Fonts Fonts Fonts. When most people think of customising their phone, fonts are the last thing that comes to their minds, but everyone appreciates a font that they find pleasing to the eye.
Some people notice a font that they really like, and admire it. But when told how to install it or the risks involved, they back out. Some others, take a peek, enjoy the moment, and ignore it. This post is meant to clarify some concepts people hold concerning fonts.
Criteria for installing fonts
If you like fonts, and want to try it out, first things first, you must be rooted. Yes! you must be prepared to have your device rooted before trying out fonts. I stand to be corrected- Asides Samsung phones that have font changing feature in their Settings, I don’t think there’s any other device that allows font changing without root.
You must be rooted and backed up before playing with fonts
To prevent stories that touch, after rooting, you must have to backup your device so in case anything funny happens, you easily restore . There are different ways of running backup. There’s a custom recovery option like CWM (ClockWorkMod), CTR (Carliv Touch Recovery), TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) etc.
You can also backup your phone using Online Nandroid Backup app, still available on Google Play Store. For those using Android phones running MTK processors, there’s a PC solution for you called MTK Droid Tools you can use to backup your ROM.
This is a very important step you have to take before fiddling with fonts.
You can install, use and change fonts without even using any font app
If you go through Google Play Store, You’ll get to see a bunch of font apps. These apps help you select and preview assorted fonts, subsequently installing them if you wish. Let me break this to you, it’s not a must that you’ll have font app installed before you can be able to change fonts as you wish. That will be a post for another day though 😉
Update: See the article, How to change font for Android without using an app, is now ready.
Fonts soft (brick) phones, and not font apps
This is one misconception most users have about fonts. Many people brick their phones and blame the font app they used, but this is wrong. It’s actually the font you installed last that bricked your device. Know today that not all fonts are meant for all devices, and not all devices are meant for all fonts. So chances are that some fonts will definitely brick your device. This is why its important that you run a backup and restore when any malady occurs.