After the regular update of my Samsung Galaxy Note to Android 4.1.2, the font size in the messaging section is quite oversized.
By using the volume keys I can indeed reduce the font, but this setting is not saved.
My device is not rooted.
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You could perhaps download a font from the Google play store? I've seen some fonts packs up there.
Some of these will more than likely require your device be rooted.
Or you can change the size of your phone's font. To do that go to settings\display\font, You should be ably to manipulate the font.
Wasn't much to go on so I hope this helps.
I notice this annoyance too.
Looks like the best solution is to enable volume key text resizing, and leave it enabled.
Once you disable it, the Messages app resets the text size to the huge (on the Galaxy Note, that is) font/bubble size.
This won't be noticeable on other phones; the real cause is that the GNote is big, which is what all GNote owners like about it. :)
Peculiar. On my GS3 on 4.1.1, it saves the font size (i.e. after closing and opening it again, it is the same size as I set it with the volume key.
This may wipe your messages (find a way to back them up if you'd like them), but have you tried clearing the Messaging app's data in Application Manager -> All?