How to Order an Uber Ride Directly From Google Maps

These two smartphone apps integrate to make your life easier

Uber via Google Maps
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Think about the top transportation apps on your phone. Whether you're an Android or an iPhone user, it's quite likely that you have at least one of the following two apps on your handset: Google Maps and Uber.

Sure, Google Maps may not be the default navigation option on iOS-powered devices, but it's still plenty popular with iPhone users. And while Uber is far from the only ride-sharing, ride-requesting download available to smartphone users, it remains the most popular.

It's no surprise, then, that these two high-profile apps could work together. Google Maps and the ride-sharing service Uber have offered some level of integration for some time – you have been able to view the price and time of different Uber options alongside transportation choices since 2014.

However, more recently the two companies extended this partnership to allow you to book a ride with Uber directly from the Google Maps app on your phone. That means you don't have to switch over to the Uber app after pulling up directions on Maps, comparing your choices, viewing prices and settling on this ride-sharing service. The process of booking happens seamlessly, without requiring much manual work on your end.

Here's a simple breakdown of how to do this on your phone:

  1. Head to the Google Maps app on your iPhone or Android device.
  2. Enter the address or the name of your desired destination.
  3. Navigate to the ride services tab within the Google Maps app, where you'll see the various Uber ride-type options listed, possibly along with options from other services such as Lyft.
  1. If you decide that you want to book an Uber ride, simply tap Request from the ride services tab (under the specific type of Uber ride you like). Once you've requested the ride, you can see if and when a driver has accepted it, and then view the car's progress on its way to you and on its way to your specified destination.

    Sure, this doesn't save you mountains of time, but it's a nice, easy integration that shaves a few seconds off the process of booking a ride on demand from your phone. And since Google Maps lets you compare how long various transportation options will take you (along with comparing the different prices for ride-sharing services), using this navigation app might not even result in you ordering an Uber – a Lyft ride or the subway could be quicker or cheaper, for example. 

    Another Option: Order an Uber Directly From Facebook Messenger

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

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

    1. Open the Facebook Messenger app on your smartphone.
    2. Tap on any conversation thread with the app.
    3. Once you're in a conversation thread, at the bottom of your phone's screen you'll see a row of icons. You want to click on the one that looks like three dots (this will bring up additional options). After you click on the three-dot icon, you should see "Request a Ride" along with a few other options pop up on screen.
    1. Tap Request a Ride then choose between Lyft or Uber if both options are available. 
    2. Follow the on-screen prompts to order a ride. If you haven't linked your Lyft or Uber account with Facebook Messenger yet, you'll need to sign in (or register if you don't yet have an account with either service).

    You may be wondering why you'd want to request a ride through Facebook Messenger in the first place. The idea is that 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.