Microsoft is Bringing Dark Mode to Mobile and the Web

Posted on August 28, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Cloud, iOS, iPadOS, Microsoft 365, Mobile, Office 365 with 10 Comments

With Dark Mode support coming to both Android and iOS in the weeks ahead, Microsoft is updating its core mobile and web apps.

“It’s an apt metaphor for why we love Dark Mode: Human needs unfold across an equally broad spectrum,” Jon Friedman writes in the Microsoft Design blog. “Whether you want to reduce eye strain, improve battery life, or it just has aesthetic appeal, Dark Mode exemplifies our ability to craft simple and powerful Microsoft 365 experiences that give you choice and flexibility.”

Microsoft previously brought a Dark Mode to Office 2010 on Windows, and Windows 10 has supported an inconsistent Dark Mode since last year. But today marks the start of a new Microsoft push to bring Dark Mode to the software giant’s mobile and web apps: Outlook for Android and iOS and on the web have all been updated to support a Dark Mode.

And when iOS 13 ships in September, Microsoft says it will bring Dark Mode to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneDrive, Planner, and To-Do on mobile. After that, Dark Mode will come to Planner and OneDrive on web as well.

“We’re building in capabilities so following the next round of OS releases on iOS and Android, Outlook will automatically switch to Dark Mode depending on the preference you set,” Friedman adds. “In the meantime, Outlook for Android automatically switches to Dark Mode when you choose Battery Saver. These perks all hold true for Dark Mode on”

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Comments (10)

10 responses to “Microsoft is Bringing Dark Mode to Mobile and the Web”

  1. Shel Dyck

    no outlook update in the play store yet ... last one 6 days ago. and no sign of settings for dark on when these things show up, please post a guide to them.

    • yoshi

      In reply to ShelDyck:

      I confirmed with Tali Roth(head of Outlook for Android) that this will be a system side update. It won't be an update through the Play Store. Also, it's rolling out over a couple weeks. So it might take some days before you see it.

  2. Skolvikings

    I got the Outlook update on my iPhone that adds support for dark mode. How do I turn it on? The app text says it's to find it in Settings under Preferences. What now? Where is that?

  3. dontbeevil

    glad they're increasing the dark mode support, they're already ahead of google, also on the web

  4. MixedFarmer75

    I want Dark mode to switch automatically at dusk and dawn like night sight. Want the same function on my phone. Probably more important on the phone. I never hear it discussed, but dark mode is great indoors and at night. Not so great in direct sunlight or in an office/home environment with bright lights it makes the screen harder to see.

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