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How to identify fonts used in apps?

3 years ago from , UX Designer. Writer & Publisher @ UXBeginner.com

If you like an app's typography - how do you go about hunting down that font?

My research only shows me there's a WhatTheFont iOS app, which requires users to take a picture and upload it for their algorithm to find a close match.

I'm hoping there's a resource out there that lists a bunch of apps and the fonts they use.

9 comments

  • Joshua MillerJoshua Miller, 3 years ago (edited 3 years ago )

    If it's an iOS app you can download the app via iTunes and inspect the .IPA file that's in your iTunes media folder. In the resources folder of any app build are all the contents.

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  • P GP G, 3 years ago

    A lot of times the fonts used in the apps are also used on their official websites. So you could open that up and inspect it to see what fonts they used (or use the WhatFont plugin, that always works for me)

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    • Oz ChenOz Chen, 3 years ago

      Good point. I'm an avid user of WhatFont

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    • Todd FTodd F, 1 year ago

      You sir, are a genius. I thank you and shall name my third child "Paul".

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  • Sam Beaudin, 3 years ago

    Related: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/adobe-photoshop-unveils-artificial-intelligence-tool-identify-fonts-20000-typefaces-1559942

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  • Claude AyiteyClaude Ayitey, 3 months ago

    IF it's on Android, you can download the .APK from any of the file-hosting sites, then rename it to a .ZIP, and extract the folder. In the folder, go to res/font/ and you'll find the fonts in there.

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  • Connor NorvellConnor Norvell, 3 years ago (edited 3 years ago )

    Unfortunately I don't know of such a resource, I would just screenshot the app and use whatthefont. maybe someone else has some more useful advice. But for me, I generally see very similar fonts being used in most apps, like twitter and facebook. So after learning why they use the font, its easy to find a good substitute

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