If you’re looking to earn extra money, you might’ve recently come across testerup as an option. The app has been trending lately and claims to be a legitimate way to earn cash by testing apps, surveys, games and more.
However, as with many survey apps and websites, some of these claims come with stipulations or are generally untrue. Survey apps can make for great side hustles, but only if they actually intend to pay users for their work.
To save you time–and peace of mind–our team decided to put testerup up to the test (poor wordplay intended). We downloaded the app, reviewed it and we’re here to deliver our honest opinions about what you can expect.
Here’s what you need to know about earning extra money on testerup.
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What is testerup?
Testerup is an app that claims to pay users if they complete surveys or play games for a long enough amount of time.
The app was developed in Hamburg, Germany, and has recently caught the attention of individuals who want to earn extra money. It was initially released on May 24, 2022.
How we tested the legitimacy of testerup
Our team used an Apple iPhone to download and use testerup. The testerup app is also available to download on the Google Play store.
At the time of publishing, the Apple App Store reviews have testerup at 4 stars out of 5, with 5,000 reviews. Google Play store reviews rank testerup at 4.3 stars out of 5, with 35,000 reviews and more than a million downloads.
How to sign up for testerup
Signing up for testerup was relatively easy. After downloading the app, new users input their email address and confirm a password. After verifying your email address, users become verified members and are directed to the main page of the app.
New testerup users start with 0 earned credits and can only be paid out after earning 70 USD. However, upon review, we never found an area to enter payout information. Meaning, we don’t believe there are any payouts coming from testerup.
How to earn money on testerup?
Upon signing up, we found there were numerous offers that claimed to pay users money in the app. The way testerup apparently works is it pays users to take surveys or test games.
The app claims that after sharing your location and data from your phone, it can verify how far you’ve gotten in a certain game or app and pay you for it. The further you go, the more you’re supposed to earn.
When we signed up, there were 23 offers available that could allegedly earn up to $1,496.50 USD. Different offers allowed users to earn varying amounts of money. Sounded like a lot of money, but also seemed to good to be true.
After clicking on the game “Coin Master: Build your village,” the app allowed us to see details about the game and a YouTube trailer as well. It also provided the amount we’d be able to earn by playing the game, which was $185 in this case. Still seems too good to be true, right?
After agreeing to the terms of the game, we were directed to a page about how to install the game, and that’s when things got sketchy.
Upon review, we learned that to earn the $185, we had to reach Village level 4. Inherently, that doesn’t sound too difficult, but a quick progress screenshot showed us that users only earned $3.50 at Village level 4 and $40 at Village level 160.
Additionally, we were told we had to enable activity tracking in our phone’s settings so the app can track our activity across companies’ apps and websites. That was a hard pass.
Is testerup a legitimate way to make money?
In short, no, testerup is not a legitimate way to earn money. From our findings, there are only a few unverified reports online about users receiving their $70 payouts, but they are sketchy and likely created by the company.
Even with all of the reviews on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, most of the positive ones are extremely generic. Conversely, the negative reviews are extremely specific about how users wasted their time on the app.
In our opinion, testerup seems like a platform for a German company to track users’ information by flaunting a payout that will never happen. We came to this conclusion by considering the many screens ask users to share their data and information before being able to actually play a game or take a survey.
When it comes to taking surveys for money, users don’t have to beat 160 levels to get paid. Also, there are no verified payout/payment methods on the site, so it’s a wonder how anyone’s getting paid at all (they likely aren’t).
Verified, legitimate survey websites
While testerup is not a legitimate or well-known survey website, that doesn’t mean survey sites don’t exist. We’ve tested–and been paid by–many online survey sites.
Instead of using testerup to make easy money from online surveys, we suggest these verified sites:
All three of those platforms have been verified by us–and many others–to actually pay you for taking surveys. Also, if you’re looking for additional verified platforms for making extra money, try looking on Reddit for side hustles, specifically at the r/beermoney subreddit.
Are all survey-taking websites a scam?
No, not all survey-taking websites are scams. However, there are several that claim to pay users for their work and never have. These apps and websites are just harvesting user data.
How to tell if a survey website is real?
When evaluating survey websites and apps, there are a few tests we like to use. The first is locating a payout method. Most survey platforms that are real encourage you to fill out your payout method early, sometimes before ever earning a dollar. Also, the need to provide your mobile device’s information and data access is another huge red flag we look for.