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How To: Changing Fonts in Symbian^3 (very easy, done in a minute) Nokia N8, C6-01, C7

UPDATE 2: Major apologies for those trying this and finding errors. As noted, try at own risk. This already mucks up Ovi Store and prevents it from starting. Also I’ve had problems with Nokia Panorama but that’s been buggy since this morning.

Back in June we asked should Nokia change their icons and fonts. From 496 votes as it stands, 71.98% agreed on both, with 8.47%% only wanting icon change, 7.86 just font change and 11.69% were happy with fonts and icons the way they are (not exactly encouraging).

Well icons change variably with themes and are mostly up to the theme designer (check out screenshots at end of post to see different icon styles). Fonts on the other hand is soo easy to change yourself thanks to this tip from gadgetbuff to mynokiablog.com/tips! That’s great because the Nokia font has been heavily criticized as one of the factors making Nokia phones look a little old. We were exstatic when we saw a different font in Symbian^4 leaked screenshots only to find out they were modified.

“A font says a lot, though quite subtly, and so often overlooked.

The narrow Nokia font made sense in older phones when trying to conserve on pixel usage. But now we’ve got high res screens and can afford wider fonts, narrow, sharp fonts look much less appealing than their plumper, rounder counterparts.

The curviness of “Century Gothic” [Very similar to “Prelude”, used in Palm Pre I think] is often found in children’s books because of the emphasis on classic alphabet shapes and thus readability. Prelude is probably the best font at the moment being used on phones. The letters are very curved, a little more readable than Century Gothic (E.G. letter r), but less wasteful on character spacing.”

So how can you change your font too?

Click to read the rest of this article to change your icon fonts!

Note: this is for Symbian^3.  Folks have been doing this since old Symbian days. We don’t know yet if there will be any adverse reactions so to speak for S^3. This is not complicated at all. The thing that will take the longest to do is deciding which font use 😀 From steps 3- 6 that could be done in a minute. When you want to change fonts again you’ll only need steps 5 and 6.

Disclaimer: Do this at your own risk.

UPDATE 2: As noted, try at own risk. This already mucks up Ovi Store and prevents it from starting. Also I’ve had problems with Nokia Panorama but that’s been buggy since this morning.

To fix, remove memory card and delete “Resource” Folder.

Instructions:

1. You’ll need a memory card. Do not do this from mass memory.

2. Then get any True type font you wish ( should be of extension .ttf ) . You can download fonts online (just google for them) or find them on your pc. (In XP go to control panel>fonts) Yes I’m still on XP and will be until they stop supporting it :p.

3. In the Memory Card’s Root (the first main view with all the other folders) create a new folder called Resource. E.g. you should now have F:/Resource

4. Now inside  F:/Resource create a new folder called “Fonts” so now you’ll have F:/Resource/Fonts

5. Paste your font there. I have chosen Avenir which is very similar to the Palm Pre’s Prelude font.

6. Now make four copies of it. Ignore the “copy of….” we’ll change that. After, rename each one to have the exact names as shown below. (In windows you won’t see the ttf bit.)

  • nosnr60.ttf
  • nssb60.ttf
  • nstsb60.ttf
  • S60ZDIGI.ttf

7. Turn your phone off. Pop the memory card back in. Reboot. Some screenshots below

Now it’s up to you want font you use. It doesn’t take any time at all now that you have the folders set up. Here the fatter font does consume slightly more space but I think it’s much more pleasing to the eye than the narrow squashed default Nokia font.

What’s your favourite font? Got some screenshots? 😀

Via Gadgetbuff

Update: Got a few minutes – just noticed after backing up, my theme reverted back to default. Here’s what it looks like on a different theme.

keyboard not working to well here. No contrasting colours (but that’s due to theme)


  1. Nokia fan (from Finland)
    November 23, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Awesome! Just what I wanted. Except that I don’t have my N8 yet, because Nokia apparently has some rather serious delivery issues in Finland. I don’t know if I’ll get it before the year ends.

    • Don
      November 23, 2010 at 10:32 pm

      The flagship store aleksanterinkatu has them.

  2. November 23, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    nice…maybe they did listen…they just forgot to tell anyone!

  3. November 23, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Not really a new function (AFAIK works with every newer Symbian smartphone), but still nice 🙂

  4. November 23, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    It looks sooo much nicer. I didn’t manage to get screens but conversations (in rush to leave for a medic pub quiz, whatever that entails), music player, phone book, well everything looks sooo much nicer. I wish we didn’t have Nokia Sans by default. Something Veranda would do.

  5. Mark Anderson
    November 23, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Good work! That coupled with Symbian’s Fresh scheme should have it looking nicer in no time at all!

    • November 23, 2010 at 7:07 pm

      Ah thanks for the heads up on the theme. I didn’t realise after backing up my theme reverted back to original. Got some additional screens with a different theme (diff icons)

      • Mark Anderson
        November 23, 2010 at 10:11 pm

        No probs. Just changed the font to Arial Bold with Fresh Theme. The result is very, very nice indeed.

