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How to Find and Customize Instagram Fonts for Your Profile


By Jillian Warren

Published November 14, 2020

10 minute read

Looking to spruce up your Instagram bio or create a more branded look in your Instagram Stories? Learn how to find and customize Instagram fonts!

Ever considered adding custom Instagram fonts to your posts and stories?

Adding custom Instagram fonts can level-up your account’s creativity and make your content stand out from the crowd.

In the following post, we explain how to add custom Instagram fonts to your Instagram captions, bio, IGTV descriptions, and stories. Plus, we’re sharing the best free Instagram fonts generators available right now:

Table of Contents

  1. 5 Free Instagram Fonts Generators

  2. Understanding Accessibility and Custom Fonts

  3. How to Add Custom Instagram Fonts to Your Bio, Captions, Comments & IGTV Descriptions

  4. 4 Best Practices for Using Custom Instagram Fonts

  5. How to Add Custom Instagram Fonts to Instagram Stories

5 Free Instagram Fonts Generators

Font generators are one of the quickest and easiest ways to add custom fonts to your Instagram content — all you need to do is enter your text, pick a custom font, copy your converted text, and paste it into your Instagram caption, bio, IGTV description, and even Instagram Stories.

Here are 5 free Instagram fonts generators to help you get started:

  1. IGFonts.io

  2. CoolFont.org

  3. LingoJam

  4. Sprezz Keyboard – also available on iOS

  5. Cool Fonts App – available on iOS and Android

Understanding Accessibility and Custom Fonts

Before you add a custom font to your post, it’s important to note that it can cause accessibility issues for some users, as screen readers can’t always interpret them.

So if you choose to add a custom of unicode font to your post (including emojis), consider adding some of these elements to make sure your post is fully accessible to all, while maintaining your style and aesthetic:

  • Include alt text on your images

  • Add closed captioning (CC) to your Instagram Stories with one of Instagram’s in-app fonts to allow screen readers to relay informations

  • If you are only using unicode fonts in your caption, consider having an additional caption in plain font below, or in your first comment

Keep this in mind when planning your posts and try to be as inclusive as possible. You can find out more about how to make your Instagram account more accessible here.

How to Add Custom Instagram Fonts to Your Bio, Captions, Comments & IGTV Descriptions

Adding custom fonts to your Instagram strategy can be an awesome way to strengthen your brand’s personality and capture your audience’s attention.

They can also be used to highlight important details, or to place emphasis on certain words.

NOTE: Adding unicode fonts can cause accessibility issues for some users, as screen readers can’t always interpret them. Keep this in mind when planning your posts and try to be as inclusive as possible. You can find out more about how to make your Instagram account more accessible here.

Step #1: Use an Instagram Fonts Generator to Find a Font

There are tons of free and easy-to-use Instagram fonts generator tools to add a pop of personality to your profile — just browse through the list above to find the right one for you.

Step #2: Paste the Font in Your Bio, Captions, Comments, or IGTV Descriptions

Once you find a font that works for your brand, simply copy the text, open the Instagram app, and paste it wherever you like.

To add to your Instagram name or bio, tap the Edit Profile button on your profile page and paste the custom font:

To add a custom font to an Instagram caption, simply paste the custom font text into the caption editor before publishing.

TIP: Add custom fonts to your captions as you plan and schedule your posts with Later!

Later’s caption editor will preserve all line breaks and any custom fonts that you add — so you can write next-level captions that convert for your brand in advance.

Plus, you can batch write a whole week’s worth of captions in just one sitting, which is the best way to stay focused and be more productive.

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4 Best Practices for Using Custom Instagram Fonts

Custom Instagram fonts can be a great way to add a point of difference to your content, but they can also do more harm than good if they aren’t used mindfully.

Here are 4 pointers to keep your custom fonts on the right track:

  • Keep Your Aesthetic in Mind: Pick your fonts carefully. Even the most basic font often has a connotation, so always think about what feels most appropriate for your brand and aesthetic. For example, minimalist fonts can be indicative of modern simplicity, while italicised script fonts can be depicted as romantic or feminine.

  • Use Sparingly: There can be too much of a good thing. Use custom fonts sparingly, too much can look spammy and will lessen the impact. At Later, we save custom fonts for key calls to action, headers, and emphasis.

  • Consider Legibility: Some custom fonts are really hard to read. Make sure you can easily read any text you share on both desktop and mobile.

  • Be Consistent: Once you’ve found an effective custom font that aligns with your brand, stick with it. Being consistent can strengthen your branding and will build a sense of familiarity with your followers.

