Grand Theft Auto Online Hints & Tips


This page contains all our general GTA Online hints and tips. If you specifically want help making money though, check out this guide for all our tips, or this one for our top 3 best ways to make as much money as possible in GTA Online.

GTA 5 cheats do not work in Grand Theft Auto Online, so if you want to dominate in multiplayer, best read up on the hints and tips we've compiled below. If you have any tips of your own, feel free to send them in!

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$100K Per Hour On Consoles

You need to create an invite only gaming session. Head to any store and rob it. Punch the clerk in the face, they'll run off and take all the cash in the register.

Then go to the Start menu and to the Playstation Store / Xbox Live Marketplace - as if you were going to purchase in-game money for real-world cash.

As soon as the Store/Marketplace loads, exit straight away.

You will spawn back in the same store at the same spot except the world will have refreshed. You can now punch the clerk again, rob the cash register and repeat.

Use this to get loads of cash quickly! Unfortunately, it's not possible to pull this off on PC.

$18K Per Minute

At level 45 you will unlock a mission called "Mixed Up with Coke". In this mission, you need to visit 4 locations and destroy the cement trucks you find there. The rewards are $18,000 and 3,500 RP. It can take up to 15 minutes to do the first few times, but once you get it down pat with a couple of friends average run times are about 1 minute! The video below shows you exactly what to do (from each of the 4 player participant's perspectives) in order to get the mission time this low. You'll need a level 45 (to access the mission) as well as at least one level 19 and two level 9s.

Remember to combine this with the mission looping trick!

StevenWongo of Reddit also made this very useful visual guide for the mission Mixed Up with Coke. Thanks Steven

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$2 Million & 400K RP Per Hour Farming

At Rank 75 you'll unlock a mission called Rooftop Rumble from a guy named Martin Madrazo (he leads a Mexican narcotic gang in the Los Santos area). What you need to do is basically kill 5 people and it's done, and the video clip below will show you how to complete it in the most efficient way possible. Using the method shown in the vid it's possible to earn up to $2 million and 400K RP per hour.

You can also do it if you are a lower level and get invited by someone of course. Just use sticky bombs instead of the grenade launcher and kill any survivors with a rifle.

Follow our $18K Per Minute hint to get up to level 75 ASAP.

$5,000 Minimum Drop

If you have more than $5,000 cash on you, you could lose everything above that amount (ie everything but the first $5K) if another player kills and robs you. Even if you don't have above $5K and you get killed you will still drop $100.

Action Command

Your GTA Online character has one "action" command available for you to assign and which can be activated by clicking both of the analog sticks in (L3 + R3/ CAPS Lock on PC). To set it, go to the interaction menu. Available actions include, eating snacks, flipping the bird and dancing. Probably most useful is the eat snack one - very handy if you've stocked up on candy bars and are in the middle of a gun fight! Keep in mind that performing the smoking action will cause minor health loss.

Activities Advice

No matter if you are winning or losing while doing an activity, you will still earn RP and some cash reward for finishing the game. This goes for shooting, playing golf or tennis, etc. Not only that though, but you'll also improve your character skills.

Aim Very Steeply

If for some reason you want/need to aim on a very steep angle then try walking backwards. When you are walking front-ways-forwards the angle is limited. Simply turn around 180 and walk backwards and you should have a much greater angle to work with.

All Helicopter and Plane Locations Part 1

If you want to get in the air in GTA Online you're going to need either a plane or a helicopter. Luckily we found the map below, courtesy of stonedpimpso, that should guide you to the spawn location of all air vehicles in GTA Online. The Frogger, Buzzard and Annihilator are all available!

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All Helicopter and Plane Locations Part 2

Check out this second map created by HaIfpint that shows all the aircraft spawn locations in GTA Online. It's ultra HD too!

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American Cycle Bike Race for Easy RP

Doing this race won't earn you any cash but you will get some very easy RP. Simply do the race by yourself and you can complete it in around 1 min 10 seconds and earn 2,225 RP. Too easy!

Here's the route you'll need to take in this mission:

And here's a short video courtesy of Somewhat Awesome Games to give you a better idea of what to expect:

Armor

With the 5% cash death penalty in GTA Online it is nearly always better to buy armor at the start of each session and keep it maintained. This will save you money in the long run...

A Titan of a Job

This mission requires that the host be at least level 24. You should also have at least 4 (preferably 6) people in your party. You should also select "easy" to make it the quickest run (and then just replay it).

Attack the hangar from both sides and then as soon as you can, move the truck that is in front of the aircraft (blocking it). That done, take off in the aircraft and fly back. Just make sure you've got a good pilot.

Completing A Titan of a Job will earn you GTA$ 10,000-20,0000 each time. To maximise profits, you need to stay in the mission for over 15 minutes.

