Google Maps is finally rolling out a dark mode to its iOS app, after the feature has been available on Android for some time.
iOS 13 saw dark mode introduced for apps on iPhones, and since then, most apps have adopted the alternative look. Now, Google Maps is finally set to roll out the appearance to its iOS app, after it’s been available on Android devices for some time.
Google Maps Rolling Out Dark Mode to iOS
As noted in an official blog post on The Keyword, Google Maps is finally set to roll out a dark mode appearance to its iOS app. The look has been available on Android devices for a few months now, so the iOS inclusion is a welcome update.
Google Maps’ theme works just like any other dark mode. Originally designed to make apps work better at night, the appearance has become a very popular style choice for users. Dark modes can help reduce eye strain, save battery life on OLED devices, and some users prefer the look.
Unfortunately, Google didn’t give much away as to when the update would begin rolling out to users, only that it will happen in “the coming weeks”. It’s also unclear whether the feature will automatically roll out to your device through Google’s servers, or whether you’ll need to head into the App Store and update the app.
In the same blog post, Google also introduced a few other new features. You can now share your live location with Google Maps directly in iMessage, with a new Google Maps button in the Messages app. The app also has some new widgets for the home screen, to help you access travel information more quickly.
How to Turn On Dark Mode in Google Maps
As we explained, dark mode is only coming to the iOS app in the next few weeks. But, Google did provide instructions on how to switch on the new appearance, and it’s just like the Android app.
To turn on dark mode, tap the three line hamburger icon in the top right-hand corner. Tap on the option for Settings. You’ll see a new option for Dark Mode, tap it, and then tap On. Google also explained that there’ll be a Match Device Theme option, so the app will match your iOS settings, if you regularly change it.
Google Brings Its iOS App Up to Scratch
With the rollout of dark mode, Google is finally keeping its iOS app up to scratch. While not the most important feature by any means, it’s nice that the theme appearance option is available to all app users.
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