Smaller font size is one of the biggest problems for smartphone users. It does not matter whether you have visual disabilities or normal vision, the default iPhone font family and size may not work for all. If you are struggling with reading content comfortably, here is how you can increase font size in iPhone. You can also decrease the size and change the font family on certain apps.
Default iPhone Font
Apple offers two types of fonts for iOS and iPadOS as per their documentation:
- A sans serif typeface family called San Francisco Pro (SF Pro) which is the system font in iPhone.
- A serif typeface family called New York which is an optional for developers to use on the apps.
The size is dynamic based on the section like title, body, headline, etc. as shown in the below table.
Change Font Size in iPhone
There are multiple ways to change the font size depending upon your need and the app.
1. From Display Settings
This is an easy way as it will be applied across all supported apps.
- Tap on “Settings” app and go to “Display & Brightness” section.
- Tap on “Text Size” option showing just below the “Appearance” section.
- Move the slider at the bottom to increase or decrease the font size.
- You will see the live preview of sample text. If required, open apps like Reminders or Notes and check the text size.
2. Using Accessibility Settings
This is a same option as above. However, offers to increase the font size bigger than the normal display settings.
- Tap on the “Settings” app and navigate to “Accessibility” section.
- Select “Display & Text Size” option showing under “Vision” section.
- On the next screen, tap on “Larger Text” option.
- Enable “Larger Accessibility Sizes” and drag the slider at the bottom to increase or decrease the text size to the desired level.
The text size change will be applied to all the apps that support Dynamic Type like Pages, Reminders, Notes, etc. Below is an example of Reminders app with default font size and after increasing the font size.
3. Change Font Size in Safari App
You can increase or decrease the text size of webpages when reading in Safari browser.
- Open the webpage in Safari.
- Tap on the text size change icon showing in left corner of the address bar.
- Tap on the big A showing on right side to Increase the text size and tap on small A showing on left side to decrease the text size.
- You can see the percentage of increase or decrease in the center.
- Safari will instantly apply the changes.
Safari browser will remember the changes and retain the font size when you open the same webpage again.
4. Change Font Size in Supported Apps like Pages
Most of the document processing apps like Pages, Keynote offer in-built option for changing the font size.
- When you are editing the document, tap on the formatting icon showing on the top tool bar.
- This will open the panel showing font family, size and other formatting options.
- Tap the + or – icon to increase/reduce the text size.
- Alternatively, tap on the size number to enter a custom number.
5. Using Comfortable Custom Fonts in iPhone
The last option is to go for a third-party app to change the font family. though these apps do not offer changing text size, you may feel comfortable when using custom fonts instead of default iOS font. There are hundreds of font apps available in iOS App Store. However, most of them restrict the features with in-app purchase. You can try the completely free “Fonts – Install Font” app which runs based on the advertisements.
- Open App Store, find and install “Fonts – Install Font” app.
- Open the app to view the huge list of available font families.
- Tap on “Install” button against the font you like and install it on your iPhone.
- After installation, you can select the installed font family from formatting options in apps like Pages, Word, Keynote, etc.
Using iOS settings (display or accessibility) is the best option to change the text or font size in iPhone. This Dynamic Type text size change works in most of the in-built apps including Safari. However, you may need to use the text formatting option in documentation apps like Pages, Words, Keynote, etc. If you are not happy with these options, try a third-party app to install a custom font app that is comfortable for your working.