In a world driven by smartphones, it’s a shock to hear that not everybody has a smartphone.
Well, the big rideshare companies understand this and have made it possible to request a Lyft or Uber ride online: no cell phone required.
There are two ways to request a ride online: through Lyft or Uber. We’re going to break down how to do both below.
Request Lyft and Uber Online
Whether you don’t have access to a smartphone or your smartphone is dead or otherwise unavailable, it’s nice to have an option to book online. Note that you still need a phone which can receive texts.
Booking Uber without smartphone access can either be done using a home computer or mobile browser. Riders will navigate to the Uber website, then authorize the web page by entering their phone number.
Once entered, Uber will send a shortcode to the phone, which riders will enter into the page. From there, they will be able to log into the page that allows them to request a ride. Once in, riders will simply enter a pickup location and drop off destination, then confirm a ride by selecting “Request”.
From there, they will be paired with an Uber driver, and ride updates will be sent straight to their phone via text message. Without a smartphone, riders cannot see ride tracking information or estimated costs, so this information is shown in the computer’s browser window.
Once the driver arrives, the ride will proceed in the same way as any other. Payment will be charged to the credit card you have on file once the ride has finished. If you want to rate your driver and leave a tip, you can do so at the bottom of the receipt that Uber will send to your email address.
For a step-by-step walkthrough of how to request Uber online, check out this tutorial on YouTube.
Request Lyft Online
If you want to call Lyft without smartphone capabilities, you’ll need to request a Lyft online using a computer browser.
To call Lyft online, navigate to their website navigate to their website and enter the phone number associated with your Lyft account. To maintain an account with Lyft, you don’t need a smartphone, but you do need a phone that is capable of receiving texts and calls. You’ll also need a credit card on file in order to pay for the ride.
Once the phone number is entered into the website from your computer, you’ll need to enter all the ride information necessary including the type of service you’d like to ride in, as well as pickup and drop-off locations. If everything looks correct, select “Request Lyft”.
Like the process of requesting an Uber ride from a computer, Lyft also sends updates via text message, and the Lyft driver and ride information can be accessed through the browser window you used to request the ride.
Also like Uber, Lyft will email you a receipt once your ride has completed. This receipt will show a summary of your charges for the ride and include the option to rate your driver and leave a tip. You can always tip in cash if you prefer.
In addition to using a computer to call a ride, Uber and Lyft have integrated their services into other technology by opening up their APIs.
Innovative developers have created the ability for users to book a ride through their TV, another app, or even an Amazon Echo.
Alexa Uber Partnership
For time-sensitive users looking for a ride, ordering an Uber from their Amazon Echo is simple, but it takes a little work beforehand.
Since Alexa, the preferred personal assistant of this modern era, can take voice commands, all Uber users have to do is connect an Uber account to an Amazon Echo.
- Open the Alexa app and select the menu from the top left of the screen.
- Tap the “Skills” option.
- From the search bar, find Uber.
- Tap the “Enable Skill” option.
- Agree to the terms to give Uber access to the location information, as long as the home address is current.
- Next, sign into your Uber account when prompted.It will ask you to agree to link the two accounts.
- Tap “Allow”. Once linked, the newly enabled skill will allow you to order an Uber with your Amazon Echo.
Want to see the process in action? Here’s a video tutorial that walks you through the process (we like detailed video tutorials if you can’t tell).
Ordering Uber and Lyft Without a Smartphone: Our Takeaway
Uber and Lyft allow riders to request a ride through so many different avenues.This makes perfect business sense since a large pool of people doesn’t have a smartphone.
I personally haven’t tried to order a ride without my app through a computer, but I have tried the Alexa route. A word of caution on that: make sure your Home address within the Alexa app is set to your current location, and don’t call a ride until you’ve verified that this location is correct. My driver was pretty upset after showing up to a house that I no longer lived in.
Have you ordered an Uber or Lyft ride online without using the apps? How was your experience?