Special thanks to the font management improvements in iOS 13 and iPadOS. It’s easy to download custom fonts from the App Store and use them to make something impactful in documents you create on the iPhone. Follow the detailed step-by-step tutorial to learn how to download, install, manage and use custom fonts on your iPhone and iPad.
iPadOS and iOS 13 have brought out font support for all system fonts, as well as various new fonts that can now be downloaded from App Store. By adorn up your iPhone, iPod or iPad touch with fonts, you can use them incompatible apps to create rich typographic experiences that fit specific moods and styles.
Introducing Custom Fonts in iOS 13 & iPadOS
The following font file formats are supported in iOS 13 and iPadOS:
- TTF (TrueType Font)
- OTF (OpenType Font)
- TTC (TrueType Collection)
Apple’s partnered with these boutique and major providers to offer fonts on the App Store:
Two Ways to Obtain Custom Fonts
Importantly, custom fonts are not automatically available in all apps that offer text formatting. Third-party apps must adopt Apple’s new API in iPadOS and iOS 13 which takes care of providing a nice font-picker interface. It provides a consistent way for users to choose fonts and styles in apps. If your favorite app doesn’t yet support custom fonts, a future update could add that capability so focus on those update descriptions on App Store.
Here are some of the Apple apps that let you work with custom fonts:
Make sure some apps did support downloadable fonts before iOS 13 and iPadOS came along. Those are third-party keyboards that bring custom characters to apps like Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Messages, and others, regardless of whether or not the app uses Apple’s API.
How to download custom fonts on iPhone and iPad
Let’s come and check how to download custom fonts on iPhone and iPad:
This method works in iOS 13.0 or newer or iPadOS or later.
After downloading an app from the App Store simply launch it on your device and find the right option to install fonts. Some of the proffered apps that provide system-wide custom fonts include Adobe’s Creative Cloud, Font Diner, Frontier and more.
iFont lets you pick a provider such as Google Fonts, Fontspace or Font Squirrel to collect fonts from into collections. Searching for “Fonts for iPhone” on the App Store should surface additional apps.
Perhaps Adobe is the easiest choice for hassle-free font delivery.
Installing custom fonts with Adobe Creative Cloud
Users without a Creative Cloud subscription who happen to have an Adobe ID are allowed to freely access the 1,300 fonts that are included within the app for use on their iOS devices.
Open the Creative Cloud app on your iPhone or iPad with iOS 13.1 or later.
Then go to the Fonts tab.
Now tap the Install Fonts button next to the entry to download the font and its typefaces.
Again tap Install in the system dialog to confirm the operation.
All done! Fonts installed via the Creative Cloud mobile app are automatically activated across all your other devices.
To view the fonts you’ve installed with the Creative Cloud app, tap the Installed Fonts section within the app or visit your system-wide fonts hub in Settings → General → Fonts.
Installing custom fonts with Font Diner
Do the following to install custom fonts in the Font Diner app:
Launch Font Diner on your iPhone or iPad.
Tap the Home tab to access a list of all the available font families.
Hit Activate in the entry’s top-right corner to install the chosen font set.
Confirm the operation by tapping Install.
The downloaded fonts are now ready to be used on your iPhone or iPad.
Here is another method to download custom fonts. Before iOS 13, people had to go through a much more awkward font-installation routine that involves configuration profiles.
Get started with this method by downloading one of these font managers from App Store:
Here I’m going to use the iFont app for this tutorial:
Open the iFont app on your iOS device.
Then tap the Get Fonts tab.
Choose a provider you’d like to obtain custom fonts form, like Google Fonts.
Now tap the plus sign next to a font that interests you then hit Import to iFont.
You may see a dialog asking you to allow the profile. Tap Allow to permit the operation and close the popup when the profile is downloaded.
Now open the Settings app to install the downloaded profile, which will register the font imported into iFont with the iOS operating system.
Select General from the list.
Tap Profiles or Profiles & Device Management.
Now again tap your new font to see its details on the next screen.
Tap Install in the top-right corner.
A message appears saying “the profile that installs the selected font for system-wide use hasn’t been signed by Apple. Proceed at your own risk by tapping the Install button in the top-right corner”.
You may be asked to enter your device passcode so enter it and then tap Install again.
At the end tap Done after the profile is installed.
Make sure again use this method only if you trust the developer and its certificate. Otherwise, you may end up with malicious software running on your device.
How to Manage Custom Fonts on iPhone & iPad
You may use the font manager in the Settings app on iPadOS and iOS 13 to view information about your custom fonts. Check how they look, delete any typefaces you no longer need and more.
How to view custom fonts
All custom fonts you install on your device, are managed via a new section in the Settings app where you can check a font’s copyright information and more. What should you do? Simply:
- Open the Settings app on your iPod or iPhone touch with iOS 13+ or iPad with iPadOS.
- Now tap General on the list.
- At last tap Fonts.
All done! Now you can see all the custom fonts from across all font provider apps that you’ve installed on this device. Click a font to view copyright information, the app it came from, file size, etc.
How to delete custom fonts
Keep in mind that certainly, custom fonts are auto-removed when their container app is deleted from your iPhone or iPad. You can also remove any installed fonts that you no longer need manually to save disk space.
- At first, open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 13+ or iPad with iPadOS.
- Then tap General on the list.
- Again tap Fonts.
- Simply swipe left on a font in the list, then tap Delete to remove it from the device.
If you want to clear out multiple custom fonts at once, tap the Edit button instead, it’s in the top-right corner, then choose the entries you want to remove and tap the option Remove. Lastly, confirm the operation to remove the selected font family.
You’ll also see one configuration profile for each font package installed on the device. All you need to do this:
- Tap the profile to see what’s inside.
- To delete all fonts that were installed via the configuration profile, tap Remove Profile at the bottom.
- Now enter your device passcode and confirm that you’d like to completely remove the selected profile from your device by tapping Remove.
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