Enter your search term

Search by title or post keyword

How To Change A Starting Point On DoorDash [Step-By-Step]

Published On:
Read more here

Key Takeaways

  • Changing a starting point is as easy as opening the app, selecting “Dash Now” and then confirming the updated dashing location.
  • Use “Dash Now” or “Schedule” to select a new starting point in the app.
  • Confirm new starting area through app prompts; system updates your location.
  • If “Dash Now” is unavailable, manually set a new starting point in app settings.

How the Starting Point Works on DoorDash

It’s worth noting that the DoorDash app automatically updates a dashing location based on a your current geographic position. This allows you to work in different states without having to manually change your starting point.

However, there are times when you might want to change the starting point. After all, the starting point determines the orders and promotions Dashers receive from the surrounding area.

I highly suggest getting to know your market – intimately well – so that you fully understand busy times and lucrative zones in your city. Being strategic while driving is one of the best ways to increase efficiency and income behind the wheel.

How To Change Your Starting Point on DoorDash

Changing the starting point on DoorDash is a simple process, and works in any city in which you’re approved to drive.

If You’re Near Your Last Dashing Location

If you find yourself in a new area close to your most recent dashing location, you can start dashing immediately without needing to adjust anything in your Dasher app.

You can either select Dash Now to begin immediately or Schedule a Dash for a future time.

If You’re in a Completely New Area

Open the Dasher App: Launch the Dasher app.

screenshot of the Dasher app showing how to change a starting point on doordash

Start a Dash: Tap on Dash Now on the app’s main screen.

screenshot of the Dasher app showing how to change a starting point on doordash

Location Update Confirmation: Upon tapping Dash Now, a pop-up will appear confirming if you’d like to dash in the new location.

Select Okay to confirm. This action updates your dashing location to the new area, allowing you to start dashing.

screenshot of the Dasher app showing how to change a starting point on doordash

If Dash Now is Unavailable

If the Dash Now option is greyed out, indicating it’s not available in your current location, you have two alternatives.

First, you can wait for availability.

Sometimes, you might need to wait until the Dash Now feature becomes available in the area.

Keep checking the app; when Dash Now lights up, tap on it to begin your dash. You’ll see a pop-up asking if you want to switch your dashing location—tap Okay to confirm.

Alternatively, you can move to a different starting point.

Look for areas in the app marked in light pink or red, indicating higher demand and availability for dashes.

Navigate physically to one of these zones, then tap Dash Now. Confirm your location switch by tapping Okay on the pop-up that appears.

Troubleshooting: Why Can’t You Change Your Starting Point on DoorDash?

There are some circumstances where you cannot change your starting point on DoorDash. A few common ones include:

  • Not in an Area of Operation: DoorDash services the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, and Puerto Rico, but not every city or region within these countries. If you’re trying to change your starting point to a location outside of DoorDash’s service areas, you won’t be able to do so.
  • Limited orders available: The number of orders can vary depending on the time of day. During off-peak hours, the scarcity of orders might restrict your ability to change your starting point. Consider using the Schedule feature to plan for a busier time.
  • Your area has limited orders: In smaller or rural areas, DoorDash might not have as many orders. This scarcity can prevent you from changing your location due to a lower demand for deliveries.
  • High Dasher density: In areas with a high concentration of Dashers, it might be difficult to change your starting point due to saturation. Waiting for availability or scheduling your dash for a later time might be necessary.
  • Technical issues: Technical glitches can also hinder your ability to change your starting point. We’ve included some quick troubleshooting tips below.

How to Quickly Troubleshoot Glitches in the Dasher App

If you’re having trouble updating your starting point due to technical issues, quickly try to apply some of the following fixes:

For iOS Users:

  • Ensure a stable internet connection by toggling WiFi or switching to mobile data.
  • Restart your device.
  • Uninstall and reinstall the Dasher app.

For Android Users:

  • Navigate to Settings > Apps, select the Dasher app, and clear its data.
  • Re-login and attempt to change your starting point again.

If these steps don’t resolve your issue, reaching out to DoorDash support or waiting for a resolution might be your next step.

Unfortunately, if the troubleshooting doesn’t work, you’ll have to contact DoorDash directly or wait for the issues to be resolved on their end.

Wrapping Up

Changing your starting point on DoorDash is simple and can effectively optimize your earning potential.

DoorDash offers drivers lucrative promotions depending on demand in each area, so taking advantage of that and changing your location will pay off.

And if you’re someone who has recently moved or travels frequently, it allows you to keep making money.

Perhaps you want to change your location simply for a change of scenery.

No matter your reason, you can do it in a few quick steps.

Now that you know how to change the starting point on DoorDash get out there and make some money!

Leave a Comment

vector graphic showing a food delivery person delivering food to a hotel room - for can you get food delivered to a hotel blog post
  • Pickups & Dropoffs

Does Instacart Deliver to Hotels? Yes, Here’s How

May 13, 2024
5 min read
FRH Article Default
  • Pickups & Dropoffs

How To Use DoorDash Pickup To Save Money On Orders

May 9, 2024
10 min read
vector graphic showing an illustration of Uber rules on a clipboard
  • Pickups & Dropoffs

Proper Uber Etiquette For Riders [Before, During & After]

April 19, 2024
10 min read