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! Observations pay between 4 and 20 dollars, and you’ll get paid via PayPal or Coinbase. This side hustle is the perfect way to earn money for dinner dates, movie nights, and other special occasions!


Observa has paid out more than $500,000 to Observers.
Observations take 20 minutes on average.
You’ll be notified when there are new opportunities near you.
There’s more than 100,000 secret shoppers.
Opportunities are available in the United States and Canada.
You’ll usually get paid within 72 hours. Please note: this process may take more than 72 hours on weekends and holidays.
Make $4-20 per observation.


Is this a legit way to make PayPal money?

Yes! Observa has been in business since 2016. Today, we work with leading brands like Q Drinks and Morton & Bassett. Observers routinely perform observations at well-known retailers like Safeway, 7-Eleven, Walmart, and more!

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

Right now, the vast majority of our observations are currently in the United States and Canada. Observa is always working to get additional clients, in order to provide more opportunities for our international secret shoppers. If you turn your notifications on, you'll be notified when there are new opportunities near you. In the meantime, you should check out our paid photo challenges. We run these every few weeks, and they can be completed from anywhere.

If Observa rejects an observation, do you still send the data to the customer?

Never! Observa only wants 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. Observa wants to accept observations, because we both lose money and time whenever an observation is rejected. Right now, more than 90% of observations are accepted.

Can I really use Observa to earn Bitcoin?

Totally! As a company, we think that crypto is cool! Observa uses Coinbase, so you can actually get paid in your preferred cryptocurrency. Coinbase supports Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litcoin, and more!


Observa has been featured in Mystery Shopper Magazine, Gotta Be Mobile, GeekWire, and more!

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What’s New

Version 3.4.4

The app now has the ability to select from your photo gallery if the opportunity allows it.
Minor bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
2.4K Ratings

2.4K Ratings

Twinsis64 ,

Make extra money

When I first downloaded it, there weren’t any Observa tasks in my area, but within a couple days time, there were 3-4 observations available. The only problem that I have see so far are that you only have 2-5 hours to complete the task after you accept it, and I don’t feel that it is enough time for most people. I accepted a task to go to Target store and observe a quip toothbrush section for $8, but there was a line of people waiting outside to enter the store because we are currently experiencing a pandemic and the store is only allowing a certain number of people inside the store at a time. Because of this, I had to decline the task because I would not have enough time. If the payment had been more than $8.00, possibly $15-20, it would’ve given me more motivation to get it completed, but with the given time frame, it still may not have been enough.

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!

macbookbro1967 ,

Straight forward, easy and fun!

I finally got around to using this app. I first I wasn’t too excited because the payouts seem kind of low but I noticed, at least in my town of Portland Oregon, the opportunities are plenty. So I made this my new extra cash side hustle. Everything works and it’s very simple. Literally the most difficult part of this whole thing is going to the various locations if it doesn’t happen to be one close… And really that’s not even an issue. I haven’t actually received any payment yet because I just started using the app so I’ll post to update if there’s an issue with that. But this app wins five stars easily.

One suggestion I would like to make is for people who have difficulty keeping their phone or iPad steady like me. I have tremors and It would be great if you could build a little auto stabilization into this app

And one final observation… You ask for pictures to be taken from floor to the top shelf and for all the products and prices to be legible. Unfortunately not all the stores have aisles wide enough to easily accommodate this. I think it would be wise and lead to better photos if you would allow photos to be taken of displays in segments.

App Privacy

The developer, Observa, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


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