Microsoft Redesigns OneDrive for iOS

Posted on July 17, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Microsoft, OneDrive with 5 Comments

Microsoft is launching some major upgrades to the OneDrive apps for mobile devices. More specifically, the company is introducing a redesigned OneDrive for iOS app to introduce a more consistent experience. The new design for OneDrive on iOS introduces a new look that’s consistent with the entire Office 365 suite, across all platforms.

The new-look features a bold header at the top of the app, much like Outlook for iOS. The new experience also improves ease-of-use and minor changes to elements like the font sizes and colors have been tweaked to increase legibility and contrast. The command sheet (i.e. the options menu for files and folders) also has an improved look that’s “softer” and just cleaner overall.

The updated interface introduces an improved experience for PDF annotating as well, now with a new look that makes it much easier to use pens, highlighters, signing, and placing notes. These changes will be making their way to Android soon, by the way. The recent files section has also been updated to now include recently viewed PDFs and scans, much like OneDrive for Web. This change is available both on Android and iOS.

And last but not least, the usability for the settings section has apparently been improved with the new design. The update makes settings more discoverable and accessible. Notification settings are now split up into different, standalone pages for each of your different accounts, and settings for the Camera Upload feature has been updated to give users more control over how the feature actually works.

Microsoft should be rolling out the new look and experience for OneDrive in the coming days, so keep an eye out for the latest updates on the App Store.

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5 responses to “Microsoft Redesigns OneDrive for iOS”

  1. pachi

    This app drives me crazy. I scroll and it selects things. I try to select things and it bugs out. Needs major improvement.

  2. jchampeau

    Now if they'll just redesign the backend of OneDrive/OneDrive for Business, they might be onto something. Anyone who has both an Office 365 account and a Microsoft account tied to the same e-mail address and has tried to share a OneNote notebook in OneDrive with someone in another organization who also has both account types will know what I mean.

    • IanYates82

      In reply to jchampeau:

      It's taken me quite a few weeks to get the whole "dual" account thing working after moving us to Office 365.


      There are still some Microsoft services that *must* have a Microsoft account, and others that *must* have an Azure AD / Office 365 account.


      Try being a partner!

      To take the exams (and thus qualify for partnership) you must use a Microsoft account. But to be in on the portal you must use an Azure AD account.


      Then porting your Azure Dev Ops work from Microsoft account over to Azure AD accounts. I got that wrong initially but Microsoft support was great! Still, scary to do :(


      I'd ditch my personal account, but because I'm a small business I was super smart and intermingled my personal stuff in with my work stuff cause "convenience" :D Now I have xbox, Azure Dev Ops, Azure portal, Office 365, etc all using the one email. :( One day I'll find out how to port my Xbox stuff over to my really old & unused hotmail account.

  3. saint4eva

    I love Fluent Design

  4. shimojack

    the new look is much comfortable for me

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