How Much to Tip Your Uber Driver and How to Do It

How to tip and how much per ride

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Uber allows for cashless transactions, allowing you to reach your destination without ever opening your wallet. But what about tipping? How can you ensure that your driver gets a fair cut?

Do You Need to Tip an Uber Driver?

Up until recently, the Uber app did not allow for gratuity. In fact, it was somewhat discouraged, as the company's public stance was that riders were not expected to leave a tip.

It turns out some folks like to tip, and the company listened to the backlash by passengers and drivers alike, eventually caving in and allowing riders to add gratuity. Whether or not you want to leave a tip, however, is still up to you and is often dictated by the type of experience you had on the trip as well as how long the ride was.

Should You Tip an Uber Driver?

As is the case with most other service industries, it is customary to tip an Uber driver if you feel that you've had a pleasant ride and especially if he or she went above and beyond the usual expectations.

We spoke with several Uber drivers who said a tip (or lack thereof) does not influence how they rate a passenger. One might wonder, however, if it could influence getting picked up in a timely fashion in the future.

How to Tip Uber Drivers

As soon as a ride has ended, Uber will send a push notification to your device asking you to rate the driver. Swiping this notification will open the app to the rating screen, where you can select between one and five stars and leave a compliment.

Also on this screen is a section labeled Add a tip for [driver name], accompanied by three buttons containing varying dollar amounts (i.e., $1, $3, $5). To leave a tip using one of these figures, choose the desired option and select Done.

If you'd like to leave more, less, or something in between, select Enter Custom Amount and enter the tip in dollars and cents.

And of course, you can always choose to go the old-fashioned route and tip your driver with cash.

Tipping Later

Another convenient feature in Uber's tipping system is the ability to leave a tip at a later time, even several weeks after a trip took place. Perhaps you were in a hurry and didn't have time to acknowledge the notification when it first appeared, or maybe you had a great Uber experience a few days ago and just now remembered that you'd like to express gratitude to your driver with an after-the-fact tip.

To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Uber app. Select the menu button, located in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, represented by three horizontal lines.

  2. Select Your Trips.

  3. A record of your past Uber trips will appear. Scroll down until you find the ride for which you'd like to leave a tip and select it.

  4. You will see a Trip Details display, containing information about the ride. Select Add a tip, located directly under the fare amount.

  5. Enter the desired gratuity amount in dollars and cents and select Set Tip.

  6. A confirmation message will appear, asking if you're sure that you want to leave the tip. Select YES button to complete the process. To cancel, select NO.