Accessing fonts from Monotype Fonts

Parmvir Singh
Parmvir Singh
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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 is 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 download: Select users can download and install individual font files to your workstation for access on designs and projects.

How do I sync fonts?

You can sync a font by clicking the dropdown arrow in the “Sync” button. 


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 “Sync & download options” in detail: 


You can select which formats—CFF or TTF—your fonts are synced in. 

How do I download fonts?

To download and install font files, you can click on the Download options tab in the “Sync & Download” options dialog. This, like the syncing workflow outlined above, allows you to select individual font weights and styles for download or download the entire family all at once. 


Like syncing, you can choose between CFF and TTF formats.

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 and looks for them in Monotype’s library of 30,000+ fonts (more if your team manages third-party fonts through Monotype Fonts) and casts them onto your creative application. 

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 19 - 21
  • Adobe InDesign CC — Mac & Windows, versions 19 - 21
  • Adobe InCopy CC — Mac & Windows, versions 19 - 21
  • Adobe Illustrator CC — Mac & Windows, versions 19 - 21
  • Adobe Acrobat — Mac & Windows, version Pro 2020
  • Sketch — Mac, version 70-71
  • Keynote — Mac, version 11.1 

Each of the above plugins can be disabled or re-enabled by going to “Settings” and clicking on “Open” beside the “Plugins” heading to open the Auto Activation settings pane as shown below:


After disabling/re-enabling a plugin for an application, please restart the selected application for changes to take effect.

Is there a way to sync fonts in bulk?

Tick the checkboxes on 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 in 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 through the Troubleshoot pane. 

To access the Troubleshoot pane, go to Settings and click “Open” beside the Troubleshoot heading. 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 via

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