There are a lot of apps out there claiming to help rideshare drivers and others with the best gig jobs and today, senior RSG contributor Christian Perea covers the top driver apps that will make your job driving easier (and perhaps more profitable). Or click here if instead you’re looking for a list of the best delivery services to drive for.
Rideshare Apps for Uber Drivers: Which Ones are the Best?
There are a lot of companies building apps to help drivers, but today we’re going to focus on the category of driver assistance apps. We’ve already covered mileage tracking apps extensively, but driver assistance apps are a new term we just coined and they are apps that make driving easier for drivers or allow drivers to earn more money. Most of them have a monthly or yearly fee, and there are some pretty unique ideas out there, but at the end of the list I included my opinion on the best rideshare apps out there.
Rideshare Apps Make The Job Easier
I like to think of these apps as tools to make driving easier, help drivers discover information, or help drivers with specific challenges while driving. Many of them have subscription fees, but they all have free trials, so I encourage testing them out in the wild to see if they help you earn more.
8 Best Rideshape Apps
FarePilot helps you find rides when it’s slow or when you get a ride that drags you out to unfamiliar territory. It uses a combination of historical data around traffic, events, weather, and driver feedback to “learn” the best places to find rides at any given time. It’s weirdly smart at suggesting where to go for a ride (although it’s not a guarantee of finding one).
I was a bit skeptical of their claims at first because it seems like it would be hard to predict demand for rides if you’re not Uber or Lyft. However, once I started using it, I quickly learned that it works well. I like to use it when I get a ride that takes me to unfamiliar territory or into the suburbs since it will tell you where it thinks you are most likely to get your next ride. FarePilot helped me find a ride in the middle of the night that took me back home, so I’ve been using it a lot more now.
I don’t use it much when I’m driving in my regular area but whenever I don’t know where to go, FarePilot does a really good job of giving me suggestions so I don’t waste gas.
“I might be exaggerating but any time I use this app I’m bound to make $$. Before I made $$ but this help me to save gas instead of driving around n making my own pinpoints FarePilot helps with all.” – Royaltystar (app store commenter)
“Data hog.. Completely worthless app” – letgosucks (App Store commenter)
- Pros: Provides valuable insights on where to hangout for rides using advanced algorithms.
- Cons: Sometimes I’ve found their app consumes too much battery power on my phone. I fixed this by restricting the app on my Galaxy S7.
- Cost: Free
- Free Trial Period: See above.
When you have downtime while driving, music is nice, but so is getting smarter about running your rideshare business or even just relaxing with a great audio book to keep you company.
Addit is an app that allows rideshare drivers to earn money by playing music while giving rides. Really!
If you sign up for Addit and use their app to play music in your car, the company will share a percentage of the ad revenue with you.
It’s completely free to use and their app is available for both Android and Apple. A great way to earn passive income while driving for Uber and Lyft.
Rakuten is one of the top cash-back apps out there, and for good reason. With the Rakuten app, you get access to cash back, exclusive discounts, and in-store coupons. Getting started with Rakuten is easy, too!
Scott on our team has earned over $400 with Rakuten so far.
Related: Our Rakuten Review
The sign-up process is super simple, and you can sign up using our Rakuten referral link here. It’s basically just like signing up for any other website. You provide your email address and create a password. You don’t provide any payment information because you do not pay through Rakuten, but through the website you’re actually making the purchase through.
Here’s just a short list of the stores that partner with Rakuten:
- H&R Block Tax Prep (8% cash back right now!)
- Turbotax (7.5% cash back right now)
- Advance Auto Parts (5% cash back)
- Autozone (4% cash back)
- And many, many more
5) Cash back apps
If you’re looking to save money on every day purchases then look no further than these best cash back apps we found. Plus, all of these apps include signup bonuses!
- GetUpside – cash back on gas
- Ibotta – cash back at over 300 stores like Walmart and Target
- Fetch Rewards – cash back on groceries
- Dosh referral code – cash back at stores online and off, plus restaurants and hotels
- Freebird – cash back on Uber and Lyft rides
- Rakuten – cash back, coupons and discounts for stores online, including Amazon, Target, and Kohl’s
Plus, not only will these apps help you SAVE money, but they will also help you MAKE money! How you ask? Because most of these apps listed above have a referral (refer-a-friend) program and you get a cash bonus every time you refer someone who signs up for the app using your referral link! So you can promote these apps to your passengers while they’re sitting in your car. Our top recommended apps for promoting to your rideshare passengers are the GetUpside and Rakuten apps.
Rydar does a lot of things – I like to call it the Swiss Army Knife of driver tools. While you can use the free version of Rydar, the Premium version offers additional benefits I find worth paying for. The Premium version syncs with your Uber driver account and provides insights into the business side of driving based on your trip info that Uber has. That said, the free version works well, and you could stick with that.
Here’s a list of everything Rydar does:
- Lists nearby concerts, events, games with approximate crowd sizes.
- Provides a map of bars, clubs, and restaurants where riders are likely to be.
- Find places for you to go for your next ride with the “waypoint” feature.
- Tracks your mileage.
- Provides custom surge alerts and notifications.
- Track expenses and income.
- Download reports to excel.
