Welcome! This site allows you to generate text fonts that you can copy and paste into your Instagram bio. It’s useful for generating Instagram bio symbols to make your profile stand out and have a little bit of individuality. After typing some text into the input box, you can keep clicking the "show more fonts" button and it’ll keep generating an infinite number of different Instagram font variations, or you can use one of the "tried and true" fonts like the cursive text, or the other stylish text fonts — i.e. the ones that are a bit "neater" than the others because they use a set of symbols that are closer to the normal alphabet, and are more consistent in their style.
The site works by generating a bunch of different styles using a large range of different Unicode characters. So technically you’re not actually generating fonts, but instead I guess you could say you’re generating Instagram-compatible Unicode glyphs 🙂 Want to learn more about Unicode? Read on.
Computers must store all data in a binary format — that is, with zeros and ones. So each letter that you’re reading right now is stored on my server as a series of zeros and ones. That needs to go from my server to your browser, and your browser needs to understand what those zeros and ones are referring to.In the early days of computing, everyone had their own ideas about which binary codes should refer to which textual characters — there was no universal standard saying 01100001=a, 01100010=b, etc., but that changed in the 1980s with the formation of Unicode. Unicode is an international standards body that works towards a universal specification for text characters. Before Unicode was formed, everyone had their own ways of storing and rendering text, and so whenever two programs from different programmers or organisations had to "talk" to one another, they’d have to build a "translator" so that they could understand which codes referred to which textual characters.
Unicode had a bit of a tough time though, because all the different organisations didn’t want to change their whole system around just to comply with this new spec. So Unicode had to introduce a bunch of different symbol sets to support legacy systems. Over time, the number of symbols grew into the tens of thousands, and today we’re moving into the hundreds of thousands. Emojis are also text symbols, and so the new emojis that are appearing all the time are coming out of the Unicode working group.
So that’s how we ended up with such a large and strange/fun array of symbols, and that’s the reason you’re here! I’ve put together a bunch of fonts for Instagram that should be fund to play with and use for your bio. You may want to mix and match certain parts from different fonts.
Text Fonts or Text Symbols?
ASCII characters are the first 128 symbols of Unicode, and these are the things that you’re reading right now. But there are far more than 128 symbols in Unicode, and it just so happens that there are quite a few that look a bit like the normal Latin alphabet (i.e. that look like English text). We can take advantage of that to make "pseudo-alphabets" which resemble normal ASCII text, but which have certain differences — such as being bolder, or italic, or even upside down! These "alphabets" often aren’t perfect — they’re basically "Unicode hacks" which take advantage of various symbols from different sets all throughout the 100k+ symbols in the standard.
The term "font" actually refers to a set of graphics that correspond to some or all of the Unicode glyphs. You’ve probably heard of "Comic Sans" and "Arial" — these are fonts. What you’re copying and pasting above are actually symbols that exist in every font. So the cursive text and other fancy letters that you’re seeing above are actually separate character, just like "a" and "b" are separate characters.
Copy and Paste
So why doesn it matter that they’re separate characters? Who cares? Well, you do! Because if they weren’t (i.e. if they were just normal fonts), then you wouldn’t be able to copy and paste them! You can’t copy and paste some Comic Sans into your Instagram bio because the symbols the you’d be copying would just be normal ASCII characters, and the fact that they’re rendered in one font on one website doesn’t mean that they’ll appear as that same font on another — it’s up to the website owner to decide what fonts they use on their website. However, if there’s a set of unicode characters that looks like a specific font, or has a particular style (e.g. bold, italic, cursive, etc.), then we can use them to "emulate" a font that will work across different websites when you copy and paste those "fonts".
So really, if I were to be really pedantic, this site should be called "pseudo instagram fonts". But the current name gets the point across, and it’s nice and short 🙂 So, anyway, that’s why you’re able to copy and paste these fonts into Instagram.
One final note: You may notice that some of the fonts don’t work on Instagram. Unfortunately Instagram filters out some of the fancy letters and symbols — probably because they don’t want people to abuse certain Unicode stuff like the excessive diacritics used in the "glitch text" font that you’ll see in the list.
