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Microsoft rolls out dark mode for the unified Office app on Android

Screenshots of the unified Office app on Android sporting a dark theme

Microsoft has begun rolling out dark mode for the unified Office app on Android. The theming option for the app was spotted earlier this year and is now being made available to all users, bringing to the app a feature that the Redmond firm says was “highly requested”. Interestingly, there is no word on whether the update with the theming option is heading to the other productivity apps like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

The company has been offering the option of a dark mode on Outlook and OneDrive for Android users. However, the popular mode is yet to be introduced to other Office suite of apps on the platform, though they have been available on iOS for a while now. With the option now rolling out for the unified Office app, it might not be long before the firm rolls out the features for the individual offerings.

Just like with Outlook, the app automatically switches to dark mode depending on the system preference. However, users can head into settings to force the app into light or dark themes, if required. What seems to still be missing is the ability to apply the theming option to the canvas on documents, which means that Word documents will still have a bright canvas. This feature is currently being tested for the desktop in the Office Insider builds and might show up soon for the mobile versions.

Microsoft announced its plans to introduce dark mode to its Microsoft 365 suite of apps back in 2019. Since then, the firm has not only been rolling out the popular setting to mobile apps, but also to the web versions, such as for OneDrive on the web.

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