How to Write & Read in Indian Regional Language Fonts on Android

Android IndiaIn a very unfortunate move by both the platform maker Google as well as the handset manufacturers that many of the Indian languages have been ignored when it came to the local language support in the fastest growing Android phones which are selling like hot cakes. So, we thought of now coming up with an article where in you can not only read but also can write in your regional language in your Android phone. Yes you have heard it right. The best part of this procedure is that anyone with their Android phone without bothering about the model or firmware version on which you are on. The only sad part is that it requires you to root the phone before you can apply this procedure to customize the same.

The rooting is very important or else the system root directory which requires the access to the system files. So, if the device is not rooted then you will not be able to make use of this procedure. Under this procedure to read and write the Indian regional languages, the languages which are supported are Hindi, Sanskrit, Nepali, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Punjabi and Gurmukhi. So, let’s get started with the procedure with which you can read and write Indian regional languages in your Android phone.

Procedure to Read / Write Indian Languages in your Android Phone:

  • After rooting the phone, you will now have to proceed to download the ES File Explorer from the Android Market Place and also the Indian Regional Font.ttf file in your computer and then copy this to your phone by connecting the phone with the computer using the USB cable.
  • To install the font, first up you will have to first download and save this font in your SD card as mentioned above and then open the ES File Explorer application in your phone. Open the ES File explorer and in the Settings, enable the Root explorer and mount the System as the RW so that all the rights are enabled which you will be requiring in the procedure.
  • Now, copy the file from the SD card root and paste the same it to the path /System/Fonts. So, as soon as you copy the file you will now need to reboot he phone so that all the changes are applied successfully.
  • Now, all you need to do is to just open the regional website in your phone or also alternatively you can also open an email which has the regional content in place so that the same can be viewed easily.

Telugu Keyboard Telugu keyboard 2

So, now after installing the fonts just in case you also wish to have the keyboard in your own regional language then you can install the corresponding keyboards from the below mentioned corresponding languages directly from the Android Market Place.

Hindi Keyboard,

Kannada Keyboard,

Bengali Keyboard,

Punjabi Keyboard,

Telugu Keyboard,

Malayalam Keyboard,

Urdu / Arabic Keyboard,

Gujarati Keyboard

So, all you need to install the above keyboards in your Android phone and there you go you can now enjoy all the above listed regional languages in your phone. Do let us know just in case if you have any issues in installing the languages in your phone in the comments section as we are here to guide you on the same and will come out with a resolution at the earliest.

  • Vijaya Krishna Muvvala

    i am using gionee e6…, and i am not able read telugu language…I am not able to download the ttf file. please solve it

  • Miten Kumar

    Bro … How can I install Gujarati font in Micromax A1 android one ?? please reply and kindly email me on –

  • athiq

    I am using Sony experia z. Pls tell me how to root this..?

  • chandu

    i am using gionee e7 … and i am not able read telugu language… please find some solution with out rooting the mobile….


    Pl tell me how to root motorola XT 321?

  • Mohan

    how to root celkon a19,how to install telugu fonts.please tell in detailed.

    • Pradeep Neela

      Hello Mohan, as of now Celkon A19 device can;t be rooted but as in when we get the process, we will do post the same!

  • Shivani

    I have Google nexus 5 .. But can’t read Gujarati in the phone… What should I do??

  • Shivang Seth

    I am not able to download the ttf file. Please check if the downloads are working,.

  • shingar

    sir plzzzzzz guide me how to root karbon a26 thnks a lot


    Hi friend!
    I dont know how to root my phone – Micromax a25. plz help me.

  • balpreet

    How i read on htc one phn plz tell me sirr

    • Pradeep Neela

      hey balpreet, you need to download the same from the PLAY Store

  • sonu

    how to root xperia u mobile?

    • Pradeep Neela

      we will come out with the procedure to root xperia u soon

  • dinesh thapa

    how to mount?

  • dave deol

    i have done it with root explorer but still i cant see punjabi in facebook.

