If you're using Lyft to get around town and sometimes ride with friends or family, it can sometimes be painful to mess around afterwards while splitting the fare.
With that in mind, the San Francisco-based ridesharing company is about to find a way to simplify the process that will make splitting a fare a little easier.
To achieve this, Lyft has partnered with the mobile payment service Venmo, a PayPal-owned company that already has 60 million people sharing the cost of restaurant meals, paying for coffee or groceries, and so on.
Venmo is a free app (iOS and Android) that can be linked to your bank account or debit card for easy transfer and management.
Lyft's new feature will roll out this month before landing for all US Lyft drivers in the coming weeks.
If the service is available, you'll need to set it up before you can use it. This means that you link your Lyft account to your Venmo account. To do this, make sure you have the latest version of both apps installed on your phone, and then sign in to the accounts if you haven't already.
– Then open your Lyft app and tap on "Payment" in the menu.
– Tap on "Add Payment Method".
– Choose "Venmo".
– Tap Authorize to allow Lyft Venmo to charge.
To pay for your ride with Venmo and split the fee:
– At the end of a trip, tap on the Venmo notification to go directly to your transaction (without activated notifications, you will have to search for the transaction in the payment feed of your Venmo app at the end of a trip).
– Select that you want to split the cost and find the person in Venmo with whom you want to split the fare.
Lyft anticipates that there are few people out in groups right now due to the pandemic, but adds that hopefully it won't be too long before things get back to normal and the community can take full advantage of the new feature.
It's worth noting that you can also use Venmo to pay for bike or scooter rides directly from the Lyft app.