It’s frustrating when you’re trying to make your way home from a day of driving for Uber and new rides keep pulling you farther and farther away from where you want to go. You can always sign out of the app to head home, but that makes your commute unpaid, and every deadhead mile driven without a passenger in your car seriously eats into your bottom line.
Drivers have been asking for a destination filter — a way to be paired only with riders who are heading where you want to go — for a long time, and it’s finally here: Uber is gradually rolling out a destination filter in the Uber partner app that will only pair you with passengers who are headed toward the destination you select. But there are limitations: You can only set a destination filter twice each day, and drivers report that it takes longer to be paired with a passenger when the filter is enabled.
How to use the Uber destination filter
- Open the Uber Partner app and tap the clipboard icon in the upper left corner
- Tap the plus (+) sign next to “Set a destination.” Note that the app tracks how many times you’ve used the filter for the day
- Enter your destination
- If you successfully set your destination, your destination will appear as a pin on the map, the upper bar will turn orange, and the message “finding matching trips” will appear
You can only use the destination filter twice each day!
You might have thought that a destination filter would enable you to pick and choose where you want to head for your entire shift, but that’s not how it works. Uber only allows you to use the feature twice each day, which suggests that the purpose of the feature is to help you commute out of and into your local area, not master-plan every ride you get on your shift.
Reaching your set destination counts as one use of the destination filter, so if your first trip toward your destination only takes you halfway there, the filter will stay on. Once you reach your destination or close by, it will turn off.
Destination filter strategies
Get a passenger faster
Uber drivers on Reddit say that it takes quite a while longer to be paired with a passenger heading toward the destination that you set, especially if you sit in one spot and wait for a passenger. To get a passenger faster, you should drive toward your destination. Play with the feature in your area, see how it works, and leave a comment here if you can figure out a way to make the destination filter work more quickly.
Use the filter to do airport runs
If you can pick up and drop off at your local airport, you can use the destination filter to guarantee that a ride will take you into an airport. Then, you can wait in the queue to get a ride out of the airport.
The destination filter isn’t available everywhere: How to check if your city has it
Open your partner app and look in the upper left corner for the clipboard icon that’s in the screenshots above. If the icon is there, you can use the destination filter in your city. If it’s not, you’ll have to wait until Uber releases that feature in your city.