LEGIT Spare5 Review: Earn Money Helping Computers Learn - Legit or Scam?


Rookie Wordsmith
Jun 13, 2018
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Survey sites and “micro task” sites are a great way to earn what is commonly referred to online as “beer money.” The money you earn by answering surveys and completing simple tasks won’t cover your mortgage or car payments, but it it’s still good to have a few extra bucks in your pocket. People call these earnings beer money because, well, it’s enough to buy beer. Of course, you don’t have to literally use the money for beer. (I use mine for a weekly breakfast at my favorite diner)

Earning money on these sites is a great way to supplement your income and pay for small expenses. Another great thing about survey and micro task sites is the tasks are really easy to do. And you can do ‘em in your spare time, too. I usually try to complete surveys and tasks while in the subway or waiting in line in the grocery - times that would normally be considered idle and non-income generating.

I recommend having memberships in multiple sites at one time. That’s because some sites won’t have tasks for you at all times. This is because surveys and sometimes tasks are matched with your demographic. So it’s to be expected that there will be times when a site won’t have a stuff for you to do. When that happens, I immediately check another site… then another, then another, until I find one that has a task for me.

I’m writing these reviews to help you decide which survey and micro tasks sites to keep in regular rotation. This week, I’ll be weighing-in on Spare5. If you’re looking for another site to add to your rotation, check out my Spare5 review!

What is Spare5?

Spare5 is a mobile and desktop app that helps companies train their respective programs and algorithms. The tasks conducted by Spare5’s community of members (which it refers to as “Fives”) are keyed towards training said programs and algorithms.

Spare5 has worked with some pretty big names in tech, including GoPro, Getty Images, IBM, Sentient Technologies, Pinterest, and Expedia. So, judging by the companies Spare5 has worked with, they’ve got to be legit.

How do You Earn on Spare5?

Training computer programs sounds pretty intimidating, but don’t worry, no advanced computer skills are needed. The tasks you’ll be doing are actually quite simple. They including:

1. Assessing Language - Listen to an audio voice recording, and tell them about the tone, content, meaning, and attitude of the speaker - you know, thinks a computer might not be able to deduce on its own.

2. Annotating Images - Draw bounding boxes around a photograph and label the different elements in the image. (For example, in an image of a cityscape, you can put boxes around the buildings, the billboards, and maybe the mountains on the horizon, then label them accordingly)

3. Isolating Elements - This one is similar to the previous item, but you’ll have to draw around the edges of a specific element to help the computer “see” what you see.

4. Provide Keywords - This is the simplest way to earn on Spare5. Simply tag photos with the appropriate keywords. This is to help computers learn how to interpret images.

The tasks are a few degrees more complicated than answering surveys on survey sites, but they’re still easy enough to do in your free time. So no biggie there.

In addition to those tasks you can also earn through these methods:

Referring Friends

You will get a $2 bonus when your friend earns his or her first $10. (Your friend will also get a $1 bonus) You’ll keep earning from them until they’ve earned $100 or have been a Five for 180 days, whichever comes first.

Maximum earnings for referrals is capped at $20.

Level Up!

Spare5 has an experience point (XP) program. Gamers will be familiar with this concept. The more you do, the more XP points you earn. You can level up as you earn XPS.

On Spare5, you earn XPs by finishing tasks. The higher your XP level, the more chances you’ll have for taking higher-paying tasks. Also, when you earn most of your XPs doing a specific task (for example, providing keywords) Spare5’s system will provide you with more of the same tasks.

Earning Potential on Spare5

Each task, which only takes a couple of minutes to complete, will earn you a set amount of dollars - around 20 cents per task. Keep doing tasks, and you could earn up to $12 an hour!

Payout methods

The site has a $1 minimum payout amount, which is pretty easy to reach, and gives you lots of flexibility. Payouts are sent out automatically every Friday via PayPal. If you prefer to save your earnings for a larger payout, you can always do so by changing the settings in your Spare5 dashboard.

