How to Add Custom Fonts to your iPhone or iPad without Jailbreaking

A new app called AnyFont has just hit the App Store, yes, I’m not joking, which allows you to add custom fonts on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

It makes use of the Profiles hack to install any OpenType (OTF) or TrueType (TTF) fonts on your iPhone or iPad. The profiles hack has been used by apps like Test Flight to install beta apps.

It also looks like the app has Apple’s blessing as it clearly says that the app will allow you to install fonts in the description. However, it is important to note that the font can only be used in apps such as Keynote, Pages, Numbers etc. that have an option to change fonts. It does not change the system font. The following description used by the developer is a little misleading and could trick a user into thinking that the font can be changed across iOS.

“These fonts can then be used throughout the system in other apps like Pages, Keynote or Numbers”

Anyways, if you’re a heavy iWorks user who wants to use a font that is not available as an option in these apps, you can follow these simple steps to add a custom font of your choice to your iPhone or iPad:

  • Purchase and download AnyFont app from the App Store (iTunes link). It is a universal app, so works on the iPhone and iPad, and is available for $1.99.
  • The app does not include any font. You can add fonts in .tff or .otf format using iTunes File sharing.
  • The easiest method to add the font is to use the Mail app. All you need to do is email the font to your email address. Tap on the font in the Mail App to download it, and then tap on it again to open it.
  • Tap on the “Open In AnyFont” to add the font to the app. You can use apps like DropBox as well.
  • After the font has been added using either iTunes Files Sharing or “Open In” feature, you should see it in the list under Fonts. Tap on the font from the list.
  • Then tap on the font to install it.
  • This will open the Install Profile section in the Settings app. Tap on the Install button.
  • It will give you a warning you that the profile will install the font, tap on Install.
  • You will prompted to enter the passcode. Enter the Passcode and then tap Done.

That’s it. The configuration profile will install the font on your iPhone or iPad.

You can now open apps such as Pages, Keynote etc, and change the font to this new font. (If you had them open, please close the app from the app switcher and open it again) In case you need help with that, check this knowledge base article.

Let me know how it goes in the comments. If you’re looking to change the font at a system level and have jailbroken your device, then check out BytaFont 2.

Hat tip: Cult of Mac