How to enable Nastaleeq Typeface in iOS 11

iOS 11 now sports Nastaleeq typeface for Urdu speakers and readers around the world.

Here is how you can enable it:

Step 1

Tap on settings, scroll down to General and tap on Language & Region.

Step 2

Tap on “Other Languages” in Language & Region. Then search for “Urdu” in the Language screen and tap done on the top-right corner. And then select “Prefer English” to keep system labels (name of day etc) on iPhone in English language.

See the differences

Before adding Urdu language

After adding Urdu language (iOS 11 only)


Nastaleeq typeface will get enabled even if you select Punjabi and/or Kashmiri language.

Plus, if you already have the Urdu Keyboard before iOS 11 update then it will automatically enabled the Nastaleeq typeface.

h/t (Karan)

Finding patterns in chaos. Pioneer of Urdu language on Apple devices! UX/UI Instructor | Speaker | Design Governance Head at Ring Central | Curious

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