App Review: Sweatcoin

The physical and mental benefits of walking every day are numerous—but if an app is offering to add to the benefits by paying me for walking, I’m all for it.  So, from time to time, I’ll try out another cash-for-walking app, to see if it’s worth the space it takes up on my phone.

I’ve had several friends ask me about Sweatcoin.  It’s an app that pops up in my feed from time to time—so it was one of the first apps that I downloaded in my quest to find one that’s worthwhile.

Sweatcoin is a step counter app that offers rewards for walking.  It tracks your steps in the app and also offers a few additional ways to earn coins—including a daily boost that gives you bonus points for 20 minutes of activity every day.  It simply runs in the background, tracking your steps and adding to your Sweatcoin balance.  Unlike other apps, you aren’t required to log in daily and watch ads to bank your coins, so it’s all pretty effortless.

Once you’ve built up your coins, you have a few different options for cashing them in.  You can bid on actions, shop for a variety of offers or products, or donate your coins to different charities.  But while this may seem like a lot of different ways to earn some bonuses for your steps, I found the options to be highly disappointing.  In order to win any of the auctions, you need to build up an enormous balance—and the “shopping” options are actually just trial offers or discounts on products or services.  They seem to amount to little more than promotional offers that you could probably get elsewhere for free.

It seems that, in order to get any real value from steps, users need to pay for the premium subscription—which costs $4.99 per month or $24.99 per year.  This allows subscribers to earn coins more quickly, to earn an unlimited number of coins every day, and to access to additional marketplace offers.

While Sweatcoin is relatively user-friendly, then, its options for earning anything of value are extremely limited with the free version.  So unless you want to take your chances on the premium membership, this one isn’t really worth downloading.

– Tracks steps without requiring ad views
– Extra opportunities for earning coins 
– A variety of ways to use coins

– Auctions require a whole lot of coins
– Additional offers are discounts or promotions
– No way to cash in points for free products and/or gift cards

To learn more about Sweatcoin, visit


Kristin has been hitting the trail (or the treadmill) for a walk almost every day for the past several years, and she recently completed her first half marathon. She loves sunny fall days, cushy walking shoes, and coconut caramel iced coffee from Dunkin.

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *