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The Simpsons: Tapped Out: Top 8 tips, hints, and cheats for donuts, cash, and XP!

The Simpsons: Tapped Out: Top 8 tips, hints, and cheats for donuts, cash, and XP!

Definitive Simpsons: Tapped Out guide: How to get more donuts, more cash, and more XP faster!

Simpsons: Tapped Out can take over your life and replace it with a Homer Simpson and donut filled cartoon replica faster than you can say "D'oh!" But if you're going to spend all your waking - and some sleeping - hours helping rebuild Springfield, we're want to help you do it as fast, as easily, and as cheaply as possible. So, I've collected some of the very best tips, hints, and flat out cheats I could find, and loaded them up here. So, keep reading, and get ready to take your Simpsons: Tapped Out gaming from "haha!" to "woohoo!"

1. Hidden items and bonuses

This is a rather easy one and doesn't require any skill. Tap on Homer so his task list comes up next to him. Now tap on Homer 10 times quickly. Doing this will unlock 10 donuts and a Jebediah Statue.

2. Choosing tasks

When choosing tasks for your characters to perform, it's good to be mindful of how long they take and what the reward is. Typically longer tasks come with a higher dollar and/or donut amount attached to them. It's good to choose these tasks before you're about to put the game down in order to let your characters achieve these while you're away.

If you're actively playing the game and building things out, it's good to assign your characters to perform shorter tasks. The monetary amount may not be as much but you'll get to interact with your character a lot more. Those little tasks can sometimes add up to decent amounts of cash or donuts rather fast too.

3. Collect money and XP in less taps

If you're tired of seeing all the XP and dollar signs floating around the screen but don't want to tap on each individual one, there's an easier way to collect all of it. Simply tap on one stack to expand it and then close or open your task book. After about five to ten seconds you'll see all your XP and money whisk into your account without the need for you to tap on any more of it.

4. Choose your buildings carefully

When it comes to adding on to Springfield, it's good to choose what you'd like to build carefully. Each property has the potential to earn you money and XP but how much?

Commercial spaces such as the Kwik-E-Mart and others have the ability to earn you higher income but it comes at the cost of time. While you can trigger more tasks at once, they'll most likely take longer. These are good ones to have as a steady stream of income. I typically trigger tasks when I can and definitely always have tasks running while I'm away from the game. That way I come back to a nice pile of cash the next time I play.

Residential properties will earn you income tax on a pretty regular basis but it isn't a ton of cash. You can supplement this by checking on the houses and making sure there aren't any other tasks you can perform. For example, at the Flanders you can send Lisa to babysit. These kinds of residential tasks take longer but earn more cash.

5. Level up faster

Items such as trees will earn you XP, which you'll need in order to level up and unlock other items. While these items don't earn you cash or donuts, it's important not to forget about them. Certain characters, buildings, and other items can only be unlocked when you reach a certain level.

In order to level up, you've got to collect XP. Adding trees, landscaping, and other items are cheap ways of earning XP faster.

6. Consult with the Conform-O-Meter

By tapping on the star rating in your left bottom detail view you'll be shown the Conform-O-Meter. There are many different areas that are dictated by star ratings. The higher the star rating you have in each category, the faster you'll rake in bonuses on top of the XP and money that is paid out for each task. For example, planting more trees will cause the tree hugger portion of your conformity score to climb, therefore increasing the bonuses you can collect for performing tasks in that category.

7. Buying donuts vs buying cash

Tapped Out gives you the option to buy donuts and cash via in-app purchase in order to accelerate how fast you can beat and unlock new objectives and items. When it comes to buying cash or buying donuts the better option is normally buying donuts.

The reason I recommend buying donuts over cash is that donuts allow you to finish objectives faster by rushing them. This in turn gives you cash quicker. In essence, you're really accumulating both faster in turn giving you more money to buy items faster and increase your XP by rushing tasks.

