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Sweatcoin is an app that monitors the physical steps you take each day and converts those into fictional sweatcoins. The aim is to promote physical activity by rewarding the user for it. Rather than converting to actual money, sweatcoins are redeemable from Sweatcoin’s partner sites, usually via discounts on products, but only on ones that they’re partnered with. A thousand outdoor steps convert to 0.95 sweatcoins. Not only are sweatcoins redeemable for goods, but you can also donate your sweatcoins to various partner charities through the app.
Bang for Your Buck Score:1.5/3
If you’re looking for a quick payout, this is not the app for you. In reality, you make only about 10 cents a day. The idea is to build up sweatcoins over a long period of time for serious payouts. For example, there’s a cap for how many sweatcoins you can earn a day unless you pay a subscription charge to up that cap (payable in sweatcoins).
A lot of the bigger prizes require you to have been a member for at least a year or 18 months in order to claim them. For example, Sweatcoin has the iPhone XS for SWC 20,000.
You can earn SWC 20 per day, maximum, for steps, but the level you need to be at costs you SWC 30 per month to be there. You can also earn a daily bonus of about SWC 15 per week. Basically if you cancelled the extra cost and the bonus, you could say nearly 1,000 days–or years and months.
Basically, it would take an extremely active user nearly three years to earn enough coins to win the iPhone by our math.
If you walk a lot in your day-to-day life or want an excuse to walk more, this app costs nothing to use. Plus, you’ll earn sweatcoins in the background for something you do anyway. No instant gratification, but satisfying nonetheless.
Ease of Use Score:2.5/3
The app is clear and straightforward, and signing up is relatively easy. You must give access to your phone’s pedometer and location services, but you can opt out of receiving push notifications.
You have to leave the app running at all times and carry your phone with you. Otherwise it can’t count your steps and you won’t earn coins. There are ads from time to time, and you need to watch some of them to gain daily rewards such as an extra sweatcoin. Sweatcoin remembers the previous amount of sweatcoins in your wallet, even if you delete the app.
Sweatcoin has a generally positive reputation. Out of 36,700 reviews in Apple’s App Store, it has a 4.4 out of five rating. It’s the third highest app in the Health and Fitness category. Plus, it’s been positively reviewed in Forbes, Reuters, the Daily Mail, and more.
Sweatcoin is not rated by the Better Business Bureau.
Customer Service Score:1.5/3
The email address to get in contact is easy to find on its website. In addition, it has an active Twitter account in the form of a robot, though when CentSai reached out asking what the shortest time a big prize was won in, we received no replay within two working days.
We also reached out via email. There was an automated response less than an hour later, which essentially said that they do not check their emails as often as they’d like. Within a week we did not receive a follow up. This shows they are not hugely responsive.
Twitter is often the best way to get fast replies from businesses, and Sweatcoin has taken this on board.
Depending on your personal preference and lifestyle, this may be the app for you. If you’re a big walker or runner anyway, there’s no reason why you couldn’t leave the app running in the background with you, generating sweatcoins for you. It won’t make you rich, but if you’re going to buy any of the products they partner with anyway, then it’s a win-win.