Ridesharing apps like Uber make on-demand transportation easier to access by letting you request a ride from wherever you are.
Sometimes you’d want to get a ride for someone else and pay for it, so we looked if this is an option in Uber!
Can You Order An Uber For Someone Else In 2022?
You can order an Uber for someone else through an inbuilt feature within the app. Ordering an Uber or someone else mostly follows the same process you would use to get one for yourself, but you’d need to provide their contact information. When you order an Uber for someone else, the driver will be put in direct contact with them.
Continue reading to find out all you need to know about ordering an Uber for someone else, including how to do it, how old the other person needs to be and more!
Can You Order An Uber For Someone Else In Advance?
Unfortunately, you can’t order an Uber for someone else in advance using any feature intended for this purpose.
While you can request an Uber in advance for yourself, scheduled rides are currently not available for other people even if you’ve already added their info to the app.
Your best bet would be to schedule the ride in advance for yourself then give the information to the person that’s actually going to be taking the ride.
If there’s a chance that the driver might know it’s not you, e.g. because you have a profile picture, you should contact them and explain the situation beforehand.
Can You Order An Uber For A Minor?
You can’t order an Uber for a minor, including teenagers, because, according to company policy, anyone that’s under 18 should be accompanied by an adult on all rides.
In fact, Uber tells drivers that they should decline requests if they suspect that the rider is under 18 and unaccompanied because they’re considered a potential liability.
Moreover, Uber does not allow anyone under 18 to create an account so the only way they can ride is if they use an adult’s account to make a request and are accompanied by a grown-up.
Can You Order An Uber For Someone In A Different State?
You can request an Uber for someone in a different state.
Can You Order An Uber For Someone In A Different Country?
You can order an Uber for someone in a different country as long as it’s one where Uber is available.
How Do I Request An Uber For Someone Else?
To request an Uber for someone else, follow these steps:
- Open the app and go to the section where you can enter the pickup and dropoff locations
- Right above the pickup location box, click on the button that says “For me”
- In the dropdown menu, click on “Choose who’s riding”
- Enter the intended rider’s number or name to select them from your contacts
- Click “Continue”
- When the app takes you back to the pickup and dropoff locations screen, continue ordering the ride as usual
When you enter someone’s information using this procedure, Uber will send them text messages with details like the driver’s ETA, license plate number, vehicle make and model, and name.
They don’t need to have the Uber app installed on their phone so you can order rides for someone that doesn’t have a smartphone.
Their name will now be available at the top of the screen under the dropdown menu where you clicked on “For me” for faster access to the function.
How they’re displayed in this menu will correspond with the name you’ve used for their contact and you can add multiple people so it’s easier to tell who’s who.
When you order an Uber ride for someone else, you can track them in real time but you can’t order another ride, even for yourself, until that one is completed.
Can You Use Uber Without The App?
As we’ve described in the section above, you can use Uber without the app when someone orders a ride for you.
This is possible because Uber will send you the details of your ride via SMS so you can use any phone, even ones that can’t install the app.
You can also use Uber without the app and order rides for yourself via the website as long as you already have an account.
If you don’t have one, you can register on the site then log in using your phone number, enter the pickup and dropoff locations then select the ride type you want.
After you’ve confirmed the ride, Uber will text you the details to the phone number you used via SMS.
Can I Order An Uber Eats For Someone Else?
You can order Uber Eats for someone else by entering their address as the delivery destination and leaving specific delivery instructions if necessary.
You can order an Uber for someone else even if they’re as far away as a different country, as long as Uber is operational there. You can’t order an Uber ride for someone else in advance or if they’re a minor.
To order an Uber ride for someone else, click the button at the top of the screen that says “For me” and enter their contact information where they’ll receive the trip details via SMS. You can also order Uber without the app by going to their website and using your phone number.