Harry here. Over the past year, we’ve seen a lot of changes to both the Uber and Lyft driver apps. Not everybody likes change, but in my opinion, the driver apps for both companies are getting more powerful by the day and 2016 saw a lot of new driver-friendly features being added. Today, RSG contributor c stacks up how the Uber driver app compares to the Lyft driver app.
Any driver who’s worked for both Uber and Lyft has things that they like about the driver app and things they don’t like. Today, I’m going to let you know what I think about both apps and which one you might prefer.
Why do this, you ask? Perhaps you are a driver of one platform and are considering another platform. It would be nice to know how its driver app works before driving with them. Or maybe you are someone responsible for app development at Uber or Lyft, and would like to know how to make your app better. (I can only hope.)
I have been driving for Uber and Lyft in San Diego for over six months and currently drive at least 20 to 30 hours a week. I turn on both apps and drive with whichever service pings me first, which in San Diego is usually Uber. I then go offline on the other app so that I do not get dual requests. Once I am done with a particular ride, I will go online with the other app after waiting a minute or so.
Driving for both apps at the same time increases my request volume and helps me make more money. Even if you don’t want to drive for both apps at the same time in your market, it makes sense to have a back-up app just in case. You never know when the Uber app is going to crash, or you may get locked out of your account and be unable to work until customer support unlocks your account. Let’s take a look at how the two driver apps stack up.