Speaking as a site that spends a great deal of time dealing with Android and iPhone, we at TechNorms can safely say that Android is far more “hackable” than iOS. That’s not a slam on Apple’s mobile OS, it’s just a simple fact. Android is an open source OS, and iOS isn’t. The jailbreaking community is surprisingly large and impressive, but they can’t really do as much as the fine folks working on rooted Android systems.
That’s why it was somewhat of a shock that Android is (seemingly) behind iOS with regards to a specific hack- fonts. One classic tweak included in Cydia is FontSwap, a simple app that lets you effortlessly use different fonts throughout iOS. We were under the (mistaken) impression that Android didn’t have anything like that. Thankfully, it does. Font Changer is the aptly-named Android solution for changing the type of text in every part of your phone. Here’s how it works.
Since the Font Changer app is no longer available, you may use Font Installer for the purpose.
Change The Font on Android Devices:
What You Need
- Root access (see our guide)
- Busybox (Android Market)
Font Changer (Android Market)Since the app is no longer available, you may use Font Installer for the purpose.
- A Nandroid backup (See our detailed guide)
Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. If your device gets damaged in any way, the author or TechNorms cannot be held liable.
Setup and Installation
First and foremost, make a backup. As a general rule of thumb you should always make a Nandroid backup before doing any kind of hack that could damage your phone. Chances are the backup won’t be necessary… but if it is, you’ll be really glad to have it. Nandroids can be created with ROM Manager or ClockworkMod.
Open Font Changer and grant it root access. Read what it says carefully- there’s a warning for just about every part of the app. Messing with the system fonts is very cool and somewhat risky. Be careful, and if anything goes wrong you can revert to that Nandroid backup.
As long as you have all the materials from our list, installation should be a breeze.
Font Changer doesn’t come with any fonts for “legal reasons,” which is mildly irritating. You have to manually add fonts with separate, out-of-app downloads. This is a little awkward and definitely could have been handled better.
Any font you download has to be in .ttf format. Good news is that there are plenty of repositories of free, legal fonts available for download. We found a great deal of fonts over here, but a quick Google search turned up many more results. Copy all downloaded fonts to /sdcard/.fontchanger and note the period in front of fontchanger.
A quick note on installing new fonts – be very careful what you download. A font might look quirky or funny in the preview box, but remember that you have to stare at this font literally everywhere on your phone. Changing everything to Comic Sans might seem funny for the first day, but it gets old quickly.
This is a real issue (even though it’s not Font Changer’s fault). Out of all the fonts we found, roughly 95% of them were completely terrible. Finding a font that stands out but isn’t obnoxious is a lot harder than you might expect.
On the other hand, bad fonts make for a fantastic prank. If you can steal a friend’s phone for long enough, you can really screw him over and change everything to Wingdings or something similarly unreadable.
For testing, we tried out a font that looked like it was pulled straight from the Grand Theft Auto IV logo. It actually looked good on the launcher as a contrast against the apps. Even though we were not expecting this particular font to look good, it turned out quite well.
Font Changer is quite effective at its job. When a new font is installed, it is applied to almost every part of the phone. Launcher, keyboard, clock, menus, everything. Again, be sure to pick a good font because you’ll be seeing it everywhere.
Take this list with a rather large grain of salt. What constitutes a “good” font is very much subjective. However, these are a few of the ones we liked.
Overall, Font Changer is a simple yet effective app. The main feature works exactly as advertised, even if some of the side additions don’t. The app advertises the ability to change the pixel density. We could not get this to work on our stock Evo 4G, but it might work for you. If it does not, there are other pixel density-changing apps.
That’s another caveat that should be mentioned. In the introductory warning, Font Changer warns that every phone handles fonts differently and the app might not work for all of them. It worked on our Evo. If it does not work on your device, the developer recommends switching your ROM.
Other than those minor issues, Font Changer is a powerful way to make an old device look a little fresh again. It works, and we recommend it.
Download Font Changer Android App.
Since the app is no longer available, you may use Font Installer for the purpose.