Out of all the desktop and mobile application categories, few remain so steadily at the top of the most popular as passive income apps.
It’s hardly surprising – who wouldn’t want to make money by using an app on their laptop or smartphone, which they probably spend hours on as it is?
Needless to say, it’s also a category where you need to be careful since there are a lot of scammers around.
That’s precisely why this week, we’re trying out an app called Honeygain that lets you earn by sharing your excess internet bandwidth. We’ll check whether it’s a legit way to make money online – and whether it really is as effortless as it says.
While we had heard of Honeygain before, we hadn’t tried it ourselves. Nevertheless, news headlines reminded us about the app a few weeks ago, when it was publicly announced Honeygain’s partnering up with an online work platform JumpTask. Interested in what they’re about to offer with their forces joined, we decided to give it a closer look.
What instantly boosts Honeygain’s reliability is its experience; as of now, the app has been on the market for close to three years. During its time in the industry, the company worked to accommodate as many users as they could, introducing apps for Windows, macOS, Linux (Docker), Android, and rather recently – iOS. In addition, they offer multiple payout options: PayPal, Bitcoin, and JumpToken (since the partnership with JumpTask launched).
Honeygain doesn’t share exact user stats, except for the fact that they currently have users in 150+ countries and regions. However, they certainly have a massive following on various social networks and active user communities on Reddit and Discord. We were even able to find dozens of people sharing their payment proofs on socials, which makes it all seem pretty legit.
How Honeygain Works
If you haven’t tried Honeygain before, here’s a quick explanation of the concept:
- Users run the app on their devices, thus sharing their extra internet bandwidth with Honeygain. They can use their device as usual while the app is running.
- Honeygain uses said bandwidth to operate a crowdsourced web intelligence network and rent out access to it to their business clients so they can quickly and safely gather the publicly available web information they need for processes like ad verification or brand protection campaigns
- Honeygain shares part of their profits with their users to compensate them for participating and sharing their internet bandwidth
The standard rate is 1,000 Honeygain credits ($1) for every 10GB. You can also earn 6 credits/hour on top of this if you’re residing in one of the 41 countries that have Content Delivery feature available (desktop devices only). You can also make some extra credits by inviting new users to join with your referral code, playing the daily lottery for active users called Lucky Pot, or participating in weekly contests on Honeygain’s social media pages. You can request your payout as soon as you collect 20,000 credits ($20).
What’s New Since the New Partnership
When Honeygain announced it’s partnering up with JumpTask, two main changes appeared on the app. First, as we mentioned, JumpToken (JMPT) appeared as a new payout option. This token is the main currency on JumpTask’s ecosystem.
Another (and far more significant) change is the new JumpTask mode that you can switch from in your web dashboard or your Android app. The difference is, you need to connect your crypto wallet to it – and once you do, you will start earning in JMPT instead of credits, and you’ll be able to transfer them to your crypto wallet with a single click anytime – the $20 threshold will not apply. You’ll also only pay the gas fee (typically around a dozen cents) instead of the steep PayPal or Bitcoin transaction fees.
In the ten or so days we used Honeygain, we managed to make $8.84. This includes the limited-time 50% bonus that currently applies to everyone using the new JumpTask mode, and we must also note we were using 4 devices (two laptops and two smartphones; each user is permitted up to 10 active devices). Clearly, we’re not about to quit our jobs just yet – but a little extra money for Netflix or Starbucks never hurts, especially when you don’t have to do anything to get it.
To start earning with Honeygain, you need to register, for which you’ll only be asked to enter your email and create a password. Then, download the app on your device(s), sign in using those same credentials, and leave the app running. We were happy to see the app didn’t just not ask for questionable permissions – it literally asked for NONE. The team clearly has security on their minds (they also have required 2-factor authentication for payouts and an Anti-Cheat system that detects suspicious activity and kills it in its tracks).
To sum it up, Honeygain seems like a safe and effortless way to make a little money on the side. We’re vouching it’s legit – and let’s be honest, we could all use an extra buck or two in our pockets.