How to Change the Font in Notes for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

This very brief tutorial will show you how to change the font in the Notes app that comes with your iPhone, iPad and/or iPod Touch.

When this guide was initially published way back in 2010, the method to change the font in the Notes app was significantly different than it is now. In fact, it’s changed a bunch of times since then. Currently (2021) the easiest and most common way to change the font is to install an App that acts as a keyboard but with different fonts. If that sounds a little confusing don’t worry – it’s not.

Even better, you can use these new and different fonts in almost every App on your iPhone or iPad (yes including Instagram) – not just Notes. Here’s how –

  1. First you’ll need to find a fonts App. As you’ve probably guessed, there are a lot to choose from. Most are paid, and the free ones can be pretty hit or miss. I’d suggest trying out “Fonts for iPhone and iPad “ (although once installed it will show up as Fonts+) – it’s free and offers a decent selection of fonts.
  2. Once you’ve installed a font keyboard app, open any other app that you type in (Notes, Instagram etc) and bring up the default keyboard. Tap and hold your finger down on the “Globe” key found on the bottom row of keys right next to the “numbers” key.
  3. an arrow pointing at the Globe key on the iOS and iPadOS keyboard

  4. Select the newly installed keyboard.
  5. selecting a different keyboard on an iPhone to change the font

  6. Depending on which font keyboard you opted to install this part will vary a bit. Typically, you’ll find a list of fonts that you can swipe through towards the top of the keyboard.
  7. an alternate keyboard with different fonts for the iPhone

  8. When you select one of the listed fonts, your keyboard will switch to that font. Now everything you type will be in that new font.
  9. using a non-default font in an app on an iPad

  10. Switching back to the default keyboard is as easy as you’d expect – just tap and hold your finger down on the Globe key again and this time select your regular keyboard.
  11. an arrow pointing to the default keyboard in a list

  12. That’s it!

If this is your first time experimenting with different keyboards on your iPhone or iPad, give the Google keyboard a try – it has some pretty cool and helpful features.

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  1. Is there a fonts app that provides a monospaced font for all characters? The mono font in the recommended Fonts+ app works for alpha and numeric, but not for special characters.

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