The Best Android Lock Screen Apps That Pay You Money

As you know, I’m an advocate of using our smartphones to generate passive income.

We carry our phones around everywhere we go, and often times, we even have extra smartphones collecting dust in some forgotten box or drawer.

My phone farming guide was the first post I wrote on This Online World. It highlighted how you can easily earn $40-$50 of passive income a month (or more) with just a few smartphones.

Since then, I’ve also covered other passive income website websites , fitness apps that pay, and additional ways to make money online.

Recently, I’ve started looking into some of the best lock screen apps for smartphones; especially lock screen apps that pay money.

My phone farming setup is currently stable, but after doing more reading, I’ve discovered there are a number of additional money making apps that involve using your smartphone’s lock screen.

After doing a lot of reading (and some testing), I’ve decided to compile what I’ve found into another passive income themed post.

Let’s get into it!

How do Lock Screen Apps Earn Money?

Lock screen apps earn money and reward their users by transforming the lock screen of a smartphone into an advertisement rich environment.

Lock screen apps have varying levels of intrusiveness or user interaction requirement, but in general they work like this:

  • A user downloads a lock screen app and gives the app permission/control.
  • The user’s lock screen then requires 1 of 2 things:
  • The user must watch a short video advertisement to unlock their phone.
  • Alternatively, the user must exit out of an advertisement or skip an advertisement.

Once the user has passed their lock screen, the user earns in-app credits which can be redeemed for gift cards or cash. Their phone also functions normally following the passing of the lock screen.

Some lock screen apps occasionally present surveys that users can answer to earn additional credits, but the premise is the same across all apps.

View ads before using your phone and get paid.

The Best Lock Screen Apps for Earning Money:


S`mores lockscreen app passive income

I’m going to cut to the chase and state that S`mores is the best lock screen app for earning passive income.

Most lock screen apps pay very minor amounts per unlock. This means in order to actually earn, users will have to possibly unlock their phones dozens of times within a single day and watch advertisements.

S`mores is different.

With S`mores, you are guaranteed to earn $0.10/day as long as you unlock your phone once.

You cannot earn more than $0.10/day, but if you are using lock screen apps on your phone farming devices this is irrelevant as you won’t be unlocking those devices more than once a day.

Additionally, if you use S`mores on your regular smartphone, you won’t be forced to unlock your phones dozens of times to earn your $0.10.

S`mores will also present surveys once in a while, but the guaranteed earnings is what makes S`mores the best lock screen app for earning money.

If you want to earn $36.50/year without doing anything, just install S`mores on one of your phone farming devices. If you don’t mind occasional ads, put it on your main phone.

Score: 5/5.

Earning Potential: $0.1/day.

Minimum Payout: $1.00.

Payout Options: Amazon.

Device Limit: 1. S`mores requires a unique phone number.

Available Countries: United States.

Verdict: Run S`mores on as many devices as possible (this will require several phone numbers).

Sign up for S`mores on the Google Play Store.



Fronto lockscreen app

Fronto is one of the most popular lock screen apps that pay users, and it’s not overly intrusive.

When you unlock your phone with Fronto, you can choose to swipe left or right to unlock your device.

Swiping right will unlock your phone normally, while swiping to the left will cause an advertisement to appear. This is extremely handy in case you don’t want to be bothered by an advertisement or offer.

The points you earn per swipe is varied based on the action you take. Actions can include:

  • Reading an article.
  • Unlocking your phone.
  • Downloading an app.
  • Following a company or individual on social media.

I’ve used Fronto for a few weeks, and all I ever do is unlock my device.

Unlocking your phone typically earns around 30 points, and 3,250 points = 1 dollar.

So, a phone unlock will earn roughly $0.001.

This is pretty abysmal.

However, Fronto also offers daily check in bonuses of 100, 500, or 1,000 points.

Ultimately, you won’t earn much from using Fronto, but having Fronto on one of your phone farming devices could earn some additional passive income throughout the year.

Score: 2.5/5.

Earning Potential: $0.05/day with many unlocks.

Minimum Payout: $1.00.

Payout Options: PayPal, Amazon, others.

Device Limit: 1.

Available Countries: United States, Canada.

Verdict: Install Fronto on 1 phone farming device and take advantage of the daily bonus.

Sign up for Fronto with my referral code THISO5 and earn a bonus 1,250 Fronto points when you join!

Find Fronto on the Google Play Store here.


Slidejoy lockscreen app

Sllidejoy is another immensely popular lock screen app for earning money, and it is certainly better than Fronto if you want to use it on just 1 phone farming phone or your personal device.

Slidejoy also lets you swipe left or right to check out of advertisements or learn more, and the direction of your swipe has no impact on your earnings.