8. Your tips and tricks!

If you play Tapped Out regularly, what tips and tricks have you found that either help you accumulate more items or clear objectives faster? Let us know either in the comments or through our forums. There's already a Tapped Out tips and tricks thread going so if you know anything you think other iMore readers and forum browsers would find useful, be sure to add it in!

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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There are 550 comments. Add yours.

redbeard says:

This game is addicting but frustrating how to get everything you'd have to spend hundreds of dollars on donuts, the in app purchase system has allowed many iOS games to make console games look cheap..

jjd83 says:

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Jacko Asia says:

Was searching for The Simpsons tapped out cheats and found a working one, added many donuts and money.

Got it from

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Daniel Diffoe says:

Simpsons Tapped Out is really awesome... But when someone asks about donuts I tell them that farming is the best way to do so. Without some methods or tricks it is really hard, but look at

Daniel Diffoe says:

Even updated with new game version

Juan Anderson says:

Ooh thank you Daniel, was looking for something like that :):)

Bretteo says:

Anyone looking for cheap donuts email
I am offering all premium characters & 2000 donuts for £5 via PayPal. Contact for more info!!

Philip Vaughn says:

How can I get free donuts and money please help me please

maryjane smokes says:

i can help u...and its not a trick..if u dont believe me you can change your password after I'm done with me..

Amy Evans says:

Hiya could you help me get money and doughnuts please! I'm thank you!!

Cristina Rice says:

Can you please help me get donuts?

Trevon Brock says:

What i need is lot's of donut's i play everyday but i need help with donut's . can u please help me thank u and Hey happy holidays n manny more for u and u family !!! U can reach me at ( ) and my ID for da game is ( Treblizy69 ) and ( Trevon49 ) So can u help with dat?????

Guido Dalphonse says:

Cld you please help me get doughnut miss marryjane smokes my email is or if ne one can help me or tell me how to root my phone for game hack

Faisal Shabir says:

Yes pls help me
Get me lots of donuts and cash

Wendy Ashley says:

Do you think you could help me

Josh Pollock says:

Could you help me my password is AKcollop1 in that order and capital letters inclued if u could that would be great

Trevon Brock says:

What can u help me with cause I would like some help with donuts l

Trevon Brock says:

I need lots n lots of donuts can u help me with dat ????

Trevon Brock says:

Maryjane can u please help me I need lot's n lot's of donuts I play dis game everyday but I can't seem to get enough donut's to get da other things I need. So can u pleases help me out. u can reach me at ( ) and my ID for tappedout is ( treblizy69 ) n ( trevon49 ) thank u n hope to hear from u soon!!!!!

exclusiveskillsz says:

Hey can you email me?

And add me guys exclusiveskillsz

toysupra76 says:

Please help my user name is password 1985supra

toysupra76 says:

Can u help my user id is pass 1985supra

StevenItman says:

are you still available to help someone out? Im at Thanks

StevenItman says:

I just added maryjane is that you?

R jay says:

I tried everything. Can you please help me my email address is

Chris Blake2 says:

What is ur email and how can u do it

thehomo89 says:

Help! Please! Need lots of donuts and lots of cash! My email is Have tried all of the "hack"downloads but all of them just keep asking you to complete a survey and never work.

Rich Lam1 says:

you can add me as well if u guys need neighbors. iGhost_tech

Reece Tipton says:

Add me Guys im on Regularly CaptainKronik9

Jacko Asia says:

Was searching for The Simpsons tapped out cheats and found a working one,

Got it from

Laura Denilsen says:

I have found The Simpsons Tapped Out tool which gave me unlimited donuts and cash. It's a great app that helped me a lot! You can find it here:

DarshOne says:

the trick to lots of cash is to build hundreds of houses as if they were suburbs. they become cash cows. set them off to the side and then create your city however you want.

