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Today's Ice Cream Sandwich announcement yielded a number of exciting enhancements, but not quite as distinctive as the new font Roboto. Indeed during the keynote, the presenter spent an inordinate amount of time expounding the virtues of this font. Roboto is a sans-serif font with characters that have a pleasing roundness, and are spaced evenly, making e-mails, clocks, and menus easy on the eyes, and, in the words of one presenter, "a pleasure to read".

Unfortunately, as the font comes with the new OS, the majority of Android users will not be able to experience Roboto until their devices are upgraded to Android 4.0. But, fear not as an enterprising Redditor by the name of richworks has provided a simple tutorial on how to get the font for your current Android device.

Simply do the following to enjoy some Roboto goodness on your Android phone:

Warning: Android Police disclaim all liability for any harm that may befall your device, including, but not limited to bricked phones, voided manufacturer warranties, exploding batteries, etc. As always, proceed at your own risk.
  1. Download and install the app Font Changer from the market (requires your device to be rooted)
  2. Download the zip file containing the Roboto font and unzip it (XDA Forum link, Mediafire)
  3. Open System > Fonts and copy all the three .ttf files from the unzipped folder and paste them into your phone's SDcard (inside the folder ".fontchanger")
  4. Open the app in your device and select the font
  5. Reboot

Give us a shout and let us know if it worked!

[Source: Reddit]

Abhiroop Basu
Abhiroop Basu is an opinionated tech and digital media blogger. As a doe-eyed twenty-something he started his first blog TechComet to comment on anything tech-related that caught his omniscient eye. Since then he has blogged for Android Police, Make Tech Easier, and This Green Machine. In the real world, Abhiroop Basu is a resident of Singapore and the Editor of The Digit, a subsidiary of The Potato Productions Group.

  • Sanket
    • http://www.abhiroopbasu.com Abhiroop Basu

      Thanks!

  • NYC_Dude

    Not impressed by either the Clocktopia or Droid Sans. Thank goodness i didn't just go ahead and flash the zip and previewd instead with the Font Changer app.
    Unless my eyesight is crap, these fonts look like crap on my Epic S2.

    • http://www.abhiroopbasu.com Abhiroop Basu

      It's probably configured differently in ICS

    • http://www.gplus.to/8055 hkb

      these fonts are designed for 720p resolution screen.
      i prefer helvetica

      • http://www.AndroidUnite.com AndroidUnite

        Helvetica is DEFINITELY better on Android

        • http://ericcamil.com Eric

          You mean on everything?

  • Eric S.

    This is also available via ROM Toolbox under System Fonts. Just a heads up.

  • Yossarian

    Just a hint for those who have any issues with this process, if you use ES File Explorer you have to select the option to show "Hidden" files (files that start with a . ). That may be obvious to most people but it took me a while to figure out.

  • q

    there is no folder called .fontchanger on my card after I install font changer from market.
    I checked both internal and external card.
    Will try with ROM Toolbox instead, as someone suggested.

    • Jeremee

      You first must run the font changer app. It will create the folder then.

    • Hoxeflox

      You can easily create one yourself with a tool like ES File Explorer. Please check Yossarian's remark about hidden files.

  • http://www.derekross.me Derek Ross

    Last night I created a .MTZ for MIUI's Theme Manager with these fonts.

    https://plus.google.com/107538503004482952974/posts/eGie1QP4pym

    • Fady Mahfouz

      Thank you very much.

  • Mat

    Works for me on a rooted milestone running the CM7 port

  • Raja

    I worked. Looks good and neat. I have Nexus S (Rooted).

  • abadbronc

    I just downloaded and extracted the .zip on my original Droid. I used the font changer built into Liquid Gingerbread 3.0. Looks great!!

    • Rhayader

      Yeah I just pulled up "Font Installer" under Goodies in my Liquid settings on my Dinc2. It immediately downloaded Roboto, and I installed it in seconds. Awesome.

  • ArrTooDeeToo

    Confused:
    3. Open System > Fonts and **copy all the three .ttf files** from the unzipped folder and paste them into your phone's SDcard (inside the folder ".fontchanger")

    >>There are FOUR roboto fonts. Which three??

    4. Open the app in your device and **select the font**

    >>Which one? Just regular? What about the bold and italic and such? The fontchanger app only lets me change one at a time.

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

      The original download has these:

      Clockopia.ttf
      DroidSans.ttf
      DroidSans-Bold.ttf

      Looks like the mirror has more, but that's what the original has.

      I'm guessing you pick the one you want (start with the regular one) for your device.

  • epi

    Works fine in my SGS 2.3.4

    Thanks, the new font looks pretty good!

  • Tyler C

    I believe you can also download the app Font Installer if you are rooted and select it from the list. It is working on my rooted Thunderbolt

  • dougxd

    Jeez....that's a lot of work. Just grab "Font Installer" from the market. It has this font included.

  • the_alien

    Nice font. Looks awesome on my N1. And it's the first font I found good enough to even think about using it and I will keep it.

  • angry747

    Installed, along with nightly build of Cyanogenmod. Baconalia for my phone! Looks good sized down too, quite legible and I can fit more text on the screen! W00t!

  • Terry S.

    Thank you! Looks great on my OG Epic 4G! Very legible at smaller font sizes.

  • http://sketaful.se Sketaful

    Easy if you use Go Launcher to,,,

    • shanth

      how will u do it using GO launcher?

  • Jeremy W

    Bricked my Galaxy S 4G...any ideas how to fix?? I can't hard reset...the phone simply shows the T-Mobile/Galaxy S 4G screen and does a strange vibration (force close error style). Help!?!?!?!

    • http://www.abhiroopbasu.com Abhiroop Basu

      What did you do exactly?

    • http://richworks.in Richie

      I hope you have solved the issue by now. If you haven't, try shutting down the phone, removing the battery and switching it ON (this is what the app suggests).

      I hope you did a nandroid backup otherwise you might have to flash the ROM image again.

  • Mark

    Odin back to stock and you'll be good to go.

    You did do a back up first, right?

  • abel

    Thanks ! its cool !! awesome !

  • Jeff

    Did not work on my Epic Touch. Lines full of letters and symbols.

  • Scott

    Works on My G2 running CM 7.1.0

  • The Truth

    Why are those guys saying "Clocktopia" & "Droid Sans" are the new font? There's no "Roboto" in their zip files. There are a couple of other sites that DO have it, and what I installed with Font Changer matches the new screen shots.

  • David S.

    Works on LG Optimus V LG VM670
    running android 2.3.5
    CyanogenMod-7.1.0-RC1-BACKside-IHO-kang

  • http://androidzone.myforum.ro Android

    Thanks! Works fine for me!

  • Daniel

    brilliant, works a charm, phone looks so much like ICS now, love love love

  • http://robotofont.com Roboto Font

    Sweet. It works :)

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