In my opinion, using the free version of Rydar is worth it for the events calendar alone. It’s all conveniently in one place and you can save them to a schedule for later so you know where the big crowds will be later.
“Statistics at your fingertips. Can’t wait to have it also interact with my Lyft account…” – Mike Forsberg
“Please add functionality for Lyft” – John Granville
- Pros: Jack of all trades. Master of none.
- Cons: Jack of all trades. Master of none.
- Cost: Rydar is $29.99 a year for the Pro version and $59.99 a year for the Premium version. You can also pay $4.99 or $8.99 a month for the Pro and Premium version but it will cost more in the long run.
- Free Trial Period: 14 days
Surge allows you to drop pins on a map and receive notifications when surge is nearby. You can set up notifications and filter them based on the amount of surge, how close the surge is, and filter by product (UberX, Select, UberXL, etc). There’s also a version for Lyft called Surge Chaser for Lyft. It’s basically the same thing as the Uber version but with pink accents. Just like Lyft itself!
Although I don’t personally use these two apps, the drivers I’ve seen using Surge really swear by it because it allows them to be aware of surge pricing while they are in a ride. This is more valuable than ever before, because when it gets busy drivers are more likely to be “stuck” in back-to-back & stacked rides from Uber and Lyft without getting a chance to see surge at all. Surge Chaser will notify you of that surge so you can log out and target an area with surge pricing versus blindly accepting those stacked rides with incomplete information.
My favorite rideshare app of all time isn’t even focused on driving. Recently, I went to a Lyft meetup and a good friend of mine, Rafael, added me to a Voxer group full of other drivers. Once I got into this Voxer group, I was able to get the lowdown on everything about driving in my local area. Voxer also connected me with other drivers and made the experience of driving so much more satisfying.
Voxer is a walkie-talkie app that allows you to communicate with your voice in real time. You can record by pushing the button once and then stop recording by hitting the button again. It’s really well set up for rideshare driving because it requires little input to operate while in your car. It’s not as popular as it used to be since Messenger steamrolled everyone into using it instead. I still prefer Voxer though.
“Awesome app! The only thing I would change is that it vibrates like you have a message when you back out of conversations or when you back out of the app. Other than that it sends and receives messages very well, little to 0 delay.” – Jacob Wright
“I love this app and my wife and I communicate on it more than any other platform. That being said, we use it quite a bit. During our normal commute there are a few spots that don’t have the best service Understand this app requires data. However, the messages don’t ever seem to come through once data is available. It is the most frustrating part and it happens all the time… :(“ – Jon M
- Pro: Easy communication and fast file sharing.
- Cons: Tends to get buggy about sending messages after a while (you have to clear the app’s cache)
- Cost: Free for basic version but you can upgrade to PRO for $3.99/month or $29.99/year.
- Free Trial Period: 7 days for PRO.
9) Roadside Assistance
Maybe you didn’t catch the previous warning, and got your car stuck in a flooded road – or maybe you just locked your keys in your car while making a delivery. Whatever your roadside emergency, a free app called Honk can help. Honk offers on-demand roadside assistance anywhere in the USA starting at $50. They’ll come rescue you if you have a flat tire, run out of gas, and so forth – it’s kind of like Uber for roadside assistance. If you don’t have AAA or some other roadside assistance plan already, this service could be a lifesaver. Best of all, you don’t even have to get the app – you can request Honk roadside assistance from their mobile-friendly website, too.
10) Airport Schedules
Airport runs are often the most lucrative trips around, so it pays to be up-to-speed on the latest developments at your local runways. Flightstats is a free, lightweight app that will allow you to see when flights are arriving and departing, so you’ll know the best times to post up and wait for a ride. If a lot of flights are delayed, people may be stuck waiting at the airport rather than traveling – so you can save time and avoid these periods when demand may not be as high.
Bonus: TheRideshareGuy App!
This is the best rideshare app I’ve ever installed on my cell phone, hands down, no competition. It was engineered by STALLION engineer-monks working from atop a monastery overlooking a Norwegian Fjord at sunset, the Orange Hex values were handpicked and built to the original vision of Steve Jobs, who imagined an app that could deliver the fresshhest rideshare content almost every other day.
Since its launch, the app has been downloaded over 15 billion times while holding a modest rating average of 6.1 stars (out of 5) on Google Play and the App Store. It’s received top reviews and praise from Jay-Z, Obama, the Pope, and Batman. The app has since been nominated for a Nobel prize in the highly competitive category of “Freshest Rideshare Driver Content”. I’d delete photos of my family on my phone before I ever deleted this app! #justkidding
What About Mystro?
Note: We are no longer promoting Mystro due to driver complaints about the app not working, poor customer service and more.
Mystro allows you to automate which trips you accept by setting a filter ahead of time. Then, when you’re driving, Mystro filters and accepts rides for you without you having to touch your phone.
For example, you can set Mystro to only filter through rides on 1.5x surge with a passenger rating of 4.8 or above, and if an incoming request meets those requirements, the Mystro app will accept the ride for you automatically. It’ll also deny any rides that don’t meet your requirements. You can watch it do this without even taking your hands off the wheel.
Related article: Can You Make More Money with Mystro?
Drivers, have you tried any of these apps before? What do you think about them? Let me know in the comments.
-Christian @ RSG