How to Turn Off Dark Mode on Google Maps on Android and iPhone

While many people absolutely love dark mode, there are some folks who prefer light mode over dark mode. This can be problematic in Google Maps, especially if you are driving. Thankfully, you can easily disable Dark Mode (aka night mode) on Google Maps. This tutorial shows how to turn off dark mode in Google Maps on Android, iPhone, and Android Auto.

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How to Disable Dark Mode on Google Maps on iPhone

There are two methods to remove dark mode from Google Maps on iPhone.

1. Dark Mode Settings

If everything on your Google Maps app has turned dark, follow these steps to make Google Maps light again.

  1. Open the Google Maps app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on your profile picture at the top, and select “Settings” from the menu.
Tapping on "Settings" on Google Maps for iOS app.
  1. Tap on “Dark Mode,” and select “Off” from the list of options. Select “Same as device settings” to keep it connected to Dark Mode.
Tapping on "Dark Mode" option in Google Maps app for iOS.

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If Google Maps turns dark only while in navigation mode, use the following steps to disable Dark Mode.

  1. Go to Settings, and tap on “Navigation.”
Pressing on "Navigation" to bring up "Map display" option in Google Maps app for iOS.
  1. Select “Day” under Color scheme instead of “Automatic” or “Night” to permanently disable Dark Mode.

How to Disable Dark Mode on Google Maps on Android

Like iPhone, there are two methods to remove dark mode from Google Maps on Android.

1. Themes

Follow these steps to remove the dark theme from Google Maps on your Android phone:

  1. Open the Google Maps app on your Android phone.
  2. Tap on your profile picture, and select “Settings.”
Tapping on "Settings" in Google Maps for Android app.
  1. Tap on “Theme,” and select “Always in light theme.”
Accessing "Theme" menu in Google Maps app for Android.

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If Google Maps on Android turns dark while navigating, follow these steps to remove Dark Mode:

Go to Settings, tap on “Navigation settings,” and select “Day” under the “Automatic Color” scheme.

Accessing "Navigation settings" in Google Maps app.

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How to Disable Dark Mode in Google Maps on Android Auto

You can also disable Dark Mode in Google Maps on Android Auto as shown below:

  1. Open Android Auto on your Android phone.
  2. Tap on “Day/Night mode for apps.”
Clicking on "Day/Night mode for maps" option in Android Auto app.
  1. Select “Day” to disable dark mode.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you schedule dark mode in Google Maps?

While you cannot schedule Dark Mode natively in Google Maps, there are two workarounds. First, you can select “Automatic” in the “Navigation” color settings to change Maps to Dark Mode at sunset. Another way is to select “Same as device settings” in Dark Mode settings, then schedule Dark Mode via your phone’s settings or by using an app.

How can I change the map type on Google Maps?

To change to a different map style, open Google Maps on your phone, then tap on the “Layers” icon in the top-right corner. Select your preferred map type, such as “Satellite” or “Terrain.”

How do I turn off Dark Mode in Apple Maps on iPhone?

Dark Mode on Apple Maps is linked to the system’s Dark Mode. Go to iPhone’s “Settings -> Display & Brightness,” then select “Light.” Also learn how to drop a pin in Apple Maps on iOS.

All screenshots & images by Mehvish Mushtaq.

Mehvish Mushtaq
Mehvish Mushtaq

Mehvish is a tech lover from Kashmir. With a degree in computer engineering, she’s always been happy to help anyone who finds technology challenging. She’s been writing about technology for over six years, and her favorite topics include how-to guides, explainers, tips and tricks for Android, iOS/iPadOS, Windows, social media, and web apps.

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