Using custom fonts to jolt down notes or compose an email is just the thing artists love doing. With iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, Apple officially rendered users the ability to use custom fonts. The rollout supported custom fonts in – TrueType Font (.ttf), OpenType Font (.otf), and TrueType Collection (.ttc) formats.
The concept had been carried over to the latest iOS 15 and you can use custom fonts from third-party apps for any of your iPhone stock write-ups. Scroll down to learn everything from how to install fonts on iPhone and iPad.
- How to download fonts on iPhone and iPad
- How to use custom fonts on iPhone and iPad
- Install and use custom fonts on iPhone using Fonts & Keyboard
How to download fonts on iPhone and iPad
- Download Fonteer app from App Store.
- Tap + icon form upper right corner and then give ‘Collection Name’ and tap the OK button.
- Next, tap on ‘+’ icon from the collection you created and choose Google Fonts.
- Now, select the fonts you want to add.
Note: You can choose multiple fonts; however, it is advisable to limit your selection to less than 10 fonts.
- After selecting the fonts, tap on ‘Add to collection’. On your device screen, a pop-up. Tap on OK.
- Then go back and tap on the ‘Install fonts’ option from the bottom.
- You are now in the Safari, where a dialog box asks you to allow this configuration profile. Tap on ‘Allow.’ When the profile is downloaded, a pop-up says ‘Profile Downloaded.’ Close this pop-up and exit the app.
- Now launch the Settings → Profile .
- Tap on Font and collection name (here, Fonteer – Fontstyles).
- Tap on Install from the top right corner. Your device may ask you to enter the passcode; enter the code and tap on Install button again. Once Profile Installed, tap on Done.
Now, you can use the downloaded fonts on the stock iPhone apps. For example, I will use Fonts for iPhone in the Mail app on my device.
How to use custom fonts on iPhone and iPad
- Open the Mail app on your iPhone and tap on the Compose button. If you have any mail in Draft, you can open it from the Draft folder.
- When you tap on the compose area of the Mail, you can see a side arrow on the right side above the keyboard, tap on it.
- Now, Tap on the Fonts icon and then tap on the Default Font option.
- Here, you can see all your downloaded and default fonts arranged in alphabetical order. Select your custom fonts and start typing the mail.
Apart from the Mail app, you can also use the custom fonts in Apple apps like Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.
When you open any one of the three apps, you can find a brush icon; tap on this brush and start using your custom fonts.
Some fonts may not work on third-party apps you have downloaded on your iPhone. In this situation, you can download third-party keyboard apps – Fonts & Keyboard. Once you install the app, you can use custom fonts on any chat client like WhatsApp, Messenger, Snapchat, and others.
Install and use custom fonts on iPhone using Fonts & Keyboard
- Download Fonts & Keyboard app from App Store as it is clean and easy-to-use.
- Open the app and tap on Continue → SET UP NOW. This will take you to the Settings app.
- Or, Tap on General → Keyboard → Keyboards → Add New Keyboard…
- Scroll down and from under THIRD-PARTY KEYBOARDS, tap on Fonts.
- Tap on Fonts keyboard – Fonts and turn on the toggle for Allow Full Access → Allow.
- Open a compatible app like iOS Notes, iMessage, Pages, Instagram, Twitter, etc. Start typing (or compose a post or tweet).
- Long-press on the globe icon and choose Fonts keyboard – Fonts. To change the font type, tap on F (see image) and choose the desired font.
- Now, you can type in custom fonts.
Why I prefer third-party font and keyboard apps?
- They have several free fonts. Plus, free and premium fonts are marked, which causes no confusion.
- There are several keyboard themes.
- They support GIF search.
FAQs about custom fonts on iPhone
Your device must be updated to iOS 13 or later. Next, you must have compatible apps that support custom fonts. We have already mentioned a few names below.
No, you can’t. On the iPhone and iPad, the installed custom fonts can be used only in supported apps like Notes, Pages, Numbers, iMessage, Instagram, Twitter, Word, Powerpoint, Autodesk Sketchbook, etc.
Whether you are making a presentation, preparing a word document, sending an Instagram DM, or working with text-photo editing, different fonts help you create a great first impression.
Surprisingly, the answer is yes! But it is limited to a few apps like Mail, Pages, etc. If third-party apps (like Over) have an internal structure to use different fonts, you can use them without needing anything else.
Not all font apps will show up in settings. Only certain apps that support the compatible font libraries, when installed, will appear here. One example is Font Diner. After you download this app, you will see the fonts under the Settings app → General → Fonts.
You can delete the third-party app to get rid of fonts. You may also open the Settings app → General → Fonts → Edit → select the fonts you wish to delete and tap on Remove.
This is how you can install and use fonts on your iPhone and iPad. Some apps also allow you to use fonts by installing a unique profile. Due to security purposes, we have chosen to skip that. If interested, you can run a web search and find ample resources that explain this method.
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