Avoid Being Slipstreamed in Races

If you're being slipstreaming in GTA Online (like as the leader and someone is about to over-take you) then line up the car behind you and brake slightly, accelerating just as you hit the car behind you. This should cause you to gain momentum while at the same time the other car will slow down.

Avoid Losing Money

This might seem a little obvious, but if you get killed when carrying a load of cash and the console has not yet synced to the servers, quickly shut it down to avoid your lost funds being saved...

Bad Sport

If you want to damage/slow down another player in their vehicle then try to shoot out their tires. This will not earn you a bad sport tag. Whereas if you blow up another player's vehicle this will make you a bad sport.

Bad Sport Dunce Hat

Play nice with everyone else unless you want to be forced to wear one of these hats...

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Bicycle Limit

Just a quick note - even though you might have noticed there are spaces for six bicycles in your garage in GTA Online you can only store a maximum of three, and in fact we don't recommend even trying to go above this limit given all the previous issues with players loses vehicles and mods etc... you never know what might happen!

Bigger Minimap

Here's a helpful hint - if you press down on your digital pad/Z on your keyboard twice then a large version of the minimap will be bought up. This can be useful in lots of situations, however is best used during cop chases. Check where the police are located, anticipate where they're going and then attempt to evade them accordingly.

Blind Firing Tip

While you are in cover, press the left analog stick in any direction and the target reticule will appear. Alternatively if you're at the "edge" of some cover, press left or right as appropriate.

This will let you see where your first shot lands! Beware though, it will also cause your character's head to pop out of cover a little bit, so you might get hit.

BMX Color Picker

If you want to choose the color of your new BMX then you need to purchase it during the same browser session as you purchase a car. The BMX color will be the same as the color of the car you choose.

Boneyard Survival Mission Guide

Right after you spawn you should see a building that looks like a trailer, and it's against a wall that has a telephone pole at one end and a clear view of the gate and also the bus at the other.

The only thing is that it isn't actually flush against the wall and there is a gap between it and the building!

So what you need to do is get in cover behind the building and then enemies should not even be able to hurt you.

Bounty Kills

Any player on your radar that has a red dot on them is currently wanted. And if you're able to take them out, then you'll earn a bounty reward.

You are able to select who you want killed (ie place a bounty) once you reach level 10 in GTA Online. It's done via Lester.

Bulk Transport

If for some reason you want to carry 16 people in one vehicle (like maybe everyone playing in your GTA Online instance!?) you can head to www.warstock-cache-and-carry.com using your cell phone and purchase the Airport Bus for $550,000.

Bulldozer Location

If you want a bulldozer in GTA Online then head to the location depicted below!

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There's also another one that spawn in the construction area south of Blaine County.

Thanks sneakpeak1

Bulldozer Spawn Location

If you're looking for bulldozers in the city then head to the location indicated on the map below and you should find there's usually about four bulldozers there waiting for you to take joyriding!

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Car Statistics

If you press down on your digital pad/Z on the keyboard while you’re inside a garage then the stats of each vehicle in the garage will be shown. You can also check if the vehicle has insurance or not.

Change Clothes On-the-fly

You can change clothes on-the-fly by simply pressing and holding Back (Xbox 360), Select (PS3), View (XBO), Touchpad (PS4) or M (PC) to open the interaction menu, then choosing inventory. There will then be an option to change your clothes there and then.

Change Spawn Point

Press Start and then go to "Online" --> "Options" to change your spawn point location in GTA Online.

Changing Accessories

Not only will putting on a mask prior to committing a crime help you to remove a Wanted Star later on when the Police come looking for you, but there are other accessories that work too. Try doing it with glasses and hats and you just might get away with the job. This includes (for example) taking off a hat and putting on a pair of glasses instead. Try mixing things up.

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  1. Hey my gamertag is monstermatt23 would mind a few million I've been struggling for awhile and had a lot of let downs elsewhere xbox360 and one

  2. djrobin97exe got banned for receiving modded cash. Rockstar removed all his money as he contacted Rockstar.his gamertag:djrobin97exe. Be careful.

  3. Hey Robin lost all his money as he contacted Rockstar Support that he didnt want those modded money. his gamertag: djrobin97exe i think

  4. Gamertag:djrobin97exe got all his money removed as he contacted Rockstar for that he didnt want that . They removed the cash.

  5. Hello I first come from Germany and need your help I need RP mod or someone of my level may Greetings Michelle H.

    Ps3 PSN Akuro87

    Hope for quick response and help Thank you

  6. Can anyone give me some gta dollars? Preferably 200,000 to 400,000. I am on XBOX 360...my gamertag is BaneOfDrama1262

  7. Gtahacker can you help? Only just started gta 5 and need some 150,000 to stay with the competition (Firecold2000- xbox one)

  8. gtahacker can you help me get 100,000,000 so i can get dlc stuf on gta5 i play xbox one my gamer tag is snappyclaric594

  9. I Need A Good Team For Heists.
    PSN : IiDOOM8
    Level : 38
    System : PlayStation 3
    Please Comment PSN Account And Level !!!!!

