It’s perfectly fine to despise Google Maps Dark Mode on Android Auto

It's perfectly fine to despise Google Maps Dark Mode on Android Auto

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  • Google Maps has been designed in such a way that it can automatically switch to the dark mode when needed. On Android Auto, for instance, the app can enable the dark mode when users request it in settings, automatically based on the current visual style of the operating system and according to the current state of the headlights. It goes without saying not everybody is a big fan of a dark mode, not only because it looks, well, darker, but also because getting rid of it is apparently quite a challenge.

  • Dark modes in today’s software are theoretically quite useful, especially because they lessen eye strain at night. On Android Auto, Google Maps has a dark mode. Android’s new Auto UI Android’s new Auto UI Android’s new Auto UI Android’s new Auto UI The updated Android Auto user interface. When it comes to driving, such a visual mode makes perfect sense at night, when the colours on the cabin display must adapt automatically to allow the driver to focus on the road.

Users have discovered that after a recent update, Google Maps always starts in dark mode, no matter the default settings. Switching to the light mode is possible with various workarounds, but the next time Google Maps launches on Android Auto, the dark theme is back. It goes without saying this behavior makes Google Maps much harder to use for some users, especially given the dark mode is sometimes barely visible in direct sunlight. Google itself hasn’t acknowledged the problem, even if, based on the reports here on reddit, this is quite a widespread glitch. The more concerning part is that no workaround is known to exist, so there’s not much you can do until a full fix is released. In the meantime, if you’re confident this behavior was introduced by a recent Google Maps update, then the easiest workaround should theoretically be the downgrade to an earlier build using the stand-alone APK installer.

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