How to Get a Free Stock Referral from Robinhood – up to $225!

Robinhood is a popular stock trading app that charges absolutely no commissions. You can read our full review of Robinhood to get a better idea of what they do.

They recently went public and so they’re under even more pressure to increase accounts and revenue for their shareholders.

For years, they’ve had quite a few promotions and you can take advantage of them to get free money in your pocket!

The most exciting of which is a free share of stock for new accounts when you have a referral. (and once you have an account, then you can refer your friends!)

Want even more free stock? Webull will give up to 2 free stocks. They have no account minimums and no fees, so enjoy your free stock!

  • Get 1 free stock ($3 - $300) when you open an account,
  • Make an initial deposit of any amount (even a penny), get another free stock worth $7 - $ 3,000

>> Get stock from Webull

The two brokers are similar, here is a comparison between the two!

Table of Contents
  1. Open Account, Get Free Stock
  2. How Robinhood Promotions Work

Open Account, Get Free Stock

The most exciting of the referral promotions is the free stock promotion. When you refer a friend, they get a chance of getting a share of stock valued between $2.5 and $225. The stock is awarded when they fund their account.

When you refer a friend, you also get a share of stock too – you can receive up to $500 in free stocks per year.

The stock is not automatically deposited into your account. You will get a notification (or look in your history/past invites screen) and you have 60 days to claim the reward.

You can sell the stock after 2 trading days but you have to keep the cash value of the stock in your account for 30 days. That value will be reported on a 1099-MISC.

Get Your Free Stock from Robinhood

According to Robinhood, here are the probabilities (based on when they acquired the shares, the market fluctuates so award could be different):

  • 100% chance of getting a free share of stock
  • ~98% chance the stock has a value of $2.50-$10;
  • ~1% chance the stock has a value of $10-$50;
  • ~1% chance the stock has a value of $50-$225.

Once they open an account and transfer, you’ll see a notification on your phone. Click through to the person and claim your prize:

(if you look carefully, the list of invites will tell you the stock ticker of what you won – I realized this on the second referral, which you see above)

Then you get to a screen where you “pick” three stocks (part of Robinhood’s gamification):

Oooohhh the suspense!

There’s some intermediate “scratcher” screen but then you see this:

Stock Won - SWN
Yipee!!!

Fun! Now I can sell in 2 business days (how long it probably takes to settle).

Here are a few high stock amounts I’ve seen:

How Robinhood Promotions Work

A great part about Robinhood promotions is that your referral link never changes. It’s the same invite link you’ve always been using.

The only difference is the incentive you get, the incentive your friend gets, and the rules regarding withdrawals. So what you will see above is a listing of all the different promotions they’re actively running. As a startup, they mix it up all the time so what you see will vary based on your account.

No commission trades, referral sign-up money, this is what disruption looks like — if you get a free share of stock through this, let us know what you got! 🙂

Get your free stock today!

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About Jim Wang

Jim Wang is a thirty-something father of four who is a frequent contributor to Forbes and Vanguard's Blog. He has also been fortunate to have appeared in the New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Entrepreneur, and Marketplace Money.

Jim has a B.S. in Computer Science and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.S. in Information Technology - Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as a Masters in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University. His approach to personal finance is that of an engineer, breaking down complex subjects into bite-sized easily understood concepts that you can use in your daily life.

One of his favorite tools (here's my treasure chest of tools,, everything I use) is Personal Capital, which enables him to manage his finances in just 15-minutes each month. They also offer financial planning, such as a Retirement Planning Tool that can tell you if you're on track to retire when you want. It's free.

He is also diversifying his investment portfolio by adding a little bit of real estate. But not rental homes, because he doesn't want a second job, it's diversified small investments in a few commercial properties and farms in Illinois, Louisiana, and California through AcreTrader.

Recently, he's invested in a few pieces of art on Masterworks too.

Opinions expressed here are the author's alone, not those of any bank or financial institution. This content has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  1. Patricia Carhart says

    I signed up for Robinhood….however I did not receive a free share of stock, nor did the person that invited me. What needs to happen for us to receive the free stock share?

  2. David says

    I got a Sprint stock when I signed up for $5.77 which was cool. Just today signed up my first friend and got Apple at $211!!!! That was super cool. Created a pretty big buzz around the office and now have several people jumping on board. Great advertising by Robinhood. Meanwhile, I’ve enjoyed the App. Very simple and user friendly. Can’t beat free trades. Will enjoy this while it lasts. Free is hard to maintain.

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