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How to Request Uber or Lyft Without a Smartphone

Posted by: felicia Jun 16, 2017
Updated Jun 06, 2019

40 comments

Wondering how to request an Uber or Lyft ride without a smartphone? We’ve got you covered. We know not everyone has a smart phone, and it can be a simple process to request a ride from your mobile or desktop browser as well.

Keep in mind, in order to request either an Uber or Lyft you still need a valid phone number, it just does not have to be a smartphone.

Lyft

To request a Lyft ride from your browser, first enter your phone number through this website (https://ride.lyft.com) to authorize the ride request.

Lyft will send a text to your phone with a code. Then, you can simply enter your pickup location and destination through the online browser. Lastly, make sure your payment information is correct, and press “Request Lyft”.

After you request your ride, the process is similar to how it would be with the Lyft app on your smartphone. Keep your cell phone close, as Lyft will text with any important updates. You can also track the driver through the browser you used to request the ride.

Keep in mind, right now Lyft only supports original Lyft or Lyft Plus requests through a browser. They are working on bringing other services such as Lyft Line and Premier to mobile web eventually!


Uber

The process for requesting an Uber from your mobile browser is similar to Lyft. Visit this website (https://m.uber.com/) to enter your phone number and authorize your Uber account.

After entering the phone number attached to your Uber account, Uber will automatically prompt you to enter your pickup location and final destination. When finished, tap “Request”, and your ride will be requested for you.

You can monitor the whereabouts of your car through your browser.

Like Lyft, only certain Uber services are currently available to be requested through the mobile web browser.


There are also companies that exist that will help you order an Uber or Lyft without having a smartphone, check out some of those services here!


Happy Riding!


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    missdigitalmoon
    -3
     2 years ago

    This article is called "How to Request Uber or Lyft Without a Smartphone"

    "Lyft will send a text to your phone with a code."

    THIS ARTICLE IS CALLED HOW TO REQUEST UBER OR LYFT *WITHOUT* A SMARTPHONE

    clearly was written by someone braindead.

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      felicia
      OP 120 Rider Guru
       2 years ago  (edited 2 years ago)

      A smartphone is a phone with internet access. You do not need a smartphone to receive a text message.

      https://www.lifewire.com/cell-phones-vs-smartphones-577507

      This article on a cell phone versus a smartphone might help with your confusion.

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      SmittenKitten
      1988 Rider
       2 years ago

      I am just surprised people still don't have a smartphone.  Even my 84 year old grandparents have iPhones.  serious.

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        PaulCMaybury
        5
         2 years ago

        The person I am researching this for has a cell on a local seniors program which only offers flip phones. One reason anyway. I’m sure there are many more good ones. Surprise!😀

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        frank3
        53 Rider
         1 year ago

        Not everyone can afford a $700 iphone...

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          MilanoMinis
          168 Rider
           1 year ago

          Yet, everyone buys one. They buy it before they buy groceries.  Unpopular opinion.

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            BeenThere216
            Driver
             2 months ago

            I for once can't afford a smartphone. Groceries shopping has nothing to do with it.  Try living on $900/mo

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          amcbeth
          339 Rider Driver
           1 year ago  (edited 1 year ago)

          If you have a phone number, you can go to Cricket and in a half hour walk out with a free smartphone. 

          Not the best, but a functional LG smartphone. No contract for the phone.

          They use the same network as AT&T. I currently have two Iphones with them. 

          The larger Iphone I use for Uber navigation. The smaller I use as a personal phone. 

          I pay $70 a month for BOTH phones.

          At AT&T I was paying $79 for a limited senior plan on ONE phone, even though the phone was paid off.

          I also expense $35 a month for my work phone.

          One of the best moves I ever made.

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        NYCWalker
        2 Rider
         1 year ago

        Smartphones & plans are incredibly expensive! I'm happy that you and your grandparents can afford that; I cannot.

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          fifi12
          Rider
           1 year ago

          Has this worked for anyone? I'd like ot try Lyft but I have no interest in a smart phone.

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        RonPaschke
         1 year ago

        I'm surprised you're a asshole by being so closed minded about people that can not afford a smar phone or chose not to . 

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      wiiztec
       1 year ago

      What if you only have a landline? I'm sick of all this discrimination against people without cell phones 

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        JWileySmith
        148 Rider
         1 year ago

        There was an article on this.  basically go to m.uber.com and order it from their website.

        https://ride.guru/content/newsroom/how-to-request-uber-or-lyft-without-a-smartphone

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        JWileySmith
        148 Rider
         1 year ago

        wait, you have a landline?

