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Can You Pay With Cash on Uber Eats?

Uber Eats

If you’ve used Uber to travel from one place to another, you won’t mind eating their food either. Uber might have started as a cab service, but the demand for food delivery allowed them to establish the Uber Eats app. Like the taxi service, Uber Eats also relies on online payment systems. What happens if you don’t have funds in your bank account? Can you pay cash on Uber Eats? Read on to discover how the cash payment on Uber Eats works.

What is Uber Eats?

According to Tab-TV, Uber Eats is a popular service, allowing you to order food from restaurants and cafes that lack their delivery service. Almost every restaurant in the US and other countries worldwide relies on the food delivery service to ensure their clients get their favorite dishes, wherever they are. It entered the markets when credit and debit cards were popular, though Uber Eats didn’t approve these payment solutions. The food delivery service began accepting cash payments in 2017 as a premier program in Mumbai, India. Countries in Africa and Latin America embraced it, making it more widespread. However, the US and other regions disapprove of cash payments on Uber Eats. They prefer online payment systems like PayPal or Uber Cash accounts. You won’t have to worry about using credit cards or debit cards by using PayPal.

A step-by-step guide for using cash on Uber Eats

If cash is your preferred mode of payment and your region accepts it, there are a few things you need to know before ordering food on Uber Eats. Follow these steps to make your work easy:

Step 1: Set up an account with Uber Eats

Like any other online food delivery service, the first thing you should do is set up an account with Uber Eats. It starts by downloading the app using your iPhone or Android device. The app is available on the app store or playstore, and it resembles a fort on the circular background or a flat square icon titled “Uber Eats.” Once you’ve downloaded it to your smart device, fill in your details, and your account will automatically be activated. But if you haven’t logged in already, UberEats may require you to either register or log in with your account.

Step 2: Choose the restaurant you want to order from

Assuming you’ve already saved the app to your phone, it’s time to select a restaurant that allows Uber Eats services. Most likely, the app has a list of restaurants near you that offer Uber Eats delivery. Go to separate areas like “$ Delivery Fee” or “Special Offers.” If the delivery address doesn’t match what is displayed on your screen, feel free to change it using the arrow next to the address on top of the screen. Alternatively, tap the “Pickup” feature on your screen. Choosing this option eliminates delivery fees, but Uber Eats will still charge you their service fee.

Step 3: Add food to your cart

Upon choosing your preferred restaurant, a menu will appear on your screen. Scroll through the food selections. For example, tap the specific menu item if you prefer grilled chicken with fried rice. It will automatically get added to your cart. Remember, you can order from one restaurant at a time. For example, you can’t order from McDonald’s and Burger King simultaneously.

Step 4: Confirm your order by tapping “View Cart”

The “View Cart” pop-up will appear on your screen, prompting you to make an order. The pop-up appears on the bottom of the screen each time you add food to your cart. It might keep appearing unless you decline by tapping “No Thanks” once you’ve ordered.

Step 5: Choose your preferred mode of payment at the bottom of the screen

The Uber Eats app will provide payment solutions like cash, PayPal, or their account. The card you previously added to Uber will be selected as the default payment unless you choose another payment option. Remember, you can only pay via cash if your region allows it.

Step 6: Choose “Cash” is available

You will know you can pay via cash if it appears at the bottom of your screen, among other payment options.

Step 7: Select “Place Order” for confirmation purposes

Once you select cash as your preferred payment method, the feature “Place Order” will appear in your email. The feature allows you to track your food’s delivery in progress each time you check the app. Once the driver or rider delivers your food, ensure you pay them via cash. Feel free to tip them for the service, though it isn’t necessary.

How to pay Uber Eats via PayPal

If you live in the US or any other region that doesn’t accept cash on Uber Eats, go the PayPal way. To do this, you should link your Uber Eats account with your PayPal account.

  • Step 1: Visit your profile and click “Payment.” Your Uber Eats account will automatically pick information from PayPal, allowing you to pay.
  • Step 2: Click “PayPal”
  • Step 3: Sign in to your PayPal account and start ordering the food delivery service.

According to Pulse Live, you can use Uber Cash if you lack PayPal. Start by depositing funds to your credit/debit card or PayPal account. Your funds will be credited to your account via the Uber Support program through promotional credit, Uber gift card, or Amex premium benefits. The Uber Cash system works by opening the Uber app on your smart device. Next, go to your profile and tap “Add Funds” to allow the payment service to credit money to your account.


Paying via cash on Uber Eats is convenient and comes with fewer hassles. Perhaps you have a bad credit history or can’t access your funds online, leaving you with no choice but to pay via cash. According to Uber, paying using cash only works if your country accepts it. The sooner you confirm if you can pay through cash, Uber Cash, or PayPal, the easier it will be getting your food delivered on time.

Dana Hanson

Written by Dana Hanson

Dana has extensive professional writing experience including technical and report writing, informational articles, persuasive articles, contrast and comparison, grant applications, and advertisement. She also enjoys creative writing, content writing on nearly any topic (particularly business and lifestyle), because as a lifelong learner, she loves to do research and possess a high skill level in this area. Her academic degrees include AA social Sci/BA English/MEd Adult Ed & Community & Human Resource Development and ABD in PhD studies in Indust & Org Psychology.

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