So, you’ve downloaded the app, set up your account and you're ready to start Hytchin’? That's AWESOME! Getting started only takes a few easy steps before you're off to racking up those shared miles, tracking your impact and earning cash rewards in sponsored areas. Permission setting steps only need to be done on the first go-around, so future Hytches will be EVEN EASIER. Let's get started!
- Open the Hytch Rewards app.
Once open, click the “Let’s Hytch” button. [Note: it only takes one (1) person in the group to start a Hytch. This person is the trip "Host". Everyone else will receive invitations to confirm the ride.]
- Allow Bluetooth Sharing.
The Hytch Rewards app needs access your bluetooth to help make sure you and your fellow Hytchers stay connected while you're riding together. So hit that "Enable Sharing" button and make sure your bluetooth is turned on so you can get connected.
- Enable Easy Invites.
The first time you start a Hytch, the app will ask to "SHARE CONTACTS". This just means you are allowing the Hytch Rewards app on your phone to access your list of contacts, making it easier to invite your friends, family, and co-workers into a Hytch. Please note that Enabling Easy Invites is intended to make invitations more convenient only and does not give Hytch, LLC access to your contacts’ information.
- Select your Hytch Buddies.
Pick who you will be hytching with by typing in their phone number in the "search" bar and clicking "add", or by finding them in your contacts. Once everyone is selected, press “CONTINUE”.
- Select driver and hit "SEND TEXT INVITE".
If you are in a carpool, select the Hytcher who will be driving by hitting toggle next to their name. If you are sharing a ride-hail service or using public transportation (no one in your group is driving), select the toggle next to the appropriate option, then press “SEND TEXT INVITE.” [Note: We recommend invitees save the phone number Hytch uses to something recognizable, such as "Hytch Invite."]
- Enable location sharing.
Before you begin your first Hytch, the app will ask you to "Enable Location". This allows Hytch Rewards to validate your shared miles using GPS coordinates.
Enjoy the ride!
At the top of your screen you’ll see a message that says “Invited! Waiting for confirmation!” until at least one other person confirms your ride. That message will change to “Hytch in progress” once the ride is validated.
CASH REWARDS NOT AVAILABLE IN YOUR AREA?
Let your employer know you want to earn cash rewards for sharing rides to work.
We'll tell them about all the benefits employers get when they sponsor their employees.
Congratulations! In addition to saving trees in your dashboard and earning carbon neutral rides, you’ve also collected some cash rewards by riding in areas sponsored by our partners. Once you've collected $10 or more, you'll be ready to cash out.
- Click on the Cash Out tab inside the Hytch Rewards app. If you try to cash out too early, you’ll get a notification saying “Almost there!”
- Be sure to look out for donation partners on this page. You could take the dollars you earned and do EVEN MORE good with the miles you shared.
- Click the Redeem Cash button.
- Enter and confirm the email address that you want payment details sent to.
- Check your inbox for an email from PayPal, at which point you’ll walk through a few quick steps to transfer funds to your bank account!
HOW TO END A HYTCH
The Hytch Rewards app is designed to automatically end after it has stopped moving for about 10 minutes, or when other people in the ride are too far apart. The ride can also be manually ended in the app by pressing the “LEAVE THIS TRIP” button on the progress screen. If more than three people are sharing a Hytch, anyone can leave the ride by selecting “LEAVE THIS TRIP” without affecting the other participants. The host will see a screen that says "FINISH THIS TRIP," which will end the Hytch for everyone in the group when selected.