Microsoft Outlook finally gets Dark Mode on Android and iOS

Microsoft is finally bringing a proper Dark Mode to its Android and iOS apps for Outlook, the company’s email service, as well as the Outlook.com website.

Both Outlook apps for iOS and Android will include a new switch to turn on the dark mode, and the Android version will also automatically switch to the mode when you enable the power saver mode.

When you engage battery saver mode on Android today, it will automatically switch Outlook to dark mode. In the next updates to iOS and AndroidOutlook will automatically switch over to dark mode according to your OS preferences. Another goal, Microsoft says, was to align all of the Office apps in terms of design.

Dark / night modes have become very popular among consumers, leading to the launch of proper darker designs on a number of platforms, including Twitter and Reddit. Microsoft points out that these dark modes are trickier than they seem — the company has to redesign its product in a way that emphasizes black and grey shades while remaining aesthetically pleasant and fully useable.

Microsoft Outlook finally gets Dark Mode on Android and iOS

The Dark Mode retains a number of colorful elements that are designed to draw the user’s eyes toward information that matters, but without compromising the dark nature of this theme. Dark Mode’s background is solid black, whereas messaging boxes and similar fields are a dark grey color.

Dark Mode will arrive in other Microsoft apps for M365 customers, including PowerPoint, Excel, and Word, with the arrival of iOS 13, according to the company. Microsoft is also planning to release Dark Mode for OneDrive and Planner on the Web, though it’s unclear when that will happen.

Microsoft said its own dark theme — which it simply calls Dark Mode — will be automatically enabled for users starting with the next versions of iOS and Android, assuming the user has their device set to display the system’s respective dark mode. Until then, Outlook’s Dark Mode automatically turns on for Android users when they enable Battery Saver.