Earn Money Just Walking Around | Panel App Review


If you’re anything like me, you are never far from your smartphone. Everywhere you go it’s in your pocket, in your purse, or perpetually glued to your hand.

Sound familiar? If you are BFF’s with your smartphone, you should consider downloading the Panel app. It’s a rewards app that lets you earn cash and prizes by just walking around with your phone. That’s it. No games to play, no videos to watch, no long involved rules to follow. Okay, there are occasional, super short surveys to take, but those are optional! Of all the money-earning apps I use this one is the easiest!

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Here’s my review of the Panel app by Placed, Inc.

Simple To Use

Panel is available on both Android and iPhone. It is a free app.

Using Panel is simple – download the free app, and follow the directions for turning on your location services. Then carry on with life! You earn points for every day that you have the app on your phone.

Panel collects data on your location as you move about. Points accumulate daily. Every few days, you may receive a survey. The surveys are very basic, just asking you to choose where you were at a certain date and time, from a list of multiple choices.

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These were hilarious to do at first, because I am such a sleep deprived mom. Where was I Tuesday at 10 am? I have NO CLUE! πŸ˜‰ Eventually I did notice that they include a small map at the top of the survey so I could easily identify my location. Also, some surveys may ask if you made a purchase at a particular location. It took the Panel app about 5 surveys about whether I bought cat food while I was at Walmart to register that I do not currently have a cat. Complete the surveys and you earn bonus points!

Choose Your Reward

Earn points, then redeem them for the reward of your choice, or enter a sweepstakes.

My first reward from the Panel app was a $2 PayPal payment. Yep, THAT $2. πŸ™‚ $2 seems minor, but I literally didn’t do anything other than carry my phone around, which I always do anyway!

Panel recently moved from PayPal payments to VISA giftcard payments, which is still a great option. You can also redeem points for Amazon.com, iTunes, and the Google Playstore.

It’s Not For You If …

There are a few things about the Panel app that might not be for everyone. Since Panel uses GPS and the app needs to run constantly in the background, it will wear down your phone’s battery as the day goes on. If you’re not great about remembering to charge your phone, you might want to skip this one!

Panel tracks your location, for the purposes of analyzing data. For some, this is a little too “big brother.” Opt out at any time by uninstalling the app.

Have you tried the Panel app?

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  1. I like it when money magically appears in my Paypal account! $2 for doing nothing sounds nice. This app is interesting.
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  2. I prefer to meditate when I walk around, but I have to admit that this looks interesting. After all, don’t we all always look for a new ways to earn some pocket money? πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!
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  3. Thanks for the review. I’ve never run across the Panel app. I’m going to look into it further.
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  4. Wow…so cool! I’m downloading it now!
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  5. that seems too good to be true!
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  6. LOL you read my mind – that’s so big brother to me πŸ˜‰
    But what a great way to earn rewards by doing absolutely nothing. not my cuppa, but definitely someone’s.
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  7. What an interesting way to make a little extra money. I am going to have to try this. I wouldnt complain about free money.
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  8. I’ve never used this app, but use ShopKick a lot. I think they are similar. πŸ™‚

  9. I am going to have to look into this a little more closely.
    This might be just the right thing for me to earn a little extra spending cash! Every penny counts right πŸ˜‰
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  10. I had no idea there was such an app. Not sure if it’s too Big Brother to me, but I’m definitely thinking about it. I kind of like the idea of getting paid to walk around and do things I have to do anyway. Hmmm…
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  11. I’ve never heard of the Panel App. I’ll have to check it out now. You have me intrigued!
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  12. Wow! What a neat concept. I’m definitely up for earning money for just walking around!
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  13. Sounds like an interesting app, I’ll check it out, thanks!
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  14. I’m one of those dinosaurs who doesn’t have a smart phone. Also, does this eat up data if you pay for data by use rather than a flat fee?
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    • You know what RAnn, I’m not sure! πŸ™‚ We have a family plan that includes unlimited data so that’s not something I have considered!

  15. Downloading it now! Thanks for the suggestion!
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  16. Oooh! This is definitely something for me to check out!

  17. Hi Erin! I can’t keep up with all the apps that are available but this one at least gives you something back. Thanks for sharing with us at #OvertheMoon and have a lovely week.
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    • Isn’t it crazy how many apps there are Sue? I can never keep up either but I like to share the ones I enjoy πŸ™‚

  18. Haha! Yes, my phone would be dead each night. I actually don’t use a smart phone – mine’s incredibly dumb – but if I did this would be a great idea! Easy money. πŸ™‚
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  19. Wow, I’d never heard of this one. I wonder who pays them to compile the data about where you’ve been? Cuz they have to be making money somehow, in order to pay you… Thanks for linking up at Frugal Friday! πŸ™‚
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  20. I downloaded this app recently and thought that it was a little intrusive. But then again I have a pretty boring life. Anyone that collects data from me would fall asleep. Still wondering when it will pay out though.

    • I’m pretty boring too Melanie! πŸ˜‰ It was a few months to my first pay out. I didn’t mind though, since I didn’t have to do much to earn!

  21. Erin, I downloaded the app as soon as I read your post. I don’t care about Big Brother, they really want to know what I’m up to then they can find out. I’m sure they already know as there are cameras everywhere. And they can track my phone whenever they want to and I wouldn’t know about it. So if they want the information I might as well earn some money to allow them to Snoop around in my stuff. Right? It was easy to set up, so far I have a 175 points. I’ll take it, free money is my bag. Thanks for letting me know about it.
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  22. Well, I still have a dumb phone, but I’m making a note of this app in case I can send it off to college one day and make it smart – I love earning easy money! Thanks for joining us at #FridayFrivolity this week!

  23. I’ve tried the Panel app before. Had no idea it was tracking physical activity too. Makes me think I should maybe set it up again and go for a walk. Maybe… πŸ˜‰
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  24. This sounds really cool and I just downloaded it! I don’t worry about Big Brother…they’d probably think I was pretty boring anyway (she’s going to Walmart, again???) LOL! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Share The Wealth Sunday! xoxo
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