Since iOS 13, your iPhones have been equipped with a font manager that allows you to install custom fonts for use in Apple apps and supported third-party apps. To add fonts, you have to use a font provider app that loads them on your device and registers them for the entire system, and one of these apps shines above all else.
Adobe has developed some of the best creative apps in the world, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, InDesign, and Premiere, but you may not realize that there are also thousands of fonts available for personal and commercial use. These fonts can be installed on your iPhone and used in apps that support custom fonts.
Step 1: Install the Creative Cloud app
All Adobe fonts are available through the Creative Cloud app. While the fonts worked in iOS 13.1 and later, the updated app requires iOS 13.4 or later. For an iPad, that’s iPadOS 13.4 or later. If you’re running iOS 14 or iPadOS 14, you’re all set.
Step 2: Sign in to Adobe
When you first open the app, Adobe offers you many ways to sign in to Creative Cloud, so choose the right one; you can use your Adobe ID, Apple ID, Google account or Facebook account. If you don’t already have an account, you can create one here at Adobe.
Step 3: View and filter fonts
Go to the “Fonts” tab in the navigation bar at the bottom of the app to view available fonts. Here you can browse all the available fonts that you can install on your iPhone. At the top, you can click “Filter” to narrow down the results based on font ratings, recommended usage, unique features, and language.
- Classifications: Sans serif, Serif, Slab serif, Script, Blackletter, Mono, Hand, Decorative
- Recommendations: Paragraphs, headings
- Properties: Weight, Width, x-height, Contrast, Standard or caps only, Standard figure style
- Languages: Arabic, Armenian, Belarusian, Bengali, Catalan, Chinese (Hong Kong), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Devanagari, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian , Japanese, Korean, Macedonian, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Step 4: Edit the sample text (optional)
Next to the “Filter” button is “Edit”, which you can use to create your own text sample that shows each font as an example. In most cases, the default sample text will work just fine. If you want to change the sample text, but forget it here, you have other options to do so later.
Step 5: View fonts in a family
Once you’ve found a font that matches what you need, tap it to see the available fonts in the family. Some will have just one font, while others may have up to 15 or 20, give or take.
Step 6: View Selected Font Differently (Optional)
At the top you can see a preview of the currently selected font in the family; tap a font in the list to preview it instead.
In the large preview, you can use the slider to zoom in on the text, and you can use a finger to drag the text around to get a closer look. Next to the slider is a black and white button that changes the display from black text with a white background to white text with a black background. There is also a text button that allows you to change the displayed text so you don’t have to
Step 7: Change the family view (optional)
The ellipsis button (•••) in the top right corner allows you to change the view of a gallery to a grid or list, in case it’s easier to view. Both the grid and list remove the expanded preview at the top.
Step 8: Install Fonts in the Family
To install one of the fonts, tap the plus (+) sign next to it. The first time you install a font, Adobe asks you “Install fonts?” popup letting you know that other apps can use these fonts. Tap “Install” to continue.
After tapping “Install”, you may see a splash page telling you to open the Creative Cloud app every 60 days, or they may be removed from your iPhone. You can still reinstall them, but you may not remember what they were called.
To install all fonts in the family, tap the T+ button up. It will warn you that you are about to install all fonts; tap “Install” to do so.
Step 9: View Your Installed Fonts
To see all the fonts you have installed on your iPhone from Adobe, go to the “Installed Fonts” section in the “Fonts” tab of the Creative Cloud app.
You can also view the fonts in your iPhone’s font manager; go to General -> Fonts in the Settings app. Note that the fonts you installed from Creative Cloud are not the only fonts in the list if you installed one from other font provider apps or configuration profiles. Everything is mixed here in alphabetical order; the search bar can help if you need to search through hundreds of them.
Tap a font family to get more information about it; those at Creative Cloud will say so. In the family view, you can tap one of the fonts to see different views.
Apple lists all fonts as fonts here, and that’s fine since font and typeface are used interchangeably by most people these days. But if you’re a typography aficionado, you might be crazy not to mention “fonts” and “fonts” on the master list of families here.
Step 10: Use Your Installed Fonts
Only apps that support the custom fonts API will let you use the fonts installed in the app. Apple doesn’t automatically enable this for every app. Developers should add the “Fonts” option to their apps in Xcode and then enable the “Use installed fonts” permission. If they don’t, they won’t be able to use any of the fonts in your font manager.
You won’t really know if an app supports custom fonts until you try it. Some apps may support some fonts but not others, which makes things confusing. Apps to try include Mail, Pages (see below), all apps from Adobe, and all productivity apps from Microsoft.
Step 11: Manage Your Installed Fonts
If you no longer need a font or font family, you can delete it from your iPhone. In the Creative Cloud app, you can go to your installed fonts and tap the ellipsis (•••) on any font, then choose “Remove fonts on all devices.” You can also open the font and tap the T- button at the top, followed by “Delete” to get rid of the family.
If you don’t want to delete the entire family, tap the ellipsis (•••) next to the font you want to delete and choose “Delete Fonts on All Devices.”
You can also remove fonts from the font manager in your iPhone’s Settings app. In the list of font families, tap Edit in the top right corner, select the fonts, then click Delete. You can also delete them one by one by long swiping to the left or short to the left and clicking ‘Delete’.
You can also go to family view, click “Delete” at the top, then “Delete this font family?” tap to delete the entire group.
You can also remove any fonts you have installed on your iPhone from Adobe by simply logging out of the Creative Cloud app. When you sign in to Creative Cloud again, they are not automatically reinstalled on the system. Instead, you need to select “Show Active Fonts” in the “Installed Fonts” view in Creative Cloud and then add all the fonts you want to get back from here.
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