    1. You can't sell property. You can only trade them in. If the asking price is cheaper than your trade in, you will be credited the remaining amount. Ex: your trade in is $50K, the property you want is $25k. You pay the price and get back $25K.

  10. how do we get a millon dollers on online because i got 0 dollers im only a level 41 add if u know how to hack or do glitches mi account username is bountyhunter4605 plz help!!

  11. can you help mee 100,000,000??PLS
    on ps3 my name is david user 56
    and can you upgrade level to 120
    PLS PLS PLS MY FRINEDS CALED ME NOOB IM ON LVL 20 ;( ;( ;( 🙁 🙁

  12. gta hackes i tend to not have alot of free time to play and make alot of many so if possible plz give me anymoney at all. username platonikdrip19

  13. you should buy the property scrapyard first because its really easy money you get 150 for each car blown up in san andreas and a gas can gives you abaut 50 cars blown up if you create a traffic jam really easy mony

  14. Hey peeps ad an update to GTA 5 so you can get a cheat for zombies cause I've seen people beefing to have zombies on gta5 please

  15. Is any one else having a problem with being "timed out"?
    While online: In between jobs it tells me I'm being timed out, then it puts me in regular story mode!
    I have a hard time getting back online (note: I play by myself 90% of the time unless I have to have help) - How do I keep it from doing this? It is hard to build up RP when it does this!!!
    Also - How are people going thru buildings, disappearing, going thru poles, etc. (especially during races)?!?! Any one else notice this? Any help appreciated. - stoner_1967_

  16. I make money buy shooting everyone. Most of the people walking around usually have less than $20 but when you do this to everyone you see it really adds up. It's best to use a chopper while doing this as it's easier to escape from those pesky porkers LSPD bonners!

  17. Does anyone know If you can create a second character and play it, while your main characters time passes in the bad sports playhouse?

      1. Can you let me know how please? I'm on PlayStation 3 and new to GTA Online

        Ginge_morris

  18. @Entrep:disqus i lost my character 1 online in gta 5 yest nyt when i was playing suddenly a message poped up saying cloud servers are nt available so yur character one ill b temorarily unavailable u can start using charachter 2.. but still my character one is nt available what should i do????

    1. I did not understand any of what you just said what is this generation coming to where they can't even spell right?

      1. Seriously? You took time out of your life to post this rude crap? What makes you think this comment makes you any more of a better person then the original poster? I cant stand people like you who use computers and Internet to insult people they have never met or no nothing about. What if for example someone made fun of ur little brother or sister for misspelling a few words? I just pray you are under 18 because you are stll young enough to not understand how much of a dirtbag you sound like. Now if you are over 18 and talk to people like that then you are the reason this generation is the eay it is. Not some kid who misspelled a few words. Oh yeah and even if there were mistakes i 100% understood exactly what the person said so again your little insult comment was just you enjoying hearing yourself talk. Which seems to be the only one who listens to you. Get use to it when you think insulting people is ok you are gonn have a lonley life.

      2. You understood him because though you tried to seem gramatically correct your spelling and gramar is still lacking.

      3. You missed a few things too, buddy. <<See what i did there, was insert comers and the likes. Although it doesn't look right i assure you, that's where they are meant to be.

      4. I agree but what I think he's trying to say is:
        *I lost my character 1 online in *GTA 5 *yesterday *night when *I was *playing . *Suddenly, a message *popped up saying *"Cloud *Servers are *not available so *your character 1 *will *be temorarily unavailable. *You can start using charachter 2." but still my character 1 is *not available. *What should *I do?
        I know this because of my sister -.-

  19. @Entrep:disqus or any body m nt able to sell gruffade adder online the los santos custums says "u can only sell vehicles up 50,000 $,,, wat the issue i can sell all other cars...y is this happening??

  20. hey is sumthing wrong wid gta online m internet connection is strong but wen ever i gt in to the race no body joins it or i cant c other players on the map wen m in the open session??? is sumthing wrong????

  21. @Entrep:disqus i updated my game on ps3 1.04 nw they patch that los santos bike selling and car selling glitch. nw any new money glitch on update 1.04???

  22. that unlimited money glitch for online play does it still work by selling yur beti bike over and over again.... i want to ask is it only for that bike or can v sel cars also ova an ova again???

  23. The free garage hint is completely unhelpful due to the fact that you don't specify what level you need to be.

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