What To Do: If You Want To Install Custom Fonts On Android Device

Install Custom Fonts On Android

The arrival of Android a few years ago brought a change to the mobile phone world and ultimately ended up creating a new era for the smartphone.  Android’s open source operating system allows its users to customize their devices how they want it.  Android’s flexible nature allows smartphone manufacturers to run their devices on Android while still being able to customize it to their own brand.

Android’s ability to customize a device is what makes it popular with both users and manufacturers.  The open source nature of Android also makes it quite easy for developers to come up with tweaks and modifications that users can use to further customize their device and go way beyond the limitations that manufacturers have put on their devices.

Sony, HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola , Google Nexus and other smartphone manufacturers usually have specific themes for their UI’s and give users limited customization options to choose from.  With a manufacturer UI, you can change some themes and wall papers, use different launchers, apply different on-screen effects, change some icons and fonts and some other things.  These changes are limited though.  Thank goodness that there is almost nothing that is out of bounds with Android though.  Once you have your phone rooted you can easily take your Android powered device beyond the boundaries placed by the manufacturers.

One advantage to having a device with root access or a custom recovery installed is you can flash mods and ROMs on it that can enhance the phone performance, modify the existing UI or change your phone’s system.  This includes changes in the fonts on your phone.

By default, most smartphones have only about three or four fonts built in and some don’t allow you to change fonts.  In this post, were going to show you how to get beyond this and use a custom recovery to install many more different fonts on your phone.

NOTE: Before we begin, make sure to backup everything on your device.  Playing with the system like we’re going to be doing could result in bricking the device.  We also recommend you make a nandroid backup so, if something does go wrong, you can just go back to your previously working system.

Note2: The methods needed to flash custom recoveries, roms and to root your phone can result in bricking your device.  Rooting your device will also void the warranty and it will no longer be eligible for free device services from manufacturers or warranty providers.  Be responsible and keep these in mind before you decide to proceed on your own responsibility.  In case a mishap occurs, we or the device manufacturers should never be held responsible.


Change fonts on phone with Font Installer App:

  1. Make sure that your device is running Android 1.6 and up.
  2. Make sure that your device is rooted.
  3. Download and install Font Installer
  4. Run the app.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to pick from a variety of font styles.

Changing fonts using a Custom Recovery and flashing a zip file:


  1. Download 355-flashable-zips-by-gianton.zip
  2. Extract the zipped file, you will find more zipped files – around 355, of different fonts.
  3. Pick the zip file of the font you want and copy it to your phone’s SDcard.
  4. Boot your phone into custom recovery.
  5. In custom recovery: Install zip/Install > Choose zip from sd card > Select the zip file that you copied to your phone’s sd card
  6. Flash the zip file and then reboot your device.


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