How to Add Custom Instagram Fonts to Instagram Stories

Unlike the rest of Instagram, Instagram Stories has several different fonts to choose from.

But even with these different options, there isn’t much room to create a truly branded experience on Instagram Stories.

There are 3 main ways to add custom fonts to your Instagram Stories:

#1: Use a Graphic Design App

If you’re new to the world of Instagram Stories design, there are plenty of easy-to-use creative apps to help you along the way.

Over and Canva are both great options for creating bespoke Instagram Stories for your brand. Both apps have a huge range of fonts on offer, as well as the option to upload a custom font too.

In this example, we used Over to add text to a stock image from our camera roll.

To recreate this, select a video or image from your camera roll, and then set the size to Story:

Next, tap the Text icon and enter your chosen text. Scroll across to select a font, or select Get More to open Over’s Library of fonts.

To upload a custom font, scroll across from the Library to the Custom tab, and select Add Fonts.

From here you can upload a custom font into Over to use in your future designs!

TIME-SAVING TIP: Copy and paste text overlays into your Instagram Stories! Use a design app like Over to write a line of text on a transparent background. Save to your camera roll, copy the image, and paste it into your Instagram Stories by selecting the Text tool and holding the screen for 2-3 seconds until the Paste button appears.

You can also use this copy and paste hack to add text from a font generator tool too!

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#2: Use Later’s In-app Text Editor

Another way to easily add custom text to your Instagram Stories content is by using Later’s in-app text editor tool.

There are 10 different fonts and multiple formatting options to choose from, so you can quickly and easily add text that’s on brand, no extra editing apps or design experience required.

Once you’re happy with you custom text you can go ahead and schedule your Instagram Stories with Later, making the whole process super easy and seamless.

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#3: Use an Instagram Stories Template

If design isn’t your thing (or you’re short on time) there are tons of ready-made Instagram Stories template apps that you can quickly customize for your brand.

The benefit of using a template is that they’re pre-made by designers. So if you don’t have an eye for what fonts, colors, and layouts go well together, Instagram Stories templates are a great option to explore.

Here are 5 creative apps for Instagram Stories templates:

Instagram Stories Templates App #1: Storyluxe

Storyluxe has some of the most on-trend Instagram Stories templates, including cute polaroid, scrapbook collage, paper, and vintage film reel effects.

Once you’ve chosen your favorite template, you can easily add text and customize it using the in-app text editor.

Free download: iOS

ICYMI: Later teamed up with Storyluxe to offer you free stories templates right from their iOS app! The Later’s template collection was designed specifically with our users in mind — to help you share what matters to you most!

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Instagram Stories Templates App #2: Unfold

If you’re looking for sleek and professional-looking Instagram Stories templates, the Unfold app could be your new best friend.

The app has a huge range of template designs to suit almost any aesthetic, with 20 different font options to choose from.

Free download: iOS & Android

Instagram Stories Templates App #3: Seen (Formerly Known as StoryBoost)

If you want profession-level animated Instagram Stories templates, Seen is full of slick and seamless designs!

With Seen, you can easily create slides that have smooth, animated, and engaging transitions between each 15-second post — so your audience will be hooked in and less likely to tap away from your posts.

Plus, there are over 30 different custom fonts available to use.

Free download: iOS

Instagram Stories Templates App #4: Over

As we’ve already covered, Over is a powerhouse app for creating beautiful Instagram Stories designs — and it also has a great range of creative templates to choose from.

Once you’ve found an Instagram Stories template that suits your aesthetic, you can easily change the colors, images, text, and fonts.

You can even upload a custom branded font into the Over app, making it one of the most versatile design apps for creating cool Instagram Stories.

Free download: iOS & Android

Instagram Stories Templates App #5: Mojo

Mojo has hundreds of animated Instagram Stories templates to choose from, all handily categorized to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

Each Mojo template is totally customizable, so you can trim, crop, add effects, titles, animation, change speeds, colors, and more!

Plus, you can add custom fonts to Mojo! So you’ll never be off-brand and can seamlessly align all your creative assets for Instagram Stories in one place.

Free download: iOS and Android

And that’s it! You’re ready to get creative with custom fonts on Instagram!

Whether you’re looking to spruce up your Instagram bio or create a more branded look in your Instagram Stories, customizing your Instagram fonts is a great way to stand out from the crowd.

If you want to learn how you can grow your business with Instagram Stories, watch our free 45-minute video course to create a strategy behind your stories:

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