NamelessStar says:

add me for social part of game for my origin id

simpsonssasuke says:

Does the Jebediah Springfield statue thing only work once per app coz I did it on my account called simpsonssasuke (don't bother adding me it's dodged up so that I can't accept friend requests on that account) and I can't do it on my other two accounts(which I will not name coz I don't want loads of requests)

klopez13 says:

Nice tips! Thanks. And if anyone needs neighbors: kmo360779 =) add me

Jacey Allen says:

add me!! jacey_gizmo. Dailey player.

Imago3d says:

Add me if you want more neighbors too! Imago3d

Imago3d says:

Thanks for all the adds! My boyfriend also plays the game religiously. Add him if you need more neighbors too! UnrealFox

Kassandra Wiskin says:

Thanks for the tips!! Add me at kassandralittle@

jmoney11191 says:

Thanks add me joeb8908 I'm on daily

Rachel Epps says:

Nice! Thanx! Feel free to add me my orgin ID is racheleepp27

Robert Hagger says:

Hi Rachael my name is robert and I need a social friend for the Simpsons tapped out thanks

Donna Scruggs says:

Add me needing neighbors can't add people for some reason dglass1989

Mimi Cavallari says:

Add me everyone! Origin ID: mimigatinhaa

makiavelliapoc says:

If anyone is looking for a friend feel free to add me, regularly on
Id= makiavelliaz

Thx and have fun!

Gabriel Spender says:

Add me on rhodgson. Stupid name I know!

h0bd0b1in says:

You don't need to open or close the task book to pick up cash and XP, any stuff left lying around will automatically get picked up after a while. You just have to pop the reward first, obviously.

There used to be a neat bug where you could make Lisa and Homer teleport after cleaning up but it's been fixed. :( Was great to save walking time in large Springfields.

gummey717 says:

add me need more neighbors ...
thks !!!

VampireKumagoro says:

In need of friends. Regularly on.
tonistiern13 is username. Thanks! :)

katie19xox says:

Add me! Katie19xox
Thanks :)

Jenn Bishop says:

Please add me. I really need neighbors and friends!! JENNGIRAFF451

felicia elmendorf says:

This game is really addicting do need more neighbors tho Soo please add me feliciaelm688 :)

Emma Jones1 says:

Add me I need neighbours :). Add me : kitiycat

felicia elmendorf says:

Add my boyfriend he plays too dumbthomas475 thanks again:)

Titania1980 says:

Add me please for more neighbours... tboon3407 :)

nj666 says:

Add me as friend if someone needs them for their game - origin id - yamraj666

Janbanan says:

Add me and my girlfriend! we play every day :)



drea6885 says:

Add me: drea6885

And my husband: harris_b_a67


drea6885 says:

Ok all full Now! Thanks!

GwenTreffinger says:

Add me:

Twisted 5 says:

The math on your task advice is off. Simple addition will show you that although the shorter tasks appear to give you less than the longer, repeated shorter tasks will pay more than a single longer task. For example, if you managed to do eight one hour tasks efficiently for eight hours, that will pay more than a single eight hour task. Three eight hour tasks will pay more than one twenty four hour task. And premium character/skin tasks always pay more than non premium tasks. Perhaps add stuff up before you give advice lacking thoroughness. The game does this to encourage more frequent visiting.

Chino Ramos says:

Add me. Need neighbors chinopits

Glenn Collard says:

Yes can add me play daily. Tigercoll

Bethy Farris says:

Hey peeps! Plz add me!!! ( or ) orgin id: bethyfarris. Thank you

jay lee123 says:

Please add me... !!



hannahsomeone says:

Add me hannah168. I will accept all. And will help out daily. If vice versa x thanks x

Ivan Gartner says:

Add both of us! IvanLeeGee and webbka1

felicia elmendorf says:

Add a friend lazyjock23x thanks

Steven Newell says:

add us both please:


Steven Newell says:

add us both please:


Cheryl Smith1 says:

What are XPs and how much is each house worth? I understand that XPs are earned from developing scenery but what does XP stand for? I am trying to develop strategies and want to know how much each house is worth. Also, please add me, c5anons. I need friends.

