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OneDrive for Android gains dark mode, new icons, and revamped search

Onedrive Android Dark Zflip
Onedrive Android Dark Zflip (Image credit: Daniel Rubino/Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • OneDrive for Android has a new update that overhauls its design and brings several new features.
  • The app now has a dark mode, new icons, and a revamped search experience.
  • The update is rolling out now through the Google Play Store.

Microsoft released an update for OneDrive on Android today that brings an overhauled design and several new features. OneDrive on Android now has a dark mode, new icons, and a design that's more in line with OneDrive on the web and the OneDrive app on iOS. In addition to the design overhaul, the update brings a revamped search experience and an updated experience for PDF annotation.

Microsoft is in the process of unifying its app experiences across platforms. This update to OneDrive for Android continues that effort and also adds several new features. Microsoft breaks down all of the changes in a techcommunity post.

The most significant visual change is the app's new dark mode. Some people saw OneDrive's dark mode on Android as early as last October, but it's now rolling out to everyone. The app also has new icons, border highlights around its icons, and revised font size and spacing. The scan button is now a camera instead of a lens.

On the feature side of things, the app's search experienced got revamped in this update. You can now toggle a switch to search across OneDrive and SharePoint, bringing together individual and team files into one place.

OneDrive for Android now also works better with PDFs. Microsoft redesigned the PDF annotating experience within the app to be more intuitive. Pens and highlighters are now at the bottom of the screen, which makes it easier to mark up PDFs with one hand. Scanned PDFs now appear in "Recent View," and signing PDFs is now easier and smoother within the app.

Lastly, the update brings the "On this day" feature to OneDrive for Android. This lets you browse through memories that occurred on the same calendar day in previous years. Like some of the other features highlighted by Microsoft, this feature was already available for some OneDrive users on Android but is now rolling out to everyone.

The update is the biggest that OneDrive for Android has seen in a while. It should roll out to everyone soon through the Google Play Store.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

6 Comments
  • Better late than never!
  • yea i guess.
  • I'm not seeing this yet, but I've had the "on this day" feature for a couple months now. I'd very much like a better PDF inking experience. I often have to add some notes to some PDF on my phone and right now it's just OK.
  • Finally.
    And it's a Dark Theme well made... Unlike the ones in Windows apps like the Xbox app, the Store or even the pseudo-dark-but-actually-only-ugly-grey theme of File Explorer.
  • Not avail yet in Canada.... Cant wait to see it!
  • Anyone know how to find dark mode?