There are a lot of apps out there claiming to help rideshare drivers and others with the best gig jobs and in this article, RSG contributors Christian and Tyler share their favorite driver apps. Click here instead if 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.
Cash Back Apps Are Driver Must-Haves
We can’t start any article about the best driver apps without talking about cash back apps. If you’re a driver (whether delivery or rideshare), you absolutely must have the following cash back apps installed:
I love this app! I like to use it while I’m in a store, or to surf through the sales while I’m waiting for the next ping. Rakuten is a great way to make or save more money while you’re working.
If you’re out and about and can’t decide on what you’re going to get for that quick snack, Ibotta can help. Go into a store and see what’s in the app for you to buy, get it, and get money back in the app.
Swagbucks is pretty cool because you can shop through (and earn points that can be redeemed for money or gift cards), play games, watch TV, etc. It’s a pretty easy way to pass time (especially if you’re waiting for a scheduled ride, or for a sporting event to get out) and earn some extra cash.
9 Best Rideshare Apps
Here at The Rideshare Guy, we love to help and give tips and tricks that will help you make the most amount of money in the least amount of time. However, there is no way we can be experts in your specific area because we aren’t there. So, if you’re looking for location-specific insider stuff Voxer is for you.
Not only can you use it to talk with friends and family, but odds are there are rideshare groups around you where they will share what’s working for them.
It’s a great way to “share the struggle” or have that “fellow employee” feel you don’t get from being by yourself all day.
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.
Runner up: Facebook groups! Yes, while we don’t like how Facebook has steamrolled into our lives, we admit city-specific driver Facebook groups can be really helpful and informative. If you have Facebook, you can install the Facebook app on your phone and check out what people are saying in your city almost in real time.
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.
3) Podcast Player
Whether you use Spotify, Apple, Pocketcast, or something else, a podcast player app is a must have!
Similar to audiobooks, podcasts give you something to listen to while driving and they can be on almost any topic you can think of. Business, personal, religious, The Rideshare Guy – whatever you are into, it’s probably on there.
Most people use Apple podcasts, but I’ve found PocketCast to be a better and easier-to-use app for listening to podcasts on an iPhone. When I had an Android I used Podcast addict and loved it.
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) Navigation app
Not so much fun but practical, having a good navigation app is essential to having a good day of rideshare driving.
My personal favorite is Waze, not only does it work really well, but it usually finds you the best way to go, lets you know when there is an accident or detour and how to get around it. It also lets you know if there was a cop spotted in the area. I love that it also has food recommendations, which is always important to me.
On the other hand, many drivers prefer Google Maps because they’re more used to that interface. If you’re on the fence, check out our article on Waze vs. Google Maps, or take a look at the video below: Google Maps vs Waze: Which One Is Better For Lyft & Uber Drivers?
6) Music Apps (Spotify, Amazon Music, Etc.)
99% of the time while I’m delivering or driving, I listen to an audiobook or podcast. But sometimes you just have those days where you need to have some music!
I personally use YouTube music. It’s a great app that makes it easy to download whatever song you want. One thing I love about it is it constantly learns what you like and will alter what is downloaded while it charges. So, even though you aren’t using any data, because the songs are all downloaded already, you are getting new songs all the time.
If you don’t want to take up space on your phone, and data isn’t a concern of yours, it will also stream music.
This is my swiss army knife of rideshare apps.
First, it tracks your mileage for you. Simply hit the tracking button when you start and stop it when you get home.
Next, it will automatically link with most services to download how much you make per shift. It will then send you an email the next day with a breakdown of how much you made per hour, per mile, and how many deliveries, passengers, etc. you did per hour.
It will also tell you what’s going on in your neighborhood, the best time to drive, which apps to drive with, how many passengers are booked at the airport, and so much more. If you want to make more money with rideshare, this is the app to get.
Looking for more rideshare mileage tracking apps? Check out our video below: 5 Best Apps to Track Mileage in 2022
As much as we would love to be, we are not always driving 100% of the time! Sometimes we just have to wait (usually for deliveries, but it happens with rideshare too!) When that happens, rather than scrolling through social media, do something constructive.
I sometimes bring physical books with me, but if I forget I always have a few Kindle books downloaded so I can be sure to have something to read.
Not sure what to read? Check out The Rideshare Guide, written by Harry Campbell himself!
Whether you’re working part-time or full-time in the gig industry, odds are you are juggling multiple apps. Using multiple apps is a great strategy to help boost and diversify your income, but it can come with its pitfalls.
For example, it may get tedious when you’re waiting for rides, trips, and delivery opportunities on multiple apps at the same time. Being online ‘everywhere’ could risk your ability to complete the task at hand and land a good review. Luckily, there’s an app solution for this ‘app problem’.
Muver is a newer app that can help you manage all your rideshare and delivery service activity in one place.
Muver allows you to switch your Uber, Instacart, Lyft, Grubhub, or Doordash accounts between online and offline automatically. If you drive for multiple rideshare and delivery apps, this could be an ideal way to continue working more efficiently.
Sounds great, right? Get started with Muver today here!
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