27 Sites to Download Free Fonts for Mobile Apps & Games

Whether you’re working on designing a mobile app or a video game, typography plays an important role in the design process.

So, finding the right website, that offers the most suitable font type for your project, is crucial. 

There are many sites where you can download typefaces from, but if you are on a tight budget, investing in font types might not be an option. 

To help you save on development costs while maintaining high UI quality, we’ve gathered the  27 best websites, from where you can download free fonts for your mobile app or game typography.

In case you have something more specific in mind, you can create your own custom font as well. You can also learn how to use fonts with Felgo in the easiest way possible.

 

27 Best Websites to Download Free Fonts for Video Game and Mobile

As above mentioned, we’ve collected 27 of the best websites to download free fonts for your mobile app, game or any other projects.

 

1. 1001 Fonts

 

1001 Fonts earned the first place on our list due to its large selection of lettering styles both for commercial and personal use. The website offers almost 19,000 free typefaces from 9,991 families. While offering such a large selection, the website also makes the browsing easy thanks to its well-defined list of categories.

 

2. Google Fonts

 

In comparison to our top choice, Google Font offers a slightly limited variety of choices in terms of categories and set of weights or styles. On the other hand, it is also fully open-source with no licensing restrictions. Google Fonts allows you to customize the character sets as well, which could eliminate the loading time. Through its clear interface, it is quite easy to see the selected font in use. 

 

3. Font Squirrel

 

FontSquirrel is a great place for finding free fonts for commercial use. This site selects high-quality ones and lists them in an easy to browse manner.

Although they claim that all of their typefaces are royalty-free, to be on the safe side, they also highly suggest reading the licensing information before downloading any of their listed products. Once you acknowledged all terms and conditions, feel free to download their fonts and use it.

 

4. DaFont

 

Unlike most of the typefaces in Google Fonts, the majority of fonts offered on DaFont are truly unique as each is created by designers with different styles. If you are looking for something exclusive, this is a website to consider.

Additionally, the website is designed well for quick filtering. While browsing through all the options, you can narrow your list down by factors such as licensing, typefaces, name, popularity, or date added.

Once you find a font you like, it is quite simple to see your choice in use as well. 

One of this site’s best features is the active forum where  you can ask for typography related advice for specific projects. You can also engage in the general design related forum discussions.

 

5. 1001 Free Fonts

1001FreeFonts’ fonts and dingbats are free for distribution. In terms of the design and usability of their website, it is not on the level of other pages on our list, as the ads make the browsing quite disturbing. On the positive note, they offer quite a large collection of products, which are searchable based on name or category. They offer a database of designers are well, which could be useful in case you would like to hire one to custom-style your own letter or simply contact them for more information.  

 

6. Urban Fonts

 

Urban Fonts' services include a large selection of premium and free fonts as well as free dingbats. However, bear in mind that even though its selection is over 8,000 items and counting, some of the products are for shareware or linkware only. Some of the fonts on the website are only available in trial version or with limited character sets unless commercial license is purchased. Therefore, UrbanFonts strongly advises its users to carefully review the details of the typeface before downloading.

 

7. FontSpace

FontSpace is also an independent  website that lists over 38,000, downloadable fonts. Thousands of creative designers upload their products to this website with a clear description of their licensing restrictions. They label themselves as designer-oriented, family-friendly, legitimate, and organized source to find high-quality fonts for any project. In terms of its website structure, it is quite easy to browse, filter, and navigate through its interface. You can also sign up for a free account on their website and save a collection of their fonts.   

 

8. Abstract Fonts

Abstract Fonts also has a great supply of lettering for both commercial and personal use. Their selection is sorted into categories, such as 3D, adult, animals, cartoons and many others. It is strongly advised to carefully check the licensing information before downloading, as the website offers not only free but for sale font types as well. 

 

9. FontStruct

 

FontStruct is a font-building tool. It allows you to custom-build your  fonts with geometrical shapes. The website also has an intro video and quick start guide for the creative users, who would like to try their services out.

In case its users can’t create their own from scratch, they can also browse through the gallery to download the letter styles directly or use them as inspiration. Either you create your own style or use a shared one, these tailor-made fonts will look great in your app, blog, website, or any other project of yours. 

