This has not been tested on devices with custom manufacturer UI's, such as HTC Sense. I can't actually check (as I don't have Sense anymore), but I would guess that it won't work as the lockscreen is completely different when using a manufacturer UI.

This morning on Reddit, I spotted an awesome post titled "I got rid of that stupid lockscreen clock font...," showing nothing more than a screenshot. When asked for details, the Reddit community responded in typical supportive fashion, explaining which file needs to be replaced. It turns out it's quite a simple thing to do for rooted users, requiring only that you copy a font from your PC to your SD card, then replace one file. With the help of two apps, the process is even faster and easily reversible.

Estimated time: 10 minutes

Difficulty: Low

What's Needed

Type Fresh

QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.pixelpod.typefresh

Type Fresh is a simple, free app that makes it easy to change the fonts on your device. True alpha-dog techies will probably scoff at using an app for something as basic as overwriting a file on your phone with a new one, but it's small, easy to use, and offers friendly features like the ability to backup the font before you overwrite it.


QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=lysesoft.andexplorer

AndExplorer is required for Type Fresh to work properly. It's a free file explorer - not much more to say other than that. It's similar in nature to File Manager or Astro.


Obviously, you'll need to know what font you want to use. I used Myriad Pro because it's what I used for the Custom Android Phone 7 theme I made just last weekend. The beauty of customization is that you can use whatever you want.

Getting Started

Believe it or not, if you've downloaded those two apps, you're already halfway finished.

Putting The Font On Your Phone

  1. Connect your device to your PC, and enable USB transfer. The autoplay box should appear.
  2. Click on "Open folder to view files" or manually do it yourself by going to My Computer.
  3. If you have Windows Vista or Windows 7, you can hit Start and type in the name of the font. Again, I used MyriadPro. Once you find the file (.ttf or .otf), right click and select Copy.
  4. Return to the folder for your phone. Right click in an open area and select Paste.

Configure Your Phone

Note: You may want to backup the fonts first. To do so, open Type Fresh and hit Menu -> Backup Fonts. It will automatically back them all up.

  1. Fire up Type Fresh.
  2. Tap on Clockopia.ttf (should be at the top). A new menu will appear, showing the default directory of /sdcard/Fonts.
  3. Our font is in /sdcard, so we'll need to tap [Go to up folder].
  4. Select clockopia.ttf (at the bottom).
  5. Hit your Menu button, and tap Apply Fonts.
  6. Reboot your device.

That's it - you're finished! Enjoy the fruits of your labor!


Thanks to Redditors Ron_ for the post and lyam23 for details.

Source: Reddit

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • simon

    nice tip, thanks

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Absolutely, glad you liked it :)

  • Jakub Glodek

    Ok, now how do I change the font in an email that I am sending?

  • caspar

    Seems simple enough, but I seem to be doing it wrong.
    I have a HTC Desire running rooted Froyo (Telstra).
    Is there something different needed for this to work on HTC Sense UI?

    • Aaron Gingrich

      I can't check because I don't have Sense anymore, but I'm fairly certain it won't work with custom manufacturer lockscreens.

      I've added a note to the top of the article, definitely an oversight on my part - sorry!

      • caspar

        Ahh Ok, that explains it. Thanks anyway :D

  • Ash Rob

    It's actually called Clockopia.ttf without the 't'. It didn't work for me with the 't'.

    • caspar

      I thought the same thing and have tried it with the 't', without, capital 'c', no capital...doesn't seem to make a difference. I even have a couple of different font files that I tried...od.

      • Aaron Gingrich

        Ash: Whoops, fixed! Thanks!

        Caspar: See above

  • LouF

    "Typical supportive fashion", huh? The thread devolved into a foodfight where people called each other "iPhone trolls" and "phanboys". One guy responded with "really? Trivial things are trivial".

    Stop kissing Reddit's ass.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Well, they did respond with exact details, and I'd say that supportive is typical for reddit. Sure, there are some bad apples but what site doesn't have them?

  • Mike

    Did I miss a step? Where does AndExplorer come into the mix?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I think I remember Aaron mentioning that AndeExplorer is needed by Type Fresh to operate.

  • http://LockMenu.com Tony

    You could just install LockMenu from the market. No need to root or complicated steps.

  • Liz

    Great tip! Gonna try it in a few... Is there any way to get rid of the carrier name on the lock screen? I don't like virgin enough to want to see their name every time I pic up my phone... (I covered the one on the faceplate)

  • agold

    Where does the MyriadPro font come in to play? Did it magically rename itself somewhere?

  • Chris

    Any way to do it without rooting your phone?

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/JingIeBeIls JingIeBeIls

      I second this post.