What is Pawns / IPRoyal and what does it offer?
Let’s first start by going over the name to void any confusion. When the platform first started, it was called IPRoyal Pawns. It has since gone through a lot of changes and has now also changed its name so the official name is now Pawns.
But whether you hear about IPRoyal Pawns or Pawns.app, it is the same platform that just has been rebranded. In the rest of this review, I will mainly call it Pawns to stick to the official name.
As mentioned above, Pawns is a GPT site that will pay you for sharing your internet connection with its clients and it has also introduced other ways to earn. It is a lot similar to Honeygain, which is another site that will pay you for your unused internet connection.
But let me first start by making something clear about the website. If you just go to IPRoyal.com, you cannot just see a way to sign up and start earning. The main site is for clients who want to buy their services.
If you want to earn, you need to go to Pawns.app (you can find a link to this below).
Option 1 – Sharing your internet connection
The main source of your earnings on this site will come from sharing your internet connection.
Technically speaking, IPRoyal (the company behind Pawns) facilitates proxy services to third-party entities. That’s how the site earns, and that’s how they can afford to pay you.
You may be wondering what the site will do with your unused bandwidth, so let me give you a few examples of how it will be used.
Some companies will use your unused bandwidth to enhance their testing process to improve their apps so that their users will experience the app content as it was meant to.
Some will use it to gain access to geo-blocked content, while some companies will use it to check whether their ads are running correctly and showing up on the right websites.
Now, to start earning, you just have to install their program to the device you intend to use it on (a laptop or desktop will suffice). The first thing you need to do is log in to their member dashboard and download the program.
When I first joined IPRoyal Pawns, it only worked with Windows-based computers. But since then, they have developed and launched a version for Mac as well, and most recently also an app for Android devices, and for Linux.
Once you’ve downloaded it, just follow the set-up process to complete the installation. As soon as you’ve set up the program, you can just let it run in the background to start earning. The program will do all the heavy-lifting (so to speak), so you just have to sit back and relax.
Keep in mind though that when this program is running, when somebody uses your unused bandwidth, your internet connection might be slower than usual because it will be allocated to the person buying your bandwidth.
However, this will depend on your device and connection.
But if you are working on something on your computer and you don’t want any interruptions, or you need the bandwidth, all you have to do is close the program and make sure it isn’t running in the background. That’s why, in my opinion, the best time to let the program run is when you aren’t using your computer or your bandwidth.
As for how much you will earn, they say you will earn $0.10 per gigabyte of data you sold. But as of the writing of this review, they will pay you $0.20 per gigabyte. But if you let the program run continuously for several hours, you will earn more because for each hour keeping the program running, they will add an extra $0.02USD per GB shared.
When you log in to the dashboard, you will immediately see how many gigabytes you’ve already sold. So, you will easily know how much you earn. Once you’ve earned enough, you can withdraw your earnings, which I will talk about later.
One thing to note about their program is that it is recommended to install it on only one device in a network. There’s really no point in installing it on multiple computers connected to the same network/IP address since the program will only be able to read one IP address.
Now, if you want to use more than one device at home, you can let the second device connect to your mobile network’s internet connection since it will get a different IP address.
Option 2 – Affiliate program
Aside from selling your unused bandwidth, you can also earn by participating in their affiliate program.
An affiliate program (usually called a referral program) is an earning opportunity that you will be able to earn by inviting other people to join the site.
In Pawns’ case, as shown in the photo above, you will receive a 10% commission every time your referral will withdraw his/her earnings from the site.
Also, a bonus they have recently introduced is that the person joining will get a $1 one-time bonus when they sign up, if they join through an invitation link.
If you are not yet a member, you can get this welcome bonus by joining through my invitation link at the end of this review.
To get referrals, you have to share your affiliate link with people you can invite.
Once they click the link, it will redirect them to the sign-up page of Pawns. Once they complete the registration process (I will talk about this later), they will now become your referral.
Of course, you need to make sure the people you invite are really interested in earning from this site since you won’t really earn anything if they won’t install and use the IPRoyal’s program.
Option 3 – Paid surveys
The newest earning option IPRoyal Pawns has introduced is to get paid to take surveys.
This is quite unusual for a site where you can earn by sharing your unused internet bandwidth, but they have chosen to introduce this nonetheless.
How do you get paid?
As explained earlier, you will earn a certain amount for every gigabyte of bandwidth you sell and for every survey you complete. That will be stored in your Pawns.app account balance.
You can then withdraw your earnings once you’ve reached the payout threshold of $5, which is fairly low compared to some similar sites. It is not quite as low as on a site like Peer2Profit, but still low enough for it to be fast to reach, which is definitely a plus, in my opinion.
Once you’ve reached the threshold, you have the option to withdraw via PayPal, Bitcoin, or virtual gift cards.
