Hardcore Android users swear by the ability of customizing every aspect of their devices. However, changing the font on Android devices has always been considered tricky as it involved replacing critical system files in the system partitions. But now, finally, there’s some respite in the form of an app for rooted users.
Disclaimer: This app is for rooted users only. If you don’t know what root means in an Android context, please don’t proceed ahead. You may end up doing (unlikely) damage to your device. TheDailyBuggle isn’t responsible for any damage caused to your phone as a result.
Why change the font on your Android?
The app, called Font Installer, basically allows you to use any TrueType Font (.TTF) and change the font used across the entire interface of your Android device. As a result, you can end up customizing the entire look and feel of your Android, thus distinguishing it from every other Android out there.
Change fonts on your Android
To change your Android font, the first thing to do, as always, is installing the app. Download and install Font Installer from the Android Market.
The moment you fire up Font Installer after installing it, you’ll be prompted to download font previews. This is time consuming but worth the effort as it downloads live previews for almost 200 fonts for your device. Once you are done with the downloads, you should see a list of fonts that can be installed on your device and their corresponding previews.
Changing the Android font to something spunky
The process of actually installing a font is actually even easier. You need to long press on the font that you like and a small popup menu will come up. From here, you have the option of previewing the font, installing it, sending it to a friend, or deleting it from your system. Each of the options is self explanatory, and you’ll need to select to install that particular font.
The install is very painless and non-intrusive. Once done, you will be prompted to reboot your phone.
If everything went okay, you should be able to boot your Android. Once it’s ready, you will immediately see the changes you made to your font across all your apps and widgets. Just as an example, I’ve included a screenshot of the Evernote app to show how the font has changed on my device. It’s as easy as that.
The real advantage of using FFont Installer is that you can actually pick up any TTF font from the Internet, or your computer and save it on your memory card. Then, you can simply point Font Installer to that font and select it as your default Android font. In other words, you are not restricted to the fonts provided by the app developers.
Font Installer is a really handy utility if you really want to pimp out your Android. It can make your Adnroid look different from the other devices in your immediate circle, thereby giving you instant geek brownie points! Let us know how it works for you.