It is human nature to want to give to others but time and money are often tight. But what if there was a way to make a difference without changing much about your normal routine? By tapping the time you use your mobile devices anyway you can actually do a lot of good. Here are a few suggestions on where to start your charitable smartphone use:
1. Walk for Charity
Chances are you are already tracking your daily activity through a fitness app, a fitness tracker, or both. The app Charity Miles will let you use those steps to raise money for charity by simple turning on the app in the background. There are more than 30 charities to choose from and more than $1.7 million has been donated worldwide so far.
2. Tap to Donate Food
If you’re a fan of simple, but competitive, mobile apps that you can play while you watch TV, download the game Charity Tap. The app donates a grain of rice from the United Nations World Food Program for each time you tap the screen to world regions where hunger is a real problem. The money for the grain comes from the ads that display alongside the game.
3. Help Animals
If part of your daily exercise includes walking your four-legged family members, WoofTrax is another great mobile app to download. Each walk you take with your dog raises money for animal rescues and shelters around the world. So far, WoofTrax has raised $8 million for 6,000 shelters that are located in all 50 states.
4. Agree to Tracking for Charity Dollars
The app Give 2 Charity is free and it essentially tracks you and asks for information in exchange for funds that you can earmark for the charities you choose. For people who hate being tracked via smartphone, this app is a no-go. For those who don’t mind tracking technology and are happy to exchange data for charity dollars, this app is effortless.
As people start to spend even more time on mobile devices playing popular games, you will continue to see game development companies like 888 integrate charity options into games like WinkBingo. By spending a few minutes downloading these free apps, your daily activities and smartphone habits could really help others in need.
5. Snap Photos for Good Causes
The average smartphone user snaps 2 to 3 photos per day, amounting to between 2 trillion and 3 trillion per year worldwide. The app Donate a Photo sponsored by Johnson & Johnson gives $1 to any charity of your choosing for each photo you submit (up to 1 photo per day). You can raise $365 for a charity that you love without having to get pledges, or make a monthly contribution. Just imagine how much could be raised if every smartphone user participated!