How to Force Enable Cash Payment Option in Uber App

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The cash payment option went live in Lagos on Monday, and somehow you still don’t have it? The feature is rolling out slowly, so not everyone will get it right away. But I know a simple hack that will let you do it right away. It will take thirty seconds.

The first step

Load the Uber app. Currently, your debit card is the default and only payment method available to you. Okay.

Your default view

Your default view with debit card payment enabled

Second step

Access to anywhere in Nairobi. For this example, I simply typed in “Kilimani”, one of Nairobi’s main neighborhoods.

It's breaking in Nairobi, lol

It’s breaking in Nairobi, lol

Third step

Return to Lagos. Now the cash option should be available, just select it from the payment methods, and you should be good to go.

Now you have money

Cash, cash, baby!

The reason this works is that each time you visit a new city, Uber dynamically adapts the app’s UI to show the ride, prices, and payment options available in that area. However, what many people don’t know is that you don’t have to be physically present in that country to access these options. In the following screenshot, I navigated in my app to India and can find a bunch of local deals that don’t exist in Lagos.

Such options.  Very discount.

Such options. Very discount.

As a feat of software engineering, Uber is remarkable. That’s actually why you can be in Lagos and hail an Uber for your loved one in London…assuming they don’t already have one.

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