How to Join

Sounds pretty cool, huh? To become a member of Spare5, head over to their website, register, and download their iOS app:

Website: https://www.spare5.com

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/ph/app/spare5/id873499152?mt=8

Unfortunately, there is no Android version (yet). But don’t worry, if you don’t have an iOS device, you can always just do tasks on the desktop version of the site. The mobile app is convenient for doing tasks on the go, but it’s by no means a necessity.

Registering is free, which is pretty standard among legit sites.

The Verdict: Legit or Scam?

Spare5 is legit! I highly recommend this site. The tasks are pretty engaging, and payment gets sent out regularly and automatically! That’s such a welcome change from other sites, which sometimes make you wait weeks for your earnings.

Also, it’s great to know that you’re essentially helping bring the future closer. On Spare5, you are actually teaching computers how to learn and teach themselves. So, if you’re looking forward to the robot uprising and siding with our robotic, AI-driven overlords, this is the site for you! (On that note, if an army of T-800s come storming in from the future, please tell them I’m on your side)

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Your Turn

These are my opinions about Spare5. Now it’s your turn to share! Have you tried out this site? What was your experience like?

Let’s hear your stories!

All hail Skynet!



Rookie Wordsmith
Jun 6, 2018
I have an account on spare 5 but cannot earn because I can't remember my old password. Whenever I click on "forgot password" it requires me to put the old passwt first. What can I do?
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Rookie Wordsmith
Jun 6, 2018

hopefully you can remember the email you used to sign up. If so go to this page and put in the email and they will send you your password reset instructions. If you dont remember then I doubt you will be able to

Yes I have the email and even sent them an email then explained my situation. I was then given a link to follow to create another password but it still requires me to provide the old password.
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Aug 16, 2018
I am on Spare5 now working on several tasks. There is one task that it buggy I supposed. Because I can't place a label on the task I am currently doing. Is this the same as your task?


Rookie Wordsmith
Jun 6, 2018
I was creating an account on spare five and then there's a place I was guided to login with PayPal. Is this happening to everyone or it was just me??


Rookie Wordsmith
May 16, 2018
I think Spare5 is pretty interesting. I mean, as an academic, teaching machines is pretty fascinating. But as a regular hot-blooded human, it terrifies me. I’m basically teaching computers how to do my job.

Er, I hope none of our future robot overlords are reading this. Remember folks, our robot overlords are good people! All hail Skynet.

Anyway, I did try Spare5. I thought I’d add a few stray opinions about the Spare5 app into the mix:

1. The site was acquired by a company called Mighty AI. When that happened, earnings per tasks became drastically lower. Now, most tasks pay a measly $0.01. That’s a pittance.

2. If you want to earn “relatively” more, I suggest you focus on image tagging and painting pixels. Those tasks pay twice the amount. Yeah, $0.02 still isn’t a lot, but it’s still double the usual rate.

3. Minimum payout was bumped up to $5. It’s not a super-high amount, but if you don’t get Spare5 jobs consistently (and finish them, of course), it may be tough to reach it. A few guys in the college I teach earned about $5 to $10 a month. But your mileage may vary.

4. Personally, I stopped being enthusiastic about the site when they bumped up the threshold to $5. My colleagues could hit the minimum threshold, but I always had trouble reaching it. Again, your mileage may vary.

5. I’ve noticed that there’s an influx of new tasks during the morning. (USA time; yours may vary) To make the most of Spare5 jobs, I would recommend starting bright and early with these things.

6. There’s a bit of competition, here. So I can’t emphasize starting early enough.

7. Spare5 prioritizes frequent workers. So when you start on Spare5, don’t stop. That way you can get a better shot at those juicy jobs.

8. I suggest you try earning around their cutoffs, which is every Wednesday. That way, you won’t have to wait another week to get a payout.

9. They’ve limited the referrals to “exceptional” people, which is pretty sucky. You can make a lot of money through referrals, but on Spare5, you have to jump through hoops to get that privilege.

10. Some of the tasks can get boring and repetitive. Remember, you’re teaching machines stuff that we humans take for granted. That includes teaching machines how to view images and tag them correctly.

My Conclusion

Spare5 is a pretty good site to earn - as long as you qualify for lots of jobs. I wasn’t as lucky as other people, but I won’t let that affect my overall opinion of Spare5. Spare5 is legit.