The Font Settings menu in Android
Ben Stockton

Android offers plenty of options to customize the appearance of your device, including your font style. If you want to change your Android font, you can use built-in settings to do it or use a custom launcher.

Due to the fragmented nature of Android, changing your fonts on different Android manufacturers and versions will vary. The steps below are confirmed to work on a Samsung device running Android 9 Pie.

Changing Built-In Font Settings

Some Android devices and versions have built-in settings to allow you to change your font style. If your phone or tablet doesn’t have these options, you won’t be able to change the font style without rooting your device, which isn’t something we recommend.

If you do have the option to alter your font settings, head to the “Settings” menu on your Android device by swiping down the notifications shade and tapping the gear icon in the top right. You can also access your “Settings” menu from the app drawer.

Swipe down to access the notifications shade, then tap the gears icon to access the Android settings menu

In the “Settings” menu, scroll down and tap the “Display” option.

In the Android settings menu, tap Display

The “Display” menu may vary depending on your Android device. Tap “Font Size and Style” if you’re a Samsung device owner. This may appear as “Font” or another variation on other phones and tablets.

In the Display menu, tap Font size and style

In the “Font Size and Style” menu, tap the “Font Style” button.

In the Font size and style menu, tap Font style

You’ll have a list of pre-installed font styles available for you to choose from. “Default” is, as the name suggests, the default font used on your device.

Tap on one of the other available fonts to switch to it. The change should happen automatically.

Choose your Android font style in the Font style menu

Samsung Galaxy device owners are able to install other fonts using the Samsung Galaxy Store. Below the list of pre-installed fonts, tap “Download Fonts” to load the Samsung Galaxy Store. From there, download one of the available font options by tapping the download button next to it.

Download a third-party font in the Samsung Store

Once your new font style is installed, return to the “Font Style” menu and tap on it to switch.

Using a Custom Launcher

If you don’t have the option to change your font style on your Android device, you can use a custom launcher instead. Two popular launchers you could choose to use are Nova Launcher and Action Launcher.

Both of these launchers will display custom fonts for you, but these will only be displayed within the launcher itself. That means the font you see elsewhere in your Android settings and in other apps will remain as the Android default.

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Changing Fonts in Nova Launcher

With over 50 million downloads, Nova Launcher is one of the most-used custom Android launchers. If you have it installed, you can customize the font style being used for app icons on the home screen, in the app drawer, and for any app folders.

To start, swipe up from your home screen to access the Nova Launcher app drawer. Then tap the “Nova Settings” app.

Nova Launcher users can access the Nova Launcher settings from the app drawer

If you want to change the font being used with icons on your home screen, tap Home Screen > Icon Layout.

App drawer fonts can be changed by tapping App Drawer > Icon Layout. Follow the same process for app folders by tapping Folders > Icon Layout.

In the Nova Settings Menu, tap Home Screen or App Drawer or Folders, then Icon Layout

The “Icon Layout” menu will be slightly different for each of these three options, but the font style section remains the same.

Under the “Label” option, you’ll see a “Font” setting. Tap on this to select between one of four options: Normal, Medium, Condensed, and Light.

In Nova Launcher's Icon Layout menu, choose your font from the Font drop-down menu

Once you’ve made your selection, tap the back button and check the icons in your app drawer or home screen to confirm the font style has changed.

Changing Fonts in Action Launcher

If you’re using Action Launcher and you want to customize the font style used in your app drawer and home screen, swipe up to enter your launcher app drawer and then tap the “Action Settings” app.

Action Launcher users can access the Action Settings menu through the app drawer

In the Action Launcher Settings menu, tap the “Appearance” option.

Tap Appearance in the Action Launcher settings

Scroll down within the “Appearance” menu and then tap “Font.”

Tap Font in the Action Launcher Appearance menu

Choose one of the custom Action Launcher fonts available within the “Font” menu. Tap on one of the options to confirm your choice and then select the back button to return to your app drawer.

Select your chosen font in the Action Launcher Font menu

The font being used within the app drawer and on your home screen will change to match your chosen font choice.

Other Third-Party Font Style Apps

A number of font style apps are available on the Google Play Store. These apps aren’t generally recommended as most won’t be able to make any changes to the default font style your device uses.

Some, like Stylish Text, will let you write “stylish text” in messaging apps like WhatsApp that give the impression you’re using a different font. These apps use custom symbols to display stylized text rather than actually making any changes to your font style.

Other apps, like Stylish Fonts, use the same process that allows users to install fonts using the Samsung Galaxy Store. If you have a Samsung device, it’s recommended you use the built-in “Download Fonts” method listed above instead.

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Ben Stockton is a freelance tech writer from the United Kingdom. In a past life, he was a UK college lecturer, training teens and adults. Since leaving the classroom, he's been a tech writer, writing how-to articles and tutorials for MakeUseOf, MakeTechEasier, and Cloudwards.net. He has a degree in History and a postgraduate qualification in Computing.
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