Okay, that’s all for now folks! I hope you find all these Instagram fonts useful! You can keep clicking that "show more" button, and it’ll keep randomizing all the different symbol alphabets all day long. If you have a stylish text font that you’ve created, or you want to share some feedback, please share it here. I’m always playing around building new websites, so if you’ve got any other ideas for text generators or text fonts, feel free to share those too. ! ٩( ᐛ )و
Welcome to InstaFonts.io! We have over 90 bio fonts for you to make your bio all fancy like. You can copy and paste these text fonts and use them not just in your Instagram bio, but all over the internet! They’re particularly useful on social media sites that don’t allow you to format your text (e.g. bold, italics, underline, etc.). Using some bold text to, for example, punctuate important points in your post could help you draw readers attention to the important parts (skimming is the new "reading" in the internet age). Stylish text fonts like those of this website are also handy to just draw peoples’ attention to your post/tweet/etc. in the first place. Insta Fonts was primarily designed to bring you fonts for your Instagram bio, but we hope you’ll find it useful for other purposes too!
How does this work?
Here’s the short explanation: Your keyboard is hiding characters from you. Your keyboard has only about 100 characters on it, but that’s just because it can’t fit any more. There are actually tens of thousands of characters! No joke. There were originally 128 characters (read about ASCII), but then Unicode was introduced and that supports an unlimited number of characters. Each year the Unicode standard grows to incorperate more characters — and emojis! That’s right, emojis are actually just textual characters! It would be perfectly plausible to have a keyboard that had keys which were for emojis. Okay, so there are a bunch more characters than the ones on your keyboard, but how do we generate bold/italic/fancy text that can be copy-pasted away from this site and into another one? Well, amongst these tens-of-thousands of other characters are actually whole character sets that look similar to the alphabet on your keyboard. Some of these character sets were added for mathematicians, linguists, and other academics who wanted to be able to express their equations and formulae in their emails to one another (emails didn’t have formatting of text, originally), and other character sets were introduced for countries that required them to communicate (e.g. full-width latin characters to supplement the full-width Japanese characters). So that’s how we ended up with all these funky text fonts. Of course, many of the above "fonts" aren’t "proper" character sets — they were put together into a set that sort of resembles an alphabet.
Okay, now on to the long explanation: The long explanation starts with an international organisation called "Unicode". It’s the organisation that handles the international standards for converting numbers into textual characters. Unicode was the solution to an increasingly important problem in the dawn of computing and the internet: How does my computer communicate with another computer on the other side of the world if that computer "speaks a different language"? One of the most popular "languages" in the early 1980s (especially in the USA) was ASCII — the American Standard Code for Information Interchange. ASCII was (and still is) just a simple set of conversion rules to go from numbers to characters. There were 128 characters in the original ASCII specification — and that’s because 128 is the largest number that can be represented with 7 bits. But isn’t it the case the computers tend to like groups of 8 bits (i.e. a "byte")? Yep, but the 8th bit was used for code pages — that is, the other 128 characters (128 + 128 = 256 = maximum number you can make from 8 bits) where used for domain-specific purposes. A business could use them for their own special encoding, or a whole country could use them for non-latin characters in their language. But there’s lots of problems with this approach. Firstly, many languages (e.g. Chinese) have way more than 128 characters. Secondly, what if a person wants to be able to read/write a document that includes characters from two different code pages? We need more characters!
And here comes Unicode to solve all our problems. In the early 1980s a bunch of prominent computer scientists and engineers got together to try to solve this increasinly annoying problem. They invented an encoding that was backwards compatible with ASCII (an absolte must since no one wanted to re-write all their documents and programs to handle a new encoding). So this means that Unicode and the ASCII specifications are actually the exact same for the first 128 characters. Thus, a chain of Unicode-encoded numbers which represent the letters of the Latin alphabet (or any other characters in the first 128) could actually be read by a program that was designed to only read ASCII characters. But if the Unicode text had other characters (outside of the 0-127 range), then the ASCII-reader wouldn’t understand it.
