How to Change your Fonts
There is a simple and quick way to change fonts on your Android smartphone.The default Android fonts was designed by Google in a way so as not to be too distracting and yet comfortable to read. However, Android users still feel the need to change the fonts even if the default state of the Android phone will not allow doing so. This tutorial will aid users how to change the font from its default form to a new one.
For the benefit of the unversed, let’s get to know what rooting is. Rooting is the process of hacking the device to allow users to access the file system of the device. The whole process of rooting is not the same for each handset. Nevertheless, it is but a simple procedure. However, before rooting your device, please do remember that it might nullify your warranty and may block your phone, though it rarely happens but there is still a possibility.
Changing your handheld’s front may not sound that big but the results can be very satisfying. It provides the users a way to personalize their devices.
An app is required to complete this task. For this tutorial, we will use the Font Change which can be freely downloaded from the Marketplace. You may also need to have a USB lead ready so as to copy font files to.
Steps to Change Fonts
The first step in the process is to root the phone. The most recommended program is the ‘unrevoked’ rooting tool. However, it may not be compatible with all types of handsets. So it may be best to search for the root of your phone model and research how to do so.
Allow ‘System Write Access’
Once you have done rooting, Font Changer will require ‘System Write Access’ also known as S-Off. This can be done immediately by the ‘unrevoked’ tool. However, it may not work on all types of devices but there are other tips to follow as you search through the XDA forums.
The last routing step is installing the busy box. Busybox is a set of commands from Linux/Unix which is utilized by Font Changer to start changing fonts. This phase includes installing Titanium Backup which can also be found in the Marketplace. Installing Titanium Backup will allow you to download and install the Busybox.
Install Font Changer
Now, it is time for you to search for the Font Changer from the Android Marketplace. This is a free app but if you feel the need to support its developer then you can get the donate version. As soon as you have installed the Font Changer and opened it, it will immediately make a backup of all your current fonts.
Getting some fonts
Font Changer does not come with fonts so you must provide it with .ttf files. There are various websites that offer free fonts. However, for this tutorial, we will only copy and paste the commonly used font files from the computer.
Copy and Paste using USB
For this tutorial, we will utilize a USB for the transfer of files. Attach your device to the computer and set it to USB storage mode. Find the fonts folder from the computer and select multiple .ttf files. Copy and paste these font files to the .fontchanger folder found on your device’s SD card.
Select your font of choice
When you revert back to your Font Changer, you will now find a new set of copied fonts. You will also notice a small sample for each entry. By clicking on the font, a preview of the font will appear and will give you the option to apply it or cancel the procedure.
Reboot the device
After you have selected your new font, you will have to restart the handset. You will immediately notice the changes as soon as your phone starts up. The icons, the widgets, and the status bar will take on the new look.
Things to remember
Be ready to get undesirable results. Since the default font of your Android was designed to fit every part of the UI, changing it may also alter the entire set up. It can change the way your home screen may look and you may not be comfortable with it as it can make some apps and processes unusable.
Reverting Back to default
When you have grown bored over changing fonts and would like to bring back the default state. All you have to do is access the Font Changer app and access its ‘Menu’. Uninstall the app by selecting ‘Remove Font Changer’. This will restore everything back to its original form.