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Fonts for Android: how to change your settings without root

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Changing your font might be a necessary task to make your phone usable, or you might just be looking for an easy way to make your phone feel a bit different and refreshing. Whatever your reason, switching up fonts for Android devices is not as difficult as it sounds. Here's how to do it through stock settings and third-party apps.

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Most phones let you make basic font adjustments without extra apps. / © NextPit

Basic font tweaks

Most phones now let you make some changes to the font and appearance settings without needing to install third-party apps, though the variety of what's on offer might not be as wide as a dedicated app. Exactly where and how you access these settings could also vary as a result of operator tweaks to the OS but generally, you'll want to head to Settings > Display > Font to access the font style changer for Android.

On a Samsung phone, as it's the example being tested, you can also head to the Settings > Accessibility menu if you want to change the contrast or size of the phone fonts. Samsung's handsets come with a few alternate options pre-installed and ready to apply, but additional phone fonts for Android can be downloaded through the settings menu in the Font section. 

Hitting the 'Download fonts' button launches the Samsung app store and a range of more fonts that you can download. Some are free, others require payment. 

If you're using a non-Samsung phone, you'll probably have similar options in your settings menu but might not have the luxury of a pre-made app section dedicated just to fonts. Never fear though, changing the fonts for your Android is still pretty straightforward. 

Use a launcher to change your fonts on Android

If you want to do more than just change the style of the phone font you're using, one of the easiest ways is to install a third-party launcher, which tend to offer reams of customization options. You've probably got your own favorite launcher already that lets you change the font settings in just a few taps. If you don't, you could use something like Action Launcher 3.

Exactly how wide-ranging your options are will depend on which launcher you choose. For example, Action 3 gives you the option of using different weight and styles of the Roboto font (the default) but no other options. Similarly, the free version of Nova launcher and apps like Smart Switch and Arrow Launcher don't really allow for any changes to be made at all. 

If you're in need of a deeper font style changer for Android than your launcher can offer, you'll be better off installing a dedicated phone fonts app, which will allow you to do things like customizing the font for each app, should you wish to do so. 

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Action 3 launcher has some basic font modification options.  / © NextPit

Best font style changer for Android

If you search on Google Play for font apps, you'll get a whole lot of options - and it's worth pointing out that some of them require root for certain options to work, whereas others don't. It's going to take a bit of trial and error to see what works best for your own situation. 

FontFix is a great answer to this problem but not if you're using a Samsung phone. While the way in which you can quickly search, select and preview a whole load of different phone fonts is incredibly handy, Samsung's blocked that ability on many of its handsets. Non-Samsung phones that aren't locked down in a similar way will have no problem though. 

All you need to do is select the font you want and click the Install button, at which point it'll need to be downloaded and activated. Additional fonts for Android are side-loaded directly into the app rather than updated via the Play Store, so you'll need to allow installation from unknown sources first too. 

You can easily find a list of all the fonts you've downloaded over time and dig into each for some more information before downloading them, including finding out how much space they'll take up on your phone, which is handy if you're planning to install a lot. 

FontFix is one of the better Android font apps but you'll have to put up with adverts. / © NextPit

iFont is another highly capable app for changing your system font but it's another that you're going to struggle to use if you have a Samsung phone. To be fair to iFont, it tries a little harder to provide a workaround for handsets (like Samsung) that block the installation of alternate free fonts but in our testing, it doesn't work on an S7 Edge. 

In the settings menu, you can select your handset manufacturer, which will enable the options to try and help you workaround limitations without requiring root access. However, for every single font tested, none of them would work on a non-rooted S7 Edge. 

One of the key advantages that iFont has over other font apps, in addition to its wide selection, is the ability to choose a font based on language from a few different options, including French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and more. The English translations within the iFont app itself aren't great but don't let that put you off. If you're in need of changing your font, you can do a lot worse than iFont. 

If you're looking specifically just for handwriting style fonts and iFont doesn't have what you want, there are many, many apps on the Play Store that should have you covered. You can also check out our guide on how to make your font look like your own handwriting.

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iFont is a really useful app, as long as you don't have a non-rooted Samsung phone. / © NextPit

What're your favorite fonts for Android apps? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • 1
    Qipidhosh 6 months ago Link to comment

    Try using Z Font, it works for Samsung phones, you can also select custom font file

  • 1
    Sardar Shamim Khan May 30, 2019 Link to comment

    I have Samsung A 20 but it does't support urdu fonts

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    harshatecordeon Oct 1, 2018 Link to comment

    Cool information.

  • jugi 10
    jugi Sep 28, 2018 Link to comment

    FontFix is a scam! root required

  • My1 37
    My1 Sep 28, 2018 Link to comment

    but seriously why doesnt android just allowed installed some otf/ttf/whatever font files and then set them?

    I mean you might want to use a totally different font than what any of those services may offer.


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    Monotype Nov 1, 2016 Link to comment

    Samsung also offers a cool option to customize and personalize your fonts, specifically for Samsung devices. Check out Flip Font in the Google Play store.

    • 1
      arseniy romantsov Dec 14, 2018 Link to comment

      Do you now if it works with other devices, for example With Android One?

  • Tracy Hannon 2
    Tracy Hannon Oct 26, 2016 Link to comment

    I used fontfix to install dancing script font on my tablet, And i thought I had found a workaround. But it still won't work on my note 4 since the marshmallow update. So aggravating. I'm sure someone will come up with a solution eventually. I just don't understand WHY Samsung would do this :-(

    • Erika Zauzig 2
      Erika Zauzig Oct 26, 2016 Link to comment

      Hello, I have a Galaxy J 7 running Marshmallow . Here's how to install and change fonts using the IFont app. The very first thing to do is to set your font style to "default" . (Settings - display - font - choose "default"). Then, open IFont app. Choose your font . Download it. Choose "set". A screen to install the font will come up. Choose "install". Finally, go back to your display settings. Choose font setting. Your newly installed font will be in your list of fonts . The important thing to do is to set your font to "default" before you open the IFont app to choose your font. This works perfectly for me.

      • April dolores 1
        April dolores May 4, 2017 Link to comment

        i am also using galaxy j7 but cannot change font using ifont. how come it perfectly works to you?

  • Mark G. 28
    Mark G. Oct 26, 2016 Link to comment

    I use Ifont on my excellent Samsung Galaxy S5, though it doesn't work for my Samsung Tab S2 (which is more akin to the S7)

    Peace 🖖


  • Ben Woods 7
    Ben Woods Oct 26, 2016 Link to comment

    That would depend on your phone.

  • Erika Zauzig 2
    Erika Zauzig Oct 26, 2016 Link to comment

    Contrary to what the author said, you can change fonts on a Samsung phone without rooting using the IFont app. I have a Samsung Galaxy J7

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