 

10. COOLTEXT

 

COOLTEXT is a little bit retro but depending on your project, it might be what you’re looking for. It’s known as a logo generation tool.

The whole process is fairly quick and straight-forward. Users can freely create their own graphics, bullets, and buttons for their projects without worrying about copyright restrictions. On the downside, the website only allows its users to create text-based logos.

 

11. Fontasy

 

Fontasy is a free font archive featuring over 1,100 selected typefaces for PC and MAC. Within the 72 categories, the typefaces can be filtered by designer or by alphabetical order. Their listed fonts are mainly for personal use; therefore, if you are looking for a typeware for commercial use only, make sure you contact the designer for consent to avoid any legal issues in the future.

 

12. Free Fonts Project

 

Ivan Gladkikh, the founder of the Free Fonts Project, aims to make typography more popular and available for a broad range of users.

On his website, he offers 34 fonts for free to download.

You can use these fonts for any of your projects, including Android and iOS applications. In case you are looking for mobile app ideas, you can get them from here.

 

13. Font River

 

Font River offers its visitors free fonts and dingbats for Windows and Mac.

Although the majority of the font is free of charge, there are still a few paid fonts on their website. Therefore, it is advised to check the licensing restriction before downloading it.

They also have a blog with topics like how to design  your own fonts.

 

14. FondFont

 

FondFont advertises itself as having the best quality free fonts. While you’ll have to investigate that claim for yourself, they indeed do have a great collection of royalty-free downloadable fonts. To find the most fitting free font for your mobile app, video game, web, or other projects, you can browse through their list of themes. In case you can’t find the font that you are looking for, they  also provide more resources for further research.

 

15. Fontfabric

 

Although Fontfabric doesn’t have  the largest collection of free use fonts, the listed ones are surely well-designed.

You can scroll through their  free selection, and find the most suitable typeface for your mobile or gaming app project. 

 

16. FontSpring

FontSpring is a premium font marketplace where you can also find some premium free fonts. You can find detailed information about font licenses in each font page.

 

 

17. Typedepot

Typedepot is an online type-design studio owned by Alexander Nedelev and Veronika Slavova. Although their full package is only available for purchase, visitors can download partial packages free of charge.

 

  

18. RetroSupply  Co.

On RetroSupply Co., users can choose from tags such as brushes, bundles, clip art, fonts, illustrator, photoshop, textures and many more. According to their website, their products can be used for commercial and personal projects, merchandise, or for teaching. However, if you are looking to purchase one of their items for commercial use, it is recommended to check their license restrictions first.

 

They also have an impressive refund policy. If you buy one of their products, and decide within 60 days, that it’s not quite what you had in mind, you can drop them an email and they will send your money back without any questions asked. Fair enough, isn’t it?

Check out this website, and see how you can implement their products into your own mobile or game application.

 

19. Fontcubes

 

Fontcubes is one of the best sites for finding over 8800 free downloadable fonts for  Mac, Android, and Windows. T.

But, Fontcubes directs its users to check with font authors for permission. So this might not be the first place to look if you want to find a font and start using it in your project right away.

 

20. FreeTypography

 

FreeTypography is a typography blog and it hosts a large collection of free fonts. They do great interviews with type designers. Also, they give away design advice to help you make informed decisions about the ones you choose. Be sure to check out their Must Have Fonts, which would make a great addition to any font collection.

 

21. Comic Neue

 

Comic Neue is the brainchild of Craig Rozynski. He aims to improve the infamous Comic Sans MS typeface.

Comic Neue aims to be “the casual script choice for everyone including the typographically savvy”. It comes in many varieties.

It’s also open-source so you can start using it today.

 

22. Ten by Twenty

 

Ten by Twenty hosts a small collection of great looking downloadable mobile fonts. Some of them are available for free and some for a small cost.

Not only the fonts are unique on this website, but also the method of payment. You can donate/pay the amount of money the purchased fonts are worth to you. Interesting, isn’t it?

 

23. Dotcolon

 

Dotcolon is a bit more ‘boutique’ compared to  some of the others on this list. It hosts a small collection of free use fonts.

The site is the product of Sora Sagano, a Japanese font designer. These typefaces are very clean and refined and would undoubtedly look right in any professional app.

