For quite some time, there have been rumors that Google intends to add a very useful feature called dark mode to its maps app. The functionality is now available to the first users.
Dark mode, whether on Android or iOS, is an eye-saving helper, particularly in the dark, which is very useful when navigating at night, for example. The function was recently discovered in the code of an older version of Google Maps, but it has yet to be enabled.
However, this seems to be changing. According to 9to5Google, the first users discovered the option to enable dark mode in the settings of the Android version of Google Maps. Under the “Appearance” option, there are three settings to choose from. You can toggle between light and dark modes at any time. If required, the app may also follow the device’s mode. This is useful, for example, when the dark mode is triggered automatically at a certain time of day.
Google Maps: activating Dark Mode
Dark Mode dims the overall brightness of the app. When using the app in the dark, all functions, whether on the map or in the menus, are much more convenient to use.
Some Reddit users say that their Android 10 and Android 11 devices have received the feature in the last few hours. Dark mode seems to be underutilized. So far, the server-side update has only affected a few users. When tested with Google Maps version 10.51.1, it showed the feature on some devices while remaining unavailable on other smartphones running the same version.
But we’ll have to wait to see if Google is simply testing the feature with a limited number of users or if it’s being gradually rolled out. It is also planned that dark mode will be available to iOS users in the near future.
The dark mode was also not available in our tests. In the last few days, Google has added yet another useful feature to its map app. The iOS and Android versions also provide a COVID 19 layer, which provides information about the virus’s spread across all supported regions.