OnMyWay is a new app designed to pay you for driving safely. Sound too good to be true? Senior RSG contributor Paula Gibbins reviews the OnMyWay app and shows you how to use it to earn more while doing what you’re already doing: driving!
We all love a chance to make more money, and it’s even better when we don’t have to do anything differently to earn it. For about 2 weeks, I tried out an app called OnMyWay, which pays you to drive safely. Now, with driving for Uber and Lyft, it’s harder to follow the guidelines set forth for following this app’s rules, but I found a few ways to continue earning.
One caveat about OnMyWay is that you don’t necessarily earn money to cash out immediately. I’m going to go over their marathon deals and the tips and tricks I have for continuing to earn or to earn more with the app.
Get started with OnMyWay and earn $10 just for signing up here.
What Is the OnMyWay App?
At first glance, it seems like an app where you’ll receive actual cash for driving safely. What do they mean by driving safely? For example, not texting while driving. How does OnMyWay know if you’re driving safely? I’ll explain that part in a bit.
Basically, the app tracks if you use your phone when you drive. This might not be ideal for Uber or Lyft drivers, but it could benefit you in your everyday driving, and I do have a way of getting around it, and to continue earning while you’re driving for those rideshare apps.
You simply sign up for the app (best if you sign up with someone’s link that populates from the app itself — you can sign up with OnMyWay using our referral code here). According to their FAQs, they are working on rolling out an option to give away a code instead of sending a direct link.
As it stands currently, you’ll get $10 just for signing up and the person referring you will get $2. Additionally, the person referring you will earn $0.02 for every mile you drive safely while you earn $0.05 for every mile you drive safely according to their guidelines.
After I signed up, my dashboard showed I had earned my $10 sign-up bonus:
PRO TIP: If you and your spouse or significant other sign up together, have the person who drives the least sign up first. Then use your referral link to sign up the other driver so you end up earning more overall.
What Requirements Do You Have to Follow?
In order for the app to work, you need to allow the app to use the Do Not Disturb feature. This is meant to help cut down on texting while driving, which is the mission of this app.
You have to allow Do Not Disturb to sign up
And then you have to allow SMS Access so they can automatically text anyone who sends you a text while you’re actively driving
You also have to allow SMS access so they can send an automatic reply when someone texts you while you’re actively driving. There is a way around this. You still have to accept that service, but under your settings, you can unclick the option to send texts (which I would recommend; it gets super annoying).
The biggest requirement, and the whole point of the app, is that your phone must remain “locked” (I’ve found a small way around this). The whole concept is not using your phone at all while driving, not necessarily just not texting.
PRO TIP: You’re still able to use voice commands to make phone calls and send/listen to texts.
Now, as Uber and Lyft drivers, I know you’re all thinking, well, I can’t use this because my phone can’t be locked while driving… that’s how I make my money. I’ve found two ways around this.
Two Ways Around the Locked Phone Issue
Method 1: This is a surefire way to keep earning with this app. It requires a phone that you may not use often, or a tablet with a line attached to it. We have two phones that don’t have lines and were unable to use them because it needs internet access in order to track your miles. We do happen to have a tablet that is not used much, so my husband installed the app on that and brings it with while driving for Uber and Lyft. He keeps it in his center console, tucked out of the way and always locked.
Method 2: I was only able to test this on Android, so I’m not sure if this method works on iPhones as well. If you unlock your phone, open all of the apps you’re going to use such as Waze, a mileage tracker, music app, etc., it’ll still track your miles as long as your phone doesn’t go to “sleep” or “lock” during the trip and then you try to access it again.
With iPhones, go to Settings → Display & Brightness → Auto-Lock then click ‘Never’. This will keep your phone from locking itself.
PRO TIP: Do not try to open a new app while you’re driving, this will stop their tracker from picking up your miles because it looks like you’re doing what you’re not supposed to do.
Biggest Flaws and Downsides of the App
There are definitely some flaws within this app. Just by me being able to find ways around their system proves this, but there’s more than just that.
