Did you know around 65 billion text messages are sent each year in the UK? And that’s just SMS – we’re not even talking about WhatsApp and other messaging services! (source)
I’ll bet a fair few of them find their way to your phone.
Did you know you can get paid to text?
This post will show you a few different ways you can get paid to text in the UK. We’ll look at how you can make money sending and receiving text messages, and by working as a text chat operator.
These opportunities won’t make you rich, but they can be a fun way to earn extra money with little effort.
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Get paid to receive messages
There are a few different apps that pay you just to receive text messages! That’s right, you don’t have to reply, or even read the texts.
This is because mobile network operators all over the world need to test the deliverability of their SMS services. These apps work with the networks to test that text messages are being sent and received correctly.
You just need to download the apps on your phone and enter your details. Then you wait to receive messages.
Earn money by receiving text messages
The messages are typically just a bunch of random letters and numbers. The app reads the code and sends the data back to their server. According to the apps, they only access the texts with their code (not your private messages).
You only get paid a few pennies per text. So it definitely won’t make you rich. But it is incredibly passive – as long as you can stand receiving loads of nonsense texts!
Apparently, you can increase the number of texts you get over time by making sure you’re always connected to the app and with good phone coverage.
Here are a few apps that let you get paid to receive text messages. These only work on Android phones – I couldn’t find any equivalents for iPhones, sorry:
Money SMS app pays €0.02 per message. They send out messages every 24 hours.
Once your balance reaches €2, you can withdraw your money by PayPal, WebMoney or BitCoin.
They also have a referral program, so you can make extra money by introducing your friends.
SMS Profit state that they pay between $0.01 and $0.06, but according to other reviews the average is $0.02. You should receive at least one message every 24 hours.
You can cash out once your balance reaches $2. Payment methods are PayPal or Bitcoin.
McMoney pays around $0.051 per text. You should get one every 2-3 days.
The payment threshold is $5.00 and they pay by Paypal.
McMoney also has a refer-a-friend program.
Get paid to answer text messages
There are a few different sites and apps that pay you to answer text messages. It depends on your skills and experience.
1Q is a market research company that texts you survey questions and pays you to answer!
It pays $0.25 for every question you answer. They’re mostly multiple choice, so it doesn’t take long.
And the best part is, it pays out instantly to your PayPal. No more waiting months until you reach some impossible payment threshold – you literally get paid in seconds.
In my experience, I only get a few messages each month, and sometimes don’t hear anything for weeks. So we’re not talking big money here. But it literally takes seconds. And it all helps!
The ‘AQA’ in AQA 63336 stands for ‘Any Question Answered’. This is a service where people can text their questions and receive an answer by text message. They occasionally hire researchers who get paid to answer the text messages.
Once upon a time you could make a few £100 each month working for 63336 and similar companies. Nowadays, obviously, these services are not as popular as they once were, now that everyone has a smartphone and internet access. But researching this article, I found that AQA 63336 is still active in 2021.
The problem is that they don’t recruit in large numbers any more. The website states that they are hiring, but many recent applicants say they never heard back.
So don’t get your hopes up. But if the work sounds interesting to you, it’s worth reaching out to them – you might get lucky.
Apply by sending your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have special professional knowledge thanks to your job? JustAnswer is one way to make extra cash by messaging with people who have quick questions on your area of expertise.
There are no set hours on JustAnswer. Simply log in on your mobile or computer whenever you like and see what questions people are asking. Then you can message the user back through the app.
Here are some of the people who can make money answering questions on JustAnswer:
- computer technicians
- medical professionals
- tax specialists
It’s a US company but they also recruit experts from the UK and elsewhere. You’ll get paid each month via PayPal.
Fibler is another app that pays you to respond to messages on your area of expertise.
You’ll need a specific area of knowledge to join Fibler, and you’ll have to provide proof of your qualifications when you sign up. Some examples of people who can make money texting on Fibler are:
- legal experts
- certifiable specialists in any area
After you sign up and create your profile, users can search for experts and contact you to get their questions answered.
As well as text chat, you can choose to answer questions by voice or video call.
You set your own rates per message or minute of video call.
Get paid to text chat UK
The most common way to get paid to text chat is working for adult text lines.
Ok, it’s not for everyone! Feel free to skip this section if the idea makes you blush.
You need to be open minded, not easily offended and have a good sense of humour.
Of course, it goes without saying that you’ll need to be over 18 (legit companies will ask for ID). And you’ll also need a decent typing speed.
Adult text chat operator jobs
Here are some companies hiring for adult text chat operator jobs in the UK:
- Operador Chat
All of the above companies let you remain completely anonymous. There is no requirement to send photos or personal information. In fact, you’ll often be texting as a pretend character, taking shifts with other text operators!
These companies hire men and women. You get paid per message, so the faster you can type and respond, the more you can earn.
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How much money can you make texting?
The companies that pay you to receive text messages don’t pay very much, and you won’t get a huge volume of messages. Realistically, you won’t earn more than a couple of pounds per month with these.
You might decide it’s not worth it. But on the other hand, it takes zero effort from you, so it’s basically money for nothing!
If you combine these with a few other money making apps, the money can start to add up.
The most profitable way to get paid to text is with adult text chat. This won’t make you rich either, but it’s possible to make a good few hundred pounds a month part time.
It’s difficult to say exactly how much you will earn because they pay per message, not per hour. So it depends on your typing and response speed.
Of course, you’ll get quicker over time. And some of them even increase your rate as you get more experienced.
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