How to change the font size and style on the Galaxy S3

Without rooting or installing additional apps, you can easily change the style and size of the fonts on your Galaxy S3.

Changing the font size is nothing new – all Android phones running Ice Cream Sandwich can do that.  Changing the font style, however, used to require a rooting of the device and/or the installation of a third party app.

The Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) offers tremendous capabilities when it comes to personalizing your experience on the phone. As we have covered in other “How To” articles, you can change the way your home screens are arranged, as well as apps, icons, and sounds -- pretty much anything you can think of.  Changing the style of the font as well as the size really makes a difference in the way everything looks on the phone.

Changing the font size

The Font settings are accessed from the main Settings menu on the Galaxy S3.

  1. Pull down the Notification drawer
  2. Tap the Settings icon
  3. Scroll down to Display and tap
  4. Tap on Font size

choose display settings  Choose font size

You will see five options available to you:

  • Tiny
  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large  
  • Huge

choose font size

Choose the size you desire and you will immediately see the results reflected in the fonts within the Settings menu.

Changing the font style

While changing the Font size is not new for Android phones, changing the style is and it really makes a difference in the way that everything reads on the device.

  1. Pull down the Notification drawer
  2. Tap the settings icon
  3. Scroll down to Display and tap
  4. Tap on Font style

There are four fonts listed:

  • Default font
  • Choco cooky
  • Helvetica S
  • Rosemary

choose font  set new font

Choose any of the fonts to change the style of all fonts.  You will see that the icon names, menu items, emails and web site URLs will all reflect the new font choice. However, fonts on a web page will still be displayed as they always have and won’t reflect the new font.

Getting additional fonts online

At the bottom of the list of available fonts, you will se a tab that says "Get fonts online." Tap that button and you will be taken to the Google Play store where you can then download additional fonts for the Galaxy S3. Some of the fonts are for free and others will cost, on average, $0.99.

choose font  choose fonts from Google play

Experiment with the font styles and sizes to find the right combination for you. Just one more way you can make your Galaxy S3 unique to you.

There are 17 comments

storino03 says:

I was actually messing around with the fonts 20min ago! psychic much?

"Changing the font size is nothing new – all Android phones running Ice Cream Sandwich can do that." Really ? Where exactly is this option as i can't find it on my SII running ICS. I knew Samsung phones had the ability of changing fonts without root, but not changing font size. Care to elaborate ?

Frank Singer says:

Changing font size is easy but whenever I turn the phone back on it defaults to a small font. Is there a way to change the font size and keep it without having to change it every time I turn it on?

This Galaxy S3 is a wonderful experience so much fun.

hmackenz says:

Where's the "Never" option for "Set font as Rosemary?" Definitely not a fan. Default and Helvetica look nice, though :)

shuura says:

I had also just discovered the font settings about 5 minutes before seeing this on the site... very coincidental!

LadyDi says:

Not quite ready to give in to ICS, when I was going through settings... I must have been there over an hour. I'm running 2.3.6 and it's on my GSGII which I love. Although free fonts are lacking in options but I am glad it is an option never-the-less. This phone is probably the best phone I've owned in 25± years of owning portable phones.

jrinco11 says:

but why oh why can we not change the font size for the built in Email (non-gmail) client? :(

marisdaman says:

Anyone found a way to reflow/warp the words to fit the screen.

marisdaman says:

Never mind... Google is my friend! Reader mode on stock browser now I gotta fine a way on Dolphine browser

LadyDi says:

I would like to know the answer to this for the SGSII. Thanks (I have enabled "close" and "fit page to screen" in settings for the stock browser. Next...

@Marisa go to settings (while in web page) advanced click auto fit pages.

jonyah says:

The thing my wife loves most about her S3 is that stupid rosemary font. I think it looks horrible, but to each their own. At least you have the option to configure something like this.

mulasien says:

OK, fess up. Here here has changed their font to Choco Cooky?

draddo11 says:

Cocky sounds like fun

Frank Singer says:

I like a large font for my email, however every time I turn on the phone it reverts back to small font even though I changed the display setting to LARGE. Is there no way to change a prime setting? Every one I ask says it can't be done. If so that is a weakness in the Galaxy III.

I have samsung galaxy s3 but the font styles list does not include helvetica. .why..does this mean my device is not original?