You can use Uber from Google Maps and without having to install the application. We tell you how you can do it from your smartphone.
No need to have Uber installed to ride one of the company’s cars. Google Maps has a trick to use it without having the application installed, and we tell you how it works.
Applications like Uber or Cabify have become another way to get around the city. They are vehicles with driver that we can request through a smartphone application, which take us from one place to another, and that indicate details such as the price or the route in advance.
But to use these services it is usually necessary to install the service application. It is logical: if we want to use Uber or Cabify, we will have to install the application. If not, how will the service work, how are we going to ask for the trip or pay when it ends?
How to order an Uber from Google Maps
The truth is that Google Maps has a trick that allows us to use Uber without having the application installed. The only condition is to have an Uber account, and connect that Uber account with our Google account. Once we have done it, we can do all the routes we want.
The steps to do so are as follows. It can be done from Android and from iOS, with the Google Maps application.
- We search our destination in Google Maps in a conventional way
- Once we have it, click on «How to arrive«
- Among the options we select the taxi, the icon that has a stickman with suitcase and arm raised
- We select Uber from the options
- We choose the service we want and click on continue – If this is the first time, you will ask us to connect to our Uber account – If we want to make changes, such as adding a payment method, it will take us to the Uber website to make them
- Select the point where we want to be picked up and confirm by clicking on «Book«
From then on, Google Maps will let us know when the car is ready, and it will show us how we move along the route. You will also notify us with a notification when finished, although we will receive a conventional Uber invoice to our email.
And what about Cabify or MyTaxi?
Uber is not the only option that allows us to use Google Maps. It also allows us to check the prices of Cabify and MyTaxi (conventional taxi) on the same route. The difference is that we cannot request it through Google Maps, we will have to complete the application in the application of each service.
Yes, it is useful to check the price of each trip. Google Maps is able to show if Uber has the active price multiplier, and takes it into account when predicting the cost of the service. So we can use it to find the cheapest alternative without binding to a single service.