Eban with a face says:

xp is what you need to level up. xp means experience, and for the houses the payouts are listed in the build menu. what you need to determine is how often you are playing. ie buy the purple houses if you plan on playing every 3 hours.

hannahsomeone says:

Experience points Nd it tells u

Cheryl Smith1 says:

I don't think I stated my question about the houses clearly. Can you give the approximate pay-out on each of the hoses?

Lynette Waggoner Monahan says:

My sister and brother in law got me hooked on this about a week ago...I would love to have additional neighbors


see ya on the block! :)

hannahsomeone says:

Heey add my brother. Goes on daily and will help out. Craigdbake147. Thanks. Xx

hannahsomeone says:

Add me hannah168
Add me bro craigdbake147
Thanks evrii1.

theone290 says:

on Tapped Out regularly Please add me
Id: theone290
Thanks yall!

Joncrip says:

Feel free to add me, regular player

Andromeda Palma says:

Add me: axp037b



Astyliana says:

I play somewhat and my town is horrible (haven't bothered to actually uncluttered everything) and I hope I can accept friends as I know one person who can see and visit my town but I can't go to his. :(
But my ID is moarbunny if anyone wants to try inviting, it's nice having friends. :)

RedRox15 says:

Add me to if you guys need neighbors.... mzilanda66 and mzilanda935 thanks guys....

Jamiegarzo943 says:

Add me please :( jamiegarzo943 I tried adding the other ppl up here but my friend request fail, please help I play all the time.

hannahsomeone says:

Hey add me hannah168. Add my brother craigdbake147. And add my mum juyoujudit257. Thanks we will help you out daily so youll get the xp thanks xx

Lynette Waggoner Monahan says:

Hi! Nettemonahan here. Thanks to all who accepted.or the Simpsons game. Please request my fiance. his oricon IS is: jkozacki
thanks! See you in alternate Springfields! :)

RedRox15 says:

Yea add me sister to Lol... mzd33 thanks for adding everybody...

Gatsby0121 says:

Add me as well, Gatsby0121

PattyGoRocket says:

Add me please =] I check this game religiously Id:PattyGoRocket

Thanks =]

hannahsomeone says:

Add me hannah168. And add my mum juyoujudit257. Thanks we are daily users and my mum doesnt have many people so please add her as well. Tah guys xx

SnowDragon says:

Adding people fail - please add: heylarry_h872

SnowDragon says:

Thanks for all the requests!! I'll post again if I need more but I don't think I'd habe time to pkay my game if I added any more town :D

Catheryn Jonk says:

Please my boyfriend too: Enigma9912

Cassandra King says:

Please add me as a neighbor ID= ckinglulu896 thx:-)

dick diamante says:

hey guys i'm in need of neighbors please add me. ddstriker9

rachmcd says:

need some neighbors add me! rachel_mcd602

josiegordon says:

Thanks for the tips!

Anyone can feel free to add me - I'd love more neighbors. I'm on daily: shakeitsalome78

Judith Stich says:

Good tips! Also, you can sometimes get donuts from the "clean up springlfield" action. I have not found any yet, however, my husband has dug up about 5 from this. I could use some more neighbors as well: JudithStic875.

Bretteo says:

Anyone looking for cheap donuts email
I am offering all premium characters & 2000 donuts for £5 via PayPal. Contact for more info!!

