How to install fonts on an iPad

You have the ability to install any TrueType (.ttf) or OpenType (.otf) font on iPad or iPhone. Although you can’t change the system font, you can use your installed fonts in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Notes and so on.

To do this;

  • Download a Font Installer app. You can either install an iOS configuration profile using a Mac or use apps such as iFont, AnyFont, and Fonteer that will download a font on the iPad and package it into a configuration profile. These apps install fonts in .ttf or .otf formats, they also support .zip files with .ttf or .otf within them.

These 3 apps work in like manner, only different interfaces. iFont is free but has ads and you have to pay $0.99 to remove them. AnyFont necessitates a purchase of $1.99, while Fonteer on the other hand, allows you to install 3 fonts, if you want more you’ll need to pay $1.99

For this tutorial, we’ll use iFont, but the process is the same for AnyFont or Fonteer.

  • Download the font(s) you want to install. You can do so from within the app. For instance, in iFont, click the “Download” tab at the bottom of the app to view a list of fonts from Google’s font library. Search for any font in the library and tap the “Get” button to download it to your iPad.

You could even download fonts from the internet. Go to a font download site in Safari and click on the download link. if the font is a .zip, .ttf, .otf file, you’ll see an option that says “Open in iFont” or any app of your choice.

If you don’t see the option, click “More” then tap “Copy to iFont” or the app you’re using.

Once you do this, you’ll get a prompt to import the downloaded fonts into your font app. You can as well save the fonts to say iCloud Drive and import them from the font app you’re using.

  • Install the fonts. Your downloaded fonts are not installed throughout the system. To do this, check for an installation option in the installer app.

In iFont, tap “Files” option at the bottom of the app, there you get a list of your downloaded font files.

To install a font, click on it and then click “Install on [Device Name]”.  you can even click “Bulk Install” to install a lot of fonts at the same time.

Select “Allow” when you get a prompt to open a configuration profile in your Settings app.

Click “Install” after which you input your PIN when you get a prompt to install your selected fonts.

You will get a warning that the profile is not signed with a key. The reason is that it was generated from your device, you can prove that it is secure when you click “More Details,” that shows you precisely what’s in the profile – fonts you selected.

Once the profile is installed, click “Done”.

  • Use the Fonts. Click on the “Font” button in the app and select the fonts you installed from the normal font list.

If you can’t find your installed fonts in the app, ask the developer to support user-installed system fonts.

How to Uninstall Fonts

  • Go to Settings, and then “General”.If you installed a lot of fonts at once, you’ll see a single profile containing multiple fonts. But if you install fonts independently, you will see numerous profiles all containing a single font.
  • Tap a profile, and then select “More Details” to see what fonts are in it.

  • Click a profile you want to remove and then click “Remove Profile”. By so doing you remove the profiles and the fonts contained in them.

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