How to Change the iPhone Mail Font (2022)

Tired of the default font on the iPhone Mail app? We'll show you how to change it to whatever you want.

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Learn how to change fonts in the Mail app by choosing between other pre-installed fonts. The option isn't easy to find, so we'll show you how to do it. Let's start learning how to get different fonts in your iPhone's Mail app. 

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

How to Use iOS Font Options on Your iPhone & iPad

Please note, that this tip does not cover how to install and use custom fonts. If you'd like to learn more about the Mail app, like how to save multiple photos at once, you can read about it in our article here, and for many other quick guides on tweaking your Apple devices to your tastes, be sure to subscribe to our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

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. After starting a new email, tap the text field.

    tap the text field in your email on iphone
  2. Tap the left-facing triangle that appears under the text field. 

    tap the arrow above the keyboard to show font options
  3. Tap the font icon (an upper and lower-case letter a).

    tap the font icon to change fonts
  4. Tap Default Font.

    tap default font to see iphone font options
  5. You'll see a list of fonts, tap one to select it.

    iphone font options
  6. You'll see the name of the font you selected, and you can tap the text field to begin using your font choice. 

    use your new iphone font

In my experience, I've encountered some difficulties with attempting to change the font in an email. Generally, it doesn't seem to like to change the font when there is already text in the mail. In this case, it seems to work best to select the text you want to change and then pick a font. This should change the selected text to the new font.

Also worth noting are the many other options for adjusting the font to your tastes in Mail's font menu. Explore the other settings here, and you can easily learn how to change the font size and other elements of the font style.

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a 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.