How to Turn On Microsoft Outlook Dark Mode

Over the past few years, dark mode has become the go-to theme for most users across devices. It reduces eye strain and makes looking at digital screens tolerable. Seeing the benefits (& user demand) of a dark theme, it is being made available by all developers & manufacturers alike. Microsoft too has updated its Office suite and introduced Microsoft outlook dark mode to its user base. In this article, we will be guiding you through the process of enabling outlook 365 dark mode and outlook android dark mode. Let’s turn the lights off.

How to Turn On Microsoft Outlook Dark Mode

How to Turn On Microsoft Outlook Dark Mode

Before getting started, we would like to inform you Microsoft Outlook dark mode is only available to users with a Microsoft 365 (Office 365) subscription. Office 2016 and Office 2013 users will have to stay content with a dark gray theme instead. Also, the Office theme settings are universal and affect all applications in the suite including the ones on other systems connected with the same user account.

Note: If you are not sure of your Office subscription type, right-click on the Start menu button and select Apps and Features. Scroll through the list to find your Office subscription and version number.

Option I: On PC

Follow these steps to turn on Microsoft Outlook dark mode in PC –

1. Open Office suite application like Word, Powerpoint or Excel by double-clicking on its desktop shortcut icon or by performing a search for it and clicking on Open.

2. Click on File button at the top-left corner of the application window.

File option. How to Turn On Microsoft Outlook Dark Mode

3. Click on Account at the bottom of the sidebar.

4. On the right panel, expand the Office Theme drop-down list and choose the Black option. (Other theme options include Colorful (default theme), Dark Gray and White. The Dark Gray theme is similar to the Black one and thus, worth trying.) You can also customize the Office Background and set it to none if you wish.

Office Theme option under Account.

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Another way to switch to Microsoft Outlook dark mode is given below;

1. Click on Options in the File menu.

File menu, Options. How to Turn On Microsoft Outlook Dark Mode

2. In the Personalize your copy of Microsoft Office section of the General tab, open the Office Theme selection menu and choose Black. Click on Ok to bring the changes into effect.

General Tab in Outllook Options.

All the Office applications installed on your system, including Outlook, will now change to the dark theme.

3. You can also easily switch the reading pane (mail body) in Outlook to have a light or a dark background by clicking on the Turn on/off the lights button found alongside the Reply button in recent versions.

Turn on/off lights option. How to Turn On Microsoft Outlook Dark Mode

4. Depending on your Outlook version, you may also find a Switch background option in the ribbon of the Home or Message tab.

switch background

5. Microsoft Outlook dark mode is available on Outlook’s web client too. Simply click on the cogwheel settings icon at the top-right of the webpage and toggle ON the switch for Dark Mode (Ensure the theme is set to Blue). Similar to the desktop application, you can switch between a white or a dark reading pane by clicking on the light bulb/moon button.

Outlook web client settings. How to Turn On Microsoft Outlook Dark Mode

Also Read: Fix Outlook App Won’t Open in Windows 10

Option II: On Android

All mobile devices have the same steps to enable Outlook dark mode. If you are unable see the theme, make sure your app is updated. It is available in Android version 4.0.4 (345) and above. For iOS users, Outlook version installed on their devices should be version 4.2.0 or newer. Follow the steps below to enable dark theme on phone.

1. Open Outlook app on your phone.

2. Tap on your profile icon.

Outlook app inbox.

3. Tap on the cogwheel icon in the bottom-left corner to open Settings.

Profile menu. How to Turn On Microsoft Outlook Dark Mode

4. In Settings, scroll down Preferences section, tap Theme option.

Note: In iOS instead of theme, it is Appearance

Settiings option.

5. Tap on Dark.

Theme options.

6. Now your app should be dark themed as shown below.

Settings after Dark theme is applied. How to Turn On Microsoft Outlook Dark Mode

We hope enabling the dark mode in Microsoft Outlook and all the other Office applications brings some relief to your eyes and also helps you crunch out work emails easily at night. If you find yourselves working past your bedtime quite often, we recommend installing f.lux. It adjusts the screen temperature based on the time of the day and the room you are in.


We hope that this guide was helpful and you were able to turn on Microsoft Outlook dark mode. We also covered how to enable outlook 365 dark mode and outlook android dark mode and iOS dark mode as well. If you have any queries or suggestions then feel free to drop them in the comments section.

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