What Is the 'Honey App'?

The shopping app that saves you money while you sit back and watch

What We Like
  • The extension is very easy to install and use.

  • It automatically searches a database of coupons, which can save you time.

  • When it works, it's basically free money.

  • When shopping on Amazon, it will alert you if a product is available for a lower price from a different selling or different listing.

  • It can also pull up a price history of items on Amazon, so you don't overspend on an item that sees regular discounts.

What We Don't Like
  • It doesn't always find coupons, which can feel like a waste of time.

  • There is no mobile app, so you can only use it when shopping with your desktop or laptop.

The Honey app is a browser extension, or add-on, that can save you money by automatically searching for coupons on most of your favorite shopping sites. It's available for all of the major web browsers, and it's a lot easier than manually sifting through coupon sites like RetailMeNot.

How Does the Honey App Work?

Instructions showing how to use the Honey coupon app
Using Honey is as simple as clicking the extension icon during checkout. Screenshot 

Honey works by looking at the items in your cart on most popular shopping websites and then searching for relevant coupon codes. If it finds any working codes, it enters them automatically, and you end up saving money without the hard work of searching for and entering them manually.

A woman using the Honey app on a laptop to save money while shopping online.
The Honey app is a browser extension that automatically checks and applies coupons for you when you shop online. Nipitphon Na Chiangmai / EyeEm / Getty Images

Here are the basic steps involved in using Honey:

  1. Shop on any one of your favorite websites as you normally would.
  2. Open your cart, or check out, but don't complete the process just yet.
  3. With the cart or check out page open, click the Honey icon that's located in the extensions or add-ons section of your web browser.
  4. Click Apply Coupons.
    1. Note: If Honey thinks it's unlikely that it will find a working coupon, the extension will tell you this. Click Try Anyway to force it to look for coupons.
  5. If Honey finds any coupons, it will enter them automatically.
  6. Click Continue to checkout, and complete your purchase as you normally would.

Some sites have partnered with Honey for the HoneyGold program. When you check out on one of these sites, clicking on the Honey extension icon will reveal an option that says Today's Reward Rate, followed by a percentage, and a button that says Activate. Click this button, and you will be eligible to receive cashback from HoneyGold after you complete your purchase.

Where Is Honey Available?

The Honey coupon app is only available as a browser extension, so you can only use it with a compatible web browser. It does support the most popular browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari, and Opera.

You can use Honey whenever you shop, and it works on thousands of different sites. Some of the most popular sites where Honey is available include:

  • Amazon
  • Nike
  • Papa John's
  • J. Crew
  • Nordstrom
  • Forever 21
  • Bloomingdales
  • Sephora
  • Groupon
  • Expedia
  • Hotels.com
  • Crate & Barrel
  • Finish Line
  • Kohl's

If you don't see one of your favorite sites, it doesn't hurt to install the extension and check.

How to Install the Honey Coupon App

step-by-step instructions showing how to install the honey coupon extension
Installing Honey only takes a handful of clicks. Screenshot 

Installing the Honey app extension is extremely easy. It only takes a few clicks, and you'll be ready to find coupons and deals at most of your favorite websites.

Here are the basic steps you'll need to follow:

  1. Launch the web browser of your choice, and navigate to joinhoney.com.
  2. Click Add to Chrome, Add to Firefox, Add to Edge, Add to Safari, or Add to Opera, depending on the browser you are using.
    1. Note: If you are using a compatible browser, the add button on joinhoney.com will automatically download the appropriate add-on or extension. If you aren't using a compatible browser, you will need to switch to one.
  3. Click add extension or allow if prompted.
    1. Note: If you are directed to the add-on or extension store, you'll need to click on Get, Install, or another similar button on the store page.
  4. Click Join with Facebook or Join with Email if you want to take advantage of programs like HoneyGold. Click Complete later if you don't want to sign up.

If you prefer, you can also install the Honey app directly from the extension repository or add-on store for your browser of choice:

How to Uninstall Honey

Instructions showing how to uninstall the Honey coupon app
If you aren't satisfied with Honey, you can remove it as easily as you installed it. Screenshot

Since Honey is just a browser extension, uninstalling it is even easier than installing it. There's no complicated uninstallation procedure since it isn't like an app or program has been installed on your computer.

To uninstall Honey:

  1. Navigate to the extensions or add-ons management section of your web browser.
  2. Locate the Honey extension and click Remove or Uninstall.

That's it. Honey will be totally gone, and you can move on to a different couponing app or reinstall Honey any time you like.

Is the Honey App Safe?

Browser extensions like Honey are usually safe, but there is a potential for abuse. These extensions can include malware, and they are also capable of collecting your private data for various purposes.

In the specific case of Honey, it appears to be totally safe. While the extension does collect information about your shopping habits and sends it back to Honey's servers, Honey has stated that they don't sell your information to third parties.

The reason that the Honey app tracks your web browsing is so that it can appear only on specific pages, and the reason it sends data back to Honey's servers is to verify purchases in order to provide cashback through the HoneyGold program.

If you're worried about Honey collecting and using private information, make sure to read their privacy and security policy before you use the app.

Keep in Mind When Using the Honey Coupon App

  • You don't need to register with Honey to get coupons: When you download and install the Honey browser extension, it prompts you to log in with Facebook or create an account with your email address. You can skip this step if you don't want to sign up with Honey.
  • If you do register with Honey, you can get extra cashback: Some sites partner with Honey to provide Honey with a commission on sales. Honey then gives its registered users a percentage of that back as part of its HoneyGold program.
  • You can combine Honey with other extensions like Ebates to save even more: If you use an extension like Ebates to get money back on purchases, you can still use Honey to find coupon codes.
  • If you have your own coupon code, you can enter it: Honey lets you input your own coupon codes. If you have a valid code for the site you're buying from, you'll receive that discount in addition to any other coupons Honey finds.
  • Pay attention to the Amazon integration: Whenever you look at a product on Amazon, Honey will insert a little icon next to the price. If that item is available for less elsewhere on Amazon, the icon will turn into a button that tells you how much you could save.
  • Use the Droplist feature to save even more money if you're patient: If you're interested in a specific item, but you aren't ready to buy yet, you can add it to your Honey Droplist. If the item goes on sale at Amazon, Walmart, Overstock, or any other supported retailer within a 30, 60, or 90-day time frame, Honey will let you know.

Honey App Competitors

Honey is one of the most well-known couponing browser extensions, but there are other options out there that sometimes provide better results in different situations.

Here are Honey's main competitors that you might want to check out:

  • WikiBuy — This is the Honey's biggest competitor, since it does the exact same thing, and it sometimes turns up coupons that Honey misses. It's available as a browser extension for all the major web browsers, just like Honey, and it is similarly easy to install and use.
  • The Camelizer — This is also a browser extension, but it works a little differently from Honey and WikiBuy. It's basically a front end for CamelCamelCamel, which is a site that lets you find deals on Amazon.
  • RetailMeNot — If you prefer to look for coupons manually, this is one of the oldest, and most reputable, coupon sites on the internet. There is no browser extension or app, so you need to visit the site to look for coupons.
  • Dealspotr — This is another coupon site that claims to have more working coupon codes than other sites due to user input.