Google Maps finally gets dark in iOS, nearly two years after Apple introduced dark as part of iOS 13. A property that arrives in the coming weeks should be welcome when using the app at night or in the dark. You can get an idea of what the dark space looks like in the image at the top of this message.
To turn on dark mode, go to the settings menu, tap dark mode, and then tap “on”. And if you want Google Maps to switch between light and dark, depending on your system settings, you can do that, Google says Limit.
Google Maps for iOS will also get a couple of other features in August. The app supports widgets and offers two different options: one showing traffic conditions near you and the other with shortcuts to the Google Maps search bar and places like your home or nearby restaurants.
Gadgets have already appeared for me, and I noticed that my own keyboard shortcuts differed from the press image above. A Google spokesman said this is because shortcuts are tailored based on a variety of factors, such as your location, saved locations, points of interest, and past searches.
Google will also soon be able to share your live location via iMessage, which can be a convenient way to tell your friends or family in a group chat where you are. By default, your location is only shared for an hour, but you can choose to share it for up to three days.
Once the feature is turned on, tap the Google Maps icon in iMessage and you’ll see the option to share your real-time location.