Android offers a bigger opportunity when it comes to the customization of phones and tablets it runs on. Unlike iOS, Android is an extremely customizable operating system to an extent that it even allows its users to change fonts on their phones or tablets. In most of the cases, the default font on your Android phone/tablet is enough. However, if you’re the tinkerer type, or want to change the fonts on Android just to standout from the crowd, or may be want a different visual experience, you’re on the right page.
Android allows you to change fonts on Android phone or tablet, however, it doesn’t mean that it’s easy. Fonts customization on Android does require some technical know-how. In this guide, we we’ll talk about how to changes fonts on Android. There are two types of methods: one requires root access while the other doesn’t require your Android devices to be rooted. We’ll talk about both methods of changing fonts on your Android device.
Non-Root method to change font
Non-root methods of changing fonts on Android devices do not required much of the technical know-how. You can easily change the fonts on your Android device with simple knowledge of the device usage. Good thing about these methods is that you won’t brick your device, or void its warranty.
Custom OEM Skin
Some OEMs such as Samsung and LG adds some extra features, such as fonts changing, to their custom Android skins. Most of the Samsung devices come loaded with some extra fonts other than the default. You can also get more fonts online via the Google Play Store. LG has a similar way of offering multiple fonts options.
To change fonts on your Samsung or LG phones that comes with a custom skin, all you need to do is to go to Settings > Display > Font Style. Select the font you want and set it as your system font. You can also click on Add Fonts option, that will take you to the Google Play Store for fonts installation. That’s it! No reboot is required. The font change can be seen across all the sections of Android on your device including the time on the status bar, system menus, and even on your text messages.
Another way to change font on a non-root android device is through custom launchers. Custom launchers are used to change the look & feel, the behavior of different menus and animations on your device. On a non-rooted device, custom launchers can only affect some parts of the system, not the whole UI (for that, the device must be rooted).
Go Launcher EX is one of the popular custom launchers that may help you change the font on your Android phone or tablet. To add font to your Android device using Go Launcher EX:
- First of all, install Go Launcher EX from the Google Play Store.
- Now install Go Launcher Fonts from the Google Play Store.
- From the home screen of your device with Go Launcher activated, tap the Menu button at bottom-right corner (represented by 3 dots) or swipe the screen upwards.
- Now tap on Preferences > Font > Select Font and choose your desired font.
- You can also manually put your font files (.TTF) to the /sdcard/GOLauncherEX/fonts directory and then tap on the Scan font option. And then choose your desired font from the list.
- Changes take place immediately without needing to reboot your device.
One downside of changing Android font using Go Launcher EX is that the font change takes effect on selected part of the operating system, doesn’t change font in your apps or Android system menus.
iFont – Samsung Devices only
You can also change the font of your non-rooted Samsung device using iFont app. The app is primarily meant for samsung devices only (rooted or non-rooted), however, it can also work on certain rooted, non-Samsung devices. Here’s how to change the fonts on Samsung Android device using iFont:
- First of all enable the installaton of “Unknown Sources” option found in Settings > Security.
- Install iFont from the Google Play Store and launch it.
- Now go to the Online tab and tap on the font that you want to install and then tap the Download button.
- Now tap the set button to apply the font, or go to Settings > Display > Font Style and select your newly installed font from the list.
- That’s it! no reboot is required for the changes to take effect.
Please note that iFont is a free but ad supported app. In order to get rid of the ads you need to buy the app.
Root method to change font
If you have root access on your phone or tablet, it means that you can alter system files, which may result in bricking your device. So, be careful when trying something that requires root access.
This guide is meant for educational purposes only. Try it at your own risk. We shall not be held responsible or liable if anything goes wrong. Make sure to read the complete guide first.
There are numerous font changer apps available for the rooted devices, in the Google Play Store. Here, we’ll talk about two font changer apps for Android that are worth checking out: Font Installer and iFont.
Font Installer is a decent free app, available in the Google Play Store, that allows you to change system fonts. It comes with a huge number of fonts that can be downloaded and installed on your Android device. It has a built-in font preview feature that allows you to know exactly how the font, once applied, will look like on your device. Here are the steps to install fonts using Font Installer on your Android device.
- Launch the font Installer and go to the Server tab.
- There you should see a list of downloadable TTF Font files. You can preview and install any of the Fonts on the list.
- Tap on your desired font file and then tap Install.
- A backup message will appear. Once it has backup your fonts, you’ll be asked to agree to reboot your device. Tap yes when the device is back ON. That’s it!
If you have a .TTF Font file of your choice and want to install it using Font Installer, here are the steps:
- Copy your TTF font file to /sdcard directory (removable SD Card).
- Launch Font Installer, and backup your existing fonts. To do that tap the Menu button (three dots) and select Backup. Grant Superuser or SuperSU permission when asked.
- Now tap on the Local tab and locate the TTF file that you copies to your SD card.
- Tap on the TTF file that you want to use and then tap Install to set the font as default system font. When prompted, reboot your device.
iFont is an application meant for Samsung devices, on which it can work with or without root access. However, to use it on a non-Samsung devices, you’ll need the root access. After installing iFont from the Google Play Store, here are the steps to font on your android device…
Under Online tab:
- Tap on the font you want to install.
- Tap Download, tap on the Set button and then tap Ok button.
- You device will reboot for the changes to take effect.
If you’ve a font of your choice as a .TTF file (TrueType), you can also install it via iFont. Copy the .TTF file to the /sdcard/ifont/custom directory on your device. Then go to iFont main screen, tap on the Menu button (the three dots) > Settings > change Font Mode. For rooted non-Samsung device, choose System Mode. For rooted Samsung devices, choose the Samsung mode. Finally, choose your font from the Custom tab.