The exact gift cards you can choose from depends on the country you live in. In some countries, there might only be Visa virtual gift cards or none at all, while in other countries you can choose between 50+ different gift cards.
So, as you can see, their payment system is quite straightforward.
You just need to be aware that for some payout options, they charge a processing fee. For PayPal, they charge a 4% fee which is quite high, and a shame they charge this much, in my opinion.
For some gift cards, there will be no processing fees, so this is also something you need to consider before cashing out.
They have changed these payout methods since I first joined, and it is great to see how they listen to the request of their users and have now introduced Bitcoin and gift cards as a payout method.
They used to offer Payoneer and PayPal, and, in my opinion, it is a shame that they no longer also offer Payoneer. The other methods are definitely great, but Payoneer can just be a great option if you want to get paid in cash and if PayPal is not available in your country.
Anyway, they still offer great payout methods.
I like the fact that they have a very low payout threshold which means you can withdraw your earnings fairly quickly.
I also like the fact that they offer very convenient payment methods like PayPal, Bitcoin, and gift cards.
How much money can you make?
As mentioned in the earlier section of this review, you will currently earn $0.20 per gigabyte of unused bandwidth you sell (+bonuses depending on the hours you are connected).
While that isn’t really a huge amount, it will pile up over time, and you will be able to earn a decent amount.
And the good thing is, it’s a passive way of earning. To put it into perspective, the site claims you will be able to earn anywhere from $10 to $500 per month.
But that depends on a couple of things. The amount you can earn will mostly depend on your location and your network speed and ping.
If you have a high-speed internet connection, you have a better chance of selling more bandwidth. As for the location, countries like the US and countries in Europe have better earning potential than other countries, in general.
Their platform is also designed to reward you more the longer you use their program. For each hour the program is running, they will add an extra $0.02USD per gigabyte shared. So, for example, if you keep the program running for 12 hours, you will earn $0.34USD per gigabyte shared.
That’s a significantly higher rate than other sites that offer the same kind of opportunity. That’s why overall, I would say IPRoyal has a good earning potential, especially if you live in the countries mentioned above.
Can you use it on mobile?
Originally, Pawns only worked on a laptop or desktop.
However, since they have developed an app for Android so you can now also earn from your Android phone with it. And you can download it from the Google Play Store.
However, it is not available for iPhones/iOS devices, so it has to be an Android device if you want to use it from a phone.
And you can use it both on mobile and desktop at the same time. In fact, you can use it on as many different devices as you want to, but you just need to make sure each of them is connected to a different network/IP address.
Who can join Pawns?
Pawns is available globally, but you must be of legal age in the country of your official address to join this site.
But as explained earlier, some countries will offer more opportunities than others. So, you could say the opportunities to earn will not be equal in all countries.
That being said, to become a member of Pawns.app, all you have to do is fill out their sign-up form. They will then send you a verification email, and all you have to do to complete the registration is to click the verification link that will be in the email they will send.
Once you’ve done that, you can log in to the site and download their program and install it on your computer.
Can you get support?
Their site has a FAQ page you can refer to, and it answers most of the basic questions you will encounter.
Their site also does a fairly good job, in my opinion, in explaining how you can earn. They also go the extra mile to explain that the data you will share will not be compromised in any way and how they make sure it is safe to use.
Now, if you have any questions about the site or your account, you can send your inquiry using the contact form provided on their website, or you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Overall, I would say they have a decent support system in place since they offer a couple of ways for you to get in touch with their support team.
However, I have been in contact with their support several times with some questions, and sometimes I have received quick replies and other times, I have had to go back and forth many times, and I have actually wasted a lot of time communicating with their support and trying to get info from them, which is definitely a minus.
Pawns is a legit GPT site that will allow you to earn from all your unused bandwidth and by taking surveys. It certainly has a couple of interesting features, but it also has a couple of limitations you need to consider.
So let’s wrap up this review with a summary of its pros and cons so you can see an overview of what the site offers. Then you can decide if it is really a site you should consider joining.
- Offers a passive form of earning
- Has a fairly low payout threshold
- Offers good payment methods (PayPal, Bitcoin, gift cards)
- Limited earning opportunities offered
- It can in some cases, slow down your internet connection a bit
- Sometimes their support is slow
If you don’t mind letting other people use your bandwidth, I would say Pawns can be worth considering. This is mainly because they offer a convenient and effortless way of earning. You just need to be aware that it will take a lot of patience to earn.
But they have a low payout threshold which will ensure you can withdraw your earnings fairly quickly. They also offer convenient payment methods (PayPal, gift cards, and Bitcoin).
Just be aware that the earning potential of this site isn’t the same in all countries. Some countries will have better earning potential than others.