How to Change the Font in the Mail App on Your iPhone

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We've written about how to change the font in the Safari browser on your iPhone or iPad, both the type and size. Now it's also possible to change fonts in the Mail app by choosing between other pre-installed fonts, although the option isn't easy to find. Let's get started learning how to get different fonts in your iPhone's Mail app. 

Related: How to Make Text Bigger & Easier to Read on Your iPhone

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iOS Font Options on Your iPhone & iPad

Please note, this tip does not cover how to install and use custom fonts.

To begin, open the Mail app on your iPhone or iPad, tap the email account that you want to use, tap the compose button, and enter an email address and subject line for your email.

  1. Tap the text field
  2. Tap the left-facing triangle that appears under the text field. 

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  3. Tap the font icon (an upper and lower-case letter a).
  4. Tap Default Font.

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  5. You'll see a list of fonts, tap one to select it.
  6. You'll see the name of the font you selected, and you can tap the text field to begin using your font choice. 

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Limits to Your Font Options in the Mail App

I've noticed a major glitch with this tip; currently, many pre-installed font options in the Choose Font menu can be selected, and show up in the Format section of your email message once tapped. However, once you start composing your email, you'll notice that the font hasn't actually changed. Many fonts do work, though, and hopefully, all of them will join this group in a future iOS and iPadOS update. 

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Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.