How to Use the DoorDash Dasher App

Delivering with DoorDash has been a great way for me to provide extra income for my family. When you become a “Dasher,” you use a completely separate app from the DoorDash app you use to order food.

It’s not a hard app to figure out, but it can be helpful to have someone walk you through each section. This way you won’t feel overwhelmed and you will know how to use the DoorDash “Dasher” app.

An important note before we begin. I use the app on an android device. It might not look the same on other kinds of devices. There might be subtle or not so subtle differences. Just to warn you, so you are not alarmed if there are differences as you are exploring the app.

Ins and Outs of the “Dasher” App: The Menu

Dash

When you open the app, the first thing you see is a map. This is the dash screen, where you can schedule or automatically make a delivery. (It is not always possible to automatically start dashing. A need for dashers is necessary, so usually this means it is busy.)

On the screen, there is a bell button for notifications. They are typically sporadic. There is also a tab that says promos. Promos are extra money that you can earn for every delivery you make on a certain day during a certain time range in a certain area. It is called peak pay.

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Schedule

Here you can see a week at a time. Under each day, you can see the locations that have times you can schedule to deliver. There is a place where you filter to see how many locations you want to see. How many locations you can see and choose from is going to be dependent on where you live.

For me, there is a total of 14 locations for me to choose from. Many of these places are way too far for me to travel to just to DoorDash. We’re talking 6 hours for a couple of them. So, I filter to the areas that I either directly live in or are closet to me to travel to if I so desire.

If you find a time and day that works for you to dash, then you just click on the time slot. You can either keep the exact time range or change it within the time range. For example, let’s say the time range is from 10 am to 1 pm. You could choose to dash in that entire range.

Or maybe 10 am to 11:30 works better for you. You can do that as well. Usually, the ranges let you choose on the half hours. Once you the time range works for you, click create. You are now scheduled for the day, location, and time range.

Earnings

All about those dollar bills, yo. (A rapper I am not. But a weirdo I am. Don’t worry, I’m just channeling my inner Yoda. Feel free to roll your eyes at me.) Here you can see how much you have earned for the past week. As well as several months in the past.

You can set up direct deposit or fast pay. Direct deposit payments are made each Monday, but payments may take 2-3 days to arrive in your account.

You have to be a Dasher for so long before you can take advantage of the fast payment option. Fast pay allows you to transfer earnings once a day for an all fee.

Before you can even start using it, it takes 7 days to verify your account. I have personally never tried this option. I always just use direct deposit.

Ratings

This page tells you several things.

  • How many total lifetime deliveries you have made, which does not include canceled orders.
  • The number of orders that have never arrived.
  • Your average customer rating based on the last 100 delivery ratings. (Customers have an option to rate you after their order is delivered.)
  • The percentage of orders you accepted based on the last 100 delivery opportunities.
  • The percentage of the deliveries you completed our of the last 100 deliveries accepted.
  • The percentage of the orders that were on time or early based on the last 100 deliveries completed.

I am going to be honest. I truly don’t know why the ratings matter. As far as I can tell, they don’t seem to affect or change anything.

Account Details

This is where you can change your first and last name, email address, and phone number.

Red Card

Your red card acts like a debit card that DoorDash gives to you when you first sign up. Some deliveries require you to use a red card.

I know that Wendy’s is one such restaurant. When you accept Wendy’s order, you have to have your red card with you. You actually go through the drive-thru and order the customer’s food for them (you have access to their order) and then pay with your red card.

This place is where you input the card’s number and last four digits to connect it to your account.

Settings

In the settings, you can choose your mapping preference. The default is google maps which is probably most commonly used, but there are other options for you to choose.

Log Out

No explanation is necessary.

Invite Friends

You can invite your friends to start delivering with DoorDash by text, Facebook, and Twitter.

Final Thoughts

Now you know how to use the DoorDash Dasher App and know all about the different menu items.

Have you used the DoorDash Dasher app?

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