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Cash Advance Apps that Work with Cash App [2022 Helpful Guide]

If you are looking for cash advance apps that work with Cash App, you are on the right post to get the complete answer.  Do popular apps like Brigit, Cleo, Earnin, Klover, Dave, etc. work with Cash App? Read this post to find out the complete details of all payday advance apps that support Cash App.

Cash Advance apps allow you to borrow funds outside of your payday cycle. If used correctly, they are a cheaper alternative to the overdraft facility offered by traditional banks that comes with heavy fees, that can burn a hole in your pocket.

Most payday advance apps instead rely on voluntary tips or flat membership fees as a source of revenue.

However, most of them do charge you for instant advances, usually called an express fee if you need the funds immediately (barring a few like Chime SpotMe®)

Some of the popular cash advance apps include Dave, Brigit, Cleo, Albert, Earnin, MoneyLion, Klover, Chime SpotMe®, etc. However, not all cash advance apps are supported by Cash App. 

These apps are essentially advancing you against your paycheck. So they need visibility of your payday and the trend of your direct deposits.

So let’s answer the main question –

Do the cash advance apps allow you to link your Cash App i.e. if you receive a direct deposit in your Cash App account and want to use it to access the cash advance?

No, Cash advance apps need visibility of your payday and paycheck amount, that is not possible with prepaid accounts including Cash App. If you have set up a direct deposit with Cash App and looking to add this account to these cash advance apps, it will mostly NOT work.

These payday advance apps mainly support traditional or online banks, that can be linked via Plaid. That way, they can check your record of a steady income and decide your eligibility.

Having said that, if you want to connect and move funds from Cash Advance Apps to your Cash App account and vice versa, there are a few ways to achieve this.

In a nutshell, you can follow the approach below:

  • Option 1: Open a native bank account offered by the payday app e.g. Dave, Money Lion, Chime, etc. Then link this bank account or add its debit card directly to Cash App
  • Option 2: Link any other supported external bank account (where you receive the direct deposit) to the Cash Advance App. Then add this same bank account to Cash App. Now, use the bank account as a bridge to move money between the two apps.

Let’s now look at popular cash advance apps that are compatible with Cash App and how to connect the two apps.

Cash Advance Apps that work with Cash App

  • Dave
  • MoneyLion
  • Chime SpotMe
  • Albert

Important: These payday apps allow you to move funds to and from Cash App by adding the cash advance app card inside Cash App.

But to be able to get the cash advance, you have to set up direct deposit with a supporting traditional or online bank and not with Cash App.

Dave

Dave website screenshot

If you are using Dave and have a Dave Spending account, you can add your Dave debit card as a payment method in Cash App. You can transfer money from Cash App to your Dave account as well as pull funds from Dave for making payments using Cash App, this way.

Do note that Dave does NOT support instant deposits from Cash App to Dave Spending card (which normally works for other debit cards). As per Dave, a standard deposit transfer can take up to 5 business days.

Dave offers cash advances against your paycheck and has the following terms

  • Fee- 1$ per month for membership
  • Express delivery fees – $0.99-$6.99 for instant advance in your Dave Spending Account, higher for external bank accounts.
  • No interest or credit check required
  • Cash advance up to $500 (A monthly total deposit of $1,000 or more is required for a higher advance amount)
  • Link external bank account -traditional or online bank or use Dave’s own checking account which has eligible direct deposits.

If you link an external bank account, Dave usually verifies that your account has a minimum 60-day history and checks for any recent negative balances.

Dave checks for at least three (3) recurring deposits, income history, and spending patterns to determine eligibility and limits

If you open a checking account with Dave, you get the Dave debit card for such a checking account. You can then add this card to Cash App.

How to add the Dave Debit Card to Cash App

  1. Open the Cash App and log-in
  2. Next tap on the Bank icon at bottom of the cash app home page
  3. Next tap on Link bank
  4. Enter your Dave card number
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions and complete the Verification process
  6. Your Dave account will be linked to Cash App

Adding Cash from Dave to Cash App

  1. Go to Cash App’s homepage
  2. Tap on the bank or dollar icon
  3. Choose Add Cash
  4. Enter the amount you wanna add
  5. Tap on the Add $ button
  6. Verify your identity
  7. Money will be transferred from Dave to Cash App

MoneyLion

You can add your MoneyLion debit card to Cash App, to transfer funds from your Cash App to your Money Lion account.

You can get the Money Lion debit card if you sign up for RoarMoney.

You can then add your Roar Money Card to Cash App. Cash App supports instant transfer to such linked debit cards.

However, do note that there are sometimes issues of delay experienced when trying to transfer funds to fintech debit cards

Alternatively, you can also add your Cash App account to Roar Money using the manual process by entering your Cash App routing and account number. This is a standard ACH transfer and can take 1-3 business days.

You can check more details on how to transfer money from MoneyLion to Cash App.

MoneyLion works on a membership model with the product “InstaCash” option (without interest) that offers to advance up to $250 ahead of payday. It also provides short-term loans.

Eligibility conditions MoneyLion

You can also use an external bank account to MoneyLion for it to validate your direct deposit and balance history.

You should note a few points when linking a bank account and applying for the cash advance from MoneyLion, from an eligibility perspective.

  • The bank account has been active for at least two months and has regular deposits of income/paychecks
  • The bank account should have a positive balance

MoneyLion Terms

  • Up to $250 cash advance with 0%APY
  • No interest or late fees
  • No credit history check
  • Express fees- $0.99 to $7.99 to get advance instantly

Chime SpotMe

Chime Spot Me Website Screenshot

You can also use Chime with Cash App by adding your Chime Debit Card or Chime Bank account as a payment method in Cash App.

