Six months after its release on Android and nearly two years after iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 with a system-wide dark theme.
The dark theme in Google Maps on iOS will become available worldwide “in the coming weeks.” You can check the availability of the option in Settings. You can turn it on in the settings menu in the corresponding item. In a comment to The Verge, a Google representative mentioned the ability to automatically switch between light and dark themes depending on general system settings.
In August, Google Maps for iOS will get a few more features, in addition to the dark theme. The app will get support for widgets with the first two options: one for displaying traffic near the user, and the other for personalized shortcuts for the Google Maps search bar and places like home or restaurants nearby. A set of shortcuts is generated based on a variety of factors, such as location, saved locations, interests and past searches.
Google Maps’ dark theme is now available on iOS
Another new feature for Google Maps is integration with iMessage to share real-time geolocation with friends using the Google Maps button in the Messages app. By default, access will last for an hour, but it can be extended for up to three days if you want. You can also stop sharing geolocation with a person at any time.