What is the best reward you can get by raising your walking game? Obviously, the answer is better health or a slimmer waist. However, what if I told you there is an app out there, that rewards people for logging your footsteps? You might say it seems too good to be true. Sweatcoin is a scam is something I see on Reddit threads and social media posts.
When you are walking for health, having even more rewards can be super motivating. However, when something seems too good to be true it usually is. So I took a closer look and it is clearly not a scam but is it worth bothering?
Walking For Rewards App – Sweatcoin
Sweatcoin is a smartphone app that you can leave running in the background when you go out walking. I actually downloaded Sweatcoin about 18 months ago but I have not really paid attention to it.
Sweatcoin will track your footsteps and reward you in its own currency (SWC). Once you have built up enough SWC you can trade it for rewards in the app. The amount of SWC you can earn by walking is capped depending on the plan you are on (4 of these plans are free). Until recently, Sweatcoin only recorded outdoor footsteps but has now added a feature to track your steps while walking indoors too. I opened the app and I had just over 2000 SWC.
How Much Sweatcoin Can You Earn?
Sweatcoin has five plans. Mover, Shaker, Quaker, Breaker, and Trouble Maker. One of the reasons I dismissed Sweatcoin back when I first downloaded it, was that I misunderstood these plans.
When you sign up for Sweatcoin you will automatically be on the Mover plan. This plan is completely free and caps the amount of SWC you can earn at 5 per day. You will be rewarded 0.95 SWC for 1000 steps so once you have 5500 steps, you have already stopped earning. On the Mover plan, your earning potential is as follows
- Daily – 5 SWC
- Weekly – 35 SWC
- Monthly – 150 SWC
- Annually – 1825 SWC
I knew mover was free, however, after a cursory glance at the Shaker plan, I assumed I had to pay for it. Only yesterday did I realize that you pay in SWC. This is actually great because the cost is 4.75 SWC and raises the cap how much you can earn by walking to 10 SWC daily. if you regularly do over 10000 steps, this is great news because you double your earnings for the month for the cost of half a day’s earnings. The earning potential of a Shaker is
- Daily – 10 SWC
- Weekly – 70 SWC
- Monthly – 300 SWC (-4.75 SWC)
- Annually – 3650 SWC (- 57 SWC)
Taking it up another notch, the Quaker plan is 20 SWC per month and caps you at 15 SWC per day. That’s a steep upgrade cost of x4, however, the earning potential only goes up by x1.5. you are not paying anything so if you walk 16000 steps a day, this looks like the right reward system. The earning potential of a Quaker is:
- Daily – 15 SWC
- Weekly – 105 SWC
- Monthly – 450 SWC (-20 SWC)
- Annually – 5475 SWC (-240 SWC)
At 30 SWC per month, the Breaker plan is the most expensive plan while still not costing you any real money. However, at 20 SWC per day it also has the highest cap. The earning potential of a Breaker is:
- Daily – 20 SWC
- Weekly – 140 SWC
- Monthly – 600 SWC (-30 SWC)
- Annually – 7300 SWC (-360 SWC)
The Trouble Maker plan is effectively Sweatcoin’s premium subscription and is asking me for £0.99 per month with discounts for buying 6 or 12 months at a time. Paying for Sweatcoin raises the cap to 50 SWC per day from your footsteps as well a few other minor perks including a 1000 step boost (you need to walk at least 1000 to get the boost) and custom logos. The earning potential for a Trouble Maker is:
- Daily – 50 SWC
- Weekly – 350 SWC
- Monthly – 1500 SWC
- Annually – 18250 SWC
In summary, if SWC is worth anything, you could use it as motivation to raise your daily step targets and be paid for it. It is also worth noting that while the premium potential is high, you would be looking at walking 50000 footsteps daily to hit it.
Is SWC worth anything?
At best you can pick the plan most suited to your daily step count and get the most out of Sweatcoin. At worst, it’s completely arbitrary. So let’s take a look at what SWC is worth as a currency. You can’t withdraw it, but you can spend your SWC on rewards in the app.
You Pay Delivery
For 35 SWC I can get 25ML of Dr. PawPaw hot pink balm but I have to pay delivery of 4.99. I can buy this product for 4.25 on Amazon so this isn’t much of a reward. However, the products change regularly and while I was writing this post, a phone case popped up. The price is 350 SWC and I pay the delivery also £4.99. Although I wanted to start taking Sweatcoin seriously to see if I can raise enough to win a big prize, I need a new phone case so I figured I’ll consider this offer.