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          amcbeth
          339 Rider Driver
           1 year ago  (edited 1 year ago)

          That was a snide remark Mr Smith.

          If you buy Comcast Triple Play the landline is included. We have three remote phones in the house plus the base phone. 

          If someone calls are home we can pick up the call in any of four rooms.

          My wife's business calls go to her cell phone. My personal calls go to my cell phone.

          The landline is setup so that calls to our landline will play a tune if the caller is in our phone book. All non-tune calls are not anwsered, and allowed to got to voice mail.

          You don't have a landline?

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            JWileySmith
            148 Rider
             1 year ago

            Haha, sorry. I didn’t mean to sound snide. But no, I don’t have a landline. Cut the wire many years ago. In fact, I don’t even have cable TV anymore. 

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              amcbeth
              339 Rider Driver
               1 year ago  (edited 1 year ago)

              Mr Smith is your man-cave really a cave? :)

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      crawford.codyjames
       1 month ago

      Exactly what I was thinking lol. Just going for clicks. Most people googling this issue have lost their smartphones not people who just have non-smartphones.

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    jboo
    1 Rider
     1 year ago

    GoGoGrandparent let's people use Lyft and Uber without a smartphone. When calling GoGoGrandparent (their number is 855 464-6872), callers can call from any type of phone (including a landline, flip phone, pay phone, etc) and all they have to do is press 1 to order a ride to their home or 2 to order a ride to their last location. We also employ a 24/7 team of operators that watch over the rides, call the drivers, and advocate on behalf of the caller to make sure they get where they need to go. I work for GoGoGrandparent and I would encourge you to at least call to check it out!

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      FlutterShy
      310 Rider
       1 year ago

      Is this for the grandparents to call for rides?  or do grandparents answer the phone I call?

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      diane08
      -1 Rider
       1 year ago

      Does GoGoGrandparent exist in the Washington DC area?

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        jboo
        1 Rider
         1 year ago

        Yes! To check availability and prices in your area, please contact 1 (855) 464-6872!

        - Justin

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    ThomBrady
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     1 year ago

    If you don't own a smartphone, perhaps you shouldn't be using ubers and lyfts. I mean, what's the point?   The convenience is completely gone.  go call a cab like all other grand parents.

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      HemiDodge
      360
       1 year ago

      You know...I was going to point out your douchebaggery but with taxis and limos present in every market, I am not sure why I'd need another comapny to call for a ride.  The secret sauce may be in the fact they cater to the older generation?

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      audreyw9350
       9 months ago

      You r a capital A and the only reason you won’t get old is you die before you get there, and that is probably the most appropriate answer for your comment.  From a superior intellectually senior mind, who makes dim witted, inferior, blowholes such as yourself look pathetically small.

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    NiNiRobinson
    1
     1 year ago

    Anone else having trouble with the Lyft order online? I keep getting this message after I have put in my phone number and have confirmed my email address:

    FYI: my SMARTPHONE is in the shop for repairs so I am using an old phone which will not allow me to download the Lyft app. 

    Not Found

    The requested URL was not found on the server. If you entered the URL manually please check your spelling and try again.

    PS: My 70 year old mother still uses a flip phone, a landline, does not own a computer or have internet BY CHOICE so quit ragging on the 'older generation'.

    I am my mothers Google and I love it, we connect about a whole bunch of topics becasue of this. She only pays $10 for unlimited text messages per month which we pay for every year on her birthday. She doesnt use her cell phone for talking.

    And I have sat at a kitchen table with her and had her pull out her phone!

    But seriously can anyone help out with the above question??

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      lilly
      1014 Rider Guru
       1 year ago

      I have never experienced this issue. Have you tried contacting Lyft? or tweeting at them?

      I am curious what they will say, probably a technical glitch.

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      think2wc
      -1
       1 year ago

      Yes, I get the same Nt Found page.  What's up with this?  Any ideas?

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      BWaltersDad
      52
       1 year ago

      @NiNi, did you figure this out?  I was looking up how to do it and just saw your message.

      Going to this URL seems to work for me. http://ride.lyft.com  I haven't ordered it yet, but it seems to be working.  When does the error display for you?

      Is it still happening?

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    DarleneKell
    2
     1 year ago

    Just ran across this article and the comments about "how can anybody not have a smart phone?"

