Dasher App-You Need to Know

Ordering food right from one’s home has become a usual routine for many people. This recent trend has created opportunities for drivers to earn money by taking food orders. A dasher app paves way for it. Let’s Know more about Dasher App.

Dasher App

What is a dasher app?

A dasher app is a kind of mobile application used by food delivery drivers to serve orders of customers. The process of quickly discovering an order nearby and getting paid immediately is referred to as a ‘dashing’. The driver who takes an order is termed as a ‘dasher’.

Any driver can use the Door Dash Dasher app to earn a considerable amount of money in his/her own pace. The best thing about the app is, you have the freedom to drive and take orders whenever and wherever you want to. One can easily become a dasher after a simple sign up and registration procedure.

The History of Door Dash App

A decade ago, Stanford university students Tony Xu, Stanley Tang, Andy Fang and Evan Moore were getting feedback on a mobile app for small business owners when a macroon shop owner approached them.

She told them about the hardship faced by her when it comes to satisfying the demand of a large number of customers.

The students worked on finding a solution and eventually launched Palo Alto Delivery.com in Palo Alto, California in 2013. This site incorporated as Door Dash in June 2013. This is the present-day headquarters of Door Dash, Inc.

In December 2018, Door Dash overtook Uber Eats to hold the second position in total US food delivery sales, while Grubhub was in the first place.

During the covid pandemic, an announcement was made by Door Dash, Inc that it had stockpiled tens of thousands of gloves and hand sanitizer bottles and was providing them to dashers for free. The company also introduced ‘contact-free’ delivery method. Because of all these reasons, Door Dash became the fastest growing food delivery service.

Difference Between Door Dash and Dasher App

One should not get confused with the door dash app and the dasher app since they are meant for totally different purposes. Let’s take a look at them. 

Door dash is an app designed and maintained by Door Dash, Inc, for its customers to order food via website or a mobile app (Door Dash). It’s not possible to earn through this app.

On the other hand, dasher app is a mobile application meant for the usage of food delivery drivers, working for Door Dash, Inc. It provides an opportunity to drivers to make some money.

Beginning With the Dasher App

Drivers using the dasher app to deliver food are called ‘dashers’ who dash through their way to find orders.

Let’s see how to begin with this application.


The installation procedure of dasher app is so simple. The usage of the app is also a piece of cake.

Installation Procedure

  1. For iPhone Users

The installation procedure for iPhone users (IOS) are as follows :-

  1. Unlock your device and open ‘App store’
  2. In the search box, type ‘Door Dash Driver App’ and select ‘go’.
  3. Make sure that you have mentioned the driver app. Or else, you might download the app which is meant for customers.
  4. You can also use this link to directly go to the installation page on your browser – Download link for IOS.
  5. Tap the ‘get’ and ‘install’ button to get and install the app respectively.
  6. You might first have to sign in to iTunes store with your Apple ID for verification. After the completion of verification process, the app will start to install.
  7. Once the app is successfully installed, you can find it on your home screen.
  1. For Android Users
  1. Unlock your device and open play store.
  2. Search for ‘Door Dash Driver App’ using the search box.
  3. Tap the ‘install’ button to install the app on your device.
  4. The dasher app might ask for some permission from your device. For example: your device location.
  5. Grant the required permission to continue the installation.
  6. Once the app is installed to your device, you can open it through play store. It will also be available at your home screen.

Efficient Usage of Door Dash Dasher App

After signing up as a dasher in the Door Dash Dasher app, you will receive an ‘activation kit’ which consists of a red insulated hot bag and the red card.

Let me provide you with some important tips in order to use the app in an efficient way :-

  1. Never forget to carry the red card with you, as it is used to pay for the order at the restaurant.
  2. Keep a backup red card in reserve. It will help you in case you loose your card. You can avail a red card for free at the Door Dash Store. 
  3. Activate your red prepaid card before using it.
  4. You can ask for a door dash refund if you have paid for an order with your own money.
  5. Check the location of the restaurant and the customer. Calculate the distance you need to dash and plan accordingly.
  6. Understanding the heat map is the key to dash efficiently. The  different sections in  a  heat  map  are  as follows:-

6.1) Not busy – This region is not highlighted.

6.2) Normal- You may need to wait for some time to get an order.

6.3) Busy- You will start getting orders pretty soon.

6.4) Very busy – You will get orders without any delay.

      7) Check your vehicle’s fuel level and make sure that you have the activation kit with you before starting the dash.

Useful Tips For Door Dash Drivers

  1. You are recommended to visit the door dash dasher store and purchase a door dasher bag apart from the  kit provided by default. This will help you to stand out in the restaurant because of the branding.
  2. Don’t practice rash driving or rushing while taking orders since it leads to undesired stress and food orders may get spilled carelessly.
  3. Make sure that you stay inside the scheduled zone where you can get orders immediately. Also, you will be able to deliver your order easily.
  4. Master each and every feature of the dasher app before getting involved in orders of higher complexity.
  5. A dasher have the rights to refuse taking an order. But once he/she accepts an order, the order have to be delivered. Else, this will increase the cancellation rate of the dasher which is not good for his/her job. 
  6. Logging your performance in an excel sheet will really help you in understanding the strategy of earning money as a dasher.


Door Dash Dasher app provides an opportunity for drivers to earn at their own pace. Anyone who masters the essential skillset of efficiently using the Dasher app can easily earn for their living.

Frequently Asked Questions
  1. Is door dash gear mandatory?

No, all the fancy things that are available in the door dash store, including the hot and cold bags are only optional.

  1. Can the red card provided in the activation kit be used for a personal purchase?

No, red cards can only be used for taking the orders of door dash customers. They can’t be used to buy anything for yourself.

  1. What is the basic requirement for becoming a dasher?

A person should meet the minimum age requirement (18 years) and should have a driver’s license to get registered as a dasher.

Dasher App-You Need to Know

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