Most of the Lyft rides that you take will go by without a problem. But every now and then, something could go wrong and you may need Lyft customer service to step in and fix the issue. Maybe you left something behind in the car, maybe you think that you overpaid for your ride, or maybe there was an unexpected fee or charge that you’d like to dispute.
You can’t call Lyft customer service, but there are ways to get Lyft to call you, and you can send support requests at help.lyft.com. You will find a phone number for Lyft customer service online, but it will direct you to help.lyft.com. Certain help articles at help.lyft.com have a “Call Me” button that allows you to leave a callback number, but don’t expect Lyft to call you for all customer service issues.
The most reliable way to get customer service from Lyft is at help.lyft.com. Every page at help.lyft.com contains a pink “Contact Support” button that allows you to send a message to Lyft, and the turnaround time to hear back is around one day.
You can’t call Lyft customer service, but Lyft can call you
There is a Lyft customer service phone number floating around online (855-865-9553), but it no longer connects you directly with Lyft customer service agents. Instead, it directs you to help.lyft.com where certain articles contain a “Call Me” button that allow you to enter your phone number. After you enter your phone number, a Lyft customer service agent will typically call you back on the same day.
You can find the Lyft “Call Me” feature on these help.lyft.com pages:
- Temporary authorizations
- Promotions, ride discounts, and Lyft credits
- Lost and found
- Report an accident, safety incident, or citation
What you can expect from Lyft’s Call Me feature: Don’t expect an immediate callback, but expect a call within the same day. If you don’t think the issue is very urgent, I recommend using the messaging system at help.lyft.com instead of the Call Me feature.
Directly contact Lyft customer service at help.lyft.com
Lyft’s primary customer support system is an online ticketing system you can access at help.lyft.com. Lyft has an extensive library of support articles that will answer most general questions, and if you need to contact customer service directly, you’ll find a Contact Support button at the bottom of every help article.
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After you click “Contact Support,” a form will appear that asks you to enter your information and select your issue from a dropdown list. Find the issue category that best matches your issue, then describe your problem as briefly as possible.
If you can’t find a dropdown menu that matches your issue, there is an “other” category. Just make sure that you include all relevant details while keeping your message as brief as you can.
Some common reasons why you’d want to contact Lyft customer service are: Unexpected charges on your ride, coupon or discount issues, incorrect pickup or dropoff location, your driver took an inefficient route, or you received a cancellation or no-show fee.
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What happens after you send a message via help.lyft.com? Lyft will reply via email. You can reply to the email, and future replies from Lyft will come via email. Make sure to keep all information about one issue in one support thread. If you have a follow up comment to send, don’t start a new support ticket at help.lyft.com.
Typically a new support agent will respond to each one of your new replies, so misunderstandings happen. A new support agent might fail to read and understand the entire situation, so get used to briefly restating the problem.
Inside the Lyft app: Use the Ride History tab to contact Lyft
The Lyft passenger app has a few limited ways to contact customer service. The “Help” section of the app links to help.lyft.com, but the Ride History section allows you to request a fare adjustment from inside the app. After you send your initial request inside the app, responses from Lyft will come via email.
How to get a refund from Lyft
If you want a refund for your ride, or if you want Lyft to review and lower the price you paid, tap the Menu icon, then Ride History. Find the ride and tap it, then scroll to the bottom and tap “Get Help.” There, you’ll be asked to give a reason why the price was unfair or incorrect. After you submit the form, Lyft will reply via email.
Getting a full refund from Lyft is unusual unless something particularly bad happened during your ride. You’ll typically get a discount if your driver took an inefficient route, or if you didn’t get a promotion that you expected to. You’ll only get a full refund if something went very wrong with the ride, like a major confrontation with your driver or an accident.
Lost an item in a Lyft? How to use the Lost and Found service
If you lost an item during your Lyft ride, there are a few ways to get your stuff back.
If it’s been less than 72 hours since you lost your item: Go to the Ride History section of the app, tap the ride where you lost the item, and look for a “contact driver” button. That will put you in touch with your driver. From there, it’s up to you and the driver to coordinate a time and a place to meet.
If more than 72 hours have gone by since you lost your item: Go to the Ride History section of the app, find the ride, scroll down and select “I lost an item.” Input your info and describe the item. Lyft will send a message to the driver asking if they have your item, and from there it’s up to the driver to contact you to work out a time and a place to meet.
If you lost your phone: You can also fill out a lost item form at help.lyft.com. Scroll down and click the “Contact Support,” then select “I lost an item” from the drop down. Input your info and describe the item. Lyft will send a message to the driver asking if they have your item, and from there it’s up to the driver to contact you to work out a time and a place to meet.
Lyft drivers and Lyft are not responsible for lost items. If your driver looks for your item, finds it, and comes up with a way to return it to you, they’re going above and beyond what they’re required to do. If you get your item back, tip them in cash.
Better ways to get real help from Lyft customer service
Lyft customer service agents are overburdened with work, so sometimes the support you get from Lyft isn’t always the best. Frequently you’ll get a copied/pasted response from a FAQ instead of a real response to your issue. To get the best support, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Find the best matching issue in the dropdown menus. You’ll get a faster response that way
- Give all the relevant details that Lyft asks for. Don’t leave anything out
- Don’t include irrelevant details or send long-winded stories. If you keep your message brief, the agent is more likely to understand the issue
- One question at a time. If you send more than one question, the support agent will typically respond to one and ignore the others
- When you reply to Lyft, be brief and polite. Understand that a new person may read and reply to your support thread each time you send in a new message
- Be patient. Expect a first response within 24 hours
Contacting Lyft customer service may not be as easy as calling a phone number, but if you use the “Call Me” feature or send a message at help.lyft.com, your issue will eventually be addressed.