How to Change the Font on Android

Don't like the way text looks on your phone or tablet? Swap it out

What to Know

  • On most Samsung models: Go to Settings > Display Font Style and select the font you want to use.
  • For LG phones: Go to Settings > Security and select the Unknown sources checkbox, then install the LG SmartWorld app to find fonts.
  • For other brands: Root your Android device and install a launcher app like Apex Launcher that allows you to change the font.

This article explains how to change the font on Android devices. The method you use depends on what brand of phone or tablet you have (Samsung, LG, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, or another brand).

Change Font Style on Samsung

Samsung has the most robust font options, pre-installed. Samsung has a built-in app called FlipFont that comes pre-loaded with several font options. To change the font on most Samsung models, go to Settings > Display > Font Style and select the font you would like to use.

Display, Font size and Style settings

On older models, such as the Galaxy S8, the font options are in a slightly different place. On those newer models, the most common way to change your font is to select Settings > Display > Screen zoom and fonts > Font Style, choose the font you like, then tap Apply.

Add More Font Options to Your Samsung

Additional font styles are also available for download from Google Play. If you opt to download an app for new fonts, follow the instructions provided by the developer to install and use a font on your device.

Samsung Galaxy devices can also download fonts from the Samsung Galaxy Apps Store.

Change Font Style on LG

Many LG phones and tablets come with the ability to change the pre-installed font. Here's how to do it on most LG models:

  1. Go to Settings.

  2. Select Display.

  3. Scroll down and tap Font type.

    Display, Font type, options on LG
  4. Select the font you want to use to activate it.

Add More Fonts to Your LG

Additional fonts are available for download through the LG SmartWorld app. To download the app from the LG website, change the security settings to allow downloading apps from unknown sources, which means from anyplace other than Google Play. To do that:

  1. Go to Settings and select Security.

  2. Select the Unknown sources check box. A warning window appears to let you know this option may leave your device vulnerable.

  3. Select OK and close Settings.

After you download the app and any fonts you like, change the security setting back by following the same path and clearing the Unknown sources check box.

Change Font Style on Other Android Phones

For most other brands of Android phones that are not Samsung or LG, the simplest and the safest way to change font styles is by using a launcher app. While there is one other way, it is more complex. It requires altering files in the directory of the operating system. It also requires you to download an app that roots your device or gives you access to protected operating system files.

In most cases, rooting your phone or tablet voids the warranty on the device and may cause other issues with the way the device performs.

The main difference when using a launcher app compared to a pre-loaded font feature, such as the LG and Samsung font features, is that the labels and main menus will have the new font you selected. However, it typically won't work within a different app, such as a text messaging app. And not all launcher apps give you the option to change only the font style. Some require downloading theme packs to work with the launcher to access fonts, and you may have to apply the entire theme to make the change.

We'll cover two available apps that allow font changes without having to apply an entire theme. Some apps work differently depending on the brand of phone or tablet you have, and app developers make updates from time to time that may change or limit features.

Android Launcher App Becomes Default Home Screen

Launcher apps need to take over as your default home screen to display your font changes consistently. When you first open a launcher app, your phone or tablet prompts you to select whether to use it for your home screen Just Once or Always. Select Always for the launcher to work correctly.

You can also change this by going to Settings > Device > Home and selecting the launcher app you use.

Change Font Style with Apex Launcher

Apex Launcher is available in Google Play. After you download and install the Apex Launcher app, it automatically adds two icons to your home screen: Apex Menu and Apex Settings.

To change your font:

Apex Launcher won't change the font within other apps, but it does give your home screen and app menu a fresh look.

  1. Select Apex Settings.

  2. Choose Advanced Settings.

  3. Select Icon Settings, then choose Icon Font.

  4. The Icon Font screen shows a list of available fonts. Choose a new font from the list and see how it looks. Select the font you like, and it automatically updates the icon labels on your phone.

Apex Launcher offers a 3-day free trial. You must provide a payment method to sign up and use the app.

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