delivery driver on moped in traffic

How to get DoorDash Challenges


DoorDash challenges are a great way to make a bit of extra cash from the service. In fact, a lot of DoorDashers use them to supplement their income. This does leave new users wondering how to get DoorDash challenges, though. Luckily for you, we have all the answers that you need.

DoorDash challenges can be found in the app. You will have to click the ‘Dash Now’ panel. Any challenges that are available to you will be listed there. 

Let’s expand upon this a little bit. This way, you will know exactly how to get DoorDash challenges and, perhaps more importantly, whether it is worth doing them.

Table of Contents

What Is a DoorDash Challenge?

A DoorDash challenge is a bit of an incentive to do some extra deliveries over a period of time.

For example, a DoorDash challenge may give you $20 extra once you have completed 5 deliveries in a time frame. Although, the challenges can vary quite wildly.

No matter what happens. They are a way to supplement the income that you are drawing through DoorDash.

How To Get DoorDash Challenges?

DoorDash challenges will randomly pop up. There is no way to guarantee that they will appear.

In the past, DoorDash would normally issue challenges to certain regions. This meant that if you were working within that area, you would be able to enjoy the DoorDash challenges. However, this has changed a little bit.

Nowadays, challenges are issued on criteria other than region. This means that you may see challenges that other people in your local area don’t see. The challenges can vary based upon where you live. However, most people seem to think that the following is more likely to trigger a challenge:

  • When you are a new DoorDasher
  • If you haven’t delivered through the platform in a while
  • There is a surge of new customers in the area.

When a challenge is available to you, you will always be able to find it through the mobile app. However, some people have also stated that they have been sent text messages or emails telling them that a challenge is available. In our experience, this is something that tends to happen the most often to those that are either new to the app or have not been active in a while.

How Do You Activate DoorDash Challenges?

The great thing about DoorDash challenges is that you will not need to physically activate them. As long as you are delivering in an area where the DoorDash challenge is active, then you will have your progress automatically marked off. Although, of course, you will probably want to see which challenges you have available to you.

To check your DoorDash challenges, you will need to load up the DoorDash app. You can then select your starting point as normal.

Once you have selected your starting point, then you will want to hit the ‘Dash Now’ button. If there are any active challenges, then they will be displayed to you at this point. There are a few key pieces of information that you are going to want to pick up from here.

Challenge Type

This will tell you the type of challenge that is available. There isn’t a whole lot that the DoorDash app can track. This means that, in almost all cases, the challenge type will be to make a certain number of deliveries. This can be anywhere from 5 to 20 deliveries, based upon what people report.

Challenge Dates

It is incredibly rare for a challenge to last just a day or two. Most of them will be available for a week. So, if you look in this section, you will be able to see the exact times and dates that the challenge has.

In order to complete the challenge, all of your eligible deliveries must be completed within the exact dates and times listed on this page.


This is probably where your eyes are going to be drawn. This will tell you how much cash you will make if you can complete that challenge.

Starting Points

The challenge will only count deliveries that start from one of the starting points here. If you have been offered a challenge through the app, then the chances are pretty high that you will be starting from one of these starting points anyway, so that shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

How Do You Track Challenges On DoorDash?

There will only ever be one DoorDash challenge running in an area at a time., This means that you do not have to worry too much about tracking multiple challenges. You can complete one challenge and receive a new one right after.

Once you have made the first eligible delivery for the challenge, the challenge will start to track. You will always be able to see your progress from the app.

To see your progress, open up the Dash Now tab. At the top of the screen, you will see your currently active challenge and the progress that you have made towards it.

Once you have completed the challenge, you do not need to do anything else. The money is going to be sent directly into your DoorDash account, just like all of the other money that you will have earned from DoorDashing. Although, of course, there will be no DoorDash cut to pay here. What DoorDash says you will get from them is exactly the amount that you are going to be receiving.

Is It Worth Doing DoorDash Challenges?

There is nothing to lose if you are doing DoorDash challenges. The vast majority of people are not going to have to go out of their way to complete them. Most of these challenges are designed so that you will be able to make money just doing the normal routes that you are covering. A lot of the challenges are not too strenuous either. For example, making 15 deliveries over 7 days should be easy for the vast majority of DoorDashers. If you are deriving most of your income from being a DoorDasher, then it is almost certainly going to be worth doing DoorDash challenges. It can significantly boost your income. If you have to start operating in an area where you would normally not be delivering, then you will have to weigh up whether it is going to be worth taking on these challenges or not. However, it is incredibly rare that you will have access to a DoorDash challenge that you wouldn’t normally be able to access anyway. Although, some people have noted that driving to new areas and setting them as their start point has given them access to challenges that they didn’t have before. Click here for more tips on how to make money on DoorDash.


DoorDash challenges are a fantastic way to supplement your income online. For the most part, these challenges should automatically activate too. Some people won’t even know they are completing a challenge until they earn some extra cash!

Do bear in mind that DoorDash challenges may not always be available to you, even if there are challenges running in your local area.

If you do see a challenge, it is almost always going to be worth completing the challenge. It is extra cash for doing something you would have done anyway.