The Simplest Uber Hack to Book Cabs From Your Computer

Mihir Patkar 14-10-2017

Uber is a worldwide phenomenon today, changing the taxi and local commute experience. And it can be even better if you use these awesome apps.


We’re not going to get into whether Uber is threatening traditional taxi services What Is Uber and Why Is It Threatening Traditional Taxi Services? Uber has landed, and it's fundamentally changing inner-city transit. And some might say, not entirely for the better. Read More or the recent controversy in the U.K. We also aren’t getting into whether Uber is the best or not. This article is about those who use Uber and want to improve their rides.

Needless to say, it’s best if you already have an Uber account to use these apps. If you don’t, you might need to register with the official Uber app for your phone.

Download: Uber for Android (Free) or iOS (Free)

1. (Web): Book Uber on Any Computer

Uber is primarily an app that you have to use on your phone. Only then do you get to book a cab to wherever you are. But there’s a simple hack to use it on your computer. Just go to the Uber Mobile site.

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Yup, by simply visiting, you’ll be able to book a cab from your browser. It’ll need access to browser permissions Why Do Chrome Plugins Need Access To 'All My Data' and 'Browsing Activity'? If you’ve installed Chrome plugins, you’ve probably seen a warning that they can access your data on all websites, your tabs and browsing activity, or even all the data on your computer. This warning can... Read More like your location, so grant those. Sign in with your registered Uber account, and then it’s as simple as using the app.

In fact, it’s exactly like the smartphone app, but on a bigger screen. And it is synced to your phone, so whatever you do on the computer is also accessible once you shut the PC. Given its ease of use, you might want to turn this into a Windows 10 app with Chrome Use Chrome to Create a Windows 10 App from Any Website This simple Chrome trick will help you appreciate Windows tiles. It also works on Windows 8. You can turn any website into an app that launches in its own window. Perfect for small screens! Read More .

2. Fastlane (Mac): Mac Menu Bar App to Book an Uber Quickly [No Longer Available]

Don’t worry, Mac users, we haven’t forgotten about you. In fact, you get a wonderful made-for-macOS app all of your own. Meet Fastlane, a third-party app to call an Uber.

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Fastlane is one of those handy apps for your Menu Bar The Ultimate List of Mac Menu Bar Apps These tiny smart utilities don't get in our way like the dock apps do -- Mac menu bar apps sit in a corner and swing into action only when you need them! Read More that sits quietly till you call it into action. Unfortunately, the app doesn’t automatically find your Mac’s location. So you’ll have to type your pickup location and the destination. Dropdown suggestions will help autocomplete both addresses. But hey, that’s kind of better than giving a third-party app access to such private data, right?

Fastlane is completely free and works well. A similar app called Passenger For Uber retrieves your geolocation and sends notifications, but it costs $3. I don’t see why you should pay when the original service is free.

Download: Fastlane for macOS (Free)

3. Uber Estimate (Web): Fare Estimates and Cool Uber Statistics

How can you check an Uber price without actually using Uber? How do you find out prices for routes that you aren’t near to? Uber Estimate has all the answers. And also a bunch of cool statistics.

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The app is simple. Put the pickup and dropoff points, and it will tell you the estimated fare in that country’s currency. It’s a nice way to check prices and even surprise a few friends.

The cooler part of the app is the Statistics page. Here you will find the most recent city to get Uber, as well as recent surges across the world. You’ll find top destinations and surges, ZIP codes with the highest fare hikes, and also a live map of surges. It’s a blast to look at all this data. Who knows, you might find some things you never knew you could do with Uber 6 Things You Never Knew You Could Do with Uber If you think that Uber is just an app-delivered taxi, you are wrong. As a few Uber promoted alternative uses prove, the ride sharing service can be used in interesting ways. Read More .

