Add your own fonts in the Phonto 3.1.0 update

Phonto is a simple application that allows you to add text to pictures. It’s one of the rare free photo apps that you would actually want to pay for (remember to click on the ads occasionally).

The new 3.1.0 update is out now. If the 200 built-in fonts aren’t enough for you, now you can install your own fonts easily from within iTunes. Pretty cool!

To install fonts using iTunes, simply copy font files between your computer and Phonto on your iOS device.

1. Select your iOS device from the Devices section of iTunes.
2. Click the Apps tab and scroll down to the bottom of the page.
3. Select “Phonto” in the “File Sharing” section.
4. Drag and drop .ttf or .otf font files into “Documents”.
5. Restart Phonto.

Installing fonts from desktop to Phonto was super easy. In theory, you can also install font files sent from other apps, such as Mail and Dropbox. I’m sure you can, but other than a mention in the App Store description, there is no help in the app or on the website on how to do this, nor is it intuitive at all. Having an easy, wireless Dropbox solution to add fonts would be very convenient.

In this version, Phonto also has a new icon.

Phonto is free with a $0.99 in-app option to purchase the ad-free version. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 4.1 or later.

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Marty is a self-employed graphic designer in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. He is an avid Rangers baseball, Chicago Cubs, Packers and Highbury Arsenal fan. In addition to capturing random moments with whatever camera is close by (usually his iPhone), his other interests include coffee, film, music, and traveling in seats 5E and 5F with his fiancé.
  • mr_timney

    I love it! I’ve loaded in 68 of my own fonts so far. I bought the ad-free version for $0.99 & also the textured papers “plain image” in-app purchase as well for $0.99 so for $2 I have all it’s included & am giving back to the developer for his endless & fantastic updates. Worthy purchases!

    • Jasmin

      Please help me. i have followed all the steps and am still unable to do it. i have the fonts on itunes and they will not go into phonto. How do you restart it.? I have turned my ipod off and then on again and when i open phonto my fonts are no there. I'm stuck on step 4 and cannot go any further.

      • mr_timney

        I'm on a Mac, But first the app only allows .ttf & .otf font files. Then connect iPhone/iPod to your iTunes, tap the apps tab & move down the page until you see the list of apps that allow document sharing. Move down that list until you see Phonto & click on it. The on the right side is most likely a blank window showing whats in that apps document share folder & or to PC users the apps root folder so to speak. I just simply dragged the fonts I wanted into that folder. Just like syncing you can see the progress in the iTunes screen above only takes seconds. Then If you had opened Phonto you must double click the round home key & x out / quit the app. Then reopen it & your fonts should be inside & you can disconnect from iTunes. I would not recommend adding more than 60 fonts as the app becomes unstable.

        • Kate

          Same problem^^

      • Selena

        same here! and were do we download the fonts from?

    • Ari

      How do I work it?!?!

  • Miege

    Cool, this is one of the few apps that can install fonts. The other ones are Montage Magic and Roadsign Magic.

  • daryledelstein

    Sadly its not connecting to Instagram .. the link just quits .. bummer

  • BTW there's no "Document" folder to copy in.
    You must drag the fonts in the app root

    • Allie x

      It says you can't copy!

  • Ari

    What are the .ttf or .oft files?!?

  • tara

    can't find the 'devices section of itunes', help?

  • Kennedy

    How do you 'restart phonto?'

  • alex

    Its not working on my computer.

  • jodi

    Is there any way to get the fonts from this app to a computer? Like ones that are in the app not ones you already have. Really the opposite of what this step by step is saying

  • nikki

    how do you restart phonto??

    • Hi, Nikki,

      Double-tap the home button. A tray with all of your open apps will open onscreen. Press and hold the Phonto icon. The icons will shake and a red minus sign will appear. Press the red minus sign. Press the home button. Reopen Phonto.

      I hope this helps!


  • Bella

    I have gotten to step four. When I go to try to drag in those files, they are not there. There are no files there. I really want to install new fonts but this accoured : ( . Any help?!??

  • Edit Maker ~ Eileen

    Where to get the fonts ? Please help.

  • Ellie

    I did what was said in the instructions above; I downloaded the fonts, added them into the box in the 'Phonto' category in 'Apps' and restarted Phonto. It hasn't worked? I have done this at least 5 times, and each time it has not worked. Please help! Am i doing something wrong?

  • eunice

    i cant do it in the new itunes! how can i do this? please help

  • Bridget_horan_1d

    I have the same problem as Mr_timney ……. i have a mac to. please help

  • skye

    I added the fonts to phonto documents on iTunes, but when I reload phonto and go on it, it says “Invalid font data” ????

  • I cant seem to find anywhere on itunes where to put fonts and other documents.But there are 2 amazing apps I use that you also can upload your own fonts- one is ARTSTUDIO and the other is iDRAW.
    LOVE these apps- but still struggling with iTunes.

  • Yuni Sari

    I hv a question. I’ve already download phonto. But when i tried to use for plain images, it says ” fauled to retrieve” what should i do, please help me

  • Yuni Sari

    I hv a question. I’ve already download phonto. But when i tried to use for plain images, it says ” failed to retrieve” what should i do, please help me

  • paloma

    eeven though i change the the file to .otf or .ttf , when i cluck reload it says: -nerver_let_go.ttf invalid font data please help!

  • Anela

    How do I restart Phonto?

  • Anela

    I restarted my phonto but the fonts are not showing up, help!