    • Pradeep Neela

      install the same from the PLAY Store

  • Guri Dhaliwal

    Plz help me where to get this Indian Regional Fonts.ttf file

    • Guri Dhaliwal

      I want Punjabi font in my Karbonn A21 Android ICS 4.0

  • Karan Jaswal

    Plz help me to get this file Indian Regional Font.ttf…plz snd me link to download this file ….
    Waiting fr reply…..THA

  • Karan Jaswal

    Plz help me where to get this Indian Regional Fonts.ttf file……..waiting for reply

    • Pradeep Neela

      which regional fonts you wanted?

      • M.L.Chowdary

        I want to show Telugu fonts

  • bpong

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  • binaya kc

    i have rooted sgs2 running AOKP Jelly bean 4.1.1
    there no problem in reading nepali website but my phone can not read word, excel file of nepali language.
    I copied the preeti.ttf file to system>font but it still not reading the nepali font.
    Does anybody know how to make my phone read work, excel file of nepali language.

  • suraj b hegde

    I jad tried what you had told, in sony erricsson live with walkman, bt didnt worked! dat apps saying “failed to load root” and telling failed to copy the (dt regional language stuff into system/fonts) file ….. please help me to get out of this…. thanks in advance…

    • Pradeep Neela

      this one supports limited devices as of now

  • kheteshwar kumar

    How can root htc chacha ?

  • Selva

    Tried this. Still could not read Tamil fonts :(

  • James Pie

    Thanks for sharing this it really useful arcle for me bcoz  i have adroid phone and i didn’t read gujarati font in my cell so again thanks you so much….:)

  • sacee

    iam using sony xperia arc phone
    can;t read tamil font …any body know help me wt can i do solve this prbl

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes you can apply the firmware

  • Vrajesh2309

    Can I see gujarati & hindi fonts in micromax tablate?

  • prem kc

    i wanna read nepali script how?

  • Rupesh

    I am using HTC wildefire s.
    I hv gone through as per ur instructions.
    When I am rooting my phone I hv getting massage failed.
    And i unable to copy Hindi fonts.
    Required ur help

  • Prasad

    I tried the same on my new micromax funbook Telugu letters appear but combinations are not working please help me about the same.

  • Milind

    icoul’d not copy it to system/fonts/.
    pls help me….
    i’m using htc sensation…

  • nimesh

    email me i will help u without rooting your device


    dear sir

    i m try install gujarati lang. as per ur intrucation. download es explo than font on sd card and copy to system /font but it is not work. i have msg that this phone is not for root devices ( my phone is samsung gt-i5510), so i mnot able to mount system as rw. so now wht am do for install gujarati langu. in my divces. i have android 2.2 version.

  • Dev

    Thanks, this has resolved the issue on my phone to view atleast 2 indian font, hindi and gujarati,

    the Opera browser does the same thing, if you enable to image rendering in by opening opera and in searchbar type config:opera and go down to the bottom and enable image rending.

    The only difference with this is I can now read this font in htc sense widgets ie friendstream, loving it.

    however i had to rename the file to DroidSansFallback and replace the original.

    thanks once i again, but i have other, i have another phone Samesung Galaxy Ace which is not rooted, is there a way to do this with out root, as i know that root will vid the warranty on the phone and its not my phone so dont want to go the way of rooting on that.



  • Ashutosh

    It doesnt work. We need framework as well.
    Rooting is must to render the language and have access on System/ fonts folder.
    Anykey Keyboard and other method without root, will not install the fonts in ROM.

  • Swapnil Roge

    Just upgrade ur phone to gingerbread 2.3 .4 or
    more.In this version, there is provision for indic
    fonts.No need of rooting. we have to just
    download anysoft keyboard from market and
    we have to download specific language plugin
    such as devnagari, gujarati, tamil etc.

  • Ahmad

    Thank you for this explanations. It helped a lot. I have a Samsung G S5660 bought from EAU. Installed following your instructions. I have the Devanagari fonts, but some signs from other languages do not display properly now. Instead of apostrophy or arrows, I got the box. Is there a way to solve the problem?
    N.B. I installed Indian Regional Font.ttf and DroidSansFallback.ttf as it seemd no enough installing the first fonts only. So the second file overwrited the existing one.



    • Swapnil Roge

      Just upgrade ur phone to gingerbread 2.3.4 or more.In this version, there is provision for indic fonts.No need of rooting.we have to just download any soft keyboard from market and we have to download specific language plugin such as devnagari, gujarati, tamil etc.

