How to Make Google Fonts Privacy Friendly (3 Ways)

Concerned about the privacy issues and legal risks of using Google Fonts on your WordPress site?

Google Fonts has been found to violate EU privacy rules. That means if you have website visitors from Europe, you could be at risk of paying legal damages.

In this article, we’ll show you how to make Google Fonts privacy-friendly in WordPress.

Why are Google Fonts not privacy compliant?

Your WordPress website typography plays an important role in your design and brand identity. This is why many website owners customize their typography using Google Fonts.

However, when someone visits a website that uses Google Fonts, their IP address is recorded by Google when the fonts are loaded. This is done without their permission, and the European Union considers it a breach of privacy rules.

This means that websites using Google Fonts are no longer GDPR compliant. It’s an important legal consideration if you have website visitors from the European Union, as it could expose you to liability for damages (of course, you should consult your legal advisors before taking any action).

With that being said, let’s see how to make Google Fonts privacy friendly. We’ll go over three methods, and you can use the list below to jump to the one you want to use.

Method 1: Install Google Fonts locally in WordPress

One way to make Google Fonts privacy-friendly is to host them locally in WordPress. Fortunately, this is easy to do using a plugin.

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the OMGF (Optimize My Google Fonts) plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

After activation, you must visit Settings ยป Optimize Google Fonts to configure the plugin. You’ll see a statement that the default settings will automatically replace your Google fonts with locally-located copies.

OMGF settings

All you need to do is scroll down the page and make sure the Font-Display Option is set to the default setting of ‘Swap (recommended)’.

After that, just click the “Save and Optimize” button at the bottom of the page.

Click the Save and Optimize button

You will see a message at the top of the screen that says “Optimization completed successfully.” Your Google Fonts are now localized.

For more information, see our guide on how to deploy local fonts in WordPress, including how to do it manually without a plugin.

Method 2: Replace Google Fonts with Bunny Fonts

Bunny Fonts is an alternative to Google Fonts that puts privacy first. Their zero-tracking and no-logging policy helps you stay fully GDPR compliant. The Bunny Fonts API is fully compatible with the Google Fonts API, making the transition easy.

All you need to do is install and activate the “Replace Google Fonts with Bunny Fonts” app. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

No configuration required. Once you activate Bunny Fonts, they will instantly replace Google Fonts on your WordPress blog, store, and anywhere else on your site.

Method 3: Disable Google Fonts in WordPress

Another way to avoid privacy issues with using Google Fonts is to disable them altogether and just use the system fonts installed on your users’ computers. We did this when we redesigned the WPBeginner website and it improved our page load times.

Just install and activate the Disable and Remove Google Fonts app. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

After activation, the plugin will automatically disable all Google fonts used by your theme and plugins. It does not need to be configured.

WordPress will now automatically use the default font instead of any Google fonts that were in use. If you want to choose different fonts, check out our guide on how to change fonts in your WordPress theme.

You can learn more in our guide on how to disable Google Fonts on your WordPress site.

We hope this tutorial helped you learn how to customize Google Fonts for privacy. You can also learn how to get a free email domain or check out our list of ways to make money blogging online with WordPress.

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