This one can be considered a downside or an upside depending on your point of view. It counts miles anytime you’re going over 10mph. This means while you’re riding as a passenger in a vehicle, taking the bus, riding a train, etc. That sounds fine because you’re still earning money, but when you’re a passenger, you’re more likely to be actively using your phone, thereby negating the earning potential. As long as you’re actively using your phone, you won’t get those miles.
It’s very finicky about when it will count your miles and when it will not. I had to test this app out for about 2 weeks to find all of the instances when it would count them and when it wouldn’t.
Basically what I found was that as long as you don’t change anything on your phone as you’re driving, it will count your miles, but if you so much as open a new app or unlock it part way through, it won’t track the miles for the remainder of the trip.
Forcing us to allow them access to Do Not Disturb is annoying. Especially the first time I tried it when I didn’t realize I could turn off their auto reply to people texting you. I was on my way home from work and I had texts come through from my husband, a friend and my sister. All of them got a paragraph of a response from me that I felt the need to clarify/explain later. Here’s what it looked like:
One plus is that you can change the message or you can turn off that feature in the Settings. I’m just grateful no more than 3 people texted me during that 30 minute commute home. I understand that the point is to encourage others to sign up for the app, but if I want to refer someone, I will do it, I don’t need the app to just automatically do it for me. I don’t like spamming my friends and family.
Another flaw in the system that still hasn’t been fixed despite me emailing support multiple times. You have to scan the back of your driver’s license in order to use this app. It auto-imports all of your information such as age, address and expiration date. In my experience, it doesn’t import properly, so the address portion is empty and the expiration date is 1/1/1970…. 16 years before I was even born.
On their FAQs page, it said if the DL wasn’t importing properly to send them a photo of the front of your ID. I did that and got a response saying something along the lines of, please update your app because we fixed everything with this new update and it should fix all of your problems. I responded back saying I had the newest version and it still wasn’t importing my DL properly. I never heard back from them again. So, clearly their customer support isn’t great.
Note: the driver’s license importing issue appears to be fixed now, but let us know if you’re still having trouble in the comments.
The next and most fatal flaw is how to cash out. Let’s start a new section for that one.
How Do I Get My Money?
At first glance, it’s not terribly clear how you get your money that you’ve earned. It accumulates decently. And with 2 weeks of driving intermittently, I earned $35.02 while my husband earned $61. He has me as a referral and I roped in my friend to be my test subject, though she hasn’t really been using it. Your earnings show up on your home screen and looks a bit like this:
Keep in mind, each of us got an automatic $10 for signing up and $2 each for referring someone else. But even so, the money adds up pretty fast, and this was a span of time where my husband didn’t go out driving for Uber and Lyft all that often due to wisdom teeth surgery and my parents coming into town for a visit.
Ok, so we’ve got all this money, but how do we access it? That’s where it gets annoying. You have to use their marathon deals to “purchase” gift cards. There are other deals where you have to follow certain guidelines to earn your money and you can only use that to purchase those specific deals. For example, there’s one where you need to refer 250 users in order to get $250 in cash, that you can cash out to your Venmo or PayPal account. Those deals look a bit like this, each with their own rules:
The biggest issue I have with the gift card ones is that ever since I joined, they’ve all been sold out. I’m hoping at the first of the month there will be new deals to purchase and that I’m able to get one before they are sold out once more. So I’m sitting on this money and am unable to use it, which is frustrating. But hopefully it’ll all work out.
Is It Worth It?
Even though it has it’s little quirks, and I can’t yet prove if I can actually get any money out of it yet, I’d say yes. For me, it’s a matter of earning money while doing nothing, which is great. In 2 weeks, I earned $35 and my husband earned $61. That’s almost $100 we didn’t have before and all we had to do was download an app and drive safely.
We’re looking forward to seeing how much we can earn when we take a road trip from Minnesota down to Texas this winter. We’re guessing it’ll at least pay for the gas there and back if not more.
Drivers, what do you think of an app like OnMyWay? Do you think you’ll use it?
Sign up with OnMyWay here and get $10 for signing up, plus $2 per person you refer.
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-Paula @ RSG
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