It’s frustrating when you try to make your way home after 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 home unpaid, and every deadhead mile driven without a passenger in your car 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 set a destination filter six times 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 magnifying glass icon in the upper left corner
- Enter a destination in the search bar and confirm by tapping “Set Destination”
- If you successfully set your destination, your destination will appear as a pin on the map, and the message “finding matching trips” will appear
You can use the Uber destination filter 2 times 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 allows you to use the feature 2 times each day, which is good for commuting into and out of an area, or a strategic move or two during 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 an area close to your destination, the filter will turn off.
You can set a desired arrival time
If you’d like to reach your destination by a target time, you can set that time in the destination filter interface. Uber says that you’ll get matched for more rides toward your destination as you near your set arrival time.
Uber Destination filter strategies
Use it to get rides into the city center, or a ride back toward home
The most common use of the destination filter is to use to get a paid ride into your main working area, or paid rides home.
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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 Uber destination filter is available everywhere
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.
More help for Uber drivers
- Uber driver requirements
- Low Uber driver ratings? A checklist to bring them back up
- What’s the difference between all of the Uber services?