Testers of the current public and developer betas of iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 report problems with a feature that copywriters and designers love: the ability to install custom fonts on their iPhone and iPad. The bug affects both developer pre-release 4 and public beta 2, both released this week. According to the users, the error already occurred with the first beta of iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 and ensures that fonts that have already been installed no longer appear and that subsequent installation is also impossible.
A beta is a beta
As a general rule, you should never use pre-release operating systems on production devices—instead, use a device that you can use for testing. Nevertheless, many users – especially since the public betas were made available – use the pre-release versions on their main devices. Although the “Custom Fonts” are not a central function in iOS and iPadOS, they are not infrequently used. Apple should also already have many bug reports. However, it is unclear whether the bug will be fixed in the next beta.
You can use a variety of methods to install your own fonts – the easiest way is through services like Adobe’s Creative Cloud or special font manager apps like iFont. So far, Apple has not considered a simple system function for setup as necessary under macOS. In the current betas, however, the installation method via iFont does not work. Although the fonts appear in the list as installed, they cannot be used in other apps.
No workaround so far
There is currently no known method of using your own fonts under iOS 17 and iPadOS 17. Unfortunately, nothing works without a bug fix from Apple. It is to be hoped that the problem is related to the fact that Apple plans to simplify the installation – although this has not yet been seen in either operating system and has not been officially announced.
Anyone who is affected and operates their iPhone or iPad as their main device under the new operating systems should consider switching back to iOS 16 or iPadOS 16. A downgrade is possible at any time. And as mentioned, you shouldn’t rely on betas – Apple also warns testers explicitly against this. The final versions of iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 are expected in autumn – probably in September and/or October.
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