Okay, so how is this relevant to Instagram fonts? Well, Unicode was successful in launching an international standard for encoding an indefinitely large set of new characters. This meant that tens of thousands of new characters could be introduced — for every language and purpose that anyone could desire (including the modern-day needs of social media: emojis!). And this led to the introduction of many characters that, either by mistake or design, resembled the normal characters that you see on your keyboard. There are so many characters in Unicode that more "fancy text fonts" are being "discovered" all the time. You can simply browse through the Unicode characters and try to find interesting characters which look a bit like alphanumeric characters and then build your own "text font".
Are they actually "fonts"?
Well, not really. A font (or really, a "Typeface") is something that gets applied to regular characters like the ones you’re reading right now. The font "transforms" the "style" of the characters, but doesn’t change the actual characters at all. That’s why you can’t simply copy and paste the text you’re reading right now into a social media website and expect the font to be "transferred" along with the characters. However, if you copy then it will actually copy the "style" that those characters appear to have. That’s because, as explained previously, those fancy character are actually separate characters rather than being the same characters with a particular "style" applied. The characters "e" and "" are as different as "S" and "5". They may appear similar, but they’re completely different characters.
Which fonts will work in by bio?
Instagram has blocked certain characters from appearing in bios, and so you may find that some of these fonts don’t work properly on Instagram. It’s hard to keep track of which fonts are working and which ones aren’t at any particular time, so we’ve included all of our fancy fonts and you can easily test them by just attempting to put them in your bio and seeing if it works. The same goes for if you’re using these fancy fonts on Twitter, or Tumblr, or Amino, or Discord, or absolutely anywhere else. Whether or not a font works will simply depend on whether the developers of the platform have decided to ban the characters of the font.
Can I use these fonts on other social networks?
Yes! You can use them on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Reddit, Amino, Discord, Spectrum, WhatsApp, WeChat, YouTube, QQ, SnapChat, Skype, VKontakte (VK), Pinterest, Taringa, and more! Basically, anywhere that you can publish text, there’s a decent change that you can use these stylish text fonts to spruce up your posts. This site is called Insta Fonts simply because Instagram is one of the most widely used social media platforms. As I’ve noted above, some sites disallow certain Unicode characters, and so not all of these Unicode fonts will work on all sites.
Got some feedback for the team? You can share it with us here. We’ll do our best to incorperate your suggestions into the website on the next update. Thanks for visiting Insta Fonts!
Note: This homepage is actually just a place-holder. You’ll soon be able to see many more fonts — all designed by people like you using our fancy font maker! 🙂
Fonts for Instagram
This is a simple generator that you can use to make fonts for Instagram. Simply put your normal text in the first box and fonts for Instagram bio/captions/etc. will appear in the output box with all sorts of cool symbols. You can copy and paste the fonts anywhere you want — including places like Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, etc. But special fonts and symbols on Instagram are fairly popular so I figured I’d make a translator just for Instagram fonts. I noticed there were a few apps doing the same thing but who wants to download (or even pay) for an app when you can instantly generate fonts online and copy and paste them straight away.
For those interested: this generator actually produces Unicode symbols, so they’re not real Instagram fonts per se, but rather Instagram symbol sets. That’s why you can copy and paste them and use them in your bio and comments. If they were real fonts them you wouldn’t be able to copy them to other places (to copy and paste a ‘font’ doesn’t really make sense — website creators decide on the font you use and that can’t be changed).
But having said that it’s much easy to just call them fonts (or even insta fonts, or ig fonts, for short ;), because who really cares. That’s not to scoff at the Unicode standard. It’s pretty cool — more than 100,000 text symbols including everything from cursive alphabets like you see above to weird emoji symbols representing thousands of different objects.
If any of the special characters above don’t work in your Instagram bio (or if they appear as question marks or plain squares) then it’s probably because your device doesn’t support the relevant Unicode characters yet. Since the Unicode standard is so big, it’ll take many years for all the characters to be included in all the new devices, but it’s happening pretty fast, so it may only be a month or two until your browser/device supports the new cool symbols.
If you’ve got any suggestions for how I could improve this here Instagram font generator, please let me know in the comments below!