Several months ago, I changed my base font using Font Installer. Now I can't remember the name of the font I changed to. Is there a simple way to find out?

  • Why don’t you attach a screenshot of your font? I might be able to recognize it.
    – fitojb
    Commented Jan 6, 2013 at 17:19

2 Answers 2


If you are looking for the name of the font you have changed to, you can use the website What the Font.

  • That's a great tool, thanks! But there must be some way to figure out what it is via Android....
    – skittleys
    Commented Apr 12, 2012 at 18:45
  • I think the easiest way would be to find a textarea where you can input big text, and then just take a screenshot and upload it to What the Font. That's probably the easiest way.
    – qwerty
    Commented Apr 12, 2012 at 21:52

If you merely changed the font, then you can simply look at /etc/system_fonts.xml to see which font it's set to use. If you have a good file manager and a good text editor, then you can just browse to the file and look. You might need to make a copy on your SD card and rename the copy to end in .txt.

If you actually replaced a system font file, then you'll need to parse the TrueType file. Unless you get lucky with finding the right app, the format's too complex to parse for a simple Android-only answer. The next best thing is to copy the file to your computer (either via file manager + USB storage connection or pulling the font file with adb pull /system/fonts/Roboto-Regular.ttf) and try seeing if your OS includes a decent font preview/install program. Or you can use the Unix strings utility (probably only on your phone if you have BusyBox installed) like strings /system/fonts/Roboto-Regular.ttf.

Note that Roboto-Regular.ttf is the default font as of Android 4.x. Earlier versions use DroidSans.ttf instead.

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