Google Maps Dark Mode PixelSource: Andrew Myrick / Android Central

Late in 2020, Google started rolling out a server side update which made it possible for users to manually switch between light and dark mode on Google Maps. However, this was not available for everyone until just recently. In addition to releasing the March 2021 Pixel Feature Drop, Google also rolled out an update bringing the ability to enable Dark Mode in Google Maps for Android to all users.

How to enable dark mode in Google Maps

  1. Open the Google Maps app on your Android phone.
  2. Tap your profile picture in the top right corner.

    Tap Profile Google Maps MenuOpen Google Maps SettingsTheme Settings Google MapsSource: Android Central

  3. Tap Settings from the menu.
  4. Select Theme in the Settings Menu.
  5. Select Always in Dark Theme from the list of options.
  6. If you want to change it back, tap Always in Light Theme.

    Change Theme Google MapsDark Mode Google Maps EnabledSource: Android Central

In previous versions, Google Maps would automatically switch over from Light Mode to Dark Mode based on what time of the day it is. However, that's not exactly the greatest for those who want to have all of the best Android apps sporting a dark mode. Now, you can force Google Maps to always be in dark mode, or you can have the app automatically switch based on the overall theme of your phone.

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