How to Turn on Google Maps Dark Mode on Android

And how to switch back to light mode

What to Know

  • Tap your profile icon > Settings > Theme > Always in dark theme > Save.
  • Alternatively, choose Same as device theme and enable Android Dark Mode to change your entire interface to a dark theme.
  • To enable Night Mode for turn-by-turn directions, tap profile icon > Settings > Navigation settings, then tap Night under Color scheme.

This article explains how to use Dark Mode on Google Maps for Android 10 and higher. If you have Google Maps for iOS or an older version of Android, you can enable Night Mode for turn-by-turn directions.

Is There a Dark Mode for Google Maps?

Google Maps Dark Mode is only available for Android 10 and later. If your device supports it, upgrade to the latest version of Android. You'll see Dark Mode options the first time you open Google Maps after installing the necessary update. Dark Mode reduces battery usage and alleviates strain on your eyes.

How Do I Turn on Dark Mode in Google Maps?

Follow these steps to enable Dark Mode for Google Maps on Android:

  1. Tap your profile icon in the upper-right corner of Google Maps.

  2. Tap Settings.

  3. Tap Theme.

    Profile, Settings, and Theme highlighted in Google Maps
  4. Choose Always in dark theme.

    Alternatively, choose Same as device theme and enable Android Dark Mode to change your whole phone to a dark theme.

  5. Tap Save.

    Always in dark theme and Save highlighted in Google Maps

How Do You Change to Light Mode on Maps?

Follow steps 1-3 above, then choose Always in light theme and tap Save. Dark Mode will be disabled for Google Maps even if you have Android Dark Mode enabled.

Always in light theme and Save highlighted in Google Maps

How Do I Enable Night Mode for Directions?

If your version of Google Maps doesn't support Dark Mode, follow these steps to enable Night Mode for turn-by-turn directions only:

  1. Tap your profile icon in the upper-right corner of Google Maps.

  2. Tap Settings.

  3. Tap Navigation settings.

  4. Scroll down to the Map Display section and tap Night under Color scheme.

    Settings, Navigation settings, and Night highlighted in Google Maps

How Do I Change the Color of Google Maps on Android?

In addition to switching between Dark Mode and Light Mode, you can also change the pin and marker colors on Google Maps. You can even add custom skins to Google Maps with the Android SDK.

How Do I Make Google Dark on Android?

To enable Dark Mode for all of Android, go to Settings > Display > Dark Mode or Night Mode. On some versions of Android, you need to go to Settings > Display > Advanced > Device Theme > Dark.

Display and Night mode in Android settings
FAQ
  • How do I enable Google Maps Dark Mode for Android Auto?

    Android Auto should switch to Dark Mode automatically when you turn on your headlights. You can also manually enable Dark Mode for Google Maps through the app settings.

  • Why is Google Maps Dark Mode not available?

    Your operating system may not support the feature. If you can't upgrade your phone to Android 10 or later, use Night Mode instead.

  • Why isn't Google Maps working?

    Location services could be disabled on your device, or there could be a poor wireless connection. Google's servers could also be down. There are many things you can try to fix Google Maps when it's not working.

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