How to Bold and Italicize on X (Twitter) without X Premium

Published by Nyau Wai Hoe - Updated on

If you want to make your words pop with bold and italics on X (you know, the platform we used to call Twitter) but can’t seem to find a button for that, here’s the scoop: those fancy text styles are a perk for folks who’ve joined the X Premium club. But don’t sweat it if you’re not on that list. We’ve got a slick tool right here that lets everyone get in on the action, premium or not.

Just enter your text into the generator down below, pick how you want your words to dazzleโ€”bold, italics, or why not both?โ€”and voilร , your regular text gets all dressed up. Hit “Copy to Clipboard” and paste it into your X posts. And hey, make sure to bookmark this page so you can come back anytime you feel like jazzing up your words.

Note: The cool text you get from here uses special Unicode stuff to look bold and italic, which might not show up the same way on all gadgets and online spots. So, give it a test run to see how it looks different places.

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Why can’t you bold or italicize text on X (Twitter) without X premium?

Back in the Twitter days, styling text with bold or italics was not something you could just do. Then came X and X Premium (the new Twitter Blue), making those styles exclusive perks for subscribers.

Bold or Italicize on X (Twitter) without X Premium

This step was all about giving paying users something special. The idea is to make posts more eye-catching and engaging by letting you directly add bold and italics while you’re writing them.

Without X Premium, your posts will stick to the default font, which might make it a bit tougher to emphasize important bits or express certain feelings. These text styling options are part of X’s plan to spice up the platform and make it more fun and engaging for everyone.

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How does our text generator help you use bold and italics on X (Twitter)?

Not on X Premium but still wanna make your text pop? No problem. Our text generator lets you fake it till you make it. It swaps out plain text with Unicode characters that look like bold and italics, so you can still style your text without the premium tag.

How to Bold or Italicize on X (Twitter)

Here’s the magic:

  1. When you type your text into the generator, it matches each character with a Unicode version that fits the style you choseโ€”bold, italic, or both.
  2. Then, the generator switches out each character for its styled twin. The text looks different, but it’s all thanks to different characters that just look like they’re styled.
  3. End result? You get text that looks styled without actually being styled, ready to rock your posts on X.

Just a heads up, while this text looks fancy, it’s really just a bunch of different characters. Most modern devices and internet places should show it right, but it’s always good to check.

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Note on compatibility: This Unicode trick might stump screen readers and other helper tech, and some older tech might not get it at all, turning your message into gibberish.

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Why can’t X premium users see bold and italics on mobile devices?

Even if you’re all in with X Premium, you might hit a bump trying to use bold and italics on mobile. Usually, a quick update of the X app fixes it by bringing in all the latest goodies and bug squashes.

If you’re in a pinch and need a quick fix, our text generator is here to save the day, letting you whip up styled text anytime, app glitches or not.

How to ensure your bold and italicized text stands out on X (Twitter)

Getting the power to use bold and italics is just the start. Here’s how to make sure those styled words really do their job and grab attention:

  1. Keep it light. Use styled text to highlight the important stuff without going overboard.
  2. Throw in some emojis. They’re great pals for your styled text, adding extra zest and making your message more relatable.Twitter X bold and italic text with emoji
  3. Do a test run. See how your styled text looks on different gadgets and web browsers to make sure it hits the mark.
  4. Match the vibe. Use bold for the really important bits and italics when you want to add some emphasis or a different tone.
  5. Watch the reaction. Keep an eye on how folks react to your styled posts. It’ll tell you if you’re on the right track.

It’s all about making your message clear, adding some emphasis, and maybe a touch of flair. When you get it right, those little changes can really make your posts stand out and keep people interested.

Just to recap

Spicing up your posts on X with bold and italic text can really change the game. Even without a premium subscription, our custom text generator lets you add that extra oomph to your posts. By turning plain text into something special, you can highlight what’s important and make your feed more lively, all without needing that premium tag.

Just keep in mind, this Unicode trick might not work perfectly everywhere. Some gadgets and online spots might not show your styled text as expected, so it’s worth doing a little experimenting to make sure your message comes through loud and clear.

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Nyau Wai Hoe
Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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