    I live in a canyon in the Colorado mountains (yes, it's gorgeous and I wouldn't live anywhere else) and cell phones do not work in the canyon.  I only use my cell phone when I come down to the "city" and have a landline at home.  As for getting a "taxi" we have no taxi service up there but we do have Uber drivers.  Hence, if my vehicle won't start and I have to have it towed into our local small town auto repair shop and I need a ride to pick it up after it is fixed, my only alternative is Uber or one of my neighbors, all of whom work in the city and are gone most of the day.

    And while some of my neighbors are totally off the grid, I do have a computer, satellite internet service and wifi.  It's a matter of location, location, location.

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      BWaltersDad
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       1 year ago

      Ha!  I used to live in San Bernardino Valley, and while everyone thinks it's part of LA (which it isn't) and urban (which it is), the cell phone has horrible reception in many areas.  I assume that hasn't really changed.  I did own a smartphone, but it was pretty much unusable off of cellular signal on my property.  This was a few years ago but there was Uber, but I never dared to try it.  I also heard from a buddy that he had an incident (in fact, multiple incidents) where the driver dropped him off at his house, but the driver literally couldn't complete the ride in the app. I didn't want to deal with that.

      I have known many people who don't carry smartphones.  I still carry a dumbphone and people laugh at me that I have a "burner phone", but I am proud of it.

      To be honest? I feel like more people seem to have abandoned smartphones in the past few years, because I am starting to run into more and more people.  They aren't technological ine...

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      Ha!  I used to live in San Bernardino Valley, and while everyone thinks it's part of LA (which it isn't) and urban (which it is), the cell phone has horrible reception in many areas.  I assume that hasn't really changed.  I did own a smartphone, but it was pretty much unusable off of cellular signal on my property.  This was a few years ago but there was Uber, but I never dared to try it.  I also heard from a buddy that he had an incident (in fact, multiple incidents) where the driver dropped him off at his house, but the driver literally couldn't complete the ride in the app. I didn't want to deal with that.

      I have known many people who don't carry smartphones.  I still carry a dumbphone and people laugh at me that I have a "burner phone", but I am proud of it.

      To be honest? I feel like more people seem to have abandoned smartphones in the past few years, because I am starting to run into more and more people.  They aren't technological inept or handicapped.  They all have laptops and ipads at home and work.  They just didn't want to be bothered while in transit, in public, out with family, etc.  Think about it...do you really need to be tethered?

      Read less...

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    amcbeth
    339 Rider Driver
     1 year ago  (edited 1 year ago)

    Another way that could be considered is having a friend with a smartphone request a trip for you. 

    The services mention always involve paying a fee in addition to the Uber/Lyft charges. Why pay extra?

    I probably have two or three trips such as this in a week. 

    The driver can only communicate with the smartphone owner, but the owner can always call the rider's phone.

    An excellent example of this is a boyfriend paying for a ride for his "girlfriend" to be delivered to his address. There is generally no problems for the driver if you're  picking up the passenger at a home address.

    It becomes a problem if the rider is in a crowd and I am looking for Adam when I am picking up Eve. 

    I've never given up and I always find Eve, and Adam is a grateful for my patience.

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    Ridester
    96 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    We actually put together a pretty detailed guide to requesting an Uber or Lyft without a smartphone. I'll summarize the different ways you can do it in this post, but check out our full guide to learn more, including step by step tutorials: 


    Whether your smartphone is dead, or you don't own one, there are a couple different ways this can be accomplished.

    1. Online, using Uber.com or Lyft.com: simply log into the websites, enter pickup and dropoff locations, then request your ride
    2. Using Amazon's Alexa: once the Uber "skill" is added in the Alexa app, Uber riders can request a ride using voice commands

    As you can see, there are a couple different ways to request a ride without a smartphone. Obviously, they're a little more complicated then just pulling out your smartphone and pressing a few buttons, but whether your smartphone phone is dead, or you don't have one at all, you can still get a ride.

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      ce
      58 Rider
       1 year ago

      Ohh! I have too set up my alexa to do this! So cool.

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        Ridester
        96 Rider Driver
         1 year ago

        What a time to be alive, right? You can just say aloud, while alone in your house, that you want an Uber, and one will show up. I love technology :)

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      morgankhat
       11 months ago

      If I'm in an airport, train station, on a pier off some waterway, don't have my laptop available, or do but no wi-fi connection, but do have a working cell phone or access to a land line,  how do I order a ride? Every answer says go to some web site, which, obviously requires a device that can connect to the web. No one has yet answered that question.