Hidden trick gives your WhatsApp font a retro twist

The font options available on WhatsApp (Image credit: Future)

WhatsApp might not seem like the most creative app around. Sure, you can change your background, but that seems to be about it. But when it comes to adding a little personality to your message text itself, there are probably more options than you think. 

Unlike changing your Instagram font, your options on WhatsApp are limited to a whole one extra font: monospace. But one extra font is better than none, and it's bound to cause some excitement among your friends or family for at least a few seconds. (Check out our best free fonts for more typographical inspiration.) 

WhatsApp font

Monospace can be enabled by placing three backticks either side of your message (Image credit: Future)

In monospace fonts, each letter takes up exactly the same width and spacing. They're particularly useful for coding, with increased legibility. Perhaps more excitingly, monospace fonts are also customary for typewriters, so you can use monospace to give your WhatsApp messages a distinctly retro vibe. 

WhatsApp font

You can also access monospace by tapping and holding your message and selecting 'BIU' (Image credit: Future)

There are two ways to change your message to monospace. Firstly, you can simply place three backticks on both sides of the text (a backtick looks like a backwards apostrophe – on iOS, it can be accessed by tapping and holding the apostrophe key) before pressing send. Alternatively, instead of inserting the backticks, on either iOS or Android you can tap and hold your message before sending, and select Bold/Italic/Underline – BIU – (above) to bring up various formatting options, including monospace.

As well as monotype, WhatsApp's formatting options include bold, italic and strikethrough. Visit WhatsApp's help page to find out how to activate each of these settings. As far as font customisation goes, that's it – but thankfully, as our font design guide shows, there's a whole lot more going on in the world of typography outside of WhatsApp.

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Daniel Piper
Senior News Editor

Daniel Piper is Creative Bloq’s Senior News Editor. As the brand’s Apple authority, he covers all things Mac, iPhone, iPad and the rest. He also reports on the worlds of design, branding and tech. Daniel joined Future in 2020 (an eventful year, to say the least) after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more. Outside of Future, Daniel is a global poetry slam champion and has performed at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and more. He is the author of Arbitrary and Unnecessary: The Selected Works of Daniel Piper (Selected by Daniel Piper).