With the recent update to the Amazon Flex Delivery App, I spent most of the day making sure I understood exactly how it was going to impact the method of picking up blocks.  I saw a few more blocks than usual come available today, so things are certainly off to a good start.  Maybe the update caught a few drivers off guard and they are taking longer to adjust?  Either way, the method hasn’t changed very much.  It is still all about the refresh.

I tried three methods today that I will share.  Two worked very well.  One…not so much.  Remember, there are other factors that come into play that will affect each of us differently.   These factors include phone models, internet connection, timing and luck.  So definitely work through these and figure out which works best for you.

The Swipe

As noted by Mike in the comments section of the previous post, the new Offers screen has a “swipe down” feature for a simple refresh.  Make sure you are seeing the little refresh circle!   To use this method all you have to do is keep swiping your finger until you see the available shift show up.  The screens look like this:

Some people said they had luck today with this method, but for some reason it did not work for me.  I’m not quite sure if my screen was refreshing, even though the spinning circle showed up.  Maybe it has something to do with my phone model?  I spent a lot of time swiping my screen and didn’t see one available shift appear.  That’s not to say I won’t try this method again.  It is definitely the simplest of the three, but for now, it’s on the back burner.

The Method, Part Two  

Since The Swipe wasn’t producing for me, I went back to a manual approach.  Although more time consuming and tedious, I saw a lot of available blocks by moving through the following progression, starting on the Offers screen:  Menu, Home, Check For Available Blocks.  Then repeat. Again. And again.  In pictures it looks like this:

You would continue the progression above until you see a block appear on the offer screen.  You know it’s coming if you get to the third screen and the words below the Flex symbol are missing.

Pinning, Part Two

The third method I used today was “pinning.”  This gave me my greatest success.  If you aren’t familiar with the term you can read about it here.  For this method you keep refreshing the pinned home screen using whatever button your phone requires.  The screen you pin and continue to refresh is the home screen.   It will look like the first screen below.  Once you see the second screen it means there are offers available and you would immediately push the Check For Available Blocks. 

Whatever method you use, don’t forget that you still need to finish out the progression. And just like before, you need to do this quickly!  If the time and date works for you, you still need to complete the process by pressing the offer and then pressing Accept.  The screens look like this:

There are a few other findings from today I would like to mention:

  •  I did not see any next day blocks come across.  That’s not to say they weren’t there, I just didn’t see them.
  • I saw a lot of blocks during the same time frames in which I normally focus.  I wrote about these windows a few months ago here.
  • I saw some 3 hour blocks that I had not come across very often with the previous app.  Maybe there were system limitations before?  Definitely pay attention to the block date, start/stop times and duration.

For now that’s all I’ve come up with.  I hope the above is at least a starting point to see which method works best for you with the new update.  As always, please share any of your findings here as well.  I would definitely like to thank all the people that gave such great advice in the comments of the last post.  Hopefully as we can all continue to help each other out.

*We’ll see what happens tomorrow with the shifts going out for next week.  It will be interesting to see how the update affects scheduled blocks.  I will do my best to post what I find.

 

 

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