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How To: Change Fonts On The 5800, 5233 etc

The font that comes with Nokia is nice. But after six months you are bound to crave for a new look to your phone. Now changing fonts on a phone is usually not an easy task, I mean that was how you must have thought. But you know what you can use custom fonts, yes any font of your choice on your Nokia phone without any software. All you need to do is copy and paste a bunch of files. No replacing of system resources necessary!

First to increase your greed, I will post some screenshots,

Screenshot Gallery

Now let me tell you how I did it.

Procedure to apply new Fonts

  • Connect the phone in the ‘Mass Storage’ profile to the computer. Alternatively, you can use the memory card reader.
  • Goto the Memory Card, it shows up as a Removable Disk.
  • Navigate to the ‘resource’ folder and open it.
  • Copy the ‘Fonts’ folder into in.
  • Eject the device and restart.
  • You should see the new fonts applied.

Procedure to apply your Fonts

  • Make 4 copies of the font you desire to use and place them in a folder labeled ‘Fonts’.
  • Name them exactly as:

– s60snr.ttf
- s60ssb.ttf
- s60tsb.ttf
- S60ZDIGI.ttf

  • Copy this folder to the ‘resource’ directory on the memory card and restart the device.

Procedure to revert to the Original Fonts

  • Connect the phone in the ‘Mass Storage’ profile to the computer. Alternatively, you can use the memory card reader.
  • Goto the Memory Card, it shows up as a Removable Disk in ‘My Computer’. (Windows)
  • Navigate to the ‘resource’ folder and open it.
  • Delete the folder labeled ‘Fonts’. Alternatively you can choose to rename it to ‘Fonts2′ or anything that you like.
  • Restart the phone, the originals should have been restored.

What if something goes wrong?

In case something goes wrong for example the characters are not displayed and so on, simply turn off the device, remove the microSD card and restart the phone.

You can delete the Fonts folder subsequently.

Since we are using the removable microSD memory card to experiment this process cannot damage your phone. Also, while choosing a font do keep in mind the fact that it will affect the font of the Web Browser also, so please keep something readable.

Special thanks to Vaibhav Sharma for the links as well.

Enjoy!

[Disclaimer: This procedure is provided as-is and is certainly not endorsed by Nokia or any of its affiliates. In case of any problem you can mail me and don’t run to Nokia Care. Though this trick will not void your warranty(I think) you will still have to go through a lot of trouble. Follow the instruction above and you should be fine. That said I must say that I will take no responsibility for any damage whatsoever to your phone. But from my own experience I have found this procedure totally safe.]

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