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How to Change the Default Font on Droid

If you're tired of the default font, this hack will breathe fresh life into your Droid. I've included Century Gothic, though any properly formatted TTF font should work. Be super careful here; I bricked my first Droid learning how to do this myself before there was a guide for it.
If you do not put a proper TTF font file in place, your Droid will freeze at startup.


  1. Make sure your Droid is rooted and you have ADB working.
    Check out my guides on rooting and ADB.
  2. Create a folder in the SD card root called new_font.
  3. Download Century Gothic to your computer and unzip the font files into the new_font folder on your SD Card. This should also work with the fonts from the relevant iPhone hack.
  4. Create another folder to store the stock font called orig_font in the root of the SD Card, in case you want to revert back to it.
  5. Open up a new Terminal window and enter this command line code, line by line, pressing return after each line:
    export PATH=~/tools
    adb shell
    mount -o remount /dev/mtdblock4 /system
    cat /system/fonts/DroidSans.ttf > /sdcard/orig_font/DroidSans.ttf
    cat /system/fonts/DroidSans-Bold.ttf > /sdcard/orig_font/DroidSans-Bold.ttf
    cat /sdcard/new_font/DroidSans.ttf > /system/fonts/DroidSans.ttf
    cat /sdcard/new_font/DroidSans-Bold.ttf > /system/fonts/DroidSans-Bold.ttf
    mount -o ro,remount /dev/mtdblock4 /system