How to activate the new dark mode on Google Maps

For fairly a while now, there have been stories that Google desires to give its maps app a particularly useful characteristic referred to as dark mode. Now the first customers are ready to use the characteristic.

No matter if Android or iOS, dark mode is an eye-saving helper particularly in the darkness, which may be very welcome for instance when navigating at night time. The characteristic was lately found in the code of a model of Google Maps, however it has not but been doable to activate the new show.

But this appears to be altering now. As 9to5Google stories, first customers have discovered the risk to flip on dark mode in the settings of the Android model of Google Maps. There are three settings to select from underneath the possibility referred to as “Appearance”. You can both at all times activate the gentle or dark mode. If desired, the app may also comply with the mode of the gadget. This is beneficial, for instance, when the dark mode is routinely activated at a sure time of day.

This is how dark mode and the corresponding settings in Google Maps for Android seem like. / © u/BrokenFuckenArm, reddit

Google Maps: activating Dark Mode

Dark Mode reduces the brightness of the complete app. No matter if on the map or menus, all options are way more comfy to use when utilizing the app in the dark.

On Reddit, there are some customers who report that their gadgets with Android 10 and Android 11 have obtained the characteristic in the previous hours. Apparently, dark mode continues to be not widespread. The server-side change solely impacts a number of customers to this point. When examined with model 10.51.1 of Google Maps, it displayed the characteristic on some gadgets, whereas it’s nonetheless lacking on different smartphones working the identical model.

So we’ve to wait and see if Google is simply testing with a small variety of customers or if they’re simply slowly rolling out the characteristic. It can also be anticipated that dark mode will attain iOS customers in the future.

In our checks, the dark mode was not accessible but both. Google had already added one other useful characteristic to its map app in the previous days. The iOS and Android variations now embrace a COVID 19 layer which provides hints on the unfold of the virus in all supported areas.


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