Office for Android apps are finally getting a Dark Mode but, as usual, Microsoft’s hype is ahead of the reality for customers and misled some commentators.
According to Microsoft, Office app now has a Dark Mode from ‘today’ though it might take ‘some weeks’ for it to appear.
Microsoft’s marketing zeal is ahead of the real world. Since the announcement doesn’t include a version number (the usual practice), customers are left wondering why they can’t see this innovation.
For Office Watch it’s important because we prefer to report on changes in Office that we can check for ourselves. Over two decades of reporting on Microsoft and Office, we’ve learnt to check Redmond’s promises against what’s happening in their software.
Get Dark Mode in Office app
To see if you have Dark Mode open the Office app (maybe use Google Play to update your apps first).
Tap on the Home icon at top left then Settings. Scroll down to see if there’s a Theme option with Light, Dark or System choices.
Only the Office ‘all in one’ app
Despite some reports saying otherwise, the Dark Mode is only in the Android release of the Office ‘all in one’ app. That app has elements of Word, Excel and PowerPoint plus other features combined into a single app.
Dark Mode isn’t in the individual Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android apps, at least not yet. Headines saying dark mode is in the ‘Office apps‘ have misunderstood the announcement.
The Office apps for iPhone and iPad already have Dark Mode.