Observa: Earn Money via PayPal 12+

Earn money as a secret shopper


    • 4.4 • 8.1K Ratings
    • Free



Join the 400,000+ individuals who have become a secret shopper (AKA an Observer). Observa is a fun, fast, and easy way to make PayPal money.

Getting started is simple! You just head to stores, snap some photos, and answer a couple of questions. Every now and then, you’ll also speak to a store associate. That’s it! Gigs pay between 3 and 25 dollars, and you’ll usually get paid within 72 hours. This side hustle is a great way to earn money for dinner dates, movie nights, and other special occasions!


Observa has paid out more than $500,000 to Observers.
Gigs take 15-30 minutes on average.
You’ll be notified when there are new opportunities near you.
There are more than 400,000 Observers.
Opportunities are available in the United States and Canada.
You’ll usually get paid within 72 hours. Please note: this process may take longer over weekends and holidays.
Gigs pay $3-25.


Is this a legit way to make PayPal money?

Yes! Observa has been in business since 2016. Today, we work with leading brands like KIND and Beyond Meat. Observers complete opportunities at well-known retailers like Safeway, 7-Eleven, and Walmart.

Do you have opportunities outside of the United States and Canada?

Right now, the vast majority of our opportunities are currently in the United States and Canada. Observa is always working to get additional clients, in order to provide more opportunities for you to earn money.

If you turn your notifications on, you'll be notified when there are new opportunities near you. In the meantime, check out our paid photo challenges, which run every few weeks and can be completed from anywhere.

If Observa rejects an observation, is the data still sent to the customer?

Never. At Observa, we only want to pass along high-quality data to our customers, so we discard data from rejected observations. We only reject an observation if the Observer didn’t follow the instructions correctly. Right now, more than 90% of observations are accepted.


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What’s New

Version 4.5.24

We've refreshed the look and feel of the app, and updated to make use of the latest iOS features.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
8.1K Ratings

8.1K Ratings

tmsgfrs ,

Takes work!

I do love this app and I’ve had it for awhile and it has saved me many times when I was in need of pull-ups or milk , but it’s work and it’s a decent amount of work for not a lot of money. I recall one job I went to do and I was about 45 minutes into it photographing the entire laundry aisle and house cleaning products close ups mind you top to bottom side to side, when suddenly my phone died. I stood up and thought what the he— am I doing?! The job PAID SIX BUCKS. and I wasn’t even halfway through . So sometimes it’s worth it other times I say the heck with it but you guys really need to step it up with the pay. I work for companies that pay me more to make a phone call so it’s time to level the playing field don’t you think? Just my opinion but when you have to drive and use gas to get to the locations and then spend a decent amount of time inside doing the physical work using your cellular data then using more gas to get back home when it’s all said and done I’m actually losing money doing the job. I’ve stayed on hoping prices would go up but so far I haven’t seen that happen

kaaaaaast ,

Rip off nice way after almost 50 Observas completed to simply ignore every email I’ve sent

I have been using this app for months and used to love it until recently. I’ve been emailing for help for days and although they are updating the assignments no one is getting back to me. I submitted atleast five jobs that just disappeared, literally vanished after I submitted them. Never rejected never paid on. The assignments used to say recommended time window 7a-7p not stating it would be rejected outside of that window . For months I’d refer to the store hours they listed below since it was never stated anywhere about being rejected outside of the 7-7. Then one day they rejected one for the time and my other submissions vanished and now no one will respond to me nor explain where my vanished assignments went. This cost me out of pocket to complete and is very frustrating as I am a single mom and as I mentioned used to love this app. Now everything I submit disappears. I need help!!

We’ll they kept there word and paid me on every vanished submission- took them a week they did correct the mistake- Sarah whom I emailed with was not very pleasant nor was she taking the time to actually read my emails and was assuming my issue was something different when it was all said and done they actually did pay out. So other then lack of customer eloquent I’ll keep using the app as long as they keep paying upon completion. I do recommend some courses on customer service. As they say cheers!

n.c.j. money ,

Great way to make money but...

I love the app and the opportunity. However being from a very small town and knowing the stores that are being observed causes issues. I was told very rudely I might add, that I needed to take a picture of the specified cooler. Not the cooler in the picture and to provide 1 to 4 pictures if it’s not available. What the very rude reviewer didn’t understand is that the store is extremely small (which I included in the notes) and was unable to use the coolers and displays because it created a fire hazard. I included more than the minimum requested pictures which actually was the entire store. The store is only large enough to squeeze two cashiers in and a few coolers. You actually have to see it to believe it or see the pictures. Instead of the reviewer reading the entire observation notes ( would have known the store was small and the displays were banned) he advised that my entire observation was not going to be paid because I didn’t submit pictures of the requested coolers!!!!!!!! Again if something is not available you show 1-4 pictures of what’s there!!!!!! I provided what was available and never received money for it. Other than a reviewer that probably should seek anything that would make him happy the job is pretty cool. Note to the reviewer if you use google map you can actually see how small the store is!

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The developer, Observa, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • User Content
  • Identifiers

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The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info

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