InstaGC- Passive Income (for an Ipad)

Several years ago the school I work at received a grant that gave 50 Ipad’s to it’s teachers.  I was one of the ones who was lucky enough to receive one.  The Ipad worked great for 2 years, but gradually (as ios updated) has become slower and slower.  At this point the thing is nearly unusable.  It’s been sitting on a shelf for the better part of the last year.

I’ve wanted to add it to my passive income stream but hadn’t been able to find a program which would reliably run on it. However, a couple of days ago I found a program called InstaGC.  I had looked at InstaGC several months ago but at that point there weren’t any truly passive ways to make income.  I don’t want to fill out surveys.  I don’t want to complete offers.  I don’t want to bother with inputting a code when it’s emailed to me.  I want to set my device up and promptly forget about it.

But now, InstaGC ALMOST fits this bill.

InstaGC has instituted an option to be paid points to watch videos. For every 5 videos you watch you’ll receive 1 point.  100 points is equivalent to $1.00. You’ll find this option under the “earn / videos” tab on the website. (I’m hesitant to link directly to the page because I’ve heard stories of people being banned for linking directly to that page. It’s located at https://www.instagc.com/earn/ if you want to copy and paste that into your browser.)

Here’s the thing though, after accruing 5-10 points the video player will need to be refreshed. Effectively this means about every 45 minutes to an hour the device will stop earning points and need to be refreshed. My workaround for this is that I’ve moved my Ipad to a an unobtrusive spot that I walk by several times a day and every time I walk by it I spend the extra 3 seconds it takes to refresh the page (whether it needs to be refreshed or not).  So far I’m remembering to do this 5 or 6 times a day and in so doing am averaging about 50 points (50 cents) per day.  Not great and not totally passive but at least I’ve found something that the Ipad can sort of do.

Let me make this clear, the only thing as of right now I’m suggesting you run InstaGC on are ios devices that nothing else will work on. There are better options for nearly everything else.

At this point I’ve been using InstaGC for a total of 3 days and have just over 160 points.  Once I’ve been running the program for a month I’ll post a follow up with my overall results.

 

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S’more – Passive Lockscreen App

smore1The S’more Lockscreen App might be my favorite passive income app.

I have always had a lockscreen on my smartphone that would require me to swipe up to unlock the phone. The S’more Lockscreen App requires me to swipe up to unlock my phone. It literally requires me to do EXACTLY what I was ALREADY doing!

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And for the trouble of doing exactly what I was already doing they’ll pay me 10 cents a day to keep this app installed on my phone. Technically the award me 10 points a day and I can trade those points in for Amazon Gift Cards.The first withdrawal requires 150 points after that each withdrawal can be made at 100 points.  The codes are sent immediately to the email address used to sign up for the account and those codes can be applied to you Amazon account as soon as they’re received.

Now 10 cents a day isn’t going to fund my retirement, but it is an extra ~$35 a year for doing EXACTLY what I was ALREADY doing.  (And possibly $70 if I decide to install this on my wife’s phone.)

I don’t know whether I should install this on my wife’s phone. I love this app so much I don’t want to run the chance of having my account banned.  According to the TOS you can have 1 device per account but you can also have multiple accounts. I know that several people have multiple accounts running but I also know that several who have multiple accounts that have them all banned. According to what I’ve read what triggered the bans were redeeming these accounts all on the same day.

This is an android only app.  IOS devices are out of luck as Apple doesn’t want 3rd parties to have access to the lock screen.

If you have an Android phone, I can not recommend theS’more Lockscreen App enough.

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Passive Income – EarnHoney

earnhoney earnhoney is AWESOME!

earnhoney.com truly embodies the term “passive income”.  Like many other reward sites earnhoney offers you the ability to complete offers, attempt surveys, play games, etc… in exchange for doing this they pay you in their virtual currency called Honey Dollars.  Honey Dollars can then be converted for Amazon Gift Cards or deposited into a verified PayPal account. (The exchange rate is 100 HD = $1.00)

That being said, I don’t consider any of the aforementioned activities to be passive.

Where earnhoney shines is by letting you “watch” videos and in so doing earn Honey Dollars.  And by “watch” I mean turn it on and forget about it.

There are numerous video streams available, some of which promise 15 HD per hour.  While I wasn’t ever able to reach that level after quite a bit of trial and error I was able to get an OLD laptop earning 11 HD per hour.  I don’t doubt that with a reasonably up to date machine that 15 HD per hour threshold might be reached.

Regardless, I set the laptop up in what I thought was the optimal configuration and decided to let it run for 5 days.

Over that 5 day period we lost internet connectivity twice (router reset) and checking the logs it looks as if the videos weren’t being played for about 12 hours. I checked the power draw on the laptop on day 3 and it was pulling 32 Watts which means over the course of the trial it used ~60 cents worth of electricity while earning $10.72 netting just over $10 while requiring about 10 minutes worth of maintenance.

Obviously I’m not sure if this 5 day stretch was an anomaly but it was very promising. I’m hopeful that at the end of the month by “watching” videos on earnhoney I will have earned $60 nearly entirely passively.

You’re currently limited to one device per account (I’d be willing to bet it’s one device per IP) however in the near future they will have an android app available (it’s currently in late beta). At that point you’ll be able to run earnhoney on two different devices which should equate to an earnings bump, but that’s yet to be seen.

I tested the program on an Ipad 2 and while the videos would play the ads would not and as such no HD were earned. I also tried earning with a Raspberry Pi 2 using Raspbian and Debian, but both were plagued by crashes.  Maybe a Pi 3 could handle it. My laptop is a single core Celeron 2.3GHz with 3GB of Ram.

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