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Font Size Settings in iOS 8: Change To Large or Small Font/Text Size

Last updated: September 23, 2014 at 14:31 pm

After upgrading iPhones and iPads to iOS 8, you will notice a significant change in the font size. Some Apple users love the new font, while others found them ugly. In some iOS apps, you will notice the size of the text is too thin, while in others just too big.

What can you do? Fortunately, you can always change the font or text size from large to small (or small to large) in your system settings. We have three methods you should follow for changing the fonts quickly and easily on iOS 8:

Method 1: Adjust Font Size From Text Size Settings

Both iOS 7 and iOS 8 firmware has a new “Text Size” option that allows you to make the fonts look small or big depending on how you want them to look on your screen.

  • Tap on the Settings icon from the homescreen
  • Go to General and press “Text Size”
  • Adjust the slider

How it works: When you slide the ball to the left (small A size), the font sizes across your Apple device will reduce to absolute minimum. It becomes so small that reading letters may require squinting your eyes. Slide to the extreme right to make the font size larger.

Making the text size smaller by dragging the slider to left on iPhone, iOS 8

Remember: The above method changes font size of many apps including Mail, Messages, Notes, Reminder, Calendar, etc. If the developer has designed the third-party app to support “Dynamic Type”, then the size of the font changes even when you are inside the app. You cannot, however, change font size of the homescreen icons.

Method 2: Change To Larger Type

Turn ON the Larger Type setting to enlarge the font/text size. This is designed especially for those who have a hard time reading on iPhones and iPads.

  • Go to Settings -> General
  • Tap on Accessibility
  • Scroll to find “Larger Type”
  • Click on it and activate “Larger Dynamic Type”
  • Slide to change size

How it works: The process is similar to the method 1. You only have to drag the slider, but this time you will get the option to make fonts look huge. Here is the image of Larger Type setting:

Activating new Dynamic Type option to increase the font size

Remember: The difference between “Text Size” and this method is that you can make fonts twice as big here. This is the maximum font size you can have on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

Method 3: Make Thin Fonts Bold

Below the Larger Type, you will find another option to make the text bold.

  • Go to Settings -> General
  • Tap on Accessibility
  • Scroll to find “Bold Text”
  • Turn it ON

How it works: If you find the fonts/alphabets are too thin on your device, then turning ON the bold option will make them visible. Width of the letters will change automatically and the fonts are darker.

Adjusting the width of fonts by turning ON Bold Text option

Remember: Not everyone wants thick, bold fonts on their iOS 8 devices. So if you don’t want it, you can always turn it OFF.

Note: Articles written at are valid for every Apple device running iOS 8.0, iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4 / 8.4.1 firmware
  • Watson

    Good tutorial!

    Sometimes fonts are looking blurred… but no major problem.

  • Brenda

    Prefer laeger text in news articles. The text size with ios7 was larger & bolder. Cannot adjust ios8 to make it same. Please fix!

  • Ankur solanki

    How to change fonts