CPU_M_Rossi says:

add me - on daily. CPUMRossi

Jayla Straughter says:

Add me please need neighbors saralee84

barbor98 says:

Add me too please! barbor98

rachmcd says:

my son would like some neighbors...add him please! izajoe007214

Brenton Stover says:

Need neighbors! Add me! drstover476

Brian Wentzloff says:

Go ahead and add me as a neighbor while you're at it: bwentzloff

Jim Jason Lee says:

pls add me im in need of neighboors badly


thanks guys

sicnic87 says:

Needing neighbors add me: sicnic87isbau5
Dumb name I know

Theodore Day says:

Hey, my name is theodoregd952 i play alot and will help wherever i can. Will add back too :-)

Andy Lazar says:

Add me as a neighbor: alazar917

Crookid says:

won't you be my neighbor... ID: fnCRookiD

Matt Naulder says:

Add me as a neighbour! I have none! :( play everyday!!! ID Neilding

Erik Pelkey says:

FOUR new deals!! FIRST one Is I will get you TWO premiums and FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND cash to show you this actually works. If you like it and want to purchase full pack For TEN USD I will get you ALL premiums all land expansions all characters anything needing rush possible level ups pop stick house magnafying glass escalator to nowhere millions cash THIRTY - ONE HUNDRED FIFTY donuts all boardwalk pieces and building. For FIFTEEN USD I will do all mentioned above and also complete all of krustyland building premiums etc. If you refer someone an they mention your name (so I know) you can get complete pack (Springfield and Krustyland) done for JUST TEN USD!! Email me at simpsonsiphoneapp(at)hotmail(dot)com for more info

(Note this does require me to use your email and password to sign into ORIGIN ONLY!!)

Andy Lazar says:

Add me and my sister as neighbors
Me: alazar917
My sister: ihcp2001

Jon Swanson1 says:

I need neighbors. If you feel so led as to help a stranger out please do!! Metalguy88793

meli6570 says:

Thanks for the tips! Just started playing this week and I need neighbors - please feel free to add me meli6570.

Susahhh says:

Need neighbours! Add me! Susahhh

Emily A1 says:

Add me please, I am on it all the time ;)

alabotha says:

Feel free to add me :
Need neighbours (-:

ermidc22718 says:

Add me up guys. I need neighbors :) ermidc22718

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Haley Hester says:

Add me as a neighbor! 924259448 < that's my username

Babyd4life says:

I'm new to this an only have one friend yes sad I know lol add me please babydstubbs thank you peeps

Colin Dixon1 says:

Add me

Origin I'd- colinthemilkman

carly office says:

Add me please

Origin I'd - carlymeat

Judith Stich says:

Thanks for the adds :) Now my hubby could use some friends: stich_kyle961

romanromain says:

Don't hesitate to add me: romanromain

cah412 says:

Damn game keeps booting me out when I try and sign in with my old username so I had to start a brand new Springfield :( This means I've lost all my neighbours etc so I NEED MORE!! Please add me: cah4dec - Thanks :)

Carriej121 says:

I love this game, play every day. Please add me : carriereid141

Delano Limoen says:

!!!-------------- !!!! Add me! Origin Username: IAMNOZEM

Delano Limoen says:

Add me! -------! Origin Username: IAMNOZEM

LolaSylphide says:

Need neighbours... Username: Lolasylph ...add me please :)

Aayush Tandon says:

I have 99 slots left for neighbors
ID is aayushtandon

I am also experimenting on a trick someone on the internet posted.... will let you know if it works...!

eddwrightdynamite says:

Hey!! If anyone wants an amazing Neighbour like me add me up! I love you long time.. x


orsi165 says:

If anyone would like more neighbours, add me.

swpy33 says:

Add me to the list too... My Wife and I play and its became addicting
user name swpy33

Jim Alton says:

Add me jimalton27

If you need free donuts or money then checkout the video below.

Justine Holmes says:

Add me! Need more neighbours play everyday! just1ne500

Gardiner_design says:

If anyone is looking for donuts and premium items then the best place to go is -

Artur Nobrega says:

Please add me:









Georgie Cox says:

I want more neighbours!! :) add me! Geosimpson979 x

kiiwii85 says:

I play everyday and need neighbors! Add me kiiwii85

TheOSensei says:

I just keep telling myself...
Don't buy any donuts...don't but any donuts.. : (

Some new neighbors would help though!!

