The 5 best Instagram font generators

Free Instagram font: close up of Instagram icon on phone
Add fun fonts to Instagram with these free font generators

With Instagram font generators, you can customise the text in your Instagram bio, captions and comments. There are several 'font generators' for Instagram (we'll explain those quote marks in a minute) that make it easy to use custom text styles on Instagram, helping you to make your posts stand out from the crowd.

To be honest, these services are all pretty similar. But there are some small differences in terms of reliability, usability, cost and the number of ads. So in this post, we've selected our five favourite Instagram font generators.

As we explain below, none of these Instagram font generators are exactly perfect. But overall, these are the best we've found online, and as an added bonus, they're all totally free. Once you've found a design you like, head over to our how to change the font in your Instagram bio article for full details on how to customise your grid. And if you're in the market for Insta tips, then you can also check out our pieces on how to improve your Instagram engagement and how to activate Instagram's Dark Mode.

How they work (and why they sometimes don't)

Instagram bio with fun text style

Want to use wacky text styles like these on your Insta? Then read on...

All the tools on this list work in more or less the same way:

  • You type in your text and change the text style it's set in 
  • You open the Instagram app
  • You cut and paste your customised text into your bio, caption and/or comment

Simple, right? Unfortunately, nothing's ever simple on the internet, and in practice, this process doesn't always work. 

That's because, despite being called "font generators", you're not actually generating fonts at all, but a special kind of symbol that's part of a system called Unicode. 

In theory, Unicode should work perfectly in every browser and on every device, but in reality it just doesn't; not yet anyway. And so depending on what OS and hardware you're using, your text may not show up as it's supposed to, and just appear as blank squares. 

Squares where text should be

When the device or browser doesn't play nicely with the Unicode, you get a lot of blank squares where the text should be

Where this happens, there's not really much you can do to be frank, other than look at the text styles that have rendered correctly, and choose between those. Also note that all of these fonts can also be problematic for those using screen readers, so make sure you consider this.

With all that in mind, then, we now present our favourite font generators for Instagram. (Just please don't blame us if they don't work on your system!).

01. Meta Tags Font Generator

Instagram font generator screenshot

Get a feel for your new Insta font with a live preview (Image credit: Meta Tags Font Generator)

Meta Tags Font Generator is superior to the other Instagram font generators in this post because it allows you to preview what your new font will actually look like in Instagram by mocking it up on a profile. With the other generators, you have to copy and paste the font you want over to Instagram and click save, and then you only get to see what your new shiny font looks like on your profile once it's live. 

With the Meta Tags Font Generator, you can preview how your font will look in Instagram or Twitter without having to touch either profile. Once you've got the look you want, you just click 'copy' and then you can paste the whole thing over to your social media profile. There are also quite a few Instagram font options, including some with stars and other such excitement. So there's plenty to choose from. We'd say if you want an Instagram font generator, you'd be wise to start here.

02. Instagram Fonts

Instagram Fonts text box

Type or paste your chosen words into Instagram Fonts, and it will render it in a range of fun text styles

Instagram Fonts is our second favourite font generator for Instagram, because it does one thing, and it does it well. The interface is clean and easy to follow, and when we tested it out on both phone and laptop, there was zero lag.

You simply type or paste your text into the first text box you see, and then scroll down to see your words rendered in a variety of crazy looking text styles. If you find one you like, you can then paste it into your bio, caption or comment on Instagram.

Screengrab from Instagram Fonts showing the same sentence in a variety of text styles

The site sets your words in a variety of text styles, quickly and easily

If you don't see anything you like, just click the 'load more fonts' button at the bottom and you'll get more (although don't get too excited, as these are essentially variations on a theme).   

Beneath all this are some ads. Then below that is a detailed summary of how the Unicode system works, which is very interesting. Don't worry, though: this is purely background information, and you don't need to read it to use the tool.

03. Instagram Fonts Generator

Instagram fonts generator homepage

Don't try to delete the placeholder text – you can't – just start typing or pasting

Number two on our list, Instagram Fonts Generator, works in exactly the same way as the entry above. You type or paste your words into the first text box, and then scroll down to see them cast in a variety of styles, ready for pasting into Instagram.

The main difference here is that there are a ton of emojis at the bottom of the page, which you can also add to your text, should you feel the need. 

Selection of emojis

This font generator for Instagram comes with added emojis (copy and paste to use them, you can't just click)

On the minus side, we found it the act of pasting in our text to be a bit unintuitive and clunky. Specifically, we assumed that we needed to highlight the bold placeholder text and replace it with our own. 

In fact, you just start typing and the placeholder text disappears; but it took a bit of fiddling for us to work that out.

04. Fonts for Instagram by LingoJam

Fonts for Instagram homepage

This font generator shows the new and old text side-by-side

Fonts for Instagram by LingoJam is another similar tool, the main difference here is a nicer interface, particularly the way the new text appears to the right of the original text, rather than below it.

Its creator is clearly keen to improve it further, as there's a suggestion box at the bottom, as well as a facility for comments. A shame then, that most of these comments are just "please follow my Instagram account" and this section could do with a bit of pruning.

There are quite a few ads too, but on the whole this site delivers if you're looking to create some cool text for your Instagram.

05. Try Fonts Online

Try Fonts Online homepage

Neither fun nor attractive, but it does work

Sprezz Keyboard is an iOS app for creating custom keyboard themes and fonts for iOS 8, largely through in-app purchases. But on the site promoting it, Sprezz, there's also a font generator that's free to use within your browser.

It's a bit fiddly, and not a particularly fun or attractive visual experience to be honest. But hey, if all the other sites on this list are down or broken for some reason, then this one will at least get the job done.

You simply scroll down the page to 'Try Fonts Online', click on the placeholder text, and type or paste your chosen word. They will then appear in a variety of styles below, which you can copy and paste into Instagram.

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Tom May

Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity, published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.