Google Resumes Rollout of Highly Anticipated Google Maps Dark Theme Update

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Google originally announced the new dark mode in Google Maps a long time ago, but here we are in December 2020 with this update still nowhere to be seen, with most people forced to stick with the light theme.
On the other hand, a handful of super-lucky users actually received a mysterious dark mode update back in September. At that point, it was believed Google finally started rolling out this highly anticipated makeover, essentially providing Google Maps as a whole with a black interface that makes more sense when running the app during the night.

But as we told you at that point, there was a good chance it was all just an experimental release or the beginning of a really slow rollout; as it turns out, we were right.

The good news, however, is Google has resumed the rollout of this full dark mode for Google Maps, and according to a recent report, more users are getting this update as we speak.

While some users claim they received the dark theme after installing Google Maps version 10.56.1 on their Android devices, there’s a good chance this isn’t the case, as Google typically enables such changes with a server-side switch. This is also the reason I’m also running the latest Google Maps version on my Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra (fully up-to-date, of course), and the dark mode is still nowhere to be seen.

Again, it’s likely Google continues the rollout at a phase that would allow the company to halt it quickly should it detect anything unusual about it, such as a bug or a feature that needs to be fixed as soon as possible, but time will tell if we are right or not.

For now, there’s not much you can do in order to get the new Google Maps dark mode, other than just wait and hope to be included in the next wave of this gradual rollout.
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