While Instagram lets you use nine different fonts in your stories, you have a single boring sans serif font for your profile details, regular captions and comments. Here’s how to get around the restrictions and spice things up.
This is how custom Instagram fonts work
Instagram uses the Proxima Nova font for small text such as comments and captions. There’s no way I can change that, but there is some way around it.
To work with different alphabets, punctuation marks, scripts, and emoji, Instagram also supports most of the Unicode scripts. This includes things like math operators (÷), Greek symbols used in science (Ω), and Hebrew letters (א), but also some basic letter styles like 𝒶 𝒽𝒶𝓃𝒹𝓌𝓇𝒾𝓉𝓉𝑒𝓃 𝓈𝒸𝓇𝒾𝓅𝓉, 𝔞 𝔊𝔬𝔱𝔥𝔦𝔠 𝔰𝔱𝔶𝔩𝔢, and ⓛⓔⓣⓣ Ⓔⓡⓢ ⓘⓝ ⓒ Ⓘⓡⓒⓛⓔⓢ. Different glyphs can even be combined to create things like an inverted font (ʇuoɟ uʍop ǝpısdn uɐ) and a font.
(It should be clear that How-To Geek supports Unicode too!)
Now that you know what’s going on, let’s see how you can easily use these fake fonts on Instagram.
How to add funky fonts to your subtitles and BIOS
While some Unicode characters can be entered using a normal keyboard, it is easier to copy and paste from an app if you want to replace more than one + character with a “t”.
Visit CoolFont.org on your smartphone and add your caption or comment. It gives you around 100 different text options, from cool to barely legible. Tap the Decorate button if you’d like to add additional text decorations like hearts, stars, and random patterns.
When you’re happy with the way the text looks, select it and tap Copy, or simply tap the Copy button. You can then paste it into any text box on Instagram.
It’ll even work with Instagram Stories, but it probably won’t look as good as the built-in options.
The same technique can be used to add fun fonts to other social media websites that support Unicode, such as Twitter and Facebook. Be careful: you want to make sure that everything you write is still easy to read.