Changing fonts

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The iPhone has a couple dozen different fonts. I don't have any kind of list that says what font is mapped to what application. I have found that if you change the Helvetica, and Helvetica Bold fonts with a customized font, it has the single greatest impact on the look of the iPhone. So, those are the fonts we will be swapping out in this tutorial. I will link to many other fonts later on, and you can experiment with swapping those out with their counterparts.

The custom font I am going to use in this tutorial is called NeoTech, and is made by Gaurav Giri. You can read the article about this font, and download the font here.   Note: This website has some other fonts in it, so spend some time reading it.

Note: Check out the program called FontSwap on Cydia. It allows you to change fonts for the dialer keypad, lock screen clock, notes program, and the system itself. There are also add on font packages for this program. I will not be covering its use in a tutorial as it is a simple push button operation kind of program.


I will be using Fugu to upload the files in this tutorial. These instructions can be applied to any files you want to add to your iPhone, provided you already have SSH installed. If you have not installed OpenSSH, or used Fugu before, then you must read this tutorial first.

Step 1.

Launch Fugu and navigate to /System/Library/Fonts/Cache.


Scroll down to Helvetica.ttf and right click the file. Select Rename.


I renamed mine to HelveticaORIGINAL.ttf, so that I can go back to the original font.


Repeat this process for HelveticaBold.ttf.


Copy over the modified files to your Cache folder.


Turn the iPhone off, and then back on (or use a program that will respring for you like SBSettings).

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You can also change the font in the Notes application as well. This font is called Calibri. Calibri takes the place of the MarkerFeltThin font. You simply rename Calibri, and place it here /System/Library/Fonts/Cache/MarkerFeltThin.ttf


There is a thread over at ModMyi which discusses this further, and has a bunch of links to alternate iPhone fonts. Read it here.

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