With transport ordered directly from your smartphone, Uber makes getting around your city as easy as tapping a button—literally. But are you ready to ride? Here are a few tips on how to use the Uber app and things to keep in mind to make sure your ride experience, from request to drop-off, is as smooth as possible.
Enable location services
In order to request your ride, you need to enable your location services on your device. Uber uses your device’s location services to make it easier to get a ride when you need one. Location data helps improve our services, including pickups, navigation, customer support, and more.
How do ETAs work?
Before a trip starts, your app provides an ETA for when your driver should arrive at your pickup location. Please note that ETA times are estimates and not guaranteed. A variety of external factors like heavy traffic or road construction can impact travel time. If the ETA you see in app is too high, come back after a few minutes to see if there is a change.
How does dynamic pricing work?
There are times when so many people are requesting rides that there aren’t enough cars on the road to help take them all. Bad weather, rush hour, and special events, for instance, may cause unusually large numbers of people to want to ride with Uber all at the same time.
In these cases of very high demand, fares may increase to help ensure those who need a ride can get one. This system is called dynamic pricing, and it lets us continue to be a reliable choice.
Whenever there is a price surge, we let riders know in the app. Some riders will choose to pay, while some will choose to wait a few minutes to see if the rates go back down to normal.
How to request a ride on the Uber app
Have you still not taken a ride with Uber yet? Don’t worry—it’s not complicated. These are the steps you need to follow to request your first ride with Uber:
- Open and log into the Uber app on your device
- Type your destination into the “Where to?” section
- Select the type of vehicle you would like at the bottom of the screen.
- Tap “request” and then confirm the pickup location
- Wait for your request to be accepted by a driver and check the estimated time of arrival
- Just wait for your driver to arrive. You can check their location on the in-app map and you will be notified when they are close to the pickup location
If you want to know more about how to use the Uber app or how to take your first Uber ride, check out our guide here.