iOS 16 Exploit Lets You Change Your iPhone's Font System-Wide

While Apple has increased the level of customization iPhone users have access to over the years, the ‌iPhone‌'s system-wide font has been one thing users have not been able to change. Thanks to a new tool created by a developer, however, users will now be able to change their ‌iPhone‌'s font if they're running an older version of iOS 16.

ios 16 font change 2
The developer, Zhuowei Zhang, made a tool that changes an ‌iPhone‌'s system-wide font by exploiting a security loophole present in past versions of ‌iOS 16‌. The security loophole Zhang used to make the tool was patched in iOS 16.2, meaning an ‌iPhone‌ will have to be running iOS 16.1.2 or older to use the tool and change its system-wide font.

To check what version your ‌iPhone‌ is running, go to Settings -> General -> About and see what is listed as the iOS version. Apple last weekend stopped signing iOS 16.1.2, meaning if you're running iOS 16.2, you will not be able to downgrade.

The tool is available on GitHub as an IPA file and lets users change their ‌iPhone‌'s font to one of several choices, including Comic Sans MS, Fira Sans, DejaVu Sans Mono, and others. Using the tool will change the appearance of your ‌iPhone‌, as seen in the screenshots provided by Zhang below.

ios 16 font change 1
Users are heavily advised to update their device to iOS 16.2 as it includes important security fixes and a host of new features, including new options for the always-on display on the iPhone 14 Pro, Apple Music Sing, the new Freeform app, and more. You can learn more about iOS 16.2 using our guide.

Related Roundups: iOS 16, iPadOS 16
Related Forum: iOS 16

Top Rated Comments

Dr.Gonzo(LC 575) Avatar
5 weeks ago
Sweet comic sans here I come! :D
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MajorFubar Avatar
5 weeks ago
Being able to make simple customisations like this is partly why Android is so wholly dominant worldwide outside of USA, but I wouldn't endorse downloading something that exploits a security loophole in order to customize your iPhone. The whole idea seems sketchy as eff.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iBluetooth Avatar
5 weeks ago
Be careful about installing a 3rd party IPA file. The developer gets full access to your phone!
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bustycat Avatar
5 weeks ago
iOS beautified by Comic Sans looks fantastic.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
FloridaScrubJay Avatar
5 weeks ago
And after your font is changed, your bank account will be depleated.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
russell_314 Avatar
5 weeks ago

Oh please oh please let me install something that takes advantage of a security loophole. ?
It’s unfortunate that it’s being advertised by MacRumors without sufficient warning of how dangerous this is. Someone is going to do this and get burned really bad.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

Multi Display CarPlay 1

Apple Launching All-New CarPlay Experience Later This Year With These 5 Features

Sunday January 29, 2023 10:15 am PST by
In June 2022, Apple previewed the next generation of CarPlay, promising deeper integration with vehicle functions like A/C and FM radio, support for multiple displays across the dashboard, personalization options, and more. Apple says the first vehicles with support for the next-generation CarPlay experience will be announced in late 2023, with committed automakers including Acura, Audi,...
iphone 15 pro wifi 6e

Internal Apple Document From Leaker 'Unknownz21' Confirms Wi-Fi 6E Will Be Limited to iPhone 15 Pro Models

Friday January 27, 2023 10:01 am PST by
Multiple rumors have suggested that the next-generation iPhone 15 models will adopt the Wi-Fi 6E standard that Apple has already introduced in the iPad Pro and MacBook Pro, and now a leaked document appears to confirm Apple's plans. Sourced from researcher and Apple leaker Unknownz21 (@URedditor), the document features diagrams of the iPhone 15's antenna architecture. D8x refers to the...
iPhone 14 Pro Purple Side Perspective Feature Purple

iPhone 15 Pro Rumored to Have These 8 Features

Friday January 27, 2023 2:11 pm PST by
Apple's next-generation iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are expected to be announced in September as usual. Already, rumors suggest the devices will have at least eight exclusive features not available on the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus. An overview of the eight features rumored to be exclusive to iPhone 15 Pro models:A17 chip: iPhone 15 Pro models will be equipped with an A17...
top stories 28jan2023

Top Stories: iOS 16.3 Released, iPhone 15 Pro Rumors, macOS Tips and Tricks, and More

Saturday January 28, 2023 6:00 am PST by
Following last week's hardware announcements, this week saw the actual release of several of the new products as well as operating system updates bringing new features and bug fixes across Apple's platforms. This week also saw some fresh rumors about the iPhone 15 lineup and Apple's upcoming AR/VR headset, while we shared some tips to help you get the most of your macOS experience, so read...
maxresdefault

Kuo: Apple to Release Foldable iPad With Carbon Fiber Kickstand in 2024

Monday January 30, 2023 12:55 am PST by
Apple will launch a foldable iPad with a carbon fiber kickstand sometime next year, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. In a series of tweets, Kuo said he expects an "all-new design foldable iPad" to be the next big product launch in the iPad lineup, with no other major iPad releases in the next nine to 12 months. The analyst said he...
Hero0013

Best Apple Deals of the Week: 2021 MacBook Pro Gets Massive $500 Markdowns as Samsung Discounts TVs and Memory Accessories

Friday January 27, 2023 11:07 am PST by
As we near the end of January, this week we saw a collection of deals on Apple's iPad Pro, iMac, and the 2021 MacBook Pro. Additionally, we're tracking new sales on TVs and memory accessories from Samsung. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. Samsung...