How to activate Dark Mode on Google Maps on Android and iOS

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Dark Mode or Dark Mode allows us to apply a theme that mostly uses shades of gray, from lightest to deep black, to save battery on smartphones with AMOLED screen. Likewise, it also reduces the user's eye fatigue.

With this in mind, we have now compiled this succinct tip so that you can get more out of the Google Maps application, one of the best for navigation that we can use. The procedure was done on an Android smartphone, but it is also valid for iOS.

Dark Mode is available for the Google Maps app

The option allows users to choose the dark theme and is now available for Android mobile devices, radically changing the appearance of the application. This same function will reach iOS (iPhone) users during the spring of 2021.

To take advantage of the new color scheme the first step is to ensure that the application is up to date, with the dark mode available from version 10.61.2 for Android.

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Figure 1: card presented after opening the Google Maps application

After installation, when opening the Google Maps app, this card will be presented, which will show the news available to any interested user. If, by chance, they close or ignore it, the option to change the color scheme is still present.

The user has three modes at his disposal:

  • Always on the clear theme
  • Always on the dark theme
  • The same device theme
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Figure 2: implementation of dark mode in the Android application

It should be noted that the dark mode applies relatively light gray tones to the accent colors, with light blue being used as an accent color. The backdrop is black, with different densities and complete black at the water points.

If the user ignores the card that reports the introduction of dark mode, he can take advantage of the function at any time. For that you will have to access the app's settings.

  • Touch the account profile picture (in the Google search bar)
  • Touch Settings
  • Touch Theme
  • Select the desired color scheme

Dark mode is available in Google Maps Settings

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Figure 3: access to color settings from Google Maps Settings.

From the settings we have access to the settings available for the service, among which is the Theme menu. These steps can be replicated in the iOS app in the same way that they apply to the Android app.

From the “Theme” menu we find the options for customizing the color scheme. It can be said that the dark theme allows a more comfortable use at night, so the option for automatic configuration “The same theme as the device” is a good choice.

On several mobile devices the dark theme is activated as soon as the sun goes down.

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Figure 4: option to customize the theme for the Google Maps application.

At any time, the user can revert this choice and return to the white theme, for example.

We emphasize that the clear scheme facilitates visibility in the open air, especially when the sun falls on the screen and may be the best choice for walking routes, for example. On the other hand, it tends to consume more energy.

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