would bet that's not their main source of income
The app is fairly straight forward to use (I'll show you in the next chapter) and you will get the hang of it soon. It's in fact so easy to use and earn "Nanas" that it can be addictive.
Not surprising really, when you consider many of these smartphone apps are designed with the same addiction inducing principles as slot machines for example. Now this just my experience, and I'm not claiming AppNana is trying to make you into a smartphone addict.
It's simple psychology. Your brain can't make the distinction between 30 000 dollars and 30 000 Nanas even though you seemingly can.
In my opinion, using inflated credits as payments instead of actual money is the oldest trick in the book. They do this at casino slot machines as well. All the flashing lights, music and huge numbers are just designed to pump dopamine into your brain. Another reason why I can't recommend using apps like these.
How Does AppNana Work
Let's look at how exactly AppNana works in practice. After you install the App, you are taken to the main screen that looks like this:
As you can see the front page shows the Rewards you can buy with your hard-earned Nanas. You can choose different countries but in the United States at the time of writing this review, you can get gift cards for:
- Google Play
- Nintendo eShop
If you click the "How it works" banner it shows the following four steps:
- Register (10 000 nanas)
- Open Nana Offers. Finish Taska & Earn Nanas
- Get Enough Nanas and you can redeem rewards.
- (Another time) Register for 10 000 nanas.
I guess they really want to emphasize you to register, so it's stated twice.
From the main page top menu you can find two additional pages named "Get Nanas" and "Invite". When you click get Nanas you are taken to the tasks page that looks like this:
As you can see from the picture alone there are tons of different tasks you can complete to earn nanas. There are mainly three types of tasks:
- Installing and launching apps
- Playing games to a certain level
- Following Instagram channels
There might be more options if you use the app more. I didn't use very long to be honest.
Naturally playing games for several levels is much more time consuming than downloading an app and launching it, so the payouts are relative to the time investment.
The last page is the invite page where you can find your invitation code. The invitation code is kind of like an affiliate link. You can copy it and send to your friends or share wherever you want. Well not of course everywhere, only where it's allowed so don't claim I gave you permission to spam it to Reddit or something like that.
If someone joins AppNana and uses your invitation code, you will earn a commission of 2,500 nanas. They will get the same amount so it's a win-win situation that encourages the users to invite their friends.
How To Make Money With AppNana
So how should you use AppNana to actually earn some significant money? Well, first I have to remind you that you will earn gift cards, not actual money.
That said, at least in the US you can use Nanas to get PayPal gift cards that are essentially money.
Here are my tips to make the most with AppNana:
- Open the app every day. You earn 400 points by opening the app every day. All you have to do is to open the app so as not much of trouble. But do consider the fact that it's about one cent if even that.
- Play games. If you enjoy playing mobile games, focus on the ones with the largest payouts. Not truly worth your time unless you actually enjoy playing the games and would do it anywais.
- Invite other people to the app. This is a much more profitable way if you have the correct networks. If you can invite 100 people, you will make 25 000 nanas. While that might seem much remember it's less than a dollar. Not really worth pissing people off by pitching them your code in my books.
Why You Shouldn't Use AppNana
In my opinion, the only reason you should be using AppNana is for reverse engineering how it works or if you actually enjoy the playing content in it.
You can't earn any significant money with it in reasonable time frame, so there are many more profitable ways to spend your time online. You could literally earn a hundred times the amount for your time by doing simple Fiverr gigs or other freelance work. You could also spend the time building an actual online business.
In my opinion the problem with apps like these is that they are potentially addictive, time-consuming and they shifts your focus away from the important things. Any time you spend using the app is time you could use to either build a business, work or do something you actually enjoy.
You have limited mental resources and using them on mobile apps and PTC sites drains them. You will not likely learn any new skills, not any that can help you in real life or help you make a profit at least.
While sharing your link might offer seeming value to your friends you are not actual providing any real value. You are just sucking other people to the time-consuming app even though you are both earning a small Nana commission. Use your time to do something more productive.
The best way to earn money in this world is by providing people with solutions and answers to their problems. This way you add value to their life, get a feeling of accomplishment and get compensated. In my opinion AppNana doesn't really achieve this.
So please, if you don't take anything else away from this review, consider this: Use your time wisely by doing things that add value to the world.
Is AppNana Trustworthy? (Do they actually pay you)
From my research absolutely, AppNana will deliver the gift cards you pay with your earned Nanas. If you go through the comments it becomes apparent that many people are not getting answers from their customer support.
There is the point to make that they might not have much interest to take care of customer service as they are getting paid themselves but on the other hand, if they don't payout, no one would use the app. That's why I think it's simply a case of misunderstood directions.
What People Like About AppNana
I think one of the best ways to get information on a smartphone app is to go over the comment in Play Store to see what people have to say about the app.
I went over a lot of the 5 and 4-star reviews and there were these recurring things that people seemed to like about the app:
- Really fun to use
- They actually pay the gift cards
- Gift cards arrive in time
- You can earn some points 5 minutes a day
What People Dislike About AppNana
Here are some of the things people said in the one-star reviews:
- Some users aren't receiving their gift cards
- Couldn't contact support
- The task that was supposed to be completed wasn't there
- Does not payout
AppNana - Q&A
Q: Why Am I Not Getting Paid by AppNana?
A: To get paid on AppNana, it has to be the first download of that app on your device or account. If you have downloaded the same app before downloading AppNana, you will not be credited for the download.
There also seems to be some issues with not every user getting credited for their downloads. You can try contactin their support for a resolution.
Q: Is AppNana free?
A: Yes, AppNana is free to download in the Google Play Store. Keep in mind though that using it is very time consuming and can be addictive. You will definitely not be compensated very well for your lost time so please don't use this App thinking you are earning any significant income.
Q: Can I get the Nanas as money?
A: As far as I can tell, at least in the US you can get PayPal gift cards which you can turn into cash fairly easily. You need to earn a minimum of 45 000 to get a $2 dollar gift card. That's from a day of work, just sayin'.
Globally they only pay you in gift vouchers. That said it doesn't require much imagination to turn Amazon gift cards into cash but it does take work and you will not likely make any real profit.
Q: Can I make money with AppNana hack?
Q: How to install AppNana
A: You can download AppNana on your smartphone from either Google Play Store or the Apple Store depending on if you are using an Android or an Apple device. Just got the store, search for AppNana and click install and you are good to go.
There you have it, my take on the AppNana software. Is it a scam? Definitely not. Is it legit? Sort of. Can you make money with it? A little bit.
I can think of 20 better options from the top of my head for earning money online.
AppNana is definitely not a scam but it's also not a way to make significant money using your smartphone. The payouts are simply too small.
If you for some odd reason enjoy spending your time downloading and launching apps and playing several mobile games, AppNana might be a perfect match for you as you can earn a few coins while doing what you do anyway.
That said, I think AppNana is definitely not a good way to produce an income online. If you think of earning two dollars for half a day of work, I have a hint for you: You are definitely undervaluing your time.
The online world is just full of opportunities to make money these days so, in my opinion, it's stupid to spend your time in something like this. I understand real gaming as I do it myself. But using hours of your time on some app to get a few gift card dollars? Really?
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