  • elan

    How abt Tamil keyboard……???

  • Moses

    Hi Neal,

    Could you please provide the link for Tamil Keyboard. I dont find it there in your list. It would be great if you could share it…


    • NeaL Pradeep

      as of now its not there!

      • Yogbal_anima

        For tamil keyboard, you can download Tamilvisai from the market.

  • Ghamaraj Luitel

    Is there the provision of complex text rendering engine support in Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000? if yes, how to fix?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      no, not as of now!

  • ePandit

    Only installing fonts is not enough. Indian scripts need complex text rendering engine support too. Without that the language will be visible but will not be rendered correctly.

  • Ghamaraj Luitel

    Dear Neal.
    So many thanks for this wonderful article. I have Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 set with rooted XXJVT and Ice Cream Costume Rom. I did following by set does not read Nepali/Hindi language.
    * Downloaded Indian Regional Font.ttf (it seems DroidSansRegionalAAD after downloading)
    *Went to setting of ES File Explorer
    *Did mount the System as the RW
    *copied the file from the SD card root and pasted to the path /System/Fonts.
    * Rebooted the set.
    *Downloaded the Hindi key board too.
    No result. Only the square boxes are shown in Hindi/Nepali Language mail or website. I am eager to read Nepali/Hindi in my set.
    Thank you.

    • nimesh

      @Ghamaraj Luitel, opera mini down load gara ani opera:config type gara ra bottom ma Use bitmap fonts for complex scripts aaucha teslai yes gara nepali padna milcha natra samsung care tamrakar house ma jau 1000 tira bancha

  • Mahmud Koya

    Hi Neal,
    Downloaded and installed ‘ES File Explorer’ on pone, downloaded and cpoied ‘Indian regional Font.ttf to SD card, enabled Root Explorer and Mounted System as writable. You said:”Now, copy the file from the SD card root and paste the same it to the path /System/Fonts.” Where and How can I find the path /System/Fonts? Please help me.


    • NeaL Pradeep

      is your phone rooted?

      • Mahmud Koya

        Yes Mr.Neal my SGS GT-I9000 is on XXJVT2.3.5 and rooted with the same package and with Semaphore kernel.
        Where and How can I find the path /System/Fonts?

        • NeaL Pradeep

          Install the ES Explorer!

      • Mahmud Koya

        Downloaded and installed ‘ES File Explorer’ on pone, downloaded and copied ‘Indian regional Font.ttf to SD card, enabled Root Explorer and Mounted System as writable. You said:”Now, copy the file from the SD card root and paste the same it to the path /System/Fonts.” Where and How can I find the path /System/Fonts? Please help me.

        • NeaL Pradeep

          have you rooted the phone?

      • Mahmud Koya

        Hi Neal,
        Sorry to say that I think you are answering me without reading my comments fully. I said my phone is on xxjvt2.3.5 and rooted and with Semaphore Kernel. Installed ‘Es file Explorer’, copied to SD card ‘Indian regional font.ttf’, enabled toot explorer, mounted system as writable.
        After that as per your instruction I should copy the file from the SD card root and paste the same it to the path /System/Fonts.” Where and How can I find the path /System/Fonts? Please help me.


  • linson

    when i try to write using panini keyboard square boxes appear on screen in my rooted samsung galaxy s

  • linson

    i still cannot read malayalam fonts on my rooted samsung galaxy s

    • NeaL Pradeep

      have you placed the .ttf file correctly? and rooted the phone?

  • ketan Hindocha

    If this tric not works, just rename downloaded font(from above link) to DroidSansFallback.ttf
    and copy to above said folder (system/fonts), it will overwrite original file.
    and set permission to rw-r-r
    It is advisible to backup original file

    This way it worked on my SGS

  • Egor Linus

    Anysoft keyboard does the job without rooting.

  • Paddy Padmanabhan

    HI How do I go to /System/Fonts to paste the copied fonts. Please advise.


  • Ghamaraj

    Very exiting and valuable aryicle. It regards millions of Indian and Nepali users. Thanks a lot. I just read article. Going to install it soon. I will let inform if any issues after installing it. Thanks again listening our request.