It’s Customization Month on Android.Appstorm! Throughout March, we plan to share with you all our tips, tricks, apps and resources to help you improve your phone or tablet experience and make them suit your style.
Being Android users, we have a bigger opportunity to customise our devices. Opposed to the likes of iOS, the Open Source software allows anyone to fiddle around with a huge range of things. One such aspect many of us have been keen to change is the font. Normally, you’ll only have the choice of three different font sizes on your phone, however, with extra apps and websites its possible to give yourself a much bigger choice.
As part of of the Customisation month on Android.Appstorm today I’m going to address the different ways you can do this. I’ll also provide links to apps and web pages which make the process much easier.
How To Change Your Fonts
The process for installing fonts is different between AOSP (Android Open Source Project) and Samsung devices. For this reason I’ve split this section into two different parts. If one doesn’t apply to you, feel free to skip.
One thing to bear in mind is that some of these methods require rooting.
The easiest way to get fonts on Samsung devices will take roughly a minute. The first step is navigating to your Fonts Settings, located under Settings > Display > Font Style — you will also have an option to change font size here. Once you’ve navigated to Font Style you have a choice of three different options — these are all pretty boring though. However, don’t fear, if you look to the bottom you should see an option called “Get Fonts Online.”
Clicking on this you’ll be taken to Samsungs Official seller and the fonts will range from $1-$3. But, you don’t really need to pay this money as there are many options which give you the same service except they’re free. One example is Socket84′s tutorial on the XDA forums which is specific to certain devices. I’ve personally used this method and it worked, so hopefully it will for you too. Another alternative is simply looking for Flipfonts packaged as .apk files and installing them like you would any other third-party app.
FlipFont is built-in on Samsung devices and this serves as the standard store for the Fonts. However, after a quick search online you will find a range of apps and fonts will work with FlipFont and give you the same thing for free. My personal favourites are:
- Clean Pack for FlipFont® free
- Gothic Pack for FlipFont® free
- Or simply go to the “Fonts for FlipFont®” developer page and you’ll be able to pick an app with fonts from many more genres that should fit your style.
One of the best ways to find fonts for AOSP device is through websites and web searches. Many different databases exist and will give you enough options to last you a lifetime. Below are some of the best.
- Font Squirrel: By following the link on your Android device you’ll be taken to a page which has a range of different fonts to choose from. These are downloaded as TTF files and aren’t any different from normal downloads. Once on your phone, the file will be automatically added to your device in the Font section, you will now be able to pick it easily in your settings.
- Roboto is one specific font which is available through “developer.android.com” along with other downloads. It’s a sleek and smart typeface, proving to be a great improvement to Android devices that don’t use it natively.
Font Apps You Should Check Out
The Google Play Store is another source of fonts, below I’ll look at a few of my favourites.
Font Installer only works with rooted devices and lets you install hundreds of font types really easily. The app has a simple interface and you can even preview fonts before fully installing them.
TypeFresh works in the same way as Font Installer; meaning you do need a rooted device — you’ll have a smaller choice of options if you don’t fancy rooting. You will need a separate File Explorer to navigate around the app, but once you’ve downloaded something which works, this should be a simple process.
The final app is Samsung specific, but it’s the best option on the Play Store which doesn’t require root. Fontomizer is easy to use and doesn’t make a fuss about getting you the fonts that you want. All Samsung users who have compatible devices should really give it a try.
Some of these processes are quite easy while others are rather difficult and depending on what you want to achieve, the methods may be different. But I hope that this brief introduction into changing fonts on Android devices has opened your eyes to the customization of typefaces. Have you changed the font on your Android device? What method did you use?