        • Mark Anderson
          November 23, 2010 at 10:14 pm

          But, alas, Ovi won’t load.

          Nokia, fix this please. This is a really cool way of personalising the phone and it’s a shame it doesn’t work with Ovi.

          • November 23, 2010 at 11:03 pm

            Major apologies folks!

            I noted an hour after trying it but thought it was my N8 as it was doing some weird things this morning. But yeah, Ovi Store won’t start. Possibly incomplete font name and so it’s not registering or that it just doesn’t work with this type of custom fonts.

            To fix, just remove memory card. Delete that folder “Resource” (or you can delete folder from File Manager).

  6. Jack
    November 23, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    So will this be a permanent change when doing this with the default Nokia theme on an N8 or do I need to leave the memory card in all the time? Or is there a way to make this permanent on the default theme?

    I _really_ want a different font on my device until Nokia makes their own upgrade.

    • November 23, 2010 at 11:04 pm

      Not permanent. Removing memory card reverts it back (or at least if you reboot without memory card). Mine’s back to old font. Sad-face 😦

  7. Fotis
    November 23, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    “You’ll need a memory card. Do not do this from mass memory.”
    Why?
    In my N97 and 5800 i use the mass memory for this trick for 2 years now…..

    • November 23, 2010 at 11:05 pm

      That’s what original instructions said. I’ll try again from mass memory. Maybe it’ll work with Ovi Store?

      ….and no. It does not work. I cannot paste or rename a folder “Resource” to mass memory.

  8. schnuff
    November 23, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    changing the font causes trouble with ovi store (won’t open any more) for many people with s^3 handsets… 😦

  9. November 23, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Don’t know if it’s still a problem – but I’ve tried this “trick” a little time ago and then the OVI STORE wouldn’t work anymore and only shows an empty screen when starting it. After changing the fonts back – it works good. Is this problem still the same?

    • ThisGuy
      November 23, 2010 at 8:59 pm

      Mike this happened to me too….so i guess it has not been fixed. I would rather have access to the OVI store than to have a different font. It kinda sucks, but I will just wait until they come out with an update for my N8

    • November 23, 2010 at 9:50 pm

      Indeed, setting a custom font will make the Ovi Store become useless.

  10. Duncan
    November 23, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Man this sucks, why can’t we just add font files like in android. I want to change my fonts damn it!

  11. Rant
    November 24, 2010 at 12:03 am

    While I see the benefit of changing fonts it hasn’t bothered me that much. The defautl Nokia font is at least way better than Century Gothic on a phone. Way too small and narrow letters. The use of basic webfonts (Verdana, Arial, Helvetica and such) would do nicely, and they are generally know by the public thus making it easier to adapt to.

  12. November 24, 2010 at 5:33 am

    Font Zoomer used to be available for new Symbian but it has recently been removed … hopefully it will be back up soon. It allows you to do the same thing as above (choose any TTF font, size, transparency and spacing) and it shouldn’t break any of the included services. Currently available for devices pre-Symbian^3.

    http://store.ovi.mobi/content/57189 (Lite version, limitations and no fonts other than the two included)
    http://store.ovi.mobi/content/47422 (Full version, no restrictions and you can use your own .TTFs)

  13. November 24, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Hi Jay , it doesnt work on E7(no mem card slot), please change the title 🙂

    • November 24, 2010 at 9:13 am

      Hi title was changed last night already…dunno why wordpress reverted it as well as other notes on this issue.

      WordPress is a dick.

  14. Ravi
    November 24, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Hi, I use a font named ‘baar sophia’ on my phone(N79), it is very cute and beautiful.
    I downloaded it from art4symbian.org(use google translate).
    The person responsible for this site is Gl@ and he has some useful tips for changing fonts on symbian^3.
    Hope this helps you.

  15. Ravi
    November 24, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Sorry, the site is art4symbian.com and not art4symbian.org as I mentioned earlier.

  16. Doug
    November 25, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Not working for me on my N8. Did everything you said.

    • Doug
      November 25, 2010 at 9:15 pm

      Nevermind, I named the folder Resources by accident haha.

  17. Emmi
    November 26, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    I’m able to create a new folder to the memory card, but it won’t rename it to “Resource” no matter what I do. I just keeps appearing with name “new folder”. What to do?

    • November 27, 2010 at 8:13 am

      You mean you’re unable to rename a folder on a memory card attached to your computer?

    • mj
      November 28, 2010 at 8:26 pm

      I had the same problem, you are connected in Ovi Suite mode, top the top right on the phone and swap to mass memory. This will then allow you to create and change the folder name.

  18. Emmi
    December 5, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    “top the top right on the phone and swap to mass memory” I must say that now I did’nt understand what to do. Kindly provide instructions to blond. 😀

  1. November 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm

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