Accessing Fonts From Monotype Fonts

Learn more about how to access fonts from Monotype Fonts.

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Written by Supriya Bisht
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How do I access Monotype Fonts for my work/designs/projects?

There are two ways to use fonts on your creative projects: syncing or downloading them.

  • Font syncing: Syncing involves transferring fonts from the browser dashboard to the Monotype Desktop App. Fonts and font families synced to the Monotype Desktop App are automatically accessible in most creative applications; there’s no need for users to download individual font files. Syncing is the primary method of accessing fonts through Monotype Fonts.

  • Font downloading: Select users can download and install individual font files to their workstations for use in their projects.

Note: No download available on 30 days trial. Contact [email protected] for any queries.

How do I sync fonts?

You can sync a font by clicking the dropdown arrow on the Sync and Sync Family buttons.


As soon as you click Sync or Sync family, fonts will start syncing with the Monotype Desktop App in the background and will be ready to use in seconds. This gives you complete control over what gets synced and how often.

Let’s look at the list of “Sync & download options” in detail:


You can select which format(s) (CFF or TTF) your fonts are synced in.

How do I download fonts?


Select enterprise users can download font files.

No download available on 30 days trial. Contact [email protected] for any queries.

To download and install font files, click on the Download options tab in the Sync & Download options dialog. Like the sync workflow outlined above, this allows you to select individual font weights and styles for download or download the entire family all at once.


Just like when syncing, you can choose between CFF and TTF formats for downloads.

How does the Monotype App work with creative applications?

The Monotype Desktop App has built-in plugins that can automatically detect and activate missing fonts in your creative projects. Once you open a design file, the Monotype Desktop App automatically detects all the missing fonts, searches for them in Monotype’s library of 150,000+ fonts (or more, if your team manages third-party fonts through Monotype Fonts), and casts them onto your creative applications.

Which creative applications does the Monotype App support?

The Monotype Desktop App has plugins for the following creative applications, with support for more added regularly:

  • Adobe Photoshop CC: Mac & Windows, versions 21-24

  • Adobe InDesign CC: Mac & Windows, versions 21-24

  • Adobe InCopy CC: Mac & Windows, versions 21-24

  • Adobe Illustrator CC: Mac & Windows, versions 21-24

  • Adobe Acrobat: Mac & Windows, version Pro 2020

  • Sketch: Mac, versions 90+

  • Keynote: Mac, version 11.1

Each of the above plugins can be disabled/re-enabled by navigating to Settings and clicking on Open next to the Plugins heading to open the Auto Activation settings pane:

Note: After disabling/re-enabling a plugin for an application, please restart that application to put your changes into effect.

Is there a way to sync fonts in bulk?

Tick the checkboxes net to all the font families and styles you’d like to sync and click the Sync button.


This action also allows you to bulk group and tag fonts and font families.

Alternatively, you can add all the fonts/font lists you need to a list, then click Sync all.


What do I do if synced fonts don’t appear in creative applications?

If you synced a font while the creative application was already running, you may need to restart it for the font to appear. If the fonts are unavailable even after restarting, you can try resetting the Monotype Desktop App from the Troubleshoot pane.

To access the Troubleshoot pane, navigate to Settings and click Open beside the Troubleshoot heading. Then, click the Reset app button.


Resetting logs you out of the app and clears all saved data. If you continue to experience any issues, reach out to Monotype customer support at [email protected].

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