How to force-activate the cash payment option in the 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 immediately. But I know a simple hack that will enable it for you right now. It will take all of thirty seconds.

Step one

Load up the Uber app. Right now, your debit card is the default and only payment method that is available to you. Okay.

Your default view

Your default view with debit card payment enabled

Step two

Navigate to anywhere in Nairobi. For this example, I’ve simply typed in “Kilimani”, one of the major areas in Nairobi.

It's surging in Nairobi, lol

It’s surging in Nairobi, lol

Step three

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

Now you've got cash

Cash, cash, baby!

The reason why this works is because, whenever you visit a new city, Uber dynamically adapts the app’s UI to display the ride, pricing and payment options that are available in that locale. However, what a lot of people don’t know is that you don’t have to be physically present in that country to access those options. In the next screenshot, I’ve navigated my app to India, and I can a bunch of local offerings that don’t exist in Lagos.

Such options. Very discount.

Such options. Very discount.

As a feat of software engineering, Uber is remarkable. This is in fact why you can be in Lagos and hail an Uber for your significant other in London..assuming they didn’t have it already.

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