Switch the font on your Samsung Galaxy Android device

Looking for another feature to customize on your Android device? Here's how to pick a font that's easy on the eyes.

Customization is a major perk offered by Android devices. From widgets to menus to live wallpaper, you can make the device feel like your own. For some, going the extra mile of rooting their device for ultimate customization is no big deal. However, if you're not ready to root your Android but want to learn about another feature you can customize, you're in luck. Samsung's Galaxy Android devices will let you change the system font with just a few simple steps.

Note: Depending on your device, you may have preinstalled fonts to choose from; if not, it's easy to grab some others.

Getting started

Settings area on Android. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Open the Settings menu on your device. Depending on your version of Android, and whether you're using a phone or tablet, next you'll need to choose Screen or Display from the Settings menu. Touch on the Screen display option that appears and then Font style. You should see a list of fonts pop-up to choose from. Once selected, the font will apply to most areas where you see font (in some cases, the system clock area may not change).

Using custom fonts

Font choices. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Now that you know where the font settings are, you can grab some custom fonts if the preinstalled options aren't to your liking. Samsung has added a handy Get more fonts online button to the selection pop-up. However, if you're looking for the best deal (i.e., free), check out Fontomizer SP (Font for Galaxy). This app offers lots of font choices at zero cost to you. Just browse through their selection, tap on the font you want and it will download to your device. Once downloaded, just tap on it in your Notification area to install. Now that font option will appear in the list of choices previously mentioned.

Before custom font. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

After custom font (Saturn). Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

I'm currently using a font called Tuffy_Regular. I find some of the apps to be a little large (viewing-wise) on the Samsung Galaxy S II that I'm using and this font allows a few more letters/words to fit into the space on the screen. What fonts do you enjoy on your Samsung Galaxy device?

 

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