4. UpHail (Web, Android, iOS): Compare Uber to Other Cabs

Uber isn’t the only taxi app in the game. In the U.S., Lyft is the biggest competitor Riding A Lyft? Check Out Our 5 Rules For Communal Cabs The Lyft service, which utilizes normal drivers in their personal cars with easily identifiable gigantic pink mustaches on their front bumpers, is growing as users are taking both the time to ride and drive. Read More . Elsewhere, there are enough other cab companies. And then there are traditional taxi operators too. So which is the cheapest? UpHail can tell you.

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This is a taxi aggregator that estimates the cost and cab availability of several ride-hailing services. In the U.S., it’ll show all kinds of options like taking the metro, using a bike-sharing service, and costs of Uber and Lyft across tiers. You can filter options too, like ride-sharing, economy, cash payment, and so on. It’s a pretty good app to figure out whether Uber is always the best choice. Spoiler: it isn’t!

UpHail works in several countries, but won’t test all local services. If that’s the case in your location, you might want to look for a better local alternative to UpHail.

Download: UpHail for Android (Free) or for iOS (Free)

5. The Uber Game (Web): Can You Be an Uber Driver and Survive?

Uber’s idea of becoming an independent cab driver is pretty cool. But is it actually profitable for you? The Financial Times (FT) has developed an awesome game to find out.

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The Uber Game is based on FT learnings from interviewing several Uber drivers. It’s a roleplaying game where you need to make choices that determine your fate. For example, you have to choose a car, react to passenger demands and behavior, and so on. Each choice affects your driver rating as well as how much money you earn. You also need to take care of your health and your car, so make wise decisions.

The game is surprisingly in-depth and has been well received by the tech community as well as Uber drivers Uber Reveals the Rules All Riders Need to Know Uber has revealed the rules all riders need to know. And as breaking any of these rules could see you banned from using Uber ever again, regular Uber riders should probably take notice. Read More . I managed to get through the Easy difficult mode, but failed at hard. What about you?

What Do You Think About Uber?

Uber is a polarizing topic wherever you go. Some people love the concept, others think it’s stealing the jobs of taxi drivers. There are some who have legitimate privacy concerns Uber Tracks You After Each Journey, But You Can Stop It Uber tracks you in the background so it knows where you are, but it still tracks you even after your ride is over. Here's how to prevent that. Read More .

What do you think about Uber? Is it a fad or the future of public transport? Do you use it regularly?

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  2. Murray
    October 23, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    USER BEWARE!!!! Make sure info sent to u matches the car that comes to curb or DON'T GET IN !!!!! Every UBER car has a sticker or patch that says UBER and the DRIVER'S Name, year, make , model is sent to u in a reply. Again, if it doesn't match DON'T GET IN!!!!!!!

  3. Murray
    October 23, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    User beware !!!! Before getting into the UBER TAXI make sure it matches what is being sent to you. Driver's name and kind of car should match car that comes to the curb, otherwise DON"T GET IN!!!!!!!!

  4. Adam
    October 17, 2017 at 1:22 am

    Or if you have Windows 10, you can use the Uber Windows 10 app to access Uber from your computer.

  5. Utsav sehrawat
    October 14, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Used to drive for Uber.But gave up. Don't have balls to drive for them 12 to 14 hours religiously and still struggle to make ends meet.
    Decline in earnings week after week doesn't let u in profit terms.Its suicidal for u to drive for uber in India.

    • Jim
      October 14, 2017 at 11:59 pm

      Not fair with traditional taxi they have to live also expensive permits
      No uber for me True

      • pmshah
        October 24, 2017 at 4:19 am

        I too would stick to traditional taxis - black & yellow in Mumbai - provided they did not price gouge at every opportunity. Lowest "unmetered" rickshaw fare one might find from Vadodara Airport to Chakli circle would be Rs.150/- whereas by A/C Uber it would barely cost me Rs. 110.- or 120/- . BTW 95% of rickshaw meters in Vadodara are doctored to run anywhere from 20% to 50 % faster.

    • Jim
      October 14, 2017 at 11:59 pm

      Very very true