Any of you have experience with phone farming?

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As the title says, it's basically just hooking up dozens of phones and automating apps that pay you to watch videos, click links etc. There are several articles if you do a quick Google search.

Doesn't seem like it would benefit many people in places like the US or Canada where prices are high, but if you live in a country where used phones are super cheap and money stretches further it seems like it could be an interesting source for seed money or passive income.

Just curious if anybody does it, especially if you are in a country like the US. And if it is something you currently do or have tried I'd love to hear about your results.
 

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I have been thinking about this but always moved away since it seem to get too complicated.

I could get a smartphone in here for a 30-40 Euros.. country is full of pawn stores and if im not mistaken there is 70 Euro new smartphones for sale in the stores
 

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Yes yes.... also here in Philippines, I can even buy second hand phones for $20-$25
 

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i had 40 phones going back in 2015. Alot of those sites barely pay anything anymore and have made the apps much less afk. there was a time when phone farming was rather profitable and id bring in $500 plus a month but id say those times are long gone. The ad companies dont want to pay to serve you an ad if you dont watch it or look at it. most of the companies constantly lowered their pay rate until it just wasnt worth the hassle anymore.
 

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i had 40 phones going back in 2015. Alot of those sites barely pay anything anymore and have made the apps much less afk. there was a time when phone farming was rather profitable and id bring in $500 plus a month but id say those times are long gone. The ad companies dont want to pay to serve you an ad if you dont watch it or look at it. most of the companies constantly lowered their pay rate until it just wasnt worth the hassle anymore.

I now what you mean. But their must be a way to use the aindroid phone . I am brainstorming a copple of monds now. Not the low pay apps. Forget about this. Is thear a way to connect all the phones to 1 laptop/Vps/server. If ar all the phones the same it be easier to connect to 1 interface. But I have all my phones diffrant. Diffrant android. You feel me. So if we can connect all the phones wireless true internet to 1 laptop or Vps. BY A APP IS POSSIBLE I THINK........ stay whit me.... Let's say I make a app to fully controls the phones. Than I don't need all the phones in the same place. I can connect more phones. I now the softwear exist in China. But I don't want softwear. I wanne bilt a app connected to softwear. You feel me.
 

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I now what you mean. But their must be a way to use the aindroid phone . I am brainstorming a copple of monds now. Not the low pay apps. Forget about this. Is thear a way to connect all the phones to 1 laptop/Vps/server. If ar all the phones the same it be easier to connect to 1 interface. But I have all my phones diffrant. Diffrant android. You feel me. So if we can connect all the phones wireless true internet to 1 laptop or Vps. BY A APP IS POSSIBLE I THINK........ stay whit me.... Let's say I make a app to fully controls the phones. Than I don't need all the phones in the same place. I can connect more phones. I now the softwear exist in China. But I don't want softwear. I wanne bilt a app connected to softwear. You feel me.

I honestly feel the same way. I got so many phones and I'd love to find a use for them. There was a time I was mining "Electroneum" (a cryptocurrency) using their mobile miner. I was pulling in ok money per day ($5 / day) but that was when electroneum was above 2 cents a coin, now its like half a cent per coin. I haven't tried it for many years but you could try that. Maybe it will go up in the future even though it's a shitcoin haha.

I'd like to look into phone farming again but there's a reddit called "/r/Beermoney" that was dedicated to this sort of thing back in 2015-2017 but now it seems to just be based on surveys and stuff like that. The big thing used to be referrals for these apps, people would refer others and get a portion of their phone earnings. Since I don't really see anyone advertising them anymore it leads me to believe this sort of thing is on its way out.

Theoretically building an App to connect them all together is very possible, even with different android versions. You'd just have to make sure that its cross compatible with all of the versions you plan to use. I've looked into some nerdy stuff before such as creating a "android super-cluster" and there is surprisingly alot of information on it. There's even a github repo that supposedly could help us create such a thing. The problem that stopped me before was heat issues and the batteries of the phones themselves. If i was going to do this sort of thing, I'd probably remove the battery and solder in a perm power usb cable to each phone. I've seen a few pictures online of phone farmer's batteries exploding and causing a fire. The other issue is that these phones aren't meant to be run heavily 24/7. Their case prevents proper ventilation of the cpu and if its at 80% plus it will generate alot of heat. It'll probably be fine for a while though haha, I've considered stripping everything from them. You'd also have to figure out how to actually store them.

Let me tell you, It sucked so bad trying to connect 40 phones to wifi. It ruined my home connection making youtube nearly unwatchable even with just 20 phones & then I had to upgrade my router & wifi access points to accept more than that. It was basically business grade equipment and it was an absolute pain in the ass to configure. I learned alot about networking though so I guess that's a bonus. Imagine having 100mbps internet and youtube taking forever to load.

