How To: Get the iPhone's System Font on Android

Get the iPhone's System Font on Android

For the first time in twenty years, Apple created its own custom font in late 2014. Dubbed "San Francisco," it combined elements from Helvetica and FF DIN to create a crisp, elegant, and highly legible font that is now used in iOS, macOS, and tvOS.

With an open source Magisk module from developer Nong Thai Hoang, you can now use Apple's San Francisco as your system-wide font on Android. This works independently from any built-in font management system on your phone, so you don't even have to worry about setting anything up just flash the module and go!

What You'll Need

Step 1: Download the San Francisco Font Module

To get started, head to the project's official Github page at the link below. Once there, tap "Assets" to expand more options. Among these, select to download the module.

Step 2: Flash the Module in Magisk Manager

Now, open your Magisk Manager app and tap the puzzle piece icon on the floating menu bar at the bottom of the screen. Once on the Modules screen, tap "Install from storage" towards the top, then use the file picker app to browse to your Download folder and select the file. Once Magisk is done flashing the file, go ahead and hit "Reboot" in the bottom-right corner.

Step 3: Enjoy Your New Font!

When you get back up, your system font will now be Apple's San Francisco! Since this is a system-wide font, it applies to everything from the Quick Settings to text on websites and in your apps (provided the website or app doesn't use their own custom fonts). In comparison to the Google Sans font on Pixel phones (below), it's a subtle change, but still quite sophisticated.

(1) Google Sans font (stock system font on Pixels). (2) San Francisco font.

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