Can You Really Get Paid To Test Apps And Games

You may find offers on the internet, suggesting that you can get paid doing “app testing”.

Initially you may reject an offer like this, since it may not be clear that you can get paid, just for sitting and playing games or using an app.

While there are many other scam offers on the internet, testing of apps is actually a real opportunity.

Companies actually need people to play their games and use their apps, to have any errors and bugs ironed out.

If a game is boring and full of errors or an app is buggy and lacking features, it will have no chance to bring back the money invested in making the app.
So the companies need us to test their apps and give them feedback and error reports.

This actually means, that there is work involved, in being an app or game tester. We need to plan how to test, need to document the problems, report it to the game developer, and then when we gat a new version, we need to repeat the same test.

This is often done using survey forms, or web reporting tools, so the information gets to the companies in a way so they can act on the information.

This work can seem boring, still imagine you can get your hands on brand new games long before it becomes available and long before your friends even see it.
And then get paid to play the game.

How much can you earn testing apps and games? It depends on the company, on how much time you spend, on the importance of the app or game for the company. It can vary between $9 and $80 for a testing session. It is very much depending on what you will work for and what the companies are willing to pay. If your required pay is too high, then you will not find companies willing to pay, and if their offered rate is too low, they will not find anybody willing to do the testing.

Who can be a tester? Anyone really, from 15 years and up. The more experience you have in using apps and playing games will already have given you the basic knowledge you need.

How to get started, well if you have read this, you have already started. You should read more, use the search engines for information and find testing forums.

In a later article I will outline the research I did to get started.

Career In App Testing

A commonly asked question online is how to become an app tester, and specially how to be paid for doing the testing.

Often app developers offer their software as a beta version, to get the testing done for free., however the disadvantage for the developer is that the testing is not structured and thoroughly performed.

There is therefore a growing market for professional app testers.

But, what does an app tester actually do?

In short, they get an unfinished version of a game or an app and while using it, records and reports the errors to the developers.

It can sound like a great way to make money, playing games all day, but you need to realize it is actually like a job.

The app tester will have to provide a good description for each error found.

Just reporting, “it doesn’t work” is not going to get you a long term testing opportunity or good references.

An app tester must be precise, and specify under which circumstances the error have occurred. Ofteh screenshots and step by step description is required.

The pay can be quite high; however it will depend on your experiences. Expect to start with a low pay and earn your experience while testing. Then move on to a better paid opportunity.

Some testers will eventually gain so much experience that they can enter a full time career as a tester for major software houses.

How do you get started?

The first thing you should do is research the market. Search on Google for open positions in app development companies and you can have a look at sites like odesk or rentacoder .

Read any information you can online to understand what the requirements are.

Then you need to put together an application letter, with your experiences and references, more about that in a next posting.