How to Order an Uber Ride From Google Maps

These two smartphone apps connect to make your life easier

Google Maps isn't the default navigation option on iOS-powered devices, and Uber isn't the only ride-sharing, ride-requesting download available to smartphone users. However, Google Maps and Uber are installed on Android and iPhone smartphones, and these apps work together. You can view the price and time of Uber options alongside transportation choices. You can also book a ride with Uber from the Google Maps app on your phone. The process of booking happens seamlessly, without requiring much manual work on your end.

Uber via Google Maps.

How to Order an Uber Through Google Apps

This integration between Google Maps and Uber shaves a few seconds off the process of booking a ride on-demand from your phone.

Here's how to book a ride with Uber on your iPhone or Android phone:

  1. Open the Google Maps app.

  2. Enter the address or the name of your desired destination.

  3. Go to the ride services tab, where you'll see the Uber ride options listed, possibly along with options from other services such as Lyft.

  4. If you want to book an Uber ride, tap Request under the specific type of Uber ride you like. After you request the ride, you'll see if and when a driver accepted it, and view the car's progress on its way to you and on its way to your specified destination.

Google Maps compares how long transportation options will take (along with comparing the prices for ride-sharing services). Using this navigation app might not result in you ordering an Uber. A Lyft ride or the subway could be quicker or cheaper, for example.

Order an Uber Using Facebook Messenger

In addition to ordering an Uber ride from within the Google Maps app on your smartphone, you can order a ride through the Facebook Messenger app. You can order either an Uber or a Lyft ride with this option.

To do this, make sure you have the latest version of the Facebook Messenger app downloaded on your device. Then, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Facebook Messenger app on your smartphone.

  2. Tap any conversation thread.

  3. In the rows of icons at the bottom of the phone screen, tap the three dot icon to display additional options.

  4. Tap Request a Ride, then choose between Lyft or Uber if both options are available.

  5. Follow the on-screen prompts to order a ride. If you haven't linked your Lyft or Uber account with Facebook Messenger, sign in. Or, register if you don't have an account with either service.

When you request a ride through Facebook Messenger, you can share your progress with someone you want to meet up with, so they can keep tabs on your plans. You also won't have to explain why you're late; they'll know there was bad traffic, for example.

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