One main difference with Slidejoy is that points take roughly 24 hours to sync and will appear around 12pm EST for the previous day.

How much do you earn with Slidejoy?

Well, you earn $0.20 for signing up.

Past that, it really depends on if you use your phone regularly and how the Slidejoy algorithm treats your device.

Slidejoy makes an effort to present users with tailored advertisements. They even suggest connecting through Facebook so their algorithm can figure out who you are and display targeted advertising.

Not only does this element creep me out quite substantially, but I also don’t think it’s worth it to earn a bit more money.

In any case, your earnings will vary. Some users earn $1/month, while others earn $5-$10 every month if they use Slidejoy on their personal smartphone.

Score: 3.5/5.

Earning Potential: $0.05-$0.30/day on your personal smartphone.

Minimum Payout: $2.00, and you must wait 2 weeks to cash out after you have earned money.

Payout Options: Amazon, others. They just recently removed PayPal.

Device Limit: 1.

Available Countries: United States, Canada, UK, Australia.

Verdict: Install Slidejoy on your personal phone to test it out, but prioritize S`mores lock screen (if you live in the United States).

Download Slidejoy through my referral link and help support This Online World.


Adme lockscreen app

Adme is another contender in the lock screen app family. While it’s only available in the United States, Adme remains relatively popular and a frequent lock screen app recommendation.

Adme’s lock screen offers 3 different modes: Content Feed, Fullscreen Ad, and Double Screen Feed + Ad.

All modes essentially accomplish the same thing. You view ads (or ads and text feeds) before unlocking your phone and earn money for doing so. Double Screen Feed + Ad mode pays the most but requires the most interaction, whereas Fullscreen Ad and Content Feed have reduced earnings.

Your Adme balance is updated every 24 hours, and on average, most users earn between $0.10-$0.20 a day.

Score: 2.5/5.

Earning Potential: $0.05-$0.20/day on your personal smartphone.

Minimum Payout: $10.

Payout Options: PayPal.

Device Limit: 1.

Available Countries: United States.

Verdict: Install Adme on one of your phone farming phones. It’s one of the lower paying lock screen apps and has a high minimum payout. However, the sign up bonus is nice.

Sign up for Adme and receive a $3 bonus.

Survey Cow – Lock Screen Rewards:survey cow lockscreen rewards

SurveyCow is a different form of lock screen app as it presents users with a 1 question survey before they unlock their device.

All you have to do is answer the question, and you earn Beef Points. Beef Points can be redeemed for PayPal, and it’s as simple as that.

Score: 2.5/5.

Earning Potential: $0.05-$0.20/day on your personal smartphone.

Minimum Payout: $10.

Payout Options: PayPal.

Device Limit: 1.

Available Countries: United States.

Verdict: SurveyCow also has an unfortunately high $10 minimum payout, but it might be worth putting on a phone farming device.

Sign up for SurveyCow and receive a bonus of 250 Beef Points.

Lock Screen App Earning Potential and FAQ:

How much can you earn from lock screen apps?

Truthfully, you can’t earn that much from installing lock screen apps on your personal smartphone.

However, if you’re looking to score a $5 gift card every month or so, lock screen apps can at least give you that satisfaction.

Additionally, if you are currently into phone farming, installing apps like S`mores can increase your overall earnings without adding much more work to your phone farming maintenance.

It might not seem luck much, but for every phone you successfully install S`mores on, that’s $3.10 a month. Add a few devices with Slidejoy or Fronto (for the daily bonus) and it can become a noticeable difference.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Can I use multiple lock screen apps on one phone: You can, although it will force you to go through multiple advertisements to unlock your phone.
  • Do lock screen apps drain battery life? Slightly, but there aren’t significant differences in battery life or phone performance. My phone pauses for 1 second before unlocking after using a lock screen app, but that’s it.
  • Am I eligible for these apps? Most of the lock screen apps I mentioned in this post are only available in Canada or the United States, but check the Google Play Store in your country.
  • Can’t you just unlock your phone 1,000+ times a day and make a lot of money? Lock screen apps use algorithms to determine how much you earn, and they also cap your earnings. As far as I know there isn’t a way to break this system.

My Recommendations:

Ultimately, after testing various lock screen apps I’ve decided not to use any on my personal smartphone.

Earning an extra $0.10-$0.20 a day simply isn’t worth the annoyance of dealing with advertisements.

However, I have installed Fronto and Slidejoy on 2 phone farming devices, and I will monitor how much they can make after 1 month. I suggest other phone farmers do the same and add these lock screen apps to some idle smartphones.

Unfortunately S`mores is not available for download in Canada. However, if you live in the United States I highly recommend giving S`mores a try!

That’s all for now! Thanks for reading! Be sure to subscribe to This Online World with your email if you want to receive updates the moment posts are released.


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