Google Maps night mode

Google Maps has entered the dark ages…literally. A new night mode is now available for night time navigation, which should make navigation a lot easier on the eyes while inside of a dark vehicle cabin.

For anyone who has tried to use navigation while riding around in the dark, you’ll quickly understand why the presence of a night mode is such a much-needed feature. Instead of having to dim the screen to near unreadable levels, the new night mode will make your iPhone’s screen easier to view during nighttime driving sessions.

Google Maps 4.9.0 Change log

The new night mode doesn’t appear as an option inside of Google Maps—you can’t actually enable it or disable it on demand. The night mode also doesn’t trigger by means of the ambient light sensor present on the iPhone.

Instead, Google Maps opts for something decidedly more rudimentary—time. Yes, night mode will only be engaged once it’s actually night time according to the clock on your device. This means that if you don’t have iOS set to automatically establish the time, you can change between night and day mode simply by changing the time inside of Settings → General → Date & Time.

Google Maps Add a Place

Along with the night mode, which comes bundled in with the 4.9.0 update of Google Maps for iOS, comes the ability to label places to see them on your map and in search suggestions, and the ability to edit your posted photo captions.

You can download the latest version of Google Maps for iOS from the App Store today.

What do you think about the new night mode?

  • Anonymous

    I like it. But i use apple map… Good thing a got f.lux

    • This Guy

      f.lux is such a great utility!

    • They took a while but it does look good

  • Paresh Bhatia

    i want watch app and glance

  • joey

    That interface is just atrocious.

  • This Guy

    Yeah but..Google.

    And Apple Maps does this night mode as well and it also works the same way, based on the time. But mainly, fvck google. Because google.

    • I’m sorry buy Google Maps is infinitely better than Apple Maps. It’s so much better for searching locations it’s not even funny. As much as I’d love to say that about Apple Maps, I just can’t right now. Maybe in a few years.

      • MrJohnBlaze

        true i use apple maps for the fly over icandy but for road trips it has me going in circles its just not as accurate with recent or correct info regarding businesses or changes

      • Manuel Molina

        Agree. I use both and when I use Apple Maps, it doesn’t tell me if there’s traffic coming up or not. It just keeps me informed about the direction. Google has the blue, yellow, red informer. Putting a direction in Apple compared to Google makes my drive always 5 to 10 mins longer, and I still can’t skip highways when there’s traffic or tolls. Only think I can say about Apple maps I love is you can put it on your lock screen to save battery. Sadly, it’s shown that Apple Maps was rushed entirely since their contract with Google was ending by the time iOS 6 hit.

      • Rowan09

        It shows making a map software is not an easy job. I use both and Google maps is still better right now, but Apple maps is not as far off as people make it seem. It’s getting better, but I just don’t understand how a company with billions can’t just fix the simple issues like updating traffic info while driving by telling me of the issue and new routes, avoid tolls, a simple arrow showing my direction without going into navigation, etc. If they pay me I would at least offer these advice since it seems no one does.

      • Manuel Molina

        Apple Maps isn’t bad, but they use TomTom as the the one who helped them build their maps in the first place. And to be honest, TomTom sucks. But Apple will need a few more OS updates before they come close to Google or Waze.

      • QuarterSwede

        Traffic alerts are in iOS 9 Apple Maps. You can’t miss them as they popup up as a massive notification banner.

        Still I agree that Google Maps’ searching is much better

      • Rowan09

        Oh great one step further

      • Rowan09

        Agreed it still has better POIs, I think Apple should use Foursquare, etc in their maps to help with POIs.

      • This Guy

        I stand by my comment. Google can go to hell.

    • Dan

      I’ll just leave this here…

      • This Guy

        Cool meme bro.

  • Marc Abela

    What an unpleasant idea, the weirdest thing is they impose this nonsense on people, nothing makes people dislike brands more than being forced to do something you don’t enjoy because the brand tries to outsmart you. Can’t read a thing on the map, will wait before they provide for removal to come back, for now Google Map will only put me in a bad mood! 🙂

    • Micrones

      Most companies do that, especially Apple, so this is not particular to Google in as much as people might want to ignore other brand that does that.
      Personally, i think in their attempt to offer improvements, they add features that weren’t thought through properly

  • Rick Hart

    Apple maps or waze

  • ready1take1

    I wish more apps would do what Tweetbot does when it comes to this.
    Let’s you set a threshold on your brightness level for when night mode
    kicks in.

  • BklynGuy999

    If you generally find app “Night Modes” less than optimal for viewing data then you are NOT going to appreciate this update. Having a night view mode with the dark graphics may be fine for walking navigation but it should never be used while driving at night since critical turns or other data simply can NOT be quickly discerned. The normal “daytime” map graphics should still be an option for nighttime driving purposes.

  • still no offline mode…

  • I don’t like it and I want to be able to disable it!

  • Stuart Butkus

    Just need option to change from night mode. It’s hard for some people to see clearly.

  • nemrut

    Night mode is unusable