Liking the Android 4.0 Roboto font? Now you can have it in your computer, as well (Update: How to install)

Google has just announced that its Android 4.0 font is available for PC’s. During its debut, Android 4.0 had a plethora of new features and functions. One of the smallest, but highly important ones was the new font – Roboto.

This font is meant to bring better quality text to higher definition devices, while keeping lower resolution devices in mind, as well. Some love it, some not so much. But Roboto fans can now download it for free from the Android Developer site. It supports any computer that can utilize TrueType fonts. So if you are feeling like Matias Duarte’s loved font is the right choice for you, it can be all yours.

In my experience, the font is very well designed and simple, as well as clear and easy to read. But let us know what you think. Do you like Roboto? Will you be downloading the font to use in your PC?


I have noticed that some of you are wondering how to install the font in a PC. The process is really not as complicated as it may seem. I have two ways of going about it using Windows 7:

  • After downloading the .zip file, one can simply drag and drop all the font files onto the font folder. This is located at C:\Windows\Fonts.
  • Open the .zip file with all the font options, and double click on the desired font. After that, a new screen diplaying the font will appear. There will be a button on the top-left section of that window that says “install.” Simply click on it, and you should be ready to go.

[Source: Android Developer Via: TalkAndroid]

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  • Brian

    I heard it through the grapevine that you have to be rooted, is this true?

    • samuelmaskell

      this is for your computer, not your phone.

    • ShangTsung702

      I smell a troll.

  • JulianZHuang

    i just changed all the font, included chrome, to this font haha

  • Jonathan Roman

    ok so how do i use it. more info would be nice 

    • Edgar Cervantes

      Sorry for the confusion. I went ahead and added a quick tutorial. :)

  • Les Chan

    Normally I would use it but I’m afraid if the other parties reading my text don’t have it, the font, the text won’t display correctly.

    • Ben Rosenberg

      You can set it for use with YOUR apps. You can still use whatever font you’d like in creating a doc in Word or in an email … just because your display font in your applications on your laptop/desktop display a font doesn’t mean they are .. say .. embedded into an email you send.

      Why wouldn’t you use the font as it is awesome. I mean Monaco is on every Mac but not on Windows or most Linux distros … seriously why would it matter.

  • Ben Baranovsky

    Installed.  So stoked!  Using it on my Mac.  

  • Alek Tritt

    Uhh… I’ve had Roboto on my computer for months?

    • Sam Keaser
    • ObasiS


    • Aslan N.L. Bollin

       Same here. Google released the font files public the same day Google unveiled Android 4.0 and it’s new Roboto font.
      Just a LITTLE slow on this one Phandroid……. ;)

    • Mark Lunney

      The font was available previously (I got mine from FontSquirrel) but I think this page on the official Android Developer site is new, and has more information about using it. So I guess that makes it ‘news’.

    • Andrew Ross

      you’re awesome then… hopefully the rest of us can keep up… 

  • TJ Biddle

    I wish Google Fonts had it on their site – I would love to use it on the Android section of my portfolio.