If you have signed up with Chime and set up a direct deposit of $200 or more, you could also spot yourself an amount up to $200 by opting for Chime SpotMe®.

Chime SpotMe allows you to overdraft your Chime debit card for purchases and cash withdrawals.

You can read more to understand the details of how Chime SpotMe works.

Albert

If you have the Albert Cash account which comes with the Albert debit card, you can add this card to Cash App. This can be used to pull funds when needed from your Albert account to Cash App. You can also cash out your Cash App funds to this card using an instant deposit.

However, it won’t work if you are looking to link Cash App Card to Albert App.

As per the Albert website, to get access to Albert Instant (cash advance facility), you need to link a debit card associated with a bank account where you receive your income.

Prepaid cards and cash cards don’t have the necessary functionality to receive and repay cash advances and are not supported by Albert Instant.

It also gives the below list of prepaid cards which are not supported by Albert Instant:

  • Netspend
  • Walmart Money
  • BankMobile Vibe
  • Card.com
  • Go2Bank
  • AccountNow Prepaid Visa
  • American Express Reserve
  • Money Network Pay Card

Although Albert does not specifically call out Cash App Card in the above list, it may imply.

Other Apps and their compatibility with Cash App

Cleo

No, Cleo only works with a bank account when it comes to using the Cleo Plus service, where you get the cash advance facility. They don’t support linking to prepaid cards.

But for the purpose of moving money between the two apps, you can use a common bank account to connect Cleo to Cash App.

Earnin

You may not be able to use Earnin with Cash App.

As per Earnin, it does NOT support transfers to prepaid cards or prepaid accounts, including Cash App Card.

You can still use a workaround to link Cash App to Earnin for the purpose of moving funds between the two apps.

Brigit

No, Brigit is another example of an app that does not link directly when it comes to prepaid cards like Cash App.

You can check my detailed post on how you can indirectly link Brigit with Cash App.

Vola

No, Vola does not support prepaid cards like Cash App or Venmo.

Vola, founded in 2017, is a relatively new player in the payday loans segment. It offers cash advances up to $300. It has its headquarters in New York. There is no interest but it requires you to pay a membership fee starting at $2.99.

You may be able to add the Vola prepaid card inside Cash App. However, there is no confirmation of this. Do share in the comments, if it works for you.

How to Borrow Money From Cash App

Cash App has its own Borrow feature, that allows you to get a loan on Cash App itself up to a limit. The Cash App Borrow feature is still in the testing phase and has not been rolled out to everyone.

With the Cash App Borrow feature, Cash App in itself competes with the Cash Advance apps in a way. So in the case of linking fintech to fintech, it always is difficult to guarantee compatibility due to such conflicting interests.

If you can see the Borrow option on your Cash App (see below), you can get a loan from $20 to $200 (even higher).

  1. Open Cash App
  2. Next tap on your Cash App balance in the bottom left corner
  3. Next, go to the “Banking” header
  4. If you see “Borrow” you can take out a Cash App loan
  5. Tap on “Borrow
  6. Tap “Unlock
  7. Cash App will tell you how much you’ll be able to borrow
  8. Read the user agreement
  9. Accept a Cash App Borrow loan

However, it is NOT a cheap option.

Cash App charges a 5% flat fee to borrow money that you have to repay in four weeks. Plus another 1.25% per week after the grace period.

So it turns out to be expensive w.r.t other apps but more convenient to set up or administer.

If you are looking to use Cash App with these cash advance apps, it would be better to

Way 1: Set up your direct deposit with a traditional bank account or supporting online banks. Then use this bank account or bank debit card as a bridge between the Cash App and cash advance apps to move the funds between them, by individually linking this traditional bank account in both apps.

That way, you can move funds to and fro using the bank account as a bridge.

You can even consider using an online-only banking service like Chime that works with other cash advance apps.

Note: Chime is a financial technology company, not a bank. Banking services provided by, and debit card issued by, The Bancorp Bank or Stride Bank, N.A.; Members FDIC.

Way 2: If the cash advance app offers its own native checking account, you can link the debit card or bank account that you have set up with these cash advance apps like Dave, MoneyLion, in Cash App.

That way, you can transfer the money borrowed to your Cash App account or cash out your Cash App balance to such advance accounts. However, this is setting up a direct fintech-to-fintech connection, which may not be ideal but does the job.

Wrap Up

Unfortunately, you can’t link or add your Cash App account to any of the Cash Advance Apps. But there are ways to move funds between your Cash App account and your Cash Advance App, either using a traditional bank account as a link or by directly linking the cash advance card offered by such Payday apps in your Cash App account.

References

  • https://support.dave.com/hc/en-us/articles/360062306431-Cash-App
  • https://help.albert.com/hc/en-us/articles/360041602433-How-do-I-qualify-for-Albert-Instant
  • https://help.earnin.com/hc/en-us/articles/360033747993-Can-I-use-a-prepaid-card-or-a-paycard
* Chime SpotMe disclosure:
1. Chime SpotMe is an optional, no fee service that requires a single deposit of $200 or more in qualifying direct deposits to the Chime checking account each month. All qualifying members will be allowed to overdraw their account up to $20 on debit card purchases and cash withdrawals initially, but may be later eligible for a higher limit of up to $200 or more based on member’s Chime Account history, direct deposit frequency and amount, spending activity and other risk-based factors. Your limit will be displayed to you within the Chime mobile app. You will receive notice of any changes to your limit. Your limit may change at any time, at Chime’s discretion. Although there are no overdraft fees, there may be out-of-network or third party fees associated with ATM transactions. SpotMe won’t cover non-debit card transactions, including ACH transfers, Pay Friends transfers, or Chime Checkbook transactions.
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