Can You Use Uber Without a Phone? [2021 update]

If you need an Uber but don’t have access to the app, you still have options. We walk you through your next steps.

Uber without a phone

Uber is a popular and useful application for securing rides and transportation, especially in larger cities.

The Uber application is made for smartphones, however the service could be difficult to access if a smartphone is not available for use.

Luckily, Uber provides alternate options to access the ride sharing service so that a smartphone is not necesarily needed to book a ride. 

If you need to use the Uber service without a smartphone, there are a few options. First, if you have an account, you can use the website version of the application to request a ride. 

How to Request a Ride Using the Website 

If you have an existing account but do not have a smartphone to request a ride, you can do so utilizing the website. Simply log on to the website at uber.com and log into your account. If you do not currently have an account, you will need to create one first before requesting a ride. 

Next, you can select to request a ride by entering your pickup and drop off location. From there, you can proceed as you normally would on that mobile app. Once you put in the necessary information and confirm payment details, you are good to go! 

How to Create an Uber Account 

In order to request a ride on the website, you will need to create an uber account. When setting up an account, you will have to enter an email address and phone number, and create a password. You will also have to agree to the terms and conditions of Uber.

From there, you will need to enter your first and last name as well as your payment information. Your payment information will be used automatically when you book a rider so that you do not need to enter it each time. From here, you may need to confirm your account via a link from your email. 

Requesting a Ride Via Phone Call 

Unfortunately, you cannot directly request an uber via phone call. This is due to ride sharing services requiring a phone number with an SMS code. However, there are some services that will set up rides for those in need such as older adults, and individuals with disabilities. If you do not qualify for these services however, you cannot request an uber ride via phone call. 

Having a Ride Requested for You

Another option for requesting a ride if you don’t have a smartphone is to have someone request a ride for you. The designated person can request a ride from their mobile app on their smartphone. They can also request a ride for you online using a computer or tablet. While requesting the ride, they can have Uber send you a text to accept the ride if you have a mobile phone that is not internet-enabled.

In addition, Uber can text you the pickup details so that you know when to expect your ride. If you do not have a mobile phone and the details are not able to be texted, you can also get the information from the deisgnated person who is booking the ride for you. Typically, as the ride is being booked, they can provide information so that they know you will be recieiving the ride. 

In Summary 

Overall, Uber is designed to be used via the mobile app. Rides can be booked on a website, however some users report that this method presents with errors and is not as convenient as the mobile experience. This may also present as challenging if a computer or other internet-abled device is not available, which may be the case. 

Unfortunately, you cannot directly book Uber rides via calling a phone number. This is due to a policy that a mobile number and SMS code is needed in order to have an account and request a ride. There are some services that will set up rides for invdividuals in need via a phone call, but this is a third party service that is not accessible to everyone.

If you do not have another device such as a computer or tablet available, your best option would be to ask a friend or trusted companion to request a ride for you via their device. Uber can share the trip details and confirm the trip with you once the ride is booked. This may be the most effective option for booking a ride as long as you have an effective mode of communication with the person designated to secure the ride. 

All in all, not having a smartphone handy when needing to secure an Uber ride is not the end of the world. There are some other options that can be effective. It is important for you to choose the option that will be most effective in securing your transportation.