How to Change the Font Style on Android

If you're bored of seeing the same font on your mobile phone or tablet screen all the time, it means that it is time for you to change your system font. In this quick tutorial, I will demonstrate how to change fonts on Android devices in simple steps.

When we speak of fonts on mobile devices, we can count three types of interfaces which the fonts have an effect on. The first one is the user interface of the phone/tablet, where you see the home screen, app icons, settings screens, photo and video galleries and so on. The second one is the apps; the interfaces of applications that are installed on your device by default, or the ones you later download and install. The third is websites that you visit via your mobile browsers. Though the system font may affect all those types of interfaces, the font of apps can be controlled via the app code, hence they may override your system font settings. Also, the websites may override the system fonts via the use of CSS fonts.

All Android devices (phones, tablets, watches, TVs) come with a set of default fonts installed on their systems. Though the list of default fonts installed on Android devices didn't show much difference over the years, there are still some slight differences in terms of what fonts are available in each major Android version.

Earlier Android devices came with the Droid family of fonts -stayed as the default Android font for a long time-, which were later replaced by Roboto and Noto font families. In addition to the fonts that are available on Android OS by default, the phone or tablet manufacturers (e.g., Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG) may also have their own set of custom fonts installed on the device, which increases your pool of fonts to select from.

For changing only the fonts on the websites that you visit, you can use custom user styles in your web browser, i.e. Chrome userstyles or Firefox userstyles. But if you want to use a different font on the main system interface of your device and other places where the font is not overridden by the application or website, you can change the font by going to the system settings panel. In the next section, I will explain how to do that.

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How to Change Fonts on Android Devices

Note that, changing the language on your Android device is a different thing, which makes your phone or tablet interface display in another language. What we will do now is that we will only change the displayed font, keeping the language the same, so that you can see a different style of font type on your screen.

STEP 1: Activate your phone's screen, then find and tap on the Settings icon to open the settings screen.

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Where you find the Settings shortcut may change depending on your device model, Android version and personal settings but in most cases you can find it on the Apps screen.

STEP 2: On the Settings screen, go to the My Device tab and then select Display from the list.

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This will open the Display Settings panel where you can make a number of changes including the wallpaper, notification panel, screen brightness, timeout, auto rotate, font style and font size.

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STEP 3: Find Font Style on the Display screen and tap on it.

This will open the Font Style window which displays a list of available fonts on your device.

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STEP 4: Find a font that you would like to use from the list and tap on it. If you don't want to use any of the available fonts, you can also find more fonts by tapping on the Get fonts online button.

As you see, the font names are displayed with that font in effect, this is to help you choose a font.

STEP 5: Once you select a new font, a confirmation window will pop up, asking you to confirm that you want to change the font. Tap Yes to change the font.

The selected font will be applied to your device and from now on, not only your device screen interface but also apps and websites (without overriding custom fonts) will be displayed with that font.

This concludes our tutorial about changing font style on Android, now it is time to find some stylish fonts and improve how your phone's screen looks.

Although the combination of default Android fonts and manufacturer fonts may offer you a nice selection of fonts that you can choose from, there are also many apps that you can download and install to change your font using a wide variety of custom font styles.

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