Driving for Uber can have plenty of upsides.
It provides gig workers with a flexible source of employment where they can be their own boss, work whenever they want, and make money in their free time.
Some people have a great experience as an Uber partner.
On the other hand, there may come a time when you’d rather move on from the service.
You could have had one too many negative rider experiences, or maybe you found an opportunity with another gig service that brings in heftier paychecks.
Whatever the reason, sometimes you must cut your losses and move on.
In this article, we’ll go over reasons why drivers end up leaving the Uber service.
And we’ll show you how to delete your Uber account if you decide it’s time to end your relationship with the service.
- Why Drivers Want to Delete Their Uber Account
- Deleting Your Uber Account vs. Your Uber Driver App
- How to Delete Your Uber Driver Account
- Frequently Asked Questions About Deleting Uber Account
- It’s Time to Move On
Why Drivers Want to Delete Their Uber Account
Every driver will have their own reasons they want to quit driving for Uber.
This may come in the form of encountering too many rider issues, not making enough money, or having to work inconvenient hours.
By no means do we want to encourage you to stay with Uber if you’ve had a bad experience.
But if you’re facing a common problem, there may be a solution that can help change your mind.
Let’s look at some common issues that drivers have.
Some of these may have an easy solution, but others may be irreparable problems.
Having Rider Issues
One reason why drivers stop driving for Uber is having problems with passengers.
You hope to never have to deal with scenarios like this, but to be completely honest, when it comes to driving for Uber, a few bad apples spoil the barrel.
A popular complaint is that passengers can be rude or unruly.
If you frequently drive on Friday and Saturday nights, you’re bound to run into a few drunk passengers who make your life difficult.
This is especially frustrating if your vehicle gets damaged by spilled food, beverages, or the dreaded vomit.
Another product of being an Uber driver is the inability to see the exact drop-off location of passengers.
As a driver, you can see a pick-up location and a notification if the ride is a long-distance fare, but you can’t see exactly where you need to go until you’ve picked up the rider.
This can lead to driving in sketchy parts of town at the wee hours of the morning.
Feeling unsafe is uncomfortable for any driver.
If you’ve ever experienced uncomfortable situations or have a complaint about a passenger, make sure you file your complaint by reaching out to Uber driver support.
Choosing to Work for Another Service
Uber isn’t for everyone.
Luckily there are plenty of other options if you’d rather make money working for other app-based gigs.
You can look into becoming a Lyft driver if you want to stay in the realm of ridesharing.
Lyft is pretty much the same exact service as Uber and offers all of the same perks.
Some drivers swear that the passengers they receive driving for Lyft come with fewer problems, but we’ll leave it up to you to be the judge.
Not Making Enough Money
A common obstacle drivers encounter is that they aren’t able to make the amount of money they were hoping for.
There are many factors that contribute to higher driver earnings.
Among them are working longer hours, working during peak times on Friday and Saturday nights when surge pricing is in effect, and completing many trips throughout the week.
You must be dedicated to putting in long hours if you want to bring in a large paycheck every week.
In many cases, this means treating Uber as your full-time job.
Disagreeing With Uber’s Policies
Uber isn’t a company with a spotless record.
Other the years, they have hit the front page over disputes with their workers, unruly company executives, and underhanded treatment of their competitors.
It can be hard to work for a company if you don’t see eye to eye on some of these issues.
If you don’t want to work for a company you can’t support, then by all means, you should seek other employment.
Getting Too Many Text and Email Updates
Have you been plagued by countless texts and email updates flooding your phone and inbox every single day?
This can be annoying.
Luckily there are ways you can manage these notifications and silence Uber’s communications.
Head to this page if you want to figure out how to manage your text and email notifications.
Deleting Your Uber Account vs. Your Uber Driver App
It’s important to understand the difference between deleting your Uber account and your Uber app.
Just because you delete your Uber driver app doesn’t mean that you’ve deactivated your Uber account.
Deleting your Uber app will only get rid of the app that’s on your mobile device.
It will take the shortcut off your home screen, but it doesn’t magically deactivate your entire account.
To delete your Uber account, you have to do a few more things.
How to Delete Your Uber Driver Account
The first step to deleting your Uber partner account is to head to the deactivation page on Uber.com.
On this page, you’ll need to describe which type of account you want to deactivate.
It will ask you to type yes or no in the driver account and rider account text boxes.
If you only want to delete your driver account, simply type yes in the driver account text box and no in the rider account text box.
If you want to delete both accounts, then type yes into both boxes.
You’ll also need to describe why you’re deleting your account.
You’ll be given the following options to describe your issue:
- I signed up to drive by mistake
- I don’t want to use my Uber driver/partner account anymore
- I have another account
If you choose other, you’ll have to provide a reason in the text box below.
After you tap delete, you’ll receive a notification explaining that Uber will be in touch with you shortly regarding your deactivation.
Before officially finalizing the deletion process, Uber support needs to make sure they cross their T’s and dot their I’s by making sure you’re paid in full and have all of the necessary tax information.
After that, you’re all set.
You’re free to carry on with your Uber-less life.
Frequently Asked Questions About Deleting Uber Account
If you need more information, take a look at some common questions people have when it comes to deleting their account.
1. Can you delete your Uber driver account and keep your rider account?
Of course, you can.
When deleting your Uber driver account, make sure that you opt to delete your driver account and not your rider account.
This will get rid of your driver account and will retain your rider account profile.
2. What if you’re not an Uber driver but still want to delete your account?
We put together a guide on how to delete an Uber passenger account that describes how to get rid of your rider account if you’re not an Uber driver.
3. When you delete your account, does Uber still hold onto your personal information?
Uber will get rid of most of your personal information but will still retain some details after you delete your account.
This information is held for legal reasons, like for tax purposes, employment information, and any safety precautions required by law.
4. Can you reactivate your account?
Yes, you can always reactivate your account if you wish to drive for Uber again.
If you need a refresher on what it takes to sign up to drive for Uber, check out the Uber content on our website before applying.
It’s Time to Move On
We’re sure you’ve had a great run as an Uber driver with many ups and downs along the way.
The fun doesn’t have to stop here though.
If you still want to keep the gig-working dream alive, you can check out all of the other opportunities the gig economy has to offer.
Perhaps Uber wasn’t the perfect fit, but there are many other gig opportunities on the horizon.
Keep plugging away until you find the perfect fit for you.