One of the features that debuted with iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 that hasn’t received much attention is the ability to use custom fonts on iPhone and iPad. The feature has had a bit of a complicated rollout, so follow along for how to get going with custom fonts on iOS and iPadOS.

Apps have existed for quite some time that offer a workaround to bring custom fonts to iOS and specific apps. But with iOS 13, Apple officially started supporting font installation and management on iPhone and iPad, and it works system-wide (somewhat limited).

Below, we’ll cover several options to download, install, and use fonts in iOS 13. However, at the time of writing, using custom fonts in iOS and iPadOS is only supported in Pages, Keynote, Mail, and limited third-party apps.

This means you can’t use any font in any app you’d like (Messages, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.) You can download third-party keyboards and/or apps for those specific apps to use custom fonts, but those are different from the ability to use system-wide compatible fonts in iOS 13. Even though this support is limited for now, compatibility will increase over time.

Update: Fontcase is a neat new open source custom font app that uses the method of installing fonts via a configuration profile that offers more flexibility than the official font installation with apps like Adobe Creative Cloud. Since the free Fontcase app is open source (view full code on GitHub), users can feel confident there are no privacy or security issues at play.

How to use custom fonts on iPhone and iPad

Let’s take a look at three options…

Option 1: 

  1. If you don’t have it already, download the Adobe Creative Cloud app for iOS/iPadOS
  2. You’ll need to create an account, but can use limited free fonts without a paid requires a subscription
  3. Tap the Fonts tab in the bottom bar
  4. Tap Install Fonts under one that you like, tap Install again
  5. You can see new fonts that you’ve installed by heading to Settings > General > Fonts
  6. Now open a custom font compatible app like Pages, Keynote, or Mail
  7. Type new text or select existing text, head to the editor, look for your new custom fonts

Option 2:

  1. Font Diner was one of the first free apps to officially work with custom system-wide fonts in iOS 13 without a workaround
  2. After downloading it, open it and tap Activate in the top right corner (gray button)
  3. Tap Agree, then Install
  4. You can see all the installed custom fonts by heading to Settings > General > Fonts
  5. Now open a custom font compatible app like Pages, Keynote, or Mail
  6. Type new text or select existing text, head to the editor, look for your new custom fonts

Here’s how these steps look:

Now that the fonts have been installed, they can be seen in Settings > General > Fonts and are available to be used with compatible apps like Pages, Keynote, and Mail.

Here’s what it looks like to use the new fonts in Pages:

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Option 3:

There are apps that have been around for some time that allow loading of custom fonts, including from your own collection from iCloud Drive and Dropbox to work with iPhone and iPad.

One thing to keep in mind here: You’re taking a risk in trusting the developers of these apps and creators of the fonts as they work via an unsigned profile that needs to be installed. However, there are some benefits even though the process is clunkier.

Fontcase solves the security and privacy problem by being an open source app. Learn more about how to install custom fonts with it on iPhone and iPad here.

You can use the fonts installed with this method in more apps than just those allowed with the official iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 feature, as well as install apps from iCloud Drive, Dropbox, and more.

  1. Choose an app like AnyFont or iFont (using the iFont for this example)
  2. Tap Get Fonts in the bottom right corner
  3. Choose a font provider from the list
  4. Pick a font and tap load it into iFont
  5. Once it’s in iFont, tap Install next to it
  6. Head to Settings > General > Profile > tap the new font
  7. Choose Install in the top right corner
  8. Enter your passcode if required
  9. Tap Install again
  10. Open a compatible app and you should see the new font

Here’s how the slightly complicated process looks 😅:

The first step is to choose Get Fonts in the bottom right corner of iFont, then pick a font provider. I’m using Fontspace in the steps below.

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After you pick and import it to iFont, download, and install it. Now you’ll need to head to Settings > General > Profile > and tap the new font.

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Install the font via the profile at your own risk.

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Now that you’ve got it installed, open an app and look for your new font.

One of the benefits of using this method is being able to use fonts in more apps.

And here’s how it looks to import your own fonts or fonts you have saved in iCloud or Dropbox.

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