I’m not going to lie, I love Dark Mode. I did a lot of coding 20+ years ago, and even back then, I would have my code/text editors (like Sublime Text and BBEdit) set to an inverse color scheme. It is much easier on the eyes when staring at a screen for long periods. And I probably spend too much time staring at my iPhone these days.
So, I was happy when iOS finally implemented a system-wide Dark Mode. And I love it for every app – except Maps. I know it’s probably psychological, but when it’s daytime, and my map makes it look like nighttime, it scrambles my brain. Not to mention that light blue-gray lines on a darker gray background are too tricky for my weary eyes to make out. And there is very little contrast to make terrain discernable.
So, how can you turn off Dark Mode in Maps?
Well, you can’t. I have no idea why Apple hasn’t included a way to toggle Dark and Light Modes on an app by app basis, but they haven’t. Perhaps it is the way system resources are allocated because I can’t imagine that somebody in Cupertino didn’t think about it. Other apps such as Twitter have a setting you can change, but Apple’s system-level apps don’t.
But there is a poor man’s workaround. Just turn off Dark Mode when you want to use Maps.
“Really? That’s your solution?”
I know it’s a pain, and indeed not pretty, but you can add a button to your Control Center to avoid having to open your iPhone Settings, scroll down and go into Display & Brightness, select Light under Appearance, navigate back out, etc. With a quick swipe and a tap, you can toggle off Dark Mode in your Control Center, use Maps, and toggle it back on again.
How to Add a Dark Mode Button to Control Center
- Open iPhone Settings
- Go into “Control Center”
- Select “Customize Controls”
- Scroll down, and under “More Controls” you will see “Dark Mode”
- Click the plus (+) sign
The Dark Mode button will be added to the “Include” list where you can rearrange your icons however your heart desires.
Again, this is not the greatest solution, but at least it works. Hopefully, Apple will add the ability to select what apps we want in Dark Mode or Light Mode in a future update. But for now, I think this is the best we’ve got.
Note: Here’s a kicker – plug your Dark Mode into CarPlay during the day, and guess what? Your map displays a light “daytime” view just fine. Go figure.