Review of Charity Miles

I’ve been using the Charity Miles app for over 2 years, and recently I’ve had several people ask me about the app, and how it works.

Please note, I am not being paid for this review, I use the app daily to help raise money for charities that I select, and am reviewing the app to raise awareness and to encourage others to use the app as well. The opinions in this review are my own.
How do I use the app? To begin, download the app on your phone (currently available on Apple and Android phones), open the app, select a charity, and start moving! Once you’re finished with your run, walk, or bike, simply complete the activity and post to social media to help spread the word.
How far do I have to walk, bike, or run? The smallest distance the app recognizes is .1 mile, so even if you only walk a short distance, you can still help and have sponsors donate money. As far as I know, there is no limit to the maximum distance. I have heard of people running ultra marathons while also using Charity Miles.

Does it cost money to join? Does it cost money to run, walk, or bike for charity? This app is free! You do not have to spend any money to donate to charity, the corporate sponsors donate to the charity of your choice, based on the distance you walk, run, or bike! The fact that I did not have to spend money, and I could still do good and have donations made to my charities was a HUGE benefit for me, I am still doing good, raising awareness, and raising money for charity!

How do I post to social media? Currently the app allows you to post your run, walk, or bike to Facebook and/or Twitter. The purpose of posting is to get the word about Charity Miles out to friends and family, and to prompt others to download and use the app. You do have the option of completing your activity and still getting the sponsorship without posting to Facebook or Twitter. Charity Miles will never post to social media without your approval.

Which Charities can I raise money for? There are currently 30 charities listed (including ASPCA, Wounded Warrior Project, RED, Pencils for Promise, Every Mother Counts, Autism Speaks, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Special Olympics, Girl Up, and many more). You can definitely find a charity that you would like to support. They are adding charities all the time too. You may choose one each time you begin an activity. You do not have to run, walk, or bike for the same charity every time, you can switch them up. I often run for 4-5 different charities throughout the week.

Can I view my history? You are able to view your history, and see the date of the activity, the distance, the time of the activity, and what your activity did for charity. Remember, for biking, you raise $0.10 per mile, and for running and walking, you raise $0.25 per mile.
Can I use the app indoors or on a treadmill? Yes! There was an update a while back that allows you to use the app inside! You can select if you are walking, running, biking, indoor walking, or indoor running. There is currently not a way to track indoor biking.
Is there a way to participate with my friends, family, or coworkers? Yes! Charity Miles allows you to join one or more “teams,” which allows your team to track miles together. There is no additional money given to charity, but it is a great way to see how your friends are doings, or to have a friendly competition and challenge your friends, family, or coworkers to do more!

If you want more information about Charity Miles, please visit their website, or find them on Twitter or Facebook.

I strongly encourage you to try the app, you’ve truly got nothing to lose, and can do good by using it! Good luck!

39 thoughts on “Review of Charity Miles

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  3. Are you sure this does not cost me money because I cannot afford any additional expense, but can think of no better way to exercise for a cause or two. My health and a charity!

    • I don’t know what happens to my information. I signed up with my email and name only. I do get emails occasionally from the charities themselves, but have not gotten any other spam.

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  5. I have a question. Can I use my running app along with this app? I like to record my my routes and my splits.

  6. Are there any down sides to leaving the app running all day? Rather than just raise money while I’m doing my dedicated work out, I’m wondering if I can just have it track my all day activity.

  7. Does the Charity Miles app use A LOT of data? I have just got a smart phone a week ago and I have been using Charity Miles for the past 5 days. It seems that it has already used 19 GB! Is that normal?

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    • It tracks movement. I don’t know how accurate it would be doing aerobics or martial arts, but definitely try! Use the indoor walk/run setting. Let me know if you are able to use it!

  9. It is my understanding that there is a cap amount for donation. What would happen if with all the contributions of the participating runners/bikers the sum amount goes over the cap? Has the cap been reached in the previous years?

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