Having a dark mode for your app is in vogue these days so it’s hardly surprising to hear that Microsoft is working on one for Outlook as well. Not only does a dark theme look really nice but it also helps reduce battery usage on devices with AMOLED displays. Microsoft previously said that it was working on a dark mode for OneNote and it’s now doing the same for Outlook.
Microsoft had actually confirmed last year that it would release a dark mode for Outlook on both iOS and Android but it didn’t say precisely when it would do that. It has been about a year since the company had first talked about a dark mode for Outlook and it seems like it may finally be about to arrive.
The folks at Windows Central have received which are said to be the official renders which show the dark mode for the Android version of Outlook. The show that the dark theme would be applied to the calendar, search, and obviously the mail screen as well. The app will retain blue accents throughout the UI to not lose touch with the Outlook brand.
Outlook users will be able to enable the dark mode through a quick access button in the hamburger menu or through a dedicated “Theme” area in the app settings. Android users will also have the option to turn on the dark mode automatically when the battery is low. Microsoft hasn’t said when it will start rolling out this feature to all users but it would most likely be opened up for Insiders first.