 

24. The League of Moveable Type

The League of Moveable Type is a library  dedicated to open-source fonts.

They have a great collection of free typefaces  for commercial use that you can download for any of your projects.  The best thing about this page is that you can browse the site in seconds and get your font in no time.

 

25. Free Design Resources

 

If you’d like to check out a small collection of modern video game fonts, Free Design Resources is a website to visit. 

Their services include not only complementary typefaces but also mockups, add-ons, and UI kits. The latter can certainly be useful for designing your current mobile application or for coming up with your next mobile app idea.  

 

26. SMeltery

 

SMeltery was founded in 2002 by Jack Usine, a French font designer. Usine  has made some free use fonts as well as a selection of high-quality paid ones.

You can start using Usine’s fonts free of charge for any project of yours.  

SMeltrey also has a newsletter where you can  sign up and stay up-to-date with any additions to the font library.

 

27. Free Goodies for Designers

 

Free Goodies for Designers is a small blog run by a group of designers and art directors. It aims to provide great material for all kinds of designers. They have a few categories with a dedicated font section filled with free use options. These fonts would look great in both games and apps so be sure to check it out.

 

Try a Font Identifier Tool

If you’ve seen a font you’d like to use but don’t know what it’s called, a font identifier can help you out. Online font identifiers usually need a screenshot of your desired font, then, they return the name of your desired typeface in seconds.

Here are a few  tools to try free of charge:

Note, that these tools take a good guess at identifying fonts but there’s no guarantee of accuracy. They’re  a great solution if you’ve got a general idea of what you’d like or you’re open to suggestions.

 

Find App Fonts Using Google

This method is simple but effective if you’re looking for a well-known font. Many fonts are in online directories and indexes so if you know how to look, you can find them in less than a minute. You can use the following search term to do a specific search for fonts on Google.

 

 

You need to start your search with [intitle:”index.of” (ttf|otf) fontname -html -php -aps -cf –jsp]. In the above example, we’re looking for the Minecraft font. To search for another font, insert the name after (tff|otf) and hit enter.

There is one downside to this method. When using a font, it’s  important to make sure you have the proper permission to do so. Since the license information isn’t always included in the font description, it is suggested to contact the site administrator to get the proper permission before  using these fonts in your app or video game.

 

Don’t Know What Font to Use?

If the ability  to recognize a certain typeface is missing from your skill set, that’s OK. Nowadays, there are a couple of ways to find a font you like.

In these cases, we recommend visiting the site called  Identifont. They have a couple of tools that can help you to choose a font for your project. You can browse various categories by type, such as tall or wide fonts. You can also compare them to one another to see the individual merits of each one. You can even find a companion font to your main font. So everything in your project appears complementary to one another.

Another feature of Identifont allows you to take a survey, which then  suggests suitable options for you. The survey is very easy to take and you can find a font suited to your tastes within  a few minutes. You’re provided with two or more characters of varying style and you have to pick whichever you like the most. After a few questions, it will suggest a couple of fonts for you.

 

Create Your Own Fonts Free for Commercial Use

For creative mobile developers, there are a couple of tools that can help you with  your own typeface. An interesting option to consider is the possibility of turning your own handwriting into a font.

You can do that using  sites like Calligraphr. You need to print and fill out a template  with your own style, scan it and the websites create your own free to use font.

Another option is FontStruct, an online tool that lets you draw your own font. This is a fun way to create fonts free for commercial use and you have total control over  your typeface. There’s a bit of a learning curve but FontStruct can yield great results.

 

How to Use Free Fonts in Mobile App or Game Using Felgo

Now that you’ve got a nice selection, you can use this simple process to include them in your Felgo projects.

You can add fonts to your app  using the FontLoader element. This element can load fonts by name or from a URL.

Once you’ve found a font you like and transferred it to the correct directory, all you have to do is copy the code below:

import Felgo 3.0
import QtQuick 2.0

App {
 
  FontLoader {
    id: customfont
    source: "Airstream.ttf"
  }
 
  AppText {
    text: "Here's my custom font"
    font.family: customfont.name
    font.pixelSize: 48
  }
}

This looks something like this:

 

Felgo supports both .ttf and .otf fonts. If you have a font in a different format that you’d like to use, you can use Online Font Converter to convert it into a supported format. 

 

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