Please Add me


Sheryce Stewart says:

Please add me ASAP ;)

Sheryce Stewart says:

Please add me hova1176 Thank you! ;)

Jess Norbury says:

I tried to add neighbors but it won't let me! Please add me jcnbs410!

pfroemmen says:

Add me:


Playing daily.

Namira217 says:

Add me! Namira217
I play daily!

LVtrickster says:

ADD ME!!!!


I play everyday!

loltiffrules21 says:

If anybody needs neighbors please ADD ME!!!
Orgin name: loltiffrules21

Stine Eriksen says:

Best game ever! If you need neighbours make sure to add me! My username is "Muggimus"

Jenn Bishop says:

Add me!!! Wackyjack40. I need neighbors!

abitzel25 says:

Add me plz won't let me send requests

lizziel says:

Please add me, I need neighbours and play daily! Lizzielola26

Ceceberry says:

Add me everyone:-D Ceceberry

zarryzarrynight says:

Add me guys! I need neighbors.


I play daily :)

Faizal Kamaruddin says:

I play everyday.... Add me wtm1432

shackdiesel8554 says:

Add me shackdiesel8554 I play every day

DaMiracle211 says:

All I think about are donuts haha. Add me -----> AyTeyTey

Kasey Waller says:

Is there a limit to the amount of neighbors you can have? How do you delete neighbors who no longer play to make more room? My game Id is Kasey2480679

Victoria Burstow says:

Me and my husband play every day, please add us our user names are: viksyb and kevinox74

John Williams9 says:

The wife and I are new to the game but addicted to it. Neighbor us at Johnnyspecs and SusieQfrog.

jessmarie2402 says:

Add me jessmarie2402 I play every day :)

Ashley Schmidt says:

Everyone PLEASE ADD ME, really need neighbours my user I'd is AshleyD1987470

mrsluckyzl says:

Does anyone still play this game? My husband and I play and we need friends,
By the way, thank you the tap Homer trick worked.
Our origin names are

mrsluckyzl says:

I can't get back in the game, is anyone else having problems with the game?

Anhinrichs says:

I play all the time please add me hinrichs18469

reyynn says:

Daily player looking to add more friends.
Origin ID: Reyynn

Jeremy Morgan says:

New to the game, add me if you would like.


Thanks in advance.

Micky Day says:

Nelson tells me I have wasted months of my life on this game.

Also In need of friends - Mickyd63

See you in Springfield....Ha ha!

navyshortie says:

Hey I could use some neighbors.. I am trying to get this down! :) Add me: navyshortie

elrosed says:

Need neighbours, add me :)

Kimberly Mccorduck says:


Kimberly Mccorduck says:

I have no friends and wont let me add any kimberlymc554

Jessica WasHere says:

Please please please add lovejessicaily I need friends

Jodie Rebecca says:

Please add me, need neighbours. Origin id- jodesr. Thank you

Pete Russell1 says:

Add me too! Need neighbours! :)

Erin Burns says:

Add me and my boyfriend! We both play all day everyday!

joseelzac says:

Add me in need of neighboors joseelzac

Woolster01 says:

Hey guys, add me :) woolypulle171.

Albert Klarname says:

Pls add me Franz_Kaftan
I play every day.

Ching Dimaisip says:

Add me originid: demonhale just starting...

Amanda Hilton says:

Add me my town is awesome mandahilton1

Sheena801 says:

Add my town. I play eeeeeeeveryday :-)
My username is - Sadewill

Lauratuck88 says:

add me pleaseeeee laura_tuck978

Simen Lyng says:

Add me aswell, I am an daily active one so dw about having a dull neighbor ;) Add AlexBumsZoey

dizztoya says:

i just added alot of you... add me user- toyamaestas

brenda diaz says:

If you need new neighbor add me beediaz14


Add me please

ID: peshowyade478

matt_laz63 says:

Just starting! Need more neighbors