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The customization of the operating system has for years been one of the great differences between iOS and Android, however we have seen how little by little iOS has been adopting ways to personalize the iPhone. It still does not reach the level of Android in many cases, but it has made progress in it. For this reason, in this article we want to tell you about one of them and that it offers the possibility of adding fonts to the iPhone, although with certain nuances.
Requirements for installing third-party fonts
As we mentioned before, this customization option came to iOS in its version 13, that is, in iOS 13, and to be able to use it you only have to meet two requirements.
The first of them is to have an iOS version installed that is iOS 13 or higher, and therefore, this means that this option is also restricted for some users of an old iPhone. Here is the list of iPhone compatible with iOS 13 and that, therefore, can enjoy this customization option.
- iPhone 6s / 6s Plus
- iPhone SE (1st Generation)
- iPhone 7/7 Plus
- iPhone 8/8 Plus
- iPhone X
- iPhone XR
- iPhone XS / XS Max
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro / Pro Max
- iPhone SE (2nd Generation)
- iPhone 12/12 mini
- iPhone 12 Pro / 12 Pro Max
Therefore, if your iPhone is included in this list, you already meet the first of the requirements you need to be able to change the font of your iPhone in iOS. We go with the second requirement, and that is, you have to go to the App Store to install the desired font on your iPhone. The most recommended applications for installing fonts and that also have a large catalog of them are Adobe Creative Cloud, AnyFont or iFont, however, you can find many others in the App Store, the one that we recommend using is Adobe Creative Cloud as it is also free. Once you meet these two requirements, your iPhone will be ready to install any font and you can enjoy it.
iOS and its “customization” options
Historically iOS has been an operating system not very open to great customization options, however, with the passing of the versions, it has adopted functions that gave users the option to customize, to a greater or lesser extent, certain aspects of their iPhone , for example, the most radical change in recent years we have seen with iOS 14, however, this function, that of installing third-party sources, came before, with iOS 13, therefore, we verify that, little by little, Apple wants to let its users personalize their phones, although always with certain limitations, limitations that are present in this option.
The comparisons are hateful, but if we talk about customization, Android is still ahead of iOS, for example, for this option that we are talking about at the moment. In Google’s operating system you can make the system font the one you choose, however, and although Apple, from iOS 13, gives you the possibility to install third-party fonts, you cannot use them so that the system can your iPhone adopts them, you will only be able to use them in certain applications such as Pages, Keynote …
Therefore, can you change the font of your iPhone? Yes and no, you can install it and use it to create your text documents, for example, from your iPhone with Pages, but you will not be able to make the system look with that font . And you know, Apple is going little by little, and, we will have to see, if in later operating systems they enable this customization option.
Steps to follow to install your fonts
Well, once you meet the two requirements mentioned above and, you know that the font that you install you will not be able to use to customize your system, we will go through the steps you have to follow to install the fonts you want on your iPhone.
First you have to go to the application you have chosen, in our case, Adobe Creative Cloud and click on the Sources section located at the bottom of the screen. Then you look for the desired font, click on See family and then click on the “+” button located to the left of the font type. Once you have followed these steps, you will have the font in question available on your iPhone, you can check it by going to Settings -> General -> Fonts.