Being an Uber driver can be a pretty demanding job, dealing with riders who may or may not be polite and having to drive all around the city for just about minimum wage. However, one bright spot in the difficulty of being an Uber driver is getting tipped for providing your riders with great service.
Today, I’ll explore whether Uber drivers can see your tip.
So can Uber drivers see your tip? Yes, Uber drivers can see your tip once you tip them. They will receive a notification saying “You received a tip!” They can then tap on that notification and it will bring them to a page where they can see the details of the tip, including the amount and the rider that tipped them.
That being said, there’s a lot of nuance to tipping over Uber and when Uber drivers can see your tip and how this relates to the rating system. I’m going to go over some of the details that riders should know when tipping Uber drivers, including how to maximize your rating by tipping drivers fairly.
Can Uber Drivers See Your Tip?
Uber drivers can certainly see how much you tip them since the app will notify them that they have been tipped. They will also know exactly which rider tipped them, so they will be able to keep that in mind in the future if they’re working in your area and you request a ride in the future.
A major concern that most riders share is whether or not the amount they tip will influence their rating, and this is typically not the case for a few reasons. The major reason is that Uber doesn’t want tips to influence rider rating, so they ensure that your driver rates you immediately, sometimes before you even have the chance to leave your tip.
If a driver completes a trip, they will be prompted to rate that rider immediately once the trip has been completed. This is typically not enough time for you to leave them with a tip unless you’re immediately on your phone after the ride. However, some drivers expect you to be immediate with your tips.
This is unfortunate for Uber users who are on limited data, since if you’re waiting to get a wifi connection, then a driver may assume that you don’t intend to tip them and will give you a lower rating. This is the exact kind of situation that Uber tries to avoid, and it’s part of why they try to get drivers to rate you right away.
Unfortunately, when many riders learn this, they think that they can tip less because it won’t have an impact on their rider rating. Boosting your rating isn’t the point of the Uber tip system, though. It’s there to show that you appreciate a driver’s services and that you think they were worth the money.
Another thing to consider is that your tip may not pop up as a notification for a longer period of time. Some drivers have reported being notified of tips after about a day has passed since their ride, and it’s theorized that this is typically due to how long it takes the payments to process when paying by credit card.
Some drivers also believe that tipping through the app doesn’t show enough appreciation, and they prefer to be tipped in cash. Keep in mind that these drivers are in the minority, so you won’t have to worry about running into too many of them and having them tank your rating as a rider.
Don’t be worried about leaving delayed tips, either, since drivers will see your tips whenever you send them out. Some riders may wait until the next day to send out a tip because they were dead tired when they finally arrived at their location, and you can rest assured that the driver will still see it and still appreciate it.
An unfortunate thing about Uber is that most drivers report that people don’t even leave a tip in the first place. When you consider how Uber takes about a 25% cut of drivers’ earnings for allowing them to perform the service, leaving even a dollar or two as a tip can make a huge difference for the driver.
It’s understandable that some people may be unable to afford tipping, though some drivers would argue that you shouldn’t be taking an Uber if you can’t afford an extra dollar or two to tip. However, if you can afford to leave a tip for your driver, it’s usually the courteous thing to do for the service that they provided you.
Drivers can even send out thanks to a rider from the notification screen once they’ve received a tip, so they certainly know who did it and will likely be appreciative if they ever drive you around in the future.
The likelihood of running into an Uber driver that you have previously tipped largely depends on the size of the city or town that you live in. If you live in a smaller town, you’ll likely want to develop a reputation as a rider who tips so that you can avoid the dreaded “no cars available” prompt.
Keep in mind that a driver will not be able to see your tipping history before they pick you up. The only details that a driver will be able to see include your rating, your name, and where you are located before they pick you up. Your tipping history likely won’t affect your likelihood of being picked up.
Keep in mind that most drivers won’t end up refusing to pick you up if you have a moderately lower rating, though this may affect their inclination to pick you up relative to other people. For example, if there are two riders that are the same distance from a driver, the rating will be the deciding factor.
If you want to maximize the ratings you get from your riders, you’ll want to make sure that you tip them a dollar or two in cash since that will leave them in a good mood before they rate you