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HOW TO: Change Android system fonts (root req)

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by tymogr, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. tymogr

    tymogr Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Hello world! This guide will teach you how to change the fonts on your rooted Droid Eris. I'm not sure if this works for all Android phones, so backup your phone before proceeding. This DOES change key Android files, so be careful. If you brick your phone, it's not my fault.



    First of all, go to this website and find a font you like:

    1001 Free Fonts - Download Free Fonts for Windows and Macintosh

    The file you download should be a .zip, and when unzipped be in the format .TTF. Copy the .TTF file to your SD card. I suggest SDCard/Fonts/. After finding a nice font, download Type Fresh from the Market (free). Also, pick up AndExplorer (free) while you're there. Type Fresh will allow you to change your fonts, and Andexplorer is used as a handy file explorer.

    Run Type Fresh, and it will display all the system fonts that Android uses. Touch DroidSans, and it will display a window using AndExplorer. At this point it should request superuser permissions; allow it. Find the folder with your fonts, select a font, and press okay. Press menu and select apply fonts. Allow it to reboot your phone when it asks, and afterwards you should have a nice new font to make your Eris even sexier ;D

    Let me know if you have any issues that I might be able to help with. I'm busy with work and being social and whatnot, but will try to get back to you as fast as I can.
     


  2. shaggylouie

    shaggylouie Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the guide. My only problem is my phone seems to get stuck in rebooting when I try to use Type Fresh. Am I doing something wrong?

    Edit: gets stuck on "Applying Fonts"
     
  3. AdrianC14

    AdrianC14 Android Expert

    I just flash fonts via recovery. Found some really good fonts over at XDA.
     
  4. shaggylouie

    shaggylouie Well-Known Member

    Man, I didn't think of that... (duh). Do you have a direct link to any cool ones you found? Thanks! Flashing a font zip from recovery would be so much easier.
     
  5. AdrianC14

    AdrianC14 Android Expert

    I have them on my computer, but it exceeds the forum's file size limit? Oh well, I'll look for them on XDA.
     
  6. shaggylouie

    shaggylouie Well-Known Member

    I'll try looking more too. (thanks!) Searching XDA can be tough.
     
  7. zutmin

    zutmin Well-Known Member

  8. davidr2340

    davidr2340 Newbie

    I'm getting the same thing... :thinking:
     
  9. tymogr

    tymogr Newbie
    Thread Starter



    What file are you trying to replace/what file type are you trying to replace it with?
     
  10. cmerrtt

    cmerrtt Member

    What happened to Type Fresh in the market? Is it still available?

    Thanks :)
     
  11. WormDoes

    WormDoes Android Expert

    +1 for comfortaa being an awesome font
     
  12. Cannot find Type Fresh..

    What happened to Type Fresh in the market?

    maybe someone can give alink to find it.. would love it
     
  13. trishuhh

    trishuhh Newbie

    DROIDdoesyourmom likes this.
  14. ok so i got 2.2 froyos... will this not work ??
     
  15. ermin

    ermin Lurker

    +1 for comfortaa best font i've seen! Similar to Zoege, Zune's font.
     
  16. Slewman

    Slewman Member

    is there an easy way to get back the default android font if we flash comfortaa?
     
  17. trishuhh

    trishuhh Newbie

    :( Killed my phone, good thing I made a backup.
     
  18. WormDoes

    WormDoes Android Expert

    Assuming you made a nandroid BEFORE installing/flashing the new font you're not pleased with you can go into recovery and run your backup
     
  19. matteosg

    matteosg Lurker

    I'm using Moto Charm & the system fonts are really small. Can I flash this font or do I have to use type fresh?

    matt
     
  20. QuasiNerd

    QuasiNerd Newbie

    If I flash fonts from recovery, do I use the same steps for any other .zip file? I'm kind of new to this and have only flashed ROMs so far. Also, do the fonts change for everything (or mostly everything) automatically, or do you have to then apply the font somehow?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  21. djstarion

    djstarion Newbie

    I used Type fresh just fine on KaosFroyo 37. Just replaced Clockopia, DroidSans-Bold and Droid-Sans. Those seem to cover most everything. I just used a standard Helvetica though
     
  22. donfen

    donfen Lurker

    Ok what i missing. followed instructions, typefresh clicked on droidsans, selected fonts with andexplorer, apply fonts, it approves super user. thats it. does nothing. does not ask for reboot. left it awhile and manual rebooted phone. nothing happened.. so what i miss
     
  23. arsenic123

    arsenic123 Lurker

    I made a huge mess.. I didt take backup and now my phone is stuck at the samsung screen.. i.e last part of the reboot screen.. guys is there a way to fix it... Dam I missed to take the backup.. pelase help guys..
     
  24. Bob Cat

    Bob Cat Careful, They're sharp!!
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    If you have a Samsung phone your in the wrong forum.
     

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