QuickThoughts App Review
QuickThoughts is a mobile app for Android and iOS rewarding survey takers with gift cards for their time answering questions. This is our review after continuously testing the survey app over a period of several years.
Andreea – Our UX Research Expert: Andreea is from Timisoara, Romania with a background from user experience (UX) research. Her UX knowledge comes in really handy when reviewing survey experience. Originally joining HuginX as a freelancer, she is now a regular contributor to site. When Andreea is not working with panel reviews, she enjoys old classic movies and she has a passion for baking.
Is QuickThoughts a legit app?
While the app rating is quite poor (see below), the business itself is run by a legit market research company called Dynata. Dynata is one of the leading providers of data to market research companies, and this is one of many communities they use to recruit respondents across different demographics. While you can be sure the company will not try to scam you, it’s important to note that we found quite a few drawbacks while testing this survey app.
According to data.ai, the rating of QuickThoughts’ current version is only 1.75 on the App Store:
Complaints are often centred around blocked accounts, low incentive levels and slow payment processes, which we will dive into further.
Data Privacy: Any reason for concern?
The owner of QuickThoughts, Dynata, is a professional market research data collector whose main business is to monetise respondents’ data. This means that all your survey answers will be shared with the clients paying for the research. Typically, this data is stripped of your most sensitive contact data such as your email address and telephone number.
While there is no such thing as a guarantee against data breaches on the internet, you can rest assured that Dynata will do what it can to protect your personal data. Dynata is also a member of the industry body Insights Association and follows local data privacy regulations such as GDPR in Europe. This means they are committed to keeping you well informed on how your data is shared, and for what purpose.
In addition to the survey answers you provide, the QuickThoughts app will also track several data points through your phone, such as:
- Usage Data linked to apps
- Contact info like name and address
- Identifiers such as device ID
People have different comfort levels when it comes to sharing personal data online. The good thing about QuickThoughts is that it will ask you for your explicit permission to share specific types of data. If you don’t feel comfortable, you can always reject giving your permission for the app to share specific data. They’ve also made it really easy to unsubscribe.
How to get started
QuickThoughts app is available for both Android and iOS devices. To get started taking surveys, make sure to follow these steps:
- Visit the official website or search directly on Google Play or the App Store.
- After installing, tap the “Register” button and choose your country of residence.
- Create your profile by answering a short questionnaire.
Note that this app has no sign-up bonus and no referral program.
What about the survey experience?
Like many similar survey sites, QuickThoughts will invite you to surveys covering a broad range of topics. Even if your profile information is fully up to date, it can also be hard to qualify for surveys. It’s not uncommon to make 2-3 attempts before eventually ending up with a survey that you qualify for. You used to get a small compensation of $0.10 when not qualifying for surveys, but this is no longer the case.
QuickThoughts is a well-built app, featuring mobile-optimized surveys. However, we did get stuck in the middle of some surveys because of technical glitches. Despite this, many of the surveys are also very engaging, making use of interactive elements such as drag-and-drop, and videos.
How much can you make on QuickThoughts?
In our experience, the majority of surveys are worth ~$0.75, with just a few valued higher than $1 during our 8 weeks of active survey taking. This means that you probably need to take more than 10 surveys before being able to redeem your first $10. You can choose from gift cards such as Amazon and iTunes.
It’s important to note that the incentive levels on QuickThoughts have gradually been reduced over time, as reported by many users on the App Store and Play Store:
Another way of earning is to do shopping missions to your local stores, but this opportunity is usually only available in the US, UK, Canada, or Europe. For example, the app may ask you to assess the product arrangement in major stores, describe your experience, evaluate customer service, purchase specific items, or fill out in-store surveys. This type of mission is usually much better paid than taking regular surveys.
QuickThoughts is by no means the best-paying survey site out there, but you’ll earn more per survey than with reward sites such as Swagbucks and Testerup. This is because QuickThoughts is owned by a legit market research company, 100% dedicated to gathering data through surveys. This is different from reward sites, which partner with 3rd party companies to offer paid survey opportunities.
What can prevent me from getting my reward?
The owner of QuickThoughts, Dynata, conducts diligent checks by reviewing the accuracy and attentiveness of your account activity. Answers that fail these checks can result in the suspension of your account. Checking reviews on sites such as Reddit and Trustpilot, there are many complaints of random account suspension when users are ready to redeem their first reward. This is one of the key issues with many survey sites: Inattentive panellists are allowed to speed through multiple surveys over a long period of time.
By the time the panel company eventually decide to crack down on the issue, panellists have often completed multiple surveys. While the panel company might be in their full right to suspend accounts, it can feel very unfair to the panellists.
Pros and cons of QuickThoughts
On the positive side, QuickThoughts provides a mobile app that allows users to complete surveys on the go, making it convenient for people who are always on the move. Additionally, the app offers several gift card options that users can choose from, giving them the flexibility to select the ones that are most suitable for their needs.
QuickThoughts’s owner, Dynata, is also a member of the Insights Association, a reputable organization that ensures ethical research practices are upheld. Dynata is one of the largest market research providers, which means they have a high demand for survey completes, leading to more earning opportunities for you. It is also worth noting that the app asks for user consent before collecting specific data such as location, which is a sign of respect for user privacy.
However, on the negative side, QuickThoughts only offers gift card options and does not provide cash payments, which may be inconvenient for some users. Additionally, the app tends to ask repetitive profiling questions, which can become tedious and time-consuming. You should also keep in mind that the QuickThoughts app tracks your location, personal info, app info and device ID.
There is also an increasing number of users complaining about technical glitches. It seems like the platform has not been updated for a whole year:
Furthermore, the app has been known to block user accounts without providing a clear explanation, which can be frustrating for users who have invested time and effort into completing surveys. In conclusion, QuickThoughts has its benefits, such as the well-functioning mobile app, gift card options, and frequent survey invitations. However, there are also some downsides, including the lack of cash payments, repetitive profiling questions, data sharing with third-party firms, blocked accounts, and an overwhelming number of consumer topics.
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- Gift card options
- Simple and easy-to-use app
- No cash payments
- Repetitive profiling questions
- Several data points passively tracked in the background
- Accounts frequently blocked
- Reduced rewards levels
- Technical glitches