5 Mobile UX Trends for 2021 That You Should Know About

Keeping up with the mobile UX trends of 2021 will help you design experiences that are relevant, current, and usable. Some trends are here to stay while some will fade out over the course of time. However, knowing them can often catapult you to the top!

No matter how intuitive, inclusive, or accessible your mobile app is, if you don’t stay in touch with the latest trends, you’ll stay several notches behind your competitors. The UI/UX space witnesses new trends every year, and 2021 isn’t going to be any different.

The mobile UX trends in 2021 are aimed at significantly improving the mobile user experience. Let’s now take a look at what mobile UX trends are going to dominate this year.

Best 5 Mobile UX Trends for 2021

1. Functional 3D Graphics

3D graphics aren’t exactly new as they have been in use for years now. What’s new and exciting is the way they will be modified and leveraged to improve the efficiency of interaction with the end-users. In 2021, they won’t be relegated to just making an interface look fancy and aesthetic. Their purpose will be greater.

For example, if your brand is in the e-commerce space, you can use 3D graphics to give a 360-degree view of your product. It will make your e-commerce product more appealing and increase the probability of a transaction.

2. Augmented Reality

One of the key mobile UX trends in 2021 to take note of is “Augmented Reality”. This year, you’ll see augmented reality features becoming increasingly integral to several mobile experiences. It will not only save time for end-users, but will also simplify various tasks.

Don’t be surprised if you see a sudden rise in the demand for Augmented Reality (AR)-based apps. An example of AR being used in day-to-day life can be navigation graphics being overlaid on a mobile phone’s live camera view.

3. Dark Themes

2021 will see a rise in brands switching to dark themes. Some tech giants have already hopped aboard the ‘dark mode’ wagon which predominantly features dark hues. Dark themes are largely being adopted by businesses because it enhances the mobile user experience in two ways:

  • Reducing the eye strain by lowering the screen brightness
  • Increasing battery life by reducing the use of bright pixels

Dark themes help save energy and extend the display lifespan without affecting the overall aesthetics.

4. Neumorphism

Neumorphism, or the modified version of skeuomorphism, is an on-going design trend that gives a realistic touch to visual elements. Many top brands, like Airbnb, have already implemented it to make their logo stand out. This year, you can see brands incorporating subtle neumorphic details in their designs to incorporate the required “human touch” that was missing earlier. Such changes can significantly improve the UX of your product, so make sure you utilize it to your brand’s advantage.

5. Minimalism

A trend well-liked by many (and will continue to remain one) is minimalism. It is an ever-evolving trend that lets app users focus on their goal instead of getting stuck in a complex interface. Simple designs have long been used as they promote seamless navigation and put the end-users at ease.

With minimalism, you can make users stay longer on your apps, websites, or digital platforms. A clutter-free, clean design is going to help your product stand out, and therefore, it makes complete sense to apply this mobile UX trend.

Concluding thought

The trends are changing faster than ever. Even before one trend is fully understood and executed, something newer would pop up. In such a scenario, the only way to make your app stand out and relevant is by keeping it user-friendly and super useful. Doing so will always give an extra edge to your brand over the rest.


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