Also keeping them all powered on was a nightmare. Trying to move them was a nightmare, etc. If i was going to do this I'd probably buy a Micro ATX computer case with a bunch of hard drive racks and start mounting phones in the racks haha. This way you can still access them one by one if needed but they won't be moving around if you bump into them or something. You'd also probably want to wire a unified power button for all phones so you don';t have ot turn on 40 phones every restart.

All in all, I have 40 quad cores with 1gb of ram each. that's 40gb of ram with 160 cores @ 1.2ghz (slow af). It might be good for processing stuff. I definitely run alot of python scripts that could benefit from that much computing power... but mostly likely its not going to beat a small Xeon server you can buy used on Ebay right now for $250. Do it for the shits and gigs and to learn? sure. Do it because it will make something ground breaking? probably not haha.

PS - I'm all for some ideas on how to utilize them :D
 
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Also, I've heard of alot of asian "phone farms". I'm pretty sure they are selling people fake clicks though so it sounds pretty blackhat and definitely nothing I'd really want to touch without speaking with a lawyer first. lol
 

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If you have your own music on streaming platforms you can make some decent coin if you know how to cover your tracks properly.
 

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i had 40 phones going back in 2015. Alot of those sites barely pay anything anymore and have made the apps much less afk. there was a time when phone farming was rather profitable and id bring in $500 plus a month but id say those times are long gone. The ad companies dont want to pay to serve you an ad if you dont watch it or look at it. most of the companies constantly lowered their pay rate until it just wasnt worth the hassle anymore.
How do you make the phones do the tasks that you need them to do? Like is there software for automatically swapping proxies, exiting out of an app or restarting it to review an ad from a different Ip?
 

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How do you make the phones do the tasks that you need them to do? Like is there software for automatically swapping proxies, exiting out of an app or restarting it to review an ad from a different Ip?

If you have no technical skills you need to break it down to the basics. You can do a lot of simple tasks by having the phones on your desktop using vysor then use a desktop macro recorder to record certain actions.
 

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If you have no technical skills you need to break it down to the basics. You can do a lot of simple tasks by having the phones on your desktop using vysor then use a desktop macro recorder to record certain actions.
I do have a lot of technical skills. I was under the impression these were physical phones farms, not emulated. I'd spring for either in my current project. So were yours virtual phone farms? I need something with quite sophisticated controls i.e., retrieving accounts and logins from a DB and logging in and verifying the login from an email sent to that account. I am looking to learn to do this with either virtual or physical phone farms. For physical phone farms, I assume the phone must be rooted. But past that, all of the material I have read have been for very basic controls that wouldn't really help me
 

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I do have a lot of technical skills. I was under the impression these were physical phones farms, not emulated. I'd spring for either in my current project. So were yours virtual phone farms? I need something with quite sophisticated controls i.e., retrieving accounts and logins from a DB and logging in and verifying the login from an email sent to that account. I am looking to learn to do this with either virtual or physical phone farms. For physical phone farms, I assume the phone must be rooted. But past that, all of the material I have read have been for very basic controls that wouldn't really help me

You'd have a much better time with emulation. It sounds like all you are trying to do is emulate the use of a new device with each action. It's something I've never really done but I know its possible to change any sort of ID numbers within a android os to appear different, as well as use proxies & change user agents. There's even an API for Virtual Box that you can interact with using code. This way you could have a main script keeping all of the virtual machines in order and then have it run a script on the android device to do what ever it is you want to do. Using a virtual machine will also prevent you from having to deal with physical devices. Its hard to keep them all connected, powered on, with no settings that will auto shut down etc. It's alot easier just to emulate it haha, especially if your goal is just to use new credentials each time.

Come to think of it, you could probably just do it by pure code. You'd have to investigate what information you are sending and simply make sure you send the same information. Using python, I can make it appear as any device out there just by copying what other devices send. It'd probably be much less error prone as well.
 
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How do you make the phones do the tasks that you need them to do? Like is there software for automatically swapping proxies, exiting out of an app or restarting it to review an ad from a different Ip?

I didn't have to. They were apps that you'd sign up for. they'd have device limits per IP and you simply click "start watching" and it would show you videos and ads and give you a cut of the revenue. Say one app has a limit of 10 phones, another 6, another 20... you just spread your devices out over as many apps as possible. It worked great for a few years but it's no longer viable now. Your break even point per phone would be way past 90 days now. It used to be 20-30.
 
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