If you have ever wanted to spice things up on your Nexus 6, maybe you would be interested in this tutorial about how to change the default font style.
Changing the default font for the Nexus 6 is something that I think should be baked into the Android OS. Users should simply be able to download their font of choice and set it within the settings, just like you would with a ringtone. There can be some things that go wrong with this process, so I can understand why it’s not available, but Google could easily make Android revert back to the stock font if something goes wrong.
Thankfully we have an open operating system like Android and we can change things ourselves. Still, Google doesn’t make it easy for us to do and the most average user will decide to not go through all of this just to change the font style.
Thankfully, with the help of my tutorials 🙂 I make this stuff as simple as possible and as long as you follow the instructions then you shouldn’t have any issues at all. However, before we begin, there are some things that you need to have previously done on your Nexus 6 before you can change the font.
In order to change the Nexus 6 font style, you will need to have root access to your device. The application we are using today requires root access to make the changes needed in order to change the font. Once you have root access, and SuperSU installed, then technically you can go ahead and start with this tutorial. However, I also recommend that you have a custom recovery installed on your Nexus 6 so that you can create Nandroid backup of your Nexus 6. Just in case your device goes into a bootloop from the font you picked out, it’s always best to have a recent Nandroid backup so you can restore if needed.
Nexus 6 Change Font
- Download and Install iFont
- Launch iFont and Dismiss the Change Log
- Wait for Fonts to Load
- Browse and Tap on a Font You Like
- Tap the ‘Download’ Button at the Bottom of the Screen
- Once Downloaded, Tap the ‘Set’ Button at the Bottom of the Screen
- Tap on Skip or OK at the Prompt for Help
- Grant Root Access to iFont
- Wait for the Nexus 6 to Reboot
Nexus 6 Restore Font
- Launch iFont
- Tap on the ‘My’ Column at the Top
- Tap on the ‘Factory Font’ Option at the Bottom
- Make Sure the ‘Backup Font’ Option is Selected
- Tap on the ‘OK’ Button
- Wait for the Nexus 6 to Reboot
As mentioned, you will need root access and I highly recommend that you go ahead and create a Nandroid backup just in case. Once that is set, you can download the iFont application that is hosted in the Google Play Store. Go ahead and launch it once it has been downloaded and you’ll be greeted with a dialog box with the most recent changes. Dismiss this dialog box and then wait for the application to load the font. Here is where you will browse through all of the available fonts and pick out one that you like. Once you find one you like, go ahead and tap on the font and look at the bottom of the application.
At the bottom of your selected font, you’ll see a download button. Tap on that download button and wait for iFont to download the application. Once it has been downloaded, the download button will change to a Set button. When ready, tap on the Set button and then iFont will ask for root access. You’ll need to grant root access to iFont so it can make the changes. If you are like me, I will tap on the option to allow root access but for only 15 minutes. After granting root access to iFont, the application will make the changes that it needs and then it will reboot your Nexus 6.
Simply wait for your Nexus 6 to reboot and then you will be greeted with the brand new font that you selected. Just like you can see from the screenshot above, this is what the text will look like if you choose the Burton’s Nightmare font. Now, if you are done trying out this font and you would like to go back to the stock font, then you can do that right from within this application too.
All you have to do is launch the application, look at the row of columns at the top and tap on the ‘My’ column. From here, you’ll want to look at the bottom of the application and tap on the Factory Font option. From here you’ll see two options. I made sure that the ‘Backup Font’ option was selected(which it was by default for me) and then I tapped on OK. iFont will need root access again and after you give it root access then it will reboot your Nexus 6 just like it did before. Once the Nexus 6 boots back up into Android, you should see your stock font on display.