AnyFont lets you install additional fonts on your iPhone

By , Mar 7, 2014

Anyfont 3If you do a lot of productivity work on your iPhone and iPad, you will likely have come across the issue where Pages or some other app doesn’t recognize a font and will convert it to something else. It isn’t a huge deal, but it can be a pain in the butt if you constantly have to convert and reconvert fonts between your iOS device and your desktop computer.

AnyFont eliminates the “font not recognized” issue by making it possible for you to add any TrueTypeFont (.ttf) or OpenTypeFont (.otf) to any compatible font editing apps on your iPhone or iPad…

Before we get deeper into the review of AnyFont, let’s clarify that this app will not let you change the system font of your iPhone. It will just let you use additional font types for compatible apps such as Pages, Keynote or Numbers.

Design

Design isn’t really a selling point for this app. It doesn’t matter what it looks like so much as it matters if it works right. When you first open the app, you will see a five-page tutorial explaining how to add, manage, install, and use fonts. Then, you will be taken to a screen with a list of fonts, which will be empty when you first start out.

There is a question mark in the upper left corner of the screen that takes you to the Frequently Asked Question section and gives access to the tutorial again. There is an information icon in the upper right corner of the screen that shows the version, developer website, and a link to contact the developer.

Once you’ve added fonts to the app, they will appear on your list. Select an app to install it. You will see a logo for the app and the name of the font. Underneath, it will read “Tap to install…”

That is all there is to the design.

Anyfont 2App Use

You only have to follow a few simple instructions to use this app and get new fonts into iOS. First, add a font. To do so, you will need to find .ttf or .otf files and add them. Finding TrueTypeFonts is incredibly easy. If you type “ttf” or “TrueTypeFont” into a search engine, hundreds of websites with free downloads will come up. After you’ve downloaded the file, you can add it to your iPhone or iPad using iTunes file sharing with your device connected to your computer. Just drag the file from the download folder to the AnyFont section in iTunes file sharing and then sync your device.

You can also add a font by using the “Open in…” feature on your iOS device. For example, you can email yourself a .ttf file as an attachment. When you tap on it, you can select “Open in…” and then AnyFont, and it will save to the app. This also works for storage apps like Dropbox.

After downloading the font into AnyFont, it will appear on your fonts list. Tap it to select it. The install screen will appear and you can select “Tap to install…” When you tap to install, you will see a configuration profile window. This may seem intimidating for those unfamiliar with the technology, but it doesn’t do any harm to your device. It simply alters the iOS configuration (with your permission). In the configuration profile window, tap “Install.” If you have a passcode set on your device (which you should), you will have to enter it. Tap “Done” when the font is installed.

The next step is actually the most important one. Whichever app you plan to use the new font in must be closed before it will recognize it. Double press your home button to open the app switching feature and then swipe up to close Pages or whatever other app you may be trying to access the font in. After it has been closed completely, reopen it and go to your font option section to select the new font.

To uninstall a font, go back to your configuration profile: Settings > General > Profiles. Tap the font you wish to remove and then tap “Remove” to uninstall it. Restart any apps that had the font installed to remove it.

Anyfont 1The Good

This app is incredibly easy to use. As long as you follow the instructions (and make sure you restart your apps correctly) it works like a charm.

You can also delete the file from AnyFont without deleting the font from iOS, which saves storage space.

The Bad

I did not experience this issue, but some user reviews in the App Store claim that some fonts didn’t work for certain programs. It would be very handy if AnyFont included links to websites that offer fonts that work correctly.

Value

AnyFont costs $1.99, which is a great price for something so useful. It only does one thing, but that one thing will make some people’s lives much easier.

Conclusion

If you ever experience the “font not recognized” issue when working on your iPhone or iPad, this handy little app will make your life easier. Adding new fonts is very easy to do and having them installed right in your operating system makes them available in many apps that offer font options based on iOS. Download it in the App Store today.

Related Apps

I don’t know of any apps that let you add any font to iOS using configuration profiles.

Do you want a way to get more fonts onto iOS? Do you think you’ll use AnyFont?

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  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    I didn’t even know it was possible to install additional fonts on iOS…

    • ConduciveMammal

      BytaFont?

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Unless I’m mistaken Bytafont doesn’t install new fonts it just changes your system font…

      • ConduciveMammal

        It sure does, there’s a whole category for them on Cydia

      • LocalH

        It doesn’t add additional fonts to the system, though. It just replaces the system font.

      • Mark@Disqus

        BytaFont does add fonts to the system and replaces the system font.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        See my comment above

      • LocalH

        It doesn’t “add additonal fonts to the system” in the sense of AnyFont. The only thing you can do with BytaFont is use the fonts to replace the system font. You can’t use the other fonts in apps or in any other way than swapping them out as the system font.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        But it doesn’t install them it only replaces your system font. Notice how I have the font ‘Asenine’ installed but how it doesn’t appear in Pages:

      • Timothy

        Not only does BytaFont only change your system font, it’s only available on jailbroken devices, while AnyFont is available on any iOS device!

      • Marco Linarez

        I didn’t work to me. I didn’t understand the last part… I have the font installed and everything but any app has changed… I’m missing this part ” After it has been closed completely, reopen it and go to your font option section to select the new font.”…. where is the font option section of each app? :S

  • Jonathan

    Isn’t Apple going to take this down eventually?

  • hehe13

    tried these, installed the profiles, but i dont see any changes..

    • Miguel Hernández

      Yesterday I bought the first app: “font manager”. After install Calibri family Pages does not replace this font in the process of importing Word files.
      For the second source you need an uuid generator installed in Windows to make profiles. After two attempts this profiles seem to be wrong and did not work in my iPad.

  • Marco Linarez

    I didn’t work to me. I didn’t understand the last part… I have the font installed and everything but any app has changed… I’m missing this part ” After it has been closed completely, reopen it and go to your font option section to select the new font.”…. where is the font option section of each app? :S

  • Noob14

    if I look up a website in safari which uses a specific font that i don’t have, it automatically goes to standard times new roman or something. If I use this app to install the font in the website will it display properly when I view the page?