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Uber is a useful service for getting around town. It’s as simple as taking out your phone, entering a destination, and then requesting a ride. Before you know it, that vehicle is on its way to your location, and you’re on your way.
Payment is easy, too, with all payments occurring from within the app. That means there’s no need to fumble with cash or put your credit card into an unknown machine (as you would when taking a taxi). Tipping is also easy to do through the Uber app.
Sometimes, however, you may want to remove your credit card from the Uber service. This isn’t a difficult thing to do, but it does require you to follow a few steps. In this post, we’ll take a look at what those steps are, as well as some common questions people have about how to remove credit card info from Uber.
- Why You Would Want to Remove Your Credit Card from Uber
- How to Remove Your Credit Card from Uber in 3 Easy Steps
- Uber Credit Card Deletion FAQ
Why You Would Want to Remove Your Credit Card from Uber
What would make you want to delete your credit card information from the Uber app? There are a couple of different reasons.
To start, you might want to switch to a different payment option. Uber accepts all major credit and debit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. They don’t just take cards, however. You can also pay with Venmo, PayPal, Google Pay, Apple Pay, commuter benefits, or an Uber gift card.
If you want to choose one of these other methods, then having your credit card attached to your Uber account may no longer make sense. For security reasons, it would also make sense to delete the information of your old card (since that means fewer vulnerabilities for your financial information).
Another reason to delete your credit card info from Uber would be that you’re leaving the Uber service. If you’re going to delete your account, you don’t want your information to stay behind. Once again, it could present an unnecessary security risk.
Of course, it may not be necessary to delete your credit card information from Uber at all. If you just need to update your payment information because you’ve received a new credit card with an updated expiration date, Uber gives you the option to edit your payment information. This prevents you from having to delete your data and take the time to enter it all again. We’ll show you how to edit your existing credit card information in the next section.
Assuming you do want to remove your credit card from Uber, read on to find out how.
How to Remove Your Credit Card from Uber in 3 Easy Steps
To remove your credit card from Uber, all you have to do is follow these steps. They work whether you’re on an Android or iPhone:
1. Navigate to the Payment menu
To start, open the Uber app and tap on the menu icon in the upper righthand corner:
From there, tap the button that says “Payment.” You’ll now be able to see a list of all payment methods currently associated with your account. The first card displayed is your default payment method.
2. Open the delete options
To start deleting a payment method, tap on it. This will show you all the information about the payment method.
To access the delete menu, tap on the three dots in the upper righthand corner:
3. Press “Delete” and confirm
To delete the payment method, tap “Delete.”
The Uber app will ask you, “Are you sure you want to delete this payment method?” Tap “Delete” to confirm.
Congrats. The card is now deleted from your account.
How to Edit Your Uber Credit Card Information
If you’ve received a new card with an updated expiration date, it doesn’t make sense to delete your credit card and add all the same info again. For cases like these, Uber has an “Edit” option you can use. To get to this option, you’ll follow many of the same steps as before.
First, go to the “Payment” menu in the Uber app.
Next, tap on the payment method you want to edit.
From there, tap the three dots in the upper righthand corner of the screen.
Then, tap “Edit.” You’ll now be able to see and edit your credit card details:
For security reasons, Uber will make you re-enter your card’s CVV and zip code each time you change its information. You’ll also need to enter your password to confirm the change. Once you’ve made the necessary changes, tap “Save” to update your card information.
Frequently Asked Questions
To close, we want to address a few common questions people have about deleting credit card information from Uber.
1. Does deleting the Uber app delete my credit card information?
No, it does not. It deletes the information from your phone, but it will still be available on Uber’s servers. This is meant to serve as a convenience measure in case you download the app again. It also lets you pay for rides that you order from a computer.
2. Does deleting my Uber account delete my credit card information?
Yes, it does. Completely deleting your Uber account will remove all the information about you (that is, after 30 days have passed).
Do bear in mind that Uber is required to retain certain account information for law enforcement purposes (in case your account were used to do something illegal). Uber is vague about what this means for credit card info, but as far as we can tell, deleting your account should mean that your credit card information goes with it.
3. If someone steals my phone, can they use the Uber app to steal my credit card information?
This isn’t possible directly. While the Uber app does have your credit card information, it obscures the complete credit card number. The only thing a thief would be able to see is your card’s last four digits and expiration date. Therefore, this would only pose a security risk if the thief already had your credit card number and CVV.
4. How can I get help deleting my credit card info from Uber?
If you’re having trouble removing your credit card information or adding a new payment method, Uber can help you. The place to start would be Uber’s help center, which has answers to most common questions and step-by-step instructions for situations like these.
If this doesn’t help, then you can contact Uber customer support for further assistance. To learn how to do this, consult our guide to contacting Uber customer service.
5. Does Uber accept cash?
No, the company does not accept cash payments for rides. You must use one of the Uber payment options we discussed above. You can’t just delete your credit card information and then pay for future rides in cash. You are welcome to leave your driver a cash tip, however (though digital tipping is also fine).
Removing Your Credit Card from Uber Is Easy
We hope you now see just how easy it is to remove your credit card information from Uber. What’s more, removing your credit card isn’t even necessary in some cases (such as when you need to update your card’s expiration date).
Brett Helling is the owner of Ridester.com. He has been a rideshare driver since early 2012, having completed hundreds of trips for companies including Uber, Lyft, and Postmates. In 2014 he acquired Ridester.com to share his experiences with other drivers. His insights are regularly quoted by publications such as Forbes, Vice, CNBC, and more. He is currently working on a book about working in the Gig Economy, expanding his skill set beyond the rideshare niche. Read more about Brett here.