I bought the case for several reasons:
- The style of the case is like a little book cover that you can open up. Your phone is on the right-hand page and there is space for payment cards on the left. This is the type of case I always choose.
- I looked online and found similar cases for around £22.
- I wanted to test Sweatcoin’s potential and show you all the results.
All you have to do is choose to purchase the “reward”, Sweatcoin gives you a code and directs you to the seller’s own website. The phone cases were on sale for £29.99 and the delivery is added at the checkout. After I inputted the code the £29.99 fee was deducted. This deal is perfect for me because I needed the product on offer and I had the SWC available.
You Buy A Discount
Another little trick they use is to sell you a discount. For example, right now for 20 SWC, I can buy a case of 12 Tribe Triple Decker protein bars for £15. This is actually a great deal if you like protein supplements as the delivery is free and to buy these online you are looking at paying £22 – £25 for the same pack. This one is good, however, if you see one of these deals, it’s worth looking around online yourself as you may find it to be cheaper.
With no middle ground, the rewards available seem to go from a low barrier of 350 SWC to much harder to reach prices. Previous versions of the app showed prizes like a trip to Disneyland for 20000 SWC but you had to film your vacation and the content belongs to Sweatcoin. However, these high ticket purchases seem to have been replaced by auctions.
At the time of writing this post, the live auction is for an H&M $1000 gift card. The current bid is over 18000 SWC with 2 hours to go. There has been a PS5 sold for 24000 SWC and a $1000 Amazon gift card for a similar price. However, relying on footsteps alone, it will take years to get enough SWC to win these auctions
Donate SWC For Good Causes
As much as there are no mid-priced rewards, if you want to raise money for charity you can donate your SWC to one of a number of charities available. This is great because even if all you do is download the app and track your current steps, you get to change the world. Although it is unclear of the cash value of your donation.
Can I Earn More SWC?
By walking more and changing your free Sweatcoin plan, you can boost your SWC account but there are a few other ways.
Open 2x Boost
For 20 minutes every day, you can get double the amount of Sweatcoins from your steps. When you are ready to go on your walk, all you need to do is open the app and activate the booster. This is also a great motivation to increase your 15-minute powerwalk to 20 minutes.
Refer A Friend
You earn 5 SWC per referral so if you know a lot of walking enthusiasts this could be a fantastic way to boost your SWC.
Watch Ads For A Daily Bonus
You can watch 3 advertisements for randomly generated rewards. One video is automatically available, the other 2 become available only after your first 500 steps. I watched all 3 today and earned only 2.2 SWC in total. This might be a slow way to boost your SWC but this is a valuable source of income for Sweatcoin and helps them to keep the service free.
Even with the premium subscription, relying on steps alone you will need over a year to win one of the bigger rewards on auction. However, as well as the 20 step multiplier, You can activate a further 1000 step multiplier doubling up to 1000 of your footsteps value.
Sweatcoin Is A Scam – No It Isn’t
Sweatcoin is actually a force for good. They do not overhype the fact they are focussed on environment and health but you can certainly see a theme in the promotions and rewards. You can use Sweatcoin to raise your game starting on the mover plan you will cap your rewards after 5500 steps. You can keep bumping your plan up as you get stronger and fitter so you have something to work towards. Or you can simply leave it in your pocket and check your rewards at a later date.
I did just that (albeit accidentally) and like a positive Trojan horse, the perfect deal popped up when I needed it. I paid less than £5 for a £30 product and even if I would never have paid £30, I usually pay around £20 so I still saved 75%. All I did was download Sweatcoin and walk.
Do I recommend Sweatcoin? Yes. However, I’m not tempted by the premium subscription.
As A Free Service
You don’t lose anything having Sweatcoin in your pocket and you might occasionally see a good discount or “free” product that you can cash your rewards in for. It may take a long time to make enough SWC to win an amazing product at auction, but if you are walking anyway, whats the harm?
As A Paid Subscription
I said I am not personally tempted by the premium subscription because it still requires you to walk 50000 steps a day to reach the cap. That’s 25 miles every day and even then, you would need some referrals to get you over the line in under a year.
However, the app is only £0.99 a month (i believe it is $0.99 for North America too) or you can pay 9.99 for the year upfront and by the end of your first year, you might be in a position to bid on and win something worth £500 or more.
If you already have Sweatcoin, please comment on your experience below. If you don’t already have the app, download Sweatcoin on your mobile following my referral link and I will get 5 SWC per person.