One of the numerous reasons to love Android, is its variety of customization options. But did you know that you could also incorporate your own handwriting into any of your Android apps, and even conversations in messaging apps such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.
Because this customization feature is not easy to come by, know that you'll first need to have certain privileges on your Android device before you can access it. Having root permissions allows the modification of the system's fonts which are usually stored in the device's system files.
Next you'll need to install Xposed Framework on your Android device, which is what allows you to take advantage of this amazing feature.
How to have your handwriting digitized
To make use of your handwriting as a font on Android, you will first need to have a model in place. To achieve this you can employ an online program known as My Script Font
. Simply visit its official website and the template downloaded, there are currently available in two formats including PDF and PNG.
Fill in the template carefully and instead of following the guidelines provided in each box, write each letter just as you would normally do.
It is advisable you use a black marker since it provides added visibility and versatility or alternatively you could use pencil first then redo it using a pen.
To ensure that all your letters appear correctly when installed on your Android phone, you need to have all the boxes filled out.
Once you've had all nicely shaped handwritten letters filled out on the template, using a good enough resolution, have the document scanned.
After saving the image file, return to My Script Font
to have it uploaded.
Type in the name you want for it and then tap start.
Once its done processing, a sample of the text will appear, with a link to download the file that looks like <
displayed below it.
Download the file to your smartphone, and save it to an easy to locate folder.
How to change your device's font
- First off using the Xposed Installer app have the iFont (Expert of Fonts) module installed on your phone. During installation, you will be prompted to accept a range of permissions, but this will be necessary for the feature to be functional.
- It is recommended that you have a backup copy of the original system typeface before you proceed to change your Android font. To do this, navigate to the iFont module, tap My >> Factory Font >> Backup Font option.
- Return to the iFont module and move to My tab then select My Font.
- On the page that follows, hit the red 'click this' section.
- Next, navigate to the folder you had previously stored the .ttf file. Select the file and when its down loading, tap 'Set'.
- Your device may restart and thereafter the texts on your smartphone will begin to appear in your own handwriting.
If you prefer, you can increase or decrease the size of your font by heading into Settings >> Display >> Font Size. And you are set.
Now every text on your phone whether its an app or the settings on your phone, will be in your own handwriting. Talk about a personalized smartphone experience.
Are you going to try this trick? Let us know how it works out by leaving a comment below.